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  • Rajnath Singh flagged off 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from Larsen and Turbo Armoured System Complex in Gujarat

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    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Armoured System Complex at Hazira, Gujarat on 16 January 2020. The participation of the private sector in defence manufacturing is toward fulfilling the government's commitment to make India an arms manufacturing hub and net defence exporter.  51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun: ♦ 51st K9 VAJRA-T gun weighs 50 tonnes ♦ It can fire 47kg bombs at 43 kilometre distant targets ♦ It can also turn around at zero radius. ♦ In 2017, L&T won the Rs.4,500 crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army. ♦ The K9 Vajra contract involves the delivery of 100 such systems in 42 months. This is the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    Indian Army conducted the Exercise Winged Raider

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    The Indian Army conducted the airborne Exercise Winged Raider in the North-Eastern theatre on 10 January 2020. It is the Army's biggest airborne exercise. It comprises of more than 500 special forces troops. It was conducted from 6-10 January. Exercise Winged Raider: ♦ Before the exercise, a series of preparations including the movement of special forces and rallying up of transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force was held from 6 January. ♦ The newly inducted equipment and aerial platforms were validated with clockwork precision and seamless integration between the Indian Army and IAF in difficult terrain.  ♦ The exercise included Special Forces personnel parachuting from C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF), besides Dhruv helicopters during the day and night.  ♦ Exercise Winged Raider demonstrated the operational readiness of the Air Warriors and Paratroopers to undertake airborne missions ♦ The exercise was telecasted live to all field formation headquarters in the theatre. ♦ The exercises focused on the frontier with China.  ♦ Capacity building exercises including building roads to forward areas, habitats, storage for ammunition and moving some of the advanced weapons systems to the eastern side were held during the exercise.  ♦ The exercise by the army rebalanced its deployments and resources on the western and northern fronts. Participants: Over 500 soldiers of the Special Forces participated in the exercise.

    CSIR partners with DRDO to produce the Saras engine

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    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to produce the Saras engine. Collaboration: ♦ CSIR will take up the project jointly designing and developing an aero-engine which is a highly complex task. ♦ All major systems of the Saras engine, except the power plants, are indigenous. ♦ The prototype version of the Saras is being developed by the CSIR's National Aeronautical Laboratory (NAL). ♦ The engine is powered by two Canadian Pratt and Whitney PT6A turboprop engines. ♦ These are mounted on the rear of the fuselage instead of the wings and face rearwards. ♦ A 14-passenger Saras plane which is currently undergoing flight trials will also have the capability to taxi in reverse. This special feature is not very common in aircraft.  ♦ Taxiing in reverse requires the jet blast from the engines to be directed forwards. ♦ Before approving the design, the NAL will conduct 20 test flights of the Saras. ♦ The engine will be produced by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).  National Aeronautical Laboratory (NAL): NAL was established in 1959 by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Delhi. It is headquartered in Bengaluru. The firm functions along with HAL, DRDO, and ISRO. It holds the primary responsibility to develop civilian aircraft in India. Note: Since the mid-80s, DRDO has been developing the Kaveri engine that was initially meant for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) but has not been successful.

    Exercise Sahyog Kaijin began in Chennai port

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    Indo-Japan joint-exercise Sahyog-Kaijin began on 16 January 2020 at the Chennai port. This is the 19th edition of the exercise that is being conducted between the two Coast Guards. Aim: The exercise is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards. It also aims to enhance interoperability in communication, search and rescue procedures and sharing of best practices.   Key highlights: ♦ During the exercise, various activities including official calls reciprocal visit onboard ships, sporting events like basketball matches, cultural interactions will be carried out. ♦ Professional interactions between personnel of both the coast guards will be organized. ♦ The exercise mainly focuses on search and rescue, anti-piracy and pollution response.  Participants: From the Japanese side, Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo and a 60-member crew and from the Indian side, a total of four ICG ships, their aircraft and a vessel from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) are participating in the exercise. Exercise Sahyog-Kaijin: The exercise Sahyog-Kaijin is in line with the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard in 2006. Since then, there have been regular interactions including high-level visits, training exchanges, annual joint exercises, workshops, and seminars.

    Aviation Ministry announces to register drones by 31 January

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    The Aviation Ministry announced a scheme that providing a window up to 31 January for voluntary registration of all drones and their operators. Those who fail to register will face action under the Indian Penal Code and the Aircraft Act.  Reason: The move comes after the top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone attack. Also, the Ministry has noticed the presence of drones that do not comply with civil aviation requirements (CAR). Scheme: ♦ Individuals who possess drones should complete the process of online registration by 31 January 2020. ♦ This will facilitate the identification of civil drones and drone operators ♦ It is a one-time opportunity for voluntary disclosure of such drones and drone operators ♦ Co-chair of a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) committee on drones, Ankit Mehta reported that the number of illegal drones in India is likely to be between 50,000 and 60,000 Note: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 27 August 2018 issued the CAR to regulate the use of civilian drones in the Indian airspace.

    Indian Navy gets Fuel HFHSDIN 512, a special NATO class diesel

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    M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) launched the new fuel High Flash High-Speed Diesel (HFHSD) – IN 512, with revised technical specifications on 13 January 2020. Benefits: ♦ India will be able to ensure interoperability amongst foreign navies during fleet exercises.  ♦ It will provide fuel of quality better than that mandated to all foreign navies under bilateral/ multi-national logistics support pacts including Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). ♦ This fuel will help India to produce world-class products. ♦ It will benefit other M/s IOCL consumers like the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and other merchant marines in the future.  ♦ It will mark a new high with quality fuel available to all foreign Navy ships at Indian ports during exercises with the Indian Navy. ♦ It will enhance equipment reliability, performance, reduced carbon footprint, emissions  ♦ This fuel will be the key enabler in the Indian Navy's 'Mission Based Deployment' on a global scale. Background: The Indian Navy (IN) in collaboration with M/s IOCL carried out an extensive and thorough analysis and a comparative evaluation of existing international regulations like ISO, MARPOL, NATO, etc. to leverage technology and improve refining techniques available in the Indian petroleum industry. As a result, a revised technical specification that consists 22 test parameters including critical parameters cetane number, oxidation stability, flash point, sediment content, sulphur content, and Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) was designed. The new specification will ensure better quality fuel and result in a reduced carbon footprint. 

