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Defence Current Affairs May 2nd Week 2019
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Defence Current Affairs May 2nd Week 2019

 1. IAF jets force Georgian plane to land at Jaipur airport

 
A Georgian AN-12 aircraft was forced to land at Jaipur by Indian Air Force interceptors. 
In a statement, Defence Ministry said, an unknown aircraft entered Indian Air Space in North Gujarat Sector at 3.15 PM. 
The aircraft did not follow the authorized Air Traffic Services (ATS) route and was not responding to Radio calls from Indian controlling agencies. 
The Ministry said, since ATS routes in the area were closed due to the current geopolitical situation, and the aircraft entered Indian Air Space from an unscheduled point, the Air Defence interceptor on operational readiness was scrambled and vectored towards the unknown aircraft for investigation.  
It added that on visual contact, the aircraft was identified as Georgian AN-12 flying at twenty-seven thousand feet. 
The aircraft neither responded on international distress frequency nor to visual signals during interception.
However, when challenged, the aircraft responded and informed that it was a non-scheduled An-12 aircraft that had got airborne from Tbilisi (Georgia) for Delhi via Karachi. The aircraft was shadowed and forced to land at Jaipur for necessary investigation.
 
2. Indian Navy undertake group sail exercise with Japan, Philippines and US in South China Sea
 
Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship, INS Shakti participated in ‘Group Sail’ exercise with naval ships of Philippines, Japan and United States of America in the disputed South China Sea. 
This was 6-day long group sail exercise from May 3 to May 9 and objective was to deepen the existing partnership and foster mutual understanding among navies of friendly countries.
During 6-days long exercise, naval ships have taken participation in various activities which include formation manoeuvring, under replenishment runs, cross-deck flying and exchange of Sea Riders.
While returning Indian naval ships visited Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, Qingdao in China and Busan in South Korea which was a part of the annual Eastern Fleet Overseas Deployment.
Both INS Kolkata and INS Shakti had participated in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as a part of 70thAnniversary Celebration of People’s Liberation Army at Qingdao in China and after that they have also participated in the Opening Ceremony of Maritime Security (MS) Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Busan in South Korea. 
Moreover, these two naval ships have also participated in the International Maritime Defence Expo (IMDEX) 2019 in Singapore.
 


 

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