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  • Naval Dockyard develops low-cost device to screen people

    13 hours 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

    3 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

    6 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

    6 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

    13 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

    14 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

    15 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

    15 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

    23 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

    24 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

    24 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

    24 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

    31 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

    32 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

    32 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

    34 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

    36 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

    36 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

    37 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

    39 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.

    Cabinet approved the procurement of 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters from the US

    41 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of India approved the procurement of 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters from the US. The cost of the acquisition of the helicopter is $2.6bn. The helicopters will be given to the Indian Navy and will be done through the US foreign military sales (FMS) programme. Highlights: ♦ In April 2018, the procurement was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).  ♦ The sale was approved by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the US State Department in April 2019. The US Congress has also been notified about the possible sale.  ♦ The principal contractor of the sale has been chosen as Lockheed Martin.  ♦ It will replace the Sea King helicopters that were phased out in 2000. ♦ The helicopters will enhance India's capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. ♦ The helicopters will support search and rescue, vertical replenishment, and communications relay missions.

    Admiral Karambir Singh to visit Myanmar

    46 days ago
    Indian Navy's Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Karambir Singh is on a 4-day visit to Myanmar from 17-20 February 2020. The visit aims to enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Myanmar. Agenda: ♦ Admiral Karambir Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Navy. ♦ He will hold talks with H.E. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief Defence Services, and other senior Government officials. ♦ He will also interact with the trainees of National Defence College in Nay Pyi Taw. ♦ He will visit the Naval Dockyard and Training Command of the Myanmar Navy in Yangon. Indian-Myanmar Navy: Indian Navy regularly interacts with Myanmar Navy through Joint Working Group Meeting on Maritime Cooperation, the medium of Staff Talks, and other operational interactions which include Port visits, Coordinated Patrols, Bilateral Exercises, Training, and Hydrography, etc. Myanmar Navy is a member of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS). The navy participates in the activities conducted under the IONS construct. Also, both the Navies also interact during maritime activities.

    No. 47 Squadron of IAF celebrated Diamond Jubilee

    46 days ago
    No. 47 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated 60 years of its glorious service to the nation. It is currently stationed at AF Station, Adampur. To mark the occasion, Diamond Jubilee celebrations were organized at Air Force Station Adampur on 14-15 February.  Events: ♦ Aerial display by the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team, IAF vintage Flight, Air Devils was held during the event. ♦ Performance by the Air Warriors Drill Team enthralled the audience on the day.  ♦ Serving officers, dignitaries, and veterans participated in the celebrations.  No. 47 Squadron of IAF: Established on: 18 December 1959  Located at: Air Force Station Halwara Motto: Karmani Vyapurutham Dhanuhu (My bow is always stretched for its task) It has operated MiG-21 FL, MiG-29 and Toofani fighter aircraft. The crest of the unit is a figure of a kneeling 'BLACK ARCHER' with a drawn bow, depicting poised readiness. The Squadron took part in both the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. It has won numerous accolades. The Squadron continues to maintain its operational edge and has actively participated in Op Safed Sagar, Op Parakram and the operations post Balakot Strike in the Northern sector. No. 47 Squadron of IAFNo. 47 Squadron of IAF received President's Standards in 2009. They have provided their support to face any challenge and to achieve greater heights in service to the nation. 

    Exercise SAMPRITI-IX concluded at Umroi

    46 days ago
    The joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX concluded at Umroi, Meghalaya. The exercise was held between the armies of India and Bangladesh. The 9th edition of the military exercise was held from 3-16 February 2020.  Highlights: ♦ The exercise was aimed to strengthen the military ties between the two countries. ♦ It allowed the two armies to understand each other's tactical drills and operating techniques.  ♦ The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations. ♦ It provides aid to civil authorities for disaster management especially in the jungle and semi-urban terrain.  ♦ The exercise also deepens the trust and friendship between Indian and Bangladesh Officers and soldiers of contingents participating in each edition. ♦ Both the contingents participated in a number of activities including friendly volleyball and basketball matches. SAMPRITI-IX: SAMPRITI-IX exercise is held between India and Bangladesh. The exercise is hosted alternately by both countries. The exercise aims to strengthen and promote bilateral ties between the Armies of India and Bangladesh.

