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 1. Exercise Rahat

In Rajasthan, Jaipur based Sapta Shakti Command of Indian Army is conducting a two- day Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise “Exercise Rahat”. 
The exercise began in Jaipur. It involves all stake holders at the national and state level. This is the eighth such exercise conducted by the Indian Defence Forces. 
The exercise is being conducted in pursuance of the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Combined Commanders Conference - 2015, to achieve ‘Disaster Resilient India’.
 
2. Indian Army signed a contract with Sig Sauer of the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles
 
Indian Army signed a contract with Sig Sauer of the U.S. for 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles for front-line soldiers deployed in operational areas.
Of the 72,400 rifles, 66,400 are meant for the Army, 2,000 for the Navy and 4,000 for the Air Force.
The new rifles will replace the Indian National Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles.
The Defence Ministry also issued the Expression of Interest (EoI) for a deal to buy 111 naval utility helicopters. This is the first project to be executed through the strategic partnership policy.
Under this, the chosen Indian private company will team up with the Original Equipment Manufacturer to build the product in India.
 
3. Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)
 
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the second indigenously developed ‘Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)’ propulsion based missile system.
It is a missile propulsion technology jointly developed by India and Russia.
It will help both India’s surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles to perform better and enhance their strike range, making them more lethal.
With it, India can have fastest long-range missiles in two categories, providing full-fledged and multi-layered aerial protection from hostile attacks.
Its successful use in missiles will mark India’s entry into select club of nations that use next-generation missile technology against manoeuvring targets, compromising effectiveness of conventional missiles.
 
4. CUTLASS EXPRESS – 19
 
Multinational training exercise ‘CUTLASS EXPRESS – 19’ was held recently.
It is an exercise designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in East Africa as well as information sharing, planning and operating.
Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and is conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
The aim of the exercise: To improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations.
 
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