2 days ago
The Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh approved the setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition).
The committee is aimed to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. The Committee will study and submit its recommendations in 6 months.
The Director General (Acquisition) is the Chairman of the committee. There will be 11 other members in the committee. The hand picked members high-level committee are not below the rank of Joint Secretary/Major General equivalent.
Roles of the committee:
♦ The committee will simplify various policies and procedures to facilitate greater participation of Indian Industry
♦ It will develop robust Defence Industrial base
♦ The Committee will ensure the seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support by revising and aligning the former procedures
♦ It will examine and incorporate new concepts, such as life cycle costing, life cycle support, performance based logistics, ICT, lease contracting, codification & standardisation
♦ The committee is empowered to include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development
♦ It will lend its support to the ‘Make in India’ initiative
2 days ago
Indian Army team comprehensively won the 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition. It is held at Jaisalmer Military Station from 06 to 14 August 2019 in a fiercely fought competition with teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. The Indian Army team selected and trained under the aegis of Southern Command.
The Closing Ceremony of the Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 held in Jaisalmer . Honorable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by General Bipin Rawat, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Army Commander, Southern Command, delegations of participating countries, members of the International Organising Committee and several civil and military dignitaries.
The closing ceremony commenced with a smart ceremonial marching of the participating contingents into the stadium. Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the participants and welcomed the representatives of the International Organising Committee, dignitaries and other guests.
Southern Command for the flawless and successful conduct of the event. He appreciated the sportsman spirit, dedication and the professional standards displayed by all the teams in the competition.
The competitions are an excellent platform to allow countries to build a constructive dialogue, strengthening friendship, partnership and trust. The military events would lead to interoperability and sharing of best practices thereby, benefiting all the participating Nations. The fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 declared closed by Shri Rajnath Singh.
The prize distribution ceremony took place wherein the Defence Minister gave away the Champions Trophy to the winning Indian team, Runner’s Up Trophy. The Closing Ceremony culminated with a cultural programme to depict the rich cultural heritage of India. The participating countries and teams were highly appreciative of the conduct, arrangements and hospitality extended to them during the entire duration.
4 days ago
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the creation of post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on 15 August. The rank of CDS will be a first among equals. It will be a fourth four-star officer who will be senior to the three other service chiefs. It is the most significat reform in the defence.
The creation of the post aims to make the Indian defence forces even more effective. It will also ensure the better coordination between the three defence services.
Roles and duties of CDS:
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will act as the single-point advisor to the Government. The CDS officer will be advising the Army, Navy and Airforce on matters related to all the three services. The officer concerned will make the Country's armed forces integrated.
Creation of the post:
In 2000, a Group of Ministers (GoM) were set up to examine the findings of the Kargil Review Committee (KRC). This GoM suggested the introduction of the CDS post at the end of the review. Then in May 2001, former Minister of State for Defence Arun Singh-led GoM recommended the appointment of CDS with the administrative control over India's Strategic Forces Command. Once again in 2016, the proposal for the post was recommended.
August 14, 2019
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) launched a fifth Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The name of the coast guard is Kanaklata Barua. The coast is named after a freedom fighter from Assam. The is the last of the five FPVs built by GRSE. The entire design of the ship was developed in-house by GRSE as per the requirement of the ICG. The ship was launched by Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence (Production), in the presence of Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE and Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East).
The vessel is 50 metres long and 7.5 metres wide with a displacement of around 308 tonnes. It is equipped with three main engines, advanced communication and navigation systems. The main aim is to design for a maximum speed of 34 knots, with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles at cruising speed of 12-16 knots. The first ship of this class is ICGS Priyadarshini commissioned on March 27.
August 14, 2019
Jamia Millia Islamia, the public central university, at New Delhi is to unveil a model of the Indian naval ship INS Kolkata at the University on 15 August, the Independence day.
The ship model is installed outside the University's Centre For Information Technology. It will ne unveiled by Professor Najma Akhtar, the University's vice-chancellor. The ship model will be cased in a thick glass.
The steel ship model costs around Rs.12 lakh. It was donated by the Indian Navy to the University. The University has agreements with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the Coast Guard.
The main aim of installing the INS Kolkata model is to motivate students to consider joining the defence forces as a career option. The model will also inculcate a feeling of pride among the students.
Jamia Millia Islamia's Engineering Department already has a MiG-23 aircraft. The fighter plane was brought to the university in 2010.
INS Kolkata was Commissioned on 16 August 2014. It is of class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. It lists of armaments reportedly included Brahmos supersonic anti-ship, Anti-submarine warfare, guns and land-attack cruise missiles. INS Kolkata test-fired a BrahMos missile, Barak 8 missile and 2 other missiles.
August 12, 2019
The Indian Army launched "Mission Reach Out" in Jammu to ensure basic necessities and essential services are available in the region post the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 and reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir.
A high level "Mission Reach Out" conference to review the prevalent situation in the region. This was held in the Nagrota Military Station chaired by White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Paramjit Singh.
The Corps commander lauded the absolute synergy between the Army, civil administration and other security establishments in maintaining peace, harmony and a conducive environment, the officials said.
It was attended by Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, members of the civil administration, representatives of the J&K Police, CRPF, BSF and intelligence agencies.The prevailing security scenario and preparedness of security agencies and civil administration were discussed during the conference. It emerged during the conference that the situation in the Jammu region had been peaceful with no untoward incident taking place post the revocation of Article 370 on 5th of August.
