International Army Games 2018, Moscow
Indian Army team has reached Moscow to participate in the International Army games scheduled from July 28 to August 11. India is participating in 2 competitions including the Tank Biathlon and Elbrus Ring – which is mountain warfare combat patrol competition near Elbrus Mountain. The Army games 2018 will be held in 7 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Iran, Kazakhstan & Russia.

Army, FTII to provide acting courses in J&K

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has joined hands with the Indian Army to provide acting courses for the youth of J&K. Renowned actor Gufi Paintal was invited as a special guest faculty to mentor the youth for the course. The youth trained by the Army in theatre and art earlier this year also witnessed the creative rendition of the budding artists.

Dhanush artillery gun clears final trials

The indigenously upgraded artillery gun Dhanush has successfully completed final user trials and is ready for induction into the Army. Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured by India in the mid-1980s. This was the third and final phase of user exploitation firings in which six Dhanush guns were fired in battery formation at the Pokhran field firing range.

Year of Disabled Soldiers In Line of Duty

To honour soldiers who have been disabled in line of duty, while serving the Nation and to celebrate the undying spirit of ‘Soldiering’, Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty’. The primary focus is towards alleviating the sufferings of these soldiers The endeavour this year is to provide a one-time financial assistance to disabled soldiers.

1st Indian-made artillery gun ready

India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ has cleared its final test and is ready to be inducted into the Indian Army. Earlier this month, fifty rounds of shells each were fired from six Dhanush guns, which are reportedly called ‘desi Bofors’. The gun also passed the tests in cold, humid, and hot conditions.

New Northern Army Commander

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has been appointed as the new Northern Army commander. Lt Gen Singh succeeds Lt Gen Anbu who has been appointed as the Vice-Chief of the Indian Army. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh was the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) when India carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

New Vice Chief of Army Staff

Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS). He is presently GOC-in-C (General Officer Commanding-in-Chief) Northern Command. He will replace Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand who retires on May 31. Lt. Gen. Anbu is expected to be replaced by Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh who was the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) at the time of surgical strikes.

Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II

15 : Indian Army Women Officers’ Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II (6512 metres) consisting of 9 women officers, was flagged off by Director General of Military Training. Mt. Bhagirathi-II is located in the Garhwal Himalayas in Gangotri National Park. The expedition aims at encouraging women in the field of adventure where dauntless courage, will-power & determination is put to test.

Book released by Chief of Army Staff

Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff has released the book ‘Across the Bench – Insight into the Indian Military Judicial System’. The book is written by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, former Army Commander and Member ‘A’, Armed Forces Tribunal, Lucknow Bench. The book deals with military judicial system vis-a-vis command & management issues within the military establishments.

Indian Army tests ‘Air Cavalry’ concept

The Indian Army has tested in the desert terrain of Rajasthan the military concept of ‘Air Cavalry’. The ‘Air Cavalry’ concept was used by the US Army to locate and assault enemy ground forces during the Vietnam War. Under the ‘Air Cavalry’ concept, attack helicopters are fully integrated with tanks and mechanised ground forces.

President Kovind visits Siachen base camp

President Ram Nath Kovind has become the second president to visit the Siachen base camp of the Indian Army in Ladakh. Siachen is considered to be the highest battlefield in the world. In 2004 APJ Abdul Kalam became the first Indian President to visit the Siachen glacier. The Siachen Glacier, with all major passes, is under the administration of India since 1984.

Army’s Vijay Prahar exercise in Rajasthan ends

Indian Army’s ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise in which over 25,000 troops of the Jaipur based South Western Command participated culminated in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh. Fighting equipments including tanks, attack helicopters, drones and fighter aircraft were used in the month-long exercise. The concept of ‘Air Cavalry’ employing attack & weaponized helicopters was also validated during the exercise.

India-Malaysia joint exercise enters phase 2

The second phase of the Indian and Malaysian armies’ joint military exercise ‘Harimau Shakti’ was initiated on May 7. The exercise was conducted in Hulu Langat forest of Malaysia under harsh and humid conditions. The sappers team from 3 Engineer regiment of the Indian Army are training with the Malaysian Army combat engineers as a part of their first joint exercise.

Pakistan reopend major trade route with Afghan

Pakistan has reopened a major trade route with Afghanistan, the Ghulam Khan pass after four years. Authorities had closed Ghulam Khan border crossing in 2014, after the launch of military operation in North Waziristan. Pakistan’s army claims that 95% of the area is now militant-free and all the militants’ hideouts have been destroyed.

Vijay Prahar exercise under way in Rajasthan

More than 20,000 troops of strike formations of the Indian Army’s South Western Command were engaged in “Vijay Prahar” exercise near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The aim of the exercise is to fine-tune jointmanship with the Indian Air Force. The other aspects which were focused were fighting capabilities through armed helicopters and fighting and operate in the nuclear environment.

Lt Gen PP Malhotra takes over as DG NCC

Lieutenant General PP Malhotra has assumed the charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.Prior to assuming his present appointment, he was the Chief Engineer of the Army’s premier Northern Command. Lt Gen Malhotra’s distinguished professional career includes various regimental, staff and command appointments.

MoU between Indian Army and HDFC Bank

A Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and HDFC Bank on the Defence Salary Package.The first MoU between HDFC Bank and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed on 13 Mar 2015. Indian Army has MoUs on Defence Salary Package with 11 public and private sector banks.

India, France signed strategic pact

India and France inked a strategic pact providing for the use of each other‘s military facilities including opening naval bases to warships. The agreement comes amid China‘s growing military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region. The two countries also signed a pact on exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information.

Xi Jinping to become China?s leader-for-life

China‘s President Xi Jinping is all set to become China‘s leader-for-life as the country‘s parliament prepares to amend Constitution to remove 2 term limit for the president. He is currently in his 2nd five-year term & due to retire in 2023 under the current 2 term system. Xi is regarded as the most powerful leader of China after Mao as he held the posts of head of CPC, military & Presidency

CISF to offer consultancy to 5-star hotels

11 : CISF has decided to offer security consultancy to 5-star hotels so that they can be prepared to deal with 26/11 type terror attacks. Central paramilitary force which is celebrating its 49th raising day has already prepared a blueprint in this regard. It soon plans to write to hotels proposing to render services of its special unit & experts and provide specific consultancy on security issues

Israel-US held joint military drill

US and Israeli had launched the so-called ?Juniper Cobra 2018? military drill that simulates a missile attack on Israel. It is the largest combat exercise between Israel and the US. Since 2001, Israeli and US forces have conducted a total of eight Juniper Cobra joint combat exercises, including the most recent exercise in February 2016.

Assam government extends AFSPA by six months

The Assam government has extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 by six more months in the state. AFSPA gives special rights to security forces to carry out operations in ‘disturbed areas’. This comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh‘s remark that the era of violence in the state was over and the law and order situation had improved.

Indian Military Ranked 4th Strongest In World

Out of 133 countries, India is ranked fourth on a global index for its military strength. Only the United States, Russia and China are ranked above India on the list, according to the latest report of the Global Firepower index 2017. India maintained its position above France in the top five military powers in the world.

DefExpo to be organised

DefExpo 2018 will, for the first time, project India‘s Defence manufacturing capabilities to the world. DefExpo 2018 will brand India as a defence exporter of several defence systems and components for all three Services – Army, Navy and Air Force. The DefExpo is being held on sea-shore, along the East Coast road enroute Chennai to Mahabalipuram.

Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag tested

The Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Nag was successfully flight-tested in desert conditions against two tank targets at different ranges and timings, Defence Ministry officials said. As the developmental trials of the missile have been completed, it is now ready for induction in the Army, the officials added. It is the third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM developed by the DRDO.

India’s first defence „Quad? to be made

The Defence Ministry has started the process to set up the country‘s 1st defence industrial corridor to promote industries manufacturing weapons and military equipment. Quad or quadrilateral corridor will connect Chennai, Hosur, Coimbatore, Salem & Tiruchirappalli. The idea behind setting up defence industrial corridors is to ensure connectivity among various defence industrial units.

Saudi Arabia allows women to join military

Saudi Arabia has for the first time opened applications for women to join its military.The women, however, will not be given combat roles but will work in security. To apply, women will need to fulfil 12 requirements besides obtaining their guardian’s approval. Decision to recruit female soldiers is one of many reforms enhancing women’s rights introduced in recent months by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi military leaders replaced

Saudi King Salman has sacked his military chief and a number of other top commanders in a shakeup apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry.The changes were made on the recommendation of the minister of defense, who is the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The decisions come as the Saudi-led coalition, chiefly backed by UAE, remains mired in a stalemate in Yemen.

Uttarakhand to host 13th Surya Kiran Exercise

India and Nepal will hold the 13th edition of Surya Kiran joint military exercise in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand in a couple of months.The military exercise will include training on jungle warfare, anti-terrorism combat as well as disaster response activities. The announcement came days after Army chief Bipin Rawat visited Nepal to attend a function to mark the Army Day.

8th Indo- Seychelles Army exercise starts

The eighth joint military exercise between the Indian Army and Seychelles People’s Defence Forces started at Mahe Island, Seychelles.The focus of the ongoing exercise is to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban environment under the United Nations Charter. The exercise is named “Lamitye” which in the local dialect ‘Creole’, means friendship.

Successful Night Trial Of Prithvi-II Missile

India successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km, from a test range in Odisha.The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha. The perfect test launch came after the successful trial of the Agni-5 missile.

India’s defence budget breaks into top 5

According to a report by London-based global think tank, India’s defence budget broke into the world’s top 5, beating the UK for the first time.India overtook the UK as the 5th largest defence spender in 2017 at $52.5 billion. While India continues to modernise its military capabilities, China’s defence budget remains far ahead with 3 times India’s defence budget at USD 150.5 billion.

India, Indonesia begin joint drill

19 : A special task force of Indian Army & Indonesian Army have begun the 6th Garuda Shakti exercise in the West Java province of the archipelago country.Drill aims to build experience sharing in counter-terrorism operations, close quarter combat & other areas of special operations. The exercise b/w Indian & Indonesian Special Forces highlights the increasing trust & cooperation b/w the 2 armies

Pakistan to station troops in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan Army has announced plans to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security cooperation agreement.Saudi has been pushing Pak to provide troops since the start of Yemen conflict. Troops would be sent on a training & advisory mission & would not be deployed outside the kingdom. Around 1000 Pakistani troops are deployed in Saudi in various advisory & training roles

Chindits Trail Expedition flagged off

Indian Army flagged off a Chindits Trail Expedition to commemorate the spirit of Indian troops employed on Burma front in the 2nd World War.Expedition will cover a distance of 400 km in 4 phases over a period of 20 days. It will cover areas of Deogarh, Damoh & Nauradehi & will collaborate with local administration & forest department to connect with indigenous tribes inhabiting the region.

Germany running out of warships

The German Parliament’s Defence Committee has urged the Navy to stop deploying warships overseas, saying that the country does not have enough ships. Adding that several warships were already decommissioned due to their age, the committee blamed bureaucracy in the defence agencies as well as military contractors’ reluctance to supply necessary spare parts on time for the situation.

HAL Develops First Hawk-I Flight

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has developed the first flight of Hawk-i with indigenous Real Time Operating System.Hawk-i is the first indigenous RTOS developed in India from scratch and certified by Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification.The RTOS provides a standard run-time environment for real-time applications execution in a safe and reliable manner.

India test-fires Agni-1 missile

India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.The missile, which was inducted into service in 2004, has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.The test was conducted by the Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command.

New AI system can train robots for armies

Scientists have developed an AI Technique that will teach robots and computer programmes to interact with a human instructor and perform tasks for the army.Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas considered a specific case where a human provides real-time feedback in the form of critique.The team developed a new algorithm called Deep TAMER.

Maratha Light Infantry to mark 250 yrs

Maratha Light Infantry, one of the oldest regiments of the Army has entered its 250th year.Maratha Light Infantry was the first infantry to be designated as a light infantry during the British Raj, for being swift-footed.The regiment draws inspiration from the legacy of Maratha warriors.Feb 4 is celebrated as “Maratha Light Infantry Day” across the regiment throughout the country.

US Air Force chief flies Indian-made Tejas

Aiming to strengthen the relationship between the air forces of US and India, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force General David L Goldfein flew the ‘Made in India’ light combat aircraft Tejas.With this, Goldfein also became the first foreign military chief to fly Tejas aircraft.Tejas is a single jet engine, multi role light fighter designed by ADA and HAL for the Indian Airforce and Navy.

Indian, Vietnamese to hold – VINBAX

Armies of India and Vietnam have begun a six-day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.The exercise named ‘VINBAX’ is the first military exercise between the two countries. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in New Delhi to participate in the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend the Republic Day celebrations.

