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DEFENCE - February 2022

Feb 2022

Aug 17, 2022

Village Defence Guard Scheme Comes into Force in Jammu and Kashmir

  • The government of Jammu and Kashmir released an official communication regarding the implementation of the Village Defence Guards scheme in the union territory.
  • The implementation was initiated after getting approval from the Union Home Ministry that changed and revised the old scheme.
  • The members of the Village Defence Group shall be designated as Village Defence Guard (VDG. In more vulnerable areas, persons (V1 category) who shall be leading/ coordinating the VDG would be paid of Rs. 4500 per month and other persons (V2 category) who are members of these VDGs on voluntary basis will be paid a uniform rate Rs. 4000 per month. VDGs will function under the direction of SP/SSP of the concerned District.
  • As per report, each Village Defence Group will function under the supervision and direction of the SP/SSP of the concerned district. Similarly, each Village Defence Group will be led/coordinated by the persons bracketed in the V1 category, who will also be authorised to make use of the police wireless facilities for passing and receiving messages having a bearing on their charter of duties.

Aug 16, 2022

India Hands over Dornier Maritime Surveillance Aircraft to Sri Lankan Navy

  • The security of India and Sri Lanka was enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation as India handed over a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy to further boost bilateral defence partnership.
  • Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe was present at the handover ceremony.
  • Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral S. N. Ghormade, who is on a two-day visit to the country, accompanied by Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Baglay handed over the maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy at the Sri Lanka Airforce base in Katunayake adjoining the Colombo international airport.

Aug 15, 2022

India, Malaysia Air Force Exercise 'Udarashakti' Conducted in Malaysia

  • A contingent of the Indian Air Force participated in a bilateral exercise named 'Udarashakti' with Malaysia. This is the first bilateral exercise conducted between Indian Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
  • Indian Air Force participated in the air exercise with Su-30 MKI and C-17 aircraft while the RMAF flewg Su 30 MKM aircraft. The Indian contingent departed from one of its air bases directly for their destination, the RMAF base of Kuantan.
  • The IAF contingent members shared and learnt best practices with some of the best professionals from RMAF, while also discussing mutual combat capabilities.
  • The four days of exercise witnessed the conduct of various aerial combat drills between the two Air Forces. Ex Udarashakti would fortify the long-standing bond of friendship and enhance the avenues of defence cooperation between the two Air Forces, thereby augmenting security in the region.

Indian, Oman Army Exercise Concludes in Bikaner

  • A joint exercise of the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman -- Al Najah -- held in Mahajan fielding firing range in Rajasthan's Bikaner district concluded.
  • The exercise commenced on August 1 and concluded on August 13.
  • The joint exercise was conducted in systematic three phases.

Aug 14, 2022

IAF to Field Sukhoi for 17-Nation Drill

  • Fighter jets Sukhoi-30MKI and midair refueller IL-78 — both of Russian origin – along with US-made heavy-lift plane C-17 would be fielded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in an upcoming 17-nation military exercise in Australia.
  • Called "Pitch Black 2022", the exercise will be conducted from August 19 to September 8. The three-week-long military drill, to be conducted in Northern Territory of Australia, will involve over 100 aircraft and 2,500 military personnel.
  • This year's participants include India, the US, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE and the UK.

Aug 13, 2022

India, Bangladesh Agree to Reinforce Military Exercises

  • The fourth India-Bangladesh annual defence dialogue, co-chaired by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman, Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh, was held.
  • The two sides agreed upon widening the scope of military bilateral exercises and raising their complexity, a statement by the Ministry of Defence said. Both sides emphasised the need to work closely to implement the USD 500 million line of credit extended from India for defence items.
  • Various aspects of defence, industrial and capability-building cooperation came up for detailed discussions. Both sides reviewed the progress of various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives and expressed commitment to elevate engagements between the armed forces. Kumar invited the delegation for the upcoming Def Expo 2022 and said both countries had a great potential for cooperation in defence trade, co-development and joint production.
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