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DEFENCE - June 2019

Jun 2019

Jun 29, 2019

China Tests New Ballistic Missile

  •  China successfully tested its latest submarine-launched ballistic missile, the JL-3,.
  • Asked about reports of a shining unidentified flying object in the sky cited in many provinces and whether he can confirm it was related to test launch of JL-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile, Defence Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said that it is normal for China to conduct scientific research and tests according to the plan.
  • According to Ren Guoqiang, these tests are not targeted against any country or specific entity.
  • China follows a defence policy which is defensive in nature and an active defence military strategy.
  • As per military experts, the JL-3 is China's latest SLBM under development that is expected to reach targets farther away with higher accuracy and capable of carrying more warheads than China's current SLBMs.
  • The SLBM might have a range of up to 14,000 km and be equipped with 10 independent guided nuclear warheads.

Jun 28, 2019

Russia Goes for S-500 Prometey Missiles

  •  Russia is planning to arm its defence forces with the latest S-500 Prometey/55R6M Triumfator-M surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system even as India and Turkey are in the process of getting the S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) air defence missile system to bolster their arsenal.
  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that the long-range S-500 missile system, which US intelligence claimed hit targets 481.2 kilometres away during trials, will be ready for deployment with his country's armed forces in a few years. 

Jun 25, 2019

TwentiethYear of Kargil War

  • Commemorating 20 years of the Kargil War, the IAF turned the Gwalior air base virtually into a conflict theatre, with dramatic reenactment of some of the milestones of the operation in 1999.
  • In a symbolic recreation of the Tiger Hill attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Drass-Kargil area, the air force used the Mirage 2000 aircraft and explosives were blown up on a 'model hill' to recreate the crucial events of the war. The chief guest for the event is Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.
  • The IAF planned several activities at the air base to commemorate the 20 years of the war and the symbolic recreation of the Tiger Hill attack was one of them. Five Mirage 2000, two MiG 21s and one Sukoi 30 MKI were on static display at the base.

Jun 23, 2019

Navy Teams to Escort Crude Carriers

  •  Amid escalating tensions in the Gulf region, which is crucial for India's energy security, the Indian Navy is considering deploying small teams on board large crude carriers passing through the region.
  • The proposal is currently under discussion among various stakeholders.
  • The proposal was discussed in a meeting between the Navy, Directorate General of Shipping and the Indian Ship Owners' Association. 
  • The proposal is to have small Navy teams comprising an officer and personnel on all energy-carrying platforms, ultra large crude carriers and very large crude carriers, to advise on protection measures.
  • The teams would be deployed on transiting crude carriers depending on the necessity.

Jun 22, 2019

US Asks India to Scrap S-400 Triumf Deal with Russia

  •  Ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to India, Washington asked India to scrap the S-400 Triumf defence missile deal with Russia or risk facing CAATSA sanctions.
  • Passed in 2017, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is a US law that imposed sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran. 
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