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  • October 19, 2020
    GA-ASI Kicks Off SeaGuardian® Validation Flights in Japan

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), kicked off a series of validation flights on October 15 for Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

  • October 19, 2020
    Naval Remote Weapon Station at the EURONAVAL online

    Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of small caliber weapons and associated weapon systems and ammunition FN Herstal will attend EURONAVAL online, from today to 25 October.

  • October 18, 2020
    BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Successfully Test Fired from Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer, INS Chennai

    BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired today from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea.

  • October 18, 2020
    Indian Navy - Sri Lanka Navy Maritime Exercise SLINEX-20 off Trincomalee

    The Eighth Edition of annual Indian Navy (IN) – Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-20 is scheduled off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from 19 to 21 October 2020.

  • October 15, 2020
    Schiebel Pacific Ramps Up for Land129 and Sea129

    Schiebel Pacific is scaling its business in preparation for Land129 and Sea129. The company is hiring remote pilots and maintenance technicians and upgrading its facility.

  • October 14, 2020
    Naval Investiture Ceremony at New Delhi - 2020

    Naval Investiture Ceremony to felicitate naval personnel who have demonstrated leadership, professional achievements and distinguished service of high order was conducted at INS India, New Delhi on October 14, 2020.

  • October 13, 2020
    Raytheon's StormBreaker® approved for the F-15 Eagle

    Raytheon Missiles & Defense announced the StormBreaker® smart weapon has been approved for use on the F-15E by the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command. The fielding decision means that F-15E squadrons can now be equipped with StormBreaker and deployed for missions.

  • October 6, 2020
    Launching ceremony of 7th Offshore Patrol Vessel Yard-45007 for Indian Coast Guard at L&T Kattupalli

    In an impressive ceremony held at L&T Shipbuilding, Kattupalli near Chennai, 7th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) (Yard-45007) was launched as per Maritime Traditions by Smt Hema Somanathan, Spouse of Dr TV Somanathan, IAS, Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance on October 6, 2020.

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    October 5, 2020
    Naval Investiture Ceremony held at Visakhapatnam

    Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain PVSM, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command conferred Gallantry and non-Gallantry Awards announced on the Republic Day this year to meritorious personnel...

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    October 2, 2020
    Northrop Grumman Advances Maritime Electronic Warfare Capability with Follow On Production Contract From US Navy

    Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a follow on production contract for AN/SLQ-32(V)7 SEWIP Block 3 systems by the U.S. Navy on Sept. 30.

  • October 2, 2020
    Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar ANDIN-BN CORPAT

    The second edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar is scheduled to commence in Northern Bay of Bengal on October 3, 2020.

  • October 1, 2020
    HNLMS Pelikaanback in Curaçao after midlife upgrade by Damen in the Netherlands

    HNLMS Pelikaan is back again in the familiar waters of the Caribbean. On September 17, Damen Shipyards Den Helder delivered the HNLMS Pelikaan to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) following a mid-life upgrade lasting eight months.

  • October 1, 2020
    Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 on September 28, 2020 which is an improvement on the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016.

  • October 1, 2020
    Boosting Combat Drones Capability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As China remains hostile with its state media saying China does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh, established “illegally” by India, India is going in for boosting its combat drones capabilities.

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    September 30, 2020
    Naval Investiture Ceremony - 2020

    The Naval Investiture Ceremony - 2020 for Western Naval Command (WNC) was held at INS Shikra on September 30, 2020. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar , Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command presented gallantry and distinguished service awards to recipients.

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    September 29, 2020
    Defence Minister discloses the Defence Acquisition Procedure
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) was released on Monday at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • September 25, 2020
    Naval Investiture Ceremony - 2020

    Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command (SNC), on behalf of the President of India, presented Gallantry and Non-Gallantry Awards, (announced on Republic day 2020) to meritorious naval personnel at the Naval Investiture Ceremony (NIC) conducted at naval base, Kochi on September 25, 2020.

  • September 25, 2020
    Bilateral Maritime Exercise Between Japan and India (JIMEX 20) to Commence off West Coast of India

    The 4th edition of India - Japan Maritime bilateral exercise JIMEX, which is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will be held in North Arabian Sea from 26 to 28 September 2020.

