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  • Defence Ministry released draft 2020 Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy

    5 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing. The policy will be in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Package’. The implementation of the policy & framework will position India amongst the leading countries of the world in defence and aerospace sectors Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020: ♦ The DPEPP 2020 aims to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. The main objective of the DPEPP policy is to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 Crores (US$ 25 billion). It includes export of Rs.35,000 Crore (US$ 5 billion) in Aerospace and Defence goods and services by 2025. ♦ The policy will develop a robust, dynamic, and competitive Defence industry including the Aerospace & Naval Shipbuilding industry to provide service to the needs of Armed forces with quality products. ♦ Under the policy, the dependence on imports will be reduced "Make in India" initiatives will be implemented through domestic design and development. ♦ The policy also aims to promote the export of defence products and become part of the global defence value chains. ♦ The main aim of the DPEPP policy is to create an environment that encourages Research &Development, creates Indian IP ownership, rewards innovation, and promotes a robust and self-reliant defence industry. ♦ The Policy will bring out multiple strategies in the following areas namely: Indigenization & Support to MSMEs/Startups Procurement Reforms Optimize Resource Allocation Investment Promotion, FDI & Ease of Doing Business Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Quality Assurance & Testing Infrastructure Export Promotion Innovation and R&D

    DRDO launched Dare to Dream 2.0 contest for innovators and startups

    12 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched its innovation contest ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ on 27 July 2020, the 5th death anniversary of former President and noted scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The scheme has been aimed for emerging technologies to promote the individuals & startups for innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in India. The move is in line with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dare to Dream 2.0: ♦ Dare to Dream 2.0 is an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country.  ♦ Under the initiative, the winners will be decided after due evaluation by an expert committee.  ♦ The winners will be awarded money, up to Rs.10 lakh for the startup, and Rs.5 lakh to the individual category. ♦ The contest is for the Ignited Minds, whether innovators or startups. 

    DRDO established COVID-19 Testing Facility at DIHAR, Leh

    17 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established a COVID-19 testing facility at the Leh based laboratory Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). The centre was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur on 22 July 2020. The aim is to enhance the rate of testing to identify the COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory of Ladakh.  COVID-19 Testing Facility: ♦ COVID-19 testing facility will help in keeping close watch of the infected persons. ♦ The facility has been established in a way that it meets the safety standards and guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).  ♦ The testing facility at DIHAR is capable of screening 50 samples per day.  ♦ The facility can be utilized for training manpower for COVID-19 testing and will be of great help to address future bio-threats and carrying out R&D activities pertinent to agro-animals diseases. ♦ The new facility at DIHAR will help in the treatment of COVID-19 infected persons. ♦ The bio-safety aspect of the testing facility and precautionary measures will minimize the cross-contamination and safety of researchers, health professionals and the environment. Defence Institute of High Altitude Research: DIHAR is DRDO's life sciences laboratories that function on cold arid agro-animal technologies. The laboratory screens and identifies the medicinal and aromatic plants to exploit them for use for defence purposes and on greenhouse technologies for high altitude and cold desert areas.

    India successfully test fires Dhruvastra anti-guided missiles

    18 days ago
    The Indian armed forces successfully test-fired the helicopter-launched Nag Missile Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile, erstwhile called Helina, indirect and top attack mode. The flight test trials were done without a helicopter on 15th and 16th July at ITR Balasore, Odisha. HELINA: ♦ HELINA is a third-generation fire and forget class anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system. It is mounted on the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).  ♦ The missile has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with a conventional armour and explosive reactive armour. The HELINA missile can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.  ♦ HELINA Weapon Systems is being inducted into the Indian Army.  Dhruvastra: ♦ A variant of HELINA Weapon System called Dhruvastra.  ♦ The Dhruvastra missile system is being inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). ♦ The missile has a maximum range capability of 7 km in Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) mode. 8 such missiles can be attached to the Helicopter with the help of 4 twin launchers. ♦ It can be fired in two modes namely Direct and Top attack.  ♦ It has a warhead penetration capability of 800 mm, the missile can defeat futuristic armour and inflict maximum damage to the tank and crippling its crew.  ♦ The fire and forget capability has been imparted by an indigenously developed Imaging Infra Red seeker.

    Defence Ministry signed contract with BEML for procurement of 1,512 Mine Plough for T-90 tanks

    20 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procurement of 1,512 Mine Plough (MP) for Tank T-90 S/SK. The move comes as a major boost to the Make in India initiative of the Government of India. The contract was approved by the Acquisition Wing of MoD. Highlights: ♦ The contract was signed at an approximate cost of Rs.557 crore.  ♦ The contract has Buy and Make (Indian) categorization with a minimum of 50% indigenous content in making a portion of the contract.  ♦ Under this contract, the mine ploughs will be fitted on T-90 Tanks of the Indian Armoured Corps, which will facilitate individual mobility to Tanks while negotiating the minefield.  ♦ Mobility of the Tank Fleet will enhance manifold, which in turn would extend the reach of Armoured Formation deep into enemy territory without becoming mine causality.  ♦ The induction of 1,512 mine ploughs will be completed by 2027. ♦ The contract will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Army.

    India-US conduct exercise in strong strategic signal to China

    20 days ago
    India and the United States to conduct PASSEX (passing exercise) between the two navies. These exercise have built interoperability through a series of Malabar and other exercises. The exercise comes amid the ongoing border dispute between India and China. This exercise is also a signal to China because of its attitude in the wider Asia-Pacific region. PASSEX: ♦ US Navy's aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived in the Indian Ocean via the Malacca Strait to take part in in a naval exercise with Indian warships near the Andaman & Nicobar Isands.  ♦ USS Nimitz is leading a US carrier strike group to the Indian Ocean for the joint exercise with the Indian Navy. ♦ USS Nimitz and other similar carriers weigh around 100,000 tonnes and can carry around 90 fighter jets. ♦ In the PASSEX exercise, several Indian naval warships include frigates and submarines are taking part. ♦ Naval assets from both the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) and the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) also take part in the exercises.