    INS Jamuna progresses joint hydrographic operations off Sri Lanka

    49 days ago
    INS Jamuna (J16) arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka under a mutual agreement to carry out the Joint Hydrographic Survey off the South West Coast of Sri Lanka. It is commanded by Captain HA Hardas. It will be deployed for over 2 months.  Highlights: ♦ The Commanding Officer Captain HA Hardas held talks with the Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody, Chief Hydrographer of Sri Lanka Navy and Rear Admiral SA Weerasinghe, Commander Western Naval Area. ♦ INS Jamuna will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys. ♦ It will conduct several shore-based survey activities during the conduct of the Joint Survey by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel.   ♦ The Sri Lanka Navy personnel will be provided hands-on survey training during every operational turn around in port. ♦ It will also conduct a Harbour Training Program for the SLN sailors.

    Exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 began in Salisbury Plains

    49 days ago
    The fifth edition of joint military exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 began at Salisbury Plains in the United Kingdom. The exercise is held between India and the United Kingdom. Aim: The aim of the exercise is to conduct company-level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi-urban areas. Ajeya Warrior 2020: ♦ Ajeya Warrior 2020 focuses on the joint operation by soldiers during the conduct of counter-terrorist operations. ♦ Over 120 soldiers each from the two armies are participating in the exercise. ♦ Both countries will share their experiences gained during various counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in the past. ♦ It will enhance the defence cooperation and inter-operability while sharing experiences between both the armies. ♦ The exercise includes training on modern weapon systems, equipment and simulator training. ♦ Ajeya Warrior military training with the United Kingdom is an important exercise in terms of the security challenges faced by both nations in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism. ♦ The exercise is conducted alternatively in India and the UK.  ♦ The exercise displays a bilateral willingness to work jointly and share operating procedures to deal with a situation in a specified operational setting.

    President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colour to INS Shivaji

    49 days ago
    President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented 'Colour' to the INS Shivaji in Lonavala, Maharashtra on 13 February to appreciate its remarkable contribution to the Indian Navy. INS Shivaji: Built on: 15 February 1945 Owned by: Government of India Current commander: Commodore K Srinivas ♦ INS Shivaji is an Indian Naval station located in Lonavala, Maharashtra. ♦ The motto of INS Shivaji is, ‘Karmasu Kaushalam’ (meaning Skill at Work).  ♦ INS Shivaji has distinguished itself with stellar service to the nation over the years. INS Shivaji completed 75 years of excellence. ♦ It holds professional excellence and has discharged its responsibilities with distinction.

    Bimstec disaster management exercise-2020 organized in Odisha

    50 days ago
    Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai inaugurated the Field Training Exercise of 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise on flood rescue at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri, Odisha on 12 February.  Highlights: ♦ The exercise highlighted the historicity and diversity of cultural heritage sites in the BIMSTEC region. ♦ It will provide a platform for member states to evaluate existing capabilities and share the best emergency response practices. ♦ The exercise will improve existing emergency preparedness and strengthen regional response mechanism between the BIMSTEC countries during disasters.  ♦ It will conduct a risk assessment in the context of cultural heritage sites at the time of disaster. ♦ It included a real disaster scenario to depict flooded localities and houses due to the flood disaster. ♦ A Heli-born rescue operation was also carried out to demonstrate the coordination among various stakeholders to deal with an emergency situation. ♦ Sessions of After Action Review (AAR) and Priority Setting Meeting were also organized in the exercise. Participants: Delegates and rescue teams of five-member nations namely Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Nepal of BIMSTEC group participated in the exercise with great zeal and enthusiasm.

    BARC handed over 55 Bhabha Kavach bulletproof jackets to CISF

    51 days ago
    Dr. A. K. Mohanty, Director BARC handed over 55 Bhabha Kavach bulletproof jackets to Shri Rajesh Ranjan, Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in a ceremony held at CISF UNIT, Trombay, Mumbai. Bhabha Kavach has received approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs for induction into all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). Bhabha Kavach:  ♦ Bhabha Kavach was developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). ♦ It is the lightest level III plus bulletproof jacket available in India. It weighs 6.8 kgs of nominal weight.  ♦ It is based on indigenous hot pressed Boron carbide and carbon nanotube technologies.  ♦ Bhabha Kavach is a 'Make in India' product.  ♦ The jacket qualified all the ballistic tests required as per the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).  ♦ It can stop 7.62 x 39 mm hard steel core bullets fired from AK 47 rifles, 5.56 x 45mm Ball MK M bullets of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles and Self Load Rifles (SLR)/Bolt action rifles with a back face signature of less than 15 mm.

