Defense & Security Current Affairs | April 2021
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Defense and Security - April, 2021
|25th April, 2021|
India conducts VARUNA-2021 bilateral naval exercise with France
India is conducting the 19th edition of VARUNA-2021 bilateral naval exercise with France. The three day exercise is scheduled from 25th to 27th April, 2021 in the Arabian Sea. Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar (Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet) is leading the Indian side whereas Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat (Commander Task Force 473) is leading the French side. The participants of the exercise will perform high tempo-naval operations at sea. Advanced air defense and ant-submarine exercises will also be observed in the exercise.
|17th April, 2021|
India and Kyrgyzstan commence 8th edition ‘Khanjar’ Joint Special Forces Exercise
India and Kyrgyzstan jointly commenced the 8th edition of ‘Khanjar’ Special Forces Exercise in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan on 16th April, 2021. The two-week exercise will focus on counter-terrorism and counter-extremism in high-altitude mountains. The joint special forces exercise was initiated by the two nations in 2011. The anti-terrorism drills are being conducted at the Facility of Special Forces Brigade of the National Guards of Kyrgyz Republic. India and Kyrgyzstan signed an agreement in 2015 to boost defense cooperation.
|16th April, 2021|
Ashok Leyland delivers the 1st lot of LBPVs to IAF
Ashok Leyland has delivered the 1st lot of six Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPVs) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The LBPVs delivered by Ashok Leyland is the modified version of Common Vehicle Next Gen (CVNG) developed by Lockheed Martin. The LBPV has been developed under the Transfer of Technology (TOT) from Lockheed Martin to Ashok Leyland. The newly developed LBPV offers high off-road mobility in rocks, sand, mud and shallow water. It accommodates 6 crew members along with cargo. The vehicles are well protected from ballistic and blast threats.
|12th April, 2021|
DRDO allows missile production to private sector
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has opened the gates for the Indian private players in the field of missile production. DRDO has extended the Development cum Production Partner (DCPP) programme. This will give a big boost to the Government of India’s ‘Make In India’ initiative along with the promotion of domestic defense industry. The private companies will be manufacturing Vertically-Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile System (VL-SRSAM). The private companies will also be allowed to carry out research and development of the missile technologies.
|8th April, 2021|
France hosts ‘La Perouse’ Maritime Exercise in the Indian Ocean
France hosted the three-day long ‘La Perouse’ Maritime Exercise in the eastern Indian Ocean from 5th to 7th April. India along with the other members of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) like USA, Australia and Japan also participated in the naval exercise. Indian Navy has participated for the 1st time in any defense exercise hosted by France. Indian Navy was represented by INS Kiltan, INS Satpura and P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft. La Perouse exercise was initiated by France in 2019.
|5th April, 2021|
DRDO develops Advanced Chaff Technology for protecting the ships from missiles
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed Advanced Chaff Technology for safeguarding the naval ships from missile attacks. The technology has been indigenously developed at DRDO’s Jodhpur Laboratory. The Advanced Chaff Technology comes in three variants namely Short Range, Medium Range and Long Range Chaff Rocket which precisely caters to the needs of Indian Navy. It is an electronic expandable shield which will protect the ships passively from the missiles. The Chaff Technology is already in use among the navies of the developed nations.