Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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IAF gets first indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

First indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at ceremony held at Bengaluru, Karanataka.

It was handed over after it was granted Initial Operational Clearance (IOC)-II, which signifies that aircraft is airworthy to fly in different conditions.

About Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas

  • Tejas is outcome of India’s LCA programme, which began in the 1983 to replace country’s aging MiG-21 fighters.
  • It is a lightweight multi-role jet fighter indigenously-built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • It is a tailless and having compound delta wing design. It is powered by a single engine.
  • It is mounted with inbuilt MultiMode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems.
  • As part of LCA programme, 20 aircraft will be built by 2017-2018, to make the first squadron of the aircraft.
  • IOC-I was granted to the aircraft in January 2011 after it was built by HAL. While, IOC- II was granted in September 2014, after the aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight.
  • It is yet to receive the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) and excepted to receive it by the year-end which includes testing mid-air refuelling and its long-range missiles capabilities.

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Army Day is being observed on 15 January

In India, Army Day is being observed every year on 15 January.

  • Significance of Day: In 1949, on this day Lt. General (later Field Marshal) Kodandera Madappa Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army (of the independent India) by succeeding British Army General Roy Butcher.
  • Events: It is celebrated every year at all the Army Command headquarters and national capital by organizing army parades including many other military shows.

This day inspires the troops to continue to enrich the glorious traditions of the Indian Army with their dedication and sacrifice.

On 15 January 2015, it will be the 67th Indian Army Day.

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