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By admin: June 12, 2024

1. Sub-Lieutenant Anamika B. Rajeev First Woman Helicopter Pilot in Indian Navy

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Sub-Lieutenant Anamika B. Rajeev has made history as the Indian Navy's first female helicopter pilot.

An Overview of the News

  • She completed her training at INS Rajali in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu, where she graduated from the 102nd Helicopter Conversion Course (HCC).

  • Anamika is now qualified to pilot Sea Kings, ALH Dhruvs, Chetaks, and MH-60R Seahawks.

Lieutenant Jamyang Tsewang: First Naval Officer from Ladakh

  • Lieutenant Jamyang Tsewang became the first Commissioned Naval Officer from Ladakh.

  • He also completed his helicopter pilot training at INS Rajali as part of the 4th Basic Helicopter Conversion Course (BHCC).

  • Both Anamika and Jamyang were among the 21 officers awarded the Golden Wings at the passing out parade.

Significance of the Graduation Ceremony

  • The passing out parade marked the completion of Stage I training for the 4th BHCC.

  • It celebrated the graduation of the 102nd HCC, signifying a new cohort of trained helicopter pilots for the Indian Navy.

Historical Context

  • In 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.

By admin: May 31, 2024

2. IITK and DRDO have collaboratively launched a Center of Excellence in Defense Technologies

Tags: Defence

IIT Kanpur and DRDO have jointly launched the DRDO-Industry-Academia Centre of Excellence (DIA COE) at the IIT Kanpur campus, focusing on interdisciplinary research in advanced defense technologies.

An Overview of the News

  • Sanjay Tandon, previously serving as the director of the Institute of Technology Management (ITM) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, has assumed the role of director at the center of excellence located at IIT Kanpur.

Research Focus:

  • The center aims to lead focused research in various defense verticals.

  • These include advanced nanomaterials, accelerated material design, high-energy materials, and bioengineering.

Funding and Infrastructure:

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will fund the projects and establish key technical facilities.

  • Modern infrastructure will be set up to enable and boost Research and Development (R&D) programs.

Establishment Timeline:

  • The establishment of DIA COE at IIT Kanpur commenced in 2022.

  • It was initiated through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during Def-Expo-2022 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Background:

  • DefExpo 2022 was a flagship event of the Ministry of Defence.

  • It aimed to achieve Atma Nirbharta in defense and reach the USD 5 billion defense exports target by 2024.

About DRDO

  • It serves as the Research and Development (R&D) arm of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    • Founded:- 1958

    • Chairman:-  Dr. Samir Venkatpati Kamat

    • HQ:- New Delhi, Delhi

By admin: May 30, 2024

3. Commemoration of the 76th International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Tags: Defence

The Indian Army commemorated the 76th International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on May 29th.

An Overview of the News

  • A homage ceremony was held at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

  • Lieutenant General Rakesh Kapoor, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, along with officials from the United Nations, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of External Affairs, laid wreaths to mark the occasion.

Historical Significance

  • This day celebrates the first UN Peacekeeping Mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), which began in Palestine in 1948.

  • Tributes are paid globally to the dedication and courage of UN Peacekeepers, honouring those who sacrifice for peace.

India's Contribution to UN Peacekeeping

  • India is a major contributor to UN Peacekeeping, having provided around 287,000 troops to various missions.

  • 160 Indian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in UN Peacekeeping missions.

Training and Deployment

  • The Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi trains over 12,000 troops annually and shares best practices internationally.

  • Currently, Indian forces are deployed in nine countries.

By admin: May 30, 2024

4. DRDO Successfully Flight-Tests RudraM-II Missile from Su-30 MK-I Platform

Tags: Defence Science and Technology

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the RudraM-II air-to-surface missile.

An Overview of the News

  • The test was conducted from the Su-30 MK-I platform of the Indian Air Force in Odisha.

  • The Defence Ministry announced that the flight test met all the trial objectives.

RudraM-II Missile System

  • RudraM-II is an indigenously developed, solid-propelled, air-launched missile system.

  • The missile system incorporates a number of state-of-the-art indigenous technologies developed by various DRDO laboratories.