The Corps commander informed about the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Army under 'Mission Reach Out'.
These are mobile medical care units with essential medicines and lady medical officers, wherever necessary, providing water in locations where the supply was disrupted, provision of essentials, including rations, assistance in transportation of patients to hospitals, facilitating people to speak to their near and dear ones through Army exchange and creating a safe environment for ATMs, banks and hospitals to function, the spokesperson said.
During the conference, the divisional commissioner assured of adequate availability of all basic necessities and essential services to meet the requirements of the people. He further informed that due to normalcy in the region, the general public had requested for the opening of schools and educational institutes, which was agreed upon and schools in the city were opened from 10 August.
August 10, 2019
The Ministry of Defence got its approval from Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for the procurement of a Software Defined Radio (SDR) and the Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB) for the Indian Navy.
The meeting was chaired by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. This is the first meeting in the second term of the NDA government.
NGMMCB: The NGMMCB battery will be fitted with the BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missiles.
SDR: The SDR will facilitate high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability. Software Defined Radio was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and the Navy’s Weapons Electronics Systems Engineering Establishment (WESEE).
BrahMos is a joint venture (JV) between the DRDO and the NPOM, a Russian military technology firm, of Russia. It can be launched from air, land and sub-sea against land and marine targets. It has been inducted into the Indian army and Navy.
August 10, 2019
The Cochin Shipyard has launched two ro-pax (roll-on roll-off passenger) vessels on 8 August. The ro-pax was designed and built by the Cochin Shipyard for the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
The two ro-pax were the third and fourth in a series of 10 vessels ordered by the IWAI are built to IRS standards. Among the 10 vessels eight were ro-pax are to be operated in National Waterways 1 and 2. The vessel is equipped with all life-saving gear. The vessels will be able to accommodate 200 passengers each. The vessels will have eight crew members and can carry two trucks and four cars.
The Shipyard was building a technology demonstration vessel for the DRDO, two 1,200 pax and two 500 pax vessels for the Andaman and Nicobar administration besides the indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.
It is currently building a total of 27 small vessels for clients like the IWAI, fisheries department of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Navy.
August 6, 2019
Arunachal Pradesh State Home Minister Bamang Felix flagged of Five Anti-Riot police vehicle.It is known as ‘Vajra’, from Police Headquarter in Itanagar.This is the first set of anti-riot vehicles introduced in the state police department.The vehicles have special features for quick response, automatic multi-barrel launchers for tear gas. It has a capacity of 12 persons and a battery backup for long hours .
Vajra - Features
Vajra is a protected vehicle used by the police forces during riots.
The vehicles are equipped with all modern instruments including multi-tube shell launchers in front and rear to lob tear gas.
These vehicles have quick response automatic multi-barrel launchers for tear gas, with a capacity of 12 persons and a battery backup for long hours stuck in the rioting crowd.
This initiative is a step towards the total modernization of the state Police department.
August 5, 2019
The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired an indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from a mobile truck-based launch unit from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha. It is an all-weather and all-terrain missile type.
QRSAM missile has been developed for the Army. The entire mission was tracked by various electro-optical tracking systems, radar systems and telemetry systems.
QRSAM is equipped with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars. The missile uses solid-fuel propellant. It has a range of 25-30 km.
The test flights had successfully demonstrated various parameters like aerodynamics, propulsion, structural performance.
The missile was developed as part of Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, Prithvi missiles.
QRSAM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in cooperation with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
Previously, the first trial of QRSAM Missile was conducted on June 4, 2017. The Second missile test was conducted in May 2019 in odisha coast.
DRDO was formed on 1958. It is headquarters at New Delhi, India.
The Minister responsible is Rajnath Singh. The Chairman of DRDO is Dr G. Satheesh Reddy. It functions under the Ministry of Defence. DRDO is charged with the military's research and development.
August 1, 2019
The Indian Air Force launched an IAF's facilitation-cum-publicity pavilion in Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on 31 July. It has a flight simulator. IAF also launched a new 3D mobile-based video game 'Indian Air Force: A Cut Above' based on the missions of the force. It was launched by Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa.
About special pavilion:
The special pavilion is the second pavilion in Delhi, after the one at T3 terminal of the airport. It is a unique and technologically advanced set-up broad comprising of a flight simulator and various exhibits, including models of fighter jets, like Mirage-2000, Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar.
Aim of 3D Game:
The new facilitation-cum-publicity pavilion of IAF-themed mobile game has been designed to raise awareness among the youth about the IAF. It has been set up to inspire them to take up a career in the Air Force.
It will connect to more than 7.5 lakh children and showcase the powers of the IAF.
July 30, 2019
Indian Navy ship LCU L56 was commissioned into the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam on 29 July. It was commissioned by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Eastern Naval Command. LCU L56 is the sixth ship of the MK IV class ships.
About LCU L56:
The LCU L56 vessel will be used for transportation, deployment and recovery of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore and vice-versa. LCU L56 would be administered and based in Port Blair under the Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) in Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). The measurement of the ship is 62 metres in length. It is fitted with two MTU diesel engines. These engines provides a sustainable speed of over 15 knots.
The ship was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. This is the 100th warship built by GRSE. The ship will be used for various purpose like: beaching operations, disaster relief operations, search and rescue missions, coastal patrol, and surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands.
July 29, 2019
IPS officer VK Johri appointed as the next Director General (DG)
The order is issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) that is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has Home Minister Amit Shah as its member.
