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  • India, Russia plans to boost the joint production in defence

    2 days ago
    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.

    Defence Ministry enhances financial powers to Vice Chiefs of three Services

    11 November 2018
    The Defence Ministry enhanced financial powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services.  The move is aimed at expediting the decision-making process involved in the procurements for the Armed Forces.

    India's first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant completed its first deterrence patrol

    5 November 2018
    The submarine completes India's nuclear triad -- which means that the country now has the capability of firing nuclear weapons from land, air and sea. INS Arihant was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2016. Another nuclear submarine -- the Argihat -- will be commissioned in the next few years. HIGHLIGHTS: ♦ INS Arihant can fire nuclear weapons from underwater. ♦ Arihant is an important part of India's no-first-use nuclear policy. ♦ Arihant is part of a top-secret project.

    Indian Navy to recruit women sailors for the first time

    4 November 2018
    For the first time ever, the Indian Navy is looking at recruiting women in the rank of sailors. The matter was discussed at the three-day Naval Commanders Conference that concluded on 2nd November 2018. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while addressing the conference urged the Navy to give impetus to the enrolment of women. To this, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba confirmed that enrolment of women in the sailor rank was one of the agendas of the conference.

    INS Viraat to be converted into a floating maritime museum soon

    3 November 2018
    INS Viraat will be India’s first decommissioned aircraft carrier that will be turned into an adventure and maritime tourism. It will host activities like scuba diving, luxury hotel, cafeteria and other adventure sports. At present, Viraat is at Mumbai’s Naval dockyard after its decommissioning in 2017. As per the Maharashtra government’s Rs 852-crore plan for Viraat, the ship’s conversion will be on public- private- partnership (PPP) basis. The world over, only seven aircraft carriers have been converted into museums, theme parks and luxury hotels.

    India-Japan first joint military exercise 'Dharma Guardian-2018' began in Mizoram

    3 November 2018
    Being first of its kind, the 14 days long joint exercise is being conducted from 01 Nov 2018 to 14 Nov 2018. The Japanese contingent is being represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion while the Indian side is being represented by Gorkha Rifles.

    Lt General PC Thimmaya assumed charge as General Officer Commander-in-Chief of ARTRAC

    2 November 2018
    Lieutenant General PC Thimmaya took charge as the 21st General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC) facility. He was earlier posted as the Commandant of Army War College in MHOW, Madhya Pradesh. He passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) with the Sword of Honour in 1981.

    Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM takes over as the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of IAF

    2 November 2018
    Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM succeeds Air Marshal HN Bhagwat AVSM VM who retired on 31 October 2018. Air Marshal PP Bapat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 28 May 1983. He was commissioned as a Fighter Controller. Earlier, he carried out the responsibilities of Director General (Works & Ceremonials). He was awarded ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ by President of India in 2014. He represented Madhya Pradesh twice in National Cycle Polo tournament.

    INS Tarangini returned after 205-day world tour

    1 November 2018
    The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, returned after a seven-month sail across the world. The ship sailed over 22000 nautical miles across 15 ports in 13 countries in 205 days.

    India invited Italy to invest in defence sector

    31 October 2018
    India invited Italy to participate in the defence sector under the “Make in India” scheme. The invitation also included an agreement to counter terrorist financing and state sponsors of terrorism. This latest announcement was the first time when the two countries have agreed on joint defence production since the Augusta Westland case exploded in 2013. During the 9th Military Group Meeting that was held between India and Italy, both the countries agreed on cooperation in 2019.  Mr.Conte’s visit is the first since he took charge in June 2018. He also showed his support for India’s quest for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and underlined Rome’s support to India’s membership in the global technology export groups.

    First Indigenously Overhauled Su-30MKI Handed Over To Indian Air Force

    29 October 2018
    The 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force in Maharashtra Nashik district handed over its first indigenously overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet to the IAF at a ceremony held at the Air Force Station Ojhar. It is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

    Tejas won Rs.111 crore order from Indian Navy

    23 October 2018
    Tejas Networks, a maker of networking product, has received Rs.111 crore purchase order from Sterlite Technologies. The order is to implement the Indian Navy’s country-wide next-generation digital communications network.   Tejas Networks is to supply its terabit capacity Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems and high-performance layer-3 multi-gigabit ethernet switches for Navy's pan-India network. Systems integrator, Sterlite Technologies bagged the long-term contract for the design, execution, operations, and maintenance of the network.

    India, Japan, the U.S. plans for a trilateral joint air exercise

    20 October 2018
    India, Japan and the U.S. plans for a trilateral joint air exercise. It is a set to elevate the bilateral set to elevate the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format. The three countries have already conducted naval war games under the expanded Malabar naval exercise. The trilateral air exercise between India, Japan and the U.S. was proposed by the U.S. The next edition is scheduled to be held in December. The Final Planning Conference will finalise the modalities of the exercise is scheduled for the third week of October in Kalaikunda, West Bengal.

    India and Japan are to hold joint military exercise in Mizoram

    19 October 2018
    India and Japan are to hold the first-ever joint military exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' involving the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force in Mizoram, India. The aim is to promote Military cooperation.  The Indian contingent will be represented by 6/1 GORKHA RIFLES while the Japanese contingent will be represented by 32 Infantry Regiment of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force. Exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' will be yet another step in deepening strategic ties including closer defence cooperation between the two countries.

    Indian Navys submarine rescue capabilities get a boost with DSRV maiden trials

    18 October 2018
    The Navy’s submarine rescue capabilities were boosted with the successful maiden trials of its newly inducted Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV). The DSRV is operated by a crew of three members. It can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time.  The Western Naval Command conducted the trials of the DSRV in Mumbai. It also set a record for "deepest submergence by a manned vessel" in the Indian waters.

    India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri service military exercise

    16 October 2018
    India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri-service military exercise. This is to take forward the strategic cooperation while exploring ways to operationalise the logistics agreement. These issues were discussed during the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Paris last week.  An agreement has been signed to identify specific aspects to implement it.  This will be India’s third such joint exercise. The first joint tri-service exercise was held with Russia in October last year and has finalised one with the U.S. to be held next year. India and France currently hold bilateral exercises between individual services, Shakti, Varuna and Garuda respectively for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

    First India US special forces exercises to be take place in 2019

    15 October 2018
    The first India-U.S. tri-services exercise will be taking place in 2019. The talks are on to include the special forces of the two countries in the drill. The focus of the drill will be on a United Nations (UN) based scenario and the overarching mission of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief measure. The three forces of both the countries have already taken part in bilateral exercises separately. In that bilateral exercise, their Armies participated in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas, their Air Forces take part in a bilateral drill called Cope India and the Navies participate in an exercise called Malabar, involving Japan.

    Union Government sanctions 5 new battalions of Rapid Action Force (RAF)

    13 October 2018
    Five new battalions of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were sanctioned by the central government in January 2018 and their new bases have been sanctioned now. Key Points: The 5 new Rapid Action Force (RAF) battalions will be based in: Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh Jaipur in Rajasthan Mangalore in Karnataka Hajipur in Bihar Nuh in Haryana

    Website for Aero India 2019 launched by Minister of Defence

    12 October 2018
    The Website for Aero India 2019 is: https://aeroindia.gov.in/Aero-India The portal facilitated payment of registration fee online for business visitors. Furthermore, it has been integrated with multi-currency Payment Gateway where Indian companies would be able to pay in Indian Rupees using Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking/UPI/NEFT/RTGS and foreign companies would be able to pay in US dollars using credit card/debit card.

    IAFs upgraded MiG 29 showcased its combat capabilities at Admapur, Maharashtra

    8 October 2018
    The upgraded MiG-29, Indian Air Force’s beast, has gained in strength and ferocity. It has been a much-needed boost. The upgraded MiG-29 showcased its combat capabilities at Admapur, Maharashtra. MiG-29 is a Russian-origin aircraft, now capable of effecting mid-air refuelling, is compatible with latest missiles and can launch multi-dimensional attacks.  It should be noted that the previous ‘legacy version’ of MiG-29 played an important role as the IAF stamped its supremacy over the Pakistani force during the Kargil War of 1999.  New features of MiG-29:  ♦ Mid-air refuelling facility that increases its range  ♦ It has the ability to launch the latest missiles and multi-dimensional attacks  ♦ It is capable to take off vertically ♦ It has the ability to take off possible within 5 minutes of spotting a hostile jet ♦ It is featured with the glass cockpit with ‘Multi-functional Display’ screens