About DRDO

  • It is an agency under the Department of Defense Research and Development.

  • It works under the Ministry of Defense of the Government of India.

  • DRDO is responsible for military research and development.

    • Established:- 1958

    • Chairman:- Sameer V. Kamat

    • Headquarters:- DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi

    • Aircraft Design:- DRDO Nishant, DRDO Lakshya, Avatar

By admin: May 26, 2024

5. Pune's Army Sports Institute Inaugurated Khelo India Hostel & Army Girls Sports Company

Tags: Defence State News

The Khelo India Sports Hostel and Army Girls Sports Company's first batch were inaugurated at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.

An Overview of the News

  • Key dignitaries present included Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Director General of Sports Authority of India Sandeep Pradhan, and celebrated athlete Ms. Anju Bobby George.

Khelo India Sports Hostel Integration:

  • The Khelo India Sports Hostel, funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is now part of the Army Sports Institute.

  • This initiative aims to provide top-notch facilities and training opportunities to Khelo India athletes, enhancing their performance at national and international levels.

Army Girls Sports Company Establishment:

  • The Army Girls Sports Company has been established, focusing on four key sports disciplines: boxing, weightlifting, archery, and athletics.

  • This initiative represents a significant commitment to nurturing female sports talent across India.

Recruitment Process:

  • Over 1000 young girls from various parts of the country participated in national-level trials for the Army Girls Sports Company.

  • Following a rigorous talent identification process, 24 exceptional candidates were selected for the inaugural batch.

By admin: May 24, 2024

6. IAF Chief Inaugurates First-Ever EMRS in Karnataka

Tags: Defence State News

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of Indian Air Force (IAF), has inaugurated the inaugural Emergency Medical Response System (EMRS) at Command Hospital Air Force (CHAF) in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

An Overview of the News

  • The EMRS functions as a 24/7 telephonic medical helpline dedicated to serving IAF personnel and their families nationwide.

  • It aims to ensure timely response by a specialized team of medical and paramedical professionals to any emergency situation encountered by callers anywhere in India.

Objectives:

  • The primary goal of this system is to provide prompt and efficient healthcare assistance during critical moments.

  • It reflects the IAF's commitment to leveraging technology for delivering high-quality healthcare services, particularly in emergency scenarios.

About Indian Air Force

  • Founded:- 8 October 1932

  • Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):- General Anil Chauhan

  • Headquarters:- New Delhi

  • Fighter:- Su-30MKI, Rafale, Tejas, MiG-29, Mirage 2000, MiG-21 HAL Tejas Mk2, HAL AMCA

  • Helicopter:- CH-47 Chinook, Dhruv, Chetak, Cheetah, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26, HAL IMRH

About Karnataka

  • Capital:- Bengaluru (Executive Branch)

  • Chief minister:- Siddaramaiah

  • Governor:- Thawar Chand Gehlot

  • Bird:- Indian roller

By admin: May 24, 2024

7. 146th NDA Passing Out Parade Honors Cadets in Pune Ceremony

Tags: Defence

Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 146th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) took place at Khadakwasala, Pune.

An Overview of the News

  • General Manoj Pande, Chief of Army Staff, presided as the Reviewing Officer for the POP ceremony.

  • The event symbolizes the conclusion of the intensive three-year training program at the NDA.

  • The Convocation Ceremony of the 146th course was held at the Habibullah Hall.

  • Pro. Dr Sat Prakash Bansal, Vice Chancellor of Central University of Himachal Pradesh, served as the Chief Guest.

  • A total of 205 cadets were awarded Bachelor's degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University during the ceremony.

  • Additionally, 17 cadets from allied foreign nations received degrees.

  • 132 cadets from the B Tech stream, representing the Navy and Air Force, were acknowledged with 'three years course completion' certificates.

  • These Naval and Air Force cadets will receive their degrees upon completion of one year of training at their respective pre-commissioning training academies.

About NDA

  • The National Defence Academy serves as the training hub for the Indian Armed Forces.

  • Cadets from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force undergo joint training at the NDA.

  • Following their NDA training, cadets proceed to their respective service academies for further pre-commission training.

