Defence Current Affairs 2017

Akash missile inducted in Indian Army

Indian Army inducted the first regiment of the indigenously-developed surface-to-air Akash missile system.

Each regiment of Akash missile in the Indian Army consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles.

Indian Army had placed orders for two regiments worth about 19,000 crore rupees. The first regiment will be ready by July 2015 and the second one by the end of 2016.

About Akash missile

  • Akash missile is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system and India’s first indigenously designed and developed missile by DRDO as part of IGMDP.
  • The missile is built by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and has strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg.
  • It has capability to target aircraft from a low altitude of 30 metres to maximum of up to 20 km.
  • It is packed with a battery that can track and attack and engage several targets simultaneously in all weather conditions.
  • An Air Force variant of Akash missile already has been inducted. It was inducted in 2009.
  • It should be noted that the Army variant of Akash missile is designed for high mobility so that it can be quickly moved to any operational theatres based on necessity.


14th edition of Indo-French naval exercise VARUNA concludes

14th edition of Indo-French naval exercise Varuna concluded on 2 May 2015 in Goa.

The naval exercise concluded in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar along with Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command.

The ten day long exercise commenced on 23 April 2015 and included both a harbour and sea phase in Goa. In this edition of exercise, French Navy was represented by the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and Indian side was represented by Aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

In the exercise, entire gamut of various maritime operations from aircraft carrier operations, maritime interdiction operations, anti-submarines warfare exercises to multi-ship replenishment exercise were conducted.

This operation aimed at enhancing interoperability between the two navies and also showcases the close ties between the two countries.

About Varuna naval exercise

  • Following the establishment of strategic partnership in 1998 between both countries, every year Indian Navy and French Navy are conducting naval exercises.
  • In 2001, the naval exercise was christened as ‘Varuna’. Thirteenth edition of this naval exercise was conducted in the Mediterranean Sea.