Bipin Rawat Current Affairs - 2020

Major Anoop Mishra awarded Army Design Bureau Excellence Award

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat felicitated Major Anoop Mishra with prestigious Army Design Bureau (ADB) Excellence Award for indigenously developing ‘Sarvatra Kavach’, a bulletproof jacket that can provide protection against various ammunition including that from sniper steel bullets. Maj. Anoop is presently posted as Instructor at College of Military Engineering, Pune and was among the four awardees felicitated by Gen. Rawat.

About Army Technology Seminar (ARTECH)

The awards were conferred at Army Technology Seminar (ARTECH) held on 23 December 2019 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. It was organized by Army Design Bureau (ADB), Indian Army jointly with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM). ARTECH was based on theme: Technologies for Non – Contact Warfare’.

About Sarvatra Kawach

Background: In 2014, Army Major Anoop Mishra was hit by a bullet while serving in Kashmir valley. Luckily, the bullet hit his armour plate and he was saved but following the deep trauma which he went through, he decided to work on developing an armour that can withstand hits from all kinds of ammunition which further led to making of ‘Sarvatra Kawach’.

The suit was named ‘Sarvatra Kawach’, as it provides protection from neck to ankle and upper arms. The project was sanctioned in June 2017, however, initially the design and development of a Level IIIA soft body armour suit was sanctioned but it was subsequently revised to include a Level IV hard armour panel inserts.

About Army Design Bureau (ADB)

The ADB was set up to work together with industry and academia and develop indigenous solutions for the Indian Army. ADB is also responsible for spearheading Make in India initiative. Its role is to be the facilitator for Research & Development (R&D) efforts and initiation of Procurements of Weapons and Equipment required by Indian Army.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat appointed Chief of Indian Army Chief

The Union Government has appointed Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat as new Chief of Army Staff (CoAS). He succeeds Army Chief General Dalbir Singh who retires on December 31, 2016.

His appointment goes against the long-held tradition of appointing the senior-most eligible officer to the topmost post. With this criterion, he has superseded two seniormost commanders Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern Army Commander Lt Gen PM Hariz. 

About Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat

  • Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice Chief of the Army. He is from the 5/11 Gorkha Rifles. Prior to taking infantryover as the Vice Chief, he was the Southern Army Commander.
  • He hails from Uttarakhand and had received the ‘sword of honour’ when he passed out from the Indian Military Academy in 1978.
  • He has vast experience in high-altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations. He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LoC with Pakistan, LAC with China and North-East.
  • He also had commanded an Infantry battalion at Kibithoo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern-most corner of Arunachal Pradesh and also the Dimapur-based 3 Corps. 

The last time the senior-most eligible army officer was not appointed was in 1983 when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi chose to appoint Lt. Gen. A.S. Vaidya as the Chief, contrary to appointment of his senior Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha. In protest, his senior Lt Gen SK Sinha had resigned.