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.

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.

Pinaka Mark-II rockets successfully tested at Pokhran

Advanced version of indigenous Pinaka mark-II rockets were successfully tested on 30 May 2015 in Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan.

They were test-fired using a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL). In the test six rounds were successfully tested which had hit the target situated 53 kms from the firing point.

The MBRL version of Pinaka has high operational mobility, flexibility and accuracy which is capable of acting as a force multiplier and has been developed to supplement artillery guns.

Facts about Pinaka II rockets

  • The Pinaka II rocket is also known as the Weapon Area System (WAS).
  • Jointly and indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army.
  • It has battery of six launchers which can fire rockets with a range of 40-65 kms.
  • WAS can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds with 1.2 tonne of high explosives.
  • Can neutralise a target area of 3.9 square km and supplement existing artillery system at a range beyond 30 km.
  • Can be fitted with wide range of warheads including blast-cum-pre-fragmented high explosives to anti-tank mines.

It should be noted that Pinaka had undergone several tough tests since 1995 and already has been introduced into the Indian army.