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.

First Integrated Tri-Service Command to be set up in June by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

The Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat aims to set up an integrated tri-service command for the first time by June 2020. This command will be headed by an Air Marshal.

Highlights

The talks among the CDS, Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane have begun regarding the creation of the command. Along with this, the CDS officer is also planning to create a joint peninsula command.

Every service that is to be created is to be provided with air defence set up. The Air Defence will integrate assets of Navy, air force and army.

About CDS

The creation of CDS post was recommended by Group of Ministers that studied the Kargil Review Committee (1999) report. The most important factor is that the CDS will not command over any of the services. He will only work towards the coordination of the services. After resigning or demitting from the post, he is not eligible to hold any of the government posts.

Milan 2020: Biggest Multilateral Naval Exercise in the Indian Ocean Region

Indian Navy is preparing itself for the biggest multilateral naval exercise to be conducted in the Indian Ocean Region. The Exercise is to be conducted under the theme

Theme: Synergy across the Seas

Highlights

The exercise will include multi-national groupings, simulation of operational scenarios and tactical maneuvers. Around 42 countries are to participate in the exercise. It includes Russia and USA as well. India has not invited China to participate in the exercise. The exercise is to be conducted in Vishakhapatnam in March 2020.

The exercise will act as a common platform for the commanders to exchange their challenges.

History

The Multilateral exercise began in 1995 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 1995, only 4 countries participated. It included Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It is biennial and was restricted to friendly nations. However, in its later stages the size of the exercise began to increase. In 2018, the size grew significantly with around 17 countries participating in the exercise.