Defence Current Affairs 2017

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India’s launches indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

Screenshot_1India launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant which was a remarkable moment in the $5 billion project that seeks to enhance the country’s power and curtail the rising influence of China. INS Vikrant will come into full service in 2018 which will make India the fifth nation to have designed and built its own aircraft carrier going ahead of China to join an elite club that includes Britain, France, Russia and the United States.

INS Vikrant
  • Vikrant, which means “courageous” or “bold” in Hindi, is a 40,000-tonne vessel which will carry Russian built MiG-29 fighter jets and other light aircraft.
  • Its hull design and some of its machinery is domestically made and most of its weaponry will be imported as well as its propulsion system which was sourced from GE in the United States.
  • Its primary role will only be to defend the naval fleet and it will not be used for ground attacks.
  • It’s a defence carrier and will attack platforms that are coming to attack our naval fleet
  • It will be positioned in the Indian Ocean region where the world’s commercial and economic interests conflate.
  • In the next 4 years, the ship will be tested after fitting it with weaponry and machinery

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Izumo, Japan’s biggest warship unveiled

Screenshot_6Japan has unveiled its biggest warship since World War II called Izumo.

About Izumo:

Flat top destroyer resembling a conventional aircraft carrier. Nearly 250 metres (820 feet) long flight deck which can carry up to 14 helicopters. Used particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions. It will boost Japan’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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HAL signs MoU with Transparency International India

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Transparency International India (TII), the coalitions against corruption, to promote corruption-free, fair and transparent business practices in the company. TII will advise HAL and support it in implementing its integrity pact programme. HAL is the first defence public enterprise to sign the MoU.

About Transparency International

Transparency International (TI) is a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development. It publishes an annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a comparative listing of corruption worldwide. The headquarters is located in BerlinGermany.

Note: Currently India ranks 94th on the CPI released in December 2012.

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