SP's MAI - Issue No. 22 | November 16-30, 2017

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Regional challenges driving Indo-US relations
    By Dr Vivek Lall

    Both countries have discovered common ground and shared concerns, which have propelled them towards discarding old mistrusts and misconceptions, and adopting methods to establish renewed faith and confidence in each other

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    India-Italy to re-engage in defence
    By Ranjit Kumar

    The first Prime Ministerial visit from Italy in a decade was intended to mend the relations with an emerging Asian giant and a rising economic power, which is also set to be the biggest defence market in the coming years.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Different rifle for infantry and others?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports, the Army is going in for equipping infantry soldiers with a world-class assault rifle, while non-infantry soldiers would get a cheaper, ‘less effective’, indigenous rifle.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Afghanistan via Chabahar - Strategic move
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran in May 2016, The trilateral engagement between India, Iran and Afghanistan was historic, expanding avenues of trade for India with Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia...

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    4th JWGACTC meeting in India

    4th JWGACTC meeting in India The 4th meeting of the JWGACTC, constituted under the auspices of the Indo-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, was organised in India from October 29, to November 3, 2017.

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    MILITARY
    Defence Minister receives sacred soil of two martyred soldiers of WWI

    Delegation of Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre recently returned with the sacred soil from the resting place of two soldiers of 39 Garhwal Rifles.

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    MILITARY
    Indo-Bangladesh Exercise 'Sampriti 2017' comes to an end

    Closing ceremony for the seventh Indo-Bangladesh joint exercise Sampriti was held at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram ton November 17, 2017.

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    MILITARY
    Navika Sagar Parikrama - INSV Tarini departs from Fremantle

    The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Fremantle, Australia on November 5, 2017, for its onwards journey to Lyttleton, New Zealand.

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    MILITARY
    Lt General Bipin Puri is DG Armed Forces Medical Service

    Lt General Bipin Puri assumed the apex appointment of Director General Armed Forces Medical Service (DGAFMS) on November 1, 2017. An alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, the General Officer was commissioned in Indian Army (AMC) on March 30, 1979.

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    MILITARY
    INS Sarvekshak reaches Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

    In an initiative to bolster bilateral relations with friendly foreign countries and navies in the Indian Ocean region, INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic survey ship of Southern Naval Command, arrived Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania on November 15, 2017...

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    AEROSPACE / VIEWPOINT
    Politicising defence procurement
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Through the procurement of 36 Rafale jets, the NDA government has fulfilled the mandate, at least partially, of restoring the operational potential of the combat fleet of the IAF.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT
    Big two share spoils, bell tolls for the A380
    By Bikram Vohra, Dubai

    They left the surly bonds of earth…and touched the face of god.

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    AEROSPACE
    Defence Minister visits forward Army and Airforce bases in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the forward Army posts in Arunachal Pradesh and Air Force base in Eastern Assam on November 5, 2017.

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    AEROSPACE
    Air Chief inaugurates SWAC Commanders' Conference

    The Annual Commanders’ Conference of South Western Air Command (SWAC) was inaugurated by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on November 17, 2017, at Gandhinagar.

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    AEROSPACE
    AOC-in-C Southern Air Command flies Tejas

    The induction and operationalisation of the indigenous fighter jet light combat aircraft Tejas received a major boost with Air Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, AOC-in-C of the Southern Air Command undertaking a solo flight for 30 minutes from HAL Airport, on November 14, 2017.

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    AEROSPACE
    Award of President's Standard to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit

    The President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind awarded the prestigious President’s Standard to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit during a ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Adampur on November 16, 2017.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Trump Twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work

    Company initially blamed human error for @realdonaldtrump account’s 11-minute outage but then revealed it was done by worker on final day in job. November 3, 2017 02.26 GMT A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Ranji Trophy halted after mystery car breaches Palam's security

    Play during day three of the Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Palam Air Force Ground was halted because a car was driven into the middle of the pitch.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Man enters Delhi airport using fake ticket to see wife off, held

    A man has been apprehended for entering the Delhi airport allegedly using a fake travel ticket to see his Moscow-bound wife off.

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    CORPORATE
    IAI and Hankuk Carbon in agreement

    Israel Aerospace Industries and Hankuk Carbon from Korea signed an agreement for establishing a joint venture company in the Republic of Korea.

  • CORPORATE
    General Atomics acquires assets of Surrey-US, LLC

    General Atomics announced on November 13, 2017, that it has acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (Surrey-US), an Englewood, Colorado-based provider of innovative small satellite technologies, systems and services.

  • CORPORATE
    GA-ASI signs MoU with Korean companies

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd. establishing potential areas of future collaboration.