Defence

• Indian Navy Officer AbhilashTomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop
Indian Naval officer Commander AbhilashTomy has been selected to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR), which commenced from Les Sables d’Olonneharbour in France on July 1, 2018.

• India, Japan hold 4th round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue
India and Japan held the fourth round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue in New Delhi on July 19, 2018. During the dialogue, key issues related to the Indo-Pacific region and maritime security were discussed.

• Indian Air Force participates in Australia’s ‘Pitch Black Exercise’ for first time
An Indian Air Force contingent comprising of four Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft on July 24, 2018 landed at Darwin Air Force Base, Australia for participating in the Exercise Pitch Black-2018.

• DAC approves Implementation Guidelines to ensure timely delivery of equipment to Armed Forces
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister NirmalaSitharaman, on July 30, 2018 approved the Implementation Guidelines for the ‘Strategic Partnership Model’ to ensure timely delivery of equipment to all the Armed Forces.

NASA launches toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 19, 2018 launched the ‘Remote Sensing Toolkit’ to promote commercial use of satellite data.
This online toolkit was launched with an aim to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise the relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts.