Defence Current Affairs Questions 2018 – 2017 [All Months]

If you are looking for latest defence news and current affairs for your competitive exam and interview preparation, we have listed a brief major defence events in 2018- 2017 which you can go through within few minutes. Latest defence current affairs questions are given for all months from January 2017 until Feb 2018. These defence related questions will help you in the upcoming defence exams like NDA, CDS, AFCAT and other competitive exams in India. This Defence current affairs PDF will provide you an insight into current affair events related to national and international defence. Defence current affairs Ebook is linked at the end of this article, you can download it free of cost.

Defence Current Affairs Questions 2018 – 2018 [All Months]

Defence Current Affairs January 2017

  • Israeli Air Force Receives First Anti-Missile Interceptors for Arrow 3 System
  • SF launches operation ‘SardHawa’ at Rajasthan border
  • Pakistan Navy Receives Two Ships From China to Ensure Security along Gwadar Port
  • NS Khanderi, Second Scorpene Class Submarine Launched in Mumbai
  • Chinese Navy Commissions Sophisticated Ship CNS Kaiyangxing into its Fleet
  • Guided Pinaka Rocket Successfully Test-Fired by India
  • Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Exercise, TROPEX 17 Begins
  • INS Vikramaditya Becomes India’s First Warship to Have ATM Onboard
  • China Commissions its 31st Stealth Warship
  • Guided Pinaka test fired successfully again
  • Pakistan Successfully Conducts First Flight Test of N- Capable Ababeel Missile
  • Whatsapp helpline Luanched by Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat launches to Address grievances of Army personnel
  • Indian Navy Issues RFI to procure 57 Carrier-Borne Fighter Jets
  • India Successfully Test Fires Agni IV Ballistic Missile off Odisha Coast. Agni IV is a two-stage solid-propelled, surface-to-surface ballistic missile which is designed to carry a payload of 1-tonne up to a distance of 4,000 km.
  • Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Submarine-Launched Nuclear-Capable Missile. The missile Babur-3 which was fired from an underwater, mobile platform, hit the target with precise accuracy.
  • Indian Army conducted trials of Indigenous Artillery Gun System Dhanush in the Himalayas
  • Ministry of Defence to Set up Rs 1500 cr Defence Unit in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh
  • Reliance Defence Signs Contract with Ministry of Defence to Construct 14 Fast patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard

Defence Current Affairs February 2017

  • China tests missile DF-5C with 10 nuclear warheads
  • Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence & Surveillance System Launched in Mumbai
  • Multinational Naval Drill Aman-17 Begins in Karachi
  • 2017 Cobra Gold Exercise Begins in Thailand
  • India Successfully Test-Fires Home Grown Interceptor Missile in Odisha coast
  • INS Sarvekshak Becomes India’s First Ship to be Installed with Solar Power System
  • Sailboat INSV Tarini Inducted into Indian Navy on 18 February 2017
  • Fast Patrol Vessel of Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS AYUSH Commissioned at Kochi
  • Pakistan Army Launches Military Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to Eliminate Terrorism

Defence Current Affairs March 2017

  • India Successfully Test-Fires Indigenously Developed Supersonic Interceptor Missile
  • Navy successfully test-fires anti-ship missile from Kalvari submarine
  • DRDO Hands Over 3 of its Developed Products Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) SWATHI, NBC Recce Vehicle, NBC Drugs to Indian Army
  • Indian Navy’s Oldest Warship INS Viraat, Decommissions on March 6 After 30-Year Service
  • Vice Admiral Girish Luthra Commissions INS Tillanchang at Karwar
  • South Korea and United States Begin Annual Military Drill Foal Eagle
  • India to train Myanmar Navy to boost strategic cooperation under the ‘Act East’ policy
  • Indo-Nepal joint Military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi’ begins in Uttarakhand
  • Joint Military Exercise AL NAGAH-II Begins Between India-Oman in Himachal Pradesh
  • India Successfully Conducts Maiden Tests of Extended Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile
  • Pakistan successfully test-fires land based anti-ship missile
  • Indian Navy Conducts Successful Test-Firing of Surface-to-Air Barak Missile from INS Vikramaditya
  • INLCU L51 commissioned into Indian Navy at Port Blair
  • De-Induction Of Indian Navy’s TU142M Aircraft and Induction of Boeing P8I Into INAS 312

Defence Current Affairs April 2017

  • India Mongolia Military Exercise Exercise Nomadic Elephant- XII kicks off in Mizoram
  • US conducts successful field test of new B61-12 nuclear bomb
  • Coast Guard decommissions ICGS Varad after 27 years
  • Nepal and China to Conduct Sagarmatha Friendship
  • Joint Indian-French naval exercise ‘Varuna’ begins at the Mediterranean Sea
  • INS Chennai dedicated, Chennai to become hub of Naval activities
  • Navy successfully tests land-attack BrahMos supersonic missile
  • IAF Inducts Su-30 MKI into Frontline 221 Squadron
  • Joint operational doctrine for army, navy, air force unveiled
  • India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile

Defence Current Affairs May 2017

  • INS Ganga placed in non-operational category
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system now operational in South Korea
  • Indian Army successfully test-fires advanced Block-III version of Brahmos cruise missile
  • India test-fires Agni-II ballistic Missile from Wheeler Island, off Odisha coast
  • Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) reintroduced as part of counter-terror ops in Kashmir
  • Indian Navy Decommissions Minesweepers – INS Karwar and INS Kakinada
  • Bilateral exercise between Indian Republic of Singapore Navy Simbex 17 commences
  • 29th India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (Corpat) Commences
  • