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  • NASA astronauts set history with first all female spacewalk

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    Two NASA astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, set history by performing an all-female spacewalk on 18 October. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir space-walked outside the International Space Station (ISS) at about 7:50 a.m. (on 18 October 2019, Friday) to make an urgent repair to its power system. They concluded the spacewalk 7 hours and 17 minutes around 3 p.m. This move of the astronauts had also set a milestone by officially completing human space exploration. Mission: Koch and Meir were successful in the mission to replace a faulty battery charge/discharge unit (BCDU). The battery failed to activate earlier October when new lithium-ion batteries were installed on the station's exterior. The faulty BCDU is to be sent back to Earth for inspection. The astronauts also extended the spacewalk by about two hours to tackle some additional get-ahead tasks on the space station.

    Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands exercise 2019 was held

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    Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted DANX-19, the second edition of Defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2019 from 14 October to 18 October 2019 at Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar Island. DANX-19: DANX-19 is a large scale joint services exercise that was held for a period of five days. In the exercise, the components of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard carried out mobilization and field manoeuvres to validate defensive plans of Headquarters ANC. The exercise aims to pursue the Command'sCommand's responsibility, namely ensuring the territorial integrity of the A&N Islands. Participants: Along with the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, the internal forces from ANC, additional forces from the newly formed Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD), participated in the exercise.

    DRDO signs 30 agreements on Technology Transfer

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    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) signed 30 licensing agreements for Transfer of Technology (ToT) with 16 Indian companies. The company includes three start-ups, at Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019. The conference is held at Goa University, Taleigao, Goa, between October 17-19, 2019. The DRDO develops technologies for the Armed Forces to the defense industry for the end-users of the Armed Forces. Indian Armed Forces are procuring ready-to-eat meals, survival ration, and emergency flying ration products from companies that have acquired ToT from DRDO. These products have a high nutrition value and higher shelf-life. These technologies are useful for the larger interest of society. Vibrant Goa Summit provided an opportunity for the companies to interact with DRDO scientists who have developed these technologies. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Goa Shri Pramod Sawant attended by senior officials from the Government of Goa and DRDO.

    India's MiG 29 to fly with Eurofighter Typhoon in Oman

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    The MiG 29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be flying alongside the Eurofighter Typhoon. The F-16 in India's bilateral air exercise with Oman which kicked off  MiG 29 It is the first occasion that the MiG 29 will participate in an international air exercise outside India. Exercise Eastern Bridge V held at the Air Force Base Masirah in Oman. The event will take place from October 17-26. The Royal Air Force Oman will fly its UK-made advanced trainer aircraft India's military transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster will also participate in the air exercise.IAF's Mig-29 Upgrade (UPG) will participate in the exercise along with C-17 Globemaster, which is providing the necessary transport support for induction/de-induction. About the Excercise The exercise will enhance inter-operability during mutual operations between the two air forces.The participation of IAF in the exercise will promote professional interaction, exchange of experience, and operational knowledge. Besides strengthening bilateral relations and excellent opportunity for the air-warriors to operate in an international environment.

    IAF launched fighter operations from 6 civilian airfields

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    The Indian Air Force (IAF) launched fighter operations from six civilian airfields in the eastern part of India.  About the exercise: ♦ The operations aim to utilize civil airport runways. It also provides services to validate operational exercises in case of any exigency during active wars. ♦ IAF also said that the Eastern Air Command has planned to carry out Sukhoi-30MKI fighter operations from six Airfields in its area of operations, namely Dimapur, Imphal, Guwahati, Kolkata, Pasighat and Andal in two phases.  ♦ The first phase will be from 16-19 October and the second phase from 29 October to 1 November 2019.  ♦ Under the exercise, IAF will be trained to undertake operations from dispersed locations in case of hostilities.  It is a part of capability-building and operational training. ♦ The exercise will train the IAF crews with the procedures of flying from these busy airfields and coordinating with their civilian counterparts. ♦ The operations are aimed that the civil airfields will get familiar with the conduct of military operations. ♦ IAF will operate from civilian airfields in the nearby region if the existing fighter bases like Chabua, Tezpur, and Kalaikunda come under attack or are bombed during a war.  ♦ IAF will regularly undertake flying operations from some national highways to prepare for such eventualities. 

    India handed over two more Mi24V helicopters to Afghanistan

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    India handed over two more Mi-24V helicopters to Afghanistan's Air Force. H.E. Vinay Kumar, an Indian Ambassador, handed over the 2nd pair of Mi-24V helicopters to Afghanistan Minister of Defence Asadullah Khalid at the military airport in Kabul on 16 October. Afghan plans to use the helicopters to bring peace and to provide a better environment for the people of Afghanistan. The two Mi-24V helicopters are a replacement for the four helicopters gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016. India has been lending its support for peace and harmony in Afghanistan and assists all Afghans in securing a better future. The Afghan National Defence Security Forces made a stellar effort to provide an umbrella of security to achieve shared and common values against cross-border terrorism and internal threats. About Afghanistan: President: Ashraf Ghani Capital: Kabul Currency: Afghan afghani Official languages: Pashto, Dari Afghanistan is bordered by:  ♦ Pakistan in the east and south ♦ Iran in the west ♦ Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north ♦ China in the far northeast

    SSS Defence developed Indias first indigenous sniper rifle prototypes

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    SSS Defence, a Bengaluru-based firm, has developed the country's first indigenous sniper rifle prototypes that are meant for use by the Indian armed forces.  The development comes in line with the central government's push to make India a major defence manufacturing hub. This move of SSS Defence has lead the way for India to become an arms manufacturing and exporting hub. SSS Defence is one of the few manufacturers that are allowed to develop arms in the country.  SSS Defence: Stumpp Schuele & Somappa Defence, a 61-year-old company, earlier used to manufacture components, springs mainly, for the automotive industry. Currently, the company is also constructing an 80,000 sq ft arms factory in Jigani for its manufacturing unit. The company has developed high-end sniper rifles caliber 7.62x51 mm and .338 Lapua Magnum platforms. The rifle uses a barreled action that is inspected, gauged, hand-worked, and accurized. Based on the mission criteria and use environments, the barrel length options range from 20 inches to 24 inches.

