SCO military drill in Russia from 22-29 August: Indian,Pakistani troops take part for the first time
On August 22, 2018, for the first time, the militaries of India and Pakistan are taking part in a mega anti-terror drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) named The Peace Mission 2018 in Russia.
i. India is participating in the drill for the first time since becoming a full member of the SCO in June 2017.
It is aimed at expanding cooperation among the member countries to deal with terrorism and extremism.
i. The joint exercise is being conducted by the Central Military Commission of Russia from August 22 to August 29 at Chebarkul, Russia.
ii. At least 3,000 soldiers from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan are participating in the drill.
iii. The Indian contingent of 200 personnel is primarily composed of troops from infantry and affiliated arms and services along with the Indian Air Force.
iv. Ten representatives from Uzbekistan will serve as observers.
♦ The SCO was established in Shanghai in 2001, with China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as founding members.
♦ It expanded to include India and Pakistan in 2017.
Indian Navy’s Biggest Ship, INS Vikramaditya will get an upgrade for Its Air Wing by Russian company
On August 24, 2018, India’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will be upgraded and fitted with a marine hydraulic system to boost the air operations of the ship for the first time.
i. This will be done by Technodinamika, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation by May 2019.
ii. Hydraulics technology uses fluid pressure to power machines and the systems to be installed are named “GS-1MF” and “GS-3”.
iii. They will be used for refuelling, cleaning and pressurisation of hydraulic systems of aircraft and helicopters on board the INS Vikramaditya.
iv. More specifically, the GS-1MF hydraulic system is used in helicopters, while GS-3 is used in aircraft.
♦ It is currently the most powerful aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.
♦ The $2.3 billion aircraft carrier came to India from Russia in January 2014. INS Vikramaditya, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2013 at the Sevmash shipyard in north Russia’s Severodvinsk.
♦ It’s based at its home port at Karwar in Karnataka.
♦ It is is 284 metres long and 60 metres high and weighs 40,000 tonnes and is the biggest and heaviest ship in the Indian Navy. The air wing consists of 30 MiG 29K fighter jets and six Kamov helicopters.
♦ It specialises in development, manufacturing and after-sale servicing for systems and equipment of civil and military aircraft.
♦ Headquarters: Moscow, Russia.