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  • 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.

    Sri Lanka formally hands over Hambantota Port to China for 99-Year Lease

    Sri Lanka formally handed over its southern strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease. Two Chinese firms managed by China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CM Port) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own port and the investment zone around it. Hambantota port is strategically located right in the middle of vital energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean, connecting the Middle East and East Asia.

    Ram Nath Kovind awards Presidents Colours to submarine arm of Navy

    President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President's Colours to the submarine arm of the Indian Navy in recognition of its extraordinary service to the nation in the past 50 years. Till date, 17 submarines of the Navy have been awarded the Chief of Naval Staff's Unit Citation for exceptional service. The first Indian naval submarine, on which the naval ensign and the national flag were hoisted on this day in 1967, was also named Kalvari.

    Border Security Force launches test to check personnel's Psychological health

    The Border Security Force (BSF) engaged doctors to conduct a psychological analysis of its 2.5 lakh members amid concerns over rising cases of suicide by security personnel. The Wellness Quotient Assessment Test will question personnel to detect issues such as anxiety, depression, phobia, and insomnia among others. The Troubled personnel will be offered help under the buddy support system.

    South Korea and USA Launch Largest Air Exercise

    South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills. The annual US-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run for 5-days, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part. Around 12,000 US service members, including from the Marines and Navy, have joined South Korean troops.

    World's largest propeller plane lands at UK airport

    Current Affairs: The world's largest propeller plane, Antonov AN-22, landed at the Manchester Airport in England. The heavy military transport aircraft drew a large crowd of aviation enthusiasts to witness its landing. The aircraft has a 211-foot wingspan and is capable of carrying cargo weighing up to 80,000 kilograms.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to attend golden jubilee celebrations of Navy's Submarine Arm

    President Ram Nath Kovind Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces will be on a two-day visit to Visakhapatnam on December 7-8 to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the Navy's Submarine Arm. The Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh said in Visakhapatnam that President will arrive in the city on December 7 and will visit Andhra University in the afternoon. He will present colours to the Submarine Arm, as per the schedule.

    DAC approves procurement of new radio technology for Indian Navy

    The Union Defence Ministry approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR), naval communication sets for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 49. The decision was taken at a meeting of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. These 260 SDRs will be procured under the category of buy (India Designed Developed & Manufactured).

    Nirmala Sitharaman Elected IDSA President

    Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elected as President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). The previous Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, had resigned from the post after shifting to Goa as Chief Minister.

    Aegon Life Insurance Appoints Vineet Arora as MD and CEO

    Aegon Life Insurance announced the appointment of Vineet Arora as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Vineet Arora will replace K S Gopalakrishnan. Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Saba Adil, will serve as the interim In-charge and Principal Officer.

    Forty Second International Congress of Military Medicine Begins

    The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) organized by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) began in New Delhi. The five-day event is being organized for the first time in India and is the largest medical conference ever organized by the AFMS. The theme of this 42nd World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.” 

    China launches worlds first fully electric cargo ship

    China launched the world’s first all-electric ship, which can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge. The ship is 70.5-metre-long and weighs about 600 tonnes. It was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province. The ship has been manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited. It is powered by a 26-tonne lithium battery and can cruise at the top speed of 12.8 km per hour.

    India and Bangladesh joint military combat exercise “Sampriti” begins in Meghalaya

    ‘SAMPRITI 2017’, the seventh edition of Indo-Bangladesh joint military training exercise begun in Meghalaya. The exercise will be held from 6th – 18th November 2017. The main Objective of this exercise is to enhance interoperability between army personnel of India and Bangladesh while carrying out joint counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism operations.

    Indian Air Force, DRDO successfully test fire guided Glide Bomb

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight 'glide bomb' at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha's Chandipur. Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the bomb released from the IAF aircraft was guided through precision navigation system. Chairman DRDO - Dr. S Christopher

    Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar assumes charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff

    Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar took charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh at a formal ceremony held at South Block, New Delhi. He is an alumni of the National Defence Academy. He is also an alumni of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

    Indian Army finalises mega Rs 40,000 crore procurement plan to replace ageing weapons

    Indian Army finalized one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernization at a cost of nearly Rs 40,000 crore to replace its aging and obsolete weapons. Under this plan, around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and nearly 44,600 carbines will be procured. Indian Army has been insisting to fast-track the procurement in backdrop of evolving security threats along India’s borders with Pakistan and China. Besides, Union Government has directed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to expedite its work on various small arms, particularly on Light Machine Guns.