    Naval bilateral exercise between India and Bangladesh is being held

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    The maiden naval bilateral exercise between India Navy (IN) and Bangladesh Navy (BN) is being held from 12 October to 16 October 2019 at Visakhapatnam, India.  Aim: The IN-BN exercise aims to strengthen mutual ties between India and Bangladesh. Participating Naval ships: Two naval vessels, Bangladesh Navy Ships (BNS) Ali Haider, a Type 053 frigate, and BNS Shadinota, a Type 056 stealth guided missile corvette, are participating in the first bilateral exercise.  CORPAT: Before this naval exercise, BN-IN ships undertook Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) exercise from 10 October to 12 October 2019. It is the second edition of IN – BN CORPAT in the North Bay of Bengal.  The exercise was aimed to increase the relationship between the countries. It also aims to increase the scope of joint exercise by sharing best practices in Flying Operations and other seamanship evolutions, including Vertical Replenishment by Integral helicopters of Indian Navy undertaking onboard BN Ships.

    Indo-Japan Joint Military Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN 2019

    October 13, 2019
    Joint Military Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN-2019 between India and Japan will be conducted at counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte from 19 Oct 2019 to 02 Nov 2019. Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) comprising 25 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various Counter-Terrorism Operations in respective Countries. Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2018. The military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN with Japan is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both the nations in the backdrop of global terrorism. The scope of this exercise covers platoon level joint training on counter-terrorism operations in the jungle and urban scenario. The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence co-operation between the Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) which in turn will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations.

    Navies of India and Bangladesh to participate in bilateral drill from Oct 12-16

    October 13, 2019
    The navies of India and Bangladesh will participate for the first time in a bilateral exercise at Visakhapatnam from October 12 to 16. The exercise would also include air familiarisation of Bangladesh Navy aircrew and a 10-day training exercise between Indian Navy Marine Commandos and BN SWADS. The second edition of the Indian Navy (IN) and the Bangladesh Navy (BN) Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) commenced in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The drill will take place a week after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India. INS Ranvijay INS Ranvijay, a guided-missile destroyer, and INS Kuthar, an ingeniously built missile Corvette are participating in the CORPAT along with BNS Ali Haider, a Type 053 frigate and BNS Shadinota, a Type 056 stealth guided missile corvette. The two-day CORPAT will be followed by the maiden edition of IN-BN Bilateral Exercise at Visakhapatnam from October 12 to 16. The IN-BN CORPAT, which commenced last year, is aimed at upgrading to a bilateral exercise with the navies engaging in seamanship evolutions, flying exercises with integral helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft at sea. Additionally, exercises entailing the development of mutual communication and sharing of best practices would also be undertaken, adding a new dimension to the Indo-Bangladesh maritime relations, the Navy said. The common territorial boundary of over 4,000 kilometers and a maritime boundary, the navies of both the countries. Main aim To practice and hone their mutual cooperation whilst patrolling near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) during the current edition of CORPAT. The sea phase would be followed by a harbor phase that would include professional interaction between the navies, visits to the Indian Naval training and maintenance facilities at Visakhapatnam.

    President Kovind presented Presidents Colours to the Army Aviation Corps

    October 10, 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the prestigious President's Colours to the Army Aviation Corps at Nashik, Maharashtra. The President's Colours acknowledges the meritorious service rendered by the Army Aviation Corps over the years.  President's Colours: The honour represents the visible symbol of excellence and has earned by the Army Aviation Corps through dedication and worthy contribution both during war and peace.  Army Aviation Corps: Army Aviation Corps was established in 1986. Director-General is Lt Gen P K Bharali and Additional Director General is Maj Gen Kanwal Kumar. It is a part of the Indian Army. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The Corps has lived up to the motto of Swift and Sure. They proved their strength in the battlefield like Siachen Glacier, the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. So far, the Army Aviation Corps has received two Maha Vir Chakra, 16 Vir Chakra, 13 Shaurya Chakra, 115 Sena Medals and 45 Mention in Despatches awards.

    PM released a commemorative stamp to honour Marshal IAF Arjan Singh

    October 10, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp to honour the birth centenary of Marshal of the Air Force late Arjan Singh at the home programme of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on its 87th raising day. The stamp was released as a tribute to his exemplary service to the nation.  Marshal of the Air Force late Arjan Singh: Marshal of the Air Force late Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919. He served at various positions including Chief of the Air Staff. He was the first and only officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be promoted to 5-star rank as Marshal of IAF. He has received many awards including General Service Medal 1947, Samar Seva Star, Raksha Medal, Sainya Seva Medal, Indian Independence Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, 1939–1945 Star, Burma Star, War Medal 1939–1945, India Service Medal. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award, in 1965.

    Four Indian ships arrived for 1st Training Squadron at Kenya

    October 9, 2019
    Four indigenously built ships of Indian Navy's First Training Squadron arrived at First Training Squadron on a three-day visit at Mombasa, Kenya on 7th October. This training is a part of the Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment.  First Training Squadron: ♦ Captain Varun Singh is the Senior Officer of First Training Squadron. He is the Commanding Officer of INS Tir ♦ The 4 Indian Naval Ships are INS Tir, INS Sujata, INS Shardul and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi. ♦ The Indian Navy's First Training Squadron is held under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command based at Kochi. The training is expected to impart training to Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy (IN), Indian Coast Guard and from friendly foreign countries.  ♦ The training curriculum includes subjects like Seamanship, Navigation, Shiphandling, Boat Work and Engineering. Agenda: ♦ Captain Varun Singh met the dignitaries and government officials of Kenya and the Kenyan Navy.  ♦ He held a discussion to enhance co-operation with the Kenyan Navy. ♦ Also, social engagements and best practices will be shared between the two Navies. Relationship between India and Kenya: India and Kenya have been maintaining friendly bilateral relations, sharing common values of democracy and development. The countries maintain regular high-level exchanges and interactions in numerous fields. Bilateral Defence Cooperation between the two countries is progressed through regular interactions between the governments of the two countries.

