Defense & Security Current Affairs | May 2021

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Defense & Security Current Affairs | May 2021

Defense and Security - May, 2021

31st May, 2021

Ministry of Defense adds 108 items in the ‘2nd Positive Indigenization List’

Ministry of Defense has added 108 items in the ‘2nd Positive Indigenization List’ for boosting self-reliance and defense exports. The ‘2nd Positive Indigenization’ has been released by the Union Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh. The items were proposed by the Department of Military Affairs governed by the Defense Ministry. The list has been prepared in accordance with PM Modi’s ambitious ‘AtmaNirbhar-Bharat’ initiative. The items included in the list will be manufactured in India in a phased manner from December, 2021 to December, 2025.

29th May, 2021

NATO begins ‘Steadfast Defender 21’ war games

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has commenced the ‘Steadfast Defender 21’ war games scheduled between May and June, 2021. Most of the war games/exercises will be held in Portugal, Romania and Germany. The objective behind conducting war games is to improve the capability of the allied forces to get deployed quickly across Europe and Atlantic for protecting the NATO allies under attack. 20 NATO allies and 9,000 troops will participate in the month long war games. The troops will be deployed across the land and the sea extending from North America to the Black Sea region and the Portugal coast.  

Ajit Doval commissions ICG OPV Sajag

National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval has commissioned Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Sajag’. ICG Sajag has been built by Goa Shipyard Limited, Goa. ICG Sajag is the 3rd vessel in the series of indigenously-built OPVs which is a part of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. ICG Sajag has been equipped with advanced weapons and sensors and has the capability of carrying a twin-engine helicopter and 4 high speed boats. The newly commissioned OPV will bolster the maritime capabilities of the country.  

28th May, 2021

Defense Secretary launches the second version DG NCC Mobile Training App

Defense Secretary, Dr. Ajay Kumar has launched Directorate General National Cadet Corps (DG NCC) Mobile Training application’s second version. The new version aims to conduct countrywide online training to the cadets and provide assistance in carrying out training during the pandemic. The DG NCC Mobile Training App 2.0 will offer 130 bilingual (English/Hindi) training videos and will also provide Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for the uniforms. The earlier version of the app was launched by the Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh on 27th August, 2021.

27th May, 2021

DRDO’s DMRL develops Isothermal Forging Technology for making fighter jet engines

Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has launched Isothermal Forging Technology for manufacturing important components of fighter jet engines including shafts, discs, blisks etc. With the recent development, India has joined the club of nations capable of manufacturing critical components of aero engines. It is an important achievement in the quest for self-reliance in aero-engine technology. DMRL is located in Hyderabad, Telangana and Dr. G Madhusudhan Reddy is the Director of the laboratory.

26th May, 2021

Defense Minister launches ‘SeHAT OPD’ portal for defense personnel

Union Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh has launched the ‘SeHAT OPD’ portal for providing medical consultation to the defense personnel and their families. ‘SeHAT OPD’ stands for Services e-Health Assistance & Tele-consultation Outpatients Department. The main objective of the portal is to provide services related to healthcare to the defense personnel and their family members. The portal will also provide structured video-based clinical consultations. It has been developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Mohali, Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) and Mohali Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff (HQ IDS).

Indian Army to deploy Heron drones along the LAC

Indian Army will deploy the Heron drones along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh. The advanced Heron-II drones will be procured from Israel. All the 4 Heron-II drones will be delivered by Israel in the next three to four months. The drones will be used to keep an eye on the activities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops deployed along the other side of the LAC. The acquisition deal for the procurement of the advanced drones is a part of the emergency financial powers of the Indian Armed Forces granted by the Government of India for dealing with the occasional conflicts with China.

19th May, 2021

BEML launches MMME Mk-II for Indian Army

Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) has launched Minefield Marking Equipment (MMME) Mk-II for the India army.  The equipment has been built for operating on BEML TATRA 6 × 6. The newly launched equipment will help in rapid demarcation of the mine fields in a semi-automatic operation. Research & Development Establishment Engineers (R& DE) lab of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) helped BEML in developing the equipment via Transfer of Technology (ToT). BEML is a Schedule ‘A’ company that comes under the Ministry of Defense.

8th May, 2021

India conducts ‘PASSEX’ naval exercise with Indonesia

India conducted ‘PASSEX’ (Passage Exercise) with Indonesia on 8th May, 2021 in Arabian Sea. Indian Navy was represented by INS Sharda which is a Sukanya-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) that carries a Chetak helicopter with itself. The Indonesian Navy was represented by KRI Sultan Hasanudin which is a 90m Corvette. The objective of the exercise was to improve the understanding and interoperability between the navies of both the friendly nations. PASSEX was previously conducted with Indonesia on 13th March, 2021 where IN Dornier, INS Kalpeni and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda participated in the exercise.

Indian Army sets up COVID-19 Management Cell for monitoring real time response

Indian Army has set up COVID-19 Management Cell for monitoring real time response across India. It will coordinate multiple facets of staffing and logistics support. The COVID Management Cell will be headed by a Director General rank officer who will directly report to the Vice Chief of Army Staff. This will bring greater efficiency of Indian Army’s response towards the help seeking state governments as well as the authorities of Union Territories. Indian Army has already deployed medical resources to assist the health departments of various states.

7th May, 2021

Indian Armed Forces launches ‘Operation CO-JEET ’to fight the 2nd wave of COVID-19 in India

The Indian Armed Forces have launched ‘Operation CO-JEET’ to carry out relief operations across India amid the second wave of COVID-19. Lieutenant General Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar will monitor the overall operation and prepare strategies for COVID-19 relief. The operation aims to strengthen medical infrastructure of India and to develop medical oxygen supply chains. Personnel of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force will engage together to restore liquid medical oxygen supply chains, set up beds for COVID-19 patients and help the civil administration to manage the resources during the crisis. 


3rd May, 2021

ALH Dhruv MK-III undergoes Deck Operation Trials on ICGS Sujay

Maritime variant of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv MK-III has successfully undergone Deck Operation Trials on Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sujay at Chennai. The deck operations included landing on the deck, folding of blades, hot refueling with running engines and parking the helicopter inside the onboard hanger. ALH Dhruv has proven its extensive capabilities in carrying out operations from the ships. ALH Dhruv is being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is equipped with Shakti engines and an advanced cockpit. The ALH Dhruv MK-III comes with Automatic Identification System (AIS), Integrated Architecture Display System (IADS), Surveillance Radar etc,  

2nd May, 2021

Indian Navy launches Operation Samudra Setu-II for bringing medical oxygen to India

Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu-II for carrying out the shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) amidst the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The LMO is required for saving the lives of the patients of COVID-19 with blood oxygen level below 94 %. Indian Navy has deployed a total of 7 ships namely INS Airavat, Talwar, Jalshwa, Tabar, Kochi, Kolkata and Trikand for meeting the LMO requirements of India. INS Jalshwa is enroute to Bangkok, Thailand whreas INS Airavat is enroute to Singapore for bringing liquid oxygen.