Context: Based on the latest estimates released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in the period between 2009-13 and 2014-18, Indian defence imports fell even as exports increased. Trends in Export-Import: Indeed, the period between 2012 and 2019 saw Indian defence exports experiencing a considerable jump sourced from Indian public and private sector enterprises. In the last two fiscal years, 2017-18 and 2018-19, exp... .
Updated on 2 April, 2020
The Indian Army has code-named its anti-COVID-19 campaign as Operation Namaste to help the government in its fight against the pandemic. Key Points Soldiers are advised to follow the lockdown, wherever they do not have any operational role, and stay fit. They are assured that their families will be well taken care of. Leave extension of those on leave as well as curtailment of leave to bare minimum have been imposed. Segregation faci... .
Updated on 30 March, 2020
Context: The Defence Acquisition Council paved the way for procurement of 83 more advanced Mk1A version of the Tejas aircraft from HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) by finalising the contractual and other issues. About Tejas: The Light Combat Aircraft is indigenously-designed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is an... .
Updated on 19 March, 2020
Context:The Navy plans to start receiving four more P-8I aircrafts from Boeing from May,2019 and the process will be completed by January 2022. More about the news: Earlier deal: Navy had procured eight P-8Is in a $2.2 billion deal in 2009. These aircrafts are part of the 312A Naval Air Squadron based at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu. Optional Clause:Navy had also exercised the optional clause for four more P-8Is in a deal worth over $1billion.These... .
Updated on 18 March, 2020
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat is working on a timeline for the rollout of joint commands of the Army, Navy and Air Force beginning with an Air Defence Command. The old civil-military relationship has been reformed, with far greater powers in decision-making now being given to the armed forces. About CDS: The CDS is a high military office that will oversee and coordinate the working of the three Services, and offer seamless tri-service v... .
Updated on 28 February, 2020
Context:There are indications that the newly signed third Bodo accord,which was expected to be the panacea of the ethno-nationalist identity questions in Northeastern States,has led to creation of new problems as well. About the Third Bodo Accord The Accord provides for more legislative, executive and administrative autonomy under the Sixth Schedule to Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). It also provides for an expansion of the BTC territory in ... .
Updated on 28 February, 2020