    India, China Military Level meeting held

    24 days ago
    India and China hold discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the prevailing situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). On 14th July, Commanders from People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Indian Army held a meeting at Chushul, on the Indian side, for the fourth round of talks. Highlights: ♦ The engagement of the military in both the countries were consistent with the consensus reached between the Special Representatives of China and India earlier, on 5 July, to discuss complete disengagement. ♦ The Senior Commanders reviewed the work on the implementation of the first phase of disengagement and discussed further steps to ensure complete disengagement.  ♦ Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to the objective of complete disengagement.  ♦ This process is intricate and requires constant verification. They are taking it forward through regular meetings at the diplomatic and military levels.

    Indian Army to acquire Raven and Spike Firefly

    27 days ago
    The Indian army is to acquire hand-launched, remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle Raven from the US and state-of-the-art Israeli Spike Firefly. The aim is to add lethality to its ground infantry apart from long-range precision artillery shells with a range of over 40 kilometres.  Highlights: ♦ The first batch of acquisition comprises 4-6 jets are likely to touch down in India on 27 July. ♦ Indian Army is set to acquire 200 pieces of RQ-11 UAV. RQ-11 UAV can fly up to 10 kilometers at an altitude of 500 feet and speed up to 95 km per hour. It will help infantry troops conduct reconnaissance of the battle theatre ahead and placement of enemy troops. ♦ The Spike Firefly can deliver a precision strike on enemy troops hiding within a range of 1 kilometre. It has the ability to locate a target and will be called back if the target has moved beyond ranger. It is developed under a joint venture (JV) of Israeli company- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel’s Ministry of Defence.

    Boeing Completes Delivery of 37 Military Helicopters to India

    29 days ago
    New Boeng Helicopters for Defence In the month of June 2020, Boeing had completed delivery of all 37 military helicopters ordered by the Ministry of Defense for the Indian Armed Forces in 2015. Boeing told this via a news release announcement on its website on July 10th, 2020. AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 15 CH-47F(l) Chinook heavy-lift Helicopter were among 37 Military Helicopter- 22. The last five of the 22 Apache helicopters were delivered to the Indian Air Force at the Hindan Air Force Station in June 2020, while Chinook Helicopters delivery was completed in the month of March 2020. Union Cabinet Committee's Deal on Boeing Background The acquisition of the 37 Boeing military helicopters had been authorized by the Union Cabinet Committee on Security on 22 September 2015. The contract for the purchase of the 37 Military Helicopters was signed a week later, on 29 September 2015. The deal has an order provision that allows India to put an order for 11 more AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 7 additional CH-47F(l) Chinook Military Helicopters besides the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook. New Helicopters Contract Signed in February 2020 The US President's visit to India in February 2020 marked the signing of a joint USD 3 billion contract for the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopter (built by Lockheed Martin 's subsidiary-Sikorsky Aircraft) for the Indian Navy at USD 2.6 billion and another 6 AH-64E Apache Combat Helicopters.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges near to LoC, IB

    31 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges through video conferencing on 9 July 2020. The bridges will provide connectivity in sensitive border areas that are close to the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir. These 6 bridges were constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Highlights: ♦ Roads in the border areas remain as strategic strengths and act to connect remote areas with the mainstream. ♦ Of the 6 bridges, two bridges are located on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District, and four bridges are located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor, Jammu district. ♦ These bridges have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres and were constructed at a total cost of Rs.43 crores.  ♦ These bridges are constructed under Project Sampark of the BRO.

    MoD approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

    38 days ago
    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft along with 248 indigenous long-range air to air missiles, Astra, among others on 2 July 2020. The move by the Ministry is to boost the Indian armed forces. It was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Highlights: ♦ MoD has cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment for the armed forces to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore.  ♦ The Ministry also approved the upgrade of the existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). ♦ Out of the 248 indigenous Astra missiles, 200 is for IAF, and 48 for the Indian Navy. ♦ The estimated cost of the procurement is Rs.2,700 crore. ♦ Also, the MiG-29 procurement and upgrade from Russia has been estimated to cost around Rs.7,418 crore.  ♦ And, the Sukhoi-30 MKI which is to be procured from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been estimated at the cost of Rs.10,730 crore. 

    Indian Navy inducted indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System

    44 days ago
    Indian Navy (IN) has inducted indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System on 26 June 2020. The Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech was designed and developed DRDO labs, Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), and Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL). Torpedo Decoy System: ♦ Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy has received a major boost with the conclusion of a contract for Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech capable of being fired from all frontline warships.  ♦ Bharat Electronics Limited, a Defence PSU, will undertake the production of this decoy system.  ♦ The prototype of the system was installed onboard and a nominated naval platform had successfully completed all user evaluation trials and demonstrated the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements. ♦ The induction is the joint resolution of the Indian Navy and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) towards the indigenous development of Defence technology. ♦ This has given a major fillip to the Government's 'Make in India' initiative and the country's resolve to become 'Atmanirbhar' in niche technology.

    Defence Minister inaugurated two-day Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat through video conferencing

    45 days ago
    Union Minister of State for Defence Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated a two-day digital conference on the defence & aerospace manufacturing sector Defence Conclave 2020, Gujarat via video conference on 26 June. The conclave is being jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Gujarat and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM).  Highlights: ♦ The Conclave will bring together high-level government representatives, key industries, and academia. ♦ The representatives will discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas, viewpoints, and knowledge about critical defence offset policies, sector analyses, and review choices of technology available globally for the manufacturing and production of indigenous defence systems.  ♦ The Conclave intends to build on the positives of the ‘Make in India’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for boosting the defence manufacturing. ♦ Gujarat has emerged as a State with excellent infrastructure facilities and can offer both forward and backward supply chain linkages to the Defence & Aerospace manufacturing sector.

    Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Complex inaugurated in Vizag

    59 days ago
    The Indian Navy has inducted the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Complex to provide rescue cover to submarines on the east and west coast of India. The DSRV complex was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam on 10 June. Highlights: ♦ DSRV Complex was equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. ♦ It has been designed to accommodate the newly inducted submarine rescue system and store the DSRV assets in the rescue-ready state. ♦ The system consists of a submarine rescue vessel, a remote operations vehicle, and side-scan sonar and associated equipment. ♦ It has hyperbaric medical equipment and diver decompression chambers to decompress submariners after the submarines are rescued from sunken submarines.  ♦ DSRV complex can be mobilized by air or road to facilitate submarine rescue operations even at distant locations. ♦ The Indian Navy has inducted two such systems to provide rescue cover to submarines. ♦ At present, there are about 40 nations that operate submarines.  ♦ The 3rd generation submarine rescue capability of the Indian Navy can be sought by the other navies for assistance during contingencies in the Indian Ocean Region.

    GRSE delivered ICGS Kanaklata Barua to Indian Coast Guard

    61 days ago
    Warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered the 'ICGS Kanaklata Barua' on 9 June. It is the fifth and final ship in the series of Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Also, it is the 105th vessel delivered by the Defence PSU shipyard based on the banks of the river Hooghly. Highlights: ♦ The fast patrol vessels have been entirely designed by GRSEs Central Design Office. ♦ The FPVs achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles. ♦ These ships are fuel-efficient and powerful platforms. ♦ They are designed and developed in a way that they are well suited for operations like patrolling, anti-poaching and rescue, and anti-smuggling. ♦ The ship is fitted with a 40/60 mm gun as the main armament, these ships have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. ♦ Previously, GRSE had made deliveries of FPVs ICGS Priyadarshini, ICGS Annie Besant, and ICGS Amrit Kaur in this series to ICG.  ♦ The fourth ship in the FPV series is earmarked for export delivery to the Seychelles Coast Guard. It will be delivered shortly after completing the related formalities.

    IAF inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation

    62 days ago
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has designed developed and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT). This pod will be utilized for the evacuation of critical patients with infectious diseases including the COVID-19 from high altitude areas, isolated and remote places. Highlight: ♦ The first prototype was developed at 3 BRD AF. ♦ ARPIT has undergone various modifications.  ♦ The prototype is in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat and hence only indigenous materials have been used to fabricate this pod.  ♦ The cost of ARPIT is Rs.60,000 only, which is very less as compared to the imported systems costing up to Rs.60 lakh. ♦ The system has been developed as a lightweight isolation system made from aviation certified material.  ♦ It has a transparent and durable cast Perspex for enhanced patient visibility which is larger, higher, and wider than the existing models.  ♦ The isolation system caters for a suitable number of air exchanges, integration of medical monitoring instruments, and ventilation to an intubated patient. ♦ ARPIT generates high constant negative pressure in the isolation chamber for the prevention of infection risk to aircrew, ground crew, and health care workers involved in air transportation.  ♦ It utilizes High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) H-13 class filters and supports invasive ventilation using Transport Ventilator.  ♦ Currently, the IAF is inducting a total of 7 ARPITs. Design requirements are based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), and Centre for Disease Control (CDC), USA.

    India, China held high-level military talks amid stand-off in Ladakh

    64 days ago
    India and China held high-level talks on 6 June. The talk was initiated by India and was held at the Border Personnel Meeting Point in Maldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. The talks were held amid the border stand-off between the militaries of the two countries near eastern Ladakh.  Highlights: ♦ The Indian delegation was led by Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps, and the Chinese side was headed by the Commander of the Tibet Military District. ♦ Indian and Chinese officials held talks through the established military and diplomatic channels to address the current situation in the India-China border areas. ♦ Indian side reported that the Chinese military is hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim.  ♦ It strongly refutes China's contention that the escalating tension between both the armies was triggered by the trespassing of Indian forces across the Chinese side. ♦ The trigger is due to China's stiff opposition to India to lay a key road around the Pangong Tso Lake and the construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

    MoD places order on OFB for supply of 156 upgraded ICVs worth Rs.1,094 crore

    66 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order worth Rs.1,094 to Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The aim is to boost to Make in India initiative. It was approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The supply includes 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army. Highlights: ♦ Under this, the combat vehicles will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak in Telangana. ♦ The vehicles are aimed to enhance the combat capability of the Army. ♦ The BMP-2/2K ICVs will be powered by 285 horsepower (HP) engines and are lower in weight which will make them highly mobile to meet all tactical requirements of mobility on the battlefield.  ♦ These ICVs will reach a speed of 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) with easy steering ability in cross country terrain.  ♦ The ICVs will have amphibious capabilities to travel at 7 kmph in water.  ♦ These special vehicles are designed to overcome the slope of up to 35° cross obstacles of 0.7 metre and have lethal firepower capability. ♦ The vehicles are planned to be completed by the year 2023. ♦ With the induction of these 156 BMP 2/2K ICVs, the existing deficiency in the Mechanised Infantry Battalions will be mitigated.

    IAF to operationalize its No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore, TN

    76 days ago
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to operationalize its No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on 27 May. IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is expected to operationalize the squadron "Flying Bullets" at the Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore, TN. Highlights: ♦ No.18 Squadron is equipped with the fourth generation LCA Tejas FOC (final operation clearance) aircraft. It will be the second IAF Squadron to fly Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.  ♦ LCA Tejas aircraft is equipped with a fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics, multimode radar, and its structure is made of composite material. ♦ No.18 Squadron was formed in 1965. The motto is "Teevra aur Nirbhaya" (meaning "Swift and Fearless") was earlier flying MiG 27 aircraft.

    MoD approves 26 Defence items from local suppliers to boost Make in India

    80 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 26 defence items only from local suppliers to boost the "Make in India" initiative. GoI has issued Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017 to promote the manufacturing and production of goods and services in India. Highlights: ♦ MoD has notified 127 items where purchase preference is given to local suppliers as per PPP-MII 2017.  ♦ It also aims to encourage procurement from local suppliers. The procuring entities shall procure these items only from local suppliers, irrespective of the purchase value, provided that the local suppliers meet the Minimum Local Content (MLC) as prescribed for each item. ♦ MoD has already procured 26 out of 127 items from the local suppliers. The 26 items include helo landing grids, inflatable boats, oil pumps, high-temperature gasket among others.

    Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard ships

    86 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa through video conferencing from Delhi on 15 May. The ships are indigenously designed and built in the line of the Prime Minister's 'Make in India' vision. Highlights: ♦ Commissioning of these ships is an important milestone in India's coastal capability building process. The move is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision 'Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)'. ICGS Sachet: ♦ The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). It is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. ♦ Sachet is 105 metre long. It displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.  ♦ The ship has been designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search and rescue operations. ♦ The ship can carry limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea. IBs C-450 and C-451: ♦ The IBs C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed and built by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira. It is fitted with the latest navigation and communication equipment.  ♦ The 30 metre longboats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and designed for the high-speed interception, close coast patrol, and low-intensity maritime operations.  ♦ The quick response capability of the IBs makes it an ideal platform to respond and thwart any emerging maritime situation. ♦ IBs have about 70% of indigenous content, thus providing the necessary fillip to the Indian shipbuilding industry. ♦ The ships will join the Coast Guard fleet. It will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security, and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation.

    Ministry of Defence approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Service

    91 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in the Engineer-in-Chief of Military Engineering Services (MES). The move was aimed to optimize more than 9,300 posts in the basic and industrial workforce as per the recommendations of the Committee of Experts, headed by Lieutenant General Shekatkar. Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee: ♦ The committee aimed to restructure the civilian workforce. As per the recommendation, the work of MES could be partly done by departmentally employed staff and other works could be outsourced. ♦ A total of 13,157 vacancies were there in MES. The abolished 9,304 posts were included in the vacancies. ♦ The committee recommended the closure of military farms and postal establishments in peace regions. ♦ It suggested reducing the number of officers to 200. ♦ It recommended enhancing the standards to recruit drivers in the army and clerical staff. Background: The 11-member Shekatkar Committee was appointed by the late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2016. Shekatkar Committee had made a total of 99 recommendations. The implementation of the recommendation of the committee will save Rs.25,000 crores. In 2017, around 65 were approved by the Ministry of Defence.

    MoD signs with Tata Power SED for Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure

    93 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with M/s Tata Power SED (TPSED) for Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) of 37 airfields for the Indian Air Force(IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on 8 May. The cost of the contract is worth around Rs.1,200 crore. The proposal regarding the contract was approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The contract will boost the domestic industry amid the COVID-19 situation.  Project Highlights: ♦ The MAFI Phase-II is a follow-on programme that is based on MAFI Phase-I. ♦ In Phase-I, the project included the upgradation of 30 airfields of IAF. The airfields modernized under MAFI Phase-I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users.  ♦ The Phase-II of the project includes installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment like Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS); and Cat-II Air Field Lighting System (AFLS), etc. The system around the airfield will be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), thereby providing excellent control of the airfield systems to the air traffic controllers.  ♦ The upgradation of infrastructure and navigational aids under the project will enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility and adverse weather conditions. It will also enhance aerospace safety.  ♦ The project will give a boost to over 250 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) which will be directly benefited from being involved in the execution of various activities of this project.  ♦ The contract will help to infuse the much-needed capital in the market and boost employment generation in such fields as communications, avionics, information technology, apart from civil and electrical equipment and construction.

    PM paid tributes to the Army personnel who lost their lives in Handwara encounter

    98 days ago
    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to valiant soldiers and security personnel martyred in Handwara in Jammu & Kashmir. Five security personnel, including a Colonel, a Major and a sub-inspector, and two unidentified militants were killed in the anti-militancy operation in north Kashmir's Handwara area. Handwara encounter: On 2 May 2020, an operation was launched in Handwara after the intelligence inputs received that terrorists took civilian inmates of a house in Changimul village hostage. The Indian Army and the J&K police launched a joint operation to save the civilians. An encounter started between the Forces and terrorists in the Chanjumullah area of Handwara in Kupwara, North Kashmir. The civilians were successfully extricated but five security personnel have lost their lives and two terrorists were killed. The deceased senior Army officers were identified as Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, and Naik Rajesh and Dinesh, sub-Inspector Mohammad Sagier Qazi of J&K Police's Special Operation Group (SOG). One soldier was also injured in the operation.

    Daporijo bridge was inaugurated in Arunachal pradesh for traffic movement

    110 days ago
    Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed the Daporijo bridge over the Subansiri river. Despite nationwide lockdown, BRO constructed it, keeping in mind utmost precautions against COVID-19 and to connect the strategic Line of Communication in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Shri Pema Khandu over video conferencing and open for traffic movement from 20 April. Daporijo bridge: ♦ Bridge on the Daporijo River is a strategic link towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. All supplies, rations, constructional material and medicines pass over this bridge.  ♦ The Old Bridge developed cracks which could lead to a major catastrophe. With the intervention of DGBR and CE Arunank, expeditious sanctions were obtained from the Ministry of Defence and Arunachal Government.  ♦ Work for construction of the bridge began on 17 March 2020. After 27 days on 14 April 2020, the bridge was jacked down successfully and safely on the supports. ♦ The bridge was successfully upgraded from class 24 tons to class 40 tons. This will now allow heavier vehicles to pass catering for not only Army requirements but the future Infrastructure development requirements of Upper Subansiri district.

    US approved sale of missiles worth USD 155 million to strengthen India

    117 days ago
    The US reaffirmed its determination to sell Harpoon air-launched anti-ship missiles and Mark 54 lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to India. The aim is to enhance India's deterrent capabilities against regional threats and to strengthen its homeland. Highlights: ♦ In 2016, the US recognized India as its "Major Defence Partner". This designation allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the United States. ♦ The cost of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles is estimated to be $92 million. The estimated cost of 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and 3 MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are $63 million. ♦ The Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft to carry out anti-surface warfare missions in defence of critical sea lanes and enhance interoperability with the US and other allied forces.

