Current Affairs for OAS Prelims 2020: Defence News

January 2020

  • The Central Industrial Security Force will observe 2020 as the ‘year of mobility’ that will have a special focus on the creation of more residential units and implementation of various welfare measures for the troops.
  • India and Oman will conduct 12th edition of bilateral maritime exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ in Mormugao Port, Goa. Indian Navy ships Beas and Subhadra and Oman Navy ships RNOV Al Rasikh and RNOV Khassab are participating in the exercise.
  • Indian Navy starts 1st Maha-Navy Connect 2020 Tri-Dimensional Expedition from Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Visakhapatnam will host naval exercise “” with the theme ‘Synergy Across the Seas’.
  • India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant will be commissioned by early 2021 into Indian Navy and will be fully operated by 2022.
  • India has deployed its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in Arabian Sea amid the PakistanChina naval exercise “Sea Guardians” taking place in North Arabian Sea.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicates the 51st K9 Vajra-T guns to the nation. This gun is selfpropelled Howitzer gun made by L&T’s Armoured System Complex at Hazira in Gujarat.
  • Russia has started production of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for India. All five units will be delivered to India by 2025.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, has approved the procurement of Indigenous Equipments valued at Rs 5100 crore.
  • The Indian Air Force has inducted its 1st squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft carrying the BrahMos missiles, in the South at its Thanjavur based in Tamil Nadu.
  • India has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable K-4 ballistic missile at Vizag coast in Andhra Pradesh. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with a range of 3,500-kilometre.
  • Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is set to deliver anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to the Indian Navy.
  • Indian Navy has launched “Operation Vanilla” to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief at Madagascar.
  • The Assam Rifles has constructed a combined war memorial in Nagaland. The memorial has been built for the 357 Army and Assam Rifles personnel killed while fighting insurgency in the northeastern state.
  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned a highspeed interceptor boat C-448 in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
  • The 9th edition of joint military training exercise between India-Bangladesh SAMPRITI-IX will be conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya.
  • The AN-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force powered with 10% blend of bio-jet fuel took off and landed successfully in Leh airport.
  • Union Home Minister laid the foundation stone of Directorate General Building of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in New Delhi. The Home Minister also launched a new logo “Garud” for those engaged in providing security to the common man and VIPs.