Current Affairs - December, 2019

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NAVARMS-19: International Seminar on Naval weapon Systems

The fourth edition of International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS-19’ is scheduled to be held on 12-13 December 2019 at Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), Development Enclave, New Delhi. The theme for 2019 edition is: “Make in India – Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives”.

Key Highlights

The two day will provide opportunity for exchange of ideas, create awareness and identify emerging prospects for Indian and International defence industry in domain of Naval Weapon Systems.

NAVARMS-19 will be held in five plenary sessions:

  • First session: It will be about ‘Opportunities for Industry in Naval Weapon Systems – 2030’ in all the three dimensions namely, surface, air & underwater.
  • Second session: on ‘Needs and Concerns of the User and Industry’ would provide a platform to users and industry to bring out their respective needs and concerns with prevailing policies and issues.
  • Third session: It would focus on ‘Naval Weapon Systems – Modern Trends and Technology in Upgrade & Upkeep’.
  • Fourth session: It will be an interactive session of Panel Discussion on ‘Govt Policy Imperatives to Encourage Indigenisation’.
  • Fifth session: It will be on ‘Building of Indigenous Capability through Collaborative Approach between Industry, R&D organisations and Indian Navy’.


It is the only international seminar and exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems conducted in India. It invites all the stakeholders in life cycle management of Naval Weapons and provide a common platform to share their views and concerns. The past three editions of NAVARMS were organised in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Previous editions aroused much enthusiasm and active participation by Industry, Union Ministry of Defence, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the users.

Iron Union 12: UAE, US Joint Military Exercise commence

‘Iron Union 12’, a joint military exercise between ground forces of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States, commenced on 10 December 2019 in presence of UAE Commander of Land Forces Major General Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al Amiri and Commander of US Army Central (USARCENT) Lieutenant General Terry Ferrell. It is aimed at enhancing combat efficiency and tactical expertise between two countries.

About Iron Union 12

The exercise spanning over a few weeks, will see the two sides take part in joint military cooperation to enhance combat and tactical capabilities.

In recent years, UAE, a major oil supplier, has established a growing defence industry, mainly in armoured vehicles and naval military equipment. The joint military exercises of UAE Armed Forces with fraternal and friendly countries like US, takes place in a manner consistent with latest developments. Such exercises also reflect the UAE Armed Forces’ determination to stand firmly against all threats and challenges facing the region.