DEFENCE


Monthly Current Affairs September 2016 “DEFENCE” key points to Remember.
The Coast Guard was prepared an air enclave to step up aerial surveillance of Karnataka coast for
helping in search and rescue operations and also to check maritime crimes in Mangaluru.
The Indian Army has set up Army Design Bureau (ADB) with an aim to indigenize procurements and
reduce dependence on imports. ADB will be part of the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and
integrate various stake holders in its long-term requirements.
A permanent facility of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) named ‘Prakampana’-the first
Joint Disaster Management Exercise was inaugurated in Visakhapatinam. This program is aimed at
synchronising the resources and efforts of all agencies involved in such exercises.
The Government has given its approval for operation of helicopter services in the State of Jammu and
Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on a pilot basis in 10 sectors, as per the stipulation that the most
inaccessible destination points should be chosen.
Indo-US defence co-operation, a joint military training exercise, ‘YudhAbhyas 2016’ was prepared to
be conducted in Uttarakhand from September 14 to 27.The exercise inChaubattia was being conducted
by the headquarter Central Command. This is the 12th edition of the exercise hosted alternately by
both countries.
India Kazakhstan Joint Exercise, “PRABAL DOSTYK-16” is being conducted in Karaganda region of
Kazakhstan and will conclude on 17 Sep 2016 to enhance interoperability while undertaking Counter
Terrorism & Counter Insurgency Operations in rural & semi-urban environment under the umbrella of
United Nations.
Chinese and Russian naval forces began joint naval exercises in the South China Sea, This added a
new twist to ongoing tensions over Chinese island-building in the region. The 8 day exercises would
highlight marine corps units in “live-fire drills, sea crossingand island landing operations and island
defense and offense exercises was reported from China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
8th edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016 Begins in Vladivostok, Russia for
Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.
The two Cold War enemies Russia and Pakistan joined together for their first-ever joint military
exercise called ‘Friendship 2016’ to strengthen and developing military cooperation with Pakistan
in Pakistan in at the bases of Rattu.
Disaster Relief Exercise ‘Ex SAHAYATA’ was inaugurated by Air Marshal RK Dhir AVSM VM
ADC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command at IAF headquarters in
Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 14, 2016.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) handed over the Water Jet Fast Attack
Craft (WJFAC), “TIHAYU” to Indian Navy. TIHAYU” is the second ship of the ‘Follow-on’ Series of
WJFACs while INS Tarmugli is the first ship of the same series.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikarcommissioned the 105
metre vessel ICGS Sarathi into the force in Goa. The vessel, which would be commissioned in the
presence of Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh, is the third vessel of the Sarathi Class
vessels being designed and built indigenously by Vasco-based Goa Shipyard Limited.
The Indian Navy launched an advanced indigenously built guided-missile destroyer, Mormugao,
in financial capital of the country (Mumbai). Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, who was present when
the vessel was released into the Arabian Sea, announced that the stealth destroyer was at par with the
best vessels in the world.
India successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile – ‘Barak-8’, from a defense base in its eastern
sate of Odisha, was reported by state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR). The missile was
successfully launched. from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Balasore
district.
The Indian Air Force had successfully fired recently acquired long range air-to-air MICA missile on a maneuvering target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft. A Defence Ministry release announced that the missile achieved a direct hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at a low altitude.