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DEFENCE - October 2022

Oct 2022

Mar 02, 2023

Lt Gen M. V. Suchindra Kumar Takes over as Vice Chief of Army

  • Lt Gen M. V. Suchindra Kumar took charge as the Vice Chief of Army Staff.
  • The general officer took over the appointment from Lt Gen B. S. Raju who took over the reins of Jaipur-based Sapta Shakti Command.
  • Prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Kumar was tenanting the appointment of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) at Army HQ.
  • An alumnus of Sainik School, Bijapur and the National Defence Academy, the general officer was commissioned into 1 Assam Regiment in June 1985.
  • He has commanded 59 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (Assam), an infantry brigade and an infantry division on the Line of Control (LoC), and the highly active White Knight Corps in the Northern Command.

Feb 27, 2023

IAF to Participate in Multi-national Exercise 'Cobra Warrior' in UK

  • Indian Air Force (IAF) will participate in multilateral air exercise 'Exercise Cobra Warrior' at the RAF's Waddington Air Force Base in the UK from March 6 to 24,.
  • This year (2023), the IAF is participating in the exercise with five Mirage 2000 fighters, two C-17 Globemaster III and an IL-78 mid air refueller aircraft. The aim of the exercise is to participate in diverse fighter aircraft engagements and learn from the best practices of various Air Forces.
  • An Indian Air Force contingent comprising 145 Air Warriors departed from the Air Force Station in Jamnagar for the UK to participate in the exercise, where the RAF and the IAF will be joined by contingents from Finland, Sweden, South Africa, the US, and Singapore.

India's Indigenous LCA Tejas in UAE to Take Part in its First-ever Foreign Air Exercise

  • The indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas started in a multi-lateral air exercise in the United Arab Emirates. The IAF is taking part in the exercise with five LCAs and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
  • An IAF contingent consisting of 110 air warriors arrived at the Al Dhafra air base in UAE to take part in Exercise Desert Flag VIII.
  • The exercise is scheduled from February 27 to March 17.
  • Exercise Desert Flag is a multilateral air exercise in which air forces from the UAE, France, Kuwait, Australia, the UK, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, the Republic of Korea, and the US are participating.
  • This is the first occasion when the LCA Tejas is participating in an international flying exercise outside India. The aim of the exercise is to participate in diverse fighter engagements and learn from the best practices of various air forces.

Lt Gen R. S. Reen Takes over as Director General Quality Assurance

  • Lt Gen R. S. Reen took over as Director General Quality Assurance.
  • A 1986-batch officer, Lt Gen Reen is an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The Officer had completed his BE (Electrical) from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Specialisation in Radio Engineering and post-graduation in Communication Engineering from MC EME, Secunderabad. He was a senior faculty at the Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, Bengaluru.
  • In addition, the Officer is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He has done certification in Reliability Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and is a Qualified Lead Auditor in Quality Management System & Integrated Management System from Bureau Veritas, Bengaluru.
  • The Officer has headed a Senior Quality Assurance Estt., Brig at Headquarters, Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) and was Controller (Missile System) in Secunderabad. The Officer headed the DQA (L) as Additional Director General (Electronics) at HQ DGQA, New Delhi.

Feb 25, 2023

First Medium Range Missile Regiment raised in Eastern Command

  • In a significant boost to Indian Army's Air Defence and Capability development, the first Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) Regiment was raised in the Eastern Command.
  • The Regiment has been equipped with MRSAM Weapon System indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The MRSAM weapon system, which is also called the 'Abhra' weapon system, is a state-of-the art medium range air defence weapon system jointly developed by the DRDO and the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) with active participation from Indian public and private defence industry partners including MSMEs.
  • The Eastern Command is one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army. It is headquartered in Fort William in the city of Kolkata in the state of West Bengal. Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita is the current GOC-in-C of Eastern Command.

Feb 24, 2023

India, Sri Lanka Agree to Upscale Military Drills

  • India and Sri Lanka agreed to increase the complexity of bilateral military exercises. The decision was taken at the seventh annual defence dialogue co-chaired by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and his Sri Lankan counterpart General Kamal Gunaratne.
  • The ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries was reviewed, with both sides agreeing to increase the complexity of bilateral exercises. In the context of training, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to avail maximum benefits from each other's experience and capacities.

Feb 23, 2023

BEL Inks MoU with ADA for Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft Programme

  • Bharat Electronics signed an MoU with Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), DRDO, for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme, during the Aero India 2023 in Bengaluru.
  • The AMCA is a fifth generation, multi-role, all-weather fighter aircraft designed with high survivability and stealth capability.
  • The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) was established under the Department of Defence Research and Development (DR&D), Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India, at Bangalore, in 1984 to oversee the development of the nation's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme.
  • The primary objective of ADA is the design and development of LCA to meet the Air Staff Requirements (ASR) specified by the Indian Air Force, and subsequently, the design and development of carrier borne naval variant and advance version of LCA (Mk1A, Mk2), Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) Aircraft, etc.
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