    Two Indian Coast Guard Ships are commissioned at Kolkata

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    Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar commissioned two Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) namely Annie Besant and Amrit Kaur on 12 January 2020 at Kolkata. ICGS: ♦ The ships are 48.9 m long and 7.5 m wide, with a displacement of 308 tonnes.  ♦ The ships can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots. ♦ It is powered with MTU 4000 series engines and propelled by three 71S type III Kamewa water jets by Rolls Royce.  ♦ The ships can undertake multi-faceted tasks such as search and rescue, surveillance, interdiction, and medical evacuation. ♦ The ships are fitted with new technology, sensors, navigation and communication equipment, and machinery.  ♦ They equipped with Bofors 40/60 guns and 12.7 mm Stabilised Remote Controlled Gun (SRCGs) to enhance the fighting efficiency of the ship. ♦ The ships carry one Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and a Gemini boat each for swift boarding and search and rescue operations.  ♦ ICGS Annie Besant ship is commanded by Commandant (JG) Sunny Deo and ICGS Amrit Kaur is commanded by Commandant (JG) Himanshu Mishra.

    GoI to acquire 200 aircraft for Air Force

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    Centre is planning to acquire around 200 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The aim is to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of IAF. The announcement about the acquisition was made by the defence secretary Ajay Kumar. Contract for LCAs: IAF is also in a move to finalize a contract for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark 1 A as the contract for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are about to be completed. It is expected that 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A, the advanced fighters, will meet the urgent needs of India. The contract for the LCAs will be signed in 2020.  IAF's aircraft types: IAF currently has Mirage 2000 aircraft, Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft, Mig 29 aircraft, Jaguars and Mig 21 Bisons in its inventory of fighter jets. About IAF: Established on: 8 October 1932 Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Vice Chief of the Air Staff: Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora The main responsibility of IAF is to secure Indian airspace. It also conducts aerial warfare during armed conflict. 

    GoI appoints officials to assist Chief of Defence Staff

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    Centre appointed 2 joint secretaries, 13 deputy secretaries, and 25 under secretary-rank officials to the newly-created department of military affairs. The department is to be headed by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. The appointments are in line with the government's vision of ensuring tri-services synergy. Convergence: India's military is currently planning to bring in convergence among the three services for effectively dealing with future security challenges. As a first move, Gen Rawat took charge as the country's first CDS on 1 January 2020. He is also acting as the Principal Military Advisor to the defence minister on all tri-services matters besides helming the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). CDS is playing a vital role to ensure optimum utilization of allocated budget. It also works to provide more synergy in procurement, training, and operations of the services through joint planning and integration.

    Naval version of LCA Tejas was successfully tested

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    A prototype of the naval version of the light combat aircraft (LCA) successfully completed the test trial. It landed and took off from India's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on 11 January 2020. The test was a significant step towards India developing its own deck-based fighters. This will now pave the way to develop and manufacture the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter for the Indian Navy. Developed by: It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Carrier INS Vikramaditya: ♦ The indigenously developed niche technologies of the carrier are specific to deck-based fighter operations ♦ The carrier INS Vikramaditya is currently deployed in the Arabian Sea. ♦ It has the naval version of the MiG 29 on board.  ♦ INS Vikramaditya has a capacity for 30 aircraft. ♦ The carries are the naval version of the Tejas fighter aircraft that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is inducting. ♦ In September 2019, the naval version of the LCA successfully executed its first-ever arrested landing at a shore-based test facility in Goa. ♦ India currently requires 57 deck-based fighters for its carrier operations.

    Wings India 2020 to be held in Begumpet Airport

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    Wings India 2020 has been scheduled to be held at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad from 12-15 March 2020. The event is expected to boost aviation. Organized by: The event is organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to provide a congenial forum to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector Wings India 2020: ♦ Wings India 2020 is an international exhibition and conference on the civil aviation sector ♦ The event focus on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation, and regional connectivity. ♦ The event aims that the restructured focused forums will be instrumental in attaining the objective of connecting the investors, buyers, sellers and other stakeholders at a common forum. ♦ The Centre is currently planning a privatization programme for the flight carriers. It believes that privatization will strengthen the civil aviation sector in the country. ♦ A curtain raiser event was held at Begumpet Airport where the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri participated.

    Visakhapatnam to host naval event MILAN

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    Visakhapatnam, the City of Destiny is to host MILAN 2020. The International Naval event has been scheduled to be held in March 2020. Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Chief of Staff ENC reviewed the preparations at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on 7 January 2020. The review meeting included site visits of the venues by the Nodal officers from the Navy and the stakeholder organizations that participate in the event. MILAN 2020: MILAN 2020 is a multilateral naval exercise. The main objective of the event is to enhance professional interaction between friendly foreign navies and learn the strengths and best practices in the maritime domain. The theme of the exercise is Synergy Across the Seas. The theme is expected to provide a unique opportunity for Operational Commanders of friendly foreign navies to interact with each other in areas of mutual interest. 41 navies were invited and over 30 navies have confirmed their participation in MILAN 2020.