    Coast Guards Of India, Vietnam Hold Joint Exercise Sahyog HOP TAC-2018

    6 October 2018
    A Vietnam Coast Guard ship, on its maiden visit to Chennai, undertook joint exercises with the Indian Coast Guard 'Sahyog HOP TAC-2018', off the city coast aimed at strengthening the working level relationship between them.      Coast Guard ships Shaurya, Arnvesh and interceptor boat C-431 along with a Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopter participated in the joint exercise.

    Modi and Putin to discuss S400, Kamov at the summit in New Delhi

    1 October 2018
    Before the bilateral summit that is to be held in the first week of October between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the discussions are still underway between the two sides to conclude a final deal for 200 Kamov-226T utility helicopters.  India and Russia have already concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for 200 helicopters estimated to cost over $1 billion. Under the deal, 60 helicopters will be imported from Russia and at least another 140 will be built in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with technology transfer. As part of this, a joint venture was set up in India which will build the helicopters.

    India is to gift three MiG-21 fighter jets to Russia

    1 October 2018
    India is to gift three MiG-21 fighter jets to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi be in New Delhi on October 4 and 5 for the annual summit. The handing over of 3 MiG-21s is based on a request from Russian Defence Minister to Indian Defence Minister. The gifts comprise of one Type 75 aircraft and two Type 77 aircraft.  This is a major symbolic gesture to showcase the all-weather friendship and deep strategic partnership between India and Russia, which has been put to test in recent times due to changing geopolitical conditions. About MiG-21:  Design Group:  Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the 1950s  Type: Fighter and interceptor aircraft National Origin: Soviet Union MiG-21 is a product of the Soviet Union  It made first flight in 1956 and entered service in 1959. From 1985 Russia stopped producing the aircraft while India continued operating the upgraded variants.

    Indian Navy signs contract with Hindustan Shipyard Ltd for construction of 2 Diving Support Vessels

    30 September 2018
    The first vessel will be built in 36 months. It will be followed by the second vessel, 6 months later. The vessels will be based at Visakhapatnam and Mumbai respectively. It will have 118 m length and 7,650 T displacement. The DSV has a Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) that will improve its Submarine Rescue Capabilities. M/s James Fisher Defence, United Kingdom, delivered the first non-tethered DSRV with the capability of submarine rescue up to depths of 650 m, in April 2018, in Mumbai.

    IAF successfully test fired BVRAAM Astra

    27 September 2018
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra from a Su-30 aircraft. It was tested at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station. The test missions included engagement of target at very long range, engagement of high manoeuvring target at medium range and multiple launches of missiles in a salvo to engage multiple targets.  India has attained a high level of capability in the indigenous design and development of advanced weapon systems. This effort for building a state-of-the-art BVRAAM by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) together with IAF completed the development phase of the weapon system successfully. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) played a role in modifying the aircraft for weapon integration.

    India seeks DAC approval to procure SPIKE missiles from Israel

    24 September 2018
    The Army has brought its idea to buy the Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for approval. DAC is to conduct some validation trials for the procurement process. The deal is for 170 launchers, 4,500 missiles and 15 simulators.  Spike is a fourth-generation, man-portable missile, fire-and-forget Israeli missile manufactured by Israel’s Rafael.  Earlier in January, the deal was cancelled saying the requirement can be met through the indigenous man-portable missile being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

    DRDO Successfully Flight Tested Tactical Missile Prahar

    23 September 2018
    It is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying multiple types of warheads and neutralizing a wide variety of targets. About DRDO  Headquarters: New Delhi,  Founded:1958.  Chairman:Dr G Satheesh Reddy

    Indo-Russian Air Force exercise Aviaindra-18 commences at Lipetsk

    22 September 2018
    Bi-annual Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 Sep to 28 Sep 18 and the second session will be conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18. The aircraft that would participate in the exercise include Su-30 SM, Mig-29, Su-25, Mi-8, and An-26. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014.

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