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  • LCA Mark I Tejas got its FOC certification

    20 hours ago
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's (HAL)'s Mark I (MkI) Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) designed and developed in India has got its FOC certification. The FOC or Final Operational Clearance certifies that the world’s lightest fighter plane is ready for use. LCA-MkI would soon be inducted into the IAF. Indian Air Force (IAF): ♦ Founded on: October 1932 ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh  ♦ Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Air Marshal Anil Khosla ♦ Part of: Indian Armed Forces

    Indian Air Force to display firepower in Pokharan, Rajasthan

    17 February 2019
    Indian Air Force is set to demonstrate its full combat and fire capabilities during ‘Exercise Vayu Shakti-2019’ in the Pokharan firing range close to Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan today. Akash missile firing, gun firing from Advanced Light Helicopter and MiG 29’s air-to-ground role will be demonstrated in the exercise.  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to attend the event. Indigenously developed weapons, aircraft and equipment to be displayed include Akash midrange surface to air missile, Astra all weather beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Advanced Light Helicopter and Airborne Early Warning and Control systems.  The fighter planes like MiG 29, Jaguar, Sukhoi-30, Mirage-2000, transport aircraft like AN-32, C 130, Mi-17 VS and MI-35 helicopters will be among other aircraft used during the demonstration.

    Three Rafale jets fly to India for Aero India 2019 show

    15 February 2019
    French aerospace major Dassault Aviation flew to India three Rafale fighters to participate in the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 air show from February 20-24. The biennial international expo is being held at the Yellahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) near the Bengaluru international airport. India is buying 36 of the twin-engine, delta wing multi-role Rafale to replace the ageing Russian-made MiG-21 fleet of the Indian Air Force over the next four years.

    Exercise Topchi was held at Nashik, Maharashtra

    15 February 2019
    The Exercise Topchi was held at Deolali Camp near Nashik, Maharashtra. In this exercise, the Indian Army showcased its artillery firepower by using ultralight Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar. Aviation and surveillance capabilities were also showcased.  There were a showcase of display of rockets, missiles, surveillance, and target acquisition radars, remotely piloted aircraft and hi-tech equipment in addition to gunfire. The precision displayed while delivering the explosives in the target area stunned all those present.

    India has signed the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

    13 February 2019
    Ministry of Defence has signed the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles for front-line soldiers deployed in operational areas. Of the 72,400 rifles, 66,400 are meant for the Army, 2,000 for the Navy and 4,000 for the Air Force.  The broad parameters for the weapon are an effective range of 500 m and a weight of less than 3 kg. The new rifles will replace the Indian National Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles.
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    India has signed the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

    13 February 2019
    Ministry of Defence has signed the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles for front-line soldiers deployed in operational areas. Of the 72,400 rifles, 66,400 are meant for the Army, 2,000 for the Navy and 4,000 for the Air Force.  The broad parameters for the weapon are an effective range of 500 m and a weight of less than 3 kg. The new rifles will replace the Indian National Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles.

    AMAN 19, the multinational maritime exercise held at Karachi

    11 February 2019
    The 5-day multinational maritime exercise ‘AMAN-19’ was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi. In this multinational maritime exercise. 46 nations participated from all over the world. The aim to conduct this exercise is to facilitate a forum of understanding of each other’s maritime concepts and operation cultures and to produce ways and means to confront common threat at sea. Pakistan: Capital: Islamabad PM: Imran Khan President: Arif Alvi  

    India Army chooses the Go Green option; inaugurates 2MW solar power plant in military station

    9 February 2019
    The Go Green initiative, Lieutenant General Surinder Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command inaugurated a 2 MW solar power plant at Chandimandir. This is the largest Solar power project within Western Command of the Indian Army, set up at Chandimandir. Considered as one of the largest, the solar power plant in Panchkula (Haryana) was established with an investment of Rs 10 crore.