Johri, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre
He is presently serving as the Special Secretary in the external intelligence agency RAW under the Cabinet Secretariat.
The order also stated that Johri appointed as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union home ministry.
He will attain superannuation in September, 2020, the order stated.
Border Security Force (BSF)
The BSF with a present strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel
It is the country's largest border guarding force and is tasked to secure two of India's most important and sensitive fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The two other border guarding forces are ITBP (China) and SSB (Nepal and Bhutan).
July 28, 2019
US aerospace major Boeing handed over the first batch of the AH-64E Apache helicopters of the 22 helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The next batch of four choppers will be delivered in the month of August.
In September 2015, the IAF signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd for 22 Apache helicopters.
Also, in 2017, the Defence Ministry approved to buy 6 Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing for the Army for the cost of Rs.4,168 crore. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers.
AH-64E Apache attack helicopter:
The AH-64E Apache attack helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. These helicopters are flown by the US Army. It has a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. It has greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision.
July 27, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the martyrs of Kargil War on the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
The country salutes the grit and valor who defended India.
Kargil Vijay Diwas
On the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu respects to the brave soldiers of Indian Army who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect the nation.
He made saluted all the heroes of the Kargil war and Operation Vijay who secured a valiant victory on 26th of July, 1999.
On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the brave soldiers of Indian Army who laid down their lives protecting their motherland.
The Prime Minister also shared on twitter some photographs of his Kargil visit in 1999.
He described his interaction with soldiers as unforgettable.
He had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with brave soldiers.
July 25, 2019
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered a Chetak helicopter. That helicopter is scheduled to the Indian Navy. The documents are handed over by S Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA at an event held at HAL facilities. They entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August of 2017.It is used for the supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of the first two in August 2019 and the rest in August 2020.The helicopters are fitted with the latest communication and navigation systems The company is committed to providing continuous support to the Chetak fleet.HAL and the Indian Navy have shared a long fruitful relationship.
Relationship of HAL with Indian Army
HAL produced the Chetak helicopters for the last five decades
It is under licence from Eurocopter, France (now Airbus Helicopters)
The first Chetak helicopter to the Indian Navy delivered way back in February of 1966.
These helicopters are used by the Navy for communication duties (passenger transport), cargo/ material transport, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, anti-hijacking, offshore operation, and under-slung operation.
HAL produced more than 350 Chetak helicopters and delivered around 80 to the Indian Navy.
Presently, 51 helicopters are flying with the Navy.
The serviceability always remained high.
July 23, 2019
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched a lightweight bullet proof jacket Bhabha Kavach, which was especially for the Paramilitary Forces and Indian armed forces. It was launched at International Police Expo 2019 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
About Bhabha Kavach:
♦ The lightweight bullet proof jacket was indigenously developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI).
♦ The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre's (BARC) carbon nanomaterial was sprayed on the hard armour plate.
♦ It provides the toughness and tenacity that is needed to slow down and trap a bullet as it passes through the plate.
♦ It has been built from layers of high-density, high-tenacity polyethylene.
♦ It has a warranty of 5 years with a protection level of NIJ III+ (National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Ballistic Levels Protection Level III).
Bhabha Kavach jacket that can withstand 7.62mm hard steel core or bullets fired from an AK-47 rifle, 5.56mm INSAS (INdian Small Arms System) bullet. It can even withstand recently 7.65mm bullet of self-loading rifle which was decommissioned recently. It has four hard armour plates that offers 360 Degree Protection to wearer from the front, back, and either side.
The jacket weights 9.2Kg, which was half Kilogram lesser than prescribed weight of MHA. The weight Indian Defense forces which will be a great piece of equipment for India’s paramilitary forces and state police forces operating in Naxalite areas.
The weight makes the jacket now available for Indian Defense forces and India’s paramilitary forces and state police forces operating in Naxalite areas.
July 23, 2019
Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313 It is the fifth Dornier aircraft squadron commissioned into the Indian Navy by Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM AVSM ADC Chief of the Naval Staff
The ceremony held at Naval Air Enclave, Meenambakkam.
Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Rear Admiral KJ Kumar VSM, Flag Officer and Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) present during the commissioning ceremony.
The importance of India over its adversaries in defence preparedness and developing geo-political situation in the region needs to be monitored constantly. It is necessary to maintain surveillance over the Bay of Bengal, Palk Bay and adjoining regions. The strategic position of the squadron will give the nation and dominance over the North Eastern part of the Indian Ocean.
The Squadron will be operating from Chennai International Airport. With commissioning of INAS 313, the State of Tamil Nadu will have three naval air bases; which is the highest number for any Coastal State. INS Rajali at Arakkonam and INS Parundu at Ramnad are the other two air bases in Tamil Nadu.
INAS 313 derives its name ‘Sea Eagle’ from the bird of prey family Accipitridae. The insignia of the squadron meaning a ‘Greater Spotted Eagle’
‘Greater Spotted Eagle’ is a large bird of prey and has good sensory capabilities, symbolising the envisaged role of the squadron.
The Squadron operate Dornier aircraft . It is a multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft. The aircraft was manufactured by HAL.
The aircraft is used for maritime surveillance, Search and Rescue Operations and to provide targeting data to weapon platforms.
INAS 313 is commanded by Cdr Vivek Koman, an accomplished and experienced Dornier test pilot with extensive operational experience.
