• India
  • Mar 15

Short Takes / March 15, 2023

Bold Kurukshetra exercise concludes in Jodhpur

• The armies of India and Singapore participated in the 13th edition of Bold Kurukshetra exercise, a bilateral armour exercise at Jodhpur Military Station.

• Bold Kurukshetra exercise is conducted under the ambit of the bilateral arrangement for the joint army training and exercises between the Indian Army and Singapore Army. 

• First conducted in 2005, this exercise underscores the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between both countries and enhances cooperation between the two armies. 

• Both defence establishments also interact regularly through high-level visits, policy dialogues, courses and other professional exchanges.

• For the first time in the exercise series, both armies participated in a command post exercise, which involved battalion and brigade level planning elements and computer wargaming. 

• Hosted by the Indian Army, the exercise involved soldiers from the 42nd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment and an Armoured Brigade of the  Indian Army.

• The ten-day long joint training that commenced on March 5 fostered common understanding of mechanised warfare in emerging threats and evolving technologies, developing interoperability through a computer simulation-based wargame using joint operational and tactical procedures controlled through a joint command post. 

• Both contingents not only learnt about each other’s operating drills and procedure, but also exchanged ideas and best practices being followed in a modern combat zone.


DRDO conducts two successful flight tests of VSHORADS missile

• The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two consecutive successful flight tests of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

• The flight tests were carried out from a ground-based man portable launcher against high speed unmanned aerial targets, mimicking approaching and receding aircraft. The targets were successfully intercepted, meeting all mission objectives.

• VSHORADS is a man portable air defence system (MANPAD) meant for neutralising low altitude aerial threats at short ranges. 

• It has been designed and developed indigenously by Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners. 

• The missile incorporates many novel technologies including Dual-band IR Seeker, miniaturised reaction control system and integrated avionics. The propulsion is provided by a dual thrust solid motor.


Successful flight-test of DRDO's power take off shaft conducted on LCA Tejas

• A successful flight-test of power take off (PTO) shaft was conducted on the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru. The PTO is a critical equipment that transmits power from aircraft engine to gearbox.

• With this successful test, the DRDO has achieved a greater technological feat by realisation of complex high-speed rotor technology which only few countries have achieved..

• The maiden successful flight-test of PTO shaft was conducted on LCA Tejas Limited Series Production (LSP)-3 aircraft.

• The PTO shaft is indigenously designed and developed by Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

• The PTO shaft will support the requirements of future fighter aircraft and their variants and offers competitive cost and reduced time of availability.

• The light weight, high speed, lubrication free PTO shaft transmits higher power between aircraft engine gearbox and aircraft mounted accessory gearbox while accommodating misalignments that arise in the drive line.


PM Modi inaugurates longest railway platform in Hubballi

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the “longest railway platform in the world” at Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Station in Karnataka.

• The 1,507 m long platform has been built at a cost of about Rs 20 crore.

• According to South Western Railways, it is also the world’s longest platform and the record has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

• Gorakhpur platform in Uttar Pradesh is the second longest in India with 1,366.33 meters and Kollam Junction in Kerala has the third longest platform with 1,180.5 meters.


Li Qiang named as China’s new Premier

• China’s Parliament confirmed President Xi Jinping’s trusted ally Li Qiang as the new Premier.

• Li Qiang, 63, succeeds Li Keqiang, 67, who held the post for the last 10 years.

• The annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), a largely ceremonial body which routinely passes the proposals of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), approved Li Qiang’s candidature after his name was proposed by Xi himself.

• Li Qiang, stated to be a pro-business politician in Xi’s inner circle, will be the number two ranked official of the CPC and the government after Xi.


INS Sahyadri participates in maritime exercise with French Navy

• Indian Navy’s guided missile frigate INS Sahyadri joined two frontline warships of France in carrying out a two-day Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) in the Arabian Sea.

• The exercise witnessed a wide spectrum of drills at sea including cross deck landings, boarding exercises and seamanship evolutions.

• The French Navy deployed Mistral class amphibious assault ship FS Dixmude and La Fayette class frigate FS La Fayette in the exercise.

• INS Sahyadri is fitted with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, which makes her capable of detecting and neutralising air, surface and sub-surface threats.

• The ship is a part of Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. 

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