    Government authorized companies to export military equipment to 42 countries

    51 days ago
    The government has authorized companies to export military equipment to 42 countries across the world, including Azerbaijan, Estonia, Indonesia, Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Seychelles, and the UAE. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik.  Defence exports: ♦ India's defence exports have increased seven-fold in the last two years from Rs.1,521 crore in 2016-17 to Rs.10,745 crore in 2018-19.  ♦ After 2014, 79 companies have invested over Rs.1,834 crore through the foreign direct investment (FDI) route in defence and aerospace sector. Other exports: ♦ India also authorized the export of Dornier Do 228 aircraft and coastal surveillance systems to Seychelles. ♦ The Indian government has authorized Indian authorities to export helmets, bomb suppression blankets, soft armour panels and cartridges to Germany.  ♦ Also, the export of mine-protected vehicles, over-vests, helmets, soft armour panels, and civil helicopter protection equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been approved.  ♦ Power supply, bulk memory control cards, are among the equipments that are to be exported to Sri Lanka from India.  ♦ Radar distribution cards, amplifiers and spare parts for radar systems are among the devices that have been authorized for export to Singapore.

    U.S. State Department approved the sale of air defence system to India

    52 days ago
    The US Department of State approved the sale of a $1.867 billion Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) to India. The potential sale will be processed through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. It has been sent for the U.S. Congress for consideration.  IADWS: ♦ The Integrated Air Defence Weapon System is also known as the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS). ♦ IADWS provides an integrated air missile defence and is currently deployed around Washington, DC. ♦ The IADWS system includes advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM), launchers, radar, targeting, and guidance systems,  and Stinger missiles, and related equipment and support. ♦ India is to buy IADWS comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems, 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles, three AMRAAM Guidance Sections, four AMRAAM Control Sections and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles. ♦ The package also includes Communications equipment, testing and training equipment, and documentation and technical and logistics support.

    Fifth edition of joint military exercise Ajeya Warrior to be held in the UK

    52 days ago
    The fifth edition of joint military exercise Ajeya Warrior 2020 has been scheduled to be held 13-26 February at Salisbury Plains in the UK. The exercise will be held between India and the United Kingdom.  Aim: The aim of the exercise is to conduct company-level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi-urban areas. Ajeya Warrior 2020: ♦ Ajeya Warrior 2020 exercise will comprise of 120 soldiers each from the two armies. ♦ Both countries will share their experiences gained during various counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in the past. ♦ It will promote defence cooperation and enhance inter-operability while sharing experiences between both the armies. ♦ Training on modern weapon systems, equipment and simulator training has also been planned. ♦ Ajeya Warrior military training with the United Kingdom is an important exercise in terms of the security challenges faced by both nations in the realm of changing facets of global terrorism. ♦ The exercise is conducted alternatively in India and the UK. The exercise displays a bilateral willingness to work jointly and share operating procedures to deal with a situation in a specified operational setting.

    Indian Army develops cheapest gunshot locator device-Parth

    53 days ago
    Indian Army's College of Military Engineering (CME) in partnership with a private firm developed the cheapest gunshot locator device "Parth".  Parth: ♦ The cost of the device is Rs.3 lakh. If the device is inducted into the Army, it will replace a similar imported item which costs around Rs.65 lakhs.  ♦ The device can locate a bullet from a distance of 400m and will help to neutralize it in a faster way. ♦ The device was showcased at the DefExpo 2020 at Lucknow. Gunshot locator: A gunshot locator device can detect and convey the location of gunshot or other weapon fire using optical, acoustic, or other combinations of sensors.

    DefExpo 2020 concluded on 8 February

    54 days ago
    The 11th edition of the biennial event "Defence Expo 2020" concluded on 8 February in Lucknow. It was organized by the Ministry of Defence. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presided over the valedictory session of the event.  Highlights: ♦ Defence Expo 2020 witnessed the participation of three aerospace giants including, Airbus SE and US-based Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. ♦ The growth of indigenous enterprise was the most encouraging facet of DefExpo2020. ♦ Over 200 partnerships involving the signing of Transfer of Technology and Product and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) took place at a ceremony titled Bandhan. ♦ The agreements were aimed at forging and renewing partnerships for innovative collaboration and transformation of defence manufacturing in the country. ♦ During the event, the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) certificate for Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) was issued to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).  ♦ The event has emerged as one of the largest gatherings of defence exhibitors in the aerospace sector.

