Defence

BEL signs MoU with Saab for radar

Defence undertaking BEL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saab, Sweden for jointly marketing the L-Band 3D Air Surveillance Radar, RAWL-03. Bharat Electrical Limited (BEL) is engaged in the design, manufacture & supply of radars such as like weapon locating, surveillance & communication systems. RAWL-03 will be offered in both ship-borne and land-based configurations.

T-Hub to host country’s 1st Defence incubator

India’s first Defence incubators will come up in Hyderabad, which is India’s missile development centre. The T-Hub is India’s largest incubator that will be funded through the Ministry’s Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme. The iDEX will be funded and managed by a Defence Innovation Organisation. Initially, a corpus of ?100 crore has been created by two PSUs–HAL and BEL.

South Korean President to arrive in India

South Korean President, Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to India. During his visit, he will hold talks with PM Modi on several issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula & ways to boost bilateral trade and defence cooperation. Moon’s visit to India comes nearly a month after the historic summit between US President Donald Trump & North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

UP Government announced new policy

UP Government announced a new Defence Manufacturing Policy, called ‘UP Defence Aerospace Unit and Employment Generating Policy, 2018’. The policy is for the entrepreneurs who are willing to invest and would project an investment of ` 50,000 crores for upcoming 5 years. The policy is also expected to generate 2.5 lakh jobs

17 fire ranges approved for set up

17 firing ranges have been approved for construction by the Defence Ministry at a cost of Rs. 238 crore in select military stations. Under the Southern Command, 7 ranges will be set, one in each Central and Southern Western Commands, 2 in Northern Command and 3 in Eastern Command. 60 firing ranges at present are operational across the country.

India and Seychelles signed 6 agreements

India and Seychelles signed six MoUs in areas of naval cooperation, cybersecurity, culture, development projects. India extended a line of credit worth 100 million USD for Seychelles. India would also provide special grants in civilian infrastructure projects and enhance defence and maritime capabilities. PM also handed over a replica of Dornier Aircraft to President of Seychelles.

Navy chief Admiral Lanba to visit Bangladesh

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Lanba will be on a five day goodwill visit to Bangladesh. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. The Admiral Lanba will inaugurate the first edition of Indian Navy-Bangladesh Navy Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT).

Seychelles president on six-day trip to India

Seychelles president Danny Faure, who is on a 6-day visit to India will visit Gujarat, Goa and Uttarakhand. India will hand over a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles President even as project to jointly develop military infrastructure on Assumption Island was cancelled. The ministers would talk about cooperation between the 2 countries, in the fields of trade, defence and security.

Workshop on Cyber Security Framework 2018

A workshop on cyber security for Department of Defence was organised by Department Defence Production, MoD. It was inaugurated by Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. The framework is in line with guidelines for organisations to target the area of cyber security and identify improvements in the area. Joint Secretary and Chief Information Security Officer of DDP is Dr Amit Sahai.

India’s first carbon fibre unit

Reliance Industries Ltd. is investing in setting up India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing unit to cater to aerospace and defence needs. It will also make low-cost and high-volume composite products like modular toilets, homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades. Carbon fibre is made by heating lengths of rayon to extremely high temperatures in an oxygen-deprived oven.

Pinaka rocket turned into guided missile

The indigenous Pinaka rocket system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is being evolved into a precision-guided missile. Pinaka rocket system is known for firing a salvo of 12 rockets in just 44 seconds, with enhanced range and accuracy to hit its targets. The rocket has been developed by the Armament cluster of the DRDO.

India’s first private UAV factory

India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and light bullet proof vehicles (LBPV) will be set up by DCM Shriram Industries Group in Kota. These UAVs and LBPVs are likely to be used by defence and para-military forces in the country. The new defence unit in Kota is being set up under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the union government.

Sikkim got its longest tunnel

Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre has dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state. The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.

DAC approves procurement of radars

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of high powered radars for the Indian Air Force and air cushion vehicles for the Army and the Coast Guard together worth over Rs. 5,500 crore. The 12 high power radars will be procured indigenously under the ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category. The radars will have the capability to scan 360 degrees without mechanical rotation of Antenna,

Geo-Intelligence Asia – 2018

The Eleventh edition of GeoIntelligence Asia 2018 was held in New Delhi. The theme of Seminar was ‘GeoSpatial : A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’. The seminar brought together BSF, Police Forces, Government and industry together to examine the latest technology solutions and on the critical role of geospatial technology in military and security applications.

PM Modi’s three Nations visit concluded – I

PM Modi returned to Delhi after concluding his 3-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore. Indonesia: India & Indonesia signed 15 MoUs in the fields of defence, scientific & technological cooperation, railways and health, among others. Malaysia: In Malaysia Modi met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad and had “productive discussions” on bolstering the bilateral strategic ties.

IAF chief BS Dhanoa to visit Brazil

IAF chief B S Dhanoa will begin a four-day visit to Brazil to explore possibilities of deeper defence cooperation between the two countries. The visit would also strengthen relationships and enable engagement in productive exchanges between the two air forces. The air chief marshal is embarking on the goodwill visit at the invitation of his Brazilian counterpart.

First IAF Commanders’ Conference inaugurated

The First biannual IAF Commanders’ Conference of 2018 was inaugurated today by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman at Air Headquarters. Commanders will discuss the operational, maintenance and administrative takeaways identified during the Exercise and the way ahead. The commanders’ conference was also attended by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.

India, Russia conclude negotiations for S-400

India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force. S-400 Triumf can detect, track & shoot down multiple targets including cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, aircraft, drones & UAVs. S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.

Defence Secretary to be the DRDO chief

The government has asked Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra to hold additional charge of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This comes after Eminent scientist S Christopher completed his term as the Chief of DRDO. Christopher was appointed as the Director General of the DRDO for a two-year term in May 2015 and was given a one-year extension in May 2017.

DAC approves procurement of equipments

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, approved the procurement of equipment valued at over Rs 6,900 crore. This includes Thermal Imaging Night Sights for the Rocket Launcher for accurate targeting of enemy bunkers. The DAC, under the Defence Minister was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.

Rustom-2 drone to be delivered by 2020

The Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be delivered to the armed forces by 2020. The drone is being developed for use by all 3 services of Indian Armed Forces, primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. It can fly at around 280 km/h and carry a variety of payloads.

PM Modi to visit Indonesia

PM Modi will be visiting Indonesia on May 29-31 with an aim of working together with Indonesia to strengthen the strategic partnership between both the nations. During the visit, major areas of cooperation will be in the field of space, security & defence. An agreement on cooperation between India and Indonesia on kite museums in both the countries may also take place.

India became a major US defence partner

India’s status as a major defence partner of the US and strong US-India strategic partnership was affirmed by both nations at the Argentina Meet. Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, the 2 nations discussed the agenda for the forthcoming 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. India and US also discussed opportunities to advance stability in Afghanistan.

Artificial Intelligence in defence forces

India has decided to include Artificial Intelligence in its defence forces with an aim to enhance the operational preparedness of the armed forces. A task force has been set up under the chairmanship of N. Chandrasekaran to finalise the specifics & framework of the project. Major countries like Russia, US & China are taking steps to ensure that their defence systems are fully empowered by AI

UN to send War Crimes Investigators to Gaza

UN Human Rights Council has voted to send a team of international War Crimes Investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.The resolution was backed by 29 members while 2 members US and Australia voted against and 14 abstained. Israel has defended the killing of protesters, saying it was acting in self-defence to protect its borders and communities.

Govt. creates DG for trade remedies

Ministry of Commerce has issued a notification for a unified Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR). DGTR will be the apex national authority for all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures. It will also provide trade defence support to domestic industry and to exporters in trade remedy investigations instituted by other countries.

TN to build India’s next generation aircraft

The Aeronautical Development Agency has set the ball rolling for building the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft by extending an invitation to private players in Tamil Nadu (TN). It is the first time an indigenous military aircraft programme is seeing the involvement of private players. It is also the first time a defence plane development project is proposed to be executed outside Bengaluru.

