Indian Army Current Affairs - 2020

First Time India sends tri-services contingent to Russia’s Victory Day Parade

India is to send its tri-services contingent of all three services namely army, navy and air force to Russia. The contingents are to take part in Victory Day parade to be held in Moscow.

Highlights

Around 75 to 80 personnel are to reach Moscow to take part in the Victory Day parade. This is the first time all the three services of India are participating. Earlier, in 2015 the Indian Army alone took part in the parade.

Victory Day Parade

Every year, the Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis the parade was postponed. The parade is held every year to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

The military parade of Russia is held at the Red Square, Moscow with the President of Russia as the guest of honour.

India-China

China will also send its soldiers to the parade. With the face off in Ladakh, both Indian and Chinese soldiers are to participate at the parade together. India is to send 75 of its soldiers. 25 from Army, 25 from Navy and 25 from Air Force.

Make in India: Ministry of Defence places indents to boost

On June 2, 2020, the Ministry of Defence placed indents on OFB (Ordnance Factory Board). This has been done to boost Make in India initiative.

Highlights

The indents have been placed for the supply of 156 BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles to be used for mechanized forces of Indian Army. The ICVs are to be manufactured by the Ordnance Factory located in Medak in Telangana at a cost of Rs 1,094 crores.

The manufacture of the ICVs are to be completed by 2023. With the manufacture of these ICVs the existing deficiency of the Mechanised Infantry Battalions are to be mitigated and will help in further enhancement of the army.

Make in India

Make in India initiative was launched by PM Modi in 2014. The main aim of the scheme is as follows

  • To increase indigenously produced goods
  • To attract foreign investments for new industrialization
  • To develop already existing industries in India by surpassing China
  • To create 100 million additional jobs by 2022
  • To promote export-led growth
  • To increase share of manufacturing sector in India’s GDP from 16% to 25% by 2022.