Defense & Security Current Affairs in December 2020

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Defense & Security Current Affairs in December 2020

Current Affairs- Defense and Security - December 2020

31st December, 2020

BEL to supply indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers to Indian Navy

Indian Navy has signed a procurement contract with Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) for the supply of 20 indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers. It has been designed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The Laser Dazzlers will be used by the Indian Navy to stop and warn the suspicious vessels, boats, aircrafts and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Laser Dazzlers emit non-lethal glares to suppress the actions of the target. It is a portable shoulder-operated system, capable of disabling the sensors of the target.

27th December, 2020

India and Vietnam conduct ‘PASSEX’ naval exercise in South China Sea

Indian Navy conducted Passage Naval Exercise ‘PASSEX’ with Vietnamese Navy in South China Sea to boost maritime cooperation between the two nations. Indian Navy Ship (INS) Kiltan carried 15 tonnes of Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) to NhaRong Port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam before taking part in the two-day naval exercise from 26th to 27th December, 2020. Indian Navy’s INS Kiltan is an anti-submarine warfare corvette. India extended HADR to the flood affected people of Central Vietnam as part of Mission Sagar-III.  

25th December, 2020

INS Sindhuvir gets inducted in Myanmar Navy

Myanmar Navy has officially inducted India’s Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuvir, after it was handed over by India in October, 2020. Myanmar Navy has renamed the submarine as ‘UMS Minye Theinkhathu’. It is the 1st and the only submarine of Myanmar Navy. India handed over the vessel to Myanmar as a part of its vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR). INS Sindhuvir was inducted by Indian Navy in 1988 which got upgraded by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Visakhapatnam before handing it over to Myanmar.  

23rd December, 2020

India successfully tests the 1st Army variant of MRSAM

India has successfully conducted the tests of the 1st Army variant of Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), located at Chandipur, Odisha. MRSAM was jointly developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The mass production of MRSAMs will be undertaken by Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL). The newly tested MRSAM has a range of 100 km and can achieve a top speed of Mach 2. The army variant of MRSAM comes with command post, multi-function radar and mobile launcher system and is capable of neutralizing jets, missiles and rockets.  

L&T Defense receives ‘Green Channel Status’ for Naval Weapon Delivery Systems from the Ministry of Defense 

India’s leading defense equipments manufacturing company, Larson and Toubro (L&T) Defense has received ‘Green Channel Status’ for naval weapon delivery systems from the Ministry of Defense. The ‘Green Channel Status’ has been granted to L&T Defense by the Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA). The ‘Green Channel Status’ will eliminate the need for pre-dispatch inspection of the consignments of L&T Defense. It is the first private company to receive ‘Green Channel Status’ for delivering equipments for the Indian Navy.

18th December, 2020

Indian Navy signs MoU with INCOIS, will share Ocean Services Data

Indian Navy has signed an MoU with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) for sharing data related to ocean services and for gaining expertise in the field of operational oceanography. INCOIS deals with information and advisory services to society, industry, government agencies and the scientific community. Dr. T Srinivasa Kumar is the Director of INCOIS headquartered in Telangana. INCOIS was established in 1999 under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The MoU was signed virtually between Commodore AA Abhyankar and Dr. T Srinivasa Kumar.

Defense Minister hands over 3 DRDO-developed systems to the armed forces Chiefs

Union Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh has handed over 3 newly developed defense systems of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to the Chiefs of the Indian armed forces. The Defense Minister has given Border Surveillance System (BOSS) to the Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane, Indian Maritime Situational Awareness  System (IMSAS) to Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh and ASTRA MK-1 Missile to Air Chief Marshal, RKS Bhadauria. Minister of State for Defense, Shripad Yesso Naik was the Guest of Honor of the handover cermony.  

35th IND-INDO CORPAT exercise held in the Indian Ocean

Navies of India and Indonesia participated in the IND-INDO CORPAT 2020 naval exercise held on 17th and 18th December, 2020. Indian Navy was represented by Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish and P81 Maritime Patrol Aircraft whereas Indonesia was represented by KRI Cut Nyak Dien and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. INS Kulish is a missile corvette that has been designed and built in India. KRI Cut Nyak Dien is a Parchim-1 class corvette of the Indonesian Navy. The naval coordinated patrol exercise was a part of Indian government’s Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative.

17th December, 2020

Procurement of military hardware worth Rs. 28,000 crores gets approval from DAC

Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of military hardware worth Rs. 28,000 crores on 17th December, 2020. The military hardware procurement proposal included various weapons, platforms, equipments, systems required by Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. DAC approved the procurement of 6 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) for Indian Air Force, 11 next-gen Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for Indian Navy and Modular Bridges for Indian Army. DAC is chaired by Union Minister of Defense, Rajnath Singh.

16th December, 2020

DRDO successfully tests two nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missiles

Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully test-fired 2 nuclear capable Surface-to-Surface Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM). The test was conducted on 16th December at the Balasore coast of Odisha. The missiles have been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and were deployed by Strategic Forces Command (SFC). The Prithvi-2 missile has a range of 300 kilometers and is capable of carrying 500-1000 kilograms of nuclear warhead. It is powered by Liquid Propulsion Single Engines (LPSE). The night trials of Prithvi-2 were conducted in September and October, 2020.

15th December, 2020

OPV Sujeet joins Indian Coast Guard Services

Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Sujeet has been commissioned in the services of Indian Coast Guard in Goa. It has been designed and manufactured by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). ICG Sujeet has the capacity to carry a twin engine helicopter with 2 inflatable boats and 4 high speed boats and is equipped with Integrated Bridge System, Integrated Platform Management System, Power Management System and High Power External Fire-Fighting System. ICG Sujeet will be deployed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Goa for surveillance.  

14th December, 2020

GSL unveils the 5th and the final OPV ‘Saksham’

Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched the 5th and the final Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Saksham at Vasco da Gama port, Goa. It is a part of the 2nd batch of Samarth-class OPV ordered by Indian Coast Guard (ICG). OPV Samarth is equipped with Quick Response Boats, rescue equipments, anti-piracy monitoring systems and gunnery. It will be made operational in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Goa. It was launched by Jayanthi Natrajan. She is the wife of K Natrajan, Director General of ICG.

GRSE, Kolkata launches INS Himgiri

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata has launched the 2nd ship of Project 17 A for the Indian Navy. It has been named as ‘Himgiri’. It is a Nilgiri-Class stealth frigate. It was launched by Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Gen. Bipin Rawat’s wife Smt. Madhulika Rawat. It is the 1st ship built by the GRSE, Kolkata under the Project 17A. INS Himgiri is the 1st gas turbine propulsion combat ship with largest platform ever built by GRSE. Rear Admiral, V K Saxena is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of GRSE, Kolkata.

11th December, 2020

SSS-CBC India Ammunition Project to start from 2021

Joint Venture between Stumpp Schuele & Somappa, India (SSS Defence) and Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos, Brazil (CBC) is set to start production of ammunitions under the SSS-CBC India Ammunition Project from August, 2021 in Andhra Pradesh. Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos, Brazil (CBC) is the 2nd largest manufacturer of ammunitions in the world. The announcement was made by Fernando Saim of CBC on 11th December, 2020. CBC has become the first private sector company to get approvals for manufacturing military grade ammunitions for small arms in India.

5 December 2020


Dr. Rituparna Dubey

PASSEX has been conducted by the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy 

Indian Navy has undertaken a Passage Exercise with Russian Federation Navy in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region. PASSEXs are conducted regularly by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies, whilst visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea to bolster interoperability, improve understanding and help to imbibe the best practices between both the friendly navies. The Indian Navy is being represented by the home-developed guided-missile frigate Shivalik,  and the anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt, along with helicopters. The Russian Federation Navy camp brings in the  guided-missile cruiser Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev which is  their large anti-submarine ship, and Pechenga, the medium ocean tanker

4 December 2020


Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The Government of India has approved the reorganization of the Army Headquarters

The reorganization of Army headquarters has been approved by the center. Additionally, the Government has also approved the creation of a third deputy Chief’s post that is the New Deputy Chief of Strategy. This is in tandem with a plan that was initially envisaged during India-China's Doklam crisis in 2017. The objective of this plan was to establish closer and direct coordination in the headquarters.  Lt General Paramajit Singh,  Director-General of Military Operations is expected to take up the responsibility of the new appointment. The creation of the New Post shall help reduce the burden of responsibilities on the Vice Chief. The responsibilities of the new post shall include military intelligence and military operations.

3 December, 2020


Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry has taken up the charge as Director General Border Roads

Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry has assumed the charge as 27th Director General Border Roads (DGBR). 

Key Point:

  • Lt Gen. Chaudhry was responsible for conceptualizing and conducting the first-ever and only Engineer Brigade Exercise with US Engineer Brigade.
  • This was a part of the EX YUDH ABHYAS.
  • He takes over as the 27th Director-General of Border Roads.

2 December, 2020


Dr. Rituparna Dubey

BSF celebrated 56th Raising day

The Border Security Force celebrated its 56th Raising day on December 1st.

Key Point:

  • BSF was formed in accordance with an Act of the Parliament on December 1, 1965, soon after the India-Pakistan War of 1965.
  •  The Border Security Force is India's Primary border guarding organization.
  • It guards India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • The HQ of BSF is in  New Delhi.

BrahMos has successfully test-fired  Supersonic Cruise Missile in Anti-Ship mode

 Supersonic Cruise Missile in Anti-Ship mode was successfully tested by Indian BrahMos

Key Point:

  • BrahMos is the supersonic cruise missile 
  • It is jointly developed by DRDO & NPOM of Russia.
  •  India has test-fired the anti-ship version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. 
  • The test is part of the trials being conducted by the Indian Navy
  • The first launch of Brahmos took place in the year 2001.

1 December, 2020


Dr. Rituparna Dubey

India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Maritime Security NSA Trilateral Meeting

Colombo is hosting the India-Maritime-Sri Lanka Security NSA Trilateral Meeting for the year 2020.

Key Points:

  • This meeting was held after 6 years.
  • The three nations have expanded the scope of this platform from a maritime focussed trilateral initiative to looking at common security threats.
  •  National Security Advisor Ajit Doval represented India.
  • The very first NSA-level officials meeting took place in 2011