BRO built a road from India’s border to China

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has created history by establishing a road link to India’s border with China beyond Limeking and along the Tama Chung Chung-Taksing Axis recently. The road from Limeking now connects TCC to Taksing, covering a distance of approximately 80 kilometers. BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas. It comes under the Ministry of Defence.

Cabinet okays defence spectrum budget hike

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approved increasing the budget for laying of ‘alternative communication network’ for defence services. The alternative communications network is being set up in lieu of airwaves vacated by the Defence Ministry for civilian use. The project is being implemented by state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives

Indian Naval ship Sumedha, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel has been deployed to undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives. The ship would undertake an Operational Turnaround at Male during which it would interact & impart training to Maldives’ National Defence Forces personnel. Joint EEZ surveillance is an endeavor of Govt of India & Indian Navy to ensure safety & security of the vast EEZ.

India, Ethiopia held bilateral talks

India and Ethiopia vowed to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as defence, counter-terrorism, and trade and investment during the 2nd Joint Committee Meeting between the two countries.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Dr Gebeyehu led their respective delegations. Both sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest. Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia.

Israel launched airstrikes against Iran

11 : Israel and Iran were engaged in their most direct confrontation to date after Iranian forces stationed in Syria fired nearly 20 missiles targeting Israel-occupied territory and Israel Defence Forces responded with airstrikes. This marks Israel’s most significant military action in Syria since the civil war started in 2011. The two countries have been engaged in a proxy war for years.

India’s longest rail bridge on Brahmaputra

Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge on the Brahmaputra connecting Dibrugarh to Dehamji is expected to be open for public by October 2018. The bridge will boost defence logistics along the China border and reduce travel time for rail passengers and road users. The bridge will make Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh easily accessible from Dibrugarh.

First meet of Defence Planning Committee

The new Defence Planning Committee (DPC) met for the first time under the chairmanship of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The DPC will draft National Security Strategy (NSS) and other doctrines as well as ushering reforms in the country’s higher defence management and planning. The Chief of Integrated Staff in the Ministry of Defence will be the member secretary of DPC.

India among top 5 defence spenders

According to a Swedish arms watchdog, India & China were among the 5 biggest military spenders which together accounted for 60% of the total global defence expenditure of $1.739 trillion in 2017. India spent $63.9 billion in 2017 to expand, modernise & enhance the operational capability of its armed forces. The 5 top military spenders in 2017 were US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia & India.

Nod for procurement of NAG missile

The Defence Ministry approved military procurement worth Rs. 3,687 crore, which includes anti-tank guided missile NAG for the Army and long-range guns for the Navy.The proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 mm caliber guns for the Navy.

Committee for higher defence management

To improve higher defence management, govt has constituted a committee headed by NSA Ajit Doval.Committee will prepare a draft national security strategy, work on defence diplomacy issues & improving defence manufacturing in India. It will have Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, 3 service chiefs, secretaries of ministries of defence, expenditure & foreign affairs as its members.

India, Russia Sign 7 MoU At DefExpo 2018

India and Russia signed 7 MoUs at Defence Expo at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.These MoUs were signed for manufacture, development of spares, sub-assemblies and assemblies of identified Russian origin platforms. The MoUs were signed during third India-Russia Military-Industrial Conference held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018.

IAF conducts Gagan Shakti exercise

Showcasing its precision in strike capabilities during day and night, Indian Air Force (IAF) has started exercise Gagan Shakti.Gagan Shakti will test the LCA across a varied spectrum encompassing Air Defence and Strike capabilities among others. IAF is conducting Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018, biggest air combat exercise along Pakistan, China borders from April 10 to 23 April 2018.

India, Russia Sign 7 MoU at DefExpo 2018

India and Russia signed 7 MoUs at Defence Expo at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. These MoUs were signed between the Indian Private Defence sector manufacturing companies and Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for manufacture, development of spares, sub-assemblies and assemblies of identified Russian origin platforms. The MoUs were signed during third India-Russia Military-Industrial Conference held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018. INDRA (Naval Exercise) is a joint, bi-annual military exercise conducted by India and Russia starting in 2003.