China’s new military training manual

28 : China’s People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest army, has published an officially approved outline for military training.It focuses on the PLA’s combat capability, highlighting military training under combat conditions & joint training. The new training outline makes it a mission of the PLA that by 2035, the modernization of the China’s national defence should be completed.

TN to host first ever Defence Expo

According to defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Tamil Nadu will host its first-ever bi-annual defence exhibition in April.The exhibition will take place from April 11 to 14 and nearly 80 countries are expected to take part in it.Arrangements will be made for the Navy, Army and Air Force to display their equipment in the exhibition.

Vikramaditya affiliated to Bihar Reg.

Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy’s largest ship and its sole aircraft carrier was formally affiliated to the Indian Army’s highly-decorated and battle-hardened Bihar Regiment and the Indian Air Force’s No 6 Squadron.It is tasked with maritime strike operations with its Jaguar fighter aircraft. A ceremony was held onboard INS Vikramaditya at the Karwar Naval Base, Karnataka.

70th Army Day celebrated

Indian army is celebrating the 70th Army Day, with parades & shows at major locations across the country.The day marks the taking over of Indian Army by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, on 15th January 1948. The day is celebrated to pay homage and salute to the courageous & brave Indian soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives for protecting the country.

BSF’s Women Bikers To Make History

In another first for women this Republic Day, a newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent of the Border Security Force will make its debut on Rajpath on January 26.The 27-member BSF women ‘daredevils’ will showcase their stunts & acrobatics on their 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles. In 2015, women contingents of the Army, Navy and Air Force had made their debut in the national parade.

North & South Korea agree to hold talks

North and South Korea agreed to hold military talks.North Korea also decided to send a high-ranking delegation and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. This dialogue will be the first in more than two years.

Soumitra to receive award

The French government will confer, actor Soumitra Chatterjee with the “Legion of Honour” which is the highest order of merit in France.The award will be given to him at the 42nd Kolkata Book Fair on January 30.The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

Battalion of ex-Armymen to clean Ganga

The central government has sanctioned the raising of a Territorial Army battalion comprising ex-servicemen of the Army.This battalion will be raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh next month as a Composite Ecological Task Force battalion of TA for National Mission for Clean Ganga. The government has allocated Rs 167 crore for the battalion under NMCG, the nodal agency for cleaning the Ganga.

China to build another base in Pakistan

After Djibouti, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan.The base is most likely to come up near Gwadar. A consensus was reached in one of the meetings between Chinese and Pakistani military officers that a military base would come up on the Jiwani peninsula near Gwadar. The base will be very close to the Iranian border.

Def Min approves projects worth ` 2420 cr

The Defence Ministry gave final approval for the procurement of simulated training solutions for the Navy’s P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft.Electronic warfare systems for the Army will be procured at a combined cost of ?2419.32 crore.The deal was cleared in the past by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).

Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’

The entire Nagaland has been declared as “disturbed area” for six more months, till June- end, under the AFSPA.AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice.Under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government declared the whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’.

Exercise ‘Ekuverin’ Concludes

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, ‘Ekuverin’, came to an end at Belagavi, Karnataka.‘Ekuverin’ means ‘friends’ in the Maldivian language. The bilateral annual exercise was a 14-day joint military training between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence ForceThe exercise has been held alternatively in India and Maldives since 2009.

Bob Givens, Passes Away at 99

Bob Givens, one of the animators behind designing the iconic characters Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, died at the age of 99.He was from the USA. He also brought his skills to TV advertising, animating cartoon insects for Raid bug-killer commercials. Givens served in the US army during the Second World War, before returning to the animation industry.

Army reduces residual service term

Army Headquarters has reduced the residual service for the rank of Army Commander from 24 to 18 months.The new promotion policy has been issued by the Military Secretary branch.The reduction in the number of years of residual service for the Army Commander’s rank will mean that a larger pool of officers will now be available for the appointment of General Officers Commanding-in-Chief.

World’s largest amphibious aircraft

China has launched homegrown AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft.The plane is codenamed Kunlong. With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.The amphibious aircraft has military applications but will be used for fire fighting and marine rescue.

Lt Gen B S Sahrawat becomes DG, NCC

Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat became Director General of National Cadet Corps.He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.He was commissioned in December 1980 in 13th Battalion (Rezang La), the Kumaon Regiment.He has been awarded the Sena Medal during the floods of Kosi River in Bihar in 2008.

Laser fence to check infiltration

Laser fence will be installed at certain points along India’s open borders with Nepal and Bhutan to prevent infiltration.Laser fence would be put up at one location each along the 1,751-km Indo-Nepal & 699-km Indo-Bhutan boundaries.The laser fences will be deployed in areas that are “uninhabited” due to difficult geographical terrain and are prone to smuggling and other terror activities.

‘HAMESHA VIJAYEE’ exercise in Rajasthan

In a significant show of strength, formations of Southern Command are conducting a major exercise called ‘HAMESHA VIJAYEE’ in the deserts of Rajasthan.The exercise being conducted from 16 to 22 December 2017 is to evaluate the capability of the armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle. These exercises are to ensure a high degree of battle readiness.

Indo-Maldives joint military exercise

8th edition of Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, ‘Ekuverin’ has began at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC-Belagavi).Focus of this exercise is to enhance interoperability b/w the two forces for counter-terrorist operations in semi urban environment.The exercise is being carried out by Sirmoor Rifles of Indian Army &Marine troops of Maldives National Defence Force.

Vijay Diwas – 16 December

The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini.On 16th December in 1971, the Pakistani forces chief, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consists of Indian Army.It is observed by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.

3rd Indo-UK joint military exercise ends

The third Indo-UK joint army training exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior’ concluded at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan.The excercise was aimed at sharing best practices and experiences of the two armies, approximately 120 personnel from each side participated.It also contributed to the bigger goal of defence cooperation and deepening of military relations b/w the armies.

EU launches defence pact

EU has unveiled a raft of new joint defence projects including submarine drones & cyber attack rapid response teams as it launched a landmark pact on boosting military cooperation.25 countries, all of EU member except Denmark, Malta & Britain have signed up for the pact, known as permanent structured cooperation on defence.It aims to get EU states to coordinate better on defence projects.

ASC celebrates 257th Corps Day

Army Service Corps on 8th Dec celebrated its 257th Corps Day at The Headquarters Central Command in Lucknow.Army Service Corps is the backbone of logistic to Armed Forces, provisioning rations, petroleum products & animal transport support to formations deployed across the country.On 8 December 1967 the first colours of the ASC were presented by President Zakir Hussain.

Armed Forces Flag Day

Armed forces day is observed annually in India on Dec 7 since 1949 to remember the sacrifices & commemorate the honour to soldiers, airmen & sailors.It is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel. Flag Day is an opportunity for every Indian citizen to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund

‘Ajeya Warrior 2017’ begins in Bikaner

Joint Indo-United Kingdom (UK) army training exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior 2017’ begun at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Bikaner, Rajasthan on December 1, 2017.‘Ajeya Warrior 2017′ will be the third joint military exercise between India and UK.The objective of this exercise is to build and promote bilateral army to army coordination and enhance interoperability.

Egyptian actress Shadia passed away

Shadia, an Egyptian actress, and singer who captivated Arab audiences for decades died.Shadia’s death was announced on Egypt’s State Information Service website, which did not say where she died.A stroke had left her in a coma at a Cairo military hospital recently.Shadia played roles in more than 100 films in a career that began in the late 1940s. Her parents called her Fatimah Shaker.

Army, Rajasthan govt sign MoU

Indian Army has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rajasthan State Government to improve infrastructure for their posts near the Indo-Pak border.As per the terms of the MoU, Indian Army will be able to use an airstrip in Lalgarh-Jatan area in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan for 10 years. Rajasthan State Government has sanctioned funds for this airstrip.

7th IMG to be held in China

The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central China‘s Hubei Province. The International Military Sports Council (CISM)’s Military World Games is a top sports event for military personnel. It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract around 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions.

India-UK to conduct military exercise

The third India-United Kingdom joint army training exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior’ will be conducted in Rajasthan from Dec 1-14. The first exercise was conducted in 2013 at Belgaum, Karnataka, whereas for the second exercise in 2015, an Indian Army contingent had visited the United Kingdom. Approximately 120 personnel will participate in the exercise

Memorial to honour Indian soldiers

On December 2, a unique Indian Armed Forces Memorial will be inaugurated at Villiers Guislain, right at the spot where the Indian cavalry had resisted a German counterattack in 1917 at Cambrai. The Indian Tricolour will be hoisted and French children will sing Jana Gana Mana. Cambrai was the world’s first “all-arms” battle where infantry, artillery, cavalry, tanks and aircraft participated.

India conducts exercise in Andamans

India has conducted a major military exercise in the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago. This is expected to help to counter China’s strategic moves in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and ensure the security of sea lanes converging towards the Malacca Strait. The “Defence of A&N Islands Exercise” (DANX), was conducted from November 20 to 24, 2017.

Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s “The Story of a Brief Marriage” has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith presented the award to Arudpragasam. “The Story of a Brief Marriage” is a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers.

MoD scraps Israeli Missile Deal

The MoD has decided to cancel the $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel. MoD has asked the DRDO to indigenously develop and produce a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile for the Army. The decision to cancel the deal was based on the consideration that importing a foreign ATGM at this stage would adversely impact the program for indigenous development of the weapon system by DRDO.

1st Indo-Myanmar joint military exercise

21 : A group of 15 officers from the Myanmarese army started a 6 day bilateral military exercise with their counterparts from the Indian Army in Meghalaya in the first ever joint training of the troops from the 2 neighboring countries. IMBAX-2017 will take place at the recently created Joint Training Node of the Indian Army at Umroi. The IMBAX-2017 would conclude on November 25.

Sampriti 2017 ends

Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise SAMPRITI 2017, which was being conducted in Mizoram culminated. It is the seventh such exercise in the SAMPRITI series. The exercise has been aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies. The 13-day long field training exercise commenced on 06 November.

Joint training of 3 services

Indian armed forces released ‘Joint Training Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017’, aimed at ensuring integration amongst the three defence services and optimum utilisation of resources. This training document flows from ‘Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces -2017’ which was released in April 2017. It brings out Indian Armed Forces’ approach to Joint training at macro-level.

Army Organises Youth Fest at Kishtwar

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar. The Fest was an amalgamation of varied programmes highlighting the rich culture of different regions of India and stalls of food and games for people of all the age groups to rejoice & cherish. The event also encompassed display of various ethnic specialties from across the country.

Sainik welfare boards for Andhra Pradesh

Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organised in all districts in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The announcement was made at a rally and a grievance redressal programme organised in Hyderabad. This is done as a measure taken by the Indian Army to reach ex-servicemen and widows of those who had served in the forces.

Indo-Bangla defense cooperation

An army training capsule on counter-insurgency/ counter-terrorism operations will be conducted in Patna’s Danapur Cantonment from November 13 to December 10. This training capsule is one of the major training events and defence cooperation endeavours between the two armies. The training aims at skilling the Bangladesh Army personnel on handling counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism operations

India’s 1st Military Literature Festival

India’s first Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held in Chandigarh, in December. It is a tribute to the armed forces, whose contributions to the nation remain etched in history as iconic events. The MLF will be held here from December 7 to 9. It will be jointly promoted by the Punjab government and Chandigarh Administration.

‘SAMPRITI 2017’ begins

‘SAMPRITI 2017’, the 7th edition of Indo-Bangladesh joint military training exercise begun in Meghalaya. SAMPRITI will be held from 6th–18th November 2017. Exercise ‘SAMPRITI’ is held alternately in India and Bangladesh every year, last year it was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016. The objective of this exercise is to enhance interoperability between army personnel of India and Bangladesh.

Indian Army releases IQMP

Integrated Quarter Master Package (IQMP) software application was released to the Indian Army. IQMP is a web-based software developed by Army Software Development Centre in association with TCS. The application will play an important role in achieving automation of Indian Army and is a milestone towards ‘Digital Army’ in line with the ‘Digital India initiative’ of the government.

Native dog breed to serve Army

The lean and lanky indigenous Mudhol breed of hunting hound is all set to be drafted by the defence forces for guard duty by the end of the year. The Mudhols currently training at Meerut will go to operational areas like Jammu and Kashmir for validation and testing. With satisfactory ratings, they are expected to be drafted by the Army.

“Prabal Dostyk- 2017” begins in HP

Indian and Kazakhstan armies began a 14-day joint exercise “Prabal Dostyk- 2017” in Himachal Pradesh. This is the second joint military exercise between India and Kazakhstan. The first edition of “Prabal Dostyk” was held in Kazakhstan in 2016. The exercise is aimed at improving the military relationship between India and Kazakhstan and achieving interoperability between the two armies.

Government relaxes Arms Rules

On 30th October 2017, it was announced that, to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Union home ministry has relaxed the Arms Rules, 1959. The Arms Rules has been relaxed to encourage investment in the manufacturing of arms, ammunition and weapon systems in the country. This will increase employment opportunities in turn. The new rules came to effect on 27th October 2017.

