Defense & Security Current Affairs | February 2021
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Defense and Security - February 2021
|28th February, 2021|
IAF gifts war helicopter to Bangladesh on the Golden Jubilee of 1971 War
Indian Air Force (IAF) has gifted an Alouette III Helicopter of the 1971 War to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to mark the Golden Jubilee of the 1971 War of Liberation. BAF also gifted an F-86 Sabre fighter aircraft to the IAF in return. The gifts were exchanged between IAF Chief, RKS Bhadauria and Bangladesh Air Chief Marshal, Masihuzzaman Serniabat at the Mirpur Hall of Fame, Dhaka. RKS Bhadauria paid tribute to the martyrs of 1971 War and also visited BAF Base during his visit.
|25th February, 2021|
INS Pralaya represents India at the IDEX-21 and NAVDEX-21 in Abu Dhabi
Indian Navy Ship (INS) Pralaya has participated in the International Defense Exhibition 2021 (IDEX 21) and Naval Defense Exhibition 2021 (NAVDEX 21) which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled from 20th to 25th February, 2021. INS Pralaya is the 2nd indigenously built ‘Prabal Class’ Missile Vessel manufactured by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). It is equipped with chaff launchers; 30 mm close range guns and long range surface-to-surface missiles. India’s participation at IDEX-21 and NAVDEX-21 showcased good relations with UAE.
|22nd February, 2021|
DRDO’s VL-SRSAM missiles complete their maiden launch
Two Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (VL-SRSAMs) completed their maiden launch from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha. It has been designed and developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). It has been especially designed for the Indian Navy for countering aerial as well as sea-skimming targets. VL-SRSAM has a strike range of 40 to 50 kilometers. The missiles will protect the ships of Indian Navy from UAV’s and fighter jets and is considered as a force multiplier of the Indian Navy.
|20th February, 2021|
DRDO conducts the maiden launch of VL-SRSAM Missile successfully
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has conducted the maiden launch of Vertical Launch- Short Range Surface-To-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. The VL-SRSAM has been indigenously developed to meet the needs of Indian Navy. VL-SRSAM has a range of 40-50 kilometers. The missiles are capable of defending from Jets, UAVs, Fighter jets and sea-skimming targets. The tests exhibited the maximum range and effectiveness of the vertical launch system.
|19th February, 2021|
Indian Coast Guard commissions ICG C-453 Interceptor Boat in Chennai
Indian Coast Guard has commissioned ICG C-453 Interceptor Boat in Chennai. It was commissioned by Secretary of Department of Consumer Affairs, Leena Nanda. ICG C-453 is the 17th Interceptor boat which has been indigenously manufactured by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. It will be under the command of Assistant Commandant, Animesh Sharma under the East Coast Guard Region. The newly commissioned ICG C-453 is capable of performing various tasks such as surveillance, search & rescue and patrolling missions. It can attain a maximum speed of 45 knots per hour.
DRDO’s Dhruvastra and HELINA complete their Joint User Trials
Joint User Trials of Dhruvastra and Helicopter Launched Nag (HELINA) have been successfully conducted by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at Pokhran, Rajasthan. Both the Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) have been indigenously developed by DRDO. The Joint User Trials comprised of 5 Missions for evaluating the range capabilities of the newly developed ATGMs. Dhruvastra has been developed for the Indian Air Force (IAF) whereas HELINA has been developed for Indian Army. Both the ATGMs were launched from Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs). HELINA is one of the most advanced ATGMs in the World.
|18th February, 2021|
Indian Army receives its 100th and the final K-9 Vajra Howitzer Gun from L&T
Indian Army has receives the 100th and the final K-9 Vajra-T 155m/52 Calibre Self-Propelled Howitzer Gun from Larsen and Toubro’s (L&T) Armoured Systems Complex at Surat, Gujarat. Chief of Army Staff General, MM Naravane flagged off the final K-9 Vajra. The K-9 Vajra is the Indian version of South Korea’s K-9 Thunder designed by Hanwha Defense. 80 % of the K-9 Vajra is made up of indigenous materials. Ministry of Defense signed a contract with L&T worth Rs. 4,366 crores in May, 2017 for procuring 100 Howitzer guns for the Indian Army.
