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  • Aero India Begun at Yelahanka Air Force Station

    70 days ago
    The 13th Indian Aero Show began at Yelahanka Air Force Base (Karnataka) in Bangalore. This is an important event that attracts international and Indian military and civil aircraft manufacturers, its supporting industries, military brass and government officials, and business visitors. Highlights: ♦ Aero India is an international military and ....

    Decommisioning of IN FAC T-81

    75 days ago
    IN FAC T-81 decommissioned. The ship is designed for shallow waters, with a maximum speed of 45 knots. IN FAC T-81: The Super Dvora MK II-class Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft (IN FAC) T-81 has successfully served the country for more than 20 years. In collaboration with Israel’s M/s Ramta, a 25-meter long vessel with a displacement of 60 tons ....

    DRDO Test Fires Akash-NG Missile Successfully

    80 days ago
    The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully tested the surface-to-air Akash-NG (new generation) missile off the coast of Orissa. The missile can intercept air threats. The missile was launched to enhance the defense system of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Highlights: ♦ Akash-NG is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air ....

    Indian Armed Forces Conducted AMPHEX 21 Exercise

    80 days ago
    From January 21 to 25, 2021, the Indian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale tri-service amphibious exercise AMPHEX-21 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In this exercise, naval ships, army amphibious forces and air force aircraft participated in the competition. Highlights: ♦ The purpose of the exercise is to verify India's ability to ....

    Exercise Kavach to be held under Andaman and Nicobar Command

    85 days ago
    The Indian army will conduct large-scale joint military exercises in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The exercise will be conducted under the auspices of the Andaman and Nicobar headquarters. Highlights: ♦ The joint military exercise Kavach will involve the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. ♦ ....

    Kamov-226T: Utility Helicopters is to be Waived

    109 days ago
    The Indian Army is going to approach the Defence Ministry for a waiver to take the Kamov-226T (Ka-226T) utility helicopters with Russia. In 2015, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to purchase 200 Ka-226T helicopters. Highlights: ♦ In 2015, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to purchase ....

    India successfully test fired MRSAM

    115 days ago
    India successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) on 23 December from Odisha coast. Indian Army will induct the missile. It will significantly enhance the combat effectiveness of the defence forces. Highlights: ♦ The missile was fired from a ground mobile launcher at launch pad number-1 of the Integrated Test Range ....

    DRDO Systems Handed Over To Chiefs of Armed Forces

    116 days ago
    The Defence Minister handed over three indigenously developed Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) systems to the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Systems handed over include: ♦ Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS) – Navy ♦ ASTRA Mk-I Missile – Air Force ♦ Border Surveillance System (BOSS) ....

    Passage Exercise (PASSEX) between Russian Federation Navy and Indian Navy in Eastern Indian Ocean Region

    132 days ago
    The Indian Navy (IN) and the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) are undertaking a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from 4-5 December 2020. PASSEX: ♦ The exercise involves the participation of RuFN guided-missile cruiser Varyag, medium ocean tanker Pechenga, and large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev. IN ....

    MARCOS Being Deployed In The Eastern Ladakh

    132 days ago
    MARCOS is deployed along with the Indian army in eastern Ladakh against the Chinese military. They are located near Pangong Tso Lake and will soon use boats for missions. Highlights: ♦ The Marine Commando is called MARCOS for short, and is officially called the Marine Commando (MCF). ♦ The Indian Navy's special forces are responsible ....

    Raising Day of BSF Was Celebrated on 1 December

    136 days ago
    The Border Security Force (BSF) is celebrating its 56th Raising Day on 1 December 2020. Border Security Force (BSF) is “India's first line of defence”. Highlights: ♦ BSF - Border Security Force was raised in accordance with an Act of the Parliament on 1st December, 1965, soon after the India-Pakistan War of 1965. ♦ ....

    Indian Navy Successfully Fired BrahMos

    136 days ago
    On December 1, 2020, the Indian Navy successfully tested a naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Bay of Bengal. Highlights: ♦ BrahMos Missile is a supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by Russia's DRDO and NPOM. It is a Brahmos aerospace joint venture and later became Brahmos Aerospace Private Limited. ♦ ....

    IN lures a maritime guardian from the United States

    137 days ago
    The Indian Navy (IN) has introduced two U.S. MQ9B Marine Guardian unmanned drones. These drones will be leased for one year in India. Highlights: ♦ The Drone is a maritime variant of the Predator MQ9 UAV (UAV). It has a endurance of upto 40 hours and also a maximum flying altitude of 40,000 feet. ♦ The drone has 3600 maritime surveillance ....

    India successfully test-fired land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    142 days ago
    Indian Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a series of planned trials of the weapon. BrahMos is known for its precision strike capabilities. The land-attack version of the BrahMos missile was test-fired in the Andaman and Nicobar. The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile ....

    Commencement of Second Phase of Exercise Malabar

    150 days ago
    The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. Highlights: ♦The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated ....

    Commencement of Second Phase of Exercise Malabar

    150 days ago
    The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. Highlights: ♦The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated ....

