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:star2:Aerospace & Defence:star2:
1. :star:India overtook UK in defence spending at USD 52.5 billion in 2017:star:
The annual report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) sees China and Russia challenging global dominance of the US & allies.
2. :star:Defence ministry will purchase light machine guns & sniper rifles:star:
Defence Acquisition Council cleared a proposal to procure 7.4 lakh assault rifles for the three services. It approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for Indian Army and Indian Air Force
3. :star:Prithvi-II successfully test fired from Odisha:star:
Indigenously developed, nuclear capable, surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile has trail range of 350 km
4. :star:SpaceX launched world’s most powerful rocket ‘Falcon Heavy’:star:
Falcon Heavy is the largest rocket since NASA's Saturn V booster, which was used for Moon missions in the 1970s. Rocket generated 5 million pounds of thrust during take-off, which is equal to 18 Boeing 747 airplanes. The rocket also carried Tesla Roadster car & a dummy astronaut, named ‘The Starman’
5. :star:Nuclear capable Agni-1 missile test fired from Odisha:star:
Indigenously developed intermediate range surface-to-surface, single-stage, nuclear capable ballistic missile with 700 km range was tested as part of a periodic training activity by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army
6. :star:Japan launched world’s smallest satellite-carrying rocket:star:
The rocket about the size of a utility pole, measuring 10 meters in length and 50 centimetres in diameter delivered its payload to intended orbit
7. :star:Third scorpene class submarine ‘INS Karanj’ launched:star:
Third indigenously built diesel-electric submarine launched by Admiral Sunil Lanba has superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons
8. :star:Long range ballistic missile Agni-5 test fired from Odisha:star:
The missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead, flew about 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) in 19 minutes
9. :star:Chandrayaan-2, country's second mission to Moon, is on schedule, says ISRO:star:
Chandrayan-II satellite is getting ready at ISRO Satellite Centre & flight models are going through various levels of tests. It would comprise an orbiter, lander and six-wheeled rover which would move around the landing site. Instruments on it will send back data to analyse lunar soil
10. :star:ISRO launched India’s 100th satellite using PSLV-C40 from Sriharikota:star:
PSLV C-40 carried a total of 31 satellites from 6 countries. Among them was Cartosat 2, a surveillance satellite that happened to be India’s 100th one. 31 satellites will be launched in two orbits, which is unique feature of the mission
11. :star:Govt will purchase Barak missiles from Israel, guided bombs from Russia:star:
Israel’s Rafael Advance Defence Systems will provide 131 Barak missiles & precision guided bombs will be procured from M/s JSC Rosonboron Exports, Russia
12. :star:Prithvi supersonic interceptor missile test fired from Odisha:star:
Indigenously developed Prithvi Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile was successfully test-fired from a test range in Chandipur, Odisha
13. :star:INS Kalvari, first Made-In-India Scorpene Class Submarine Joins Navy:star:
Built at Mazgaon dock, Kalvari is powered by an extremely silent diesel-electric motor making it very difficult to detect underwater. First in the series of six submarines to be built under ‘Project-75’ with French collaboration, it is armed with heavy weight torpedoes and Exocet anti-ship missiles
14. :star:Aditya L1 Mission: ISRO’s first Sun mission to take off in 2019:star:
India’s first dedicated scientific mission to study the Sun aims to put 1,500-kg heavy class Aditya-L1 satellite into halo orbit around Lagrangian point L1, a point between Sun and Earth, which is at 1.5 million km distance from earth
15. :star:BrahMos cruise missile successfully test-fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI for first time:star:
The world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile was gravity dropped from Su-30MKI & launched towards the intended target in Bay of Bengal
16. :star:DRDO test fired the Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) guided bomb in Odisha:star:
DRDO claims that the 120-kg class weapon has higher precision, can engage ground targets till 100 km & is much cheaper compared to missiles
17. :star:NASA launched Joint Polar Satellite System-1:star:
JPSS-1 is a JV between NASA & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was launched into orbit atop United Launch Alliance-built Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
18. :star:NIRBHAY Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile successfully flight tested:star:
DRDO successfully conducted flight test of indigenously designed & developed long range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from test range at Chandipur, Odisha
19. :star:ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission completed 3 years in orbit:star:
‘Mangalyaan’ completed 3 years in Martian orbit. It has outlived original lifespan and is still in good health and continues to work as expected
20. :star:India’s first private missile production facility unveiled in Hyderabad:star:
Missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant was inaugurated at the Hardware Park in Rangareddy district near Hyderabad
21. :star:Army to get six Apache attack helicopters:star:
Six choppers will be procured for the army at a cost of Rs 4168 crore. Apache choppers are operated in the armed forces of the US, Israel & The Netherlands among other nations
22. :star:Coast Guard inducted new ship Shaurya:star:
Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya was commission in Vasco, Goa. ICGS Shaurya is an offshore patrol vessel designed and built indigenously by Goa. It is fifth in a series of six OPVs designed in-house & built by GSL. It is 105-metre long & is capable of cruising at a speed of 23 knots
23. :star:ISRO, NASA working towards completion of NISAR mission by 2021:star:
The satellite will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequency. It will be the world’s most expensive earth-imaging satellite till date, costing USD 1.5 bn. It is planned to be used for remote sensing purposes, to observe and understand natural processes of the Earth
24. :star:DRDO successfully test fired anti-tank missile in Rajasthan:star:
The Nag missile is a third generation “fire and forget” anti-tank missile. The test was conducted by scientists of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex at Hyderabad, Defence Laboratory at Jodhpur, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) & Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) at Pune
25. :star:Prithvi-II Missile test fired Successfully by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army:star:
The land version of short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II was successfully test-fired from a defence base off Odisha coast. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur
26. :star:Launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H was unsuccessful:star:
The launch of IRSO’s eight navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board of PSLV-C39 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh was unsuccessful. The heat shield did not separate & hence the satellite did not complete the 4th stage
27. :star:Indian Navy’s second LCU Mark IV L52 ship launched by GRSE:star:
Second LCU (landing craft utility) Mark IV L52 ship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally launched in Kolkata, West Bengal
28. :star:Munta, Country’s first unmanned tank, rolled out from the Chennai lab:star:
DRDO has developed an unmanned, remotely operated tank which has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats
29. :star:NASA Successfully Launched Latest Communications Satellite:star:
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket
30. :star:Reliance Defence launched first Navy warships Shachi and Shruti at Pipavav, Gujarat:star:
These Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV) are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India. These ships are part of a five-ships being constructed for Indian Navy under P-21 project
31. :star:GSAT -17 communication satellite launched:star:
3,477 kg GSAT-17 was inducted into INSAT/GSAT system from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-238. Weighing 3477 kg at lift-off, GSAT-17 carries Payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services
32. :star:ISRO launched 31 satellites:star:
This includes 29 Nano satellites from 14 foreign nations, on boarded using PSLV-C 38 rocket from Sriharikota
33. :star:GSLV Mark-III, India’s heaviest rocket carried 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite:star:
The 640 tonne GSLV Mark III was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota
34. :star:ISRO to develop full-fledged hyperspectral imaging satellite:star:
A full-fledged niche Earth observation (EO) satellite called Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) is planned for launch. The HySIS satellite has critical chip called an “optical imaging detector array’” indigenously developed by ISRO. Its launch will allow ISRO to enter the domain of operational hyperspectral imaging from earth orbit
35. :star:Indian Scientists discovered ’Saraswati’, a super cluster of galaxies:star:
The super cluster is located around four billion light years away from Earth & is a group of clusters of galaxies. Super clusters are the largest structures of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies in the universe
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:star2:Military & Naval:star2:
1. :star:Naval exercise ‘MILAN’ conducted at Andaman & Nicobar islands:star:
16 countries participated in the biennial naval exercise conducted in March 2018, in the backdrop of increase Chinese presence in Pacific & Indian oceans
2. :star:‘Lamitye’, military exercise between India & Seychelles held in Seychelles:star:
‘Lamitye’, meaning ‘friendship’ was 8th joint exercise held at Mahe island, Seychelles
3. :star:VINBAX, first Indo-Vietnam bilateral army exercise held in MP:star:
The six day-long military exercise was conducted as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries
4. :star:Tri-service maritime exercise 'Paschim Lehar' happened off India’s coast:star:
40 ships, submarines and fighter aircraft participated in 'Paschim Lehar' exercise to build strong interoperability among forces
5. :star:India & Japan coast guards conducted 8th ‘National Maritime Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise’:star:
Ships & aircrafts of Coast Guards from India and Japan, the Indian Navy and Air Force and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) took part in the biennial exercise
6. :star:Indian Navy conducted ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ with Oman navy:star:
11th edition of biennial naval exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ or ‘Sea Breeze’ was conducted in Oman
7. :star:Ekuverin 2017 held with Maldives:star:
12-week long, 8th edition of joint military exercise was held in Belgavi, Karnataka
8. :star:IMMSAREX 2017 Exercise held in Bangladesh:star:
The exercise had taken place under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)
9. :star:IMBAX 2017: Indo-Myanmar joint Army exercise conducted in Meghalaya:star:
It is first of its kind military training exercise between India and Myanmar on UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO)
10. :star:Sampriti 2017: Indo-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise held in Mizoram:star:
It was 7th edition of exercise in Sampriti series which is held alternately in India & Bangladesh every year with aim to promote positive relations between two armies
11. :star:Indra-2017: Joint Indo-Russia tri-services Exercise successfully conducted:star:
It was India’s first joint tri-services exercise and also the first involving Russia. It was also first time Russia hosted tri-services exercise on its soil. The theme of INDRA-2017 Exercise was ‘Preparation and Conduct of Operations by Joint Force for Suppression of International Terror Activity at the request of a host country under UN mandate’.
12. :star:Mitra Shakti 2017: India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise held in Pune:star:
The two-week exercise was based on Counter Terrorist Operations (CTO) and Infantry companies from both countries participated
13. :star:SLINEX: A joint naval exercise between India & Sri Lanka:star:
Indian & Sri Lankan Navies held 2017 Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) at Visakhapatnam
14. :star:2nd phase of Joint oceanographic survey with Sri Lanka:star:
The survey commenced on 26 October 2017, off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka, with the arrival of Indian Naval Ship Sutlej
15. :star:INS Satpura, Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise in Japan:star:
Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (JMSDF). These ships participated in the exercise in pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region
16. :star:MALABAR Trilateral Naval Exercise involved the US, Japan & India:star:
2017 Malabar exercise featured 95 aircrafts, 16 ships and two submarines & was conducted in Bay of Bengal
17. :star:India-Thailand military exercise – Maitree 2017:star:
Conducted in Himachal Pradesh, its purpose was to acquaint both contingents with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment
18. :star:India-Nepal military exercise – Surya Kiran 2018:star:
13th edition of joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran 2017‘ between India and Nepal was held in Uttarakhand
19. :star:L&T launched Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Vikram’ for Indian Coast Guard:star:
It is country’s first-ever such defence vessel to be built in a private shipyard. Its entire design & construction processes have undergone dual certification from American Bureau of Shipping and Indian Registrar of Shipping & Indian Registrar of Shipping
20. :star:INS Tarasa commissioned into Indian Navy:star:
INS Tarasa (T94), the fourth and last ship in series of Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. It is an improved variant of Car Nicobar-class high-speed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built indigenously by Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), for the Indian Navy
21. :star:Navika Sagar Parikrama: India’s first all-women circumnavigation expedition flagged-off:star:
India’s first all-women crew circumnavigation expedition was flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Goa. The crew belongs to Indian Navy and is sailing Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini)
22. :star:Indian Navy’s second LCU Mark IV L52 ship commissioned at Port Blair:star:
Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, commissioned IN LCU L52 into the Indian Navy at Port Blair. IN LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata
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Last update on March 23, 6:48 am by Rahil Choudhary.