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  • Turkey rejected USs ultimatum to back down on Russian missile deal

    2 days ago
    Turkey announced that it will not back down from its decision to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems despite U.S.'s ultimatum. This has created tension between Ankara and Washington, the NATO allies. The S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s defense systems. US said it would compromise its F-35s, which Turkey also plans to buy. Turkey has proposed that the allies form a working group to asses the impact of the S-400s, but has yet to receive a response from the United States. US' urge: U.S. urged Turkey to abandon its purchase of a Russian missile defence system. If Turkey does not end the deal, U.S. said that it would expel the Turkish pilots training on the F-35 fighter jet programme. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu suggested an offer to set up a joint working group to resolve U.S. concerns. Turkey: President: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Vice President: Fuat Oktay Capital: Ankara Currency: Turkish lira (₺) (TRY)

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    DRDO successfully tested the indigenously developed HSTDV along with several technologies

    13 June 2019
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on 12 June.  The HSTDV missile was successfully launched from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was tracked by various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors through its course. It HSTDV being developed by DRDO with assistance from Israel and the UK and Russia. Aim: The project aims to serve multiple military and civil purposes. It also intends to develop a hypersonic vehicle that will be powered by a scram-jet engine. The HSTDV demonstrated the performance of a scram-jet engine at an altitude of 15 km to 20 km.  Scram-jet technology: Scram-jet technology is dual-use technology. It will have multiple civilian applications when developed successfully. Scram-jet technology has the ability to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 6 while using atmospheric oxygen as oxidizer.  It will also be available for long-range cruise missiles. The combustion of fuel takes place in a chamber in the missile at supersonic speeds, in scram-jet technology. It can be used for launching satellites at low cost. Till now, India is using ram jet system. In ranm jet system, the system collects the air it needs from the atmosphere during the flight at subsonic speeds and the propellants burn in the combustion chamber.

    Cabinet approved the setting up of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO)

    12 June 2019
    The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO), a new agency, which will develop sophisticated weapon systems. The approval aimed to To enhance the capabilities of the armed forces to fight wars in space. Members of DSRO: The agency will be headed by a Joint Secretary-level scientist. DSRO would constitute a team of scientists which would be working in close coordination with the tri-services integrated Defence staff officers. Functions of DSRO: DSRO will be entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies. It would provide the research and development support to the Defence Space Agency (DSA). About DSA: Defence Space Agency (DSA)will constitute of members from the three services. The aim of setting up of DSA is to help the country fight wars in the space. DSA is being set up under an Air Vice Marshal-rank officer in Bengaluru. It will be gradually taking over the space-related capabilities of the three forces.

    Lt Gen PJS Pannu designated as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (operation)

    9 June 2019
    Lt Gen PJS Pannu take over as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) from Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva on June 1. He is currently posted as Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (Doctrine Organisation and Training). The General Officer is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy and was commissioned into 22nd Battalion, The Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) on December 13, 1980, and commanded the battalion from May 1999 to February 2001 in Uri Sector (Jammu and Kashmir) during Operation VIJAY. General Officer an instructor in the prestigious Indian Military Academy.  He has also held important appointments in various Formation Headquarters and Army Headquarters such as General Staff Officer grade 1 and Director in Military Operations Directorate, Colonel Military Secretary at HQ 1 Corps,  He has commanded an Infantry Brigade in Kashmir Valley, has been Commandant of MLI Regimental Centre, commanded an infantry division in the North East.  General Officer served as ADG MO and DG Infantry before taking over a prestigious Corps in the Northern Command.

    BSF officer appointed as head of its Tekanpur-based academy

    8 June 2019
    Border Security Force (BSF) appointed as the head of its Tekanpur-based academy, the alma mater of the officers of the country's largest frontier-guarding force. S S Chahar took over the charge of the academy's director -- an Additional Director General (ADG) rank -- a senior official said. He is the 13th officer of the cadre to have been elevated to the second top post in the organisation in the history of over 50 years. He served on both the western and eastern frontiers of the country. BSF guards the important Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively. Chahar, honours like the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and police medals for meritorious and distinguished services under his belt/ About BSF Academy The BSF academy is located in Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh, near Gwalior.  It is also home to institutes of national importance like the tear smoke unit (the only factory in the country to produce tear smoke shells and similar ammunition) and the national training centre for dogs. The ADG rank is very rarely occupied by a BSF officer as only one post is reserved for them and the rest four are taken by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, who join the central force on deputation. The academy trains BSF officers who come to it after clearing the UPSC exam and after graduating from it, they are posted as assistant commandants. The BSF has a strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel and apart from rendering its primary task of guarding the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders, it also conducts anti-Naxal operations and assists the state police units in undertaking law-and-order and counter-insurgency duties.

    India to buy 100 more SPICE bombs, signed Rs 300 crore deal with Israel

    8 June 2019
    The Indian Air Force signed a deal with Israel to buy more than 100 SPICE  2000 bombs, worth around Rs 300 crore. SPICE bombs were used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to attack the madrasa of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26, in response to the terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which resulted in the martyrdom of 40 CRPF personnel. About SPICE bomb: Standoff range: 60 kilometres Manufacturer: Israeli defence firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems About Israel: Capital: Jerusalem Trending Currency: Israeli new shekel Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

    India and France to carry out Garuda, a two week long mega air exercise

    6 June 2019
    Indian Air Force and French Air Force have planned to carry out Garuda, a two-week-long mega air exercise, beginning on July 1 in France. The aim is to boost the military-to-military ties between the two countries. A fleet of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force will engage in dogfights with France’s Rafale multirole aircraft in simulated scenarios as part of the ‘Garuda’ exercise. Other assets include mid-air refueller will also be sent to France by the IAF. It will be one of the largest air exercises between the two strategic partners. The exercise will also provide an opportunity to a sizeable number of IAF pilots to have a close look at the Rafale jets being operated by the French Air Force. India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about Rs.58,000-crore. The first Rafale jet is scheduled to be delivered in September.

