February 28, 2024

Defence


Dharma Guardian Exercise

‘Dharma Guardian’ is an annual exercise held alternately in India and Japan. The fifth edition of the joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ between the Indian Army and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces commenced recently at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan. The objective of the exercise is to promote military cooperation and enhance joint capabilities to conduct joint operations in semi-urban environments under Chapter VII of the United Nations mandate. The Japanese contingent is being represented by soldiers of the 34th Infantry Regiment, and the Indian Army contingent is being represented by a battalion of the Rajputana Rifles Both sides....Read More

  MILAN 2024

From 19th February onwards, warships, military aircraft and delegations from Navies across the world will congregate at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024. The twelfth edition of this flagship event of the Indian Navy is expected to witness the participation of more than 50 nations, with nearly 20 of them also sending their ships or aircraft to be a part of the marquee gathering. MILAN, which translates into ‘meeting’ or ‘gathering’ or ‘confluence of people’ in Hindi, began in 1995 as a biennial multinational event under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar command till its tenth edition. It shifted to Visakhapatnam for....Read More

Chinese researchers have introduced a novel high-power microwave (HPM) weapon, powered by a Stirling engine, marking a significant advancement in directed-energy warfare. It utilizes four compact Stirling engines to convert thermal energy into mechanical energy, driving powerful HPM waves capable of neutralizing drones, military aircraft, and satellites. The weapon's superconducting coil can generate a magnetic field up to four teslas, significantly reducing energy consumption compared to existing technologies. The system can operate continuously for four hours, consuming only a fifth of the energy required by previous methods. HPM weapons are a type of Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) system. These are....Read More

World Defence Show 2024

The World Defence Show 2024 was organised in Riyadh, attracting significant participation from over 773 exhibitors across 75 countries. Government entities and leading local and international defence and security companies actively joined the event, highlighting the growing importance of the sector in the region. This five-day World Defence Show was organized in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 4 to 8 February 2024. INDIA'S PRESENCE: Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt is on a visit to Riyadh as the head of the Indian delegation for the World Defence Show (WDS) 2024. The World Defence Show (WDS) 2024, witnessed Tri-Service women representation,....Read More

Zircon missile

In an attempt to hit a target in Kyiv, Russian forces launched a 3M22 Zircon missile, according to a report published in Ukrainian media. The report noted that one of the images specifically depicts a piece of debris bearing the “3M22” designation, which, along with the Kh-47 Kinzhal, is associated with the so-called “Putin’s wunderwaffe,” or the Russian military’s most popular “hypersonic” long-range strike weapons. If the use of Zircon is confirmed, it will be the first combat use of Russia’s newest hypersonic missile.   ABOUT ZIRCON MISSILE The missile is reportedly capable of flying with speeds up to Mach....Read More

ABHYAAS- HEAT

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently achieved a significant milestone with the completion of the four flight trials of the HighSpeed Expendable Aerial Target-ABHYAS at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. ABOUT ABHYAAS ABHYAS, designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the DRDO, represents a cutting-edge innovation in aerial target systems. It is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an auto pilot indigenously made by the ADE. It has Radar Cross Section, Visual and Infrared augmentation system required for weapon practice. It has a laptop-based Ground Control System with which the aircraft can....Read More

ABHYAAS- HEAT

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently achieved a significant milestone with the completion of the four flight trials of the HighSpeed Expendable Aerial Target-ABHYAS at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. ABOUT ABHYAAS ABHYAS, designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the DRDO, represents a cutting-edge innovation in aerial target systems. It is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an auto pilot indigenously made by the ADE. It has Radar Cross Section, Visual and Infrared augmentation system required for weapon practice. It has a laptop-based Ground Control System with which the aircraft can....Read More

  INS Sandhayak

INS Sandhayak, the first Survey Vessel Large (SVL) ship, was commissioned into the Indian Navy recently . The primary role of the ship is to carry out full scale hydrographic surveys of ports, harbours, navigational channels/routes, coastal areas and deep seas, towards enabling safe marine navigation. In its secondary role, the ship w vcill be capable of undertaking a range of naval operations. The commissioning ceremony marked the formal induction of the first of the four ships of the SVL Project under construction at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The project has been steered by the Warship Design....Read More

Priyam Gandhi-Mody released her latest book "What If There Was No Congress: The Uncensored History of Independent India" The book, published by Rupa, revisits some of the key events that shaped India's political history over the last 80 years - Partition, Kashmir, governance, scams, democracy and its interruptions, economic policy, intellectual colonisation and foreign policy - and also seeks to provide a roadmap to the India of tomorrow. The author says the Congress had "played a crucial role in the Indian freedom struggle; however, its leadership also made some missteps that resulted in the Balkanization of undivided India".Read More

Volt Typhoon

The FBI has shut down a China-backed hacking group called Volt Typhoon. The operation weeded out malicious Chinese software from a network or "botnet" of hundreds of compromised U.S. routers. Microsoft had earlier warned of Volt Typhoon’s hacking efforts, advising customers to change their security details. It is a state-sponsored hacking group based in China that has been active since at least 2021. The hackers had been targeting U.S. water treatment plants, the power grid, oil and natural gas pipelines, and transportation systems.Read More

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