Established - 7 December 1949

Commandant - Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, AVSM, NM

By admin: May 16, 2024

8. NSG and US Special Forces Unite for 7th 'Tarkash' Counter-Terrorism Exercise

Tags: Defence

The 7th edition of the India-U.S. joint counter-terrorism exercise 'Tarkash' occurred from April 22 to May 15, 2024, in Kolkata, West Bengal.

An Overview of the News

  • This three-week exercise focused on urban counter-terrorism scenarios.

  • The aim was to enhance bilateral cooperation between India and the U.S. in combating terrorism.

  • Key activities included joint mock counter-terror drills to improve interoperability and coordination.

  • Participants shared best practices, tactics, techniques, and procedures for urban counter-terror operations.

  • Training encompassed close-quarter battles, building intervention drills, hostage rescue operations, surveillance, long-range sniping, and planning complex multi-target operations.

About NSG:

  • The National Security Guard (NSG), often referred to as Black Cats, serves as India's counter-terrorism unit within the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • Nalin Prabhat is the Director General of the NSG.

  • The headquarters of the NSG is situated in New Delhi, Delhi.

  • It was established in 1986.

By admin: May 14, 2024

9. MoD Enforces Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control and Discipline) Act, 2023 from May 10, 2024

Tags: Defence

The Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control and Discipline) Act, 2023 was enforced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) starting May 10, 2024.

An Overview of the News

  • This Act aligns with the Government's theaterisation plan, which aims to integrate the capabilities of the Indian Army (IA), Indian Air Force (IAF), and Indian Navy (IN).

  • The legislation grants disciplinary and administrative powers to the heads of Inter-Services Organisations (ISOs).

  • These powers are intended to ensure the efficient utilization of resources during wars and operations.

About  Inter-Services Organisations Act, 2023:

  • Enacted during the Monsoon Session of 2023 and ratified by the President on August 15, 2023.

  • Empowers Commanders-in-Chief (CIC) and Officers-in-Command (OIC) of Integrated Service Organizations (ISOs) with disciplinary and administrative control over service personnel.

  • Its aims include expediting case resolution processes and enhancing integration and cooperation among members of the Armed Forces.

Key Provisions

  • Established ISOs like the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Defence Space Agency, and National Defence Academy will be officially recognized.

  • The government can create new ISOs comprising personnel from at least two of the three services (Army, Air Force, and Navy), led by an Officer in Charge (OIC).

  • ISOs may consist of Joint Services Commands, with a Commander-in-Chief (CIC) at the helm.

  • Eligible candidates for the CIC position include high-ranking officers from the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

  • The CIC holds disciplinary and administrative powers similar to senior officers in each service.

  • A Commanding Officer within an ISO oversees operations of units, ships, or establishments, following directives from the CIC or OIC, and has authority over personnel within the organization.

About MoD

  • The Union Defence Minister is Rajnath Singh, representing the Lucknow constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

  • The Minister of State for Defence is Ajay Bhatt, who represents the Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar constituency in Uttarakhand.

By admin: April 23, 2024

10. Indian Navy conducts Exercise Poorvi Lehar (XPOL) off the East Coast

Tags: Defence

On April 20, 2024, the Indian Navy conducted Exercise Poorvi Lehar (XPOL) 2024 on the East Coast to assess its preparedness for maritime security challenges.

An Overview of the News

  • Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) headquartered in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, oversaw the exercise.

  • XPOL comprised multiple phases:

    • Tactical Phase: Involving combat training in realistic scenarios.

    • Weapon Phase: Conducting various firings successfully.

  • The exercise saw active participation from ships, submarines, aircraft, and special forces.

  • Assets from the Indian Air Force (IAF), Andaman and Nicobar Command, Eastern Naval Command, and Coast Guard participated, showcasing high interoperability among the services.

  • Notably, aircraft operated from various locations to ensure continuous Maritime Domain Awareness.

About the Indian Navy:

  • Dinesh Kumar Tripathi was appointed as the 26th Chief of the Naval Staff by the Government of India, taking charge on 30 April.

  • Indian Navy Day is celebrated every year on 4 December.

    • Headquarters - New Delhi, Delhi

    • Established-1950