    Indian Army uses GOCO model to improve efficiency

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    The Indian Army began its work based on the Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model. The model will identify the potential industry partners for its base workshops and ordnance depots intended to improve operational efficiency. Army also issued a Request For Information (RFI) to shortlist service providers with experience in warehousing, logistics and supply chain management for Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Kanpur.  Also, the Army's Master General of Ordnance (MGO) started to evaluate the GOCO model for Army Base Workshops (ABWs) to drive higher operational efficiencies. Indian Army has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (PwC) as a consultant to run the process and to hold conferences & consultations with the industry.  GOCO Model: The GOCO model was recommended by the Lt. Gen. DB Shekatkar (Retd.) committee. The model aims to enhance combat capability and re-balancing defence expenditure. As per the committee's recommendations, the government has decided to disband two advance base workshops, one static workshop and four ordnance depots and eight ABWs are recommended to be corporatized on the GOCO model. The 8 ABWs that are identified by the army are located in Allahabad, Agra, Delhi, Kankinara of West Bengal, Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh, and Meerut of Uttar Pradesh, Kirkee near Pune and Bengaluru.

    Two ships of the Royal Navy of Oman ships arrived in Goa

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    Two ships of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) arrived at Mormugao Port, Goa on 5 January 2020 to participate in the Naseem-Al-Bahr exercise. The 12th edition of the Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr aims to deepen the maritime relationship between India and Oman.  Exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr: ♦ RNOV Al Rasikh and RNOV Khassab from the Oman side and Indian Navy ships Beas and Subhadra from the Indian side will be participating in the event. ♦ The harbour phase of the exercise will be held in Goa and the sea phase off the Goa coast. ♦ The Commanding Officers of the visiting ships will call on the Flag Officer Commanding of Goa Naval Area during the harbour phase. ♦ The participating ships will conduct subject matter expert exchanges on professional topics. ♦ The harbour phase will also include sports activities between the Indian Navy and the RNO personnel,  ♦ The sea phase of the exercise will have reciprocal receptions and planning conferences during the exercise. Note: Naseem-Al-Bahr or sea breeze is a naval exercise that is held between the Indian Navy and the RNO. It is being conducted since 1993.

    DefExpo India-2020 to be held from 5-8 February 2020 in Lucknow

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    The 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India- 2020 is to be held from 5-8 February 2020 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The preparations were reviewed by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 5 January 2020. It is expected to be the largest exhibition for the world's defence companies to display their land, sea and air capabilities at a single exhibition. Defence Expo- 2020: Defence Expo- 2020 will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The theme of the expo is India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub. The previous expo was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 2018. It was held over an 80-acre area. The 2020 Def Expo is organized over a 200-acre area. Also, it is expected that 65 MoUs will be signed with the Indian and foreign defence companies at the Lucknow expo. Participants: India has 135 countries to participate in the event. 70 countries confirmed their participation so far. Around 925 exhibitors are expected to participate in the event. Also, the defence ministers and army chiefs of 25 countries are expected to participate in the programme. Top defence manufacturers from the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Sweden, and the Czech Republic will participate in the expo. 20,000 - 50,000 Visitors will participate in the event.

    Abhinav Kumar gets extension as BSF IG

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    The appointments committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extending the deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General. The appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the plan of Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF) beyond 31.10.2019 and up to 27.07.2021 in relaxation of IPS Tenure Policy.

    China launches two powerful naval destroyers in year of harvest for military

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    China launched two powerful naval destroyers, is building a massive pier at the Djibouti maritime base in the Indian Ocean to dock its aircraft carriers, as the state media described 2019 the year of harvest for the Chinese military acquired a whole range of modern weapons. China adding new naval ships on a monthly basis. The military reduced the size of the army by three lakh troops and resorted to a massive expansion of the navy to extend China’s influence and global reach.China plans to acquire about five to six aircraft carriers in the coming years. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian confirmed that China is building a 400 meter-long pier at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa to dock its aircraft carriers there. The construction and use of the facilities is to better fulfill China’s international obligations in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia, such as escort missions and humanitarian assistance. It will help China make new and greater contributions to maintaining peace and stability in Africa and the world. China terms Djibouti base as a logistics base for its naval fleet taking part in the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. Located in the Indian Ocean, it is the Chinese navy’s first base far from home. China acquired the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka in 2017 as a debt swap, raising concerns in India. The Navy will become significantly more powerful and capable of safeguarding China's sovereignty and overseas interests. Chinese Army The Chinese army commissioned the Type 15 light battle tank to be deployed in high altitude Tibet. The Type 99 main battle tank and other armored vehicles, China can launch armored assaults on all terrains, including water-dense, muddy, rugged, and high altitude. China revealed its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile: the DF-41, which can carry multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads capable of hitting anywhere on Earth. The new weapons systems to showcase China as a rising military power.

    Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM appointed as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance

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    Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM officially appointed as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force effect from 01 Jan 2020. Air Officer commissioned as Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) in IAF on 29 Aug 1984. He started a career as Engineering Officer in IAF with fighter aircraft and gained experience in maintenance operations on transport aircraft and helicopters.  Air Officer is a Post Graduate in Reliability Engineering from IIT Powai, Mumbai. Air Officer held the appointments of Senior Production Engineer at 11 Base Repair Depot, Commanding Officer of Air Armament Inspection Wing, Khamaria, Directing Staff at College of Air Warfare, and Command Engineering Officer at HQ WAC. He indigenisation drive in IAF as CO of 1 CIMD. The appointments held by command of a premier Base Repair Depot, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ EAC, and ACAS Eng (T&H).

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dedicate five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates Five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation. The event shall be organized at the Aeronautical Development Establishment DRDO at Bengaluru. Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the dedication and address the Scientists. DRDO DRDO will also showcase some of its innovative products to the Prime Minister at an Exhibition on occasion.Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa and DRDO Chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy will present on occasion.  The defence research-related activities in a big way to ensure that India remained abreast of global technological advancements in the field. Siddaganga Mutt  The Siddaganga Mutt established over 500 years ago in the form of a gurukul. The gurukul used to provide free education to children belonging to poor and backward sectors of the society. In 1914, Sri Shivakumar was handed over the responsibility of the gurukul; under his guidance, the gurukul provided not only free education but a free hostel facility. The Mutt runs 132 education institutes, which includes Junior colleges, Medical and engineering colleges, a blind school, and many more that provide free education and food to the children. Around 8,000 students currently study in the various institutes. In 2015 Sri Shivakumar Swami was conferred with the Padma Bhushan.

    Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane to take over as new Army Chief

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    Vice Chief of the Army Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as a new Army Chief. He will succeed Gen Bipin Rawat after a three-year stint as Army chief.  He took charge as vice-chief of the Army staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane heading the Eastern Command of the Army takes care of India's nearly 4,000-km border with China. Lt Gen Naravane served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field, and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front. Lt Gen Naravane a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and had served as India's defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.

    Gen Bipin Rawat named as countrys first Chief of Defence Staff

    19 days ago
    Indian Army General Bipin Rawat named as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Chief of Defence Staff will be a 4-star General, the principal military advisor to the defence minister, and will head the new Department of Military Affairs. Chief of Defence Staff ensures the jointness in training, logistics, and procurement of the three services. General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff. Defence Ministry amended the army, air force, and navy rules by bringing in a new clause that allows the CDS to serve up to a maximum age of 65 years. The CDS will administer all tri-services organizations command will be with the Chief of the service. Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a position for the tri-service chief of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, with the first CDS being General Bipin Rawat.

    Indian Navy bans smartphones social media on bases ships

    19 days ago
    The Indian Navy issued directions to ban the use of all smartphones and social networking platforms on board ships and naval bases. The social networking platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other messengers from here on now, will not be allowed at the naval bases and ships. The western naval command is located in Mumbai from where all nefarious activities carried out by Pakistan exposed, and so was Karvar, the aquatic center has the lone aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. The Indian Navy maintained that all of their critical assets are intact and there is no security breach. The operation named Dolphin's Nose in association with the central intelligence agencies and Naval Intelligence. The chats between these sailors who were being used by Pakistanis were sexually explicit.

    Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines 6 of them nuclear powered

    19 days ago
    The Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines including six nuclear attack submarines. The Indian Navy the panel the Medium Refit Life Certification (MRLC) of submarine Sindhuraj since the Russian side able to submit bank guarantees and integrity pact due to sanctions imposed by the US. The Indian Navy stated that there are presently 15 conventional submarines and two nuclear submarines in its fleet. The Indian Navy has two atomic submarines INS Arihant and INS Chakra, with the latter leased from Russia. The majority of the conventional submarines are over 25 years old, thirteen submarines age between 17 and 32 years. Eighteen (conventional) + six SSN (nuclear attack submarines). The Indian Ocean Region the area of operations of the Indian Navy, has witnessed rising activities of the Chinese Navy. The Indian Navy revamping its infrastructure including procuring new ships.

    Indian Air Force Bids farewell to MiG 27

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    MiG-27, an ace attacker during the 1999 Kargil War through the skies for one last time after serving the Indian Air Force for over three decades. The swing-wing fighter the backbone of a ground-attack fleet of the Air Force for several decades to its squadron of seven aircraft from Jodhpur Air Base. Veteran air warriors, along with serving air warriors in large numbers, are taking part in the ceremony. Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command Air Marshal SK Ghotia presiding over the wind-down ceremony. The upgraded variant of last swing-wing fleet the pride of the IAF strike fleet since 2006. MiG-23 BN, MiG-23 MF, MiG-27. The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions. The fleet took an active part in Operation Parakram. Number 29 Squadron The Number 29 Squadron unit in the IAF operating the MiG-27 upgrades. The upgraded version participated in numerous national and international exercises. The Squadron raised on March 10, 1958, at Air Force Station Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft. The Squadron equipped with numerous types of fighters such as MiG-21 Type 77, MiG-21 Type 96, MiG-27 ML, and MiG-27 upgrade. The lethal aircraft for their role during the 1999 Kargil War earned the moniker Bahadur from IAF pilots.

    Nirmala Sitharaman releases postage stamp to mark service of DRI

    22 days ago
    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released a postage stamp to commemorate distinguished service and glorious contribution of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in protecting the nation. The officers of DRI in using technology and data analytics to be able to inspire the confidence of citizens and deter smugglers. The DRI continues to play an immense role in countering smuggling as well as in preserving the cultural heritage and environment of the country.The challenges faced by the organisation continue to grow with the adoption of innovative modes of smuggling for increasing the concerted efforts of DRI, the statement said. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)  DRI formed on December 4, 1957 to function as an apex intelligence agency of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Custom. DRI established as the premier intelligence agency commanding the trust of international and national agencies with its intelligence inputs on myriad subjects inter alia ranging from fake Indian currency note, narcotics, gold, arms & ammunition, wildlife, cultural heritage, and commercial fraud. It is an Indian intelligence agency and chief anti-smuggling intelligence, investigations, and operations agency.

    IAF Chief to visit Egypt for bilateral talks

    24 days ago
    Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of Air Staff, is on a bilateral goodwill visit to Egypt from 24 to 28 December. Air Chief Marshal, scheduled to various operational and training establishments of the Egyptian Air Force, interact with senior officials of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Defence cooperation between the two Air Forces, as well as strengthening the long-standing bilateral relations between India and Egypt. Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria He is the current Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force and assumed office on 30 September 2019 after superannuation of Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. India Related Exercises Egypt did not participated in individual military exercises with India. It participated in joint military exercises with other African nations. India hosted defence exercise for African called AFINDEX-19. African countries participated in the exercise include Egypt, Niger, Ghana, Uganda.

