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DEFENCE - October 2021

Oct 2021

Jul 22, 2024

Turkey Imposes a Ban on Defence Exports to India

  • Turkey banned the export of military products to India. Mustafa Murat Sekar, a Turkish defense official, announced this in a meeting. The ban is due to Turkey's friendship with Pakistan, as India has been opposing Turkey's support for Pakistan in the Kashmir issue on international platforms.

Jul 18, 2024

Haryana Announces 10% Job Quota, R. 60,000 Subsidy for Agniveers

  • The Haryana government announced a 10 per cent quota for Agniveers in posts of constable, mining guard, forest guard, jail warden and special police officer. Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini also said that the government will offer a subsidy of Rs. 60,000 per annum to the industrial unit that pays an Agniveer a salary of Rs. 30,000 per month.
  • The Haryana government promised an age relaxation of 3 years in the maximum age prescribed for government posts in Groups B and C for Agniveers.
  • In the case of the first batch of Agniveers, this age relaxation will be 5 years.
  • The Haryana government will provide 5 per cent horizontal reservation for Agniveers in direct recruitment to civil posts in Group C and 1 per cent horizontal reservation in Group B.

India Releases Fresh 'Positive Indigenisation List' to Boost Domestic Defence Manufacturing

  • India announced a fresh list of 346 military hardware items that will only be procured from state-run domestic manufacturers after a ban on their import kicks in under a staggered timeline. This is part of a broader initiative to boost domestic defence industries and reduce import dependence.
  • Over 12,300 items have been indigenised in the past three years.
  • The indigenisation of these 346 items is worth Rs. 1,048 crore.
  • The items will be produced by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) through various routes, including in-house development.
  • The initiative aims to enhance investment in defence and reduce import dependence.

Jul 17, 2024

Mamata Banerjee Reinstates Senior IPS Officer Rajeev Kumar as West Bengal DGP

  • The West Bengal government reinstated senior IPS officer Rajeev Kumar as the Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal. Kumar replaced Sanjoy Mukherjee, who was appointed the State's DGP at the directions of the Election Commission of India during the concluded Lok Sabha polls.
  • Mr. Kumar will continue to hold his current post of Additional Chief Secretary in the Department of Information Technology and Electronics. Mr. Mukherjee was appointed as the new Director General of the State's Fire and Emergency Services.

Navy Announces Latest Edition of THINQ, Theme for 2024 Contest 'Viksit Bharat'

  • The Indian Navy announced the latest edition of its national level quiz competition, THINQ, with the theme for the contest this year (2024) being 'Viksit Bharat'. The event provides a unique opportunity of nurturing intellectual growth and inspiring young minds while instilling a sense of pride and patriotism in our rich cultural heritage.
  • The resounding success of the first two editions, i.e., THINQ-22 and G20 THINQ (which saw participation of G20 countries last year), has encouraged Indian Navy to continue with the initiative.
  • This competition goes beyond the concept of just testing general awareness of students. It is a forum to ignite young minds and spread awareness among students on their role in nation-building and reaching greater heights.
  • The contest is open to all students from class 9 to 12 across the country.

Jul 16, 2024

Zen Technologies Launches AI-powered Robot for Global Defence Market

  • Zen Technologies, an anti-drone technology and defence training solutions provider, in collaboration with its subsidiary AI Turing Technologies introduced the AI-powered robot Prahasta, among other products, for the global defence market.
  • Prahasta is an automated quadruped that uses LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and reinforcement learning to understand and create real-time 3D terrain mapping for unparalleled mission planning, navigation, and threat assessment.

AI Hub Inaugurated at ENC in Visakhapatnam

  • As part of the Indian Navy's efforts to imbibe cutting-edge technologies, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Experience Hub was inaugurated by Vice-Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, at the Maritime Reference Library in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh .
  • The AI hub is equipped with AI tools and applications to enthuse personnel to take advantage of the transformational advances in artificial intelligence. The initiative aims to foster exposure, learning, and encourage germination and follow-up of used cases across multiple domains.

Jul 15, 2024

Indian Air Force Participation in Exercise Pitch Black 2024

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) is participating in Exercise Pitch Black 2024, hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at their Base Darwin, Australia. This biennial, multi-national exercise, scheduled from July 12 to August 2, 2024, represents a crucial platform for enhancing international military cooperation and showcasing air combat capabilities.
  • Exercise Pitch Black has a rich history spanning 43 years. The name 'Pitch Black' originates from the exercise's emphasis on night-time flying over vast unpopulated areas, creating unique and challenging combat scenarios.
  • 2024 Edition Highlights
  • This year's (2024) exercise is set to be the largest in its history, featuring:
  • Participation from 20 countries,
  • Over 140 aircraft
  • Approximately 4,400 military personnel from various air forces
  • The primary focus of Exercise Pitch Black 2024 is on Large Force Employment (LFE) warfare. This approach aims to:
  • Strengthen international cooperation
  • Enhance operational experience
  • Facilitate interoperability among diverse air forces
  • The IAF contingent comprises over 150 highly skilled Air Warriors.
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