July 23, 2019
Ministry of Defence has inaugurated two important bridges in the international borders in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu & Kashmir. The bridges were constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). It was inaugurated by the Defence minister Rajnath Singh. The bridges have been built under the Project Sampark.
The project aims for the smooth mobility of the security forces in border areas. The construction of the bridges are vital for the Army for deployment on border areas.
About the bridges:
Ujh bridge is located in the Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is of length 1,000m and is the longest bridge constructed by the BRO. The cost spent for the construction of the bridge was Rs.50 crore. The bridge has been built on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over Ujh river.
Basantar bridge is located in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is of length of 617m. The cost of the Basantar bridge was Rs.41.7 crore. The bridge was built on Rajpura-Madwal-Pangadur-Phulpur road over Basantar river.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO):
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was established on May 1960. It is headquartered at New Delhi. It functions under the Ministry of Defence. BRO aims to meet the strategic needs of the armed forces. It develops and maintains the Operational Road Infrastructure of General Staff in the Border Areas. It also contributes to the social and economic development of the Border States.
July 12, 2019
The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to adopt Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), a new European visual range air to air missile, across its fighter fleet.
The first firing is expected by the end of 2019. This first firing would be the first over the wing launched missile in the IAF inventory. All missiles are fired from under the wing.
IAF aims to expand its Su-30 fleet with a proposal to build 40 more jets under license at HAL’s Nashik facility. The Indian government has formally requested Russia to extend the production license.
The adoption is a part of a £250 million IAF contract with MBDA, UK. The contract was signed in July 2014. The ASRAAM-armed Jaguars will be declared operationally ready by the end 2019.
Reason: India is well into testing its indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air Astra missile but its weapons program doesn’t include a close combat air-to-air missile.
When did India decide to buy? After a contest that involved the Israeli Python, the German Diehl IRIS-T and American Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder, the IAF chose the ASRAAM in 2013 and decide to add it to its fleet.
The Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) of MBDA, European Arms manufacturers company, has been approved for fitting on Jaguar jets is currently undergoing integration. ASRAAM is used as a Within Visual Range (WVR) air dominance missile with a range of over 25km.
For IAF, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had built about 145 Jaguars for the IAF, of which around 120 are in service, and 80 jets will continue till 2025-30. A plan to get a new more powerful engine has been long delayed.
Indian Air Force (IAF):
The primary mission of IAF is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.
Part of: Indian Armed Forces
Headquarters: New Delhi
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh
Vice CAS: Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
July 11, 2019
Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC), Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Ministry of Science and Technology signed an MoU with a vision to bridge the capacity shortfall.
They provide a major fillip to the ongoing efforts of Ministry of Defence towards promoting a culture of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights IPR in Indian Defence industry.
The move will be a boost to the Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti.
The main aim to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.
Under this mission, an IPFC established under the aegis of Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA)
It is within a short span of a year achieved the challenging target of training more than 12,000 personnel on IPR
It facilitates the filing of more than 1000 new IPR applications.
Partnership About IPFC and NRDC
The partnership between IPFC and NRDC is expected to bridge the capacity shortfall and provide a major fillip to the ongoing efforts of the Defence Ministry towards promoting a culture of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the Defence industry.
They achieved a challenging target of training more than 12,000 personnel on IPR and facilitating filing of more than 1000 new IPR applications within a short span of a year.
Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
It includes training of additional 20,000 personnel from Public/Private Sector Industry and Armed Forces on the relevance of Intellectual Property culture to Indian Defence manufacturing industry and to institute a framework enables full utilisation of new ideas and innovation towards achieving self-reliance in the defence sector.
July 10, 2019
Delhi Police Crime Branch rescued 333 children from the Capital.
These children were missing since January 2019.
They were missing from various parts of the country.
The Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Rajiv Ranjan tracked down 57 people, including 14 minors from various areas in the national capital.
Most of these children have been rescued from bus stands, railway stations and other crowded places in the city.
During the last one week, the AHTU found 15 people reported missing or kidnapped in Delhi.
The operation Milap under which children are rescued was launched in December 2014. Under this project, the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Delhi The police develops information rescues the trafficked or kidnapped person and arrests the kidnappers.
The rescued children are counselled.
Police are trying to find out the parents of the children rescued.
About Operation Milap:
It was launched in December 2014
Main aim : To rescue children. Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) formed under the ‘Milap’ develops information, rescues the trafficked or kidnapped children and arrests the kidnappers.
Under this ambitious initiative, counseling & requisite medical attention has also been given to the rescued children wherever required.
Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal
Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal
July 10, 2019
American aerospace company confirmed about the arrival of 2 new heavy-lift CH-47F (I) Chinooks helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
It is at the Mundra port in Gujarat.
They will provide IAF an unmatched strategic airlift capability.
IAF ordered 15 Chinooks along with 22 Apache attack helicopters.
The first 4 Chinooks received in February, 2019.
The CH-47 Chinook, advanced multi-mission helicopter unsurpassed ability to deliver heavy payloads to high altitudes.
It is suitable for operations in the high Himalayas.
It was battle-tested in diverse, extreme conditions throughout the world and proven capability to operate in the wide range of conditions.
About Indian Air Force :
Founded: 8 October 1932, India
Headquarters: New Delhi
Fighters: Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Dassault Mirage 2000, Mikoyan MiG-29, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, HAL Tejas
Chief of Air Staff(CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
July 9, 2019
The Border Security Force (BSF) launched Operation Sudarshan, a massive exercise, with an aim to fortify the anti-infiltration grid along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. The operation was launched on July 1. BSF plans to finish the operation within a fortnight and be at their bases by July 15.