    HAL received approval to produce light utility helicopter

    55 days ago
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) received initial clearance from DRDO's department of defence research and development for its light utility helicopter (LUH). The clearance will pave way for its production. LUH will replace the aging fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. Light Utility Helicopter (LUH): ♦ LUH is a single-engine, 3-ton utility helicopter. ♦ It is indigenously designed and developed to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army. ♦ Three prototypes have been built and cumulatively completed over 550 flights under various terrains and climatic conditions. ♦ The performance of the basic configuration of LUH in all terrains and under all weather conditions has been tested and gave satisfactory output. ♦ HAL is expected to proceed to the next phase of integrating and flight testing of mission role equipment on LUH.

    Major Anoop Mishra developed a helmet that can stop an AK-47 bullet

    55 days ago
    Major Anoop Mishra, the Indian Army Major, developed a helmet that can stop an AK-47 bullet round from a distance of 10 meters. It is claimed to be first in the world. The Major has earlier developed a bulletproof jacket for protection against sniper bullets. Ballistic Helmet: ♦ The ballistic helmet was developed under project Abhedya by Major Anoop Mishra. ♦ He got into the development of bulletproof jackets after he had received gunshots on his vintage bulletproof jacket. ♦ Also, the Indian Army's College of Military Engineering in partnership with the private firm has developed India's first and world's cheapest gunshot locator. It can locate the exact location of the bullet from a distance of 400 meters which will help to locate and neutralize terrorists faster. College of Military Engineering (CME): The College of Military Engineering (CME) is located in Pune. It is a premier tactical and Technical training institution that is the alma mater of the Corps of Engineers. CME is responsible for the training of personnel of the Corps of Engineers besides imparting instructions in Combat Engineering, Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) Protection, Works Services and GIS matters to the personnel of All Arms and Services.

    India to develop 200-km range tactical ballistic missile

    56 days ago
    India on a new tactical ballistic missile capable of striking targets at a range of 200km, two top government officials. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) The surface-to-surface missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)named Prakash, the first official cited at a military systems exhibition organized by the Department of Defence Production that seeks to project India as a hub for global defence manufacturing. The new weapon traces its origin to the Prahaar missile developed by the DRDO. The Prahaar has a range of 150km. The configuration of Pranash frozen and development trials will begin by 2021-end. The non-nuclear Pranash missile will be propelled by a single-stage solid-propellant engine. DRDO’s short-range Prithvi series of missiles with ranges of 150 to 350 km are nuclear-capable and powered by a liquid propellant engine that has its limitations. India’s Agni series of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles can hit targets at different ranges between 700km and 5,500km. The missile is outside the purview of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) places export restrictions on missiles with ranges of more than 300km.India as one of the top five countries in the aerospace and defence sectors in the coming years. India exported military hardware worth Rs 17,000 crore during the last two years compared to Rs 2,000 crore in 2014.

    DRDO signed Technology Development Contract with Rosoboronexport Russia

    56 days ago
    DRDO's High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) signed a Technology Development Contract with Rosoboronexport Russia. It was signed during the DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow. The contract aims for the development of a spectrum of high energy materials required for missiles, rockets, and guns. Technology Development Contract: ♦ The contract has been signed for the development of Advanced Pyrotechnic Ignition Systems. ♦ The contract will enable advancement in the field of energetic materials and pyrotechnic technology which will lead to the development of advanced ignition systems.  ♦ The technology is expected to meet the futuristic requirements of high-performance propulsion systems.  ♦ This technology development will facilitate the design and development of state of art solid rocket motors for upcoming products as the propulsion systems are the power behind the rockets and missiles. ♦ These products will be based on compact and energy-efficient propulsion systems.