    Indias Vishnu Nandan among 300 researchers to join largest ever Arctic expedition

    October 8, 2019
    German research vessel Polarstern, anchored on a large sheet of sea ice in the Central Arctic, drifting along with it during the pitch-black Polar winter. A native of Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, the 32-year-old polar researcher will be the only Indian among 300 scientists from across the world aboard the multidisciplinary drifting observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition, which will help the researchers better understand the impact of climate change and aid in improved weather projections. The Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, MOSAiC, the largest ever Arctic expedition in history, will be the first to conduct a study of this scale at the North Pole for an entire year. The  studies have been of shorter periods as the thicker sea ice sheets prevent access in winter. This research vessel has thus locked itself into a large sea ice sheet, before the winter, and will drift along with it. A suitable sea ice sheet (floe) was identified two days ago. A remote sensing scientist, will travel in a Russian icebreaker ship from the Norwegian port of Tromso in November to join the Polarstern on its second leg. Aim: The aim of the expedition will be to parameterise the atmospheric, geophysical, oceanographic and all other possible variables in the Arctic, and use it to more accurately forecast the changes in our weather systems. My role as a radar remote sensing specialist is to deploy radar sensors on the sea ice surface and accurately measure the ice thickness and its variations. The journey is during the Polar winter, he will not see sunlight until his return in March. Cryosphere Climate Research Group The Cryosphere Climate Research Group at the University of Calgary found that satellite measurements of seasonal sea ice that formed over the Arctic every year were likely to be incorrect by a substantial degree as the presence of salts on snow overlying sea ice had led scientists to overestimate the thickness of the Arctic sea ice. The second lowest sea ice extent in the past 50 years, accentuated by anthropogenic activities. With lesser ice cover, more of the Arctic Ocean is exposed to sunlight for longer periods, causing increase of temperatures across the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. As the ocean gets warmer, it influences global weather patterns, causing changes in monsoon patterns and triggering more destructive cyclones. The data we will be gathering in this expedition related to these will be of immense use to the upcoming generation of young scientists.

    IAFs Sukhois to be upgraded with advanced avionics, radars

    October 7, 2019
    India has announced its plan to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets with more advanced avionics, radars, and weapons to further bolster their combat capabilities. IAF is currently holding detailed talks with Russia for the project.  The IAF will also finalize with Russia the procurement of 12 more Sukhois to replace the ones lost in crashes. The Sukhois will be built by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, as well as 21 additional MiG-29 jets that will cost around Rs.230 crore each. IAF has inducted over 250 of the 272 Sukhois originally contracted in batches from Russia for well over $12 billion. The huge number will be licensed-produced by HAL.

    Exercise Nomadic Elephant XIV commenced on 6th October in Bakloh

    October 7, 2019
    The Exercise Nomadic Elephant XIV, 14th edition of Indo–Mongolian joint military training has commenced from 6 October 2019. The exercise is conducted over a period of 14 days from 6 October to 18 October 2019 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.  Aim: Nomadic Elephant-XIV aims to train troops in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate. It aims to enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two countries.  Drills: ♦ The exercise will provide a platform to share the experiences and best practices of the two countries and gain mutually during the joint training. ♦ It aims to evolve various tactical drills in counter-terror environment like Convoy Protection Drill, Room Intervention Drills, Ambush/ Counter Ambush Drills.  ♦ The joint training will conduct operations by a cohesive subunit to enhance the interoperability between the two armies. Participants: The Mongolian Army will be represented by officers and troops of the elite 084 Air Borne Special Task Battalion. Indian Army will be represented by a contingent of a battalion of Rajputana Rifles.  

    Shri Rajnath Singh to leave for France to receive 1st Rafale fighter aircraft

    October 7, 2019
    Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh is on his two-day state to France on 7th October to 8th October. Agenda: ♦ On 8 October, Shri Rajnath Singh will meet Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. ♦ He will participate in the Rafale fighter aircraft handing over ceremony at Merignac along with French Minister of Armed Forces Ms. Florence Parly. ♦ He will perform the Shastra Puja on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami and fly a sortie in the Rafale fighter aircraft. ♦ He will hold the Annual Defence Dialogue with the French Minister of Armed Forces Ms. Florence Parly. ♦ On October 9, Shri Rajnath Singh will address the CEOs of the French Defence industry. He will pursue the country to participate in Make in India and the DefExpo which has been scheduled to be held in Lucknow from 5-8February 2020.

    IAF conducts full dress rehearsal at Hindon Base ahead of 87th anniversary

    October 7, 2019
    The Indian Air Force conducted a full dress rehearsal including air drills of both vintage aircraft and modern fleet, at its Hindon base for the 87th IAF Day on October 8. The air display will commence with flag-bearing skydivers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colorful canopies, an Air Force official said. The flypast would include vintage and modern transport aircraft and frontline fighters. The ceremony will conclude with a spell-binding aerobatic display. The Air Force Day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, the force participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions. IAF  Founded: 8 October 1932, India Headquarters: New Delhi Role: Aerial warfare

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to perform Shastra Puja in Paris

    October 7, 2019
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh travels to France on October 7 on a three-day visit, primarily to receive the first Rafale fighter jet, will perform ‘Shastra Pooja’ (worship of weapons) on the occasion of Dussehra in the French port city of Bordeaux Shastra Puja The Shastra Puja after receiving the first Rafale fighter jet at Merignac suburb of Bordeaux on Tuesday. He  will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and is expected to discuss issues relating to defence and security ties between the two countries. The ceremony to hand over the Rafale jet will take place at a facility of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the aircraft, in Merignac of Bordeaux, which is at a distance of around 590 km from Paris. He will be receiving the first Rafale fighter jet in France, the aircraft will come to India only in May next year. The first four of 36 Rafale jets will come to India by May next year and the aircraft will significantly enhance the IAF's combat prowess. The acquisition of the Rafale aircraft and the S-400 missile systems will give major boost to IAF's operational capability. India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons and missiles.

    IAF to engrave the name of Sqn Ldr Ravi Khanna on National War Memorial

    October 7, 2019
    The Indian Air Force has approved a proposal to engrave the name of martyred Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna at the National War Memorial, New Delhi. IAF acknowledges it as a real tribute to the Squadron Leader. Ravi Khanna: On 25 January 1990, Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna and other 3 IAF personnel were killed in a terrorist attack which was allegedly carried out by separatist leader Yasin Malik. The officer was killed in the line of duty in Srinagar.  National War Memorial: The National War Memorial is built by the Indian Government. It is located near India Gate, New Delhi. The memorial is to honour the Indian Armed Force(IAF). The names of the IAF personnel martyred during the armed conflicts of 1947–48, 1961 (Goa), 1962 (China), 1965, 1971, 1987 (Siachen), 1987-88 (Sri Lanka), 1999 (Kargil), and other operations are inscribed on the memorial walls.

