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By admin: Jan. 26, 2023

1. Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh felicitates 25 winners of Veer Gatha 2.0

Tags: Defence Awards

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh felicitated 25 winners of Veer Gatha 2.0 at an event in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day.

An overview of the news

  • Rajnath Singh gave away the winners a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a medal and a certificate, in the presence of Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan and Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt. 

  • Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane were also present. 

  • More than 100 NCC cadets and students from Army Public School and Cantonment Board were present in the programme.

Veer Gatha project 

  • The 'Veer Gatha Project' has been launched by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for students of grades 3-12.

  • The aim of the project is to commemorate the courage of the armed force officers and personnel.

  • It aims to honour the acts of bravery and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, other legally constituted forces and officers.

  • Veer Gatha 2.0 is the second edition of Project Veer Gatha.

  • Last year, Veer Gatha Edition-1, which was launched jointly by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Education as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, was a huge success.

By admin: Jan. 26, 2023

2. President Murmu approves 412 Gallantry Awards to Armed Forces personnel

Tags: Defence Awards

President Droupadi Murmu on 25 January approved 412 Gallantry awards, including six Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras for Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 74th Republic Day. 

An overview of the news

  • These include six Kirti Chakras, including four posthumous, and 15 Shaurya Chakras including two posthumous. 

  • These include one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 92 Sena Medals, including four posthumous, one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), seven Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) and 29 Param Vishisht Seva Medals.

  • The Kirti Chakra is India's second highest gallantry award after the Ashoka Chakra. The Shaurya Chakra is the country's third highest gallantry award.

  • The President has also awarded the President's Tatrakshak Medal to Indian Coast Guard personnel for conspicuous gallantry, exceptional devotion to duty and distinguished service.

Kirti Chakra Awardees

  • Major Shubhang of the Dogra Regiment from Indian Army

  • Naik Jitendra Singh of the Rajput Regiment from Indian Army

  • Jammu and Kashmir police constable Rohit Kumar (Posthumous)

  • Sub Inspector Deepak Bhardwaj (Posthumous)

  • Head constable Sodhi Narayan (Posthumous)

  • Head constable Shrawan Kashyap (Posthumous)

Shaurya Chakra Awardees

  • Major Aditya Bhadauria, Kumaon Regiment, Indian Army

  • Captain Arun Kumar, Kumaun Regiment, Indian Army

  • Captain Yudhvir Singh, mechanised infantry, Indian Army

  • Captain Rakesh TR, Parachute Regiment, Indian Army

  • Naik Jasbir Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Indian Army (Posthumous)

  • Naik Vikas Choudhary, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, (Posthumous)

  • Constable Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh, Jammu and Kashmir Police

  • Group Captain Yogeshwar Krishnarao Kandalkar, Air Force

  • Flight Lieutenant Tejpal, Air Force

  • Squadron leader Sandeep Kumar Jhajhria, Air Force

  • Corporal Anand Singh, Air Force

  • Leading aircraftman Sunil Kumar, Air Force

  • Assistant Commandant Satendra Singh

  • Deputy Commandant Vikki Kumar Pandey

  • Constable Vijay Oraon

Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry)

  • Major Rakesh Kumar, Indian Army

Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)

  • Late CDR Nishant Singh (Posthumous), Navy

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)

  • Wing Commander Sumedh Ashok Jamkar, Air Force

  • Squadron leader Krishna Kumar Singh, Air Force

  • Junior Warrant officer Srikanth Bonam, Air Force

  • Sergeant Pankaj Kumar Rana, Air Force

  • Corporal Satendra Kumar, Air Force

  • Corporal Anthony Mang Kham, Air Force

  • Leading Aircraftman Ravinder Singh, Air Force

Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal

  • Lieutenant General Ram Chander Tiwari, Indian Army

  • Lieutenant General Anindiya Sengupta, Indian Army

  • Lieutenant General Amardeep Singh Aujla, Indian Army

By admin: Jan. 24, 2023

3. Border Security Force (BSF) started a seven-day "Operations Alert'' exercise

Tags: Defence National News

The Border Security Force (BSF) has started an "Operations Alert'' exercise to enhance security along the Indo-Pak border in Kutch district of Gujarat and Barmer in Rajasthan in view of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.

