China-Pak Exercise, A worrisome step after successful completion of Malabar Exercise?
Chinese & Pakistani Airforce are conducting exercises along the other side of the Rajasthan Border. The defence minister of China has recently visited the Islamic nation and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the cooperation between them.
The exercise named Falcon or Shaheen IX is being conducted at the newly operational Bholari Airbase, Sindh. The base is within 200km away from the Indian Border. Pakistan Defence Ministry released videos in which military aircraft can be seen. From the Chinese side, Shenyang J11 & Chengdu J-10 has participated. While Chengdu F7 interceptors, French origin Mirage 5 and JF-17 Thunder of Pakistani Airforce was there.
Exclusion of American fighters pointed out that the exercise is being conducted focusing on India, perceiving it as a common threat.
After Navy, India & Japan are strengthening air ties
Japanese Airforce Chief Gen Izutsu Shunji is on a visit to India, the main of this visit is to strengthen the cooperation in defence sector. The visit comes after three weeks of the second phase of the Malabar Exercise has been concluded. The head of Indian Airforce Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Gen Shunji talked about various areas of interest and discussed avenues to further enhance it. Both the Airforce is focusing on to improve interoperability and enhancing cooperation.
The Chief of Staff of Japan Air Self Defence Force held separate talks with the Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of the Army Lt Gen SK Saini (as Gen MM Naravane is on a foreign visit), and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.
To expand cooperation and to deal with common challenges India & Japan regularly conducting discussions on the evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific.
In the last few years the cooperation between India & Japan has increased significantly. Indian Navy has carried various bilateral maritime exercises and multilateral exercises like Malabar in which the Japanese Navy has participated. In September, India & the Japanese military has signed an agreement so that both the militaries can access each other’s bases for logistic support.
Army completed user trials of DRDO developed Carbine
Indian Army has conducted a successful user trial of Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) developed 5.56*30mm protective carbine. It was the final phase of the trials. After this trial, the carbine’s way to the induction is clear now. In the final phase, carbines were tested at various ranges of temperature. The operability of the weapon was tested in the hot summer of Rajasthan, rainy areas of the North-Eastern region, and at high altitudes of Himalayas.
The weapon is passed in the quality trials conducted by the Directorate General of Quality Assurance in which accuracy and stringent performance were tested.
The weapon weighs 3 kg and provides a range of a little over 100 metres.
Key Features include-
1) Single Hand firing capability
2) Ergonomic Design
3) Multiple Picatinny
4) High Reliability
5) Low Recoil &Retractable butt, etc.
The weapon has already passed the trials and procurement actions of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and various state police organizations. The Defence Minister launched the weapon in the DefExpo-20 conducted in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
The weapon is designed by the Armament & Research Establishment, a Pune based DRDO Lab. While the ammunition of the weapon is manufactured at Ammunition Factory, Kirkee Pune.