    Indian Army commissioned air quality monitor at Fort William as a part of 'Go Green' initiative

    5 June 2019
    'Go Green' initiative,a "Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS)" at Fort William Military Station. Lt Gen M M Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, commissioned the system, which monitors air pollution on a real time basis. The CAAQMS at the Eastern Command headquarters will measure air pollution including particulate matter throughout the year. It also displays wind speed, direction, ambient temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, barometric pressure and rain gauge. The data can be remotely monitored on internet and collated into various desired formats. About Indian Army: Founded: 1 April 1895, India Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

    Indian Navy deployed P-8I long range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti piracy

    5 June 2019
    Indian Navy deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden. This is the second time the P-8I is operated from Salalah for anti-piracy in 2019. It was operated from there first January. It is an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments (MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).  P-8I: The P-8I provides long-range Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). The P8I is long-range anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. India had placed orders for 12 P-8 India maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare from the US under a USD 2.2 billion dollar deal in 2012. Also, the country had ordered four more planes to carry out extensive surveillance of the Indian Ocean region and the country's exclusive economic zone. Anti-piracy patrol: India has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the commercially crucial Gulf of Aden, since 2008. The anti-piracy patrols have been escorting Indian flagged vessels and ships of other countries have also been provided protection.  The Indian Navy has escorted 3,440 ships, of which 3,027 were of the foreign flag and 413 Indian flags, till date. The Navy now maintains a ship at every choke point in the IOR at any point of time under the MBD concept. The aircraft have also helped in detection of Chinese nuclear and conventional submarines operating in the Indian Ocean and waters close to India. India's maritime engagement: As part of expanding engagement maritime engagement, India has stepped up cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime neighbours. Under the Neighbourhood First policy, the Navy undertakes Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius and Coordinated Patrols (CORPAT) with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia.

    Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh became the first IAF woman pilot to fly Hawk jets

    3 June 2019
    Flight Lt. Mohana Singh becomes the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day on a Hawk advanced jet aircraft. She landed after a grueling 4-aircraft combat sortie at Kalaikunda Air Force station in West Bengal. The other women officers - Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi - joined the fighter stream in June 2016. Last week, Flight Lt. Bhawana Kanth became the first daytime woman fighter pilot to fly a MiG-21 Bison. She involved flying both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground missions. She has undertaken many practice missions which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high caliber bombs and has also participated in various Air Force level flying exercises. She has a total of over 500 hours of incident-free flying of which 380 hours are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet. Mohana Singh Mohana Singh Jitarwal is one of the first female pilots of India. She was declared as the first combat pilot along with two of her cohorts, Bhawana Kanth, and Avani Chaturvedi.  All three women pilots were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in June 2016.

    Rs 21,738 Crore Naval Helicopters to be new Govt's First Defence Buy

    2 June 2019
    The Rs 21,738-crore procurement of 111 light Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Navy is on track to be the first big procurement of the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. At least three international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) submitted proposals to build their helicopters through an Indian industry designated as “strategic partner” (SP). The OEMs who have responded include Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Bell Helicopters. The proposal for building 111 helicopters allows the OEM to deliver the first 16 from its home production facility, but at least 95 helicopters must be manufactured in India with an ambitious level of 60 per cent indigenisation stipulated. This NUH acquisition, which the defence ministry green lighted on August 25, is the first one being processed under the SP procurement model.

    Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa received baton of Chairman COSC

    31 May 2019
    Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa received the baton of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from outgoing Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the Chairman COSC with effect from May 31, 2019, consequent to relinquishment of charge by Admiral Sunil Lanba upon superannuation. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College and the National Defence Academy, was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in June 1978.   He is an experienced fighter pilot and a qualified CAT ‘A’ Flying Instructor with over 3000 hours of flying experience to his credit. The Air Chief Marshal has mainly flown the MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Admiral Sunil Lanba is proceeding on retirement on May 31, 2019, after a distinguished career spanning over four decades.

    IAF Golden Arrows 17 Squadron to be first Rafale combat aircraft unit

    31 May 2019
    The Indian Air Force(lAF) and Indian Space Research Organization(lSRO) signed an agreement with the selection of crew and training for Gaganyaan Programme. It was signed between Air Vice Marshal(AVM) RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff(ACAS) Operations (Space) IAF and Shri R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme. The Institute of Aerospace Medicine ('AM) will lead the selection and training of astronauts on behalf of IAF. ii. Gaganyaan Programme was announced the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 1 5, 2018. Rs. 10,000 crore worth mission is scheduled to be launched in December 2021 and as a part of it, ISRO had set up the Human Spaceflight Centre at its headquarters in Bengaluru on January 30. About IAF: Headquarters: New Delhi Founded: October 8, 1932 Role: Aerial warfare • Attack: Jaguar, MiG-27, Harpy Fighters: Sukhoi Su-30MKl, Dassault Mirage 2000, Mikoyan MiG-29, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, HAL Tejas • Chief of the Air Staff. Birender Singh Dhanoa About ISRO: Headquarters: Bengaluru Founder: Vikram Sarabhai Director: K Sivan

