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Defence Current Affairs May 3rd Week 2019
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Defence Current Affairs May 3rd Week 2019

 1. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS in Odisha

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS. ABHYAS is a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) drone and it is used for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot. The flight test was conducted from an Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.
The flight test was recorded by different Radars and Electro Optic Systems.
It uses MEMS based navigation system for its navigation and guidance.
The ABHYAS project was sanctioned for Rs. 15 crore.
The pre-project details of ABHYAS project was completed in January 2013 and in 2012, its first experimental launch was conducted.
The design of the main body of the aircraft is based on the design of Lakshya which is a high speed drone developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO.
2. Indian Army, Navy and Air Force hold joint exercise in Andaman and Nicobar
All three services, Indian Army, Navy and Air Force hold joint exercise Bull Strike at Teressa Island in Andaman and Nicobar.
The objective is to enhance their coordination in dealing with major security challenges which are currently facing the country and also to showcase joint operation capability of the three forces, Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and further enhance operation coordination.
Total 170 troops from all three services participated and carried out para drop operations in a Combat Free Fall and Static Line mode.
3. Indian Navy’s Service Selection Board inaugurated at Diamond Harbour
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba inaugurated Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Service Selection Board (SSB) at Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata.
Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, has attended the inauguration.
This is the fifth SSB- Service Selection Board of the Indian Navy.
It selects both Permanent and Short Service Commission officers.
The other Boards are located in Bhopal, Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore.
SSB (Kolkata), sprawling over 27 acres on the Hooghly river-bank can screen an estimated 5000 officer-candidates annually.
Various facilities are available at the board which include GTO ground, Testing Hall, Conference Room, staff accommodation and a Medical Inspection Room. These cater to the comfort of the candidates.
4. India delivered 2 Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan
Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar made the hand-over of the first pair of replacement Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan Defence Minister, Asadullah Khalid at the Kabul Air Force base with the main objective of strengthening the Afghan air force as it battles Taliban insurgency against the fact of US’ lookout for exiting the Afghanistan after a 17-year stay.
The choppers were purchased from Belarus.
In December 2015, India had first delivered the Mi-24 Helicopters to Afghanistan.
The Mi-24 is a large helicopter gunship and can be used for assault and transport missions.
The Mi-24 can ferry up to 8 people.
India has been 1 of the largest donors of Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan and, since 2001, has contributed around 3$ billion as help to Afghanistan.



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