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DEFENCE - October 2022

Oct 2022

Mar 14, 2023

Singapore and India Conclude the 13th edition of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra

  • The Singapore Army and the Indian Army participated in the 13th edition of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a bilateral armour exercise from March 6 to 13, 2023 at Jodhpur Cantonment, India. For the first time in the exercise series, both armies participated in a Command Post Exercise, which involved Battalion and Brigade level planning elements and computer wargaming. Hosted by the Indian Army, the exercise involved soldiers from the 42nd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment and the 27th Armoured Brigade, Indian Army. In addition to these exercises, both armies also deepened mutual understanding through professional exchanges.
  • Exercise Bold Kurukshetra is conducted under the ambit of the Bilateral Agreement for Joint Army Training and Exercises between the Singapore Army and the Indian Army. First conducted in 2005, this exercise underscores the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between both countries and enhances cooperation between the two armies.

Exercise La Perouse between Navies of India, US, Japan, France, UK and Australia

  • The two-day multi-lateral maritime exercise 'La Pérouse', involving participation of personnel, ships and integral helicopters of Royal Australian Navy, French Navy, Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, Royal Navy and the United States Navy, was held in the Indian Ocean region.
  • The third edition of the multilateral exercise La Perouse was conducted in the Indian Ocean region from March 13 to 14, 2023.
  • The biennial exercise La Perouse is conducted by the French Navy and aims to enhance maritime domain awareness and optimise maritime coordination among participating navies in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mar 12, 2023

TROPEX-23: Indian Navy Completes Four-month-long War Exercise

  • Every second year, the Indian Navy sails out to sea and conducts a major battle exercise to verify that it is ready in all respects for war. This year's (2023) exercise, called the "Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise for 2023" (TROPEX-23), culminated in the Arabian Sea after running for four months from November 2022 to March 2023.
  • Set in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, the exercise extended approximately 4,300 nautical miles north to south up to 35 degrees South and 5,000 nautical miles from the Persian Gulf to the northern coast of Australia, extending over 21 million square nautical miles.
  • TROPEX-23 witnessed the participation of approximately 70 Indian Navy ships, six submarines and over 75 aircraft.

Mar 11, 2023

Australia to Buy US Made Nuclear-powered Submarines

  • Australia will purchase U.S.-manufactured, nuclear-powered attack submarines to modernise its fleet, amid growing concerns about China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The purchase agreement for Virginia-class submarines will be announced when President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meet in San Diego for talks on the 18-month-old nuclear partnership known by the acronym AUKUS.
  • The AUKUS agreement, announced in 2021, paved the way for Australia to get access to nuclear-powered submarines, which are stealthier and more capable than conventionally powered boats.

Mar 10, 2023

Col Geeta Rana Becomes 1st Woman Officer to Command Key Unit Near India-China Border

  • Colonel Geeta Rana of Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers became the first woman officer to take over command of an Independent Field Workshop in a forward and remote location in Eastern Ladakh.
  • The officer took over the command of the EME independent workshop after the Army cleared 108 vacancies for women officers for taking command of independent units in the Corps of Engineers, Ordinance, EME and other branches.
  • The women officers clearing the boards would be given command roles and they could also be considered for future promotions also to higher ranks in the force.

Mar 09, 2023

Indian Navy Successfully Tests MRSAM from INS Visakhapatnam

  • The Indian Navy carried out a successful test-firing of a Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) from frontline warship INS Visakhapatnam.
  • The test firing validated the capability to engage the weapon as an anti-ship missile.
  • The MRSAM has been jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and produced at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), reflecting the Navy's commitment to Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Four Hundred Tribals from Chhattisgarh to be Inducted into CRPF

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) selected a fresh batch of 400 tribal youths hailing from the interior areas of Naxal-hit Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh for appointment as constables as part of a special recruitment drive.
  • The fresh recruits would be mostly part of the Bastariya battalion, named after the erstwhile undivided Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Several hundred such local tribal youths had already been deployed by the CRPF after training.
  • The announcement for raising the Bastariya battalion was made by the Centre in 2016. The personnel were drawn largely from the Bastar region and are deployed to carry out anti-Maoists operations in Chhattisgarh.
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