Swarnim Vijay Mashaal in Kochi
The Victory Flame also known as Swarnim Vijay Mashal was received in traditional military custom by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command (SNC) on 24 March 2021 at War Memorial inside Naval base, Kochi. The victory flame was accorded ceremonial reception by 50 men Guard of Honour in presence of Senior Officers, War Veterans and personnel from SNC. The Victory Flame is travelling in four cardinal directions of Defence Commands in the country in order to commemorate the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ i.e. completion of 50 years of Bangladesh war. The flame reached Kochi after travelling a distance of approximately 2500 km. the flame will travel across the cities and villages felicitating the war heroes and their Next of Kins who participated in 1971 war. The flame will be accompanied by the Navy band and ceremonial guard team.
7th IN-BN Staff Talks
Taking a step forward to bolster strategic ties between India and Bangladesh in the maritime domain, 7th Staff Talks were held between Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy from 23-25 March 2021 at New Delhi. Rear Admiral Mohammad Mozammel Haque, Commander Chattogram Naval Area led Bangladesh Navy delegation while the Indian Navy delegation was led by Rear Admiral J Singh, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. These talks were the first bilateral dialogue conducted after lifting the travelling restrictions imposed due to COVID 19 pandemic. The discussion evolved around issues relating to joint cooperative efforts like Coordinated Patrol along International Maritime Boundary Line, bilateral exercise BONGOSAGAR, Hydrography and conduct of Naval Training. India and Bangladesh are jointly celebrating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of victory in Bangladesh Liberation War and 1971 War this year. To commemorate the event, several joint activities have been conducted including reciprocal ship visits by both Navies, participation in Republic Day Parade 2021 at New Delhi by Bangladesh Armed Forces Contingent and participation of BN delegation in Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group on Information Sharing and Interoperability at New Delhi in February 2021. Two tri-service delegations from Indian Armed Forces are participating in carrying ‘Victory Day Flame’ through battlefields of the 1971 war and Independence Day Celebrations in Bangladesh.
Akash-NG test fired
The new generation Akash missile was successfully test fired from Pokharan Field Firing Range in Jaisalmer district by a joint team of the Indian Army and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The upgraded Army version of the surface-to-air missile was fired from a heavy mobility truck. The missile is designed for use by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army to intercept high-manoeuvring low radar cross-section aerial threats. The missile performed high manouevres during the trajectory. It is capable of engaging multiple targets in real time with the intercept range of 40 km. During the trial, the performance of on-board avionics, command and control system and aerodynamic configuration of the missile was successfully validated. In order to monitor the entire path of the missile during the test launch the range instruments including radar, EOTS and telemetry systems were used along with capturing flight data. The max speed of the missile is 2.5 Mach. It can be fired from stable objects like tank as well as moving surfaces like warships and trucks. The deployability of Akash-NG is far better than similar other systems. The missile has been solely designed by DRDO and has been produced by defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
India’s Webinar with Chile
A webinar was held between India and Chile on the theme “Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership: Webinar and Expo” on 25 March 2021. The Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence organized the conference through Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM). The officials highlighted the strong capabilities of Indian Defence Industry in various fields. The industries are willing to collaborate with Chilean defence companies in order to co-develop and co-produce in the areas of mutual interests. The Secretary, Defence Production also stated the keenness on the part of Indian defence Industry to participate in the bidding procurement process of Chilean Armed Forces. The webinar included presentations from Indian majors like L&T, Goa Shipyard Limited, Bharat Forge, OFB, Mahindra Defence, Tata Advanced Systems, HAL and MKU. Chilean companies also presented their ideas. More than 130 delegates attended the webinar. Indian companies had set up more than 100 virtual exhibition stalls. The webinar was a part of the webinars being organized with the friendly foreign nations to boost defence exports and achieve defence export target of 5 billion US Dollar by 2025.
First consignment of Kaveri engine parts
The first consignment of high temperature alloy for the country’s indigenous ‘Kaveri dry engine program’ has been dispatched by the Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI). The engine would go on to power the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). The consignment consists of nickel base superalloy (Superni 263A) and titanium alloy (Titan 31A) forged bars thoroughly qualified in airworthy certification requirements. These materials are included in various class I and class II components of the engine. These materials are manufactured with 75% indigenous content and the first consignment has been manufactured and certified successfully in mission mode within 2.5 months.
Anti drone Systems demonstrated by Adani Defence
New anti-drone systems, developed by the Adani Defence Systems and Technologies Limited, were reviewed by the government officials. The Adani Defence has got the conditional exemption to demonstrate the counter drone systems to the government agencies. The drone models were operated by the Z-axis Unmanned Machines private limited. This comes after the issuance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) proposed by the government to prevent drone attacks. The government is planning to deploy counter drone systems near the airports to handle any attack or operations by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
More companies like ideaForge, Sagar Defence will be invited by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for demonstration of these systems. On the same grounds, a security program template of remotely piloted aircraft has been prepared by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). It focuses in basic requirements and technical advancements required for counter drone technology. Drone activities are being regulated by a platform named as DigiSky.