  • September 22, 2020
    Passage Exercise (PASSEX) Between Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy in East Indian Ocean Region

    The Indian Navy (IN) is scheduled to undertake a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region from 23 to 24 Sep 20. The exercise would involve participation of HMAS Hobart from the Australian side and Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk.

  • September 21, 2020
    Women Officers in Helicopter Stream of Indian Navy

    In yet another first in the history of Indian naval aviation, two women officers have been selected to join as “Observers” (Airborne Tacticians) in the helicopter stream. They would in effect, be the first set of women airborne combatants who would be operating from warships.

  • September 21, 2020
    La Fondation Dassault Systèmes Supports Trier University of Applied Sciences

    Grant will enable students to gain product development and manufacturing skills throughnew immersive virtual reality e-learning methods

  • September 19, 2020
    International Coastal Cleanup Day

    The Southern Naval Command observed International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 19, 2020. Pursuant to the global campaign to keep our coastline clean, this year's efforts were themed on ‘Achieving a trash free coastline’.

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    September 15, 2020
    Sonardyne’s Solstice MCM sonar now MINTACS compatible

    Marine technology company Sonardyne has announced that its Solstice multi-aperture sonar has been integrated into mine warfare command software used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

  • September 14, 2020
    Visit of Chief of Naval Staff to Kochi

    Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) is visiting Southern Naval Command, Kochi from 14 - 18 Sep 20. He arrived at naval air station INS Garuda by Indian Air Force aircraft at 09.30 pm on 14 Sep 20...

  • September 14, 2020
    GA-ASI demonstrates maritime capabilities of SeaGuardian®

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) concluded a set of maritime test flights over the sea-lanes off the coast of Southern California on September 11th, using the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

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    September 11, 2020
    104th Annual General Meeting of GRSE

    The 104th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) was held on Friday 11 Sep 2020 through VC/OAVM. The Meeting was attended by Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director and other Directors, along with shareholders.

  • September 9, 2020
    GA-ASI integrates SAGE 750 ESM onto SeaGuardian®

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) has integrated the Leonardo SAGE 750 Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system onto the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). The SAGE 750 integration was performed by GA-ASI in partnership with Leonardo.

  • September 9, 2020
    Damen Shipyards Cape Town lays keel on second Project BIRO IPV

    On 28th August, Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) held a keel-laying. The keel-laying was for the second of three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) that DSCT is building for the South African Navy’s Project BIRO.

  • September 9, 2020
    Ed Dandridge to Head Communications at Boeing

    Boeing named Ed Dandridge as the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, effective September 28, 2020. Dandridge succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as Interim Chief Communications Officer since July in addition to his role as Executive Vice President...

  • September 8, 2020
    Pratt & Whitney secures contract for F-35 Aircraft Propulsion System Spares

    Raytheon Technologies' Pratt & Whitney subsidiary has secured a $579.8 million contract to provide F135 propulsion system spare parts, engines and modules to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, foreign military sales customers and non-Department of Defense participants.

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    September 8, 2020
    INS Nireekshak Joins Rescue Operations for Sunken Mauritian Tug

    INS Nireekshak joined the National Coast Guard, Mauritius in search and salvage of the Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) Tug Sir Gaetan Duval. The diving team confirmed the location of the wreck on September 3, 2020, undertaking underwater filming which was shared with Mauritian authorities.

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    September 8, 2020
    CONTROP to supply surveillance and observation systems for the new Vietnamese Border Guard ships

    The contracts are for the supply of the iSea-25HD system - a lightweight, high-performance EO / IR payload for maritime surveillance and observation missions, suitable for use on medium sizeboats.

  • September 5, 2020
    Defence Minister at SCO Meet
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left for a three-day visit to Russia on September 2 for attending the defence ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

  • September 5, 2020
    2020 India-US 2+2 Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 2020 India-US 2+2 formal dialogue between foreign and defence ministries is likely to take place later this month after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is back from Russia after attending the SCO foreign ministers meet on September 10.

  • September 5, 2020
    Super Swarm Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It was reported in these columns that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided ‘Bharat’ surveillance drones’ produces by the Chandigarh-based Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) to the troops engaged in a standoff with China in Eastern Ladakh.

  • September 4, 2020
    INDRA NAVY – 20

    The 11th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy is scheduled in the Bay of Bengal from 04 to 05 September 2020. Initiated in 2003, Ex INDRA NAVY epitomises the long-term strategic relationship between the two Navies.

  • September 4, 2020
    Management appointments at Safran

    livier Andriès has been named Executive Vice President, effective September 10, 2020. He is a member of the Group's Executive Committee. As initially announced, Olivier Andriès will succeed Philippe Petitcolin as Chief Executive Officer of Safran on January 1, 2021.

  • September 1, 2020
    Vice Admiral S.R. Sarma, AVSM, VSM assumes charge as Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy

    Vice Admiral S.R. Sarma, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel, of the Indian Navy today (September 1, 2020).

  • August 24, 2020
    Littoral Combat Ship 21 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) Completes Acceptance Trials

    Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21, the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. Trials included a full-power run, maneuverability testing, and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system.

  • August 24, 2020
    Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band takes to the skies for Growler flight testing

    Built by Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band flew on an EA-18G Growler – its first flight test on the aircraft.

  • August 24, 2020
    Aatmanirbhar Reset 2.0
    By Lt. General R.K. Jagga (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call to use these trying times to become Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant). Defence Manufacturing in India has huge potential and can bring a transformative change, but is the industry ready to rise up to challenges and uncover the opportunities therein.

  • August 24, 2020
    China adopts an aggressive posture against Japan
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    From the aggressive posture that China has adopted in the region, it is clear that focus of her policy is directed against Japan, her most powerful enemy in the region.

  • August 20, 2020
    Modi-Abe Summit Coming Up
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The India-Japan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which got postponed last year is scheduled for early next month, the tentative date for which according to sources is September 10.

  • August 20, 2020
    India’s Infrastructure Push in Maldives
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Located about 600 km off the southwest coast of India and 750 km southwest of Sri Lanka, Maldives consists of a double chain of 26 atolls spread over 90,000 sq km of territory.

  • August 20, 2020
    Make in India Stealth Submarines
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh appears to have egged the government in giving impetus to the Indian Navy’s Project 75(I) (P75(I)). Project 75(I)-class submarine is follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarine for the Indian Navy.

  • August 20, 2020
    ANI should be Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ANI)
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On August 10, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first undersea fibre optics cable project linking Chennai with Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI). The project has been aptly named CANI; Chennai - Andaman and Nicobar.

  • August 18, 2020
    33rd Naval Higher Command Course Commences at Naval War College, Goa

    Naval Higher Command Course - 33 was inaugurated online by Shri Suhas Pednekar, Honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, on August 17, 2020. He lauded the efforts of the Naval War College (NWC), Goa...

  • August 18, 2020
    Curtain Raiser - Naval Commanders’ Conference 2020

    The Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2020 is scheduled at New Delhi from 19 to August 21, 2020. The Conference is the apex level event for interaction between the Naval Commanders.

  • August 17, 2020
    Boeing Inducts 20th U.S. Navy F/A-18 into Service Life Modification

    Boeing has inducted its 20th F/A-18 Super Hornet into Service Life Modification (SLM) supporting U.S. Navy readiness needs for mission-capable aircraft. Two SLM jets have already been delivered back to the Navy.

  • August 15, 2020
    Independence Day Celebrations at ENC

    On the occasion of 74th Independence Day, a Ceremonial Parade was held at the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) comprising of platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships, submarines, establishments and Defence Security Corps inside Command Gymnasium today, 15 August 2020.

  • August 15, 2020
    Independence Day Celebrations at Naval Base, Kochi

    The Southern Naval Command (SNC) marked the 73rd anniversary of the nation’s independence through a slew of activities at Kochi. The foremost amongst these was wreath laying at the SNC War Memorial by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-In-Chief...

  • August 14, 2020
    AirAsia India salutes the Indian Armed Forces, offering 50,000 free seats with the AirAsia RedPass initiative

    Ahead of India’s 74th Independence Day, AirAsia India has announced the RedPass initiative for the armed forces in recognition of their contribution as the strongest pillar of the nation, supporting democracy and security.

  • August 13, 2020
    Indian Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarthak’ launched

    An Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard was launched and re-christened as Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’ by Ms. Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar today.

  • August 13, 2020
    Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh launches Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO)

    Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) through an online webinar. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries were also present at the event.