    Indian Navy conducted Exercise Apharan at Kochi

    29 days ago
    The Indian Navy conducted Exercise Apharan, a large scale Anti Hijacking Exercise off the Port of Kochi on 18 December 2019. The exercise involved all stakeholders. This is the first time such a large scale exercise was held in Kerala. The Exercise was conducted under the aegis of the Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Defence, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Kerala. Aim: The exercise Apharan aimed to streamline the response mechanism. It focused on the preparedness of the navy to thwart any attempt by to hijack a merchant vessel or attempt forced entry of a rogue or commandeered merchant vessel into Kochi harbour.  Organized by: The exercise was organized by the Indian Navy in collaboration with the Indian Coast Guard, Cochin Port Trust, and other concerned stakeholders. Exercise Apharan: ♦ Exercise Apharan included interdiction of a rogue vessel outside Kochi port and insertion of Marine Commandos (MarCos) onto the rogue or hijacked vessel through boarding operations and slithering down onto its deck from a Sea King helicopter. ♦ Within the ambit of Coastal Security architecture, the hijacking of a merchant vessel is one of the challenging scenarios, response to which requires the synergy of resources, assets, and efforts of all stakeholders including the State Government. ♦ The Exercise provided an opportunity for all stakeholders to assess the preparedness of their respective organizations ♦ It also formulates an integrated crisis management plan for Kochi Port. Participants: The Exercise Apharan witness the participation of multiple agencies, including more than 12 ships and helicopters of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and Cochin Port Trust.

    DRDO conducted 2 test firings of Pinaka missile system

    29 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two test firings as a part of the series of flight trials of the Pinaka missile system.  Aim: The aim of the trial test was to test low range, functioning of live warhead along with its proximity initiation and salvo launch.  Test trial: ♦ The two Pinaka missiles were launched in salvo mode with 60 seconds interval between two firings.  ♦ The first test trial was conducted on 19 December 2019. The missile was fired at a 75 km range.  ♦ The second trial was successfully conducted on 20 December 2019 from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. ♦ Both the missiles were fired to engage a target located at the 20-kilometre range and high accuracy was achieved.  ♦ The missile was integrated with a live warhead with a proximity fuse and was tracked by multiple range systems through telemetry, radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS).

    Exercise INDRA 2019 concluded on 19 December

    29 days ago
    The second edition of Exercise INDRA 2019 concluded at Babina, Pune, and Goa on 19 December. The joint tri-services exercise was held between India and Russia from 10-19 December 2019. Aim: The exercise was aimed to strengthen the ties between the defence forces of India and Russia. It focused to combat the threat of global terrorism nations and by countries around the world. Events: ♦ The exercise had a five-day training phase consisting of a comprehensive training curriculum. Training phase: ♦ This phase included drills including cordon house intervention, neutralization of improvised Explosive Devices, measures to prevent arms smuggling through the sea route. Validation exercise: ♦ The exercise included a 72-hour validation exercise.  ♦ It was reviewed by exercise Honourable Minister of State for Defence Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in presence of Lt Gen SK Saini, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and other senior officers of both the countries.  ♦ The exercise included an Integrated Fire Power demonstration. Participants: Contingents, transport and fighter aircraft and ships of the Army, Air Force, and Navy of India and Russia participated in the 10-day long exercise. The Russian side was represented by Lt Gen Sergei Serukov, Deputy Commander, Eastern Military District.  Exercise INDRA: Exercise INDRA series began in 2003. The First Joint Tri-Services Exercise was held in 2017. The exercise was initiated to boost the cooperation and interoperability between the two countries.

    DRDO successfully test-fired the Upgraded version of Pinaka rocket

    30 days ago
    An upgraded version of India's indigenously developed Pinaka guided rocket system was successfully test-fired from Odisha coast on 19 December 2019. The rocket aims to boost the Army's artillery power. It was fired from the Proof and Experimental Establishment firing test range at Chandipur. Upgraded version of Pinaka: ♦ The multi-barrel rocket launch system was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) ♦ The weapon system was mounted on a Tatra truck. It is equipped with a guidance kit comprising an advanced navigation and control system. ♦ In March 2019, three successful trials of the Pinaka guided rocket system were conducted from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.  ♦ The indigenously developed guided Pinaka system will boost the capability of the artillery to hit the targets with precision and accuracy. The weapon system achieved the desired accuracy by hitting the intended target with a high degree of precision.

    GRSE delivered an LCU to the Indian Navy

    31 days ago
    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) delivered a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to the Indian Navy. It will add to the country's maritime security prowess.  Landing Craft Utility (LCU) class vessel: ♦ The LCU is 62.8 metres long, 11 metres wide. It has a displacement of 830 tonnes, with a low draught of 1.7 metres. ♦ The amphibious Landing Craft Utility (LCU) class ship can transport and deploy main battle tanks, troops, armoured vehicles, and equipment from ship to the shore. It is the seventh of eight such vessels being built for the Navy by GRSE.  ♦ The ships can be deployed for multi-role activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.  ♦ It has the ability to attain a maximum speed of 15 knots, the ship can accommodate 216 personnel. ♦ The vessel is equipped with two indigenous Close Range Naval-91 (CRN-91) guns. It will provide artillery fire support during landing operations. ♦ The first LCU Mark IV class of ships was commissioned into the Navy in 2016. They are fitted with close to 90% indigenous equipment. So far, the GRSE has manufactured 103 warships since its inception in 1960. GRSE: GRS - Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd. Founded on: 1884 Located in: Kolkata, West Bengal Chairman and CEO: Rear Admiral VK Saxena It is one of India's leading shipyards. It builds and repairs commercial and naval vessels.

    Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV concluded in Nepal

    31 days ago
    Joint military exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV between India and Nepal was conducted at Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal from 3-16 December 2019. The joint military exercise was conducted to enhance the level of defence cooperation and foster the bilateral relations between the two nations. Aim: The exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV aimed to conduct a Battalion level combined training between the Indian Army and Nepal Army. The exercise will enhance the interoperability in jungle warfare and counter-terrorism operations. Events: ♦ During the battalion-level joint military exercise, the Indian and Nepalese Army personnel exchanged practical, theoretical, and special experiences with each other. ♦ The events included counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations and various humanitarian assistance missions. ♦ The exercise was held to enhance military operations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, mountainous terrain, medical and environmental conservation including aviation aspects. Participants: Around 300 soldiers from both the Indian Army and Nepal Army participated in the SURYA KIRAN-XIV exercise. SURYA KIRAN-XIV: Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV is conducted every year alternatively in Nepal and India. This military exercise with Nepal is important in terms of the security challenges faced by India and Nepal in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism.

