Defence Minister flags off 51st K-9 Vajra at L&T

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flagged off the 51st K-9 Vajra-T gun at the Larsen and Toubro Armoured Systems Complex in Surat. The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47kg bombs at 43-kilometre distant targets.

Crux of the Matter
  • The K9 Vajra contract will deliver 100 systems in 42 months.
  • Different manoeuvres of the K-9 Vajra-T, a tracked self-propelled howitzer were displayed. It can also turn around at zero radii.
  • L&T in 2017 had won the  ₹4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “the government has simplified the process of giving licences for defence manufacturing and created a defence investors cell at the Ministry of Defence. The government will try its level best to remove all roadblocks that are coming in the industry’s way of indigenous defence manufacturing.”

The K9 Thunder is a South Korean self-propelled 155 mm howitzer developed by Samsung Techwin for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and now manufactured by Hanwha Defense. It was developed to supplement and then replace the K55 self-propelled howitzers in South Korean service. K9 is an indigenous system of an all-welded steel armour construction which is rated to withstand 14.5 mm armour piercing rounds, 152 mm shell fragments, and anti-personnel mines. The main armament consists of a 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance with a maximum firing range of 40 km. State-of-the-art mobility subsystems include a 1,000 horsepower (750 kW) engine with potential for growth and hydropneumatic suspension unit, a requirement for Korea’s rugged mountainous terrain. More Info


Army Day 2020


Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters. On 15 January 2020, India celebrated its 72th Indian Army Day in New Delhi. Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens. More Info

Naval Version of Tejas successfully undertakes maiden ski-jump take-off from INS Vikramaditya

The indigenously built naval variant of Tejas aircraft developed by DRDO made its first landing on the deck of INS Vikramaditya on 12th January 2020. The light combat aircraft took off from the ‘ski-jump’ deck of the aircraft carrier.

Crux of the Matter
  • The ski-jump is the upwardly curved ramp that provides sufficient take-off lift for fighter jets.
  • Both the landing and take off by the aircraft has made India a part of the select group of countries with the capability to operate a jet from an aircraft carrier.
  • The naval version of Tejas light combat aircraft is in the development stage. 
  • The Indian Air Force has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft and further plans to induct 83 aircrafts costing Rs. 50,000 crores.
  • DRDO has developed the new naval variant of Tejas in collaboration with Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Aircraft Research and Design Centre of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) and CSIR.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “it a great event in the history of Indian fighter aircraft development programme.”

The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production of the Indian Ordnance Factories with the Defence Science Organisation. With a network of 52 laboratories engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India’s largest and most diverse research organisation. The organisation includes around 5,000 scientists belonging to the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS) and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel. More Info

Two Indian Soldiers Martyred in Pakistani Infiltration near PoK

Two Indian Army soldiers were martyred during a gunfight against Pakistani infiltrators who entered into Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The infiltration was carried out only a day after New Army Chief Naravane made a statement on changing India’s response on cross-border terrorism to a stronger one.

Crux of the Matter
  • Indian Army Operation started when the soldiers noticed activity near the forest cover at Khari Thrayat in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistani infiltrators, who were heavily armed, were trying to enter India.
  • Indian Army tracked the location of the infiltrators in Khari Thrayat and started a search operation.
  • The infiltrators started heavy firing on Indian troops. In the fierce gun battle near the Nowshera sector, two Indian soldiers got hit by bullets and attained martyrdom. A few soldiers got injured in the gunfight.
  • The Operation is undergoing.
  • Recently, the Indian Army had averted a major terror attack on LoC by timely defusion of Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Meanwhile, the newly appointed Army Chief, Mukund Naravane had also talked about adopting a strict stance towards cross-border terrorism.

The line of control which lies between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is the de facto boundary which is generally respected by both sides. Indian and Pakistani troops have on occasion tried to alter the areas under their control in large scale operations. There have also been punitive expeditions across the border. More Info

Bipin Rawat's Watch Continues, Now as Chief of Defence Staff

India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been announced. As expected, Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief that retires this year, was named for the Herculian post of CDS. He will serve as the joint-man of the armed forces until the age of 65.

Crux of the Matter
  • Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day Speech, announced that the post of Chief of Defence Staff will be created.
  • Bipin Rawat, who was retiring on 31st December as the Army Chief, was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. Rawat, who is 61, will be able to serve as incumbent until the age of 65 as per the amendment that the retiring age of CDS would be 65 years.
  • Bipin Rawat will be 4-star General, who will lead the Generals of the tri-services in joint operations, logistics, procurement, and strategy development.
  • He will also head the newly developed Cyber and Space Departments of the tri-services.
  • CDS Rawat who has commanded the Gorkha Regiment and has been active on LAC also has acquired a gamut of experience through partaking in missions against Pakistan and China. His progressive mindset has developed the Indian Army technologically, mentally, and strategically.

Bipin Rawat was commissioned into the 5th battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles on 16 December 1978, the same unit as his father. He has lots of experience in high altitude warfare and spent ten years conducting Counter-insurgency operations. During his career span of 37 years, he has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and the COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation. More Info