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Garuda Aerospace launched surveillance drone named Droni

Former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and drone market Garuda Aerospace have launched a surveillance drone named ‘Droni.’ Dhoni is an ambassador-cum-investor in the low-cost drone manufacturer. Dhoni had unveiled the camera drone called Droni at The Global Drone Expo in Chennai last year. Droni is a battery-operated quadcopter surveillance drone.

At the launch, MS Dhoni has said that he got interested about drones during the COVID-19 lockdown and learned about the important role drones can play for farmers and agriculturalists.

Garuda Aerospace recently became the first-ever drone company in India to get dual DGCA approvals for both drone manufacturing type certificate and RTPO.

Garuda Aerospace recently became the first-ever drone company in India to get dual DGCA approvals for both drone manufacturing type certificate and RTPO.

India successfully carries out test launch of Prithvi-II ballistic missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO, successfully carried out a training launch of a Short-Range Ballistic Missile, Prithvi-II from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha coast. It said that the Prithvi-II missile is a well-established system and has been an integral part of India’s nuclear deterrence.

  • Prithvi-II missile is a well-established system.
  • It has been an integral part of nuclear deterrence in India.
  • During the training launch, the missile hit its target with high accuracy and successfully validated all operational and technical parameters of the missile.
  • Range: 350 km

Navy launches indigenously-built ship ‘Arnala’ in Chennai

The Indian Navy launched ‘Arnala’, the first of the eight indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASW-SWC), at the shipbuilding facility of L&T in Chennai’s Kattupalli.

Built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), ‘Arnala’ made its first contact with the water of the Bay of Bengal at 10.40 am at the launch ceremony presided over by Rasika Chaube, financial adviser (defence services) of the defence ministry. In keeping with the Naval maritime tradition, Chaube launched the ship to the chanting of invocation from Atharva Veda.

The ship has been named ‘Arnala’ to signify the strategic maritime importance accorded to the island of Arnala, located about 13 kilometres north of Vasai, Maharashtra, by Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

In any ship’s life, there are four key ceremonial occasions – keel laying, launching, commissioning and decommissioning. Launching is when the ship is transferred from the building site into the waters.

The ‘Arnala’ class of ships will replace the ‘Abhay’ class ASW ships of the Indian Navy. These are designed to undertake anti-submarine operations in coastal waters and low-intensity maritime operations (LIMO), including subsurface surveillance in littoral waters. The 77.6-metre-long ASW-SWC ships have a displacement of 900 tonnes with a maximum speed of 25 knots and endurance of 1800 nautical miles (NM).

The defence ministry said that ASW-SWC ships will have over 80 per cent indigenous content, ensuring that large-scale defence production is executed by Indian manufacturing units thereby generating employment and capability build-up within the country.

‘Veer Guardian 23′: India, Japan to conduct first-ever air combat exercise

India and Japan are set to conduct their first-ever bilateral combat air exercise over 10 days in Japan next month. The exercise named ‘Veer Guardian 23’ will be conducted from January 16 to January 26.

The Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) will conduct a bilateral fighter training with the Indian Air Force (IAF). The exercise aims to promote mutual understanding and strengthen defence cooperation between the air forces. The exercise will at Hyakuri Air Base north-west of Tokyo.

India to receive 3rd squadron of S-400 air defence missile from Russia

Russia will begin supplying India with the third squadron of the S-400 air defence missile system in January or February of next year, despite its ongoing conflict with Ukraine. The supplies for the third squadron are planned to begin from early next year in the January-February timeframe.”

According to the sources, the only problem preventing the two countries from exchanging supplies is payment due to international sanctions against conducting financial transactions with Russia.

India has already put its first two missile system squadrons into service. The first two squadrons have been sent out to patrol the Ladakh sector, as well as West Bengal’s delicate Chicken’s Neck Corridor and the entire northeastern region.

The system can engage enemy fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, ballistic and cruise missiles, and cruise missiles with a range of up to 400 kilometres.

India and Russia have agreed to a three-year, more than ₹35,000 crore deal for India to buy five squadrons of S-400 air defence missiles, and all deliveries are anticipated to be completed by the end of the following fiscal year.

The joint production of the AK-203 assault rifles in Amethi is another joint effort between India and Russia, and some of the Russian machinery has already arrived at the production site.

All three forces heavily relied on military supplies, with Russia serving as one of India’s major suppliers of weaponry.

In the recent years, India has acquired weapons from both Russia’s rival, the US, and other European nations, including France. However, the Air Force and the Army still have more than 50% critical fighting systems from Russia.

Indian forces acquiring ‘Pralay’ ballistic missile

In a major development, the Indian defence forces are going to induct ballistic missiles for tactical operations, as they are all set to place orders for the ‘Pralay‘ ballistic missiles that can hit targets from 150 to 500 km.

Pralay‘ is powered with solid propellant rocket motor with the capability to destroy enemy targets within a range of 150 to 500km. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation and integrated avionics.

Pralay is a quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile. The advanced missile has been developed in a way such that it can defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change its path after covering a certain range midair.

Sources say that such missiles give a tremendous capability to troops to completely destroy or take out enemy air defence sites or similar high value targets.

Indian Navy receives fifth indigenously-built Scorpene-Class Submarine ‘Vagir’

The fifth Scorpène submarine, Vagir of Project – 75 Kalvari Class submarines was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai. The Defence Ministry said, the submarine would shortly be commissioned into the Navy and enhance its capability.

Project – 75 includes the indigenous construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.

Launched on the 12th of November 2020, Vagir commenced the sea trials on the Ist of February this year and it has completed all major trials including the weapon and sensor trials in the shortest time in comparison to the earlier submarines.

Construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is another step towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat and a notable achievement is that this is the third submarine delivered to the Navy in a span of 24 months.

IFR-22 at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Indian Navy ships Kochi, Kavaratti and Sumedha arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to participate in the maiden International Fleet Review (IFR) being conducted by the Bangladesh Navy (BN). The ships are taking part in a variety of activities being conducted as a part of BN IFR-22 from 06 to 09 December 2022.

IFR-22 is being conducted by BN this year, to commemorate the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh. The Chief Guest for the Fleet Review scheduled was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Mrs Sheikh Hasina.

The visiting Indian Navy ships Kochi, Kavaratti and Sumedha are the latest indigenously designed and developed guided missile stealth Destroyer, anti submarine Corvette and Off-shore Patrol Vessel respectively. INS Kochi is a part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai, whilst INS Kavaratti and INS Sumedha form part of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam.

All three ships are equipped with a versatile array of weapons and sensors, carry multi-role helicopters and symbolise India’s warship building capabilities, keeping in line with the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

Indian Army’s Sudarshan Chakra Corps carries out Exercise Sudarshan Prahar

Indian Army’s Sudarshan Chakra Corps carried out Exercise Sudarshan Prahar in the deserts of Rajasthan. The exercise focussed on the synergised application of combat power through the integration of force multipliers & practising new battle techniques in an integrated all arms environment showcasing high level of professionalism and offensive spirit.

Lieutenant General AK Singh, Goc-in-C, Southern Command witnessed Exercise SUDARSHAN PARHAR and complimented the troops for the high standard of training and operational preparedness.

India-Malaysia joint military Exercise Harimau Shakti 2022 begins in Malaysia

India-Malaysia joint military Exercise Harimau Shakti-2022 started at Pulai Klang in Malaysia. The military exercise will culminate on the 12th of next month.

HARIMAU SHAKTI will enhance the defence cooperation between Indian Army and the Malaysian Army. Combat troops of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment of the Indian Army and the Royal Malay Regiment of the Malaysian Army are participating in the exercise.

The military exercise will enhance interoperability in planning and execution of various operations in jungle terrain. During the exercise, emphasis will be made on developing tactical skills and enhancing interoperability between the two forces. HARIMAU SHAKTI is an annual training event between Indian and Malaysian armies which has been conducted since 2012.