    Home Minister directed BSF to tighten vigil along Pakistan, Bangladesh borders

    121 days ago
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to enhance vigil along the Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, especially in the non-fenced areas of India. The security of the two borders was reviewed by the Minister. The move comes in the wake of coronavirus outspread. The BSF personnel were directed to ensure that no cross-border movement takes place at these two fronts. The Ministry is to ensure enforcement of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. BSF: Formed on: 1 December 1965 Headquarters: New Delhi, India Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs Director-General: V K Johri BSF is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India. It is responsible to guard India's land border during peacetime and prevent transnational crime at the same, it has various active roles during an outbreak of war. BSF functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    IAF provides medical supplies during COVID-19 lockdown

    124 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) has rendered continuous support in the fight against Coronavirus by providing medical supplies to all the states in the country. Medical supplies are transported to equip the state governments/Union Territories (UTs) and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively and efficiently. IAF Measures: ♦ IAF has provided essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Manipur, Nagaland, and Gangtok in the North-Eastern region and the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.  ♦ An-32 aircraft of IAF airlifted personnel and 3500 kg of medical equipment of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) from Chennai to Bhubaneshwar for setting up testing labs and facilities in Odisha. ♦ IAF has allocated aircraft at nodal points to airlift medical supplies and equipment at short notice to proactively support operations against COVID-19. IAF: Founded on: 8 October 1932 Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora IAF is a part of the Indian Armed Forces. IAF is responsible to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

    NCC to provide services under Exercise NCC Yogdan in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

    125 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allowed temporary employment of National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets under 'Exercise NCC Yogdan'. The Ministry also provided guidelines in this regard. The exercise was launched as per the request of the Civil and police administration in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Exercise NCC Yogdan: ♦ NCC has offered its help to help civilians and combat COVID-19 under the exercise. ♦ These cadets will offer to state and municipal authorities to augment relief efforts.   ♦ Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh has requisitioned for the employment of 8 cadets in supply chain management.  ♦ Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have sought 245 cadets in supply chain and traffic management. ♦ Uttar Pradesh has asked for services of volunteer cadets from NCC Group Headquarters Gorakhpur ♦ Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh (PHHPC) Directorate sought for services of 86 cadets. ♦ Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu (TN) has approached services of NCC cadets and Tamil Nadu has provided services of 75 cadets and 57 cadets for Puducherry, so far.  National Cadet Corps (NCC): NCC is the Youth Wing of Indian Armed Forces. It is headquartered in New Delhi, India. NCC has been active since 16 April 1948. The Tri-Services Organization is a Student Uniformed Group. It comprises the Army, Navy and Air Wing. NCC aims to train and groom the youth into disciplined and patriotic citizens.

    MoD received USD 8.82 million FDI during 2000-2019 period

    129 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received foreign direct investment (FDI) of $8.82 million (around Rs.51.93 crore) during the period April 2000 and December 2019. The Ministry announced it on 1 April. As per the data provided by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, FDI in the defence sector was aggregated at $2.18 million in 2018-19. Highlights: ♦ The data showed that, during the period April 2000-December 2019, the Foreign fund inflows in retail trading stood at $2 billion.  ♦ The top countries from where India attracted maximum FDI during the period are Mauritius, Singapore, Japan, Netherlands, and the US.  ♦ Also, the total merchandise imports from China were $76.3 billion in 2017-18 and it decreased to $70.3 billion in 2018-19. The total imports from China during April 2019- January 2020 were $57.9 billion. Ministry of Defence: Formed on: 1776 Headquarters: New Delhi Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence Deputy Minister responsible: Shripad Yesso Naik, MoS for Defence Defence Secretary: Ajay Kumar MoD provides resources & policy framework to the Indian armed forces to discharge their responsibility in the defence area of the country. Department of Defence, Department of Defence Production, Department of Defence Research and Development, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Department of Military Affairs functions under the Ministry.

    Naval Dockyard develops low-cost device to screen people

    129 days ago
    Naval Dockyard (ND), Mumbai has designed and developed its own handheld Infrared radiation (IR)-based temperature sensor to screen people at gates. The sense will screen a large number of Naval personnel at the entry gates of the yard reducing the load on the security sentries at the gate.  IR-based temperature sensor: ♦ The instrument was manufactured under Rs.1000 through in-house resources. ♦ The accuracy of the instrument is 0.02 deg Celsius.  ♦ The non-contact thermometer has an IR and an LED display integrated with a microcontroller that runs on a 9V battery.  ♦ The instrument will screen a large number of Naval personnel at the entry gates of the yard thereby reducing the load on the security sentries at the gate. ♦ The low-cost instrument has the capability to scale up production of these if required towards which sourcing of the components is in progress. Reason: Over 20,000 personnel enter the premises of the Naval Dockyard of Western Naval Command (WNC) every day. Inorder to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the yard and the Western Fleet, initial screening of the Navy personnel who enter the dockyard was very important. The primary method to screen a probable COVID-19 infected person/patient is to check the body temperature by a non-contact thermometer. In the view of the COVID-19 outbreak, the non-contact thermometers and temperature guns have become scarce and are being sold at a very high cost in the country. In order to overcome the scarcity and requirement of large numbers, ND has designed and developed its own handheld IR based temperature sensor.

    Indian Army prepares amid the lockdown

    132 days ago
    The Indian Army has prioritized essential activities that are necessary for its functioning in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Centre's nationwide lockdown has led to the formations and military stations reducing contact with civilians. Some of the units have isolated themselves from the outside environment and other units. Army's lockdown: ♦ As per the social distancing norms, troops have isolation themselves within a unit. It ensured regular sanitation and dividing troops into groups that maintain distance from each other. ♦ Some of the preventive measures include not allowing civilians to enter the unit lines, maintenance of distance between individuals and groups, avoiding interactions, keeping markets out of bounds,  sanitizing persons and vehicles, reporting sick if there are symptoms and establishing different barracks for troops. ♦ The Army has extended leaves for those who are already on leave. Troops returning from temporary duty will undergo sanitization and checking symptoms before being taken away for isolation. ♦ To avoid contagion within a unit, the troops have been divided into small teams that maintain a distance of 500m. Different barracks were allotted for different teams. 

