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Defence Current Affairs January 4th Week 2020

DRDO to display indigenously-developed military systems in 2020 DefExpo:

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is to display various indigenously-developed military systems and technologies in the forthcoming DefExpo 2020. It aims to bring alive the spirit of self-reliance and national pride. 


The 11th edition of the biennial Defexpo has been scheduled to be held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 5-9 February 2020. The theme of the DefExpo2020 is "Digital Transformation of Defence". The DefExpo is to be set up to showcase the combined strength of DRDO, public and private sector in defence manufacturing.

DRDO in DefExpo 2020:

♦ DRDO is to showcase a live demonstration of Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun MK IA, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), Counter Mine Flail, Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), 15m Advanced Composite Modular Bridging System (ACMBS) and modular bridge.

♦ It will exhibit more than 500 products from all technology clusters in the five-day mega expo in line with the theme of the event. 

♦ DRDO will showcase around 23 products in the India Pavilion at DefExpo.


Formed on: 1958

Headquarters: New Delhi

Parent agency: Ministry of Defence

Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence

Chairman: Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy

DRDO is responsible for the military`s research and development in the defence sector in India.

India test-fired K-4 nuclear-capable from an underwater platform for the second time:

India successfully test-fired the K-4 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile from Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh. This is the second time the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the test, just after its test on 19 January 2020. It is a major milestone to add to the strategic arsenal and delivery systems.

Missile Test:

♦ K-4 ballistic missile will be equipped on indigenous INS Arihant class nuclear-powered submarines of the Indian Navy.

♦ The missile has a range of around 3,500 km.

♦ The test included the capability to launch nuclear weapons from air, surface and underwater platforms.

♦ K-4 missile is one of the two underwater missiles that were being developed by DRDO. The other underwater missile is the over 700 km strike range BO-5 missile.

K-4 ballistic missile:


K-4 ballistic missile is an Intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It is developed by DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The maximum range of the missile is 3,500 km. The developmental test for the missile began in January 2010. On 31 March 2016, the missile was successfully tested from INS Arihant. On 19 January 2020,  the missile was successfully tested from an underwater platform.


Defence Current Affairs January 3rd Week 2020

Exercise Sahyog Kaijin began in Chennai port:

Indo-Japan joint-exercise Sahyog-Kaijin began on 16 January 2020 at the Chennai port. This is the 19th edition of the exercise that is being conducted between the two Coast Guards.
The exercise is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards. It also aims to enhance interoperability in communication, search and rescue procedures and sharing of best practices.  
Key highlights:
♦ During the exercise, various activities including official calls reciprocal visit onboard ships, sporting events like basketball matches, cultural interactions will be carried out.
♦ Professional interactions between personnel of both the coast guards will be organized.
♦ The exercise mainly focuses on search and rescue, anti-piracy and pollution response. 
From the Japanese side, Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo and a 60-member crew and from the Indian side, a total of four ICG ships, their aircraft and a vessel from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) are participating in the exercise.
Exercise Sahyog-Kaijin:
The exercise Sahyog-Kaijin is in line with the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard in 2006. Since then, there have been regular interactions including high-level visits, training exchanges, annual joint exercises, workshops, and seminars.
Rajnath Singh flagged off 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from Larsen and Turbo Armoured System Complex in Gujarat:
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Armoured System Complex at Hazira, Gujarat on 16 January 2020. The participation of the private sector in defence manufacturing is toward fulfilling the government`s commitment to make India an arms manufacturing hub and net defence exporter. 
51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun:
♦ 51st K9 VAJRA-T gun weighs 50 tonnes
♦ It can fire 47kg bombs at 43 kilometre distant targets
♦ It can also turn around at zero radius.
♦ In 2017, L&T won the Rs.4,500 crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army.
♦ The K9 Vajra contract involves the delivery of 100 such systems in 42 months. This is the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Defence Current Affairs January 1st Week 2020

Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM appointed as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance:

Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM officially appointed as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force effect from 01 Jan 2020. Air Officer commissioned as Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) in IAF on 29 Aug 1984. He started a career as Engineering Officer in IAF with fighter aircraft and gained experience in maintenance operations on transport aircraft and helicopters.  Air Officer is a Post Graduate in Reliability Engineering from IIT Powai, Mumbai. Air Officer held the appointments of Senior Production Engineer at 11 Base Repair Depot, Commanding Officer of Air Armament Inspection Wing, Khamaria, Directing Staff at College of Air Warfare, and Command Engineering Officer at HQ WAC. He indigenisation drive in IAF as CO of 1 CIMD. The appointments held by command of a premier Base Repair Depot, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ EAC, and ACAS Eng (T&H).
Abhinav Kumar gets extension as BSF IG:
The appointments committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extending the deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General. The appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the plan of Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of deputation tenure of IPS Abhinav Kumar, Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF) beyond 31.10.2019 and up to 27.07.2021 in relaxation of IPS Tenure Policy.