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  • ICGS Rani Rashmoni ship was commissioned at Vizag

    Additional Director General of the Coast Guard VSR Murthy commissioned the last of the five Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) project of Indian Coast Guard, ICGS  ‘Rani Rashmoni’, in Visakhapatnam. So far four such ships such as ICGS Rani Abbakka, ICGS Rani Avanti Bai, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, have been commissioned and are in active service at various locations on the eastern seaboard.

    U.S. and South Korea agree to suspend joint military exercise scheduled for August

    South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the "Freedom Guardian" military drill scheduled for August. Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops participated in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than live field exercises that use weapons, tanks or aircraft.

    India is planning to gift a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles

    India plans to gift Seychelles a Dornier aircraft this month -- second such aircraft that could be gifted to the Indian Ocean Region. An Indo-French-Seychelles trilateral cooperation may safeguard India’s strategic interests in the key Indian Ocean country amid China’s growing interests in the region.

    Indian Coast Guard interceptor ship commissioned

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned an interceptor boat- ICGS C-439 at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) C-439 was commissioned by Additional Director General K Natarajan, Coast Guard Commander of Western Seaboard. The ceremony was attended by senior dignitaries from central, state government and the armed forces. The ICGS C-439 is designed by the L&T Marine & Ship Design Division, an in-house facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited. The vessel is 27.4 m long with a displacement of 136 tonnes. It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. It has full aluminum-alloy hull for reduced weight and is powered by twin water-jet propulsion systems to enable quick response.

    Raksha Mantri clears procurement of equipment for defence forces valued over Rs 5500 crores

    Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 5500 crore. Pursuing the goal of indigenization and self-reliance in the field of Defence Procurements, the DAC approved procurement of 12 High Power Radars for the Indian Air Force under ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category. The radars will provide long-range medium and high altitude radar cover with the capability to detect and track high-speed targets following parabolic trajectories. Technologically superior, the radars will have the capability to scan 360o without mechanical rotation of Antenna and will operate on 24 x 7 basis with minimal maintenance requirement. Their procurement will enhance the overall efficacy of the Air Defence network in the country. The DAC also accorded approval for procurement of Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) for the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Army from Indian Shipyard. These vessels would offer a great advantage over conventional boats/crafts with their ability to travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sandbanks, mud flats and swamps which are non-navigable by boats/small crafts due to draught restrictions/uncharted depths.

    Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra Gets Additional Charge Of DRDO Chairman

    Eminent scientist S Christopher has completed his term as the chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra was given additional charge of the post. Mr. Christopher was in May 2015 appointed as Director General of the DRDO for a two-year term. He was then working as Distinguished Scientist and Programme Director (airborne early warning and control system) and Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems in the DRDO.

    DAC Approves Procurement Of Equipment For Defence Forces

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met in New Delhi and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs. 6900 crores. The DAC approved procurement of Thermal Imaging (TI) Night Sights for the Rocket Launcher (RL) used by the Army and the Air Force under ‘BUY (Indian) IDDM’ category through established Indian Vendors.

    Indian Navy Commissions 4th Ship Of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV

    The Indian Navy commissioned the IN LCU L54, the fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV, into its fleet at Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar. The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM and Chief of Materiel. The Commissioning of L-54 is in line with the Union Government’s Make in India initiative.

    DRDO Awards 2016 & 2017 Presented By Defence Minister

    Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman gave away the DRDO Awards- 2016 & 2017 to various DRDO scientists for their outstanding contributions while commemorating the National Technology Day (11 May). Former Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr. VK Saraswat was given DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award – 2017. Former Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre was awarded for DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016. The Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems) Dr G Satheesh Reddy was awarded for Technology Leadership Award – 2016. The Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Dr S Christopher also addressed the function and re-launched the ‘Navrachna’ implementation programme during the event.

    Indian Army Finalises Rs 15,000 Crore Ammunition Production Project

    Indian Army finalized a mega 15,000 crore rupees project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously. Around 11 private firms would be involved in the ambitious project. The immediate aim of the project is to create an inventory of all major weapons to enable the forces to fight a 30-day war while the long-term objective is to cut dependence on imports. The army has set a specific target for the next 10 years in terms of the volume of ammunition to be produced.

