US keen on strong military ties with India: Army Chief

 America is keen to sustain and strengthen its military relationship with India, US Army Chief said today ahead of the Modi-Obama Summit at the White House later this month.

Govt should buy Indian military hardware: Ex-Army chief

 Former Army chief Gen Shankar Roychowdhury today emphasised on the need for developing indigenous technologies for achieving self reliance in the defence sector and urged the government to procure military hardware from Indian sources only.

India, Japan set to intensify defence cooperation

 India and Japan are set to intensify defence cooperation with the two sides likely to launch a security consultative framework involving their foreign and defence ministers.

Jaitley reviews progress of submarine construction program

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday reviewed the progress of `Project 75' (indigenous submarine construction project) alongwith other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers here.

Swaraj`s Vietnam visit: Trade, defence and security tops agenda

Keen to bolster India`s bilateral ties with the strategically-important Vietnam, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will on Monday undertake a series of meetings with the top leadership here focusing on connectivity, trade, defence and security cooperation.

Need defence preparedness for peace in `disturbed` neighbourhood: Jaitley

Observing that India lives in the "middle of a disturbed neighbourhood", Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the country`s defence preparedness is the "best guarantee" of peace and pitched for urgent development of the military hardware indigenously.

PM Narendra Modi addresses DRDO scientists, stresses on innovation and technology

Speaking at an award function organised by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the scientists of India for their commendable work.

Russia mulls air defence systems service centre in India

Russian air defence systems manufacturer Almaz-Antei is in talks over setting up service centres in India, China, Vietnam, and Algeria, a company official said at the Oboronexpo 2014 arms exhibition Friday.

India conducts successful trial of surface-to-air Akash missile

India on Tuesday successfully conducted trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air `Akash` missile, which has a strike range of 25 kms, as part of a user trial by the Air Force from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

Mamata slams Modi government over FDI in defence, railways

Mamata Banerjee today criticised the Narendra Modi government over foreign direct investment in defence and railways, claiming a 49 per cent FDI cap in defence "will put a question mark" on the safety and security of the nation.

Ukraine `disappointed` by French refusal to halt Russia warship sale

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was "very disappointed" by France`s decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international misgivings about Moscow`s role in the east Ukraine conflict.

Truth a defence in contempt proceeding: Supreme Court

Truth is a defence in contempt proceeding and it is now statutorily settled, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said.

Increased FDI to reduce corruption in defence sector: Govt

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh sought to allay apprehensions over increasing the FDI limit in defence sector saying this move will help India to reduce corruption in the sector and eliminate middlemen.

UK Foreign minister on two-day visit from Monday

In its first engagement with the new government here, UK`s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague will embark on a two-day visit to India from Monday to hold talks with top leadership on key areas including trade and defence.

After MI 35 choppers, Pak wants more Russian defence hardware

Pakistan today said it looked forward to procuring more defence hardware from Russia after Moscow agreed to provide MI-35 helicopters to Islamabad.

Akash missile clears final test, ready for induction

India Wednesday successfully test fired indigenously developed surface-to-air missile Akash from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.

India aims at 75 per cent indigenisation in defence in 2020-2025

India aims to achieve 75 per cent indigenisation in defence production between 2020 and 2025, said Avinash Chander, scientific advisor to the defence minister.

US offers ground-breaking defence technologies to India

The US has a number of "ground-breaking" defence technologies, including a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle program, to offer to India for co-development and co-production, a top Pentagon official has said.

PM Narendra Modi kicks into gear with defence, dam projects

The new government kicked into gear this week, clearing billions of dollars worth of long-delayed defence projects, including a big navy base, as well as approving the scaling-up of one of the country`s biggest dams.

US again urges NATO allies to boost defence spending

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice Wednesday urged NATO members once again to increase their spending on defence in the light of the Ukrainian crisis.