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By admin: Feb. 25, 2022

1. MILAN Naval exercise starts in Visakhapatnam

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The Indian Navy’s multinational Naval exercise  MILAN 2022 commenced  in Visakhapatnam on 25 February 2022.It will be conducted for 9 days  in two phases with the harbour phase scheduled from 25 to 28 February and Sea Phase from 01 to 04 March.

  • The theme of the MILAN 2022 exercise is ‘Camaraderie – Cohesion – Collaboration’.

  • More than 40 countries are participating in the MILAN exercise .


  • MILAN is a biennial multilateral naval exercise incepted by Indian Navy in 1995 at Andaman and Nicobar Command.

  • Since its inception, the event has been held biennially except for 2001, 2005, 2016 and 2020.

By admin: Feb. 24, 2022

2. Tejas to participate in the Cobra warrior exercise 2022

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For the first time Indian made fighter aircraft Tejas will participate in a foreign military exercises. 

Indian Air Force will participate in a multi-nation air exercise named ‘Ex Cobra Warrior 22’ at Waddington, United Kingdom from 06 to 27 March 2022.

 Five Tejas aircraft  will participate in the exercise along with fighter aircraft of the UK and other leading Air Forces.


  • Tejas  is a single engine lightweight  multirole fighter aircraft  designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency under the Ministry of Defence  in collaboration with Aircraft Research and Design Center of the Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL).

  • The Government of India started a programme in the 1980s to develop an indigenous Light Combat  Aircraft(LCA) to replace the Mig-21 fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force and Navy.

  • The Light Combat Aircraft was renamed as Tejas in 2003.

  • The first Tejas squadron became operational in 2016, as Squadron no 45 of the IAF “ Flying Daggers “  with its base at Sulur ,TamilNadu. 

  • The first fighter aircraft to be developed by HAL was HF-24 Marut  and Tejas is the second fighter aircraft to be developed by HAL.

By admin: Feb. 3, 2022

3. “BrahMos” and “Uran” missiles successfully test-fired

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Indian Navy successfully test-fired land-based “BrahMos” and ship-launched “Uran (Kh-35)” anti-ship missiles on 2nd February 2022.


  • The missiles were tested by the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired from a ground-based launcher and the Uran anti-ship missile was launched from the Indian Navy’s Guided Missile Corvette. It successfully destroyed retired Naval ship LCU-38, which was used as target practice. 
  • Brahmos cruise missile has been developed jointly by India and Russia and India will export the missile to the Philippines in a $375 million deal.

Uran missile or Kh-35 missile is a Russian subsonic cruise anti-ship missile which is being inducted in the Indian Navy.

By admin: Jan. 27, 2022

4. Joint Maritime exercise Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) conducted in the Arabian Sea

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A joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) was conducted by the Indian Navy under the aegis of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Western Naval Command was concluded on 25 January 2022.


  • The objective of this exercise was to validate operational plans of the Western Naval Command and enhance Inter-Service synergy among the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Coast Guard.
  • The IAF deployed SU 30 MKI & Jaguar maritime strike aircraft, Flight Refuelling Aircraft and AWACs, alongside the Indian Navy’s maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8i, Dorniers, IL 38 SD, unmanned aerial systems and MiG 29K strike aircraft.
  • After a long gap, many Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and Air Cushion Vessels of the Coast Guard also participated in exercise Paschim Lehar.

By admin: Jan. 27, 2022

5. INS Khukri converted to be into a museum in Diu

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The decommissioned Indian Naval Ship Khukri has been handed over to the Diu administration to convert it into a museum. The ship was built by Mazagon Dock, Mumbai and was commissioned in the Navy in 1983.


  • It was decommissioned in 2019. The ship was named after the INS Khukri which was hit by a Pakistani torpedo and sank near Diu coast in the 1971 war.
  •  The present ship will be added to the INS Khukri memorial set up in Diu in 1999 to honour the INS Khukri of 1971.

By admin: Jan. 26, 2022

6. Gallantry Award and other Military Honours 2022

Tags: Defence Awards

On the eve of Republic Day 2022 (i.e. 25th January 2022) the President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind approved award of 317 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed forces personnels.

  • The President honours the country’s military personnel for their show of gallantry and valour with a total of six awards: Param Vir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashoka Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra.
  • This year’s list of Gallantry and Distinguished awards being conferred on the occasion of Republic Day- 2022: 
    • Param Vishisht Seva Medal: 19
    • Uttam Yudh Seva Medal: 4
    • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal: 33
    • Shaurya Chakra: 6
    • Yudh Seva Medal: 10
    • Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry): 3
    • Sena Medal (Gallantry): 81
    • Sena Medal (Distinguished): 40
    • Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal: 3
    • Vishisht Seva Medal: 74
    • Mention-in-dispatches (Various military operations): 44

The President will also honour the winners of :

  • The 3 President’s Police Medals for meritorious service, for distinguished service, and for gallantry to law enforcement personnel in the country.
  • Correctional Services Medal under two categories  “Distinguished Service- 5”, and “Meritorious Service- 37” for their duties in the country’s correctional facilities.
  • The 42 President’s Fire Medals which are similar to the President’s Police Medals. Out of these, the President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry is awarded to one personnel and the Fire Service Medal for Gallantry is awarded to two personnel for their respective acts of valour and gallantry.
  • 25 Civil Defence & Home Guards Medals
  • 51 Jeevan Raksha Padak awards to the civilians for saving lives from drowning, fire, or natural calamities. It is divided into three categories: Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak.

By admin: Jan. 18, 2022

7. Virat, Darmi, and Heena awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation

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Virat, Darmi, and Heena were awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 for their exemplary service. Virat is a horse with the President’s Bodyguard (PBG), while Darmi and Heena are Army dogs.

By admin: Jan. 16, 2022

8. Indian Navy PASSEX with Russian Navy

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Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and built guided missile destroyer, INS Kochi, exercised with Russian Federation Navy’s RFS Admiral Tributs on 14 January 2022 in the Arabian Sea

  • PASSEX  or Passing Exercise is done between two navies.
  • The exercise showcased cohesiveness and interoperability between the two navies and included tactical manoeuvres, cross-deck helicopter operations and seamanship activities.

By admin: Jan. 15, 2022

9. Indian Army to introduce climate-friendly combat uniform on Indian Army Day

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Army Day in India is celebrated on 15th January, every year to pay homage to our gallant soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice to protect the sovereignty of our Motherland. This year’s Army Day celebration has a new element. The Indian Army is all set to introduce a light and more climate-friendly combat uniform for its personnel.

All you need to know about the new Combat Uniform:

  • The Indian Army has developed its new combat uniform with the help of the National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT).
  • The new uniform's digital disruptive pattern will provide Army personnel with increased field camouflage.
  • Some modifications have been done in order to make the new combat uniform more comfortable for women.

By admin: Jan. 14, 2022

10. Maritime Partnership Exercise between Ships of Indian Navy and JMSDF

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Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt undertook Maritime Partnership Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force(JMSDF) Ships Uraga and Hirado in the Bay of Bengal on 13 Jan 22.

Maritime Partnership Exercise between Ships of Indian Navy and JMSDF

  • The Japanese Navy is called the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.
  • The exercise was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, promoting defence cooperation, enhancing mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies and sharing best practices.