Boeing signs deal with HAL, Mahindra

Boeing India has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, and Mahindra Defence Systems at the Defence Expo 2018 to manufacture Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India.The companies will manufacture F/A-18 Super Hornet for India’s armed forces. The F/A-18 Super Hornet will deliver on India’s need for a carrier- and land- based multi-role fighter jets.

Dedicated defence, aerospace SME fund

Department of Defence Production announced the creation of a dedicated defence and aerospace small and medium enterprises (SME) fund.This fund would help channelise investments into the two defence corridors announced by the Government in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The fund is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India where a minority stake could be taken by investors.

Naval ships exercise to boost UAE-India ties

Naval ships of the UAE and India will hold a first-ever joint exercise – ‘Gulf Star 1’ – giving a further boost to bilateral ties. INS Gomati (Guided Missile Frigate) and INS Kolkata (Guided Missile Destroyer) are participating in the exercise. The joint exercise is part of the comprehensive strategic partnership and aims to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation.

DAC clears procurement of carbines

A proposal worth Rs 3,547 crore to procure assault rifles and carbines was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council.Under the proposal, 72,000 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines will be procured on the “fast track basis”. The procurement is to “enable the defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders”.

Renowned scientist Selvin Christopher appointed as DG of DRDO

Eminent scientist Dr. Selvin Christopher has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the rank of a secretary. As a DG of DRDO, he will also severe as Secretary at Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) for a period of 2 years from the date of taking over the charge. Prior to this appointment, S Christopher was Director of DRDO’s Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS), Bengaluru. Presently, he is also Programme Director of Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. He was first pioneer first Indian scientist who had directed the manufacturing of India’s first indigenous AEW&C system.

Arun Kumar Jha appointed CEO, KVIC

Arun Kumar Jha was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai. He has been appointed to the post of CEO (Joint Secretary level post) for the balance period of his overall five year tenure up to September 13, 2016. Nuclear-capable Dhanush missile successfully test-fired. India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off the Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile, was test fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force. The single-stage, liquid-propelled Dhanush having 350 km range has already been inducted into the armed forces and is one of the five missiles developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

Aircraft engines to HAL

British firm Rolls Royce agrees to return 18 crore to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This was after the Defence Ministry ordered a probe into firm’s alleged hiring of middlemen in contracts worth around 10,000 crore for supplying aircraft engines to HAL.

C.M. vows to modernise armed forces

Making obvious her ambition for a role in national politics, Chief Minister vowed to modernize the defence faces by enhancing their capabilities on a par with those of super power launching a scathing attack on the UPA govt. and criticising its economic diplomatic and defence policies, she said funds for modernisation of defence forces were steadily curtailed over the years.

Tensions escalate in East China Sea

Tensions escalate in East China Sea, after China scrambles its fighter jets, to monitor the US and Japanese planes, in its new defence zone.

Russia and Japan hold their first joint Defence

Russia and Japan hold their first joint Defence and Foreign Ministers’ meeting with an aim to upgrade bilateral ties and agree to expand their-defence and security cooperation.

US-Russian Chemical Weapons

The US officials confirm the reports of Israel’s attack on a Syrian base two days back. It is the first Israeli attack on Syria since a US-Russian accord on chemical weapons averted punitive US military action in October 2013.

RAW alert led to interception of US vessel

According to defence sources, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, let to the interception of US-Vessel-MV seamen Guard Ohio-off the Tuticorin Coast in Oct 11. The ten-member crew and heavily armed guards on board the anti-piracy vessel were arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu Police based on a complaint lodged by the Indian Coast Guard.

Agni-V successfully test-fired

In another milestone in defence capability, the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V is successfully test-fired for its full range of 5,000 km from Wheeler Island off Odisha. This is the second successful launch of the nuclear weapons-capable missile.

Russia’s air defence missile

Russia announces its decision to sell Iran an improved version of the S-300 air defence missile and to build a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr.

Iran warns US on military intervention

Iran warns the US against military intervention in Syria, following the latter’s announcement of a punitive strike against the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons in its war with the rebel opposition.

Most advanced humanoid robots

The US military unveiled one of its most-advanced humanoid robots known as Atlas, created to assist in future emergency situations.

India and China talks on border location

India and China wrap up two days of trust-building talks in Beijing, China. Defence Minister Mr. A.K. Antony and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan announce that the new plan includes increasing both the frequency and number of locations of border personnel meetings, and expanding direct contact between the two militaries.

India and Australia agree to hold a joint naval exercise in 2015

India and Australia agree to to hold a joint naval exercise in 2015 to raise their defence cooperation to a higher level and strengthen their strategic partnership. The agreement is reached during a meeting between Defence Minister Mr. A.K. Antony and his Australian counterpart Mr. Stephen Smith in Perth, Australia.

Major international campaign on illicit trade in weapons

More than 60 countries sign  the landmark treaty regulating the multibillion dollar global arms trade. The UN-initiated move gives a strong boost to the first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuels conflicts and extremism.

Russia supplies weapons to Syria

Russia reaffirms ongoing supplies of weapons to Syria including new Russian missile while asserting that it is violating neither any international agreements nor its own weapon export control legislation.

Australia and China agree to push forward defence

Australia and China agree to push forward defence ties. The decision to expand defence relations is reached during the China visit of Australian Prime Minister Ms. Julia Gillard. It is also decided to elevate the two countries’ ties to “strategic partnership”, which is a level of engagement that Australia shares with only a few nations, including Indonesia and India.

3,600 crore helicopter kickback scame

In its report to the Defence Ministry, Agusta Westland – the company implicated in the   3,600 crore helicopter kickback scam – denies alligations that it made pay offs to bag the deal from India in February 2010.

Brisbery helicopter deal

The Defence Ministry orders a CBI inquiry into the allegations of bribery in the  3,600-crore VVIP helicopter deal with Italian defence firm Finmeccanica for the supply of 12 AgustaWestland choppers.

Agni-VI all set to take shape

Agni-VI with multiple nuclear warheads, which can reach targets 6,000 km away is all set to be developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). So for, all the strategic missiles developed by the DRDO-Agni-I, II, III, IV and V and the submarine launched K-15 and its land based version Showrya can carry only single nuclear warhead. The DRDO’s tactical missiles and supersonic cruise missile BrahMos on carry one conventional worked each.

ISRO – test fired AAD missile

In a show of its increasing strength in the area of missile technology, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shoots down an electronically simulated “enemy” missile. In another test held simultaneously, an actual attacker missile is downed with a real interceptor. The electronically simulated missile, coming in from 1,500 km, is electronically hit at an altitude of 120 km. In the other test, an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur off the Odisha coast, hits and destroys a modified Prithvi attacker missile which has a range of 600-1,000 km.

India and Spain ink an MoU on defence cooperation

India and Spain ink an MoU on defence cooperation. The MoU is signed in New Delhi by Defence Minister Mr. A.K. Antony and his visiting Spanish counterpart Mr. Pedro Morenes Eulate. The MoU on defence is the high point among a host of pacts signed after comprehensive talks between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the visiting Spanish King Juan Carlos I on a host of bilateral, regional and international issues. A pact pertaining to amending the existing double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) is also signed.

Detailing policies dealing with detanus

Whistleblowing webiste WikiLeaks releases a set of more than 100 “classified or otherwise restricted” files from the US Defence Department, detailing policies for dealing with detenus in the US military prisons such as Guantanamo Bay.

Latest upgrades BrahMos cruise missile

Russian defence industry officials announce that following latest upgrades, the Indo-Russian BrahMos cruise missile has become a sub-strategic super weapon capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air platforms.

Russia and Iran agree to develop large-sacle cooperation in defence

The leaders of Russia and Iran agree to develop large-scale cooperation in defence, energy and investment. At a high-level meeting of the two sides in Moscow, Russia reveals that it has signed a host of arms supply deals worth $4.2 billion with Iraq, which makes Iraq Russia’s second largest defence customer after India.

Defence Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan

A Defence Secretary-level round of talks between India and Pakistan, held in Islamabad, concludes along expected lines, with both sides agreeing to continue with efforts to seek an amicable resolution to the Siachen issue.