HEavy machineries: BSF has mobilized its entire senior field brass, thousands of troops, and machinery deployed along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. BSF has also mobilized huge assortments of heavy machinery, communication interceptors and mobile bulletproof bunkers as part of the exercise. It will cover the entire 1,000-km length of the India-Pakistan International Border. Jammu shares about 485 km of the border with Pakistan, about 553 km of the front is in Punjab.
Setting up defence: BSF's Frontier and battalion commanders, the second-in-commands and company commanders of the about 40 battalions are camping in the forward areas of the two states.
BSF has asked the commanders to prepare watchtowers and sentry posts better, replenish arms and ammunition dumps, strengthen artillery positions, check and plug border fence breaches, detect underground and cross-border tunnels for defence. Multiple patrols are being undertaken to boost defence positions.
Border Security Force (BSF):
Formed on: 1 December, 1965
Headquarters: New Delhi, India
Parent agency: Ministry of Home Affairs
Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs
Director General: Rajni Kant Mishra
Border Security Force is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India. It is the primary border defence organisation of India. It aims to ensure the security of the borders of India.
July 8, 2019
Indian Army and the National eGovernance Division (NeGD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)to develop a revamped application.
They are the part of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
They will maintain the centralised database for personnel, equipment and major stores to provide management-related information to Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).
Anil Kapoor, Director General of Information Systems and M S Rao, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National E-governance Division signed the MOU in the presence of Shri TP Singh, Director, Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG).
The Management Information Systems Organisation (MISO) of the Indian Army is the nodal agency.
They are under the Directorate General of Information Systems (DGIS).
The development work started at Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-lnformatics (BISAG), Gandhinagar.
Founded: 19 July 2016
Headquarters: New Delhi Minister
In-charge: Ravi Shankar Prasad
July 1, 2019
India has signed Rs.200 crore deal with Russia to acquire Strum Ataka. The anti-tank missile will be added to the fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF). This deal comes in wake of an IAF’s attempt to keep itself battle-ready in situations like post-Balakot aerial strikes. The Strum Ataka anti-tank missile would give an added capability to Mi-35 attack choppers of IAF to take out enemy tanks and other armoured elements.
Mi-35s are set to be replaced with Apache gunships being acquired from United States (US) and slated to be delivered from August onwards.
About Emergency clause:
After 14 February Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, emergency powers were given to Indian Defence forces and India started increasing vigil at borders with Pakistan. Under, emergency powers given to three services, they can procure equipment of their choice within 3 month at a cost of about Rs.300 crore per case.
IAF has emerged as front runner in terms of weapon acquisition under emergency procurement, followed by Indian Army. Under emergency provisions IAF has acquired also acquired Spice-2000 stand-off weapon system along with a number of spare and air to air mission.
June 24, 2019
Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Sankalp’ in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Their main aim is to reassure safe passage of Indian flagged vessels transiting through the area.
This deployment depends on the following recent maritime incidents in the region.
INS Chennai and INS Sunayna deployed in the region to undertake maritime security operations.
An aerial surveillance in the area done by IN aircraft.
Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) of Indian Navy watch over the movement of ships in Gulf region.
About Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)
IFC-IOR, launched in December 2018
The partner nations decided to develop comprehensive maritime domain awareness and also share information on vessels of interest.
Operation Sankalp launched in escalating tension in Gulf of Oman.
The two oil tankers, one Norwegian-owned other Japanese-owned were attacked on 13 June 2019.
This incident has led to heightened tensions between Iran and the United States (US).
About the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman
World’s major oil exporters and importers in the security of the Gulf of Oman offer the only entrance from the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean into the Persian Gulf.
The Persian Gulf lies between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran
It extends from Shatt al Arab delta to Strait of Hormuz.
June 21, 2019
Indian Navy issued an ‘Expression of Interest’ for shortlisting potential strategic partners.
The construction of six P-75 (I) submarines costing nearly ₹45,000 crore.
This is the second project being undertaken under the latest Strategic Partnership (SP) Model.
The procurement of 111 naval utility helicopters (NUH) are obtained recently.
They provide a major boost to the indigenous design and construction capability of submarines in India.
The latest submarine design and technologies as part of the project.
‘Make in India’ issued the Expression of Interest(s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners (SPs) for construction of six conventional submarines for P-75(I) project of the Indian Navy on June 20.
The case was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council on January 31.
The Expression of Interest (EoI) for shortlisting of Indian strategic partners been uploaded on the Defence Ministry and Navy websites.
The EoI for shortlisting of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will be issued in two weeks.
About Indian Navy
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS):Admiral Karambir Singh
June 18, 2019
Operation Sunrise 2 is a coordinated military operation which was carried out between India and Myanmar to target militant groups. The Indian army and Myanmar Army carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation in their respective border areas from May 16. The operation targeted several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam.
The first phase of "Operation Sunrise" was conducted in March along the Indo-Myanmar border. In the operation a number of camps of north-east-based militant groups were busted.
During "Operation Sunrise 2", the armies coordinated with each other to bust camps of militant outfits, including the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), NSCN (Khaplang), the United Liberation Front of Assam (I) and the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB). Nearly six dozen militants belonging to these groups were nabbed and several of their camps destroyed during the operation.
India has been pushing for deeper coordination between the armies of the two countries while guarding the border.
June 14, 2019
Turkey announced that it will not back down from its decision to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems despite U.S.'s ultimatum. This has created tension between Ankara and Washington, the NATO allies.
The S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s defense systems. US said it would compromise its F-35s, which Turkey also plans to buy. Turkey has proposed that the allies form a working group to asses the impact of the S-400s, but has yet to receive a response from the United States.
U.S. urged Turkey to abandon its purchase of a Russian missile defence system. If Turkey does not end the deal, U.S. said that it would expel the Turkish pilots training on the F-35 fighter jet programme.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu suggested an offer to set up a joint working group to resolve U.S. concerns.
President: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Vice President: Fuat Oktay
Currency: Turkish lira (₺) (TRY)
June 13, 2019
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on 12 June.
The HSTDV missile was successfully launched from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was tracked by various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors through its course. It HSTDV being developed by DRDO with assistance from Israel and the UK and Russia.
The project aims to serve multiple military and civil purposes. It also intends to develop a hypersonic vehicle that will be powered by a scram-jet engine. The HSTDV demonstrated the performance of a scram-jet engine at an altitude of 15 km to 20 km.
Scram-jet technology is dual-use technology. It will have multiple civilian applications when developed successfully. Scram-jet technology has the ability to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 6 while using atmospheric oxygen as oxidizer.
It will also be available for long-range cruise missiles. The combustion of fuel takes place in a chamber in the missile at supersonic speeds, in scram-jet technology. It can be used for launching satellites at low cost.
Till now, India is using ram jet system. In ranm jet system, the system collects the air it needs from the atmosphere during the flight at subsonic speeds and the propellants burn in the combustion chamber.
June 12, 2019
The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO), a new agency, which will develop sophisticated weapon systems. The approval aimed to To enhance the capabilities of the armed forces to fight wars in space.
Members of DSRO:
The agency will be headed by a Joint Secretary-level scientist. DSRO would constitute a team of scientists which would be working in close coordination with the tri-services integrated Defence staff officers.
Functions of DSRO:
DSRO will be entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies.
It would provide the research and development support to the Defence Space Agency (DSA).
Defence Space Agency (DSA)will constitute of members from the three services. The aim of setting up of DSA is to help the country fight wars in the space.
DSA is being set up under an Air Vice Marshal-rank officer in Bengaluru. It will be gradually taking over the space-related capabilities of the three forces.
June 9, 2019
Lt Gen PJS Pannu take over as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) from Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva on June 1.
He is currently posted as Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (Doctrine Organisation and Training).
The General Officer is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy and was commissioned into 22nd Battalion, The Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) on December 13, 1980, and commanded the battalion from May 1999 to February 2001 in Uri Sector (Jammu and Kashmir) during Operation VIJAY.
General Officer an instructor in the prestigious Indian Military Academy.
He has also held important appointments in various Formation Headquarters and Army Headquarters such as General Staff Officer grade 1 and Director in Military Operations Directorate, Colonel Military Secretary at HQ 1 Corps,
He has commanded an Infantry Brigade in Kashmir Valley, has been Commandant of MLI Regimental Centre, commanded an infantry division in the North East.
General Officer served as ADG MO and DG Infantry before taking over a prestigious Corps in the Northern Command.
June 8, 2019
Border Security Force (BSF) appointed as the head of its Tekanpur-based academy, the alma mater of the officers of the country's largest frontier-guarding force.
S S Chahar took over the charge of the academy's director -- an Additional Director General (ADG) rank -- a senior official said.
He is the 13th officer of the cadre to have been elevated to the second top post in the organisation in the history of over 50 years.
He served on both the western and eastern frontiers of the country.
BSF guards the important Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.
Chahar, honours like the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and police medals for meritorious and distinguished services under his belt/
About BSF Academy
The BSF academy is located in Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh, near Gwalior.
It is also home to institutes of national importance like the tear smoke unit (the only factory in the country to produce tear smoke shells and similar ammunition) and the national training centre for dogs.
The ADG rank is very rarely occupied by a BSF officer as only one post is reserved for them and the rest four are taken by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, who join the central force on deputation.
The academy trains BSF officers who come to it after clearing the UPSC exam and after graduating from it, they are posted as assistant commandants.
The BSF has a strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel and apart from rendering its primary task of guarding the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders, it also conducts anti-Naxal operations and assists the state police units in undertaking law-and-order and counter-insurgency duties.
June 8, 2019
The Indian Air Force signed a deal with Israel to buy more than 100 SPICE 2000 bombs, worth around Rs 300 crore.
SPICE bombs were used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to attack the madrasa of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26, in response to the terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which resulted in the martyrdom of 40 CRPF personnel.
About SPICE bomb:
Standoff range: 60 kilometres
Manufacturer: Israeli defence firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems
Capital: Jerusalem Trending
Currency: Israeli new shekel
Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
June 6, 2019
Indian Air Force and French Air Force have planned to carry out Garuda, a two-week-long mega air exercise, beginning on July 1 in France. The aim is to boost the military-to-military ties between the two countries. A fleet of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force will engage in dogfights with France’s Rafale multirole aircraft in simulated scenarios as part of the ‘Garuda’ exercise.
Other assets include mid-air refueller will also be sent to France by the IAF. It will be one of the largest air exercises between the two strategic partners. The exercise will also provide an opportunity to a sizeable number of IAF pilots to have a close look at the Rafale jets being operated by the French Air Force.
India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about Rs.58,000-crore. The first Rafale jet is scheduled to be delivered in September.
