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DRDO lab develops light weight Bullet Proof Jacket


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur has developed a lightweight Bullet Proof Jacket (BPJ) weighing 9.0 kilogrammes, meeting the qualitative requirements of the Indian Army. 

Salient Features of BPJ:-

  1. The Front Hard Armour Panel (FHAP) jacket was tested at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh and met relevant BIS standards.
  2. Each gram of BPJ weight reduction has been made to enhance soldier comfort while ensuring survivability.
  3. This technology reduces the weight of the medium-sized BPJ from 10.4 to 9.0 kilogrammes.
  4. Very specific materials and processing technologies have been developed in the laboratories to achieve this objective.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO scientists and Industry for developing the lightweight BPJ to make the soldiers comfortable.


MoD allows use of military ranks by retired Short Service Commission officers


Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to allow the retired Short Service Commission (SSC) officers of the Army to use military ranks as applicable, a release issued today said.

The SSC officers, after completion of their mandated terms and conditions of service, had not been authorised to use the military ranks. This has been causing dissatisfaction and discontentment among the SSC officers who serve under the same service conditions and face similar hardships as Permanent Commission officers with a similar Service profile.

This decision of the Government is aimed at not only remove dissatisfaction and discontentment among the retired SSC officers but will serve as a big boost to the young aspirants. In addition, this decision will act as a morale booster for the existing SSC officers, the release stated.

The demand for use of military ranks by the Short Service Commission (SSC) officers after release from service has been pending since 1983. The SSC officers form the backbone of the support cadre of the Army. They serve for a period of 10-14 years to make up for the deficiency of young officers in units. There have been several attempts at making the SSC attractive. Permission to allow the use of military ranks by these officers has been one of their major demands.

Unlike in the past when SSC officers used to serve for a period of five years, now they serve for a tenure of 10 years, further extendable by four years. The SSC officers provide a support cadre to the officers' cadre of the Army.


MoD signs contract with MDSL to supply Light Specialist Vehicles to Indian Army


Providing a further boost to 'Make in India', the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) for the supply of 1,300 Light Specialist Vehicles to the Indian Army, at a cost of Rs 1,056 crore, in New Delhi today.

The induction of vehicles is planned to be completed in four years.

The Light Specialist Vehicle, indigenously designed and developed by MDSL, is a modern fighting vehicle and will be authorised to various fighting units for the carriage of Medium Machine Guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers as well as Anti-tank Guided Missiles.

These combat vehicles are extremely agile with all-round protection against small arms fire and will assist small independent detachments which are required to operate this weapon platform in the operational area.

This is a flagship project showcasing the indigenous manufacturing capabilities of the defence industry.

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A noble gesture to respect our protectors


Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Mrs Veena Nayyar, wife of Late Vice Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs Two Crores for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force for Next of Kins of service personnel who are martyred in the Line of Duty.

Mrs Veena Nayyar presented a Cheque of Rs 2 Crores to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi, a release issued today by the Ministry of Defence informed.

The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for Next of Kins of servicemen who die in the Line of Duty. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for the wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and Marriage grant for widows and daughters, the release informed.

The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Mrs Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life. 

DIAV is one of the primary organisations of the Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 Crores to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes, the release added.

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Attestation Parade of paratroopers held in Bengaluru


As many as 158 recruits passed out from the Parachute Regiment Training Centre, Bengaluru, at an Attestation Parade of paratroopers held today.

They successfully completed 34 weeks of training and joined the folds of the Parachute Regiment as Paratroopers in Bengaluru today. The parade was reviewed by Brigadier Sunil Sheoran, Commandant, Parachute Regiment Training Centre.              

The Commandant, while addressing the parade, complimented the paratroopers on their impressive turnout and impeccable drill and urged them to imbibe and always follow the basic soldierly ethos of "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri".   

