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DEFENCE - September 2021

Sep 2021

Dec 05, 2021

UAE Signs Deal for 80 French Rafale Fighter Jets

  • France and the United Arab Emirates signed deal on the supply of 80 Rafale warplanes, manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has forged a good relationship with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MBZ), with investments flowing between both countries. Paris has a permanent military base in the Emirati capital.

Dec 04, 2021

Bangladesh, US Kick off Bilateral Exercise CARAT

  • US military personnel and Bangladesh Navy (BN) carried out the 27th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise virtually in the Bay of Bengal. The nine-day exercise focuses on a wide range of naval capabilities and includes cooperative actions that demonstrate the US and Bangladesh's capacity to work together to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • CARAT is to promote regional cooperation and build relationships, according to Bangladesh Navy Fleet Commander Rear Admiral S. M. Abdul Kalam Azad. Since 2011, the Bangladesh Navy has been participating in the CARAT exercise, which celebrated its 27th anniversary in 2021.
  • CARAT exercise is an annual bilateral exercise. United States Pacific Fleet, a command of the US Navy conducts it with several ASEAN members.
  • Currently, Exercise CARAT is conducted with navies of nine nations, which are the navies of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Dec 03, 2021

BDL Gets Contract to Service IGLA Manpad

  • Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Indian Army signed a contract worth Rs. 471.41 crore for Refurbishment of IGLA - 1M missiles. After the Refurbishment, a fresh lease of life will be given to the missile for a period of ten years.
  • The company, in addition to carrying out refurbishment, deals with manufacture and supply of Guided Missiles and associated equipment, Underwater Weapon Systems, Airborne Weapon Systems, Ground Support Equipment and product life cycle support.
  • In order to give momentum to its efforts towards self-reliance, BDL has also built-up its in-house R&D capabilities primarily focusing on design and engineering activities.

Dec 02, 2021

Russia Starts Regular Winter Military Drills in Region Bordering Ukraine

  • Russia started regular winter military drills in its southern military district, parts of which border Ukraine, and that 10,000 troops had relocated to training grounds across the huge area.
  • The drills would also take place in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and in a Russian region bordering Donbass, a swath of eastern Ukraine seized by Russian-backed separatists the same year.

Nov 30, 2021

Army Receives New Israeli Heron Drones

  • After a delay of a few months due to COVID-19, the Indian Army's surveillance capabilities have received a major boost as Israel delivered advanced Heron drones under the emergency procurement clause to keep an eye on the Chinese activities in the Ladakh sector.
  • The acquisition of these drones was done under the emergency financial powers granted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to the defence forces under which they can buy equipment and systems worth Rs. 500 crores to upgrade their warfighting capabilities, amid ongoing border conflict with China.

Admiral R. Hari Kumar 25th Chief of Indian Naval Staff

  • Admiral R Hari Kumar took charge as the new chief of the Indian Navy after incumbent Admiral Karambir Singh retired from service. Kumar assumed charge as the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) from outgoing Chief Admiral Karambir Singh who retired on superannuation after a career spanning over 41 years in service.
  • Admiral Kumar was serving as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command before taking the reins of the force. Born on April 12, 1962, Admiral Kumar was commissioned on January 1, 1983, into the executive branch of the Indian Navy.
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