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DEFENCE - March 2023

Mar 2023

Sep 24, 2023

Israel Unveils 5th Generation Merkava Battle Tank

  • Israel unveiled the next generation main battle tank Merkava Mark 5, also known as 'Barak', which translates to 'lightning' in Hebrew, which has incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and electronically controlled weapons.
  • Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that the Barak tank, represents an exceptional leap forward and showcases the military's technological capabilities, once again ensuring its qualitative advantage.
  • The tank, also known as the Merkava Mark 5 tank, is expected to become operational by the end of 2023 and will gradually replace the Merkava Mark 4, which currently forms the backbone of the Israeli armored corps, according to a separate statement from the military.

Sep 22, 2023

ASEAN Kicks Off its First-ever Joint Military Drills in Indonesia

  • Units from the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held their inaugural joint military exercises in Indonesia's South Natuna Sea. These drills came at a time of escalating geopolitical tensions between major global powers and rising concerns over China's activities in the South China Sea.
  • The five-day military operation, which took place in the South Natuna Sea, primarily focused on enhancing military skills. These skills encompassed areas such as maritime security, patrols, and the distribution of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. According to the Indonesian military, this exercise aimed to promote regional stability and cooperation among ASEAN members.
  • All ten member nations of ASEAN, including prospective member East Timor, participated in these joint military drills. The decision to hold this collaborative exercise underscored the commitment of ASEAN countries to maintain regional stability and enhance their collective security. It also sent a strong signal of unity among member states in the face of rising geopolitical tensions.

Sep 21, 2023

Second Edition of Indian Navy's Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Seminar (SWAVLAMBAN-2023)

  • The Indian Navy is set to host the second edition of the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation (NIIO) Seminar, known as 'Swavlamban 2023,' scheduled to take place on October 4 and 5, 2023. This event follows the maiden edition of the seminar, which was held in July 2022 and marked a significant milestone in the Navy's quest for innovation and self-reliance.
  • In the inaugural edition of 'Swavlamban' in 2022, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 'SPRINT' initiative, which has since become a driving force behind the Indian Navy's pursuit of indigenous technology adoption. 'SPRINT' stands for Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), NIIO, and Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC). This collaborative effort aims to foster innovation and indigenisation in the defence sector.

Sep 20, 2023

India's Armed Forces Receive P-7 Heavy Drop Parachute System

  • India's defence capabilities received a significant boost with the development of the P-7 Heavy Drop Parachute System, an indigenous marvel designed to enhance the paradropping capabilities of the country's Armed Forces. This innovative system, entirely developed within India, promises to revolutionize the way military stores are paradropped on the battlefield.
  • This system is fully indigenous and made under the Make in India program.
  • The system would be a force multiplier for armed forces while enabling the rapid delivery of combat stores in far-flung inaccessible areas.
  • The parachute guarantees the secure delivery of heavy cargo, even under challenging conditions.
  • With a maximum load-bearing capacity of 8,500 kg and a permitted payload limit of 7,000 kg, the system operates at drop speeds ranging from 260 to 400 kph, showcasing its adaptability to different scenarios.

Tenth Meeting of India-Malaysia Joint Sub-Committee on Defence Science

  • The 10th meeting of India-Malaysia Joint Sub-Committee on Defence Science, Technology and Industry Cooperation was held in New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Joint Secretary (Naval Systems), Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence Rajeev Prakash and Under Secretary, Defence Industry Division, Ministry of Defence, Malaysia Eris Jemadi bin Tajudin.
  • During the meeting, the existing defence research and industry cooperation between the two countries was reviewed and discussions were held on issues pertaining to mutual interest. Both sides explored effective and practical initiatives to further expand the ongoing interactions related to the defence industry sector.

Sep 19, 2023

Coastal Security Drill 'Operation Sajag' Conducted By Indian Coast Guard along the West Coast

  • 'Operation Sajag,' a comprehensive drill was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard along the west coast. It was a significant event in the realm of coastal security. This operation involved all stakeholders in the coastal security construct and played a pivotal role in revalidating the coastal security mechanism while enhancing awareness among fishermen operating at sea.
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