    Russia to make 2 types of new missiles

    6 February 2019
    US announced that it is to withdraw from the INF treaty. After the announcement, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the country is to make two types of missile in the year 2019-20.  The two types of missile Russia plans to develop are: 1) A land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile   2) Land-based long-range hypersonic missile The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement. The INF agreement forbids ground-launched, short- and intermediate-range missiles, but not those launched from the air or sea.

    Defence Ministry approves procurement of 73,000 assault rifles from US

    4 February 2019
    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the procurement of around 73000 Sig Sauer rifles from United States of America under fast track procurement mode in a major move towards infantry modernization. USA will have to deliver the Sig Sauer rifles which is used by US forces as well as several other European forces within one year of finalization of the deal. The Procured rifles will replace INSAS rifles and the new rifles will be used by the troops deployed along the 3600 km border with China. Ministry of Defence ♦ Union Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman ♦ Minister of State: Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi

    INS Dronacharya wins Kochi Area Boat Pulling Regatta 2019

    3 February 2019
    INS Dronacharya team won the Regetta trophy in the area Pulling Regatta Kochi 2019 of the (SNC Southern Naval Command) held in Kochi. It is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted by the Southern Naval Command.

    Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra takes over as NCC Director General

    1 February 2019
    Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra took charge as the Director General of NCC (DGNCC) in New Delhi. He has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service in January 2018.  

    Indian Navy has commissioned its third naval base

    25 January 2019
    The Indian Navy has commissioned its third naval base, INS Kohassa at Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur has been commissioned as INS Kohassa in Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is Indian Navy's third naval air facility in the Andamans. The base is in close proximity to Coco Islands (of Myanmar) and the wide expanse of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The new base was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in the presence of top naval commanders. This is to expand operational presence in the Indian Ocean where China has been increasing its military presence. The Naval Air Station has been developed for both military and civil - airfield.

    India Africa Field Training Exercise (IAFTX) 2019 to be held in Pune

    25 January 2019
    The final planning conference to work out the modalities for India Africa Field Training Exercise (IAFTX) which is to be held from 18th to 27th March 2019 commenced in Pune, Maharashtra. India Africa Field Training Exercise (IAFTE) 2019 will boost strategic Cooperation, political and military ties between the countries. Representatives from Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Uganda, Niger, and Zambia are attending the conference. Field Training Exercise will be carried out at Aundh Military station and College of Military Engineering in Pune. At present, the Chinese Military has spread its tentacles in Africa through military hardware cooperation. The exercise will unify humanitarian action and joint peace operation.

    Coast Guards of India, Japan undertake disaster control exercise in Yokohama

    24 January 2019
    Indian and Japanese Coast Guards started disaster, search and rescue exercises off the cost of Yokohama in Japan. ICGS Shaunak is the main Indian Coast Guard Ship taking part in the drills. Rajendra Singh, Chief of Indian Coast Guard and his Japanese counterpart Shuichi Iwanami reviewed the drills. The Coast guards of India and Japan was working together after the establishment of deeper ties between the two countries. Japan Coast guard visited India last year whereas in this year Indian coast guard has visited Japan. About Indian Coast Guard ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Director General: Rajendra Singh ♦ Motto: We Protect  

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Diffo Bridge over Chipu River in Arunachal Pradesh

    21 January 2019
    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 426 metres long Diffo Bridge over Chipu River in Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. Border Roads Organization (BRO) constructed the bridge along Indo-China border. The construction of the bridge began in 2011. The total cost to build the bridge was Rs 4,847.83 lakh and was funded by the Union ministry of road transport and highways.

    Centre ordered ITBP to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir

    19 January 2019
    The Centre has ordered moving a strategic Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) command from its current base in Chandigarh to the border of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, despite the growing concerns over the Chinese military build-up along the eastern flank of the country.  The North West (NW) frontier of the ITBP has been ordered to move by the end of March. The Leh district in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir is the base for 14 Corps of the Army and the proposed shift will allow better interaction between the two forces for strategic and defence planning.

    India to buy $5 billion oil, gas from USA & spend $18 billion in defence

    17 January 2019
    India committed to purchase USD 5 billion worth of oil and gas from the US per annum and USD 18 billion worth of defence equipment that are under implementation, a top Indian diplomat here said, highlighting the growing bilateral trade cooperation.

    Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor to be launched on 20 January

    16 January 2019
    The Tamil Nadu defence industrial corridor is set to be launched as part of the Centre’s efforts to build an indigenous defence production ecosystem. One of the reasons for Tamil Nadu being chosen for the corridor is that it is already a major manufacturing State and has a major auto components hub.  The corridor will be formally launched by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Tiruchirappalli on January 20. Two defence corridors, one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh, were announced in the last budget.  The Uttar Pradesh corridor was launched at Aligarh in August 2018 and saw investment announcements to the tune of Rs.3,732 crore were made.

    Indian Navy to commission a new airbase

    8 January 2019
    The Indian Navy is planning to commission a new airbase 100 miles north of Port Blair in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar islands. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will commission the base, INS Kohassa on January 24. This will be India’s fourth air base and the third naval air facility in the archipelago, which are more closer to Southeast Asia than to the Indian mainland, overlooking key sea lanes of communication and strategic choke points. The base will initially operate choppers and Dornier short-range surveillance aircraft. The base can also act as an alternate runway to Port Blair for civilian traffic in case of emergencies.

    Centre eased Defence manufacturing rules

    7 January 2019
    The Centre issued a notification to simplify the process for the approval of manufacturing of a range of defence and aerospace equipment and components by private industry. This will bring the industries under the licensing authority of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) which is under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The items are listed in three categories: defence aircraft, warships of all kinds, and allied items of defence equipment. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said that the most significant aspect is that warships of all kinds, surface and sub-surface, have been included in the listing. It would accrue benefits towards Tier-I/Tier-II vendors giving a boost to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This move is also expected to help foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) looking for partnerships with the private sector.

    Improved LCA Tejas gets approved for production

    4 January 2019
    Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas progressed towards manufacture in an enhanced, battle standard format on December 31. The LCA is being designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru.  A new limited clearance from military airworthiness certifier CEMILAC for the Indian fighter green-lights its production in a superior lethal version. HAL aims to get the first aircraft out in late 2019. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has asked Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to make 40 LCA aircraft. Of this, 20 will be in the advanced Final Operational Clearance (FOC) format. Another 20 are in the earlier Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) version. The IAF has modified and upgraded its trainer requirement in its old package order of 40 LCA aircraft.

    Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva takes over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff Operations

    28 December 2018
    Defense Ministry appointed Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva who had served in three out of four wings of Integrated Defense Staff (IDS) headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (Operations). Air Marshal Sachdeva was commissioned as an Indian Air Force pilot in December 1981 and has logged over 7200 hours of transport and instructional flying experience. Apart from being a Category ‘A’ flying instructor, he has also held some of the prestigious appointments in Air Force, Joint Services and National Technical Research Organization (NTRO). He has also been an Air Force examiner and has also commanded a frontline transport squadron, a transport base and the College of Defense Management.

    India successfully test-fired Nuclear-Capable Agni-IV Missile

    24 December 2018
    India on 23rd December successfully test-fired nuclear strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast as a part of user trial by the Army. The surface-to-surface missile has a 4,000-km strike range and is equipped with advanced avionics, 5th generation on board computer and distributed architecture. This is the seventh trial of Agni-IV missile.

    Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated Information Fusion Centre Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) in Gurugram

    24 December 2018
    Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram. The IFC-IOR is aimed to engage with partner nations to develop maritime domain awareness and share information on vessels of interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It would also help enhance maritime security and safety. The information exchange at the IFC-IOR would be initially undertaken by virtual means, using telephone calls, faxes, emails and video conferencing over the internet.  

    IAF tested military aircraft using blended bio jet fuel

    18 December 2018
    An An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew with blended bio-jet fuel produced from Jatropha oil, unlocking the possibility of gradually expanding it to the entire service at some point. This has the dual benefit of reducing the carbon footprint as well as usage of fossil fuels. It was flown by highly qualified test pilots from the Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE). The IAF intended to fly the An-32 with 10% bio-jet fuel at the Republic Day flypast on January 26, 2019. This bio-jet fuel technology was developed by the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 2009 and tested between 2011 and 2013.

    Indian Navy to inaugurate IFC IOR

    17 December 2018
    The Indian Navy will be formally inaugurating the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) this week. The IFC-IOR is established with the vision of strengthening maritime security in the region and beyond, by building a common coherent maritime situation picture. This Centre will pave for the exchange of information on white shipping or commercial shipping with countries in the region to improve maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy is mandated to conclude white shipping information exchange agreements with 36 countries and three multi-national constructs White shipping ♦ White shipping means sharing and exchange of advance information regarding the identity and movement of non-military commercial vessels ♦ There is a particular color code for ships    (i) White is the color code for commercial ships    (ii) Grey is the color for military vessels    (iii) Black is the color for illegal ships

    India, Russia plans to boost the joint production in defence

    14 December 2018
    India and Russia have agreed to simplify export clearances to take forward joint manufacturing in the defence. This decision was made during the 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu on 13th December 2018. India is planning for joint production under Make in India. This includes allowing Indian companies, both Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and private sector, to manufacture spares for Russian systems in India. So far, four military-industry conferences have been held between Russian manufactures and Indian companies to take the process forward, in this regard.

    Indian Navy launched DSRV system at Mumbai

    13 December 2018
    The Indian Navy launched its first non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The DSRV is used to rescue crew members from submarines stranded underwater in the high seas. The cost of one system is Rs.1,000 crore. In March 2016, the Indian Navy had signed a Rs.2,000 crore contract with the U.K.-based James Fisher Defence (JFD) for two submarine rescue systems as well as maintenance for 25 years. Admiral Lanba said the second system would be inducted in April and would be based at the Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam. Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system: ♦ The flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System can be operated in very rough conditions with a wave height of 4 to 6 metres ♦ It can be operated at a depth of 650 meters with 12-14 hours endurance time ♦ It can rescue 14 people at a time ♦ It is also equipped with a decompression chamber that can accommodate submariners and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which can be used to beam images and provide immediate assistance

    USAF and IAF calls for more joint air exercises

    11 December 2018
    Cope India 2018, the 12-day joint exercise between the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) is being held at the Kalaikunda air station in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district. As the bilateral military exercise draws close to the climax, the officials of both the countries said that such joint exercises should be held more frequently. More than 100 personnel of the U.S. Air Force, along with 400 personnel of the Indian Air Force, are participating in the exercise that will conclude on December 14. The U.S. Air Force has sent a dozen F-15 whereas the IAF is participating with a fleet of 10 Sukhoi 30, six Jaguars and four Mirage 2000.

    In a first, Indian Air Force conducted Exercise 'Cross Bow 18'

    11 December 2018
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted combined guided weapons firing of Surface-to-Air Missiles from the Air Force Station located at Suryalanka, Andhra Pradesh. The first-of-its-kind exercise for the Air Force was code-named 'CROSS BOW-18'. CROSS BOW-18 saw the successful firing of four different classes of missiles like Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA.

    INDRA NAVY: the bilateral maritime exercise between indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy exercises held in Visakhapatnam

    10 December 2018
    The 10th Edition of the bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) started at Visakhapatnam.  The Maritime exercise will conclude on December 16. The Primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. This Year’s edition of exercise would be held in two phases, The Harbour phase would be held at Visakhapatnam from 9-12 December and the Sea phase would be held from 13-16 December in the bay of Bengal. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Air Defence Drills, Surface firings, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures will be the thrust of exercises at sea.

    Indian Navy to Conduct Exercise TROPEX From January 2019

    7 December 2018
    The Indian Navy will be conducting its flagship Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise, (TROPEX), from January 2019 end till early March 2019. As part of TROPEX, the Indian Navy would also be conducting a large-scale coastal defence exercise ‘Exercise Sea Vigil’ which will involve all stakeholders across mainland and island territories.

    First India Japan Air Exercise SHINYUU Maitri 2018 began

    5 December 2018
    A bilateral air exercise ‘SHINYUU Maitri-18’, between the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) began on December 3, 2018 at Air Force Station Agra.  The exercise will end on December 7, 2018. The theme of the exercise is joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) on Transport aircraft. IAF is participating with An-32 and C-17 aircraft with aircrew & observers.

    Mattis says India and U.S. will sort out sanctions waiver

    5 December 2018
    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is now on a visit to Washington. She was given an extended honor cordon (guard) at the Pentagon. Ms.Sitharaman and Mr. Mattis held talks about bilateral ties. Also, the U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said that India and the U.S. are planning to solve issues around a U.S. sanctions waiver related to India’s purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile defence system from Russia.

    Indian Navy to conduct Exercise sea vigil as a part of 2-month long Exercise TROPEX

    5 December 2018
    Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced conduction of a 2-month long Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (Tropex) in January 2019. It would end in March 2019. The main objective is to check on the coastal defence system This would test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Coast Guard, and would strengthen interoperability and joint operations in a complex conflict situation. About Sea vigil exercise: It is a yearly exercise that takes place on the Western Seaboard with the participation of over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy. The following are the few examples of the participants in the sea vigil exercise: INS Vikramaditya, submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, naval aircraft MiG-29K, helicopters as well as ships from the Coast Guard. Since its tri-service exercise troops from the Army and fighter aircraft from the Indian Air Force including the SU-30 MKI, Jaguars and the AWACs.  

    Defence Ministry approves military procurement worth Rs 3000 crore

    3 December 2018
    The approved deal includes procurement of indigenous BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships that are to be built in Russia. The Defence Acquisition Council also approved the procurement of Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s main battle tank, Arjun. Jointly developed by India and Russia, the BrahMos missile flies at almost three times the speed of sound.

    Ex Cope India 18, the bilateral military exercise between IAF and the U.S., began

    3 December 2018
    The Air Forces of India (IAF) and the U.S. began the ‘Ex Cope India-18’, a 12-day military exercise, in the Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal. The aim is to enhance operational coordination and to provide operational exposure and undertake the mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability. This exercise is the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. This is for the first time, the exercise is being held at two Air Force bases. The U.S. has sent a fleet of F15 C/D and C-130 military aircraft. The IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000, C-130J and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft.

    DRDO invites applications from military officers into DRDS

    3 December 2018
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) invited applications from serving officers of the three services already working with it for permanent absorption as civilian officials into its Defence Research and Development Cadre (DRDS).  The deadline for submitting applications is December 20, after which a committee would shortlist eligible officers based on their research experience to the equivalent ranks and research aptitude, among other criteria. The broad eligibility criteria are: the service officers on tenure should not be above the age of 50 years as on December 20, 2018, while there is no such stipulation for PS officers. Another important criterion is that the officers should not have been fully superseded in their parent organizations. Once absorbed, the officers will be treated as civilian scientists for pay and promotion.

    Air forces of the US and India to hold joint exercise 'Cope India 2019'

    2 December 2018
    Air forces of the United States and India are scheduled to participate in a 12-day joint exercise 'Cope India 2019' at two air force stations in West Bengal this month. The exercise will be held from December 3 to 14 at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh (Panagarh). The Cope India exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010. Cope India began in 2004 as a fighter training exercise held at Air Station Gwalior.

    India, China to hold joint military exercises from December 10

    2 December 2018
    The militaries of China and India would hold a joint 14-day drill from December 10 in southwest China's Chengdu city to improve their capabilities in fighting terrorism and promote mutual understanding. The 7th India and China joint military exercises - 'Hand in Hand' - will focuss on counter-terrorism operations. The exercises will be held after a gap of one year as both the sides were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam in the Sikkim sector of the border in 2017.

    India, UK naval exercise Konkan 18 held in Goa

    30 November 2018
    The Royal Navy of UK will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter.  The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking and an IN submarine during the sea phase between December 2 to 6. In addition, Indian Navy's maritime patrol aircraft Dornier will also participate in the exercise.

    Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Mission Raksha

    29 November 2018
    The main aim is to provide a boost to the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) culture in indigenous defence industry The event showcased the successful outcomes of adopting and utilizing the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications which enhanced inventions and innovations among Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). Department of Defence Production and Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) had a significant role in spreading awareness about the benefits of creating the  Intellectual Property culture in the defence sector.

    Indian Navy issued LoR to the U.S. for multi role U.S. copters

    22 November 2018
    Indian Navy has issued the Letter of Request (LoR)  to the U.S., under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, for the purchase of 24 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) in a deal estimated at $2bn. This is among a series of defence procurements and inductions from the U.S. and Russia in the last two months. The Navy is presently facing a critical shortage of helicopters and several frontline warships are plying with empty helicopter decks. These helicopters are being procured as a replacement for 15 Sea King ASW helicopters de-inducted from service in 1991 and one Sea King 42B MRH lost in an accident. The current MRHs in service, Sea King 42Bs, were inducted in the 1980s.

    Indo-US joint military exercise 'Vajra Prahar' commenced in Jaipur

    21 November 2018
    Army's Indo-US Joint Special Forces Exercise 2018 commenced on November 19 at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner and will conclude on December 2. The American Special Forces will carry out 12 days rigorous joint training in semi desert and rural terrain with an aim to enhance the inter-operability of the two armed forces and further the military to military co-operation.

    India, Russia sign $500-mn deal to build 2 warships in Goa

    21 November 2018
    The Goa Shipyard Limited and Russia's Rosoboronexport signed the agreement for the Grigorovich-class 'Project 11356' frigates with technology transfer from Russia. The construction of the warships will begin in 2020 and the first one will be delivered in 2026, while second one will be ready by 2027. India inked an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia for the four frigates in 2016. The Indian Navy currently operates six such stealth frigates — three Talwar class and three Teg class — bought from Russia and inducted between 2003 and 2013.

    Indian army opts Russian Igla S missile

    20 November 2018
    India is to buy Russia’s Igla-S missile system as the choice for the Army’s multibillion-dollar contract for man-portable air defence systems. The Igla-S bid from Rosoboronexport of Russia has been declared the L1 in the Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) deal.  The threat of U.S. sanctions for arms purchases from Russia doesn’t guarantee any certain transaction despite the declaration of the Russian bid. The other bidders were MBDA of France and SAAB of Sweden.

    Indian Navy completes refit of Maldivian Coast Guard Ship Huravee in Visakhapatnam

    18 November 2018
    Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee successfully completed her refit at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and the ship was formally handed over to Major Mohamed Jamshad, Commanding Officer MCGS Huravee in a ceremony organized to commemorate the occasion on 15 November 2018. The event concluded by customary crest exchange between the ship and the chief guest.

    Govt submitted price details of Rafale jets in sealed cover to Supreme Court

    13 November 2018
    The government on November 12 submitted the details regarding the pricing and negotiations of the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France's Dassault for ₹59,000 crore in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court. Dassault has not yet formally conveyed to Centre the role of Reliance Defence as its Indian offset partner. Centre said that till Oct 2019 no offset partner can get any money under agreement from India.

    SIMBEX begins the drills

    12 November 2018
    SIMBEX, the 25th edition of the India-Singapore bilateral naval exercise has begun at the tri-services command on November 10, 2018. The exercise is being held in Port Blair, Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It will conclude on November 21.  India and Singapore have vastly expanded their military cooperation in recent years under India’s Act East policy. In 2017, the two countries signed a naval agreement which has a provision for mutual logistical support and gives India access to the Changi naval base. The trilateral exercise between the countries is with an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) country, likely Thailand, and eventually, plan to scale it up to a multilateral format.

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