Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019
Defence Current Affairs of 2018-19 related to India’s Defence, Indian Armed Forces, Defence Production, Defence Acquisition and related matters for SSC, States Civils, UPSC and Other Competitive Examinations.
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1st batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack helicopters arrived at Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The 1st batch consists of 4 out of 22 choppers ordered by India from United States.
In coming week 4 more Apaches will be arriving and thereafter, 8 will be moved to Pathankot Air Force Station for their formal induction in IAF in September 2019.
About AH-64E Apache
It is the world’s most advanced Multi-Role Combat Helicopter. It is used by US Army as well as by growing number of international defence forces.
Since the aircraft entered production Boeing has delivered over 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world so far. India is 14th nation to select Apache.
Features: Besides greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, cognitive decision aiding and improved survivability AH-64E Apache is uniquely suited to meet commander’s needs such as security, reconnaissance, peacekeeping operations as well as lethal attack in both land and littoral environments all without reconfiguration.
It is most modern variant of Apache and is also flown by U. S. Army.
It has latest technology insertions that maintain its standing as world’s best attack helicopter.
It is only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement.
Coffee table book titled ‘Fire and Fury Corps– Saga of Valour, Fortitude and Sacrifice,‘ a repository of exemplary valour of Fire and Fury Corps and their utmost dedication to nation was released. The book was released in Leh, in J&K by Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh on the occasion of nation celebrating 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
- It showcases history and achievements of Fire and Fury Corps of the Army, which guards Line of Control (LoC), the military control line between Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Line of Actual Control (LAC), the line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the former princely state of J&K.
- It documents courage and bravery of Fire and Fury Warriors and portrays rich heritage and ethos of Indian Army.
- It brings to fore numerous sagas of great courage, supreme sacrifices and other hitherto hidden facets of soldiering displayed by Corps in various wars.
- It also covers serenity and mysticism of Ladakh and its people, as a tribute to symbiotic relationship shared by Indian Army and people of Ladakh region.