Defence Current Affairs 2018

Army to set up its own mini air force

Army which recently won the conflict with the IAF to get heavy-duty attack helicopters of its own, it is now is now aiming to create its own mini air force.

Army has approved the setting up of a permanent cadre for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) by the end of 2102, which will operate light observation and attack helicopters in the short-term and medium-lift choppers and even fixed-wing aircraft in the long-term.

  • Nations such as the US, China and Pakistan have a dedicated aviation wing within their armies.

What is the current scenario?
Currently, the AAC operates around 250 light helicopters like Druv, Cheetah and Chetak, while attack and medium-lift choppers have always been with IAF. The Army has demanded one attack helicopter squadron (10-12 choppers) for the establishment of its three "strike" formations –

  • Corps (Mathura)
  • Corps (Ambala)
  • Corps (Bhopal)

In addition, it has plans to induct another 114 ‘Rudra’ light combat helicopters for the 10 ‘pivot’ corps.

What IAF is worried about?

  • As per IAF it will lead to duplication of efforts and waste of scarce resources.

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“INDRA”: India, Russia joint naval exercise

India and Russia held joint naval exercise ‘INDRA’ in Mumbai. The exercise was held in 20003 for the first time and is being conducted every two years.

Objective: To enhance interoperability, will be helpful in tackling threats like the pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It will also build greater cooperation and mutual understanding b/n two navies.

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