Defence Current Affairs 2017

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Lt General AK Bhatt appointed as new DGMO

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Lt-General A K Bhatt as the new director-general of military operations (DGMO).

He will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh who has been promoted and will take over 1 Corps (headquarters at Mathura), command of a strike corps on the Western border.

Lt-General A K Bhatt will be in charge of all army operations including on the LoC which has seen heightened tension.

He belongs to the Gorkha Rifles. Earlier he had served in the military operations directorate as a brigadier. Prior to this appointment he was posted as the additional director general of the complaints and advisory board at the Army HQ. Earlier he had commanded the 21 Division in Assam.

In September 2016, Lt-General Ranbir Singh along with foreign Secretary had declared Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads at five separate locations in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) on 29 September 2016.

Note: 1 Corps of Indian Army is one of the three assault forces of the army — which is mandated to cross into Pakistan in a short notice. Other two are 2 Corps (Ambala) and 21 Corps (Bhopal). In all, the Army has 14 Corps under six operational or regional commands. The fourth is the new 17 Mountain Corps being raised as a deterrent against China.

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Indian Navy’s seventh landing craft utility L-57 launched by GRSE

Indian Navy’s seventh landing craft utility (LCU) L-57 was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.

LCU L-57 is the largest ship of this kind built anywhere in the world. It is the seventh vessel in the series of eight LCU Ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy.

Key Facts

  • LCU L-57 is fully designed in-house by GRSE. It is designed for a maximum speed of 15 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
  • It has a capability to transport two tanks or four special vehicles and 160 Army troops for landing in remote area.
  • It can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands.
  • It will be extremely useful for joint operations carried out by the Indian Navy and Indian Army for ensuring maritime security and protection of remote islands.
  • It is best suited for protection of India’s island territories of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea as well as Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal.

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IAF’s Upgraded Jaguar DARIN III aircraft receives IOC

The upgraded Jaguar DARIN III twin-seat aircraft has received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC). It is considered as a significant milestone for the country’s military aviation sector.

The satisfactory completion of IOC was announced by Deputy Chief of IAF, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria who had flown the aircraft at HAL airport in Bengaluru.

Key Facts

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has upgraded 3 DARIN I Standard Jaguars to DARIN III Standard. The aircraft is now equipped with world class avionics system.
  • HAL’s Mission and Combat System Research and Design Centre (MCSRDC) had carried out total design and development of aircraft and modification was done at Overhaul Division.
  • Besides HAL, certification agencies, trial team of ASTE and other agencies were also involved in the upgrade programme.
  • The upgraded aircraft incorporates new state-of-the-art avionics architecture including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Fire Control Radar.
  • It also has Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Autopilot with Alt Select & HNAV and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) and more.

DARIN I Standard Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet attack aircraft. It was originally used by the French Air Force and British Royal Air Force in the close air support and nuclear strike role. It is still in service with the Indian Air Force and its fleet is based at the Ambala air force station.

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