June 5, 2019
'Go Green' initiative,a "Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS)" at Fort William Military Station.
Lt Gen M M Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, commissioned the system, which monitors air pollution on a real time basis.
The CAAQMS at the Eastern Command headquarters will measure air pollution including particulate matter throughout the year.
It also displays wind speed, direction, ambient temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, barometric pressure and rain gauge.
The data can be remotely monitored on internet and collated into various desired formats.
About Indian Army:
Founded: 1 April 1895, India
Headquarters: New Delhi
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
June 5, 2019
Indian Navy deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden. This is the second time the P-8I is operated from Salalah for anti-piracy in 2019. It was operated from there first January. It is an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments (MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The P-8I provides long-range Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). The P8I is long-range anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.
India had placed orders for 12 P-8 India maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare from the US under a USD 2.2 billion dollar deal in 2012.
Also, the country had ordered four more planes to carry out extensive surveillance of the Indian Ocean region and the country's exclusive economic zone.
India has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the commercially crucial Gulf of Aden, since 2008. The anti-piracy patrols have been escorting Indian flagged vessels and ships of other countries have also been provided protection.
The Indian Navy has escorted 3,440 ships, of which 3,027 were of the foreign flag and 413 Indian flags, till date. The Navy now maintains a ship at every choke point in the IOR at any point of time under the MBD concept.
The aircraft have also helped in detection of Chinese nuclear and conventional submarines operating in the Indian Ocean and waters close to India.
India's maritime engagement:
As part of expanding engagement maritime engagement, India has stepped up cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime neighbours. Under the Neighbourhood First policy, the Navy undertakes Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius and Coordinated Patrols (CORPAT) with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia.
June 3, 2019
Flight Lt. Mohana Singh becomes the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day on a Hawk advanced jet aircraft.
She landed after a grueling 4-aircraft combat sortie at Kalaikunda Air Force station in West Bengal.
The other women officers - Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi - joined the fighter stream in June 2016.
Last week, Flight Lt. Bhawana Kanth became the first daytime woman fighter pilot to fly a MiG-21 Bison.
She involved flying both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground missions.
She has undertaken many practice missions which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high caliber bombs and has also participated in various Air Force level flying exercises.
She has a total of over 500 hours of incident-free flying of which 380 hours are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet.
Mohana Singh Jitarwal is one of the first female pilots of India.
She was declared as the first combat pilot along with two of her cohorts, Bhawana Kanth, and Avani Chaturvedi.
All three women pilots were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in June 2016.
June 2, 2019
The Rs 21,738-crore procurement of 111 light Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Navy is on track to be the first big procurement of the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
At least three international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) submitted proposals to build their helicopters through an Indian industry designated as “strategic partner” (SP).
The OEMs who have responded include Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Bell Helicopters.
The proposal for building 111 helicopters allows the OEM to deliver the first 16 from its home production facility, but at least 95 helicopters must be manufactured in India with an ambitious level of 60 per cent indigenisation stipulated.
This NUH acquisition, which the defence ministry green lighted on August 25, is the first one being processed under the SP procurement model.
May 31, 2019
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa received the baton of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from outgoing Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba,
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the Chairman COSC with effect from May 31, 2019, consequent to relinquishment of charge by Admiral Sunil Lanba upon superannuation.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College and the National Defence Academy, was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in June 1978.
He is an experienced fighter pilot and a qualified CAT ‘A’ Flying Instructor with over 3000 hours of flying experience to his credit.
The Air Chief Marshal has mainly flown the MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Admiral Sunil Lanba is proceeding on retirement on May 31, 2019, after a distinguished career spanning over four decades.
May 31, 2019
The Indian Air Force(lAF) and Indian Space Research Organization(lSRO) signed an agreement with the selection of crew and training for Gaganyaan Programme.
It was signed between Air Vice Marshal(AVM) RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff(ACAS) Operations (Space)
IAF and Shri R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme.
The Institute of Aerospace Medicine ('AM) will lead the selection and training of astronauts on behalf of IAF. ii. Gaganyaan Programme was announced the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 1 5, 2018.
Rs. 10,000 crore worth mission is scheduled to be launched in December 2021 and as a part of it, ISRO had set up the Human Spaceflight Centre at its headquarters in Bengaluru on January 30.
Headquarters: New Delhi
Founded: October 8, 1932
Role: Aerial warfare • Attack: Jaguar, MiG-27, Harpy
Fighters: Sukhoi Su-30MKl, Dassault Mirage 2000, Mikoyan MiG-29, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, HAL Tejas • Chief of the Air Staff. Birender Singh Dhanoa
Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
Director: K Sivan
May 31, 2019
The Armed Forces Tribunal made Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to become the next Navy Chief while it deferred for four weeks the matter of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma which seeks to quash Singh’s appointment.
Karambir Singh, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will take over as the Navy Chief on 31st May 2019.
He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982.
He has extensive experience with the HAL Chetak, Kamov Ka-25, and Kamov Ka-28 helicopters
About Karambir Singh
Born: 3 November 1959
Commands held : Chief of Naval Staff
Eastern Naval Command
ICGS Chand Bibi
Awards: Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
May 30, 2019
Three women officers of Indian Air Force were part of India's first all-women crew to fly a medium-lift helicopter Mi-17 V5.
Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) were three women IAF officers flew the chopper, which took off from a forward air base in South Western air command.
All three women officers flew a Mi-1 7 V5 helicopter for Battle Inoculation Training mission.
