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IMPORTANT DEFENCE NEWS 2017
BSF launches operation ‘Sard Hawa’ at Rajasthan border
Border Security Force (BSF) has launched operation ‘Sard Hawa’ at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infiltration due to the dense fog in the area. The operation will continue till 28 January.
The purpose of the operation is to keep a hawk’s eye on the international border, where vigil has been beefed-up and officers have also been asked to be part of operation to motivate jawans.
India successfully test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-IV
India has successfully tested the Agni-IV ballistic missile, which has a strike range of 4,000km, from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. The actual operational induction of the missile, which was tested for a range of only 3,000 km, will take another couple of years. The road-mobile Agni-IV and Agni-V, in turn, are specifically meant for deterrence against China, which can target any Indian city with its formidable inventory of missiles.
Indian Navy launches underwater harbour defence and surveillance system
An Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding- in-Chief, Western Naval Command. The system will enhance the security of valuable assets against asymmetric threats.
Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Exercise, TROPEX 17 Begins
Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya backed by nuclear submarine INS Chakra besides fighting assets of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have come together in the country’s biggest inter-service ‘Tropex’ exercise along the western seaboard. The navy’s annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) got underway on January 24.
Government to set up Defence Procurement Organisation
A key committee set up by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to suggest ways to restructure the acquisition wing will submit its report which will pitch in for a separate set up for defence procurement.
The panel was set up in May last year by Parrikar following recommendations of the Dhirendra Singh Committee, which had given inputs for the new Defence Procurement Policy.
Indian Army Test-Fires Advanced Version of Brahmos Cruise Missile
The Indian Army has successfully test-fired the advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the second consecutive day.
The missile was also test-fired, and the Army said the test flight met all parameters in a “copybook manner”. The successive launches reinforce the formidable weapon’s precision strike capability. The long-range tactical weapon was successfully tested from the same location on 2 May, 2017.
India successfully test-fires guided rocket Pinaka Mark-II
Guided Pinaka, which has been upgraded from Pinaka Rocket, was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I, is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka.
China commissions sophisticated electronic reconnaissance ship CNS Kaiyangxing
China’s Navy has commissioned a sophisticated electronic reconnaissance ship, capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock observation on multiple targets, the latest addition to Beijing’s expanding fleet amid tensions over its assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.
Indigenous fighter jet Tejas to make debut at Republic Day
Indigenously-made fighter jet Tejas will make its Republic Day debut in this year’s parade, the Indian Air Force. The IAF will use three of the Tejas which has been made by public sector giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
INS Sarvekshak 1st Indian warship to use solar energy
Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board.
The system, equipped on the ship, works using sunlight and hence, is 100% reliable for power source that can be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings onboard round the clock with battery outputs.
India Successfully Test Fires Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile
India has successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the Odisha coast, achieving a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system. The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island or Wheeler Island.
China successfully tests DF-5C missile with 10 nuclear warheads
China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, signaling a major shift in its nuclear capability as Beijing gears up for a possible military showdown with the US under Trump Presidency.
The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out last month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs.
Indian Navy’s INSV Tarini inducted
The Indian Navy’s second ocean-going sailboat INSV Tarini was inducted into the Indian Navy. Built by Goa-based M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, INSV Tarini is a sloop, which is slated to be the platform for first Indian all-women circumnavigation of the globe expedition of the Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy is operating four sailing vessels — Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini — capable of open ocean deployments and all the four have been built in shipyards at Goa.
Former Indian Navy Ship Viraat to be decommissioned on Mar 6
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Viraat, which was first commissioned in the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987, will be decommissioned from service on March 6. A press briefing and interaction regarding the same will be organised by the navy on February 27.
India test-fires indigenous supersonic interceptor missile
India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.
This is the second time that the missile has been test-fired in less than a month and is part of an effort to put in place a multi-layer missile defence system.
Navy successfully test fires anti-ship missile for 1st time
The Navy has successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine. The Navy described the launch as a significant milestone in enhancing its “sub-surface” warfare prowess.
The weapon was fired from the submarine, the first of India’s six Scorpene-class submarines which are being built under the Project 75, and it “successfully hit” a surface target during the trial in the Arabian Sea.
India’s Indigenously-made INSAS rifles to ‘retire’ from army
After nearly 20 years, the indigenously-manufactured INSAS rifles will be finally ‘retiring’ from the army and replaced by an imported assault rifle to be manufactured in the country later.
The reason for phasing out of INSAS, as cited by experts, was that it was not effective at long range and at best, could only maim the enemy.
INS Tillanchang commissioned to Indian Navy
INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, at Karwa.
INS Tillanchang is the third ship of four follow-on WJFAC built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Kolkata.
Japan to send largest warship to South China Sea
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.
China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.
Indian Navy fires surface-to-air missile from INS Vikramaditya
In a boost to India’s martime prowess, the Navy has successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed surface-to-air Barak missile system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high speed target. The target was successfully engaged and destroyed.
INLCU L51 commissioned into India Navy
INLCU L51 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 28 Mar 2017 by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Dilip Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition, Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), CMD, GRSE and other senior officers from Indian Navy.
Navy’s missile destroyer dedicated to Chennai
Naval ship ‘INS Chennai’ was formally dedicated to the city in the presence of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht. The dedication ceremony of the ‘P15A Guided Missile Destroyer’ was marked by a series of drills and events, besides unveiling of a plaque by Palaniswami at the Chennai Port Trust.
Navy’s missile destroyer dedicated to Chennai
Naval ship ‘INS Chennai’ was formally dedicated to the city in the presence of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht.
The dedication ceremony of the ‘P15A Guided Missile Destroyer’ was marked by a series of drills and events, besides unveiling of a plaque by Palaniswami at the Chennai Port Trust.
Light Combat aircraft Tejas successfully test-fires air-to-air missile
India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft has successfully demonstrated an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability by releasing Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode. The missile destroyed its manoeuvrable aerial target with pinpoint precision at the Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha.
Navy ships Karwar, Kakinada decommissioned after over 30 yrs of service
Indian Naval Ships Karwar and Kakinada were decommissioned with Navy chief admiral Sunil Lanba being the chief guest for the ceremony. Lanba had served as the second commanding officer of INS Kakinada.
INS Karwar (M67), was the first of the ‘Natya’ class minesweepers acquired from the erstwhile USSR. INS Kakinada (M70), was the second of the same class and also commissioned at Riga on 23 December 1986.
Prithvi-II missile successfully test-fired
India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile, from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army.
The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.
INS Sahyadri on Overseas Deployment to Papua New Guinea
In pursuance of India’s Act East policy, Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri is on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. The ship would be on a port visit to Moresby from June 12 to 15.
The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between Papua New Guinea and India.
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