    Military tribunal allows Karambir Singh to take charge as new Navy Chief

    31 May 2019
    The Armed Forces Tribunal made Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to become the next Navy Chief while it deferred for four weeks the matter of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma which seeks to quash Singh’s appointment. Karambir Singh, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will take over as the Navy Chief on 31st May 2019. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982. He has extensive experience with the HAL Chetak, Kamov Ka-25, and Kamov Ka-28 helicopters About Karambir Singh Born: 3 November 1959 Commands held : Chief of Naval Staff Eastern Naval Command INS Delhi INS Rana INS Vijaydurg ICGS Chand Bibi Awards:  Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

    India's first all woman crew flies Mi - 17 V5 medium lift helicopter

    30 May 2019
    Three women officers of Indian Air Force were part of India's first all-women crew to fly a medium-lift helicopter Mi-17 V5.  Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) were three women IAF officers flew the chopper, which took off from a forward air base in South Western air command. All three women officers flew a Mi-1 7 V5 helicopter for Battle Inoculation Training mission.  Under this mission, the helicopter had taken off and landed from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western air command.  Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj became the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.  Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the first woman flight engineer of the IAF. Flying officer Aman Nidhi from Jharkhand also became the first woman IAF pilot from the state. About Indian Air Force Founded: 8 October 1932 Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh 

    AN-32 aircraft to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel

    28 May 2019
    The Russian made AN-32 aircraft, IAF’s formidable workhorse has formally been certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel.  P.Jayapal, Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) handed over the approval certificate to Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh.  This is a huge step in promoting the Make in India mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils (TBOs) sourced from tribal areas and farmers, augmenting their income substantially. Bio-jet fuel and IAF: The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. The scope of these checks was in consonance with international aviation standards. IAF followed meticulous testing standards for the use of indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF. Introduction of Biofuel: The indigenous bio-jet fuel was first produced by the CSIR-IIP lab at Dehradun in 2013, but could not be tested or certified for commercial use on aircraft due to lack of test facilities in the civil aviation sector. On 27 July 2018, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had formally announced IAF’s intention to permit the use of all its resources for testing and certifying the indigenous fuel. Since then, IAF’s flight test crew and engineers have been evaluating the performance of this fuel against international standards.

    DRDO successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash

    28 May 2019
    The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash surface-to-air defence missile system with a new indigenously-developed seeker in Balasore off the Odisha coast on 27 May. This is the second successful test of the missile. The medium range multi-target engagement capable missile was developed as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles. About Akash: The supersonic missile has a range of around 25 km and up to the altitude of 18,000 metres. The missile uses high-energy solid propellant for the booster and ramjet-rocket propulsion for the sustainer phase. The missile system is said to be highly mobile.  Several variants of the missile, Akash MK1, Akash-MK2, with improved accuracy and higher ranges are under development by the DRDO. India's missile system: The missile system was formally inducted into the IAF on July 10, 2015, and in the Army on May 5, 2015. In September that year, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared seven additional squadrons of the missile for the IAF.  However, it had been bogged in controversies with a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report in 2017 stating that 30% of the missiles failed when tested.  The Army too had said in 2017 that the missile did not meet its operational requirements due to higher reaction time.

    DRDO successfully flight tested Inertial Guided Bomb from an Su-30 MKI aircraft

    27 May 2019
    Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb from a Su-30 MKI aircraft at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.  The indigenously-developed guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target at a distance of 30 km away with high precision. All the mission objectives have been met. The weapon system is capable of carrying different warheads. India has carried out several such trials in 2019. DRDO is engaged in developing defence technologies covering various disciplines. The test firing of the guided bomb comes two days after the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.

    Flight Lieutenant Bhawana become the countrys first woman fighter to undertake to missions by day

    23 May 2019
    Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has become the country's first woman fighter be qualified to undertake to missions by day on a fighter aircraft in the IAF. This comes after she completed her day operational syllabus as a fighter pilot on the MiG-21 Bison supersonic aircraft.  Bhawana, from Darbhanga in Bihar, has become the first of the three in her batch of women fighter pilots to successfully complete her day operational syllabus on the MiG-21s at the Nal airbase in Bikaner. The other two women fighter pilots in the batch are Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh. IAF's induction of women fighter: The IAF has so far inducted six women into its fighter flying stream on an experimental basis for five years. It took around Rs.15 crore to train a single fighter pilot.  IAF had for long resisted inducting women in the combat stream because it felt it would disrupt tight fighter-flying schedules if they got married and had children. IAF's training for the 3 fighters: IAF posted the women fighter batch to MiG-21 squadrons rather than the easier-to-handle modern fighters like Sukhoi-30MKls or Mirage-2000s to ensure they undertake air defence missions over Indian territory in the event of war (MiG-21s are basically meant to intercept incoming enemy aircraft), and not go for strike missions deep into enemy territory. The next woman fighter pilot to undertake missions by day is Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi. Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh is also expected to reach this stage soon. The three women pilots were commissioned into the IAF’s fighter stream in June 2016.   

    IAF successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile

    23 May 2019
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The test marked a major milestone to enhance its precision strike capability. The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF the desired strategic reach. Supersonic BrahMos cruise missile:  The supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is a 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile and it has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound. The missile follows the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target. The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions. IAF's record: The IAF became the first air force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017. BrahMos cruise missile, which was test now, was the second such live launch of the weapon. Developers of BrahMos, 2.8 Mach surface attack missile: The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by IAF engineers, while the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on it. Despite such complex integrations, IAF, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd and HAL have proven the capability by dedicated and synergetic efforts. BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. Further expansion: The IAF has already begun work to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft. Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet is over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.

    IMCOR 2019 began in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command

    22 May 2019
    The 2019 Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) is taking place from 20 May to 28 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command. This is the 8th edition of the coordinated patrol (CORPAT) between India and Myanmar. CORPAT: The coordinated patrol (CORPAT) initiative between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy seeks to address issues of terrorism, human trafficking, poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and other illegal activities harmful to interest of both nations.  The CORPAT series was first started in Mar 2013. Since then it has fostered improved professional interaction and enhanced mutual understanding between the two navies for maritime interoperability. MCOR 2019: The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol IMCOR began on 20th May 2019. For the Opening Ceremony of 2019 edition, Myanmar Navy Ships arrived on 20 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command.  It will be undertaken by Myanmar ships viz. UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV54) with Indian Naval Ship, INS Saryu. The exercise includes the patrolling effort by participants will be augmented by Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from both the navies. The ships deployed would patrol along International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between the two countries thus, covering a distance of about 725 Kms over a period of four days.  During the sea phase of coordinated patrol, prior to Closing Ceremony' of CORPAT onboard Myanmar Naval Ship, the deployed ships will also undertake joint drills and maneuvers.

    Tech Mahindra signed a defence contract worth Rs.300 crore with Indian Navy

    22 May 2019
    IT major, Tech Mahindra has signed a defence contract worth Rs.300 crore with Indian Navy. This contract is its biggest agreement to date. The IT major will implement RFID-based access control system across all naval bases and ships as part of 'Armed Forces Secure Access Card (AFSAC)' Project. AFSAC  will replace the existing paper-based identity card for all Navy personnel, including dependents and ex-servicemen. As part of the AFSAC Project, Tech Mahindra will implement RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based access control system across all naval bases and ships. AFSAC Project: The Mumbai-based company will develop a secure application to manage the access control devices, network devices, and the AFSAC card through a data centre. The security of Indian Naval establishments against unauthorized access is a thrust area and the AFSAC Project will be an important step towards achieving this aim. Scheduled to be implemented over the next two years, the project will ensure smooth issuance, handling, administration, management and life-cycle support of AFSAC Cards on turnkey basis. This project further cements the company's role as one of the leading system integrators globally. Tech Mahindra is already working with entities like Coal India, India Ports Association, Kanpur Smart City and others. Tech Mahindra: Type: Public Founded on: 24 October 1986 Chairman: Anand Mahindra  MD & CEO: C.P. Gurnani  Services: Outsourcing, Consulting, Managed services

    India delivered the first pair of Mi 24 attack helicopters to Afghan Air Force

    20 May 2019
    India delivered the first pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters as a replacement to the Afghan Air Force. The helicopters were handed over to the Acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar at the Kabul Air Force base. The helicopters were Purchased from Belarus. Aim: The Mi-24 helicopters shall boost the capability of the Afghan Air Force and enhance the effectiveness of the Afghan National Defence and Security Force in combating the scourge of terrorism. India and Afghanistan in the past: The helicopters are a replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015. India has been one of the largest donors to Afghanistan and has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001. It is also said that two more of the same type will be purchased and supplied to the Afghan Air Force in order to make the aerial operations more effective. Mi-24: National origin: Soviet Union/Russia Manufacturer: Mil First flight: 19 September 1969 Introduced in: 1972 Mi-24 is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter, and low-capacity troop transport that can contain eight passengers. It has been designed to take on fortified enemy positions and locations prone.

    Indian Navy conducted missile tests to boost its anti air warfare capabilities

    18 May 2019
    The Indian Navy conducted significant missile tests boosting its anti-air warfare capabilities. The first cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) or Barak-8 was held on the Western Seaboard. The firing was undertaken on the western seaboard by the INS Kochi and the INS Chennai wherein the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges. Interestingly, one of the ships controlled the complete mission through its automated data links. The firing trials were carried out by Indian Navy, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This was achieved by network-centric operations that helped to combine the capabilities of all military platforms in a formation. The MRSAMs are fitted onboard the Kolkata Class Destroyers. These would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy. About Barak-8: Barak-8 also known as LR-SAM or as MR-SAM is an Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and combat jets. Both maritime and land-based variants of the system exist. It was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India's Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) produces the missiles. Barak-8 is a two-way data link (GPS S-band), Active Radar Seeker Missile, 360-degree coverage, Vertical Launch, Multiple Simultaneous Engagements, Point defence anti-ballistic missile. Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM): It has an intercept range between 70-100 km.  MRSAM is equipped with a modern ground-based multi-function 3D rotating active phased array radar to provide high-quality Air Situation Picture (ASP) and weapon support under adverse operational and environmental conditions. It will be capable of operating at the extreme condition of -30deg C and an altitude of 3.5 km.

    Twenty Sixth edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise titled SIMBEX were held in Singapore

    18 May 2019
    INS Kolkata Designed and built in India, it is an advanced stealth destroyer capable of engaging multiple threats from the air, sea and underwater and INS Shakti is a fleet support ship that provides fuel, provisions and munitions to warships at sea the 2 warships of the Indian Navy participated in a 3-day Asia Pacific naval and maritime event titled the International Maritime Defence Exhibition Asia (IMDEX Asia-2019) (it commenced on May 14, 2019) held in Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore. Some of India’s leading engineering and ship building firms, including Larsen & Toubro and BrahMos participated in it. Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral M S Pawar, led the delegation to the Asia Pacific gathering of the event. After IMDEX, Indian Naval ships together with an Indian Navy surveillance aircraft P8I have participated in the 26th edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX). SIMBEX scheduled from 16th May 2019 to 22th May 2019, is the longest uninterrupted naval exercise that India has with any other nation. The 25th edition SIMBEX took place in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal from 11th November to 21st November 2018. It was witnessed by Singapore’s Minister of Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen.  Thus this 26th edition of SIMBEX is taking place 6 months after the last edition.