    N.J.Gangte Appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia

    N.J.Gangte has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia. He is presently the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

    India and US to implement HOSTAC to strengthen maritime security

    India and the United States have agreed to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC). This decision was taken during a meeting between Indian Defense Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharama and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. The meeting between Ms. Sitharaman and Mr. Mattis was held on October 25, 2017, in the Philippines on sidelines of ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting – Plus.

    Indian Navy approves new mission-based deployment plan

    During the ongoing Naval Commanders’ Conference, Indian Navy approved a “new mission-based deployment” plan under which mission-ready ships and aircrafts will be deployed along critical sea lanes of communications. A new transition cycle for ships from maintenance periods to operational deployments has also been approved by Chief Admiral Suni Lanba. Several operational issues and efforts to make Indian Navy self-reliant and modernize its warfare capability were also discussed at the conference.

    Rakesh Asthana Appointed as CBI Special Director

    Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was appointed the special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. (CBI). Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer, had been serving in the Central Bureau of Investigation as additional director. He is among eight senior police officers promoted by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

    Nirmala Sitharaman Left for Philippines to Attend Southeast Asian Defence Ministers’ Meeting

    Defence Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman left for the Philippines to attend the Southeast Asian Defence Ministers’ Meeting. The two-day ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting)-Plus meeting will discuss ways to enhance defense and security cooperation among the member nations. During her three-day stay, Ms. Sitharaman is also likely to hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from a number of countries.

    India and Bangladesh resolve to fight common challenge of terrorism together

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka discussed ways to deepen bilateral co-operation.  Both countries are determined to protect their societies from hate, violence, and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach. She will open the new Chancery at the Indian High Commission and inaugurate 15 projects.

    Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan awarded UN medal

    50 Indian peacekeepers placed in South Sudan were awarded the UN Medal for their service in maintaining peace in South Sudan. The award was presented by UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi. Indian Ambassador to South Sudan, Srikumar Menon, attended the medal ceremony.

    INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam

    Indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was commissioned an into the Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (Naval Dockyard) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fiber composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight. INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam October 16, 2017.

    Defence Minister to commission INS Kiltan into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commission an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries. INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal.

    Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named MedWatch

    On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named `MedWatch' in keeping with the Prime Minister's vision of ‘Digital India'. ‘MedWatch’, the first mobile health app in the three Armed Services, was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

    INS Satpura, Kadmatt participates in Passage Exercise in Japan

    Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (JMSDF) held at Sasebo, Japan. The ships are participating in the exercise in pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and stability. The visit of these ships is part India’s initiatives to strengthen long-standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship between Japan and India.

    Today Indian Air Force is celebrating its 85th anniversary at Hindon Air Force base in Uttar Pradesh

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 8, 2017 celebrated its 85th anniversary at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad with a parade and an air show by various aircraft. The IAF was established in 1932 with a strength of six RAF-trained officers and 19 air soldiers. IAF's mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

    Saudi Arabia agrees to purchase S400 missile defence systems from Russia

    Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase S400 missile defence systems from Russia on the sidelines of a visit by Saudi King Salman to Moscow. The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missile and anti-cruise missile defense system that has been in service with the Russian Army since 2007. The system uses four missiles, a very-long-range 400 km missile, a long-range 250 km missile, a medium-range 120 km missile and a short-range 40 km missile. This missile system will give Saudi Arabia a multi-layer defense ability against aerial threats.

    Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appointed as Pakistan's New Navy Chief

    Pakistan appointed Vice-Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as new Chief of Naval Staff. He replaces Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah. In Pakistan, all services chiefs are appointed by the President at the recommendation of the Prime minister who has final say in such appointments.

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to visit Siachen base camp

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, will today visit the Ladakh region where she will take stock of the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). She briefed about the prevailing security situation in the State and given an overview of the Counter Infiltration and Counter Militancy Operations undertaken in the recent past. She met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar last evening and discussed the security situation in the state.  

    BDL Signs Contract for Supply of MRSAM to Indian Army

    Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) signed a contract with Research Centre Imarat (RCI) for the supply of Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (MRSAM) to Indian Army. The contract was signed to facilitate production, deliveries and product support of MRSAM system for the Indian Army. Directors and senior officials from BDL and senior scientists from DRDO were present on the occasion. It is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana.

    INS TARASA commissioned into Indian Navy

    INS Tarasa (T94), the fourth and last ship in series of Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard. It is an improved variant of Car Nicobar-class high-speed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Kolkata (West Bengal) based Garden Reach Shipbuilder. It is named after the picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in Bay of Bengal.