    DRDO prepared four different items ready to be deployed in War against Corona

    134 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has prepared four different items ready to be deployed in the war against Corona as a result of a focused approach. DRDO's efforts: ♦ The four different items prepared by DRDO are Hand sanitizer, Ventilators, N99 masks, Body Suits. ♦ Hand sanitizers, the basic instrument against the spread of COVID-19, have been developed in-house at DRDO. DRDO has distributed hand sanitizers to Indian Armed forces, Armed Forces Medical Corps, Defence Security Corps, Ministry of Defence, Delhi Police and 40 nakas so far. Sanitizers were produced in the DRDO lab, Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior. ♦ As COVID-19 affects pulmonary functions, DRDO is on to create a ‘Multi patient-ventilator’ wherein several patients can be supported by a single ventilator. DRDO announced around 5,000 ventilators will be produced in the first month and 10,000 subsequently. ♦ N99 masks have developed five-layer N99 masks with two layers of nanomesh that are very advanced. DRDO assured to prepare 10,000 N99 masks per day. ♦ Body Suits were manufactured for medical and paramedical staff to manage and evacuate the causalities in the event of radiological emergencies.

    Indian Army launched Operation Namaste

    135 days ago
    Indian Army has launched an initiative christened 'Operation Namaste' to extend all possible assistance to the government in containing the spread of coronavirus. The operation was launched by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on 27 March. Operation Namaste: ♦ Under the operation, the Indian Army has issued several directives to all its bases to insulate the force from the coronavirus. ♦ The army has set up a command-wise helpline as part of measures to deal with any possible eventualities arising out of the pandemic. ♦ The army has set up 28 service hospitals to deal with coronavirus cases including civilian patients. ♦ Isolation wards are being established at hospitals in formations along the border areas besides launching communication campaigns for the soldiers and officials.

    Defence Minister releases Draft Defence Procurement Procedure 2020

    141 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released the Draft Defence Procurement Procedure(DPP), 2020 at a function in New Delhi. The policy is aligned with the vision of the government to empower the private industry through the Make in India initiative with the ultimate of turning India into a global manufacturing hub. The government has introduced leasing as another category to get defense equipment at affordable rates. The greater participation of the Indian industry and develop a robust defence industrial base, the use of indigenous raw materials, unique alloys, and software has been incentivized under the DPP-2020.  Make in India Make in India, a type of Swadeshi movement covering 25 sectors of the Indian economy, was launched by the Government of India. Launch year: 2014

    Defence Ministry signs with IWI to procure LMGs

    143 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a capital acquisition contract with Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) for the procurement of 16,479 light machine guns (LMGs). Highlights: ♦ The cost of the agreement was Rs.880 crore. ♦ The contract was signed with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. ♦ As per the agreement, IWI would provide Negev 7.62X51 mm LMGs to the Indian armed forces. ♦ The weapon will boost the confidence of the frontline troops and provide much-needed combat power to the Indian armed forces. ♦ The acquisition wing of MoD has signed the capital acquisition contract with IWI for the procurement of LMGs. LMG: Negev 7.62X51 mm LMG is a combat-proven weapon. The weapon is currently used by several countries around the globe. The LMG will enhance the lethality and range of a soldier vis-a-vis the presently used weapon.

    GoI encourages NCC Certificate holders to join Paramilitary forces

    143 days ago
    The Central government has announced that it has decided to give National Cadet Corps (NCC) Certificate holders Bonus Marks indirect entry examinations for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), as prevalent in Armed forces examinations. The move is to achieve the government's vision to increase participation of India's youth in NCC. Highlights: ♦ The provision regarding this are: 1) NCC 'C' certificate holders will be given 5% of the maximum marks of the examination as bonus marks. 2) NCC 'B' certificate holders will be given 3% of the maximum marks of the examination as bonus marks. 3) NCC 'A' certificate holders will be given 2% of the maximum marks of the examination as bonus marks. ♦ The scheme awards bonus marks to NCC 'A' certificate. The award will be applicable in CAPF recruitment. ♦ Government of India urged all State governments to make similar provisions in the direct recruitment examination for their respective Police Forces in order to encourage NCC Certificate holders to join them. ♦ This decision aims to inspire youth to join NCC and ensure the availability of trained and disciplined youth to the CAPFs.

    DAC approves procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter jets for IAF

    144 days ago
    The Defence Ministry's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved for the procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter jets for Indian Air Force (IAF) with the more advanced configuration on 18 March. The proposal will be forwarded for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). Highlights: ♦ The procurement of fighter jets will be a major boost to Make in India. ♦ The aircraft is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by HAL and several local vendors. ♦ HAL's 83 fighter jets are of the more advanced Mk1A version of the aircraft. ♦ The expected cost of the aircraft is Rs.39,000 crores. ♦ Earlier, GoI has placed an order of 40 Tejas aircraft with HAL in initial configurations. ♦ With this procurement, IAF aims to meet the requirements of its squadron numbers and modernize its inventory with fourth-generation plus and fifth-generation aircraft.

    GoI approved industrial licenses to 15 companies to manufacture Bullet Proof Jackets

    151 days ago
    Government-issued industrial licenses to 15 companies to manufacture Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) on 11 March. The announcement was made by Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh.  Highlights: ♦ The 15 companies for manufacturing Bullet Proof Jackets have the production capacity in the country of over 10 Lakh per annum to meet the domestic and export requirement. ♦ India exports Bullet Proof Jackets to 18 countries. ♦ Earlier, Indian soldiers did not have bullet-proof jackets. At present, 1.86 lakh soldiers are given BPJs. 

    CISF celebrated 51st raising day on 10 March

    152 days ago
    Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) celebrated the 51st raising day on 10 March. The day was celebrated by CISF personnel and their families. Highlights: ♦ On the raising day, a parade was established by the CISF officials. ♦ Service Personnel were awarded medals for distinguished and meritorious services.  ♦ PM laid a wreath at the Martyr's Memorial. ♦ The day is celebrated to create awareness to cooperate with the CISF to maintain peace and security in the country. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF): CISF was established on 10 March 1969. It is a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in India. There are around 2,800 personnel in CISF. It functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs. CISF is headquartered in New Delhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is the Minister in charge of the force. The Director-General of CISF is Rajesh Ranjan, IPS. CISF protects the country from some vital installations in the aerospace, nuclear, government, and private sectors. It also plays a major role in Disaster Management.

    Exercise SAREX concluded at Goa

    152 days ago
    National level Search, and Rescue Exercise and Workshop (Exercise SAREX 2020) concluded in the sea at Vasco, Goa. The exercise was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). It was carried out on 5-7 March. Highlights: ♦ The SAREX exercise was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS, Secretary (Defence), Ministry of Defence (MoD). ♦ The exercise witnessed the participation of 24 overseas observers from 19 countries. ♦ Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Ministry of Defence took part in the event.  ♦ The theme of the exercise was Harmonization of Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue code "HAMSAR."  ♦ International delegates, including 38 national observers and representatives of 7 commercial airlines, including two helicopter operators, participated in the exercise. ♦ The exercise tested the efficiency of operations and coordination of the stakeholders involved in Search and Rescue in the Indian Search and Rescue Region.  SAREX exercise: SAREX is a biennial exercise that is conducted by the Indian Coast Guard under the aegis of the National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB). The exercise has been conducted since 2003 under the Chairmanship of Director General K Natarajan, ICG. 

    HAL to set up its base in 4 countries

    153 days ago
    State-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is planning to set up its logistics bases in four countries, namely Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. The move is a part of HAL's initiatives to attract the countries to buy India's light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and military helicopters.  Highlights: ♦ The four countries use a number of Russian-origin military aircraft. The serviceability of the choppers used by the countries is very poor.  ♦ The four countries were chosen because these countries use a lot of platforms that are common to India. ♦ HAL is currently focusing on boosting exports in line with GoI's priority that has set the target of the defence export as $5 billion dollars in the next 5 years. ♦ HAL has identified South East Asia, West Asia, and North Africa to sell key platforms like attack helicopter Rudra, Tejas, and advanced light helicopter Dhruv.  Background: India has set an ambitious defence export target of $5 billion dollars in the next 5 years. GoI has asked all the key military manufacturers to work hard to achieve the target. India is one of the largest arm and military platforms importers globally. The government aims to promote defence significantly.  IAF & HAL: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has earlier placed an order for 40 Tejas. It is also expected that IAF and HAL are to sign a contract for another 83 aircraft at the cost of around Rs.38,000 crore.

    ICGS Varad was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard

    160 days ago
    Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Varad was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) by Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya at L&T Kattupalli shipyard, near Chennai. The vessel was built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T).  ICGS Varad: ♦ ICGS Varad is fifth in the series of seven offshore patrol vessels contracted by the Ministry of Defence on ICG. It will be based at Paradip in Odisha under the operational control of the Coast Gaurd  North Eastern Region. ♦ The Offshore Patrol Vessel set a record in the Indian shipbuilding industry by becoming the first major defence ship to clear all sea acceptance trials in a single sea sortie. ♦ It will be deployed for the surveillance of India's Exclusive Economic Zone. ♦ The vessel will be commanded by Commandant Pintu Bag and has a compliment of 11 officers and 91 men.

    India bagged USD 40 million defence deal with Armenia

    160 days ago
    India won a $40 million defence deal to supply 4 indigenously-built weapons locating radars to Armenia in Europe. India won the deal by overtaking Russia and Poland. The move by GoI is to boost the defence sector of the country. The deal is a major achievement for the 'Make in India' programme in the defence sector.  Highlights: Under the deal, India will supply 4 SWATHI weapon locating radars. The weapon is to be developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and delivered to Armenia in Europe. Armenians had conducted trials of systems offered by Russia and Poland but they approved the Indian system, which was developed by DRDO. India began the supply of the equipment to Armenia. SWATHI weapon: ♦ The SWATHI weapon will help in locating radars.  ♦ It provides fast, automatic and accurate location of enemy weapons like shells, mortars, and rockets in its 50-km range.  ♦ The weapon includes 81mm (or higher calibre mortars), 105mm (or higher calibre shells) and 120mm (or higher calibre free flying rockets). ♦ The weapon is being developed by DRDO's Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) ♦ SWATHI can simultaneously handle multiples projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations.  ♦ The weapon can adjust the fire of its own artillery weapon also.

    RaIDer-X, new explosive detection device, was launched at 2020 NWED

    161 days ago
    The National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED 2020) was inaugurated by Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr. G Satheesh Reddy. The workshop is being held on 1-2 March. Organizing Team: The two-day workshop was organized by High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune on its diamond jubilee celebration. HEMRL Pune is a premier laboratory of DRDO.  NWED 2020: ♦ The workshop provided a platform to scientists, technocrats, and users to share knowledge, experience and updated information on the technological advancements made in the recent past.  ♦ The workshop will develop explosive detection devices and keep it along with the recent development and advancements in the field of explosive detection. ♦ A new explosive detection device named "RaIDer-X" was unveiled at the National Workshop.  ♦ A souvenir comprising of abstracts from eminent speakers of DRDO laboratories, IITs, Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials, University of Hyderabad, other universities and delegates was released. RaIDer-X: ♦ RaIDer-X was co-developed by the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.           ♦ The explosive detection device has the capability to detect explosives from a stand-off distance.  ♦ The system can be modified to expand its capability to detect a number of explosives in pure form and with the contaminants and Bulk explosives in concealed conditions. ♦ The portable devices can now be safely and effectively used by security agencies.  Participants: Around 250 delegates from different DRDO laboratories, Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), State Police, academic institutes, industries, and other security agencies attended the workshop.

