Defence & Security 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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India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant undocked at Cochin

India’s first indigenously-built largest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was successfully undocked at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Cochin district of Kerala.

The ship will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes along with series of static and dynamic trials before inducting it into the Indian Navy in end-2018.

With successful completion of construction of INS Vikrant India joins elite group of four nations in the world viz United States, Russia, United Kingdom and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.

The carrier was officially launched in August 2013 after its first phase of construction was completed.  It was first left its dry dock in December 2011.

Facts about INS Vikrant

  • It name Vikrant, means “courageous” in Sanskrit or “bold” in Hindi,
  • The carrier has a length of over 260 metres and breadth of 60 metres. It weighs around 40,000 tonne.
  • It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires having short-take off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) system.
  • On completion it will carry up to 36 fixed-wing jets, including MiG-29 K and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
  • It will additionally carry ten helicopters such as Kamov Ka-31s, Westland Sea Kings, or indigenously-built Dhruvs.
  • The basic design of the carrier is done by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and was developed into detailed design by the design team of CSL.

After induction into Indian Navy its primary role will only be to defend the naval fleet and will be positioned in the Indian Ocean region where the world’s commercial and economic interests conflate.

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India, US ink new 10-year Defence Framework Agreement

India and United States (US) have signed a new strategically important 10-year defence framework agreement on 3 June 2015.

The agreement was signed between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and visiting US Defence Secretary Dr. Ashton Carter in New Delhi.

The framework agreement provides avenues for high level strategic discussions between both nations along with continued exchanges of armed forces and strengthening of defence capabilities.

Apart from signing this agreement both nations also agreed to

  • Expedite discussions to take forward co-operation on jet engines, aircraft carrier design and construction and other areas.
  • Pursue co-development and co-production projects that will offer tangible opportunities for American defence industries to build defence partnership with the Indian industries under Make in India programme.
  • Continue efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest such as maritime security and knowledge partnership in the field of Defence.
  • Jointly develop protective gear for soldiers against biological and chemical warfare.
  • Develop next generation power source i.e.generators for the battlefield.

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