    Padmaja appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru

    17 May 2019
    Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, announced the appointment of Ms. Padmaja as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru with residence in Suva. She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji. She is set to take up her responsibility soon. About Nauru: ♦ Capital: No Official capital, but Government offices are located at Yaren District ♦ Currency: Australian Dollar ♦ President: Baron Waqa

    Indian Coast Guard Ship Vigraha decommissioned

    17 May 2019
    The Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The decommissioning ceremony was attended by eight former Commanding Officers who had been at the helm of the ship, along with former and the present crew. About ICGS Vigraha Service:  It is a frontline offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  It was commissioned into service on April 12, 1990.  It has played an instrumental role in protecting east coast of India for 29 years of service from 1990 to 2019.  Builder: It was the seventh OPV built by Mazagon Dock. It was first of its class among other OPVs of third series.  It was also leased to Sri Lankan Navy on a dry lease from August 2008 to January 2011.  Later, it was re-inducted into Indian Coast Guard (IGC) in January 2019 after which it was continuously based at Visakhapatnam.  Participated: In major coast guard operations involved humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, pollution response, anti-poaching, repatriation, joint exercises and search and rescue.  

    India to set up military space agency headquartered at Bengaluru

    16 May 2019
    India is to set up its military space agency headquartered at Bengaluru with the ace fighter pilot Air Vice Marshal SP Dharkar as its likely head. AVM Dharkar is an ace fighter pilot and is presently looking after the air defence operations of an important command along the borders. The tri-services defence space agency is expected to get operational by June 2019. The tri-services Space agency is likely to command all the space assets of the three services including the A-SAT capability, which can be used to destroy enemy space-based satellites and other assets.  Why Bengaluru? Bengaluru is chosen as the location of the space agency, as it is also the headquarters of ISRO, which manages all types of space programmes of the country. Tri-services Special Operations Division: Ace Special Forces operative and Sri Lanka war veteran Maj Gen AK Dhingra has been appointed as the first head of Country's first tri-services Special Operations Division comprising commandos from all three services.  The Armed Forces Special Operations Division has been set up by the government to undertake joint operations by three services and will have elements from the Army's Parachute Regiments SF, Marine Commandos (MARCOS) of the Navy and the Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force.  Rear Admiral Mohit Gupta has been appointed as the head of the Defence Cyber Agency set up in Delhi with people from all three services. 

    Navys first full fledged SSB was inaugurated

    16 May 2019
    The Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Services Selection Board (SSB) was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at Diamond Harbour near Kolkata. This is the fifth SSB of the Indian Navy and will cater for a selection of both permanent and short service commission (SSC) officers.  The SSB, Kolkata is spread over 27 acres on the banks of the Hooghly. It has the capacity to screen 5,000 officer-candidates annually. The SSB at Diamond Harbour, Kolkata will boost the induction of officers, both men, and women, into the Indian Navy. Its location will reduce the travel time and effort for candidates from Northern and North Eastern parts of the country.  The other boards of Indian Navy are located in: Bhopal Bengaluru Visakhapatnam Coimbatore Indian Navy: Founded on: 1612 Supreme Commander: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Sunil Lanba Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral MS Pawar It is a part of the Indian Armed Forces. It is responsible to safeguard the nation's maritime borders.

    Indian Army, Navy and Air Force hold joint exercise in Andaman and Nicobar

    15 May 2019
    Indian Army, Navy and Air Force hold joint exercise Bull Strike at Teressa Island in Andaman and Nicobar. The objective is to enhance their coordination in dealing with major security challenges which are currently facing the country and also to showcase joint operation capability of the three forces, Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and further enhance operation coordination. The Total 170 troops from all three services participated and carried out para drop operations in a Combat Free Fall and Static Line mode. About Indian Army: Founded: 1 April 1895, India Headquarters: New Delhi

    DRDO conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS

    15 May 2019
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS, a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) at Balasore, Odisha. It was tracked by various Radars & Electro Optic Systems. The system performance was as per the simulations carried out. The test proved its performance in fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode, that is, a series of unique abstract GPS points that create artificial airways. It demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the requirement of mission for a cost-effective HEAT. About ABHYAS: It a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) that offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of weapon systems. It is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine.  It is designed for autonomous flying, with the help of an autopilot. For its guidance and navigation it uses indigenously developed Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based navigation system.  It has a Luneburg lens, that is, a spherically symmetric gradient-index lens, in the nose cone which improves the radar cross-section of target for weapons practice. It has an Acoustic Miss Distance Indicator (AMDI) to indicate the distance it missed. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO): Formed on: 1958 Headquarters: New Delhi, India Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy Parent agency: Ministry of Defence DRDO is charged with the military's research and development

    ADMM Plus concluded in Changi Naval Base, Singapore

    14 May 2019
    The sea phase of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (MS FTX) in the South China Sea concluded on 13 May 2019 at RSS Singapura, also known as Changi Naval Base in Singapore. The ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise was held from 30 April to 13 May. The exercise commenced on 30 April in Busan, South Korea and concluded in Singapore. It was co-organized by Singapore and South Korea as both nations currently hold co-chairmanship of ADMM-Plus Experts' Working Group on Maritime Security. This is the fourth Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (MS FTX) was conducted under the ambit of the ADMM-Plus. The exercise was held in two phases. Phase I of ADMM-PLUS MS FTX was scheduled from 1 May to 3 May  Phase II was scheduled from 9 May to 12 May Participants of the exercise: The ADMM-Plus comprises total 18 nation participants which include ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and other 8 includes the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Russia, China, and India. Significance: TIt involved 10 aircraft and 19 ships with about 700 personnel from the 18 ADMM-Plus countries. Various activities during the exercise: The exercise included maritime security drills such as boarding operations and protection of key installations. They also practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea and conducted information-sharing to track vessels-of-interest. Participants also conducted helicopter cross-deck landings and replenishment at sea drills as they sailed, building confidence and practical cooperation. Upon reaching the waters off eastern Singapore, boarding teams from the Brunei, India, ROK and Singapore navies simulated a search on a vessel-of-interest.    