    Defence Minister inaugurated new LCH Production Hangar at HAL Complex, Bengaluru

    163 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Production Hangar at Helicopter Division in HAL Complex at Bengaluru, Karnataka. The move is towards manufacturing military equipment indigenously under the 'Make in India' initiative. LCH: ♦ Light Combat Helicopter is a 5.5-tonne class combat helicopter.  ♦ It is designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).  ♦ The helicopter is powered by two Shakti engines.  ♦ It also holds many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter. ♦ The helicopter has been ordered by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF).  ♦ LCH is the first attack helicopter to land in Forward Bases at Siachen, 4,700 metres above sea level with 500kg load. Background: Recently, HAL offered an indigenous multirole helicopter to the Indian armed forces. It replaced the Army's medium-lift choppers such as MI-17s, Kamovs, and Seakings. HAL showed the progress made on the design and development of the multirole helicopter for induction in IAF, Navy, and Army.

    Mansukh Mandaviya launched OPV-6 VAJRA in Chennai

    164 days ago
    The 6th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) 'VAJRA' was launched on 27 February at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Union Minister of State for Shipping(I/C) and  Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya chaired the launching ceremony.  VAJRA: ♦ The 6th OPV VAJRA will strengthen the efforts of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to secure over 7500 km of vast coastline.  ♦ The vessel will secure the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that covers over 20 lakh sq km and more than one lakh merchant ships transiting per year through Indian waters for global trade. ♦ 6th OPV will enhance the Operation, Surveillance, Search & Rescue of ICG. The vessel was delivered by M/s L&T Shipbuilding under the Make in India policy. ♦ The ship will be used for day and night patrol or surveillance along with anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations in EEZ and Coastal Security.  ♦ The OPV is equipped with two Navigation Radars with ultra-modern technology, Sophisticated navigational, and latest communication systems.

    Exercise Indradhanush commenced at Airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

    165 days ago
    The fifth edition of Exercise Indradhanush was jointly commenced at Air Force Station Hindan, Airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on 24 February 2020. The exercise is held between the Indian Air Force (IAF), India and Royal Air Force (RAF), the UK. The exercise will formally conclude on 29 February 2020. Exercise Indradhanush-V: ♦ The focus of the exercise is 'Base Defence and Force Protection'.  ♦ The exercise considers the recent threats to military establishments from terror elements.  ♦ The exercise provides a platform to share and jointly validate strategies and tactics to counter terror threats to their installations. ♦ The RAF team comprises of 36 specialized combatants of the RAF Regiment while the IAF will comprise of 42 combatants of the GARUD Force.  ♦ The teams will execute missions based on jointly worked out plans and scenarios. ♦ The will exercise using specialized weapons, equipment, and vehicles and validate joint employability.  ♦ Special missions will encompass Airfield Seizure, Base Defence and anti-terror operations in Urban built-up zones.  ♦ These exercises will include para drops from C-130J aircraft, tactical insertions by Mi-17 V5 helicopters and use of various airborne sensors. ♦ The participants will share operational experience, training philosophies, contemporary technologies, and best practices followed.  ♦ Sports and cultural events will be held during the exercise to enhance bonhomie and mutual understanding.

    Exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 concluded

    166 days ago
    The 5th edition of joint military Exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 concluded at West down Camp, Salisbury Plains Training Area, UK. The exercise was held between India and the United Kingdom. Brigadier Tom Bewick, Commander of UK 7 Infantry Brigade and Brigadier Gavin, Defence Attache of the UK in India attended the closing ceremony of the event. Aim: The exercise was aimed to conduct company-level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi-urban areas. Highlights: ♦ The exercise included joint training in urban and semi-urban areas.  ♦ Important lectures, demonstrations, and drills related to counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations were rehearsed and executed jointly.  ♦ The exercise highlighted the Bonhomie and Camaraderie displayed by the troops. It ensured the integration and achievement of interoperability at all levels.  ♦ The exercise promoted understanding and interoperability between the two armies, it further helped in cementing ties between both the nations. ♦ Both countries shared their experiences gained during various counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in the past. ♦ The exercise is conducted alternatively in India and the UK.  ♦ Over 120 soldiers each from the two armies participated in the exercise. ♦ The exercise displayed a bilateral willingness to work jointly and shared operating procedures to deal with a situation in a specified operational setting.

    INSV Mhadei, Tarini begins Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition

    168 days ago
    Indian Naval Sailing Vessels (INSV) Mhadei and Tarini began its sail for the Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition on 22 February 2020. It started the journey from the Indian Naval Ocean Sailing Node at Goa. The expedition was flagged off by Rear Admiral SJ Singh, Commandant Naval War College, Goa.  Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition: ♦ The expedition will be the maiden major mixed crew sailing expedition of the Indian Navy. The crew is composed of five naval officers including two women officers in each boat.  ♦ The expedition will cover a total distance of 6,100 Nautical miles each. It will be at sea for 55 days.  ♦ Captain Vipul Meherishi, Skipper Tarini would be the Expedition Leader and Captain Atool Sinha would be Skipper Mhadei.  ♦ The expedition will showcase the harnessing of renewal energy namely wind energy to propel the boats.  ♦ It is in line with GoI's mission of 'Nari Shakti' providing opportunity to women officers at par with men.  ♦ The expedition aims to enhance the level of cooperation and camaraderie between the littoral nations in the Bay of Bengal and exhibits the IN expertise in the domain of ocean sailing.  ISNV Mhadei and Tarini: ISNV Mhadei was inducted into the Indian Navy on 8 February 2009. Mhadei completed 2 circumnavigations, 3 Cape to Rio trans-Atlantic races and several other expeditions around various continents. It has covered in excess of 1,36,000 nautical miles.  ISNV Tarini was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18 February 2017. It created history in 2017-18 when six Indian Naval women officers sailed the vessel on maiden circumnavigation voyage titled Navika Sagar Parikrama. Tarini also participated in mixed crew Kochi to Seychelles sail training expedition during the 10th-anniversary celebration of the IONS.

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