    Training for First batch of 21 officers of CIAA of Nepal began in GFSU

    32 days ago
    The training for the first batch of 21 officers of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of Nepal began at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The 6-day training will be provided on the Prevention of Fraud, Bribery, and Corruption on 16 December 2019. Aim: The course aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of CIAA to curb corrupt practices. It will also enhance good governance in Nepal.     Course: ♦ The course is fully supported by the Indian government under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of Ministry of External Affairs.  ♦ The tailor-made course was designed at the request of the Government of Nepal. The training focuses to identify factors for corruption, its impact on the economy and methodology for its detection and prevention. ♦ It will improve the skills of CIAA Officers for IT-based investigations. It will sharpen their analytical capabilities and help them learn new methodologies to detect, prevent and prosecute corrupt and fraudulent individuals. ♦ The training will reaffirm India's commitment to the capacity building of Nepali officers.  ♦ The second batch of 21 CIAA officers has been scheduled to undergo training from 11 to 16 January 2020.  Gujarat Forensic Sciences University: GFSU trains forensic experts in the area of Forensic Science, Security, Crime Investigation, Behavioral Science and Criminology.

    DRDO successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    32 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha successfully on 17 December 2019. The target of the missile was a ship. The land-attack version of the missile was test-fired from a mobile autonomous launcher at Launch Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha. BrahMos missile: ♦ The BrahMos missile is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from submarines, ships, fighter jets or land. ♦ BrahMos was described as the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile with a high rate of precision and accuracy.  ♦ It can be fired from land, sea, and air.  ♦ BrahMos is a joint venture between the DRDO and the NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOM) of Russia. ♦ The speed at which the BrahMos cruise missile travels is Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.  ♦ It has the ability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.

    IAF Phase of Exercise Indra 2019 began in Pune

    32 days ago
    Exercise INDRA-2019 is the second edition of Joint Tri-Services Exercise between the Indian Armed Forces and the Russian Armed Forces. It is being conducted from 10-20 December 2019 simultaneously at Pune and Gwalior for Air Force elements.  Aim: The aim of exercise INDRA 2019 is to enhance interoperability between India and Russia. It aims to develop an understanding among the countries in order to effectively tackle common security challenges. The exercise will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of both countries.  Highlights: ♦ Indian Air Force (IAF) is undertaking service-specific and joint missions during the exercise.  ♦ The Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) element is also participating in the exercise along with IAF counterparts.  ♦ The main objective of the exercise is to organize a Joint Task Force to undertake planning and execution of air operations to eliminate terrorists at the request of the third country under the UN mandate. Combined missions between IAF and RFAF will undertake to enrich experience and maximize training value in terms of interoperability.  ♦ IAF has fielded Su-30MKI, MI-17 helicopters, Jaguar, Airborne Warning & Control System aircraft and Garuds of IAF are participating in the exercise. ♦ The exercise showcased the long-standing bond between India and Russia. Exercise INDRA: Exercise INDRA series began in the year 2003. The first Joint Tri-Services of the INDRA exercise was conducted in 2017. The aim of the exercise is to boost interoperability and cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy. The first-ever Joint  Tri-Services Exercise was held in the Eastern Military District of Russia in October 2017.

    Exercise Mitra Shakti VII culminated on Pune

    33 days ago
    The seventh edition of Exercise Mitra Shakti-VII 2019 concluded on 14 December 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The exercise was held between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army. The exercise is a part of the United Nations peacekeeping forces. The exercise was held from 1-14 December 2019. Aim: The exercise aimed to enhance the operational efficiency and interoperability between the Indian Army and Sri Lanka Army. It promoted the positive relations between the two armies by focusing on sub-unit-level training on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in urban and rural environments. Events: ♦ A group of 120 personnel each from the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army participated in the exercise.  ♦ The theme chosen for the joint training exercise was live and contemporary affecting both the nations. ♦ The exercise included battle drills, fieldcraft, and procedures to operate jointly with seamless interoperability. ♦ The exercise concluded with a 48-hour long culmination exercise. The exercise was witnessed by Senior Military and Defence officials of the Indian Army and representatives of the Sri Lankan Army. ♦ The exercise showcased the standards achieved by the army personnel of the countries during the training and demonstrated the commitment and capabilities of the participating armies to maintain world peace under the United Nations flag. ♦ The conduct of the bilateral military training exercises upheld the values of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood and trust.  ♦ The exercise taught valuable lessons to the troops of the participating countries.

    Russian ships have arrived to participate in 2019 Indra exercise

    38 days ago
    The Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships namely Yaroslav Mudry, Viktor Konetsky, and Elyna, have arrived in Goa to participate in the second edition of a tri-services exercise INDRA 2019. The exercise was held between the armed forces of India and Russia.  Aim: The aim of exercise INDRA 2019 is to enhance interoperability between the two countries. It also aims to develop an understanding among the countries in order to effectively tackle common security challenges.  Exercise INDRA: Exercise INDRA series began in 2003. The first Joint Tri-Services of the INDRA exercise was conducted in 2017. The aim of the exercise is to boost interoperability and cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy.