    Indian Army is to hold Him Vijay exercise

    October 7, 2019
    Indian Army is to hold Him Vijay exercise, the biggest ever mountain combat exercise, in Arunachal Pradesh. The exercise borders the Chinese controlled Tibet Autonomous Region. Hence, China has raised concerns about the exercise.  Participants: Three battle groups with each comprising of 4,000 soldiers will be participating in the exercise.  Him Vijay exercise: ♦ The Him Vijay exercise will be carried out at a height of 14,000 feet and 100 km away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).  ♦ The exercise will end on 25 October 2019. ♦ The exercise will be carried out in phases near Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. ♦ In the exercise, the capability of newly-conceived Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) will be tested.  ♦ The exercise will include troop mobilization, mountain assault, and air assault.

    Rajnath Singh approved a 4 fold hike to families of battle casualties

    October 6, 2019
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a 4-fold hike in assistance to the next of kin for all categories of battle casualties. The fund has been hiked from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.8 lakh. The amount will be granted under the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF). Provision: The provision of Rs.2 lakh can be availed to the battle casualties which are fatal, 605 and above disability, battle casualties invalided out due to disability and Rs.1 lakh to disability less than 60%. It comes in addition to liberalized family pension, financial assistance from Army Group Insurance, Army Welfare Fund and ex-gratia amount. The already existing monetary grant includes funds ranging from Rs.25 lakh to Rs.45 lakh and Army Group Insurance ranging from Rs.40 lakh to Rs.75 lakh. ABCWF: The ABCWF was established in July 2017 and was implemented with effect from April 2016. It functions under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW). It was set up after a large number of people willingly offered to provide monetary assistance to the families of battle casualties following an incident in February 2016 at Siachen. 10 soldiers were buried in an avalanche.

    INS Tarkash arrived at Reunion Island in France

    October 5, 2019
    Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at St Denis Reunion Island in France for a three-day visit on 4 October 2019. The visit to France is a part of the Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe, and Russia.  INS Tarkash: INS Tarkash is a part of the Western Fleet of Indian Navy. It is Commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev. The ship is a potent frontline frigate of the Indian Navy and is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors.  Agenda: ♦ During the visit, the Commanding Officer will be visiting various dignitaries and government officials at Reunion Island. ♦ He will hold talks with the Superior Commander of French Naval Forces in Southern Indian Ocean, Prefect of Reunion Island and the Mayor of Le Port. ♦ The discussions between the French and Indian Navies have been planned to further enhance the co-operation between the countries. ♦ Also, various social engagements and sports events will also be shared between the two Navies.  India-France ties: India and France have maintained friendly bilateral relations. They also share common values of democracy, development, and secularism which was upgraded to the level of a Strategic Partnership in 1998.

    Exercise KAZIND 2019 is being held at Pithoragarh

    October 4, 2019
    Exercise KAZIND-2019, a joint military exercise, between India and Kazakhstan is being held in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The 12-day exercise was inaugurated by Brig SK Mandal, Commander of the Ill Independent Infantry Brigade. It will conclude on 15 October 2019. Aim: The aim of the exercise is to conduct company-level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorism operations in the mountainous terrain. The exercise focuses on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. Participants: In that exercise, around 60 soldiers from both Indian and Kazakhstan are participating to practise counter-terrorism operations during the exercise. It is a yearly exercise conducted between both the armies.

    Exercise Nomadic Elephant XIV to be held at Bakloh

    October 4, 2019
    Exercise Nomadic Elephant-XIV, the 14th edition of Indo-Mongolian joint military training, will commence from 5 October 2019. The exercise will be conducted over a period of 14 days from 5 October to 18 October 19 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.  Aim: Nomadic Elephant-XIV aims to train troops in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate. It aims to enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two countries. The exercise will provide a platform to share the experiences and best practices of the two countries and gain mutually during the joint training. It aims to evolve various tactical drills in counter-terror environment like Convoy Protection Drill, Room Intervention Drills, Ambush/ Counter Ambush Drills. The joint training will conduct operations by a cohesive subunit to enhance the interoperability between the two armies. Participants: The Mongolian Army will be represented by officers and troops of the elite 084 Air Borne Special Task Battalion. Indian Army will be represented by a contingent of a battalion of Rajputana Rifles.

    The 10th edition of Exercise Ekuverin is to be held in October

    October 4, 2019
    Exercise Ekuverin, the 10th edition of the joint Military exercise, is to be held from 7 to 20 October 2019. The 14 days joint exercise will be held between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force. It will be organized at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. Aim: The exercise focuses to enhance interoperability between the two forces. It also aims to carry out counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in a semi-urban environment under the United Nations mandate. The exercise includes the sharing of best practices and acquainting each other with the operating procedures.  Exercise Ekuverin: Exercise Ekuverin meaning Friends in the Dhivehi language. The Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces exercise is being held since 2009. The Joint Exercise has been held alternatively in India and Maldives. The last exercise was held in 2018 at Northern Area Headquarters, Lh. Maafilaafushi of Maldives.  The relationship between India and Maldives is very close. India maintains ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial ties with the Maldives. Exercise Ekuverin assists to further strengthen the ties between the two nations.

    Air Show Organised In Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore Ahead of Air Force Day

    October 1, 2019
    The Indian Air Force organized an air show and on display were the fighter aircraft and helicopters at Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore. The Different fighter jets and aircraft displayed at the air show included Tejas, Antonov An-32 transport aircraft, helicopters among others. The air show and display held in the run-up to the 87th Air Force Day celebrations which will be organised on October 8. The show was attended by schoolchildren and teachers who were briefed about the utility and the applications of the various aircraft and weapons which were on display. The main focus is to prove our aerial strength and motivate the youngsters to join the Indian Air Force. Indian Air Force Founded: 8 October 1932, India Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

    Naval LCA prototype achieves another milestone

    October 1, 2019
    For the first time, the naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has completed a cycle of launch and recovery in a single sortie essential for aircraft carrier operations at the shore-based test facility in Goa on 1 October 2019. The main feet were achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Aeronautical Improvement Company (ADA), HAL and the Indian Navy. On 13 September, a naval model of Tejas has efficiently carried out a profitable maiden arrested landing which is a key efficiency demonstrating its skill to land on board a plane service. The successful test flight has put India among a select group of nations having the capability to design a jet that can land on an aircraft carrier.  Note: An arrested touchdown is one wherein a plane on track of its touchdown is decelerated with the assistance of wires from beneath whereas it strikes on the runway.

