Troops of Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army jointly celebrated New Year on January 01, 2019 at the snow-clad heights of Sino-Indian border and greeted each other. During the ceremony, both the delegations interacted in a free, friendly and cordial manner and reiterated commitment to continue to work towards enhancing mutual trust between the two sides. Such initiatives go a long way in enhancing mutual trust and faith amongst by the two sides. The delegation was led by Colonel level officers from each side.
2. ARMED FORCES VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION
The annual Tri-services Armed Forces Veterans Day celebration is planned to be held on 14 January 2019. The event will commence with Wreath Laying at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate followed by the rally at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri/ Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri will be the Chief Guest. Approximately 1,500 Veterans are expected to attend the rally.
3. WOMEN POWER
In a first, all women crew of 59 Sqn of the Indian Air Force located at Guwahati landed at Tezu Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian Air Force is operationalising seven ALGs in Arunachal Pradesh, a move that will give a major boost to its operational capability.
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4. DRONE OLYMPICS
The Government of India is providing an opportunity for the manufacturers of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – the fastest growing segment in the market, to showcase their capabilities through a “Drone Olympics” being organised during the “Aero India – 2019” at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The event is scheduled to be held for both Indian and international players. The competition will have three categories - Surveillance Challenge, Supply Drop Challenge and Formation Flying Challenge. The top three winners of each competition will be awarded medals and a cash prize of Rs. 38 lakhs. Last date of registration to participate in event is January 26, 2019. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched the web page for ‘Drone Olympics’. The event will not only encourage the UAV manufacturing in the country but also provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces to assess the capabilities that exist in the world. Role of UAVs in defence sector is ever-increasing on account of new additionalities being added to them making them fit for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare and strike missions.
5. RAKSHA MANTRI VISITS AIRMEN TRAINING SCHOOL
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitaraman visited the Airmen Training School Belgavi on December 29, 2018. She was received by Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. After the initial reception and the Guard of honour she inspected the training facilities and informally interacted with the young trainees, faculty and staff during the traditional Barakhana. While stressing the importance of air power, the Raksha Mantri exhorted the institute to continue their training raw recruits into worthy air warriors. This is this first visit of a Raksha Mantri to Airmen Training School Belagavi since 1962.
6. MIG-21 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT HANDED OVER TO BIHAR GOVERNMENT
On December 26, 2018, Indian Air Force (IAF) handed over a MiG-21 fighter aircraft to Bihar Government for display at Rajdhani Vatika-3, an Adventure Park in Patna. Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Bihar organised the inauguration ceremony. Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar inaugurated the aircraft installation in presence of Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command and various other dignitaries.
7. EXERCISE ‘PRASTHAN’ CONDUCTED IN WESTERN COAST OF INDIA
On 24 December 2018, exercise ‘Prasthan’ was conducted in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off Mumbai, under the aegis of Headquarters Western Naval Command with an aim to integrate all maritime stakeholders - the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard, Oil Handling Agencies, Port Trust, Customs, State fisheries department and Marine Police towards refining SOPs for response to various offshore contingencies that could occur in the ODAs. The exercise was conducted on an offshore platform, located about 50 nautical miles west of Mumbai. Contingencies such as collision of an adrift vessel with an oil platform, fire on an oil platform, oil spill and pollution control, casualty evacuation from the ODA and Search and Rescue for an overboard crew were exercised. In addition, anti-hijacking drill and bomb disposal exercise were conducted wherein Marine Commandos and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of Indian Navy were slithered on the platform from helicopters
8. DEFENCE PROJECTS UNDER MAKE IN INDIA
As per the information given to Rajya Sabha by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre, in the last three financial years the Government of India has accorded Acceptance of Necessity to 111 proposals, worth Rs 1,78,900 crore approximately, under ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM - Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured )’, ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ or ‘Make’ categories of capital procurement as per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). This actually means that the Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued only to Indian Vendors. During the same period, contracts worth about Rs 65,471.28 crore have been signed with Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment. Recently, a draft Defence Production Policy-2018 has been placed in public domain. n