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DEFENCE - January 2022

Jan 2022

Jul 03, 2022

Fourth Synergy Conference between Indian Army and DAD

  • The fourth synergy conference between the Indian Army and Defence Accounts Department (DAD) was held in New Delhi.
  • The primary agenda of the conference included deliberations on the AGNIPATH scheme and the schedule for timely implementation of a system for pay and allowances for Agniveers. Other agenda items included improving the functioning of Pay and Account Offices (PAOs) for better service delivery to Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks of the Indian Army. Concrete action plans for the future were devised in consultation with senior officers on both sides.

Jul 02, 2022

PADMA, the Centralised Pay System for Indian Coast Guard

  • Pay Roll Automation for Disbursement of Monthly Allowances (PADMA), an automated Pay & Allowances module for the Indian Coast Guard was launched by Rajnish Kumar, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), Ministry of Defence. The CGDA emphasized that the Government campaigned for Digital India to ensure dedicated services and reduce manual intervention at every level & to promote E-Governance in a big way.
  • The launch of PADMA will strengthen the Digital India concept. Also, it is an 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative as the entire module was designed and developed by Indian entrepreneurs assisted by domain experts.
  • PADMA is an automated platform leveraging latest technology which will provide seamless and timely disbursal of Pay & Allowances to around 15,000 Indian Coast Guard personnel.

India-Australia Hold Ninth Army to Army Staff Talks in Dehradun

  • Armies of India and Australia held the ninth Army to Army Staff Talks in Dehradun which were focused on joint military exercises, training cooperation and preparing a roadmap for enhanced defence cooperation.
  • Talks were held at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and both sides reviewed the road map for activities promoting defence cooperation like training courses between both the Armies, cadet exchange programmes between pre-commission training academies, bilateral ex Austra hind, subject matter expert exchange in niche domains, functional and high level visits, interaction between think tanks, virtual interactions in field of medical and doctrinal exchanges.

Jul 01, 2022

India Successfully Tests High-speed Expendable Aerial Target Abhyas

  • India successfully tested the indigenously-designed Abhyas - a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) - in Odisha. The trial was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha's Chandipur.
  • The aircraft is programmed for a fully autonomous flight, meaning that it flies under the control of automatic systems and needs no intervention from a human pilot.
  • During the test flight, the aircraft was flown from a ground-based controller to examine its manoeuvrability and performance at low altitudes.

Jun 30, 2022

INS Satpura Arrives at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to Participate in RIMPAC-22

  • INS Satpura reached Pearl Harbour in Hawaii Islands to participate in RIMPAC-22. INS Satpura and one P8I maritime patrol aircraft from the Indian Navy are participating in one of the largest multilateral Naval Exercises, the US Navy led biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2022. The exercise spanning over six weeks of intense operations and training is aimed at enhancing interoperability and to build trust among Navies of friendly foreign countries. 27 countries are participating in the current edition of the multi-dimensional exercise.
  • INS Satpura is an indigenously designed and built 6000-tonne guided missile stealth frigate equipped to seek and destroy adversary in air, surface and underwater. A frontline unit of Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam.

India Successfully Tests Indigenously Developed Anti-Tank Guided Missile

  • DRDO and the Indian Army successfully tested indigenously-developed anti-tank guided missile at KK range in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was successfully test fired from Arjun battle tank.
  • In the test, the ATGM hit the bull's eye with textbook precision and successfully defeated the target at minimum ranges. Telemetry systems recorded the satisfactory flight performance of the missile, it mentioned. Engaging the targets at lower ranges is a challenge due to the dimensional constraints of tank-launched ATGMs, which has been successfully accomplished by the ATGM for Arjun tank.

Jun 29, 2022

Indian Coast Guard Commissions Indigenous Aircraft 'ALH Mark 3' Helicopter

  • In a big boost to India's maritime security, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned the indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH) MK-III aircraft at Gujarat's Porbandar Port, a week after it was inducted in Chennai.
  • The ALH MK-III squadron was commissioned by ICG Director General Virender Singh Pathania at the force's air enclave on the west coast.
  • So far, 13 ALH MK-III aircraft have been inducted in the Indian Coast Guard in a phased manner, and four of these aircraft are positioned at Porbandar.
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