    DRDO is Developing Fire Detection and Suppression System

    157 days ago
    The DRDO - Defense Research and Development Organization has built up an innovation called "Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS)" for passenger transports. Highlights: ♦ FDSS innovation can distinguish fire in transports in under 30 seconds and stifle it in 60 seconds in this manner lessening the danger to life and property ....

    Defence Minister unveils A-Sat Missile Model in DRDO Bhawan

    157 days ago
    'Mission Shakti' was India's first-since forever Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Test effectively directed in March 2019 from Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where a quick-moving Indian circling objective satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was neutralised with pinpoint precision. Highlights: ♦ India directed an anti-satellite ....

    Ministry of Defence to commemorate Indo-Pak 1971 war

    161 days ago
    Ministry of Defence invites Logo Designs to commemorate the Indian Armed Forces' victory in the 1971 Indo – Pak war. In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces (IAF) achieved a stellar win over Pakistan, which led to Bangladesh's creation. Highlights: ♦ December 16, 2021, marks the 50th year of the famous victory, and the year ....

    PINAKA Rocket tested successfully

    162 days ago
    Enhanced PINAKA rocket, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has been successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off Odisha's coast on November 04, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The development of the Enhanced PINAKA system was taken up to achieve more extended range performance compared to the ....

    Three new Rafale jets to fly from France to India

    165 days ago
    Three Rafale fighter jets of the IAF - Indian Air Force are scheduled to arrive on November 4. Highlights: ♦ Indian Air Force( IAF) will have 8 Rafale of the 36 Rafale jets are in service. ♦ Now, Three Rafale jets will fly directly from Istres in France to Jamnagar, an eight-hour-plus non-stop flight. ♦ The rafale will be accompanied ....

    MALABAR 20 Naval Exercise

    165 days ago
    Malabar 20 is a naval exercise. The twenty-fourth edition of the MALABAR naval exercise is scheduled in two phases and it is going to be in November 2020. Highlights: ♦ In Phase 1 of MALABAR 20naval exercise participation of IN - Indian Navy, USN - United States Navy, JMSDF - Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, and RAN - Royal Australian ....

    Indian Army develops Secure Application for Internet

    168 days ago
    In the quest for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for the Internet (SAI)” Highlights: ♦ The Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for the Internet (SAI)”. ♦ ....

    US to support India's Defence of territory

    170 days ago
    The Union Defence Minister of India and the U.S. Secretary of Defence reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning “military-to-military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues”. The third India-U.S. ‘2+2’ dialogue was held in New Delhi. 2+2 ministerial dialogue: 2+2 ....

    Indian Navy's 1st batch of three women Pilots Ready

    175 days ago
    The Indian Navy’s first batch of women pilots on Dornier Aircraft at Kochi on October 22, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The Indian Navy has made ready its first batch of three women pilots for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) missions on Dornier aircraft. ♦ The 3 women pilots, Lieutenant Divya Sharma, Lt Shubhangi Swaroop and Lt Shivangi ....

    DRDO Successfully conducts a final trial of Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile

    176 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) carried out the final trial of the third generation successfully from the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. The successful final user trial of the missile makes the Nag anti-tank missile ready for induction in the Indian Army. Highlights: ♦ India carried out the final trial of the ....

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils new version of DRDO's procurement manual to engage the private sector in defence R&D

    178 days ago
    The government has announced its vision to make India a global hub of defence manufacturing and initiated a series of reform measures to encourage the domestic defence industry. Highlights: ♦ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a new version of the procurement manual of the premier military research institute DRDO featuring simplified ....

    India successfully test-fired SANT Missile on 19th October

    178 days ago
    India has test-fired Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile successfully from a roof-top launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha Coast on October 19, 2020. The Missile is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and it has both Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch facility. SANT ....

    A hybrid model of smart fence tested along the LoC

    178 days ago
    The Army has significantly improved its electronic surveillance along the Line of Control (LoC) to check infiltration, and work on converting the existing border fence into a smart fence integrated with several sensors is underway. Highlights: ♦ Tough the cost of converting the entire fence over a 700 km stretch into a smart one will be too ....

    Australia to join Malabar naval exercise 2020

    179 days ago
    Australia will be joining Malabar naval exercise involving India, US and Japan. The Malabar naval exercise is a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force. Malabar Exercise: This is an annual trilateral naval exercise between the navies of India, Japan, and the USA which is held alternately in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It started ....

    BRAHMOS missile test-fired from destroyer INS Chennai in the Arabian Sea

    180 days ago
    The supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS was successfully test-fired on October 18, 2020, from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hits the mark with its maximum accuracy. Highlights: ♦ The BRAHMOS missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after ....

    Exercise Suraksha Kavach, a Joint Anti Terrorist Exercise By Indian Army and Police was held

    185 days ago
    Agnibaaz Division (41 Artillery Division) of the Indian Army has organized Exercise Suraksha Kavach, a joint exercise for both Maharashtra Police at Lullanagar Pune and the Indian Army. The exercise was an opportunity for both the Indian Army and Police to cooperate, coordinate, co-opt and streamline their drills and procedures. Exercise Suraksha ....