    India, UK to partner on developing jet engine technology

    56 days ago
    India and the United Kingdom are expected to sign a government-to-government agreement on jet engine technology development. The announcement was made by the UK Minister for Defence Procurement James Heappey on 6 February.  India-UK on Jet engine: ♦ Both India and the UK are exploring various options for collaboration on joint defence projects. ♦ The UK has initiated to set up joint technology development for sixth-generation fighters which can go into India's fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft.  ♦ The Minister verified Indian Navy's plans for a third aircraft carrier. Previously, the UK has already offered the design of its Queen Elizabeth class carrier to the Indian Navy for the third aircraft carrier. Background: In 2017, India and the UK had agreed to extend cooperation to develop advanced defence products such as gas turbine engine and air defence missile systems. Also, a collaborative project was set up between engine maker Rolls Royce and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on jet engine technology.

    India, Madagascar reiterates maritime security cooperation

    57 days ago
    India and Madagascar have agreed to reiterate maritime security cooperation in bilateral talks held between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Lt Gen Rokotonirina Richard, Defence Minister of Madagascar on the second day of DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow on 6 February 2020. Highlights: ♦ The ties aim to enhance Maritime security cooperation in the region.  ♦ The leaders agreed to ensure a secure maritime environment to flourish trade and commerce. ♦ DefExpo 2020 provides a platform for India and Madagascar to further strengthen the defence ties and in exploring various areas of mutual engagement. Note: President of India Ram Nath Kovind held a state visit to Madagascar in March 2018.

    PM inaugurated the 11th edition of DefExpo in Lucknow on 5 Feb

    57 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 11th edition of DefExpo in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 5 February 2020. The 2020 Def Expo is organized over a 200-acre area. Also, it is expected that 65 MoUs will be signed with the Indian and foreign defence companies at the Lucknow expo. The event will be held from 5-9 February 2020. Organizing Team: The DefExpo 2020 is being organized by the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence with full support from the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Theme: The theme of the expo is "India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub". The biennial military exhibition aims to showcase the potential of the country as a global defence manufacturing hub. The sub-theme of the DefExpo is "Digital Transformation of Defence". It reflects the worries and challenges of tomorrow. The exhibition reflects the Government's focus on 'Make in India'. Participants: Around 1,000 companies from nearly 70 countries are taking part in the biggest-ever DefExpo. The number of foreign companies participating in the expo has also increased to 165 from 160 previously. Also, Defence ministers and service chiefs of 35 countries are expected to participating in the event. Note: The previous expo was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 2018. It was held over an 80-acre area. In this edition of the DefExpo 702 companies had participated.

    DefExpo 2020 attracts more than 1,000 companies for defence by Rajnath Singh

    58 days ago
    Proceeding with the act of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defense minister moving the biennial DefExpo resistance hardware presentation to their home state, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will commence DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow on 5th February 2020. In 2016, at that point, resistance serves Manohar Parrikar moved DefExpo from New Delhi to Goa during enormous restriction from natural activists. After two years, Nirmala Sitharaman moved DefExpo 2018 to Chennai.  DefExpo 2020 Like Parrikar and Sitharaman, Singh guaranteed on 4th February that the present form of DefExpo had broken every single record. Tending to the media in Lucknow, alongside his co-have, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the resistance serve expressed that more than 1,000 safeguard firms — including 856 Indian and 172 remote organizations — would take part in Defexpo.  "In the DefExpo 2018, held in Chennai, 702 organizations had taken an interest. Along these lines, this has become by a wide margin the greatest ever DefExpo to held in India," expressed the resistance service in an official discharge on 4th February 2020. The service likewise asserted that exhibitors had booked 42,800 square meters of display space this year, 60 percent higher than the 26,774 square meters booked in Chennai. Guard priests and military head of 40 nations will go to the occasion this year, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. 200 memoranda of undertaking (MoUs) are required to be inked, producing new business coordinated efforts.  Just because, the nearness of the nearby boss priest recognizably overshadowed that of the barrier serve. Adityanath's appearance embellished all the publications on equivalent terms with that of Singh. The safeguard pastor's pre-occasion question and answer session were not gone to by a solitary formally dressed military official. Instead, with Adityanath sharing the stage, UP cops and civil servants were all over.  They guaranteed a world record in that 56 percent of the state's populace of 220 million was of working age. The country has 53 colleges, 345 schools, and 168 polytechnics, they expressed. Adityanath talked up the UP Defense Industrial Corridor, which would give a foundation spine to the guard business, which would come up around nine hubs: Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, and Meerut.  UP has set a land securing objective of 25,000 sections of land for guard industry. The first period of this was at that point well in progress, with near 3,000 sections of land previously recognized. Singh said the DefExpo would give a chance to the military to get acquainted with changing worldwide innovation.    After a casual beginning to DefExpo 2020 on 5th February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to initiate the show toward the evening officially and expected to run till Sunday, with the most recent two days being available to open.

