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India and Israel sign Rs 880 crore Defence Deal

On March 19, 2020, the Indian Armed Forces operating under Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the Israel Weapons Industry. According to the agreement, India is to procure 16, 479 LMG (Light Machine Guns) for Rs 880 crores.

Light Machine Gun

The Light Machine Guns are used as squad automatic weapons. The LMG were first used in Second World War. The name of the LMGs India is buying from Israel is called Negev. Negev is gas operated LMG.

The weapon is important as it will boost the confidence of the frontline troops. It will provide them the combat power they need.

India-Israel Defence Relations

India sees Israel’s Defence Industry as a useful source of weapons. In 2016, India signed a 600 million USD deal with Israel making Israel the second largest Defence partner of India in 2016. The Heron Drones of India used in Indian Air Force were bought from Israel. Later in 2017, the countries signed another deal of 2 billion USD.

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February 25: First anniversary of National War Memorial commemorated

On February 25, 2020, the first anniversary of National War Memorial was commemorated. The CDS Bipin Rawat paid tribute to the memorial and so did several other leaders of the country.

The Memorial was inaugurated by PM Modi on February 25, 2019.

Highlights

The memorial was dedicated by the Prime Minster to honour the fallen heroes of wars. Today, more than 5,000 people visit the monument everyday. The monument was built in 40 acres of land at India Gate, New Delhi. The monument honours more than 26,000 soldiers.

The Monument holds “Veerta Chakra” that depicts 6 important battles of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. It also holds 14 lakh litre water storage tank for rainwater harvesting.

India Gate

India Gate is also a war memorial. It was built in 1931 to commemorate the Martyrs of India who died in World War I. It bears names of more than 13,516 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the war.

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