Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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India sign Rs.200 crore deal with Russia to acquire Strum Ataka

India has signed Rs.200 crore deal with Russia for acquiring Strum Ataka anti-tank missile for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF). This deal comes in wake of an IAF’s attempt to keep itself battle-ready in situations like post-Balakot aerial strikes.

Key Highlights

This Rs.200 crore deal for Strum Ataka anti-tank missile would give an added capability to Mi-35 attack choppers of IAF to take out enemy tanks and other armoured elements.

Mi-35s are set to be replaced with Apache gunships being acquired from United States (US) and slated to be delivered from August onwards.

Emergency Clause: For more than a decade India has been trying to acquire Russian missiles but the deal has been signed under emergency clauses through which missiles would be supplied within 3 months of contract signing.

What is Emergency Clause?

Within few weeks after 14 February Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, emergency powers were given to Indian Defence forces and India started increasing vigil at borders with Pakistan.

Under, emergency powers given to three services, they can procure equipment of their choice within 3 months at a cost of about Rs.300 crore per case.

IAF has emerged as front runner in terms of weapon acquisition under emergency procurement, followed by Indian Army.

Under emergency provisions IAF has acquired also acquired Spice-2000 stand-off weapon system along with a number of spare and air to air missile deals with multiple counties to equip itself for sudden war.

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K Natarajan appointed new Coast Guard DG

K Natarajan has been appointed as new Director General (DG) of Indian Coast Guard (ICG). He will be succeeding Rajendra Singh, who retires on 30 June 2019.

About K. Natarajan

Natarajan is 1984-batch officer. The flag officer has held various important command and staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. He also served as the Commanding Officer, ICGS Mandapam.

Current Post: He is currently serving as Additional Director General (ADG) of ICG’s Western Sea Board, which looks after security of sensitive maritime boundary from Gujarat to Kerala.

Key Post: His key staff assignments at ICG headquarters include- Chairman, Coast Guard Service Selection Board (SSB), Principal Director (Policy and Plans), Principal Director (Projects), Joint Director (Operations), Coast Guard Advisor (CGA) to Director General, ICG, Chief Staff Officer (Personnel & Administration) at Headquarters Region (East), Chennai, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Region (West), Mumbai, Officer-in-Charge and Coast Guard Training Centre, Kochi.

He has commanded all classes of ICG ships-

  • Sangram: Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV)
  • Veera: Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
  • Kanaklata Barua: Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV)
  • Chandbibi: Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV).

About Indian Coast Guard

It is India’s statutory multi-mission paramilitary organization that is responsible for safeguarding country’s’ maritime interests and enforces maritime law.

It was established on 18 August 1978 by Coast Guard Act, 1978. It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Defence.

It has jurisdiction over India’s territorial waters, including its contiguous zone and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

It is country’s one of the youngest Armed Force and has 142 ships & 62 aircraft in total.

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