Integrated Training Exercise was conducted by the Army
The Western Command of the Indian Army has recently concluded the integrated Training Exercise. All arms were involved in the exercise so that along with operational duties on the border, soldiers can be tuned in with battle drills.
As a part of the winter training cycle, different units of Ambala based Kharga Corp, the most formidable strike formation of the Army have participated in the exercise. From May 2020, a large number of troops have been posted along the Line of Actual Control against Chinese aggression. Operating in the networked and informationalised domain, the exercise was conducted with an aim to validate the concept of evolving military. Along with different sub conventional warfare, tactical air support and heliborne operations were also included in the exercise.
NSA to meet Top advisor of the French President
Top advisor of the French President Emmanuel Bonne and the National Security Advisor of India Mr. Ajit Doval will hold an annual strategic dialogue. Meanwhile, discussions on various sectors along with the defence cooperation between two countries will be taken place, in which talks related to six diesel submarines under the P75I project for Indian Navy, Additional Rafale for Indian Airforce, Chinese aggression, etc. is expected. Before this, Indian officials have raised concerns regarding access to crucial technologies to enemy countries. Thus, France has decided not to upgrade the operational fleet of Mirage 3 & Mirage 5 fighter aircraft of Pakistan Airforce. This was the primary reason behind the exclusion of both the aircraft during the aerial exercise between Pakistan & China. The upgradation of Pakistani Navy operated Air Defence Systems and Agosta 90B submarines were also delayed by the French officials due to Indian pressure. France has ensured that no Pakistani national should reach near to the Rafale aircraft delivered to the Qatar Airforce.
India and France have concluded a deal of 36 rafale jets of which delivery of several aircraft have been already done by the Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the aircraft, and the remaining are expected to land on Indian soil at the end of this year. Among the delivered Rafales, some are trainer jets. At present few Indian Air Force pilots are taking training in France on Rafale.
100000th indigenous Bullet Proof Jacket delivered to the Army
Minister of state for Defence Ministry Shripad Yasso Naik has handed over the 100000th bulletproof jacket to Chief of Indian Army Gen Manoj Naravane who recently concluded his South Korean visit. The Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJ) were manufactured by the SMPP Pvt Ltd. Jackets are fully indigenously developed. To make India a global hub for such small military equipment, several initiatives have been taken by the company. According to the minister, soldiers are providing positive reviews of the BPJ.
758 crores contract to BEML for HMVs
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has been awarded a contract of High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) for rupees 758 crores. The vehicles will be utilized by the Indian Army. The manufacturing of the contracted vehicles will be done at a manufacturing plant of BEML in Palakkad, Kerala. These vehicles will play a vital role in Indian Army Logistics Management. To transport Armoured Fighting Vehicles, troops, ammunition, etc. to remote locations and difficult terrains of operational areas, these vehicles are going to be utilized by the Indian Army. The headquarter of BEML is situated in Bengaluru, Karnataka.