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DEFENCE - August 2022

Aug 2022

Nov 27, 2022

First ever Franco-India-German Military Exercise Slated for 2024

  • The first ever Franco-Indian-German military exercise is expected to take place in 2024. The drill will involve the militaries of the three countries.
  • Talking about defence cooperation between India and Germany, German Ambassador Dr. Phillip Ackermann said that the Franco-India-German military drill is set to take place in the years to come. Talks are going on. It is expected to be sometime in 2024.

Aero India 2023 to be Held in Bengaluru

  • The 14th edition of Aero India will be held in Bengaluru in 2023. However, with just over two months left for Asia's biggest airshow, the dates are yet to be announced. Dates for the airshow, which is usually held during February, are announced months in advance.
  • An official website, Aero India 2023, has gone live mentioning that next year's edition will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru which has been hosting the airshow since 1996.

Nov 26, 2022

ASEAN to Take Part in IAF Drill

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) will conduct its annual joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise "Samanvay 2022" from November 28 to 30 at Agra.
  • The objective of the exercise is to assess the efficacy of institutional disaster management structures and contingency measures. It will comprise a seminar on disaster management and a "multi-agency exercise" involving static and flying aspects of several assets needed for the HADR operations.
  • ASEAN representatives and several stakeholders within the country will participate in the three-day exercise.
  • The armed forces, National Disaster Response Force, Defence Research and Development Organisation and Border Roads Organisation will also be part of the "Samanvay 2022".

INS Trikand, INS Sumitra Take Part in Bilateral Exercise with Oman Navy

  • The Indian Navy's guided missile stealth frigate INS Trikand and offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra participated in the 13th edition of bilateral exercise 'Naseem Al Bahr' off the coast of Oman.
  • The exercise had three phases -- harbour phase, sea phase and debrief.
  • Activities undertaken during the harbour phase included professional interactions between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman operations teams and friendly sports fixtures between the two navies.
  • The sea phase included tactical maritime exercise involving surface action, air defence, maritime surveillance and interdiction/VBSS.
  • The last phase of exercise, debrief, was conducted at the RNO Naval Base at Duqm.

Nov 25, 2022

Indian Navy Takes Delivery of Second Destroyer of Project 15B Mormugao

  • The second ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers, Y 12705 (Mormugao), being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), was handed over to the Indian Navy, the Ministry of Defence said.
  • The contract for four ships of Project 15B was signed in January 2011. This project is a continuation of the Kolkata class destroyers, which were part of Project 15A and were commissioned in the previous decade. On November 21, the project's lead ship, the INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned into service with the Indian Navy.
  • Designed by the Warship Design Bureau, Indian Navy's in-house organisation; and built by M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai; the four ships of the Project are christened after major cities from all four corners of the country, viz. Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.

Nov 24, 2022

Garuda Shakti: India, Indonesian Troops Engage in Joint Training Exercises

  • A contingent of Indian Special Forces held in a bilateral joint training exercise with Indonesian Special Forces in Indonesia, aiming at enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two sides. Garuda Shakti, the eighth edition of the series of bilateral exercises under this banner, is being held at Sangga Buana Training Area, Karawang.
  • The exercise aimed at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the special forces of both the armies.

India Successfully Tests Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile Agni-3

  • India successfully test-fired intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-3 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
  • The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command. The launch was carried out for a predetermined range and validated all operational parameters of the system.
  • Agni-3 is the third entrant in the Agni missile series and was first tested on July 9, 2006. But it developed a technical snag and had fell into the sea off Odisha coast without hitting the target. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting target 3,500 kilometres away.
  • The missile's strike range is between 1,000 km and 2,000 km, the Defence Research Development Organisation said.

Nov 22, 2022

South Western Command Conducts "SHATRUNASH" in Rajasthan

  • South Western Command of the Indian Army conducted Integrated Fire Power Exercise, "SHATRUNASH" at MFFR in Thar desert of Rajasthan in November. 
  • The exercise witnessed use of multi farious firing platforms in an integrated manner involving both ground & aerial manoeuvres.
  • Various actions included ion of troops, offensive ground actions involving comprehensive coordination incorporating contemporary technologies in a multi domain environment.
  • Real time communication and sharing of common operating picture amongst various participants to overcome emerging threats were practised & skills were honed.
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