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  • India to participate in SCO Peace Mission 2018 exercise at Russia

    India will participate for the first time in the joint SCO Peace Mission Exercise, a part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, being conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from August 22-29 at Chebarkul. India became a full member of the SCO in June 2017. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an eight-member multilateral organization, established on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China. 8 members of SCO are:- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

    CAG reported about the lack of facilities in Submarine training

    The Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) observed that there are no facilities available for training the Navy crew on various aspects of damage control and firefighting in a submarine.  CAG submitted a report in Parliament saying the government has not approved the proposal submitted by Submarine headquarters in April 2014 yet. The proposal indicated the necessary requirement of a simulator to train in damage control and firefighting, which are assumed with greater importance as India to set to acquire nuclear submarines into its fleet. Currently, the Navy is in the process of buying two deep submergence rescue vessel systems from a U.K.-based firm.  The report also highlighted delays in the completion of the Naval Academy Project at Ezhimala, non-availability of training equipment for new induction platforms, a deficiency in the quality of training and other issues.

    India gets its first all women 'SWAT' unit

    Ahead of the Independence Day, the Delhi Police inducted India's first all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for anti-terrorist operations. 36 women commandos from the northeastern states have been inducted into this squad. While 13 members are from Assam, rest of them hail from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Manipur.

    Maitree 2018 Joint Military Exercise between India and Thailand held inThailand

    Exercise 'Maitree' is a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army and is running on in Thailand from 6 to 19 August 2018. Maitree 2018 was platoon level exercise that comprises of infantry component. Aim:- To develope mutual understanding and bonhomie between the two armies in order to counter terrorism.

    Defence Minister Launched Defence India Startup Challenge

    The India Startup challenge was launched with a vision to build an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in defence sector and make India self-reliant for meeting defence requirements. The defence ministry also signed a MoU with 5 incubators. IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, Forge IIT Madras, and T hub who will work in tandem to provide solutions for defence requirements in Airforce, Navy and for Army.  

    IWAI Launches Dedicated Portal FOCAL For Cargo Owners And Shippers

    The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has launched a dedicated portal to connect cargo owners and shippers with real-time data on the availability of vessels.  The portal has been named as the Forum of Cargo Owners and Logistics Operators (FOCAL). This is designed by the IT Department and the traffic wing of IWAI.  

    Ballistic Missile Interceptor AAD successfully Flight Tested

    Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the successful test of the Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.  The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 km was launched against multiple simulated targets of 1500 km class ballistic missile.  The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa witnessed the flight test along with other senior officials. About DRDO Sanjay Mitra (Present Defence Secretary) is the present Chairman of DRDO. DRDO Headquarters in New Delhi.

    The successful test on Naval LCA marks a milestone

    The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Naval Prototype 2 (NP2) successfully landed on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) in Goa. This trial is a milestone towards completion of CCT trials of LCA Navy.  The Arrestor Hook System (AHS) for Ship Deck operations of LCA Naval version was designed and developed by Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) wing of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The combined effort by HAL,  Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC), Regional Director Aeronautical Quality Assurance (RDAQA) and Navy led to the success. Navy will conduct a series of such trials and the Naval LCA is expected to be on INS Vikramaditya by the end of 2018.

    The two, Made in India, tank engines were handed over to the Army

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed over two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel tank engines to Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu. The engines, V-46-6 and V92S2, can power up the tanks - T-72 Ajeya and T-90 Bhishma. This making of fully indigenized engines, for the first time, is under the Center’s ‘Make in India’ programme.  It was produced by the Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), a unit of Ordnance Factory Board. The EFA has manufactured more than 12,000 engines since its inception in 1987 for the Indian Army. 

    India plans to buy missile shield from U.S. for USD 1 billion

    India is aiming to buy an advanced air defence system from the U.S. to defend the National Capital Region (NCR) from aerial attacks like 9/11-type. The cost estimated for buying National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) is  $1 billion. The buying process has been initiated.  India is also planning to buy a very long range S-400 air defence systems from Russia. India is also developing an indigenous Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system. Phase-I of the BMD will be deployed soon.