Indian Navy conducts ‘PASSEX’ naval exercise with Indonesia in Arabian Sea
Indian Navy conducted the ‘Passage Exercise’ (PASSEX) naval exercise with the Indonesian Navy in Arabian Sea. The objective of the exercise was to enhance the interoperability & strengthen the Bilateral Maritime Cooperation between the nations. Indian Navy was represented by INS Talvar whereas KRI Bung Tomo represented the Indonesian Navy. PASSEX is a regular naval exercise conducted by the Indian Navy with its friendly neighbor countries. The naval exercise conducted night drills, flaghoist drills and flashing light drills.
|15th February, 2021|
Indian Navy receives the 3rd Kalvari-Class Submarine- INS Karanj
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the Kalvari-Class submarine- INS Karanj to the Indian Navy at Mumbai. INS Karanj will be commissioned in the Indian Navy in March, 2021. INS Karanj has been designed by the France-based ‘The Naval Group’ and has been constructed by MDL, Mumbai. INS Karanj is the 3rd submarine out of 6 Kalvari-Class vessels. The submarine was formally received by Retired Vice Admiral Narayan Prased and Chief of Staff Officer (Technical) Rear Admiral B Sivakumar.
|12th February, 2021|
Indian Navy has signed a contract with Titagarh Wagons for Diving Support Crafts
Indian Navy has signed has signed a contract with Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Kolkata for procuring 5 Diving Support Crafts (DSCs) worth Rs. 174.76 crores under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India. The DSCs will be supplied by Titagarh Wagon within 30 months. The DSCs will cater to the needs of Command Clearance Diving Teams (CCDTs) to provide assistance to the ships in undergoing underwater repair and maintenance. The DSCs will be equipped with modern tools to perform diving operations perfectly.
|11th February, 2021|
BHEL to supply Super Rapid Gun Mounts to the Indian Navy
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged the order for supplying Super Rapid Gun Mounts (SRGMs) for the Indian Navy. The indigenous SRGMs will be installed in the frontline warships of the Indian Navy. SRGMs are the high performance lightweight, rapid-fire naval guns that help in air defense and anti-surface roles especially in tackling the missiles. The SRGMs fire at a rate of 120 rounds per min (rds/min) with a standard deviation below 0.3 mrad.
|10th February, 2021|
Highlights of the ongoing ‘TROPEX 21’ military exercise
Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise 2021 (TROPEX-21) is the largest war game of the Indian Navy. The biennial war game commenced in early January and will conclude in the 3rd week of February. TROPEX is being held in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Operational Assets of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard are the participants of the war game. TROPEX is held in every two years to validate the Indian Navy’s defense capabilities and war preparedness for promoting peace in the Indian Ocean Region.
|9th February, 2021|
Gist of India-US joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 20’
‘Yudh Abhyas 20’ is a bilateral joint military exercise held annually between the armies of India and USA. Yudh Abhyas 20 is being conducted at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner in Rajasthan from 8th February and will end on 20th February, 2021. The joint military exercise aims to enhance combined interoperability between the two nations through cultural and training exchange. It also aims to strengthen partnership in the Indo-Pacific region with a common defense objective. Around 250 personnel each of US and India army participated in the exercise.
|8th February, 2021|
Ministry of Defense signs a 1000 crore rupee contract with BEL for advanced radio systems
A 1000 crore rupee contract has been signed between the Ministry of Defense and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the procurement of advanced Software Defined Radio Tactical (SDR-Tac) within the next three years. BEL has been already testing the SDR-Air and has been supplying SDR-Naval Combat (NC) to the Indian Navy. SDR-Tac has been jointly designed and developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL). The SDR-Tac is a 4-channel, multi-mode, multi-band 19 inch rack mountable radio system.
|5th February, 2021|
Highlights of the 13th Aero India 2021
The 13th edition of ‘Aero India 2021: A Big Step Towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ was held at the Yelahanka Air Force Base, Bengaluru from 3rd to 5th February, 2021. The biennial military exercise was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh. The event was jointly organized by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India Air Force (IAF), Ministry of Defense, Union Civil Aviation Ministry and Department of Space. It was the world’s 1st hybrid Aero and Defense Exhibition which included a combination of physical and virtual elements. Around 601 exhibitors participated in the vent out of which 523 were from India.
|3rd February, 2021|
GRSE, Kolkata to deliver fast patrol vessel ‘Zoroaster’ to Seychelles Coast Guard
Seychelles Coast Guard has signed a deal with Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata for procuring fast patrol vessel ‘Zoroaster’for carrying out patrolling, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations. Zoroaster is capable of travelling at a maximum speed of 34 knots with an accommodation of 35 personnel. Zoroaster will be armed with a 40/60 gun. India has already donated INS Tarmugli Patrol Vessel to Seychelles which was renamed as SCGPS Topaz after getting inducted by Seychelles Coast Guard. a
|2nd February, 2021|
Rajnath Singh inaugurates the second production plant for LCA Tejas at Bengaluru
Union Minister of Defense, Shree Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second exclusive production plant for the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at Doddanekundi, Bengaluru. The 35 acre- production plant has doubled Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s production capacity of producing Tejas fighter jets. Now HAL will be able to produce 16 aircrafts instead of 8. The recently inaugurated production plant will be used to produce Tejas Mk-1A and Tejas Trainer jets.