    DAC Approves Capital Acquisition Proposals Of Over Rs3,687 Crore

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the capital acquisition proposals of over 3,687 crore rupees. The decision was taken in the meeting council, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. In a boost to indigenization and in the realization of India’s growing technological prowess, the DAC approved procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed NAG Missile System at the cost of 524 crore rupees. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile- NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle. The DAC approved procurement of thirteen 127 mm caliber guns for the Navy.

    Coastal Security Exercise 'Sagar Kavach' Held In Kerala

    Exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ is being conducted to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism along Kerala shores. Along with Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement wing, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy is also participating in Exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’. 10 ships of Indian Coast Guard, three ships of the Indian navy, four fishing boats, and 20 coastal police stations from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod are among those taking part in this exercise. The Exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ is held twice a year.

    India Forms Committee To Reform Higher Defence Planning

    The Union Government formed a new integrated institutional mechanism, Defence Planning Committee (DPC) to reform the process of higher defense planning. The permanent body would be chaired by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The committee is aimed at driving the country’s military and national security strategy, draft capability development plans, and guide and accelerate defense equipment acquisitions. The Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman of the Chief of the Staff Committee (CISC) will be the member secretary of the committee.

    IPS Officer Rajesh Ranjan appointed as DG Of CISF

    Senior IPS officer Rajesh Ranjan was appointed as Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Mr Ranjan is at present Special Director General, Border Security Force (BSF). He has been appointed as the chief of the CISF till 2020.

    UAE And Malaysia Conclude Joint Military Exercise 'Desert Tiger 5'

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded joint military exercise “Desert Tiger 5” aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions in Dubai, UAE. The military exercise was aimed at raising the level of performance and combat efficiency and working together between both countries based on the strategy to improve the overall ability and combat readiness of ground forces.

    IAF aims Sky-High strengthening the security with inclusion of 110 fighter planes in its fleet

    India will get 110 fighter aircraft for itself, the Ministry of Defence confirmed. The procurement of fighter aircraft for Indian Air Force was released by the Ministry of Defence. The total cost of the procurement could be between $15 billion to $20 billion dollars. The major contenders for the competition are likely to be American Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-16 V5, French Dassault Rafale, Swedish Saab’s Gripen, Russian MiG-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon. The new aircraft are intended to replace the IAF's MiG21 jets.

    Navy Chief Sunil Lanba To Be On A 5-Day Visit To USA

    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-day visit to the USA. The visit aims to consolidate relations between the Armed Forces of both the nations and to explore new avenues of defense co-operation. During the visit, Admiral Lanba will hold bilateral discussions with US Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer among others. The Admiral will also visit the Pacific Command Headquarters at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, the Naval Surface Warfare Centre Dahlgren, the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.

    ATGM Nag successfully test fired in desert conditions

    Indigenously developed Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Nag was successfully test-fired in desert conditions against two tank targets at different ranges and timings. It is one of five missile systems developed indigenously by DRDO under integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP). The Nag missile is third generation ATMG which works on “fire and forget” principle. It has an operational range of 500m to 4km (Land version). It also possesses advanced passive homing guidance system. It has been designed mainly to destroy modern main battle tanks.

    DAC Approves Proposals Worth Rs. 15,935 Crore

    The defense ministry of India approved capital acquisition proposals worth Rs.15,935 crore which included the purchase of 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles, and light machine guns to bolster the strength of the armed forces. The long-pending proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the defense ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement. The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. For the Indian Navy, the DAC also approved the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems  (ATDS) at a cost of Rs. 850 crore.

    VINBAX: India and Vietnam hold first military exercise in Jabalpur

    The India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) was conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. It is the first military exercise between the two countries. The six-day-long military exercise (from January 29 to February 3, 2018) was conducted as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army. VINBAX-2018 was Table Top Exercise to carry out training for Peace Keeping Operations under United Nations (UN) mandate. The Defence ties between India and Vietnam have been on an upswing with the primary focus being cooperation in the maritime domain.

    Defence Ministry clears Rs.2420 Crore worth contracts for Navy, Army

    The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurement of P-8I Training Solution for Indian Navy and Low-Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS) for Indian Army at a total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore.  These contract proposals were earlier cleared by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) and now final approval has now been given by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This system will be procured from Bharat Electronics Limited for Rs. 470 crore. It will equip Indian Army with upgraded communications infrastructure.

    Shri Narendra Modi Inducts Scorpene-Class Submarine Kalvari into Indian Navy

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India's first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, into Navy's fleet in Mumbai, a first in almost two decades. Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The Navy last inducted a conventional diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhushastra, procured from Russia in July 2000.

    Sri Lanka formally hands over Hambantota Port to China for 99-Year Lease

    Sri Lanka formally handed over its southern strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease. Two Chinese firms managed by China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CM Port) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own port and the investment zone around it. Hambantota port is strategically located right in the middle of vital energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean, connecting the Middle East and East Asia.

    Ram Nath Kovind awards Presidents Colours to submarine arm of Navy

    President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President's Colours to the submarine arm of the Indian Navy in recognition of its extraordinary service to the nation in the past 50 years. Till date, 17 submarines of the Navy have been awarded the Chief of Naval Staff's Unit Citation for exceptional service. The first Indian naval submarine, on which the naval ensign and the national flag were hoisted on this day in 1967, was also named Kalvari.

    Border Security Force launches test to check personnel's Psychological health

    The Border Security Force (BSF) engaged doctors to conduct a psychological analysis of its 2.5 lakh members amid concerns over rising cases of suicide by security personnel. The Wellness Quotient Assessment Test will question personnel to detect issues such as anxiety, depression, phobia, and insomnia among others. The Troubled personnel will be offered help under the buddy support system.

    South Korea and USA Launch Largest Air Exercise

    South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills. The annual US-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run for 5-days, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part. Around 12,000 US service members, including from the Marines and Navy, have joined South Korean troops.

    World's largest propeller plane lands at UK airport

    Current Affairs: The world's largest propeller plane, Antonov AN-22, landed at the Manchester Airport in England. The heavy military transport aircraft drew a large crowd of aviation enthusiasts to witness its landing. The aircraft has a 211-foot wingspan and is capable of carrying cargo weighing up to 80,000 kilograms.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to attend golden jubilee celebrations of Navy's Submarine Arm

    President Ram Nath Kovind Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces will be on a two-day visit to Visakhapatnam on December 7-8 to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the Navy's Submarine Arm. The Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh said in Visakhapatnam that President will arrive in the city on December 7 and will visit Andhra University in the afternoon. He will present colours to the Submarine Arm, as per the schedule.

    DAC approves procurement of new radio technology for Indian Navy

    The Union Defence Ministry approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR), naval communication sets for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 49. The decision was taken at a meeting of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. These 260 SDRs will be procured under the category of buy (India Designed Developed & Manufactured).

    Nirmala Sitharaman Elected IDSA President

    Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elected as President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). The previous Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, had resigned from the post after shifting to Goa as Chief Minister.

    Aegon Life Insurance Appoints Vineet Arora as MD and CEO

    Aegon Life Insurance announced the appointment of Vineet Arora as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Vineet Arora will replace K S Gopalakrishnan. Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Saba Adil, will serve as the interim In-charge and Principal Officer.

    Forty Second International Congress of Military Medicine Begins

    The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) organized by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) began in New Delhi. The five-day event is being organized for the first time in India and is the largest medical conference ever organized by the AFMS. The theme of this 42nd World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.” 

    China launches worlds first fully electric cargo ship

    China launched the world’s first all-electric ship, which can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge. The ship is 70.5-metre-long and weighs about 600 tonnes. It was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province. The ship has been manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited. It is powered by a 26-tonne lithium battery and can cruise at the top speed of 12.8 km per hour.

    India and Bangladesh joint military combat exercise “Sampriti” begins in Meghalaya

    ‘SAMPRITI 2017’, the seventh edition of Indo-Bangladesh joint military training exercise begun in Meghalaya. The exercise will be held from 6th – 18th November 2017. The main Objective of this exercise is to enhance interoperability between army personnel of India and Bangladesh while carrying out joint counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism operations.

    Indian Air Force, DRDO successfully test fire guided Glide Bomb

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight 'glide bomb' at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha's Chandipur. Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the bomb released from the IAF aircraft was guided through precision navigation system. Chairman DRDO - Dr. S Christopher

    Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar assumes charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff

    Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar took charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh at a formal ceremony held at South Block, New Delhi. He is an alumni of the National Defence Academy. He is also an alumni of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

    Indian Army finalises mega Rs 40,000 crore procurement plan to replace ageing weapons

    Indian Army finalized one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernization at a cost of nearly Rs 40,000 crore to replace its aging and obsolete weapons. Under this plan, around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and nearly 44,600 carbines will be procured. Indian Army has been insisting to fast-track the procurement in backdrop of evolving security threats along India’s borders with Pakistan and China. Besides, Union Government has directed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to expedite its work on various small arms, particularly on Light Machine Guns.

    N.J.Gangte Appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia

    N.J.Gangte has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia. He is presently the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

    India and US to implement HOSTAC to strengthen maritime security

    India and the United States have agreed to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC). This decision was taken during a meeting between Indian Defense Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharama and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. The meeting between Ms. Sitharaman and Mr. Mattis was held on October 25, 2017, in the Philippines on sidelines of ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting – Plus.

    Indian Navy approves new mission-based deployment plan

    During the ongoing Naval Commanders’ Conference, Indian Navy approved a “new mission-based deployment” plan under which mission-ready ships and aircrafts will be deployed along critical sea lanes of communications. A new transition cycle for ships from maintenance periods to operational deployments has also been approved by Chief Admiral Suni Lanba. Several operational issues and efforts to make Indian Navy self-reliant and modernize its warfare capability were also discussed at the conference.

    Rakesh Asthana Appointed as CBI Special Director

    Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was appointed the special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. (CBI). Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer, had been serving in the Central Bureau of Investigation as additional director. He is among eight senior police officers promoted by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

    Nirmala Sitharaman Left for Philippines to Attend Southeast Asian Defence Ministers’ Meeting

    Defence Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman left for the Philippines to attend the Southeast Asian Defence Ministers’ Meeting. The two-day ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting)-Plus meeting will discuss ways to enhance defense and security cooperation among the member nations. During her three-day stay, Ms. Sitharaman is also likely to hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from a number of countries.

    India and Bangladesh resolve to fight common challenge of terrorism together

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka discussed ways to deepen bilateral co-operation.  Both countries are determined to protect their societies from hate, violence, and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach. She will open the new Chancery at the Indian High Commission and inaugurate 15 projects.

    Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan awarded UN medal

    50 Indian peacekeepers placed in South Sudan were awarded the UN Medal for their service in maintaining peace in South Sudan. The award was presented by UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi. Indian Ambassador to South Sudan, Srikumar Menon, attended the medal ceremony.

    INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam

    Indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was commissioned an into the Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (Naval Dockyard) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fiber composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight. INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam October 16, 2017.

    Defence Minister to commission INS Kiltan into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commission an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries. INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal.

    Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named MedWatch

    On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named `MedWatch' in keeping with the Prime Minister's vision of ‘Digital India'. ‘MedWatch’, the first mobile health app in the three Armed Services, was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

    INS Satpura, Kadmatt participates in Passage Exercise in Japan

    Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (JMSDF) held at Sasebo, Japan. The ships are participating in the exercise in pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and stability. The visit of these ships is part India’s initiatives to strengthen long-standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship between Japan and India.

    Today Indian Air Force is celebrating its 85th anniversary at Hindon Air Force base in Uttar Pradesh

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 8, 2017 celebrated its 85th anniversary at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad with a parade and an air show by various aircraft. The IAF was established in 1932 with a strength of six RAF-trained officers and 19 air soldiers. IAF's mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

    Saudi Arabia agrees to purchase S400 missile defence systems from Russia

    Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase S400 missile defence systems from Russia on the sidelines of a visit by Saudi King Salman to Moscow. The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missile and anti-cruise missile defense system that has been in service with the Russian Army since 2007. The system uses four missiles, a very-long-range 400 km missile, a long-range 250 km missile, a medium-range 120 km missile and a short-range 40 km missile. This missile system will give Saudi Arabia a multi-layer defense ability against aerial threats.

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