An overview of the news

  • The 'Operations Alert' exercise commenced on January 21 and will continue till January 28 "all along the Indo-Pak international border from Sir Creek (marshy area) to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and Barmer district of Rajasthan.

  • The BSF will carry out special operations in the depth areas as well as in the creek and 'Harami Nala' as part of the exercise.

  • It has also planned public outreach programs as part of the exercise.

  • The Indo-Pak border along Kutch in Gujarat is sensitive as several Pakistani nationals have been caught in the past after entering Indian waters on fishing boats.

  • To enhance security, for the first time concrete "permanent vertical bunkers" are being built to deploy BSF troops in the strategically important Sir Creek and Harami Nala marshy areas.

Sir Creek

  • Its original name is Baan Ganga which is named after a British representative Sir Creek.

  • It is a 96 kilometre long strip of water disputed between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands.

  • It opens into the Arabian Sea and divides the Kutch region of Gujarat from the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Harami Nala

  • It is also known as the Sir Creek area.

  • This area is a 22 km long and about 8 km wide marshy area which is navigable most of the time.

By admin: Jan. 24, 2023

4. Indian Navy's flagship maritime exercise TROPEX 2023 held in the Indian Ocean

Tags: Defence

Amaritime exercise called TROPEX is being conducted by the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean region.

An overview of the news

  • TROPEX-2023 is being organised over a period of three months from January to March.

  • The TROPEX exercise is held once every two years.

  • Apart from the Indian Navy the exercise will involve their participation with assets from the Indian Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.

  • The aim of the exercise is to test the combat readiness of the Navy and safeguard national interests in the maritime domain and promote stability and peace in the Indian Ocean region.

  • The first exercise of maritime surveillance was held in January 2019. It is also called the biggest war game of the Indian Navy.

By admin: Jan. 24, 2023

5. Border Security Force (BSF) started a special combat exercise "Ops Alert"

Tags: Defence

'Ops Alert' exercise

A seven-day 'Ops Alert' exercise is being conducted by the Border Security Force (BSF) from 21 to 28 January 2023 along the Indo-Pak International Border from Sir Creek to Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and Barmer district of Rajasthan.

An overview of the news

  • The exercise has been started from the India-Pakistan border - Line of Control (LOC).

  • Amid preparations for the Republic Day celebrations in the country, exercise 'Ops Alert' has been launched to thwart the nefarious designs of anti-India elements.

  • During this exercise special operations will be carried out in forward and depth areas as well as in Creek and Harami Nala.

Border Security Force (BSF)

  • The Border Security Force was established on 1 December 1965 after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

  • It comes under the Union Home Ministry.

  • It is a border force deployed along the international border with Bangladesh and Pakistan.

  • BSF is also known as the 'first line of defence' of the country.

By admin: Jan. 23, 2023

6. The largest biennial exercise of the three services 'AMPEX' 2023 organised

Tags: Defence

The biggest tri-services exercise 'AMPEX' 2023 was conducted from January 17 - 22 near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

An overview of the news

  • Troops of the Indian Army, warships of the Indian Navy and aircraft of the Air Force participated during the five-day exercise.

  • The aim of this war exercise was to showcase India's capabilities to protect the territorial integrity of its areas including better coordination between the three services and enhance joint war fighting capabilities.

  • The exercise included Air Entry of Naval Marine Commandos, Air Entry of Army Special Forces, Naval Gunfire Support, Follow up operations like landing of troops from land, air and water.

  • The last edition of the exercise was conducted off Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 21 to 25 January 2021.

Chief of the Three Armies

  • Army Chief - General Manoj Pandey   

  • Chief of the Air Staff – Air Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary

  • Navy Chief – Admiral R Hari Kumar

  • Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) - Lt Gen Anil Chauhan

By admin: Jan. 23, 2023

7. Indian Air Force to conduct ‘PRALAY’ exercise in Northeast

Tags: Defence

Amidst the ongoing standoff with China, the Indian Air Force is going to conduct a major exercise in Northeast India from February 1 to 5. This war exercise has been named 'Pralay'.

An overview of the news

  • The 'Pralay' will be organised by the Air Force from all major air bases in the Northeast.