Under this mission, the helicopter had taken off and landed from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western air command.
Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj became the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.
Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the first woman flight engineer of the IAF.
Flying officer Aman Nidhi from Jharkhand also became the first woman IAF pilot from the state.
About Indian Air Force
Founded: 8 October 1932
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh
May 28, 2019
The Russian made AN-32 aircraft, IAF’s formidable workhorse has formally been certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel.
P.Jayapal, Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) handed over the approval certificate to Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh.
This is a huge step in promoting the Make in India mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils (TBOs) sourced from tribal areas and farmers, augmenting their income substantially.
Bio-jet fuel and IAF:
The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. The scope of these checks was in consonance with international aviation standards. IAF followed meticulous testing standards for the use of indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF.
Introduction of Biofuel:
The indigenous bio-jet fuel was first produced by the CSIR-IIP lab at Dehradun in 2013, but could not be tested or certified for commercial use on aircraft due to lack of test facilities in the civil aviation sector. On 27 July 2018, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had formally announced IAF’s intention to permit the use of all its resources for testing and certifying the indigenous fuel. Since then, IAF’s flight test crew and engineers have been evaluating the performance of this fuel against international standards.
May 28, 2019
The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash surface-to-air defence missile system with a new indigenously-developed seeker in Balasore off the Odisha coast on 27 May. This is the second successful test of the missile. The medium range multi-target engagement capable missile was developed as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles.
The supersonic missile has a range of around 25 km and up to the altitude of 18,000 metres. The missile uses high-energy solid propellant for the booster and ramjet-rocket propulsion for the sustainer phase. The missile system is said to be highly mobile.
Several variants of the missile, Akash MK1, Akash-MK2, with improved accuracy and higher ranges are under development by the DRDO.
India's missile system:
The missile system was formally inducted into the IAF on July 10, 2015, and in the Army on May 5, 2015. In September that year, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared seven additional squadrons of the missile for the IAF.
However, it had been bogged in controversies with a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report in 2017 stating that 30% of the missiles failed when tested.
The Army too had said in 2017 that the missile did not meet its operational requirements due to higher reaction time.
May 27, 2019
Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb from a Su-30 MKI aircraft at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.
The indigenously-developed guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target at a distance of 30 km away with high precision. All the mission objectives have been met. The weapon system is capable of carrying different warheads. India has carried out several such trials in 2019. DRDO is engaged in developing defence technologies covering various disciplines.
The test firing of the guided bomb comes two days after the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.
May 23, 2019
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has become the country's first woman fighter be qualified to undertake to missions by day on a fighter aircraft in the IAF. This comes after she completed her day operational syllabus as a fighter pilot on the MiG-21 Bison supersonic aircraft.
Bhawana, from Darbhanga in Bihar, has become the first of the three in her batch of women fighter pilots to successfully complete her day operational syllabus on the MiG-21s at the Nal airbase in Bikaner. The other two women fighter pilots in the batch are Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh.
IAF's induction of women fighter:
The IAF has so far inducted six women into its fighter flying stream on an experimental basis for five years. It took around Rs.15 crore to train a single fighter pilot.
IAF had for long resisted inducting women in the combat stream because it felt it would disrupt tight fighter-flying schedules if they got married and had children.
IAF's training for the 3 fighters:
IAF posted the women fighter batch to MiG-21 squadrons rather than the easier-to-handle modern fighters like Sukhoi-30MKls or Mirage-2000s to ensure they undertake air defence missions over Indian territory in the event of war (MiG-21s are basically meant to intercept incoming enemy aircraft), and not go for strike missions deep into enemy territory.
The next woman fighter pilot to undertake missions by day is Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi. Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh is also expected to reach this stage soon. The three women pilots were commissioned into the IAF’s fighter stream in June 2016.
May 23, 2019
The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The test marked a major milestone to enhance its precision strike capability. The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF the desired strategic reach.
Supersonic BrahMos cruise missile:
The supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is a 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile and it has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound. The missile follows the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target.
The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.
The IAF became the first air force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017. BrahMos cruise missile, which was test now, was the second such live launch of the weapon.
Developers of BrahMos, 2.8 Mach surface attack missile:
The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by IAF engineers, while the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on it.
Despite such complex integrations, IAF, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd and HAL have proven the capability by dedicated and synergetic efforts.
BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.
The IAF has already begun work to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft. Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet is over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.
May 22, 2019
The 2019 Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) is taking place from 20 May to 28 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command. This is the 8th edition of the coordinated patrol (CORPAT) between India and Myanmar.
The coordinated patrol (CORPAT) initiative between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy seeks to address issues of terrorism, human trafficking, poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and other illegal activities harmful to interest of both nations.
The CORPAT series was first started in Mar 2013. Since then it has fostered improved professional interaction and enhanced mutual understanding between the two navies for maritime interoperability.
The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol IMCOR began on 20th May 2019. For the Opening Ceremony of 2019 edition, Myanmar Navy Ships arrived on 20 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
It will be undertaken by Myanmar ships viz. UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV54) with Indian Naval Ship, INS Saryu.
The exercise includes the patrolling effort by participants will be augmented by Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from both the navies. The ships deployed would patrol along International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between the two countries thus, covering a distance of about 725 Kms over a period of four days.
During the sea phase of coordinated patrol, prior to Closing Ceremony' of CORPAT onboard Myanmar Naval Ship, the deployed ships will also undertake joint drills and maneuvers.