    Indian Navy to build case for 3rd aircraft carrier

    October 1, 2019
    The Indian Navy has announced its plans to start a third aircraft carrier. The move comes after the Navy hosted Defence minister Rajnath Singh onboard its solitary aircraft carrier, the 44,400 tonne INS Vikramaditya. It operates the supersonic MiG-29K fighters from its deck, in the Arabian Sea. Aim: The aim is to showcase how a multi-dimensional carrier battle group (CBG) can move around 500 nautical miles (900 km) in a single day. As the Indian Navy is losing its power in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as China is setting a furious pace in the construction of new aircraft. INS Vikrant: The 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-I), or INS Vikrant, being built at Cochin Shipyard. The cost estimated for its construction is Rs.19,590 crore. It is slated to become fully-operational by 2022- 2023 after several delays. But the defence ministry is yet to give even the initial approval for construction of the 65,000-tonne IAC-II, which was first sought in May 2015.

    Integrated Defence staff celebrates its 19th Raising Day

    October 1, 2019
    Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) is celebrating its 19th Raising Day. The Chief of the IDS to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar at the National War Memorial. Aim: To pay homage to the Martyrs of the Armed Forces to mark the occasion. Senior officers of HQ IDS from the three Services were also present during the ceremony. The CISC exhorted all ranks of the Purple Fraternity to continue striving hard towards joint manship and wished them all success in every endeavour in the years ahead. The HQ IDS raised on October 1, 2001 as a Tri Service Entity with an overarching aim of Victory Trough Jointness. The IDS led the conduct of Disaster Relief Operations, Tri-Service Exercises, including those with friendly foreign countries, training leaders at Tri-Service Institutions, consolidating defence intelligence and progressing procurement for the defence forces. In a landmark effort, the IDS spearheaded construction of the National War Memorial, inaugurated by Prime Minister on February 25, 2019. The HQ IDS is currently progressing the operationalisation of Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and Armed Forces Special Operations Division as Joint organisation.The HQ IDS conducted a number of events for troops and their family members.

    Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria takes charge as new IAF chief

    September 30, 2019
    Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took charge as the 26th chief of the Indian Air Force. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa  He retired after 41 years of service in the IAF. Air Marshal Bhadauria commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1980. He held various command, staff and instructional positions. He was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in June 1980  His Achievements He won the coveted 'Sword of Honour' for standing first in the overall order of merit. Bhadauria commanded a Jaguar squadron and a premier Air Force Station. He devised a method for carrying bombing from the Jaguar aircraft using the Global Positioning System (GPS).  This was especially relevant for the bombing role of Jaguar aircraft in Operation Safed Sagar in 1999. Bhadauria also has 4,250 hours of flying experience on 26 types of fighters and transport aircraft. He was the Air Attache at the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects), Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Head Quarter and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.

    Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh commissions indigenously built submarine INS Khanderi

    September 29, 2019
    Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh made concerted efforts to modernize the Navy and equip it with the best platforms, weapons, and sensors to deal with any conventional and unconventional threats to India’s maritime interests.  The launch of INS Nilgiri the first of the Navy's seven new stealth frigates, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai. Around 70% of India’s trade by value and 95% by volume is taking place through the sea route and even a slight disruption of seaborne trade due to piracy, terrorism or conflict could have serious repercussions on the economic growth and well-being of the nation. India - Commercial Interests India is growing and its commercial interests are spreading far and beyond, yet there are challenges, including a hostile neighbourhood. The State-sponsored terrorism remains a challenge and the strong-willed Government will not hesitate to take tough decisions in the larger interest of the country. The repealing of the provisions under article 370 of the constitution is one such decision. We are confident that this will usher a new era of development and prosperity in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.Raksha Mantri highlighted that Directorate of Naval Design has designed over 19 classes of ships to which more than 90 ships have been built since then. He said, today India belongs to an elite group of nations which is building its own Aircraft Carrier and Strategic Submarines. There are a total 51 ships and submarines on order at various shipyards as on date, 49 are being constructed indigenously. This contributes to our target of building a five trillion dollar economy by 2025 and 70% defence indigenisation by 2027. The shipbuilding industry can play a major role in the overall economic development of the country. The shipbuilding is a labour intensive industry with tremendous potential for employment generation, not only in its own sector, but also in various upstream and downstream industries. He noted that construction of one frigate itself provides direct employment to 4,800 personnel and indirect employment to around 27,000 personnel for a period of 8 years. Almost 87% of the total warship cost is invested in the Indian economy which significantly contributes to nation-building. The Indian Ocean region is the epicentre of activity and the entire world sees the Indian Navy as a Net Security Provider. The growing stature of India in geo-political and geo-strategic dimension and increasing reliance of neighbors on us, it is the Navy’s responsibility to provide credible security and peaceful and prosperous sea routes. Indian Navy The Indian Navy is continuously evolving to meet emerging challenges to India’s maritime interests by means of state-of-the-art platforms and infrastructure, the core strength of our forces remain our men and women. Raksha Mantri expressed confidence that Nilgiri and the other six ships of the Project will proudly fly the Indian Flag across the oceans, showcasing India’s shipbuilding prowess and would spread India's message of peace and strength across the globe. The work done by the workforce of the shipyard, saying that the ship is not just metal and paint, it is a story of hard work, sweat and perseverance of the men and women involved with the project. INS Nilgiri is the first ship of Project17A. Project 17A frigates is a design derivative of the Shivalik class stealth frigates with much more advanced stealth features and indigenous weapons and sensors. These frigates are being built using integrated construction methodology. The P17A frigates incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship maneuverability. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh also commissioned the largest dry dock of Indian Navy - The Aircraft Carrier Dock at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. It is “edifice of modern India”.