    Chinese Navy launches two Type 052D new guided missile destroyers

    14 May 2019
    Chinese Navy commissioned two new Type 052D guided missile destroyers in Dalian, a coastal city.  They are the 19th and 20th ships in the class and are named as Tangshan and Suzhou.  China, at present 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or to be launched for service soon The destroyers are fast and warships are operated for long distances.  It is used to accompany the aircraft carriers. The newly developed Type 052D destroyers are the upgrades of its previous version Type 052C. The Type 052D destroyer is a large 7500 tone destroyer. It was introduced into the People’s Liberation Army Navy(PLAN) in March 2014. PLAN is the World’s fastest growing Navy as it adds new vessels to the fleet every month. Last month, PLAN celebrated its 70th anniversary in Qingdao, China. Indian naval ships including INS Kolkata along with tanker INS Shakti participated in it. For the first time in its history, Chinese navy has logistics bases in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean. It is developing Pakistan’s Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea and has also acquired Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port for 99 years in a debt swap. About China: ♦ Capital: Beijing ♦ Currency: Renminbi ♦ President: Xi Jinping  

    Boeing delivered 22 AH 64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the IAF

    13 May 2019
    US aerospace major, Boeing, handed over 22 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona in the U.S. The first batch of these helicopters are scheduled to be shipped to India by July 2019.  The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters: The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army. The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground. The helicopters has the ability to transmit and receive the battlefield picture.  Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at U.S. Army base Fort Rucker in Alabama. These personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF. About Indian Air Force: Founded on: October 1932 Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind CAS: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh  VCAS: Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Part of: Indian Armed Forces It aims to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict Boeing: Founder: William Boeing Headquarters: Illinois, U.S. The company designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles worldwide  

    Indian Navy joins Group sail in South China Sea

    12 May 2019
    Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six-day long 'Group Sail' with naval ships in the South China Sea (SCS). The exercise was held from 3rd May to 9th May.  The Group Sail was aimed at deepening the existing partnership and fostering mutual understanding among participating country's navies. Four countries namely, US, India, Japan, and the Philippines participated in the naval exercise.  Six Naval combatants from participating countries included India's INS Kolkata (Guided Missile Destroyer) and INS Shakti (Fleet Support Ship), Japna's JMSDF Izumo (Helicopter Carrier) and JMSDF Murasame (Guided Missile Destroyer), Philippines's BRP Andres Bonifacio (Frigate and offshore patrol vessel) and USA' USS Williams P. Lawrence (Arleigh Burke Class guided Destroyer).  The exercise included formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers, cross-deck flying, replenishment runs, and exchange of Sea Riders. It showcased India's commitment to enhance interoperability with like-minded countries for ensuring a safe maritime environment.

    Indian Army is commemorating 2019 as the Year of Next of Kin to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties

    11 May 2019
    Indian Army is commemorating ‘2019’ as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’. As a part of this commemoration, the Army has planned to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to resolve their pension-related issues and to let them know of their entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes. Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General in January stated that the army will observe 2019 as the year for the next of kin. Last year, stress was laid on the disabled soldiers, while this year its on the next of kin of the deceased soldiers. The issue has gained importance because most of the next of kin of the late soldiers were unaware of their entitled financial benefits. The Indian Army has stated that the issue has worsened due to non-digitised personal records, and also because of complications from various policy provisions and their multifarious interpretations. The Army will take the help of the defence ministry, Nepal Embassy, Sainik Boards, banks and welfare agencies like the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to embark upon this journey. The nodal agency will be The Directorate of Indian Army Veterans. On an average, every year the army suffers 150 to 200 battle casualties and 1,000 to 1,200 physical casualties, thus leading to 1,100 to 1,400 next of kin to be taken care of each year. The first are the soldiers who retired after 2000 The next category are retirees between 1970 and 2000 The next category comprises of retirees prior to 1970.

    INS Vela: Indian Navys 4th Scorpene-class made in India submarine launched

    7 May 2019
    INS Vela, Indian Navy’s 4th Scorpene-class submarine was launched at Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai. This is the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines under Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai. The Scorpene-class submarine has been termed as the Kalavari Class. Project 75 is a $3.75 billion contract inked between French Company DCNS (now Naval Group) and the Mazagon Dock Ltd in 2005 for construction and transfer of technology for 6 Scorpene-class submarines. Before Vela, Mazagon Dock Ltd has launched Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj submarines. About Indian Navy: ♦ Supreme Commander: President of India, Ramnath Kovind ♦ Chief of Indian Navy: Admiral Sunil Lanba (to be retired on May 31, 2019), Karambir Singh (Designated)

    India in talks with Uk for INS Vishal

    6 May 2019
    The United Kingdom is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing Make in India negotiations. The talks are underway for the Indian Navy to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called copycat supercarrier to be named INS Vishal in 2022. If a deal can be agreed, the new warship would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts. INS Vishal: INS Vishal, meaning 'giant' in Sanskrit, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 2 (IAC-2) is a planned aircraft carrier to be built by Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy.  It is intended to be the second aircraft carrier to be built in India after INS Vikrant (IAC-1). It will be the first supercarrier to be built in India.  In the proposed design of INS Vishal an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) CATOBAR system is under consideration.  The design stage of IAC-2 began in 2012, and was undertaken by the navy’s Naval Design Bureau. On 13 May 2015, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) allotted Rs.30 crore for initial construction planning process of INS Vishal. Initially, the carrier was expected to enter service by the 2020s, but the expected date of completion was later postponed to the 2030s.