    DRDO successfully tested SMART Missile

    193 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha on 5th October 2020. SMART: ♦ SMART missile is the assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations ....

    India, Bangladesh hold joint naval exercise Bongosagar

    195 days ago
    The second edition of the bilateral naval exercise "Bongosagar", between India and Bangladesh was held on 3 October 2020 in Northern Bay of Bengal. Both navies participated in seamanship evolutions, surface warfare drills, and helicopter operations. Bongosagar aims to develop interoperability and joint operational skills through the conduct ....

    DRDO successfully flight tested BrahMos Missile Featuring Indigenous Booster

    198 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight testes BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile. The missile was tested for designated range on 30 September 2020 from ITR, Balasore in Odisha. The test is a more major step in enhancing the indigenous content. BrahMos LACM: ♦ The BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise ....

    MoD accords approval for various arms and equipment worth Rs.2,290 crore

    200 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved proposals for Capital acquisitions of the various equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces on 28 September. The projects worth at an approximate cost of Rs.2,290 crore. Highlights: ♦ The approved projects include procurement from Domestic Industry and Foreign ....

    Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Japan and India, JIMEX 20, to Commence on 29 Sept

    203 days ago
    The 4th edition of Maritime bilateral exercise between India and Japan "JIMEX 20" has been scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 September 2020. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). JIMEX 20: ♦ JIMEX 20 will be conducted in North Arabian Sea. ♦ The ....

    DRDO Successfully test-fired Laser-Guided ATGM

    205 days ago
    DRDO successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar on 22 September 2020. The missile has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability. The ATGM is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the gun of MBT Arjun. Laser ....

    DRDO set up 8 technology centres for research on Military Applications

    209 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up eight advanced technology centres to carry out research on futuristic military applications. The centres will provide support to academia to undertake research on new technologies in niche areas for military use. Highlights: ♦ DRDO aims to create an enabling infrastructure for ....

    Defence Minister launched Aero India 21 website and Space Booking Opens for Asias Largest Aero show

    217 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Aero India 2021 website at New Delhi on 11 September. This will give go-ahead for space-booking. The 13th edition of Aero India-21 will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka from 3-7th February 2021. Highlights: ♦ Aero India 2021 website will be a contactless ....

    DRDO successfully flight tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

    221 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, Odisha on 7th September. Highlights: ♦ HSTDV was launched using a proven ....

    GoI inks Rs.2,580 crore contracts to supply Army regiments with Pinaka missiles

    227 days ago
    The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract to supply six Pinaka regiments, a system of rocket launchers, to the Indian Army. The approximate cost of the missiles is Rs.2,580 crore by 2024. Highlights: ♦ The contract has been approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. ♦ The contract is ....

    IAF launched My IAF App for aspirants

    234 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) launched the 'My IAF' mobile app on 24 August 2020. The app was launched by IAF Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria in New Delhi as a part of the 'Digital India' initiative. My IAF app has been developed in association with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). My IAF Mobile App: ♦ ....

    DRDO identifies 108 Systems and Subsystems for industry to design, develop, manufacture

    234 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has identified 108 systems and subsystems for designing and development by the Indian Industry only. The move is in line with Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar Bharat. Apart from this, DRDO has taken several initiatives to strengthen the indigenous defence ecosystem. Highlights: ♦ This ....

    BRO constructed Bailey bridge in Uttarakhand

    241 days ago
    Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed a 180-feet bailey bridge in the Jauljibi sector of Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand. The construction was done amid frequent landslides and heavy rains. Bailey bridge: ♦ The Bailey bridge is of the 50-metre span. ♦ The concrete bridge was washed out completely on July 27, 2020, due to the ....

    Defence Ministry to expand NCC in 173 borders, coastal districts

    242 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for a major expansion scheme in all the border and coastal districts. A total of 83 NCC units will be upgraded. It includes Army 53, Navy 20, Indian Air Force (IAF) 10. The scheme aims to impart NCC training to the cadets in the border and coastal areas. Highlights: ♦ ....

    Rajnath Singh launched portal for Opportunities for Make In India in Defence

    245 days ago
    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a portal for ‘Opportunities for Make In India in Defence' through video conferencing. The facility was launched as part of 'Atmanirbharta Saptah' (Atmanirbharta Week). Highlight: ♦ The portal aims to promote the indigenization in defence sector. ♦ The Ordnance Factory ....

    DAC approved procurement proposals worth Rs.8,722.38 crore

    249 days ago
    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement proposals worth Rs.8,722.38 crore to strengthen the Armed Forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. The approval was announced in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for capital acquisitions ....

    Defence Minister launched modernization and up-gradation of facilities of Defence PSUs and OFB

    249 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a number of modernization and up-gradation of facilities and new infrastructure creation by Defence Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), through the digital link here. It is a part of the Atma Nirbhar Week celebration of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Highlights: ♦ Under ....

    Defence Ministry released draft 2020 Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy

    256 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing. The policy will be in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Package’. The implementation of the policy & framework will position India amongst the leading countries ....

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