    Pakistan,Russia begin joint military drills DRUZBA 2017

    The joint exercise DRUZBA 2017 between special forces of Pakistan and Russia Armies started in Minralney Vody, Russia. Pakistan and Russia are holding two-week long joint military drill focusing on counter-terrorism operations to enhance military ties between the two countries. The joint exercise will enhance and further strengthen military ties between the two countries and share Pakistan Army’s experience in the war against terrorism. Last year, Russia held its first-ever military exercises with Pakistan and also started selling weapons to Islamabad.

    China bans export of key petroleum products to North Korea

    China ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea and as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a UN Security Council resolution, passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test. The USA and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

    China and Australia joint military training exercise called Panda Kangaroo 2017 held in Kunming

    China and Australia joint military training exercise called "Panda-Kangaroo 2017" concluded in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on September 20. This exercise kicked off on September 10, China and Australia each sent 10 soldiers to participate in the joint training.  

    Indias First indigenously built Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari delivered to Navy

    The first of the Scorpene class submarines, INS Kalvari, was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). Kalvari is named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. Similarly, other Scorpene class submarines Khanderi and Karanj are undergoing trials and development.

    IDF and US Army Inaugurated First Permanent American Base in Israel

    The US Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) inaugurated a permanent base In Israel. This is the first time that a permanent American base has been opened in the Middle Eastern country. The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel. Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south.

    YC Modi appointed as new National Investigation Agency

    Y C Modi appointed as the new Director-General of National Investigation Agency (NIA). He succeeds Sharad Kumar, whose terms as the NIA chief ends in October 2017. He is a senior IPS officer who is a pass-out of 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He is also the Additional Director General of Police in Shillong and Additional Director in the CBI.

    Union Minister Rajnath Singh launched full-fledged intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

    The Union Ministry of Home Affairs launched full-fledged intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The intelligence wing will gather actionable information in a bid to enhance operational efficiency. The paramilitary force guards India's borders with Bhutan and Nepal which are often used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan. Around 650 field and staff agents to gather actionable information and SSB’s intelligence wing personnel will be deployed on India-Nepal and India-Bhutan where there are no restrictions on movement of people on either side due to visa-free regime.

    Russia and Iraq Restore Air Travel After 13-Year Freeze

    Russia and Iraq restored commercial airline services for the first time since 2004, with an Iraqi Airways plane leaving for Moscow from Baghdad. Russia suspended flights to Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion pushed the Arab country into war. It is a signal on the part of the Iraqi authorities that Russian nationals can safely visit Iraq.  

    India and US armies begin 'Yudh Abhyas 2017' military exercise

    The 13th edition Yudh Abhyas 2017, a joint military training exercise between India and United States held at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. Yudh Abhyas is annual bilateral military exercise, alternately held by the two countries. Both sides jointly trained, planned and executed series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered.

    Union Government launches Operation Insaniyat to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

    The Ministry of External Affairs started Operation Insaniyat to provided assistance to Bangladesh in response to the humanitarian crisis being faced by it due to the large influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Rohingya are a stateless ethnic minority (mostly Muslim) from Rakhine province of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, who are forced leave their country. They are a stateless ethnic minority (mostly Muslim) from Rakhine province of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, who are forced leave their country due to communal violence and repeated military operations.

    Defence Minister Flags off Women’s Circumnavigation Expedition

    Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off the Navika Sagar Parikrama by an all-women crew of Indian Navy aboard Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini from INS Mandovi jetty in Goa. It is the first attempt by an Indian all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe. The expedition will cover Australia, New Zealand, Falklands and South Africa. It is expected to be completed by 160 days.

    India and Sri Lanka Begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017

    Indian Navy and Sri Lankan Navy begin the 2017 Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The biennial Joint Indo-Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise will conclude on 14th September. It paves the way for operational effectiveness through a common understanding of neighboring Navies. It mainly emphasis on maintaining effective maritime security in the region by integrating forces through cooperation, coordination, and collaboration leading to a mutual understanding of limitations and capabilities, to enhance service interoperability and system compatibility in countering challenges.

    India and USA Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017

    A joint military training, Exercise Yudh Abhyas-2017 will be conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, the USA from 14 to 27 September 2017 between India and the USA. It is one of the largest joint running military training and defence corporation endeavors between India and USA. This is the 13th edition of the joint exercise hosted alternately between the two countries.

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