    India to purchase 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia for 3,600 crores

    4 May 2019
    Defence Ministry Nirmala Sitharaman approved Indian Navy's proposal to acquire 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia at a cost of around Rs. 3,600 crore to strengthen its capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships. They cleared the Rs. 3,600 crore proposal for buying around 10 Kamov-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control choppers for the aircraft carrier operations and deployment on future warships. Indian Navy already has a fleet of 12 of these Kamov-31 choppers which sanitise the air space around the aircraft carriers and destroyers operating in open seas. For the anti-submarine warfare operations, the Navy has a fleet of Russian Kamov-28 choppers along with the Seaking choppers which were procured long back in the 1980s and are in need of an upgrade. About Indian Navy Founded: 1612 Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar, AVSM, VSM

    Yeti footprints sighted claims Indian Army tweet

    2 May 2019
    The official Twitter account of the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information tweeted that an Indian Army mountaineering expedition team sited mysterious footprints of mythical Himalayan beast “Yeti” measuring 32×15 inches  (81 centimetres by 38 centimetres)  close to Makalu Base Camp, located in North-Eastern Himalayas on 09 April 2019. The yeti also known as Abominable Snowman or Asian   Bigfoot is a giant ape-like creature often figures in South Asian folklore. Yetis are believed to weigh anywhere between 91 to 181 kilograms with a height of above 6 feet. According to a report in the National Geographic, British explorer Eric Shipton captured the footprints of the Yeti in 1951 for the first time.

    Varuna 19.1, Indo French joint naval exercise, began in Goa

    2 May 2019
    Varuna 19.1 is the first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise. It is being held off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 2019. The exercise will see the participation of the French Navy's aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the tanker FNS Marne and a nuclear submarine. From the Indian side, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar- class submarine, INS Shankul, and the Deepak- class fleet tanker, INS Deepak, are taking part in the exercise. The exercise is being conducted in two phases.  The harbour phase at Goa would include cross-visits, professional interactions and discussions and sports events The sea phase would comprise various exercises across the spectrum of maritime operations Varuna 19.2, the second part of the exercise, is scheduled to be held in May end in Djibouti. About the Bilateral Naval Exercise: The bilateral naval exercise which was started in 1983 and christened as Varuna in 2001, form a vital part of the Indo-French strategic partnership. Having grown in scope and complexity over the years, this exercise exemplifies the strong relations between the two nations. It aims at developing interoperability between the two navies and fostering mutual cooperation by learning from each other’s best practices to conduct joint operations. It also underscores the shared interests and commitment of both nations in promoting maritime security. The exercise is in line with the Joint Strategic Vision of India-French Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former's visit to India in March 2018.  France established diplomatic relations with the newly independent India in 1947. A treaty of cession was signed by the two countries in May 1956. France: President: Emmanuel Macron Prime Minister: Edouard Philippe Capital: Paris Currency: Euro (€) (EUR), CFP franc (XPF) Official/national language: French

    Pakistan named its retaliatory action against India on February 27 as Operation Swift Retort

    2 May 2019
    Pakistan Air Force announced that they will observe its retaliatory action against India against the Balakot strike of Indian Air Force as ‘Operation Swift Retort’. The Indian air strikes at Balakot terror camp on February 26 was response of Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attack by a suicide bomber in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF jawans. In response to Indian attack, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retaliated and captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was released by Pakistan on March 1. About Pakistan Capital: Islamabad Currency: Pakistani Rupee President:Arif Alvi Prime Minister: Imran Khan

    MoD awarded GRSE Rs.6,311 crore project to build 8 ASWSWC

    1 May 2019
    The Defence Ministry has awarded a contract of worth Rs.6,311 crore to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) to build eight anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. As per the agreement, the first ship is to be delivered within 42 months from the date of signing of the contract and subsequently, two ships are required to be delivered per year. The eight vessels are to be delivered between 2022 and 2027. The vessels are equipped with highly advanced state-of-the-art integrated platform management systems including propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery, power generation, and distribution machinery and damage control machinery, etc. Anti Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft: Name: ASW-SWC Builders: Cochin Shipyard, GRSE Operators: Indian Navy Preceded by: Abhay class Planned: 16 The ASW-SWC corvettes are anti-submarine warfare vessels ordered for the Indian Navy from Cochin Shipyard (CSL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). They are in the 700-ton range and will replace the Abhay-class corvette currently in service. The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) cleared the acquisition of 16 shallow water anti-submarine vessels, to replace Russian-built Abhay-class corvettes commissioned in 1989 and 1991. GRSE's projects: The 100 warships built by GRSE so far range from Advanced Frigates to Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to Fleet Tankers, Fast Attack Crafts, etc., with the Shipyard having many firsts to its credit in terms of Innovation and Design. The GRSE is currently handling major projects to make three Stealth Frigates for Indian Navy under P17A Project, ASW Corvettes for Indian Navy, LCUs for Indian Navy, four Survey Vessels (Large) for Indian Navy, FPVs for Indian Coast Guard, etc. The present project will further consolidate GRSE's position as a unique shipyard with the all-around capability to design and build ASWSWC warships with state-of-the-art technology.