  • The exercise will be conducted in preparation for another Air Force exercise named 'Eastern Akash', an annual command-level exercise, to be held in the first week of February.

  • The exercise is being conducted by the Air Force at a time when the Indian Air Force has recently deployed and activated S-400 air defence squadrons in the region which can intercept any enemy aircraft or missile from a distance of 400 kms. Only able to kill.

  • The exercise will involve transport and other aircraft as well as the main combat arms of the Air Force including Rafale and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.

  • This is the second command-level exercise conducted by the Air Force in recent months.

By admin: Jan. 20, 2023

8. Joint Training Exercise Cyclone-I

Tags: Defence

The first ever joint exercise between Indian and Egyptian armies “Cyclone-I” is being conducted in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan from January 14, 2023.

An overview of the news

  • This military exercise conducted in the deserts of Rajasthan will last for 14 days.

  • Its objective is to promote defense cooperation between the two countries and to share mutual coordination, operational and professional skills of special forces in the desert area.

  • The exercise includes anti-terrorist, reconnaissance, assault and other special operations.

  • During the exercise, the two countries will share skills such as advanced special forces sniping, combat-free fall, reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and exchange of information on weapons, equipment, innovations, techniques, strategies and procedures. 

About Egypt

  • Egypt is a country located in North Africa.

  • Egypt is home to famous monuments such as the Giza Pyramid Complex and the Great Sphinx. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza are built on the banks of the Nile River. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built in 2560 BC.

  • Capital - Cairo

  • President – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

  • Currency - Egyptian pound

By admin: Jan. 20, 2023

9. Fifth Kalvari class submarine “Vagir” inducted into Navy

Tags: Defence

The fifth Kalvari class submarine "Vagir" will be commissioned (commissioned) by the Indian Navy on 23 January 2023.

An overview of the news

  • The 6 Kalvari class submarines are being built in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai in collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.

  • Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar will attend the event as the chief guest.

  • The first four Kalvari class submarines have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy.

  • Formerly Vagir was commissioned on 01 November 1973 and decommissioned on 07 January 2001 after three decades of service.

  • Again 'Vagir' submarine which was launched on 12 Nov 20 has the distinction of being completed in the shortest construction time among all indigenously built submarines so far.

  • It was handed over to the Indian Navy by M/s MDL on 20 December 2022.

  • It is capable of attacking underwater or on the surface with torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles.

  • Five other Kalvari class submarines

  • INS Kalvari - It was launched on 27 October 2015 and commissioned on 14 December 2017.

  • INS Khanderi - It was launched on 12 January 2017 and commissioned on 28 September 2019.

  • INS Karanj - It was launched on January 31, 2018 and commissioned on March 10, 2021.

  • INS Vela - It was launched on 6 May 2019 and commissioned on 25 November 2021.

  • INS Vagsheer - It was launched in April 2022.

By admin: Jan. 19, 2023

10. Indo-Russian joint venture has started manufacturing Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles in India

Tags: Defence National News

The manufacturing of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles has recently started in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh by an Indo-Russian joint venture.

An overview of the news

  • Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited plans to ensure 100 percent production of AK-203 rifles in India.

  • In the future, the company may increase production and upgrade its production facilities to produce advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.

  • India is the first country to start production of the world famous brand AK-200-series assault rifles.

  • The first batch of 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles has been produced by the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Deliveries to the Indian Army are expected to commence soon.

About AK 203 Rifles

  • The AK-203 assault rifle is considered to be the latest and most advanced version of the AK-47 rifle.

  • It is a 7.62×39mm variant from the AK-100 rifle family.

  • This variant will replace the Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56×45mm assault rifle, which is currently being used by the Army, Navy and Air Force besides other security forces.

  • INSAS rifles are not suitable for use at high altitudes. These rifles also have problems like gun jamming, oil leakage etc.

Other India-Russia bilateral projects  

  • Indigenous production of T-90 tanks and Su-30-MKIaircraft

  • Supply of MiG-29-K aircraft and Kamov-31 and Mi-17 helicopters

  • Upgrade of MiG-29 aircraft and supply of Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher Smerch

  • Develop and produce supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles in India