Counter-Terrorism Current Affairs - 2020

ICGS Sachet Commissioned in Goa: First Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel

On May 15, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard commissioned the first Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel, ICGS Sachet in Goa. The ceremony was chaired by the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh virtually.

Highlights

ICGS Sachet is one of the five ships under CGOPV (Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vehicle) project. The project was a follow-on project of the earlier six ship CGOPV project that was completed in 2017.

About ICGS Sachet

All the five ships including ICGS Sachet are 105 metres long and are capable of carrying 2,350 tonnes of load. These vessels are fitted with technologically advanced machinery and control systems. They make them the most advance patrol vessels in the Indian Coast Guard system.

The ships have been designed to carry five high speed boats and twin-engine light helicopters.

CG OPV project

Under the CG OPV that completed in 2017, six Samarth-class ships were commissioned to the Indian Coast Guard. They are now in operation with the ICG.

Samarth Class OPV

The Samarth Class OPV were preceded by the Vishwast Class OPV and succeeded by the Vikram Class OPVs. It was initiated following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Because, the intelligence unit found that the terrorists involved in the attack reached India by seas.

Parth: World’s Cheapest Gun Shot Locator developed by Indian Army

The Indian Army’s College of Military Engineering with a private firm developed the gun shot locators called “Parth”. These are much cheaper than the ones imported. The device was showcased at DefExpo 2020.

Highlights

The cost of the device developed is around 3 lakhs. When these devices are replaced with the imported ones, the costs are around Rs 65 lakhs. The device is capable of locating a bullet from a distance of 400 metres and will help to neutralize in a faster way.

Gunshot Locator

It is the system that locates gunfire and other weapons such as sensors. These devices are used by security, military, law enforcement and businesses to identify the direction of gun fires.

Significance

The development of these type of equipment are currently important for the Indian Army. These developments come at a time when the centre has abrogated Article 370. They are important to keep counter terrorism operations in Kashmir Valley under control.