    DefExpo 2020 attracts more than 1,000 companies for defence by Rajnath Singh

    58 days ago
    Proceeding with the act of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defense minister moving the biennial DefExpo resistance hardware presentation to their home state, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will commence DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow on 5th February 2020. In 2016, at that point, resistance serves Manohar Parrikar moved DefExpo from New Delhi to Goa during enormous restriction from natural activists. After two years, Nirmala Sitharaman moved DefExpo 2018 to Chennai.  DefExpo 2020 Like Parrikar and Sitharaman, Singh guaranteed on 4th February that the present form of DefExpo had broken every single record. Tending to the media in Lucknow, alongside his co-have, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the resistance serve expressed that more than 1,000 safeguard firms — including 856 Indian and 172 remote organizations — would take part in Defexpo.  "In the DefExpo 2018, held in Chennai, 702 organizations had taken an interest. Along these lines, this has become by a wide margin the greatest ever DefExpo to held in India," expressed the resistance service in an official discharge on 4th February 2020. The service likewise asserted that exhibitors had booked 42,800 square meters of display space this year, 60 percent higher than the 26,774 square meters booked in Chennai. Guard priests and military head of 40 nations will go to the occasion this year, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. 200 memoranda of undertaking (MoUs) are required to be inked, producing new business coordinated efforts.  Just because, the nearness of the nearby boss priest recognizably overshadowed that of the barrier serve. Adityanath's appearance embellished all the publications on equivalent terms with that of Singh. The safeguard pastor's pre-occasion question and answer session were not gone to by a solitary formally dressed military official. Instead, with Adityanath sharing the stage, UP cops and civil servants were all over.  They guaranteed a world record in that 56 percent of the state's populace of 220 million was of working age. The country has 53 colleges, 345 schools, and 168 polytechnics, they expressed. Adityanath talked up the UP Defense Industrial Corridor, which would give a foundation spine to the guard business, which would come up around nine hubs: Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, and Meerut.  UP has set a land securing objective of 25,000 sections of land for guard industry. The first period of this was at that point well in progress, with near 3,000 sections of land previously recognized. Singh said the DefExpo would give a chance to the military to get acquainted with changing worldwide innovation.    After a casual beginning to DefExpo 2020 on 5th February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to initiate the show toward the evening officially and expected to run till Sunday, with the most recent two days being available to open.

    PM greeted Indian Coast Guard on its Foundation Day

    62 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Indian Coast Guard on their Foundation Day.  The Indian Coast Guard has made a mark due to its remarkable efforts to keep the coast safe. Indian Coast Guard Indian Coast Guard is an armed force that protects India's maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India. Headquarters: New Delhi Founded: 18 August 1978

    Today Current Affairs: Indian Coast Guard commissions high speed interceptor boat in Mangaluru

    64 days ago
    Indian Coast Guard commissioning a high-speed interceptor boat in Mangaluru on January 29. The water-jet-propelled vessel deployed for patrolling and rescue operations. The 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and is capable of doing speeds of up to 45 knots. The boat fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment which designed for high-speed interception close-coast patrol low-intensity maritime operations search-and-rescuee, and marine surveillance.  The boat C 448 has a crew of 12 is commanded by Assistant Commandant Apoorva Sharma. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned a high-speed interceptor boat C-448 in Mangaluru, Karnataka.  The boat will be used for patrolling and rescue operations. The ship is equipped with an infrared system for night surveillance can perform high-speed interception, low-intensity maritime operations, etc. It has an endurance of 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and can reach a maximum speed of 45 knots. Indian Coast Guard  Indian Coast Guard is an armed force that protects India's maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India. Founded: 18 August 1978

    Today Current Affairs: Indian Navy launches Operation Vanilla to provide disaster relief at Madagascar

    65 days ago
    Indian Navy launches Operation Vanilla to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief at Madagascar.  Operation Vanilla Operation Vanilla launched to provide assistance to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane.The port call, the ship in coordination with Embassy of India and Government of Madagascar is planned to undertake relief operations to assist the flood-affected populace. The Indian Navy Ship geared to set up medical camp and provide food, water, and other necessary relief material. The situation is being monitored, and the Indian Navy is prepared to render all the required assistance to the local population in Madagascar.

