Defence Current Affairs

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.

Light Combat Helicopter Production inaugurated in HAL Bengaluru

On February 27, 2020, the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh inaugurated Light combat Helicopter production at the HAL complex in Bengaluru. The project is a part of the “Make in India” initiative.

Light Combat Helicopters

The Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) were completely designed by HAL. It has 2 engines and several latest technical features. The helicopters are to be deployed at the Siachen base which is 4,700 metres above the sea level. It has the capacity to carry 500 kg of load.

Significance

India has been taking several steps to strengthen the Indian Air Force and also to increase Defence Exports. India has set a target of achieving Rs 35,000 crores of Defence Exports by 2024. Manufacturing of the Light Combat Helicopter will help India achieving the above goals.

Background

The need for the production of Light Combat Helicopters came from Kargil war. The LCH is a derivative of HAL Dhruv that was developed during 1990s.

VAJRA: The Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 launched at Chennai

On February 27, 2020, the 6th Coast Guard OPV-6 (Offshore Patrol Vessel-6) called the “VAJRA” was launched in Chennai.

Highlights

The OPV will assist Indian Navy in guarding 7,500 km long coast line and 20 lakh square kilo metre of Exclusive Economic Zone. It will also help to safeguard one lakh merchant ships transiting in the Indian Ocean from all over the world.

The OPV is to be utilized for patrolling, surveying, anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations. The OPV has two navigational radars installed.

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard is an armed force of India. It protects the maritime interests of India and also enforces maritime law in the territorial waters of India. The Indian Coast Guard operates under Ministry of Defence. There are 5 Indian Coast Guard Regions in India. They are Western Region (Mumbai), Eastern Region (Chennai), North-East Region (Kolkata), Andaman and Nicobar Region (Port Blair) and North-West Regions (Gandhinagar).