South Korea scraps annual government war drill

South Korea has decided to scrap an annual government mobilisation drill this year as part of a suspended joint exercise with US. The Ulchi drill, which aims at examining the country’s war preparedness, usually takes place in tandem with joint Freedom Guardian military exercise with US. The suspension of the combined exercise could facilitate ongoing nuclear talks between North Korea & US.

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees

Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to terrorist organisations. The people have been sacked as part of a crackdown following a failed military coup two years ago. Turkey has been under a state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Chinese military delegation arrived at Sukna

A high-level Chinese military delegation arrived at Sukna. Modi and the Chinese President Xi Jinping during Wuhan summit reaffirmed the need to strengthen bilateral ties. During their stay, the dignitaries will hold delegation level talks, besides interaction at various levels for a better understanding of each other and exchange of ideas.

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.

Sri Lanka to shift its naval base

Sri Lanka is shifting one of its naval base to a port controlled and built by China. This move will strengthen the security at a harbour that China might use for military purposes. The base is currently in the Galle district and will be moved 125 km east along the southern coast of Sri Lanka to Hambantota.

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.

India-Nepal Joint Ex SURYA KIRAN-XIII

Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII, a joint military training exercise between India & Nepal culminated at Pithoragarh. The troops of both Armies participated in 14-day long joint training based on counter-terrorist operations. The training culminated with a 72-hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a Cordon and Search Operation in a mock counter-insurgency village.

Peace Mission 2018

India and Pakistan will take part in a joint military exercise for the first time, courtesy the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The exercise, which is aimed at countering terrorism and will be conducted in Ural region of Russia. Member states of the SCO will participate in the joint military drill ‘Peace Mission 2018’ to promote mutual trust, cooperation and coordination against terrorist

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.

India, US, Japan to begin naval war game

India and its two strategic partners — the US and Japan — will hold the Malabar naval exercise from next week off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. It will aim to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been expanding its military footprint. Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.

India to host first BIMSTEC war games

India will host the first military exercise of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) group focussing on counter-terrorism in September. The aim of the exercise is to promote strategic alignment among the member-states and to share best practices in the area of counter-terrorism. The exercise is scheduled to be held in Pune.

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.

India-Nepal joint military exercise begins

A joint military exercise between India and Nepal began on May 30 in Uttrakhand. The military exercise, which is set to conclude of June 12, is called ‘Surya Kiran’ and is conducted alternatively in India and Nepal every six months. Surya Kiran with Nepal is India’s largest military exercise in terms of troop participation.

U.S. Pacific Command renamed

The United States renamed its strategically important Pacific Command (PACOM) to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.Representatives from Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, New Zealand, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Nepal attended the change-of-command ceremony in Pearl Harbor.The renaming recognizes India’s increasing military relevance for the US.

RIMPAC from June 27, 2018

As many as 26 countries, including India, would participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC is known as the world’s largest international maritime exercise. Four countries — Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam — are participating in RIMPAC for the first time in 2018.

Colombia formally joins NATO

Colombia has decided to formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With this Colombia becomes the 1st Latin American nation to join NATO as a global partner. Colombia will join as a global partner, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in military action & will be fully accredited in Brussels. Other global partners include Mongolia, Iraq, Japan & Pakistan.

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.

India, Nepal to conduct a military exercise

Armies of both the nations, India and Nepal will conduct a 2-week long military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ in Uttarakhand. The focus of the exercise will be to enhance cooperation in conducting counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. Around 300 soldiers from both the nations will be participating in this exercise.

US disinvites China from major naval exercise

US has withdrawn an invitation from China to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) drills over China’s expanded military footprint in disputed areas of South China Sea. RIMPAC is world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. China began participating in the exercise in 2014, as part of an effort during the Obama administration to stabilize military relations with China.

Guatemala opened its embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States, which recently inaugurated its embassy in the city. Guatemala, the second country to recognise Israel as a state in 1948, has had a long history of military cooperation with Israel. All embassies to Israel were situated in the commercial capital Tel Aviv, before US and Guatemalan embassies moved.

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.

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.