    Current Affairs: India test-fired K-4 nuclear-capable from an underwater platform for the second time

    67 days ago
    India successfully test-fired the K-4 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile from Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh. This is the second time the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the test, just after its test on 19 January 2020. It is a major milestone to add to the strategic arsenal and delivery systems. Missile Test: ♦ K-4 ballistic missile will be equipped on indigenous INS Arihant class nuclear-powered submarines of the Indian Navy. ♦ The missile has a range of around 3,500 km. ♦ The test included the capability to launch nuclear weapons from air, surface and underwater platforms. ♦ K-4 missile is one of the two underwater missiles that were being developed by DRDO. The other underwater missile is the over 700 km strike range BO-5 missile. K-4 ballistic missile: K-4 ballistic missile is an Intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It is developed by DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The maximum range of the missile is 3,500 km. The developmental test for the missile began in January 2010. On 31 March 2016, the missile was successfully tested from INS Arihant. On 19 January 2020,  the missile was successfully tested from an underwater platform.

    DRDO to display indigenously-developed military systems in 2020 DefExpo

    69 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is to display various indigenously-developed military systems and technologies in the forthcoming DefExpo 2020. It aims to bring alive the spirit of self-reliance and national pride.  DefExpo2020: The 11th edition of the biennial Defexpo has been scheduled to be held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 5-9 February 2020. The theme of the DefExpo2020 is "Digital Transformation of Defence". The DefExpo is to be set up to showcase the combined strength of DRDO, public and private sector in defence manufacturing. DRDO in DefExpo 2020: ♦ DRDO is to showcase a live demonstration of Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun MK IA, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), Counter Mine Flail, Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), 15m Advanced Composite Modular Bridging System (ACMBS) and modular bridge. ♦ It will exhibit more than 500 products from all technology clusters in the five-day mega expo in line with the theme of the event.  ♦ DRDO will showcase around 23 products in the India Pavilion at DefExpo. DRDO: Formed on: 1958 Headquarters: New Delhi Parent agency: Ministry of Defence Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence Chairman: Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy DRDO is responsible for the military's research and development in the defence sector in India.

    MoD approves procurement of military equipment worth over Rs.5,100 crore

    71 days ago
    Ministry of Defence approved the procurement of military equipment worth over Rs.5,100 crore from indigenous sources. It also approved the construction of six conventional submarines for the Navy in India under the strategic partnership model.  Approved by: The approval was announced after the meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The meeting was attended by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and several top officials. DAC Approvals: ♦ The procurement includes sophisticated Electronic Warfare Systems for the Army designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). ♦ The equipment will be manufactured locally by the Indian industry. ♦ Also, DAC shortlisted Indian strategic partners (SP) and the potential Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that would collaborate to construct 6 conventional submarines in India under the strategic partnership model.  ♦ Under the SP model, selected private firms will partner to build military platforms like submarines and fighter jets in India in partnership with OEMs. Note: The DAC meeting held on 21 January 2020 was the first meeting of the DAC after the appointment of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS).

    IAF inducts Su-30 fighter squadron in Thanjavur

    73 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the induction ceremony of Su-30 fighter squadron at the Air Force Station in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The second frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be based in the South. The operationalization of the 222 Squadron will strengthen the air defence capabilities of the IAF, particularly in the Southern Air Command area. Su-30 fighter squadron: ♦ The Tigersharks fighter squadron is equipped with formidable air superiority fighter aircraft.  ♦ It is armed with 2.5 ton air-launched BrahMos missile.  ♦ The missile is of 300 km range.  ♦ The missile can strike from large stand-off ranges on any target including sea, on land with pinpoint accuracy by day, night and in all weather conditions.     ♦ The capability of the missile along with the performance of the Su-30 MKI is set to change the paradigm of maritime surveillance, security, and strike in the region. ♦ The squadron will provide protection to the island territories and sea lines of communication in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).  ♦ It is necessary as the IOR is increasingly gaining importance and the presence of a fighter squadron will provide security cover to all the strategic and vital assets in the region.

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