    Indian Navy inaugurates its largest dry dock

    September 28, 2019
    Indian Navy its largest dry dock. It was inaugurated on September 28, 2019. India’s only aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, weighing 44,500 tons and the first indigenous carrier Vikrant In a dry dock, water is drained out after a ship is brought in to enable repair and inspection. This dry dock has been under construction for nine years. Five lakh tonnes of concrete has gone into making it. Indian Navy Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar, AVSM, VSM Founded: 5 September 1612

    Indo Kazakhstan Joint Military Exercise Kazind

    September 27, 2019
    Joint Military Exercise KAZIND-2019 between India and Kazakhstan conducted at Pithoragarh from 02 to 15 October 2019. The main exercise will comprise of nearly 100 soldiers from both Indian and Kazakhstan Army who would be sharing their experience gained during conduct of various counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in the past. It is the fourth edition of an annual event which is conducted alternatively in Kazakhstan and India. Aim: The main aim of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. During the exercise, aspects of emerging trends of global terrorism and hybrid warfare have also been included.The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence cooperation further fostering bilateral relations between the two nations. Kazakhstan Capital: Nur-Sultan Currency: Kazakhstani tenge President: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

    Lockheed Martin to begin supplying F-16 wings from Hyderabad plant in 2020

    September 27, 2019
    Lockheed Martin begin supplying wings for its F-16 combat jets from a facility in Hyderabad from next year, a senior executive Lockheed is bidding for a contract, estimated at more than $15 billion, to supply the Indian Air Force with 114 combat planes and has offered to shift its F-16 production line from the United States to India. Make-in-India programme under which it wants global firms, including in the defence sector, to set up manufacturing centres in India to build a domestic industrial base and create jobs. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said the wings of all future F-16s that the company will sell worldwide will be produced in a joint venture with India's Tata Advanced Systems in Hyderabad. Lockheed Lockheed is competing for the Indian air force contract with Boeing, which has pitched its F/A-18 Super Hornet, as well as Sweden’s Saab with its Gripen fighter. France’s Dassault Systemes SE’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and Russian aircraft.The air force needs new fighter jets to replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG planes. The Indian defence procurement is a lengthy process. The government's insistence on local manufacture and reduced reliance on expensive imports delayed decision-making further as foreign firms search for local partners and suppliers. Lockheed already producing the empennage of its C-130J transport aircraft from the Hyderabad facility and also cabins for its Sikorsky helicopters. There were 500 people each involved in two joint ventures set up for the production of the empennage and the cabin. The company sets up a local production base for the F-16 it will also provide maintenance, repair and spares for the combat jet flying with air forces around the world. The 3,000 F-16s flying around the world and more orders being negotiated with countries such as Bahrain, Lockheed estimated there was a market worth $165 billion for after-sales support.

    BSF launched the operation to detect cross border tunnel

    September 27, 2019
    The Border Security Force (BSF) has launched a massive operation along the 180-km International Border (IB) with Pakistan. The operation aims to detect the underground, cross-border tunnels in view of possible infiltration attempts by armed terrorists into J&K. About the massive operation: The exercise was launched along the IB in the Jammu frontier area. It aims to detect cross-border, underground tunnel. The troops will dig anti-tunneling trenches of a particular depth along the border fencing in Jammu, Samba and Kathua. The counter-infiltration measure of the BSF has also activated its ground sensors to detect underground tunnels. Previous exercises: In July 2019, the BSF launched a mega exercise to fortify the anti-infiltration grid along the border with Pakistan in Punjab and Jammu. BSF mobilized its entire senior field brass, thousands of troops and machinery. Operation Sudarshan: The operation Sudarshan was launched on 1 July 2019. The operation covered the entire International Border with Pakistan stretching over 1,000 kms. The BSF and Army troops have detected six cross-border tunnels along the border in Jammu region since 2012.

    Chinese navy launches its first amphibious assault ship

    September 26, 2019
    China launched its first amphibious assault ship which would enable ground forces to carry out attacks on the enemy territory from the sea. The ship was launched in Shanghai  With a strong capacity in amphibious operations and performing a variety of tasks, the ship is independently developed by China The ship will next undergo equipment debugging, mooring and navigational trials as planned. The ship will have a strong capability to carry out amphibious combat and other tasks, state-run China Daily said quoting a statement from the Chinese navy. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's hardware pointed out that the new ship is the first in the Type 075 class of amphibious assault ship, which is also defined as a type of landing helicopter dock. China since 2013 stepped up the development of its navy, which included building several aircraft carriers and submarines, frigates and assault ships as part of its efforts to expand its global influence. The PLA Navy one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was commissioned in 2012, its second indigenously built aircraft carrier is currently undergoing trials and third one is being built at a feverish pace. China plans to acquire about five to six aircraft carriers in the coming years, according to reports in the official media.The Chinese navy commissioned two more guided missile destroyers, taking the total of such ships to 20 with more in the pipeline. Destroyers are fast, highly manoeuvrable long distance warships which are also used to accompany the aircraft carriers. The new military doctrine advocated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the 2.3 million Chinese militaries, the largest in the world, has cut down the size of its army by three lakhs in the last few years and expanded its navy and air force manifold to enhance its global influence. The Chinese navy for the first time in its history has logistic bases in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean and developing Pakistan's Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. China acquired Sri Lanka's Hambantota port as a debt swap.

    INS Tarkash at Maputo, Mozambique

    September 26, 2019
    Indian Naval Ship Tarkash, which is a part of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet, arrived at Maputo, Mozambique for a three-day visit on 25 September 2019. It is a part of Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe, and Russia. The ship would be kept open for visitors on 27 September 19. INS Tarkash is commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev. It is a potent frontline frigate of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors. It is under the Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai. Port call: The Commanding Officer will pay courtesy calls on various dignitaries and government officials of Mozambique including the Minister of National Defence, Government of Mozambique, Chief of General Staff, Mozambique Defence Forces and Commander of Mozambique Navy during the port call. The Commanding Officer will interact professionally with the Mozambique Navy to further enhance the co-operation between the two navies.  Bridges of friendship: Indian Navy ships are deployed overseas regularly. This exercise is a part of Indian Navy's mission to build bridges of friendship. This also aims to strengthen international cooperation with friendly countries.

