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DEFENCE - January 2021

Jan 2021

Sep 05, 2021

Egypt Hosts 'Bright Star' Multi-national Joint Military Drill with 21 Countries

  • Egypt is hosting the 'Bright Star' joint military drill with 21 countries after a one-year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The drill, held on the Mohamed Naguib military base at the Mediterranean Sea, will end on September 17.
  • It is one of the largest and most important world military exercises due to the large number of participating troops.
  • Besides Egypt, troops from 21 countries, including the US, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, Greece and Italy, are taking part in the military exercises.
  • The Bright Star multinational military drill was launched in 1980 as part of the US-brokered peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
  • It has been hosted by Egypt in cooperation with the US every two years.

Sep 03, 2021

Three Vendors Submit Final Offers for Multibillion-dollar Czech Armored-vehicle Race

  • The Czech Ministry of Defence has received three offers in its tender to acquire 210 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the country's land forces.
  • The confirmed bidders include the UK's BAE Systems with the Swedish-made CV90, Europe-based General Dynamics European Land Systems with its Ascod, and Germany's Rheinmetall with the Lynx.
  • In what could become the largest defense contract in the Czech Republic's history, Prague aims to spend about CZK 52 billion (US$2.4 billion) on new IFVs which will replace the military's outdated BVP-2 vehicles.

India's 1st N-missile Tracking Ship Dhruv to be Launched

  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is expected to commission India's first satellite and ballistic missile tracking ship Dhruv from Visakhapatnam this month. Built by Hindustan Shipyard in collaboration with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), INS Dhruv has the capability to also map ocean beds for research and detection of enemy submarines.
  • The nuclear missile tracking ship will be manned by Indian Navy personnel with the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). Such ships are operated by France, the US, the UK, Russia, and China only.

Sep 02, 2021

Indian Navy Seals Contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the Supply of NADS

  • The Indian Navy sealed a contract with defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the supply of the first indigenously developed Naval Anti Drone System (NADS).
  • The NADS, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by BEL, is the first indigenously developed anti-drone system to be inducted into the Indian armed forces.
  • The NADS can instantly detect micro drones and uses a laser-based kill mechanism to terminate the targets.
  • The NADS was first deployed to provide security cover for the Republic Day Parade this year and later during the Prime Minister's Independence Day address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort. The system, which offers 360-degree coverage, was also deployed in Ahmedabad for the Modi-Trump roadshow.

Indian Army to Participate in Multi-nation Military Exercise in Russia

  • The Indian Army will participate in a two-week multi-nation military exercise at Nizhny in Russia that is aimed at boosting anti-terror cooperation.
  • Over a dozen countries will take part in the 'Zapad' exercise which will primarily focus on anti-terror operations. China and Pakistan are also expected to take part in the exercise as observers.
  • A contingent of 200 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise.
  • Zapad is one of the theatre level exercises of Russian armed forces.

Sep 01, 2021

BSF and ITBP Get New Chiefs

  • Pankaj Kumar Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, took over as the new director general (DG) of the Border Security Force while his batch-mate Sanjay Arora assumed charge of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • Singh, from the Rajasthan cadre of the IPS, has been serving as the special DG of the country's largest border guarding force that mans over 6,300 km of Indian boundary with Pakistan and Bangladesh and has about 2.65 lakh personnel.
  • Arora, who was serving as the special DG in the CRPF till now, will head the about 90,000 personnel strong mountain-warfare trained ITBP.

Indian Navy's First Exercise with Algerian Navy

  • The navies of India and Algeria carried out a maiden naval exercise off the Algerian coast, in reflection of growing maritime cooperation between the two sides.
  • Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Tabar and Algerian naval ship ANS Ezzadjer were part of the maritime partnership exercise that took place.
  • The exercise enabled the two navies to understand the concept of operations followed by each other, enhanced interoperability and opened the possibility of increasing interaction and collaboration in the future.

Aug 31, 2021

India and Germany Conduct Joint Maritime Exercise in Gulf of Aden

  • Navies of India and Germany carried out a joint exercise, which included helicopter landings and search and seizure operations, in Gulf of Aden near Yemen. The Indian Navy's frigate 'Trikand' exercised with German frigate 'Bayern' in the Gulf of Aden.
  • The exercise included cross deck helo (helicopter) landings and visit board search and seizure operations. INS Trikand is deployed in the Gulf of Aden region for anti-piracy patrol.
  • The exercise between Trikand and Bayern on the latter's Indian Ocean leg of Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 enhanced interoperability and facilitated exchange of best practices between partner navies in maritime domain.

Taiwan's Makes Last-minute Request for Seahawk Helos

  • Taiwan's government is seeking funding for a long-delayed plan to acquire shipboard anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, as it announces an increased defense budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.
  • As per reports, the Ministry of National Defense is aiming in the 11th hour to include funding to buy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.
  • The news comes as Taiwan's government approved a $16.89 billion defense budget for the next fiscal year, which runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022. The figure is a 4 per cent increase from the previous fiscal year.
  • Taiwan wants to acquire up to 10 MH-60Rs spread over a number of years, and will also include weapons such as Mk 54 torpedoes, Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and guns.
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