November 2023

PM took a sortie in LCA Tejas

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) today in Bengaluru after his maiden sortie on LCA Tejas twin seater aircraft in Bengaluru. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister of the country who took a sortie in Tejas - an indigenously designed and developed aircraft. 

RAdm Rajesh Dhankhar new Eastern Fleet Commander

Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, took over command of the Eastern Fleet, the Sword Arm of the Eastern Naval Command, from Rear Admiral Gurcharan Singh, on 10 November 2023. The change of guard took place at an impressive ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.

RAdm Rajesh Dhankhar was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1990 and is a specialist in Navigation & Direction. The Flag Officer is an alumnus of the prestigious Naval Academy, Defence Services Staff College, and has done his Higher Command Course in Japan.

First INDUS-X Investors Meet held in Delhi

Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence, organised the maiden INDUS-X Investors Meet on 8 November 2023 at New Delhi as a pre-cursor to the 2+2 Indo-US Ministerial Dialogue. The INDUS-X Educational Series (Gurukul) was also launched during the event. Mr Doug Beck, Director Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), US DoD led the US delegation and Mr Vivek Virmani, PO (G) & COO/iDEX-DIO the Indian delegation.

15th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue

The 15th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue was held in New Delhi on November 01, 2023. The dialogue was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane and Permanent Secretary (Defence), Singapore Mr Chan Heng Kee. During the meeting, both sides reviewed the existing defence cooperation between the two countries and agreed to enhance collaboration in Service-to-Service interactions and bilateral exercises. They also articulated steps to take forward cooperation in emerging areas like cyber security.

DRDO Holds Workshop on High Energy and Special Materials

The Defence Research and Development Organisation’s  (DRDO)  High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune  is organizing the XVIII International Workshop on High Energy and Special Materials (HEMs-2023) in association with Tomsk State University & Federal Research & Production Centre, Russia on 2nd & 3rd November 2023 at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam DRDO Golden Jubilee Auditorium, Pashan, Pune. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Samir V Kamat, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO.

Russian Wide-Body IL-96-400M Takes to Sky

A prototype of the upgraded Russian wide-body long-range aircraft IL-96-400M, manufactured by UAC, took off for the first time. During the flight, the stability and controllability of the aircraft, the operability of systems, the power plant and radio equipment for landing were checked. The test program was successful, stable operation of Russian systems and equipment, most of which were manufactured by enterprises of the Rostec State Corporation, was confirmed.

European Patrol Corvette Project Launched

On the 24th October 2023, with a ceremony held at OCCAR premises in Rome, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) has signed with a Consortium, coordinated by Naviris and gathering together Fincantieri (Italy), Naval Group (France), Navantia (Spain) and other beneficiaries from Greece, Denmark and Norway (*) all the Modular and Multirole Patrol Corvette (MMPC) contractual documents for the implementation of the first phase of the European Patrol Corvette (EPC) project.

HAL and Safran Aircraft Engines Sign MoU

HAL and Safran Aircraft Engines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop industrial cooperation in Ring forging manufacturing for commercial engines. HAL will produce LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion, powering Airbus A320 Neo family and Boeing 737 Max) engine Forgings at its Foundry & Forge facility in Bengaluru as part of the MoU. The MoU was signed by Mr. Mihir Kanti Mishra, CEO (Bangalore Complex), HAL and Mr.