    Indian Air Force to participated In Australias Pitch Black Exercise

    An Indian Air Force contingent comprising of four Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft landed at Darwin Air Force Base, Australia for participating in the Exercise Pitch Black-2018.  This is the first time that an Indian Air Force contingent is participating in this multinational air exercise in Australia.  The Indian Air Force contingent consists of 145 personnel.  The contingent will undertake simulated air combat exercises in a controlled environment.

    Nineteenth Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations began

    Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year for three days from 24th July - 26th July at the Drass War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir to commemorate India's emphatic victory against Pakistan. About Kargil War: ♦ Date - May -July 1999 (2 months) ♦ Location - Kargil district, Jammu and Kashmir ♦ Result - Decisive Indian victory; India regains possession of Kargil. ♦ In India, the Kargil conflict is also referred to as 'Operation Vijay' (Hindi: विजय, literally "Victory") which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector. ♦ The Kargil War memorial, built by the Indian Army, is located in Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill.

    Union Government to launch Student Police Cadet Programme

    The Student Police Cadet (SPC) Programme will be launched nationally on July 21, 2018, by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the presence of the Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar and the Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal. The programme will not have any prescribed textbook and nor will it include an exam. The topics covered under this part include values and ethics, respect for elders, empathy and sympathy, tolerance, patience, attitude, team spirit and discipline. The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) with the support of NCERT prepared a handbook for imparting instructions. The programme would have a greater emphasis on field demonstrations and hands-on learning of the functioning of the police through visits to women police stations, child protection homes including NGOs, traffic police and fire brigade stations.

    MiG 21 fighter Jet crashed in Himachal Pradesh

    Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter jet which was on a routine sortie, crashed in Patta Jattian village in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district after taking off from Pathankot air base. Squadron Leader Meet Kumar, who was flying the MiG-21 aircraft died in the accident. The MiG-21 jets were inducted into IAF in1963 and many of these planes were lost in crashes.

    International Army Games 2018 will be conducted from July 28 to August 11

    The Army games are organised annually by Russia and this year 28 competitions will be held in seven countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. This year the Games will bring together 181 teams from 32 countries. Military servicemen from Algeria, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan and the Philippines will demonstrate their skill for the first time. The Indian Army will be participating in two team competitions - the Tank Biathlon and Elbrus Ring - being held in Russia. The army will also be participating as observers in two events in Russia and three events in China. The events in China would be the ‘Suvorov’, ‘Seaborne assault’- an amphibious operation, and ‘Safe Route’.

    IAF to take part in Australia's 'Exercise Pitch Black' for 1st time

    For the first time, Indian Air Force (IAF) will be participating in Exercise "Pitch Black", a three-week multinational warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). 145 air-warriors including a Garud commando team, four Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter planes and a C-130 and a C-17 transport aircraft will participate in this exercise.

    DRDO successfully test fired BrahMos Missile from Odisha

    Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian Army have test fired a supersonic BrahMos cruise missile under "extreme weather conditions", in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The missile - named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia - is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The missile’s range is estimated at around 300 to 400 kilometers. BrahMos is considered one of the the world’s fastest cruise missile currently in operational use.

    Indian Army signed MoU with SBI on the Defence Salary Package

    Defence Salary Package will include free personal accident death, free permanent total disability cover and other accidental benefits to the deceased soldier and family. The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed in February 2015. The renewed MoU will be valid till January 3, 2019.

    India's first private UAV factory will be set up in Kota

    DCM Shriram Industries Group will set up India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) and Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPV), on the campus of Shriram Rayons in Kota, under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the union government. Total 3000 LBPVs and 500 UAVs will be manufactured annually once the plant is set up and starts its manufacturing. These UAVs and LBPVs are likely to be used by defence and para-military forces in India.

    For the first time, Indian Naval aircraft deployed for RIMPAC exercise

    Indian Navy's P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft from Indian Naval Ship (INS) Rajali has inducted at Hawaii for participating in the Rim of Pacific Multinational Naval exercise (RIMPAC-18). RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise. 26 countries will take part in the drill this year and will undertake tactical exercises, including anti-submarine warfare and maritime reconnaissance missions.

    Six vendors responded to supply 110 fighter aricrafts to India

    Six global aircraft manufacturers have responded to a 'Request for Information (RFI)' from the Indian Air Force to supply 110 fighter aircraft, to replace MiG-21s and MiG-27s, which are being phased out of service. Six bids received are: ♦ Lockheed Martin F-16, ♦ SAAB Gripen, ♦ Boeing F-18, ♦ Dassault Rafale, ♦ Eurofighter Typhoon, ♦ United Aircraft Corporation MiG-35 . The first two are single-engine fighters, while the other 4 are twin-engine ones.  

    Defence ministry approves 17 'baffle' shooting ranges for Indian Army

    At a cost of Rs 238 crore, defence ministry has approved the construction of 17 new "baffle" firing ranges to prevent accidents due to stray bullets, for the Army. The proposed baffle shooting ranges can facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters. There are 60 similar firing ranges existing across India.

    German warship exploded during a military exercise

    American-made SM-2 air defense missile became trapped in its launcher, and exploded German warship FGS Sachsen, during a training exercise off the coast of Norway. 'FGS Sachsen' was operating with 'FGS Lübeck' near the Arctic Circle when it attempted to fire a Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIA as part of the exercise.

    Indian, Indonesian navies participated in PASSEX

    Indian Naval ships INS Shakti and INS Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, undertook Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Madidihang (855) a Stingrays Class Fast Patrol Craft on leaving the Port of Makassar, Indonesia. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Indonesia last month, the two countries decided to enhance their maritime cooperation.

    HAL Su 30 under production fighter jet crashes in Nashik, Maharashtra

    A Sukhoi Su-30 jet has crashed in Nashik, Maharashtra. Both pilots have ejected safely before the aircraft crashed. The Su-30 was manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft was under production and was undergoing pre-delivery trials by HAL, and had not been handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) yet. Su-30 is a twin-engine supersonic multirole fighter that can be used both for air-to-ground assaults and to maintain air superiority. The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI was designed specifically for the IAF's requirements. It is a twin-seater fighter - typically carrying one pilot and one Weapons System Operator (WSO).

    Worlds Largest Multilateral Naval Exercise RIMPAC begun off Hawaii

    26th edition of two month long exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. Navies of 26 countries including India is participating in this exercise, which is scheduled off Hawaii from June 27 to August 27. INS Sahyadri, Commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha, has reached the Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, to participate in RIMPAC 2018. Subsequently, the 25th edition of the exercise was attended by INS Satpura in 2016.

    India to sign 3,400 crore rupees deal with Israel to buy 4500 missiles

    India is set to sign a ₹3,400-crore ($500 million) deal with Israel for the purchase of around 4,500 Spike missiles for the Indian Army. Spike is a fourth-generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile designed by Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

    India, Russia to hold military exercise Indra 2018 during the second half this year

    The tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half of this year. Russia has been a long-standing defence partner of India.

    ICGS Rani Rashmoni ship was commissioned at Vizag

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

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

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

    India is planning to gift a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles

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

    Indian Coast Guard interceptor ship commissioned

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

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

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

    Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra Gets Additional Charge Of DRDO Chairman

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

    DAC Approves Procurement Of Equipment For Defence Forces

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

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

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

    DRDO Awards 2016 & 2017 Presented By Defence Minister

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

    Indian Army Finalises Rs 15,000 Crore Ammunition Production Project

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

    DAC Approves Capital Acquisition Proposals Of Over Rs3,687 Crore

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

    Coastal Security Exercise 'Sagar Kavach' Held In Kerala

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

    India Forms Committee To Reform Higher Defence Planning

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

    IPS Officer Rajesh Ranjan appointed as DG Of CISF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ATGM Nag successfully test fired in desert conditions

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

    DAC Approves Proposals Worth Rs. 15,935 Crore

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

    VINBAX: India and Vietnam hold first military exercise in Jabalpur

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

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

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

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

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

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