सामयिक विषय: Defense/Science Short Notes

Joint Indian-French naval exercise 'Varuna' begins

Joint bilateral Naval exercise ‘Varun’

Question: Recently between the navies of which of the following countries, joint bilateral naval exercise ‘Varun’ has been started?
(a) India and Russia
(b) India and America
(c) India and France
(d) India and Britain
Ans :(c)
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  • On April 24, 2017, the joint bilateral naval exercise, between India and France’s navies, ‘Varun’ has been started at, the Toulon port on the Mediterranean coast of France.
  • This naval exercise will last till April 30, 2017.
  • In this naval exercise, Guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, stealth frigate INS Trishul and fleet tanker INS Aditya are taking part.
  • These ships are part of the Indian Navy’s ships deployed in Mediterranean Sea and Africa’s west coast.
  • It is known that the joint bilateral naval exercise ‘Varun’ was started in the year 2000.
  • Last year (2016) this exercise was organized on the Indian coast.

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Maiden Firing of Brahmos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

Question- Which army recently tested the Brahmos land attack supersonic cruise missile successfully?
(a) Indian Army
(b) Indian Navy
(c) Indian Coast Guard
(d) Indian Air Force
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On April 21, 2017, the BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully tested by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The surface-to-surface missile was tested by the Indian Navy’s ship, Teg a guided missile frigate.
  • Simultaneously, the Indian Navy has joined the specific navies of the world, who have the ability to hit the targets on the ground from the sea.
  • Prior to this, only America, Russia, China and Britain have the ability to hit the ground from the sea.
  • Simultaneously, the Indian Navy has gained the ability to hit from the sea in the enemy territory.
  • The BrahMos missile was developed by joint venture ‘Brahmos Aerospace ‘of India’s Defense Research and Development Organization and NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia.
  • Its Antiship version has already been included in the Indian Navy.
  • It is to be noted that on March 11, 2017, the successful testing of the new trial version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Defense Research and Development Organization (IRI) Chandipur was done at Integrated Test Range (ITR).
  • The firepower of this new version is 450 km.
  • The missile will be able to shoot at 2.5 to 3.0 MAC speed and Capable of carrying with 300 kg Warhead.
  • It is worth mentioning that this missile is one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world.
  • It can be launched from the ground and warships.

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Coastal Security exercise to be held in Goa next week

Coastal security excercise ‘Sagar Kavach’

Question- On April, 20-21, 2017; at the coast line of which state, a comprehensive coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ will be conducted to take stock of the preparations of various security agencies?
(a) Kerala
(b) Goa
(c) Andhra Pradesh
(d) Tamilnadu
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On 20-21 April, 2017, extensive coastal security excercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ will be organized to take stock of preparations for various security agencies on the coastline of Goa.
  • This exercise will be organized by the Indian Coast Guard, Goa District Headquarters.
  • The objective of this exercise is to provide uninterrupted security cover on the coast of Goa jointly by all the security agencies.
  • Several agencies, including Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Goa Police, Goa Coastal Security Intelligence Agency Mormugao Port Trust, Port Administration Department, CISF and customs will participate in this exercise.
  • Since 2009, this joint exercise of all the related agencies is being organized under the auspices of the Goa government.
  • Chief Secretary coastal security will inspect this exercise.
  • This exercise was organized in the last month of November last year.

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