US and Philippines began military exercises

US and Philippine forces have begun their largest annual military exercises named Balikatan on 7th May. The Balikatan exercises involved combat drills in mock urban settings to train special forces in battling terrorists. In 2017, Balikatan focused mainly on honing humanitarian responses to the Philippines’ frequent natural disasters.

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.

India, China militaries to set up hotline

Militaries of India & China have agreed to set up a hotline between their headquarters after the informal summit between PM Modi & President Xi in Wuhan.Hotline is regarded as a major confidence-building measure as it would enable the militaries of both countries to intensify communication to avert border tensions. India already has a hotline with Pakistan that was first used in 1991.

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.

India, Pakistan to take part in war games

In a first, India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September.The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The military drill would be held in the Ural mountains of Russia, and almost all SCO member countries will be part of it.

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.

India, Malaysia to hold military exercise

The Indian and Malaysian armies will hold a two-week military exercise beginning April 30 in Malaysia.The joint exercise ‘Harimau Shakti’ will take place in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik in Malaysia. This is the first instance wherein a joint training exercise of this magnitude involving Indian and Malaysian soldiers is being organized in Malaysia.

Dakota DC-3 aircraft to be inducted into IAF

Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF).Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

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.

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.

UAE, Malaysia conclude military exercise

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded “Desert Tiger 5” joint military exercise aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions.The Desert Tiger series is an annual joint exercise between the two countries. The exercise also trains ground forces on the use of modern weapons for all types of combat operations.

UK’s 1st permanent Middle East military base

U.K. has opened its first permanent military base in the Middle East in more than 4 decades in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain.The £40m UK Naval Support facility ‘Jufair’ at Mina Salman will be staffed by up to 500 soldiers, sailors and airmen. Both the countries hope that this base will increase military cooperation between the Royal Navy and its Bahraini counterpart.

India-Kyrgyzstan military exercise concludes

The 5th Indo-Kyrgyzstan joint training exercise ‘Khanjar V’ culminated on March 29 with a ‘Joint Tactical Validation Exercise’ in Mizoram.Kyrgyzstan in the exercise is represented by the military contingent of the military unit of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic. The exercise which started on March 16, included understanding tactics of platoon level, developing interoperability.

Russia test fired new ICBM ‘Sarmat’

The Russian military has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile ‘SARMAT’.The RS-28 Sarmat can cross South Pole as well as the North Pole, the shortest route between Russia and US and can strike targets anywhere in the world.Sarmat is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world’s heaviest ICBM known as “Satan” in the West.

S Korea, US began joint military drills

South Korea &US have kicked off their annual joint military exercises after they were delayed about a month for Olympics.Foal Eagle field exercise, which involves combined ground, air, naval & special operation troops, will continue for a month while the computer-simulated Key Resolve is scheduled for 2 weeks. The two drills would involve 23,700 US troops & 300,000 South Korean forces.

Win Myint elected new Myanmar president

Myanmar‘s parliament has elected Win Myint as the country‘s next President. Win Myint has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012. Myanmar‘s President is elected by a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament from among the country‘s three Vice- Presidents, representing respectively the Lower House, the Upper House and the military.

President conferred Gallantry Awards

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards and distinguished service decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented three Kirti Chakra, India‘s second highest military decoration and 17 Shaurya Chakra in the grand ceremony. President Kovind honoured Kirti Chakra to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commandant Chetan Cheetah.

Draft policy on defence production

Defence Ministry has come out with a draft policy which envisages achieving a turnover of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in military goods & services by 2025. The policy aims to make India 1 of the top 5 manufacturers of defence platforms with participation of public & private sectors. Govt has identified 12 military platforms & weapons systems for production in India to achieve the aim of self-reliance.

US bans transgenders serving in military

President Donald Trump released an order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under ?limited circumstances?. He declared he would reverse an Obama-era plan to allow transgender individuals to serve openly. However, a US court had ordered the military to allow transgender members from January 1, 2018.

Gulf Shield 1 military exercise

The Gulf Shield–1 military exercise of 23 countries including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states was held in Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. It was organised by Ministry of Defence of Saudi Arabia. The training aims to raise the military readiness of participating countries, modernise joint mechanisms and enhance coordination and cooperation.