Weekly Defence Current Affairs Kit

Weekly Defence Current Affairs Kit

Dear Aspirants, Current Affairs related to defence play an important role when it comes to various defence sector examinations. It becomes very important for you to get yourself acquainted with the day to day updates related to the defence sector. To help you with this, here is the Daily GK Update of defence related Current Affairs to get you acquainted with the top events related to Defence Sector. 

1. Independence Day Gallantry Awards Announced: Complete      List of Winners 

The President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has approved 131 Gallantry Awards to Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces which include one Kirti Chakra, 20 Shaurya Chakras, three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry), 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and three Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry). 

The President has also awarded 26 Mention-in-Despatches to Army Personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations which include 25 (three posthumous) for ‘Operation Rakshak’, one (posthumous) for ‘Operation Rhino’ and one additional name approved by Raksha Mantri in the CH&AC meeting.

2. India Successfully Tests Anti-Tank Guided Missile                      ‘HELINA’ 

India successfully flight tested the indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ from Pokhran in Rajasthan. The weapon system tested for its full range was released smoothly from the launch platform. The missile hit the target with high precision. 

The indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) was also successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range in Jaisalmer. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision. Senior officials from DRDO and the Indian Air Force participated and witnessed the flight tests.

3. India-Thailand Conclude ‘Maitree’ Military Exercise 

The Indian and Thailand's armed forces concluded a two-week long platoon level military exercise called ‘Exercise Maitree 2018’ in Jammu & Kashmir’s Srinagar. The exercise was an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between armies of the two countries.

The exercise began on August 6 and comprised of cross-training period, which included familiarization between the two armies to evolve drills and procedures that help in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in varied terrains under the United Nations (UN) mandate.

4. 1st Ever IAF-RMAF Joint Air Exercise Begins In Malaysia 

The first-ever joint air exercise involving the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) commenced at Subang Air Base in Malaysia. 

India has been eyeing a foothold at the strategically important Subang Air Base. The main aim of the exercise seeks to deepen defence and military ties between the two countries. 

5. Iran Unveils 1st Domestic Fighter Jet 'Kowsar' 

Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet named 'KOWSAR' with President Hassan Rouhani. The new "Kowsar" is a fourth-generation fighter shown at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. It was "100-percent indigenously made" for the first time. 

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