ITBP gets GSAT-6 communication satellite

In a bid to enhance security, Union Government has armed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police with access to ‘GSAT-6’ communication satellite’s feeds to track activities along the Himalayan border. ISRO geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-6 was launched in August 2015. Satellite will also perform multiple tasks such as aiding in navigation, collecting data and image mapping.

Army to replace ageing weapons

Indian Army has finalized one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernization at a cost of nearly Rs. 40,000 crore to replace its ageing and obsolete weapons. Around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns and nearly 44,600 carbines will be procured. Indian Army has been insisting to fast-track the procurement in back drop of evolving security threats along India’s borders.

Exercise Indra-2017 Concluded

After 11 days of joint training in counter-terrorism operations, the Indo-Russian military Exercise ‘Indra-2017’ concluded at Vladivostok. Personnel from the Indian as well as Russian contingents were awarded medals of excellence for their outstanding performance. The exercise also provided an opportunity to both the armies for greater cultural understanding, sharing experiences.

India, France held talks on defence

Ms. Florence Parly, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, was on an official visit to India from 26th – 28th October, 2017. India and France agreed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation. They talked about initiatives to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between India and France.It is to be noted that France is India’s major supplier of defence equipments.

A coffee table book on the DDP released

Nirmala Sitharaman released a coffee table book on the Department of Defence Production, titled ‘A journey towards self-reliance’. A journey towards self-reliance is the first ever coffee table book on DDP. It narrates the post-independence years of development, production of arms, ammunition and defence equipment, with a view to achieve self-reliance for the Armed Forces of India.

Infantry Day – 27 October

On 27th October 2017, Infantry Day was celebrated by the Indian Army. Wellington Military Station celebrated the 71st Infantry Day on 27th October 2017. A wreath laying ceremony (laying flowers at a memorial site) was organized at the war memorial of the Madras Regimental Centre. Wreaths were laid in the honour of infantry men who made sacrifice for India.

Disarmament Week 24-30 October

Disarmament Week is celebrated every year from October 24-30. It was founded by the United Nations in 1978 with the purpose to control, reduce, limit and abolish weapons of mass destruction. The purpose of celebrating this week is to create awareness about the dangers of arms race, need of reducing weapons and how it affects the environment.

1st War of Independence: Paika Bidroha

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned that from the next academic session, ‘Paika Bidroha’ of 1817 will be included in history text books as ‘the First War of Independence’. Paika Rebellion was an armed rebellion against British East India Company, which broke out in the year 1817 across Odisha. Combination of social-political-economic causes triggered the Paika rebellion.

India’s gift to Bangladesh

On 22nd October 2017, India gifted a memorabilia of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 to the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. During the war, about 10 million Bangladesh people took refuge in India. India and Bangladesh fought together to drive out the Pakistani occupation army. The memorabilia includes military equipment utilised during the war, artefacts, documents etc.

Dineshwar appointed as interlocutor

Dineshwar Sharma, the Former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), has taken charge as the interlocutor, for peace talks with Assam’s insurgent groups, including the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). Dineshwar Sharma was already posted in Kashmir in early 1992, when militancy there was at its peak. He was also director of IB between December 2014 to 2016.

Bi-Annual Naval Commanders’ Conference

A 4 day Naval Commanders’ Conference is scheduled at New Delhi from 24-27 Oct 17. The Conference serves as a platform for institutionalised interaction between the Naval Commanders and senior government officials with the Chiefs of Indian Army and Air Force. They will review major Operational, Materiel, Human Resource, Training and Administrative activities undertaken in the last six months

Indian Army organises Jashn -e-Kokernag

On 19th October 2017, the 19th batch Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army, organised ‘Jashn-e-Breng’ festival in Kokernag village of the Anantnag district. It was celebrated with the slogan of “Jawan aur Awaam Amun Hai Muqam”, to promote peace and brotherhood between security forces and the local population. The soldiers also arranged free medical assistance and several cultural programmes.

Modi inaugurates development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath Temple and laid the foundation stone for reconstruction projects. The procjects are for incomplete flood protection works and reconstruction of Kedarpuri. Modi reached Kedarnath after celebrating Diwali with the Indian Army and Border Security Force personnel near the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector.