Defence 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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IAF Chief: Shooting down Mi 17 was a big mistake

The Indian Air Force said that the accidental shoot down of Mi 17 chopper in February 2019 was a big mistake. A Spyder air defence system of India shot the chopper near Srinagar airfield. It was an unmanned aerial vehicle that mistook the chopper for a Pakistani chopper.

The Mi 17 chopper crashed during the Balkot strikes

The Balkot strike was conducted by India on February 26. The Indian warplanes crossed the disputed regions of Kashmir and dropped bombs in the town of Balkot. Pakistan military was the first to announce airstrike on February 26. Indian confirmed and characterized its attack as a preemptive measure

The military court completed the inquiry last week. 5 IAF officers were held guilty for shooting their own chopper. The court held a Group captain, 2 Flight Lieutenants and 2 Flight Lieutenants guilty for not following correct procedure while shooting their own helicopter.

Milittary Justice

India has its own Army act, Air Force Act and Navy Act. There are also separate laws for paramilitary forces like Border Security Force Act, Coast Guard Act, Assam Rifles Act, Indo Tibetan Border Police Force Act.

The Armed Forces Tribunal was established in 2007.

KAZIND -2019: India Kazakhistan Joint Military Exercise commence

The annual military exercise called KAZIND 2019 between India and Kazakhstan army commenced at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand on 3 October 2019. The year 2019 is the 4th edition of joint military exercise. The exercise will conclude on 15 October 2019 with a 72 hour exercise which will showcase the joint skills of soldiers while conducting Counter Terrorism and counter insurgency operations.

About KAZIND -2019

Objective of exercise: To jointly train troops of both countries in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism operations in both Jungle as well as Mountainous terrain.

The Exercise KAZIND 2019 can be termed as a façade (face) of long standing strategic ties between India and Kazakhstan.

Taks Undertaken:

As part of military exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations will be conducted.

Both Armies will also share their valuable experiences in countering such situations.

It will also refine drills and procedures for joint operations whenever the need so arises.