MEETING BETWEEN DEFENCE MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF NEPAL PRADEEP KUMAR GYAWALI
The Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on January 16. The Foreign Minister is in India for the 6th India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting. During his interaction the Foreign Minister conveyed his greetings from the leadership of Nepal and expressed his desire to deepen the bilateral relations. He also expressed thanks for all the assistance provided by India. The Defence Minister reciprocated the sentiment and emphasised that India-Nepal relations are underpinned by unique people-to-people linkages. Both the dignitaries expressed their satisfaction at the excellent militaryto-military cooperation. Defence Minister stated that India is ready to provide Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief training & capacity building of Nepal.
INDIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUSLY 9MM MACHINE PISTOL
India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army. Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune have designed and developed this weapon using their respective expertise in the complementary areas in a record time of four months. The Machine Pistol fires the inservice 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre. 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing. The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces as personal weapon including for closed quarter battle, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations etc. The weapon is aptly named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect" & “Hard Work”.
13TH INDIA-VIETNAM DEFENCE SECURITY DIALOGUE
Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, cochaired the 13th India-Vietnam Defence Security Dialogue along with his Vietnamese co-chair Sr Lt General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister, Socialist Republic of Vietnam on January 12, 2021. During their virtual interaction, Defence Secretary and the Deputy Defence Minister expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries in spite of the limitations imposed by COVID 19. They also exchanged views on the plan of action that has emanated from the recently concluded Virtual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc in December 2020. New areas of defence cooperation were also discussed.
5TH INDIA-SINGAPORE DEFENCE MINISTERS DIALOGUE
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the 5th India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue along with Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Republic of Singapore on January 20, 2021. During their virtual interaction, both Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress of ongoing defence cooperation engagements between the two countries despite limitations imposed by ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Defence Minister conveyed his compliments on effectiveness of pandemic mitigation measures implemented in Singapore. He also highlighted the role of our Armed Forces in combating COVID-19 and various missions undertaken to assist in repatriation of Indians stranded overseas. Both Ministers also expressed satisfaction at the growing defence ties between the two countries. The Ministers witnessed the Signing of the Implementing Agreement on Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation signed between the Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar was present during the meeting.
INDIAN ARMY SIGNS MOU WITH SIDM ON INDIGENISATION AND INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP
An MoU between the Indian Army and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) was signed on January 21, 2021 to provide further impetus to indigenisation under the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. This MoU was signed on the occasion of 25 Years of Army-Industry Partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Collaboration between the Indian Army and industry started in 1995 with the indigenisation of spares and has progressed to major defence platforms and a wide range of weapons and equipment. The Army has reorganised itself by aligning both the revenue and capital routes of procurement under Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Capability Development & Sustenance). Army Design Bureau (ADB) has been established to act as a direct facilitator with the industry and thereby connect the defence manufacturers directly with the user.
‘TRI-SERVICE EXERCISE KAVACH AND AMPHEX-21 IN THE ANDAMAN SEA AND BAY OF BENGAL
The above exercise was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and involved participation and deployment of all forces of ANC, elements of Amphibious Brigade of Army’s Southern Command along with corvettes, submarine and amphibious landing ships of Navy’s Eastern Fleet and Marine Commandos. Jaguar Maritime Strike and transport aircraft from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard also participated. Prior to amphibious landing operations, troops of the Army, Navy and Air Force were mobilised and transported by sea and air in close coordination with all agencies. The exercise culminated with the beach landing operations by elements of Amphibious Brigade from INS Jalashwa, Airavat, Guldar and LCU MK-4 class of ships with 600 troops along with tanks, troop carrier vehicles and other heavy weapons.The areas in which the exercise was conducted holds strategic significance for India.’
RUSSIA’S ANTI-UAV SYSTEM "RAT"
Ruselectronics’ multifunctional mobile system to combat UAVs called "Rat", was demonstrated at the Russia’s Army2020 forum. The Rat is based on a special armoured vehicle and is equipped with a full range of UAV detection and suppression equipment to protect critical objects from unauthorised UAV intrusion. The system includes a radar station, a complex for automatic recognition and suppression of telecommunication channels, a system of directed ultrahigh-frequency (microwave) suppression and a system of directed laser destruction. All the equipment is integrated into a single intelligent system for collecting, processing and displaying information. The system detects UAVs at a range of up to 3.5 km and can carry out directional suppression of UAV control channels within a radius of up to 2.5 km. The operator of the system can also physically destroy the drone using a system of directed laser radiation.
NEW AMMUNITION FOR RUSSIAN TORNADO-S MULTIPLE ROCKET LAUNCHER
The Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system is the successor to the Smerch MLRS with improved tactical and technical characteristics. The main components of the system are a modernised combat vehicle, based on the BM MLRS "Smerch" and a new guided missiles. NPO SPLAV has developed a 300mm guided missile with HEAT-fragmentation warheads. The missile flight is controlled using a control system unit built on the basis of a strapdown inertial navigation system associated with a satellite navigation system. Each of the projectiles can be assigned individual para metres is not only in terms of flight range but also along the trajectory for their deployment to various targets. The range of guided missiles is over 100 km. The firing accuracy of the Tornado-S shells is 15-20 times higher than that of the Smerch MLRS shells. The weight of the projectile is more than 800 kg, penetrates armour up to 140mm.
RHEINMETALL MODERNISING ARMOURED RECOVERY VEHICLES FOR THE DUTCH ARMY
The Royal Netherlands Armed Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an order for the second phase of the modernisation of their fleet of Bergepanzer 3-Büffel/Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). The operational effectiveness of twenty-one vehicles will be upgraded. The order is worth a mid-doubledigit euro million figure. The work will start immediately and Rheinmetall will completely overhaul another 21 Bergepanzer 3 Büffel ARVs of the Royal Netherlands Army.