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Category: Defence

Indigenously-built Coast Guard interceptor boat C-454 commissions

  • The interceptor boat C-454, built by Larsen and Toubro at its Hazira plant, will operate from Gujarat under the control of the Commander Coast Guard Region North-West of the Indian Coast Guard. It was approved by Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Tomar.

Indian Coast Guard’s OPV ‘Sujeet’ commissions in Goa

  • Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Sujeet’, which is second in the series of 5 OPVs was employed at the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in Vasco Town, Goa by Raj Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production).

GRSE Kolkata starts ‘Himgiri’, its 1st Ship of Project 17A

GRSE Kolkata starts ‘Himgiri’, its 1st Ship of Project 17A
  • Himgiri, which is the first of the three Project 17A ships being built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was started.
  • The launch of ‘Himgiri’ has displayed GRSE’s commitment towards the building of three state-of-the-art warships of P17A for the Indian Navy.

PASSEX carried out by the Indian Navy and Russian Navy

  • The Indian Navy (IN) and the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) are undertaking Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
  • The exercise will help in improving interoperability, advancing the understanding and imbibing best practices between both the friendly navies. It involves advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, weapon firings, seamanship exercises and helicopter operations.

Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary to be new Director-General of BRO

Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary
  • Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary has been designated as the 27th Director General of Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • His appointment is effective from 1st December 2020. Lt Gen Chaudhary replaces Lt Gen Harpal Singh who has been named as the new Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

Indian Army begins cycling expedition in Gujarat & Rajasthan

Indian Army launches cycling expedition in Gujarat & Rajasthan
  • Konark Corps of Indian Army has started 1971 kilometres cycling expedition in Gujarat and Rajasthan to celebrate the commencement of the Golden Jubilee Victory Celebrations of Indian Armed Forces in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

Ladakh makes largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station

Ladakh gets largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station
  • The Union Territory of Ladakh has made the largest solar power project established under the Centre’s ‘Make In India’ initiative at Leh IAF station to give sustainable energy alternative to fossil fuel and traditional methods of energy generation.
  • The project namely ‘Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW’ has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of March 31, 2021.

DRDO starts first ‘Varunastra’ Heavy Weight Torpedo

  • The Defence Research and Development (DRDO) Chairman G Satheesh Reddy has started the first Production unit of Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT), Varunastra.
  • The Varunastra has been designed and developed by Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of DRDO while Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Vishakhapatnam has made the torpedo for the Indian Navy.