Recruit Ganesh Routa, who won the 'Best in Drill' award, commanded the impressive Passing Out Parade, while Recruit Lalit Singh Bisht was conferred with the award of 'Overall Best Recruit'.

#IndianArmy #Bengaluru

Terrorists attack Indian Army


Militants this morning attacked the Indian Army's road opening party with a grenade in Shamsipora area of Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Four Army personnel were injured in this attack.

The soldiers have been admitted to the military hospital after providing them with first aid. The terrorists fled the spot immediately after the attack. The security forces have commenced a search operation by laying siege to the entire area.

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Joint Armed Forces Exercise in Andaman Sea


In a bid to enhance joint operational readiness, Indian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale conjoint military training exercise "KAVACH" along with "AMPHEX-21" in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). It witnessed the participation of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Army Southern Command (SC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise 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 in the exercise.

The exercise started with maritime strikes by Jaguar aircraft, Para Commandos and Marine Commandos carrying out Combat Free Fall at Car Nicobar with an aim to validate air dominance and maritime strike capability within the area of interest in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). 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.

As part of shaping the battlefield, MARCOS along with their combat loads and Air Droppable Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (ADR) were dropped over the Andaman Sea, enabling the Marine Commandos to reach the target with stealth and speed.  MI-17 V5 Armed Helicopters undertook precision targeting against designated enemy assets at sea and on land. The training exercise culminated with the beach landing operations by elements of Amphibious Brigade of Southern Command 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 logistic team demonstrated and validated the joint logistic system and its capabilities to respond to dynamic changes in operational situations and combat missions. The areas in which the exercise was conducted holds strategic significance for India.

The exercise also validated joint capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets, its synthesis, analysis and near real-time sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making. The joint force executed multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The tri-services exercise fine-tuned joint warfighting capabilities and Standard Operating Procedures towards enhancing operational synergy.

Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command visited the exercise area in the Southern Group of Islands to oversee the exercise and commended all Ranks for the high level of operational preparedness.   

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Induction of Indigenous Bridging System into Indian Army


In continuation of efforts towards Atmanirbharta and in close coordination with the private industry and DRDO, the Indian Army has inducted three sets of 10-metre short span bridges, which were formally handed over on 29 of December 2020 at the Talegaon facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited. 

The equipment will meet the important requirement of providing mobility to our forces by speedy bridging of gaps during operations.                                                

This accomplishment is a step towards weaning away our armed forces from foreign manufactured equipment with the Bridge indigenously designed, developed and delivered as per schedule. All stakeholders have put in concerted efforts to overcome challenges and realise the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government, which aims to ensure self-reliance and self sufficiency in meeting the defence needs of the Indian Army.

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Chief of Army Staff proceeds on visit to United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


General MM Naravane, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has proceeded on a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 9th to 14th December 2020.

During the visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and senior military leadership of these countries. The visit is historic in the sense that it will be the first time an Indian Army Chief is visiting the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Army Chief is visiting the UAE from 09 to 10 December 2020. He is scheduled to call on senior military officials where he will discuss avenues for enhancing India-UAE defence relations. 

The Army Chief will then travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the second leg of his tour from 13 to 14 December 2020. He will take forward the defence cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India through multiple meetings with senior functionaries of the security establishment and exchange views on various defence-related issues. The Army Chief will visit the Headquarters of Royal Saudi Land Force, the Joint Force Command Headquarters and King Abdul Aziz Military Academy. The COAS is also scheduled to visit the National Defence University and address the students and faculty at the institution.

#UAE #SaudiArabia #ManojMukundNaravne #IndianArmy

Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan in Rajouri District, One Jawan Martyred


An Army jawan was killed in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera district.
Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control (LoC) in Nowshera Sector, District Rajouri (J&K).

Army troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Hav Patil Sangram Shivaji was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries. Havaldar Patil Sangram Shivaji was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier.

In a statement, Army has said Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Havildar Patil Sangram Shivaji and offer deepest condolences to the family.

The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.


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