    MoD to organize the Naval weapon Systems seminar NAVARMS

    38 days ago
    The fourth edition of the International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems NAVARMS-19 is to be held on 12-13 December 2019. The conclave is organized by the Ministry of Defence at Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, Development Enclave, New Delhi.  Theme: The theme of the two-day event is Make in India - Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives. The seminar aims to create awareness and identify the emerging prospects for the National and International defence industry in the domain of Naval Weapon Systems.  Events: ♦ Indian Navy speakers will bring out Opportunities for Industry in Naval Weapon Systems - 2030 in all the three dimensions namely surface, air and underwater. ♦ A session on  Needs and Concerns of the User and Industry will be held. It will provide a platform for the users and the industry to bring out their respective needs and concerns with prevailing policies/issues. ♦ The participating delegations will discuss views from all the stakeholders to bridge the gap between the expectations of the user and the industry.  ♦ A session that focuses on Naval Weapon Systems - Modern Trends and Technology in Upgrade & Upkeep will be held to share the views.  ♦ An interactive session of Panel Discussion on Govt Policy Imperatives to Encourage Indigenisation.  ♦ A discussion on the Building of Indigenous Capability through Collaborative Approach between Industry, R&D organizations and IN will be held. The session will highlight the capability gaps existing in the system and way ahead to bridge them using modern technology, infrastructure augmentation, increased investment in R&D, etc through a collaborative approach. NAVARMS: NAVARMS is the only international seminar and exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems conducted in India. The seminar aims to enhance maritime security in the region and nation-building. It invites all the stakeholders in the life cycle management of Naval Weapons and provides a common platform to share their views and concerns. The first edition of the NAVARMS was organized in 2007. The second and third was organized in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

    Exercise Hand-in-hand 2019 to commence from 7 December

    40 days ago
    Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019 commenced at Umroi, Meghalaya on 7 December 2019. The exercise is held between India and China. The 8th edition of the exercise is being held under the United Nations mandate. The 14-day long exercise will be held from 7-20 December 2019.  Aim: The main objective of the exercise is to enrich both Indian and Chinese contingents from each other's experience to combat counter-terrorism.  Theme: The theme of the 14-day long training exercise is Counter-terrorism. Under the theme, both the countries will practice joint planning and conduct of counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban terrain.   Participants: From the Chinese side, the Tibet Military command comprises 130 personal who will be participating in the event. From the Indian Contingent, more than 100 personnel will participate in the training exercise. Events: ♦ The exercise between the countries will be held at the company level. The training will be controlled by the respective Battalion Headquarters. ♦ The events include discussions on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. ♦ The exercise will have various lectures and drills associated with counter-terrorist handling and firing with each other's weapons. ♦ Special heliborne operations and case studies of various operations will be carried out in a counter-terrorism environment.  ♦ The exercise will have two tactical exercises: one on counter-terrorism scenario and the other on HADR operations.

    CG can now Visit, Board, Search and Seize suspicious vessels

    42 days ago
    Ministry of Defence has empowered Indian Coast Guard (CG) has to board, search any vessel and arrest people for offences within the maritime zone of the country. The powers were vested on CG under the Coast Guard Act, 1978. The announcement was made by the Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.  Aim: The move aims to empower the Indian Coast Guard and enhancing coastal security.  Background: Since 2009, the Indian Coast Guard sought more powers under the Territorial Waters, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone, and Other Maritime Zones Act, 1976 through which they could board and search suspicious vessels. Earlier, the CG did not have the power to board any vessel passing through India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It used the provisions of the Customs Act, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and other relevant acts to board and seize vessels in the EEZ. Indian Coast Guard: Founded on: 18 August 1978 Headquarters: New Delhi Director-General: DG Krishnaswamy Natrajan The Coast Guard was formed under the Coast Guard Act, 1978. It functions under the Ministry of Defence. Additional Director General: Additional DG Krupa Ram Nautiyal It is a part of the Indian Armed forces. It is responsible to protect the maritime interest of India.

    Exercise INDRA 2019 to be conducted from 10 December

    43 days ago
    Exercise INDRA 2019 is a joint, tri-services exercise held between India and Russia. The exercise will be conducted in India from 10-19 December 2019. It will hold simultaneously at Babina, Pune, and Goa.  Aim: The exercise will facilitate further strengthening of bonds between the defence forces of India and Russia. It will focus on combatting the threat of global terrorism nations and by countries around the world. Events: ♦ The historic occasion for two of the world's greatest Armed Forces are participating in the exercise. ♦ The exercise will consist of a five-day training phase consisting of a comprehensive training curriculum. Training phase: ♦ The exercise will include tactical operations end drills such as cordon house intervention, handling, and neutralization of improvised Explosive Devices, measures to prevent arms smuggling through the sea route and anti-piracy will be practiced.  Validation exercise: ♦ The exercise will include a 72-hour validation exercise.  ♦ The exercise also included an Integrated Fire Power demonstration. ♦ The contingents of both countries will share expertise and their professional experience. Participants: Contingents, fighter and transport aircraft and ships of respective Army, Air Force, and Navy will be participating in the 10-day long exercise.  Exercise INDRA: Exercise INDRA series began in 2003. The First Joint Tri-Services Exercise was conducted in 2017. It will boost cooperation and interoperability between the Indian and Russian navies.

    India successfully test fired Prithvi II missile

    45 days ago
    India successfully conducted a night test-trial of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile off complex-3 of Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha coast. The test of the short-range ballistic missile was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command. Prithvi-II missile: ♦ The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile has a strike range of 350 km. ♦ It is capable of carrying 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads. It is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. ♦ The missile was inducted into the Indian defence forces in 2003.  ♦ The missile was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) of the Ministry of Defence.

