Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - May 4, 2018

The Indian Air Force

Defence Co-operation with Foreign Countries

1. Ex SIAM BHARAT-2017.

  • A Command Post Exercise (CPX) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 -26 May 17.
  • 11 member IAF team participated in the exercise.

2. Russia: Tri Service Exercise INDRA-2017.

  • Ex lndra-17 was held in Russia from 19-29 Oct 17.
  • HQ IDS was the steering agency for Ex Indra-17.
  • IAF participated with 1 x IL-76 along with 80 personnel chosen from various areas of core competencies. Additionally, one IL-76 was utilised for induction/de-induction of the contingent.

3. Ex Blue Flag-2017 (OUT).

  • IAF participated in a multilateral exercise, Blue Flag-2017 at Uvda and Nevatim AFB, Israel from 05-16 Nov 17.
  • The IAF contingent included 1 x C-130 ac and 45 personnel including Garuds. DG Air (Ops) attended the Distinguished Visitor's Day of the exercise at Uvda and Nevatim AFB, Israel on November 14, 2017.

4. Joint Military Training (JMT-17).

  • Joint Military Training (JMT-17) with Republic ofSingapore AirForce was held at AFStn Kalaikunda from 29 Oct 17 as part of Bilateral agreement with RSAF.

HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) Operations round the year

1. Relief Mission for Rohingya Refugees- Bangladesh.

  • Two C-17 aircraft airlifted 107 tons of relief material from Delhi to Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14-15 Sep 17 as an aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

2. Relief Mission for Rohingya Refugees — Myanmar.

3. Anti-Naxal Ops.helicopters are deployed since Oct 2009 in support of MHA for Anti-Naxal operations, code named 'Op Triveni'. The Mi-17V5s are deployed two each at Raipur and Jagdalpur and the Mi-17s operate ex-Ranchi.

4. Op Sahayam (SAR for Missing Fishermen at Trivandrum).

  • In the aftermath of cyclone 'Ockhi' the IAF unrelentingly pursued HADR missions, by employing its air assets, and rescued 17 fishermen from the sea.

Induction of Women Pilots in the Fighter Stream

  • On 18 Jun 16, three lightCadets - Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh created history by becoming the first women pilots to be commissioned into the fighter stream.
  • These women pilots, now Flying Officers, have been posted to MiG-21Bison and Hawk units as Sqn Pilots on successful completion of their fighter flying training.39. A second batch of women cadets also have been selected in Fighter stream in Jun 2017

Mission Seven Summits

  • Flag off ceremony: IAF Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Vinson. A team of IAF mountaineers has successfully scaled highest peaks of six continents and is now embarking on last of the culminating expedition to Mt Vinson in Antarctica to complete `Mission Seven Summits'.

Miscellaneous round the year

1. President's Parchment Commission.

  • Govt sanction has been accorded for issue of President's Parchment Commission Certificate to Master Warrant Officers/Warrant Officers granted Honorary Commission. Accordingly, all Master Warrant Officers/Warrant Officers granted Honorary Commission on 26 Jan 16 or thereafter are being issued with President's Parchment Commission Certificate akin to the sister services.

2. The e-Maintenance Management System (e-MMS).

  • The e-MMS project has been implemented for centralised and web based e-maintenance solution for the IAF The project is conceptualized on Digital India model and is one of the largest Maintain Repair Overhaul (MRO) IT implementation project in the World.

3. Inauguration of Online Examination Web Portal of Indian Air Force

  • The online examination web portal of Indian Air Force on 11 Dec 17.
  • A MoU was signed by IAF and CDAC on 31 Oct 17

5. Decommissioning

  • The Navy bid adieu to the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, after an illustrious service of 30 years in the Indian Navy on 06 Mar 17.
  • Indian Naval ships Agray, Matanga, Karwar, Kakinada and submarine Sindhurakshak were also de-commissioned in 2017.

Project Himank

  • Construction of Highest Motorable Road in Ladakh.
  • Project Himank has constructed the World’s highest motorable road in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, passing Umingla Top at a height of 19,300 feet.
  • This strategically important road of length 86 Km, connects border villages ( Indo-China border) Chismle and Demchok to the mainland of Leh and will play important role in safe movement of troop to Indo-China border.

Project Udayak

  • Bhini Bridge.- on road Dhar-Udhampur under Project Sampark in J&K State.

Project Udayak

  • Longwinti Bridge.- under Project Udayak in Arunachal Pradesh (District Anjaw).
  • This shall facilitate the movement of troops towards Indo-Mayanmar Border in Arunachal Pradesh and also help locals for their day to day activities.

OP Juniper

  • Operation Juniper Shield formerly known as Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara (OEF-TS) is the military operation conducted by the United States and partner nations in the Sahara/Sahel region of Africa, consisting of counterterrorism efforts and policing of arms and drug trafficking across central Africa.

Sources – PIB, Ministry of Defence, Govt websites