    Indian Coast Guard Ship Varaha Commissioned By Rajnath Singh

    September 25, 2019
    The ICGS Varaha, the fourth in the series of seven 98-m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) It was commissioned y Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The ship-based at New Mangalore under the administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard Region (west). The ship will have onboard 14 officers and 89 men, says a press release from ICG. The ship designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its Katupalli ship building yard in North Chennai. Features It is fit with the latest navigation and communication equipment. It also has some of the most advanced sensors and machinery as well as a 33-millimetre (mm) gun. It will be fitted with 12.7 mm gun with fire control system. The ship's special features include the integrated Bridge System, Automated Power Management System and indigenously built Integrated Platform Management System and Halo Traversing System. It ship is also designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats. The ship will operate from the port of New Mangalore covering up to Kanyakumari. The ship will add to the ICG's strength in responding to the threats of maritime terrorism, smuggling, and challenges of maritime enforcement.

    Exercise Malabar 2019 began at the coast of Sasebo

    September 25, 2019
    The 23rd edition of the Trilateral Maritime exercise Malabar began on 24 September 2019 at the coast of Sasebo, Japan. The exercise involves warships and aircraft from the United States, Japan, and India. The naval exercise Malabar will be held for 10-days from 26 September to 04 October 2019.  Aim: The exercise aims to strengthen the maritime bonds of friendship between the three countries. It aims to contribute to security and stability in the region. Malabar Exercise: The Malabar naval exercise aimed at addressing shared threats and improving relations between the participating countries. For the first time, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is leading the Exercise Malabar through a series of on-shore and at-sea training events. Exercise conducts complex maritime operations in the surface, sub-surface and air domains. The exercise will focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Air and Anti-Surface Firings, Maritime Interdiction Operations including Visit Board Search and Seizure and tactical scenario-based Exercise at Sea. In addition, the partner navies would conduct official protocol visits, professional interactions including Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, reciprocal ship visits, sports fixtures, and social events during the harbour phase. Participating ships: From Indian Side, the Multipurpose Guided Missile Frigate Sahyadri and ASW Corvette Kiltan, with Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Also, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be participating.

    China To Mark 70th Anniversary With Massive Military Parade In Beijing

    September 25, 2019
    China marks 70 years of Communist rule next week with a massive military parade in Beijing anchoring celebrations of its emergence as a global superpower of trade tensions with the US and pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong. The anniversary is meant to showcase China's extraordinary rise from the ravages of war and famine to a modern, powerful nation-state whose economic and military muscle is viewed by many with increasing concern. This stunning transformation radically altered the social and physical landscape as hundreds of millions of rural Chinese poured into booming cities to power the factory of the world into the globe's second largest economy. Tiananmen Square will showcase the army's most advanced weaponry including 160 aircraft, in a bid to drum up patriotic fervour and support for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with President Xi Jinping. The government workers and students have been marching in practice, a participant telling the state-run Global Times they were given adult diapers as there was no time to take toilet breaks. Twitter-like Weibo removing content that the official narrative of history, while at least one human rights activist. The CCP, throughout their 70-year leadership of China, have inculcated a strong ethno-nationalism that remains the bedrock of their legitimacy and popularity. 'Rejuvenation' under Xi Since 70 years of chairman Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949. The Party promised to serve a people worn down by years of poverty. Mao implemented years of reform, collectivising farmland and rapidly reworking The party maintained its authoritarian ways, sending soldiers and tanks to quash pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989. Troubled horizon The anniversary comes in a very bad year for Xi.The US-China trade spat threatens to pummel the global economy.The biggest challenge has been months of unrest in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, a former British colony ruled under a one country, two systems policy that gives citizens liberties unseen on the mainland.Pro-democracy protesters those rights are being eroded and have openly criticised Beijing provoking fears China could resort to a heavy-handed intervention.The crises have left him with limited room to act and simultaneously shore up support at home in a slowing domestic economy. The Staggering economic growth alone is no longer seen as a panacea to surmount all of the challenges faced by the party The ruling party is required to answer a puzzle that is key to both economic progress and its own position -- how to manage the risks involved in a debt-addicted economy without reducing the disposable income of the ordinary people.

    Ponung Doming becomes Arunachal's first woman Lieutenant Colonel

    September 25, 2019
    Major Ponung Doming become the first army officer from Arunachal Pradesh to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Ponung Doming, a resident of Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, commissioned into the Indian Army in 2008.  She got a degree in civil engineering. Shaliza Dhami, an Indian Air Force Wing Commander became the country’s first female officer to take over as the Flight Commander the second in command of a flying unit. In the armed forces, women are recruited only in the officer’s rank. They constitute 3.8 percent of the total number of Army officers.

    NCC conducts a pan India Swachhta Cycle Rally

    September 25, 2019
    National Cadet Corps (NCC) is organizing a Cycle Rally on four different routes. The event will be starting from Thiruvananthapuram and Pudducherry in the South, Guwahatti in North East, Jammu in the North and Panajim in the West. The Pan India Cycle rally will end at India Gate on 27 Sep 2019. The ceremony is to be flagged off by Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Shripad Yesso. Cadets riding from all over the country will be participating in the event. Aim: The aim of the rally is to raise awareness for the message of Clean India, Green India. The rally aims to support the initiative Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. NCC has been an integral part of the movement and has actively participated and contributed to the Mission.  Participants: The cycle rally ceremony will be attended by many dignitaries. In this special event 1800 cadets, including 725 cyclists from all over India will be participating.  Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: The mission was launched on 2nd October 2014. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a Clean India, by 02 Oct 2019. National Cadet Corps (NCC): NCC is Youth Wing of Armed Forces. It is headquartered at  New Delhi, India. NCC is active since 16 April 1948. The Tri-Services Organization is a Student Uniformed Group. It comprises the Army, Navy and Air Wing. NCC aims to train and groom the youth into disciplined and patriotic citizens.