    Exercise HAND-IN-HAND 2019 to commence from 7 December

    46 days ago
    Exercise HAND-IN-HAND 2019 is to be conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya. The 8th India-China joint training is held under the United Nations mandate. The exercise will be held from 7-20 December 2019.  Theme: The aim of the Exercise HAND-IN-HAND 2019 is to practice joint planning and conduct of counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban terrain. The theme of the 14-day long training exercise is Counter-terrorism.  Participants: From the Chinese side, the Tibet Military command comprises 130 personal who will be participating in the event. From the Indian Contingent, more than 100 personnel will participate in the training exercise. Events: ♦ The exercise will be held at the company level. Respective Battalion Headquarters will control the training. ♦ The exercise will have various lectures and drills associated with counter-terrorist handling and firing with each other's weapon. ♦ Special heliborne operations and case studies of various operations will be carried out in a counter-terrorism environment.  ♦ The exercise will have two tactical exercises: one on counter-terrorism scenario and the other on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

    Shivangi became the first naval woman pilot in India

    46 days ago
    Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi of the Indian Navy became the first naval woman pilot in India. She joined operational duties at the Kochi naval base on 2 December 2019. Shivangi received the qualification wings from Vice Admiral AK Chawla, the chief of Southern Naval Command. She will fly the Naval Dornier. Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi: Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi is from Muzzafarpur in Bihar. She was inducted into the Indian Navy as Short Service Commission (SSC) (pilot). It is a part of the 27 NOC course in the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. She was commissioned in June 2018.

    Exercise Mitra Shakti VII began in Pune

    47 days ago
    The seventh edition of Exercise Mitra Shakti-VII 2019 commenced on 1 December 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The exercise is held between Indian and Sri Lanka. The exercise is a part of the United Nations peacekeeping forces.  Aim: The exercise aims to enhance the interoperability and operational efficiency between the Indian Army and Sri Lanka Army. It promotes positive relations between the two armies by focusing on sub-unit-level training on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in urban and rural environments. Features of the exercise: ♦ The exercise signifies the strength of India-Sri Lanka relations in the field of military cooperation and engagement. ♦ The joint exercise has been designed to incorporate the current dynamics of United Nations peacekeeping operations. The exercise provides practical and comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises.  ♦ The exercise includes fieldcraft, battle drills, and procedures to operate jointly with seamless interoperability. ♦ The countries will gain joint operability and enhanced military and diplomatic association ♦ Mitra Shakti is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between the Indian army and Sri Lanka army.

    BSF celebrated the 55th raising day on 1 December

    47 days ago
    Border Security Force (BSF) personnel celebrated the 55th raising day on 1 December 1965. PM Modi greeted the BSF personnel on the day. The event was graced by Minister of State of Home Affairs Nityanand Rai attended the Raising Day celebrations of Border Security Force (BSF) on 1 December. During the occasion, he reviewed the passing out parade of BSF. Border Security Force (BSF): Formed on: 1 December 1965 Director-General: V K Johri It ensures the security of the borders of India by acting as the First Line of Defence against smuggling, infiltration, and military assault. BSF is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). BSF is the world's largest border guarding force. It functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Minister responsible for BSF is Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs.

    Indian Navy successfully testfired Brahmos supersonic cruise missile

    48 days ago
    Indian Navy successfully test-fired the 290 km strike range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. The supersonic cruise missile was test-fired in the Arabian Sea.  BrahMos: ♦ BrahMos is a medium-range supersonic cruise missile  ♦ It can be launched from ships, aircraft, or land.  Background: ♦ In September 2019, the BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired from ITR, Chandipur in Odisha.  ♦ In May 2019, the IAF successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. It was of range 300km. The air-launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5-tonne supersonic air to surface cruise missile. It was developed by BAPL.

    Indian Army successfully test fired 2 Spike ATGMs

    49 days ago
    The Indian Army successfully test-fired two Spike long-range anti-tank missiles at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh.  Aim: The Spike long-range anti-tank missiles are expected to boost its combat prowess. It is necessary as the Indian Army has been using outdated second-generation missiles. It will boost the firepower capability of the Indian Army. Spike ATGM: ♦ Spike missiles are developed and manufactured in Israel  ♦ Spike ATGM is the fourth-generation of the missiles that are in use ♦ It is known as the fire and forget missiles ♦ The Spike ATGMs are portable by men ♦ The missiles can destroy tanks and bust bunkers within four kilometers ♦ In October 2019, these anti-tank guided missiles and its launchers were inducted along the LoC in the northern theatre Background: In 2011, a Request for proposal (RFP) was floated to the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for more than 8000 missiles. Ministry of Defence (MoD) completed the negotiation in 2016. MoD decided that the Spike missile was the only one to qualify after going through a complex procurement process.

    Exercise SURYA KIRAN XIV to be held in 2019 December

    49 days ago
    Joint military exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV between India and Nepal is to be conducted at Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal from 3-16 December 2019.  Aim: The aim of the exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV is to conduct a Battalion level combined training between the Indian Army and Nepal Army. It will increase the interoperability in jungle warfare and counter-terrorism operations. Participants: Around 300 soldiers from both the Indian Army and Nepal Army are to participate in the SURYA KIRAN-XIV exercise. Events: ♦ The events will include various counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations and various humanitarian assistance missions by both the Armies. ♦ The exercise will enhance military operations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, mountainous terrain, medical and environmental conservation including aviation aspects. ♦ The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence cooperation and foster the bilateral relations between the two nations. SURYA KIRAN-XIV: Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV is a military exercise that is conducted every year. It is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India. The exercise SURYA-KIRAN with Nepal is an important exercise in terms of the security challenges faced by both countries in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism.

    India, Singapore to hold joint training exercise

    50 days ago
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) are to conduct the Joint Military Training (JMT) from 31 October to 12 December at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal. The exercise commemorates the 10th edition of the JMT.  JMT: ♦ For the first time, the exercise was expanded to include an air-sea training component with assets from the Indian Navy. ♦ The training included both air-to-air and air-to-surface scenarios. ♦ It will provide realistic training and increase the operational readiness for both IAF and RSAF. ♦ The Air Force Bilateral Agreement was signed by India and Singapore in 2007. It was renewed in 2017. JMT is held under the renewed agreement. Participants: RSAF has deployed six of its advanced F-16 fighter aircraft to train alongside the IAF's six Sukhoi combat aircraft during their upgraded joint military training in India.

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