♦ Indian Coast Guard conducts Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise “Clean Sea-2017”
On November 29, 2017, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted regional level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise titled ‘Clean Sea – 2017’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar Islands.
i. Objective of this exercise was to ascertain preparedness of the ICG in responding to a major oil spill in accordance with provisions of NOS-DCP (National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan).
ii. The exercise was conducted under observation of Coast Guard Regional Commander, KR Suresh.
♦ Indo – UK Joint Army Exercise Ajeya Warrior 2017 begins in Bikaner
Joint Indo-United Kingdom (UK) army training exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior 2017’ begun at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Bikaner, Rajasthan on December 1, 2017.
i. Ajeya Warrior 2017′ will be the third joint military exercise between India and UK. First exercise was conducted in 2013 in Belgaum, Karnataka and second exercise was conducted in 2015 in UK.
♦ 8th Indo-Maldives military exercise "EKUVERIN" begins in Belagavi
On December 15, 2017, India and Maldives commenced their 8th joint military exercise "EKUVERIN" in Belagavi, Karnataka.
i. In Maldivian language, ‘EKUVERIN’ means friends.
ii. Objective of this exercise is to familiarise both armies with each other's operating methodology in context of counter-terrorist operations in an urban or semi-urban region.
♦ Southern Command Conducts "Hamesha Vijayee" Exercise in Rajasthan
Indian Army’s Southern Command is conducting an exercise called 'Hamesha Vijayee' in Jaisalmer-Barmer deserts of Rajasthan from 16th – 22nd December, 2017.
i. This exercise is being conducted with an objective to evaluate the capability and preparedness of Indian armed forces to carry out strikes deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
♦ UAE, UK, US and French armies hold joint exercise “Flag4” in Abu Dhabi
On 5th December 2017, the two-week United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and France joint army training exercise “Flag4”, started in Abu Dhabi.
i. “Flag4” is a part of the effort to consolidate multilateral relations, and to increase coordination between the UAE Armed Forces and participating nations.
♦ US, S Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill
On December 11, 2017, United States (US), South Korea and Japan started a joint drill to track missiles from North Korea.
i. This drill is being conducted in waters near the Korean peninsula and Japan.
♦ Indian Navy conducts 'Naseem Al Bahr' naval exercise with Oman Navy
On 17th December 2017, the 11th edition of 'Naseem Al Bahr' or 'Sea Breeze' exercise was conducted off the coast of Oman.
i. Naseem Al Bahr is a biennial exercise. This was started in 1993. Indian ships reached Muscat on 16th December 2017.
♦ PM Modi commissions INS Kalvari submarine into the Indian Navy in Mumbai
On December 14, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari submarine into the Indian Navy. The commissioning ceremony was held in Mumbai. Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present at the commissioning ceremony.
♦ Indian Navy commissions Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Sujay
On December 21, 2017, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Sujay’ in Goa.
i. In Hindi, ‘Sujay’ mean ‘Great Victory’.
ii. ICGS ‘Sujay’ is an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) that has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
iii. 105-meter long ICGS ‘Sujay’ is equipped with 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and state-of-the-art Power Management System (PMS).
♦ Made-In-India Surface-to-Air Missile QRSAM successfully test fired from Odisha coast
On 22nd December 2017, Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) was successfully test fired by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Chandipur, in Odisha.
i. Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) is a canister-based high-speed weapon system. It can destroy aerial targets, tanks, bunkers and short range missiles.
ii. QRSAM was fired from a canister mounted on a rotatable truck-based launch platform at the Launching Complex-I (LC-I) of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
iii. This is the third test of QRSAM.
♦ India successfully test fires indigenous AAD Interceptor Missile off Odisha Coast
On 28th December 2017, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an Advanced Area Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from defence test facility on Kalam Island, Odisha.
i. The target missile of the interceptor missile was a modified version of Prithvi-II. The target missile was launched from a Launching Complex of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
ii. The interceptor missile destroyed the target missile in mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude less than 30 km
♦ IAF bids farewell to MiG-27 ML Bahadur
On December 28, 2017, Indian Air Force (IAF) bade farewell to MiG-27 ML, Bahadur fleet at Hasimara Air Force base in Bengal.
i. Russian origin MiG-27 ML, codenamed 'Bahadur' in India, was inducted into the IAF fleet in the late 1980s.
ii. MiG-27 ML was a dedicated ground attack aircraft capable of delivering a variety of loads (bombs, rockets and guided munitions) in different modes of attack with immense precision.