    Exercise Tiger Triumph between India and the US scheduled for November

    September 24, 2019
    India and the United States are to hold their first tri-services exercise named Tiger Triumph at Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in November 2019. The Exercise Tiger Triumph is being organized under the aegis of the headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff.  This will be the first such tri-service military exercise that is being held by the US and India. The second such tri-service exercise is expected to be conducted by India with Russia. HADR Conference: The decision to set up the exercise was taken during the Final Planning Conference (FPC) for India-US Tri-Services Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) concluded at Visakhapatnam, the headquarters Eastern Naval Command, on September 20. The conference was held from 16 September-20 September. The conference focused on discussion including the planning of the exercise and interactions on issues related to the conduct of the exercise. Participants: The conference was attended by delegates from the US Navy and the Marine Corps and representatives from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

    Sixth Reunion of the Corps of Army Air Defence was celebrated

    September 23, 2019
    The 6th Reunion of the Corps of Army Air Defence (AAD) was celebrated on 20 September- 21 September 2019 at Army AD College, Gopalpur, Odisha. The reunion aimed to provide a platform for the interaction among the serving and retired Army Air Defence gunners to renew their ties. In the occasion, they paid tributes to the martyred comrades and honoured the Veer Naries. The gallantry award winners and Veer Naris were felicitated. The transformation of Army Air Defence equipment profile was displayed. The occasion also included a spectacular display of Army Air Defence history and heritage, Light and Sound Show at Army Air Defence Museum and Army Air Defence Band symphony were also organized in the reunion. Corps of Army Air Defence: The Corps of Army Air Defence is a young arm which was bifurcated from the Regiment of Artillery.  Roles: The Army Air Defence is responsible to preserve strategic assets and key assets in the Tactical Battle Area of the nation. It assumes great significance in view of the emerging air threat. AAD will play a defining role in future conflicts. It has taken a lead to technologically sophisticated weapons and equipment besides selective upgradation of the existing equipment. The AAD Corps is also responsible for the protection of Indian air space from enemy aircraft and missiles, especially below 5,000 feet.

    India and Bangladesh to boost maritime ties

    September 23, 2019
    India is to join Bangladesh to commemorate 100 years of Bangabandhu, the founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in 2020. It also commemorates an International Fleet Review in 2021 to mark 50 years of the Liberation of Bangladesh.  Karambir Singh visit: Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh is on a four-day visit to Dhaka. His visit aims to further consolidate maritime cooperation between the two countries. He will also be holding discussions with his Bangladeshi counterpart Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury on other maritime and security issues.  He will be visiting Khulna Shipyard Limited Bangladesh's naval bases in Chattogram and Khulna. During his visit, he will participate in the first-anniversary celebration of Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD). Mukti Jodha: India and Bangladesh are working on a proposal for a joint boat expedition with veterans from both sides. The proposal aims to retrace the voyage of the Mukti Jodha from Khulna to Hoshangabad during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The modalities regarding the proposal are currently being worked out. It was expected to begin in December 2018 but delayed due to elections in India.

    Indian Army conducted rare exercise in Eastern Ladakh

    September 21, 2019
    Indian Army conducted Exercise Changthang Prahar, a rare exercise in Eastern Ladakh bordering China. Such massive exercise is held for the first time in the region. It was conducted at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Military drills: The exercise involved the use of infantry, mechanized forces, T-72 tanks, with force multipliers such as artillery guns and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The army's aviation assets were used. Para jumping of troops was also included in the exercise. Indian Army has recently inducted new weapon systems and high-tech equipment. The Indian air force also roped in the exercise. The military drill saw the massive deployment of soldiers in Eastern Ladakh. The drill also included war-waging techniques to prepare for any threat in the region.  As part of Exercise Changthang Prahar, the code name for the massive military drill, Indian Army's infantry, mechanized infantry, artillery, armoured regiments and paratroopers gave a display of their capabilities.

    MDL handed 2nd Scorpene submarine Khanderi to the Indian Navy

    September 20, 2019
    Mumbai's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) handed over India's second Scorpene submarine Khanderi to the Indian Navy. The attack submarine was is to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28 September 2019.  After commissioning, it will be the 17th submarine of the Indian Navy. Khanderi: Khanderi is a Kalvari-class diesel-electric attack submarine. It has been named after a wide-snouted Sawfish. It was designed by French company Naval Group, which was earlier known as DCNS. After commissioning, it will be the 17th submarine of the Indian Navy. Khanderi has the ability to be manned by a crew of eight officers and 35 sailors. It will be able to stay out in the sea for 50 days. Khanderi has been built With a submerged displacement of 1,775 tonnes. It has the built-in capability to target surface ships and to hunt the enemy submarines which is armed with torpedoes that can be fired from six 21 inch tubes or SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles. It is capable to carry 30 anti-ship mines in place of torpedoes and missiles. It has intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance operations abilities. Note: The first Khanderi submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 6 December 1968. After its service, it was decommissioned on 18 October 1989.

    DRDO successfully test flighted Astra

    September 20, 2019
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested Astra, the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). It was launched from Sukhoi Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha. Indian Air Force (IAF) has completed the user trial phase of the weapon system of Astra successfully. Built by: The state-of-the-art BVRAAM was built by DRDO along with IAF. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has modified the aircraft for weapon integration. Apart from this, more than 50 public and private industries have contributed to building the Astra weapon system. Trial campaign: ♦ The trial tests were held from 16th to 19th September 2019.  ♦ DRDO conducted 5 trial tests in different configurations.  ♦ 3 missiles were launched in combat configuration with warhead and manoeuvring targets were neutralized to establish the end game capability of the missile.  ♦ A direct hit of the target by the telemetered missile at the maximum range was also successfully tested. ♦ All the mission parameters and objectives were met as all the subsystems performed accurately as per the specifications. As Astra has been successfully induction of the missile system into Indian Air Force, which will certainly be a force multiplier considering its accuracy and effectiveness in neutralizing aerial threats. Astra BVRAAM: Astra BVRAAM is the first air-to-air missile developed by India. The range of the missile is more than 100 kms with modern guidance and navigation techniques. The missile has built in midcourse guidance and Radio Frequency (RF) seeker based terminal guidance to achieve target destruction with pinpoint accuracy. The technologies developed under the programme will be the building blocks for the development of future variants of Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Missiles.

    Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in Tejas fighter aircraft

    September 19, 2019
    Union minister Rajnath Singh became the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru. The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas. Rajnath Singh was wearing a G-suite, a white helmet and an oxygen mask. The Indian Aircraft Flying on Tejas an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Tejas successfully carried out an arrested landing a key performance, demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in the development of the naval variant of the fighter jet. The IAF placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. The IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over ₹50,000 crores. Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities. The IAF already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The Tejas is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided and standoff weaponry.

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