    Indian Army to procure missiles under emergency procurements

    30 April 2019
    The Indian Army is in the process of procuring Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missiles from Israel and Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) from Russia through a set of new financial powers for emergency procurements sanctioned by the Defence Ministry.  The Request For Proposal (RFP) for the two deals have been issued and negotiations are ongoing. Under the latest emergency financial powers, armed forces have been given a free hand to procure equipment worth upto Rs.300 crore on a priority basis.  Under the emergency route, the Army is looking to procure about 12 launchers and around 250 missiles for each system. Deliveries have to be completed in three months, but extendable to six months. Ministry of Defence (MoD): Formed on: 1776 (as Military Department), 15 August 1947 (as Ministry of Defence) Headquarters: Raisina Hill, New Delhi Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman Deputy Minister responsible: Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre It coordinates and supervises national security and the Indian armed forces

    Indian Army signed with NHPC to build underground tunnels

    28 April 2019
    Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited. The agreement is to build four underground tunnels along China and Pakistan borders for storage of ammunition and other war-related equipment. Three tunnels will be built along the Chinese border and one tunnel will be built along the Pakistan border. The tunnel can store 175-200 metric tonnes of ammunition and the cost of this pilot project is around Rs 15 crore. National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited: Type: Public company Industry: Electric utility Founded: 1975 Headquarters: Faridabad, India chairman & MD: Balraj joshi Products: Electricity generation, energy trading It is an Indian Hydropower generation company  It has an objective to plan, promote and organise an integrated and efficient development of hydroelectric power in all aspects

    Indian Army to induct women as Jawans

    26 April 2019
    The Indian Army has started the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the corps of military police. Until now women were being inducted only as officers and this is the first time they would be taken in as soldiers. Women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20% of the total Corps of Military Police and their role will range from probing crime cases to assisting the army in field operations wherever required. Accordingly, the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year. Currently, women were allowed in selected areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army. Role of the military police: The role of military police includes: Policing cantonments and Army establishments Preventing the breach of rules and regulations by soldiers  Maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war Handling prisoners of war Extending aid to civil police Indian Army: Founded on: 1 April 1895 Part of: Indian Armed Forces Headquarters: New Delhi Motto: Service Before Self Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Army Staff (COAS): General Bipin Rawat Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS): Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu The primary mission of the Indian Army is to ensure national security and national unity, defending the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and maintaining peace and security within its borders.

    Navy launched guided missile destroyer INS Imphal under project 15B

    22 April 2019
    Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched the third ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai. The launch weighs 3,037 tonnes. Project 15B ships have been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design. Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes. These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots. P15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters. The contract for the construction of four Project 15B destroyers was signed in 2011. The first ship was named INS Visakhapatnam (launched in April 2015) and the second was named INS Mormugao (launched in September 2016).

    India and France to hold their largest Naval Exercise VARUNA

    20 April 2019
    India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early May as part of their expanding strategic partnership. The exercise has been christened 'Varuna' and will take place off Goa and Karwar from 1 May 2019. The conduct of Varuna exercise was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, on the 10th of March 2018. The two countries will be deploying their aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and FNS Charles de gaulle with their Mig-29K and Rafale-M naval fighter jets. The Indian participation will also include the destroyer INS Mumbai, frigate INS Trikand with their integral helicopters, IN submarine Kalvari, P8-I aircrafts and Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft. This comes after the successful operationalisation of the logistics support agreement between India and France under which Indian warships can access the French bases like Reunion Islands and in Djibouti. Under the same pact, French anti-aircraft destroyer FNS Cassard had docked at the Mumbai naval port in January 2019. This was second such logistics support agreement signed by India after the one signed by it with United States (US) in 2016. About France: Capital: Paris Currency: CFP Franc, Euro President: Emmanuel Macron Prime Minister: Edouard Philippe

    INS Shakti, INS Kolkata to take part in Chinese Navys 70th anniversary celebrations

    20 April 2019
    The two Indian Navy Ships (INS) are scheduled to visit Chinese port of Qingdao from 21 to 26 April to participate in an International Fleet Review to celebrate the 70th anniversary of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. INS Shakti is tanker and supply ship. Over 60 countries would join the commemorative event for the PLA Navy’s 70th founding anniversary on April 23. About Indian Navy: ♦ Founded : 1612 ♦ Anniversaries: Navy Day (4 December ) ♦ Chief of the Naval staff : Admiral Sunil Lanba

    Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel Veera commissioned by General Bipin Rawat

    18 April 2019
    Indian Coast Guard vessel Veera commissioned by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff in the presence of Director General of Indian Coast Guard Rajendra Singh, Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Karambir Singh and other senior dignitaries of the central and state government in a ceremony organised at Eastern Naval Command in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Veera, the third in the series of the new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is under the administrative and operational command of the coast guard regional headquarters. This is indigenously designed and built by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at its shipbuilding facility at Kattupali in Chennai. The 98 meters long, 15-metre wide patrol vessel has a 3.6-metre draft and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. The vessel is equipped with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. It is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management System (APMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System (HPEFS). The ship displaces approx 2200 tons (GRT) and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots. About Andhra Pradesh ♦ Capital: Amaravati ♦ Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu ♦ Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan ♦ Important National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries – Mrugavani National Park, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.

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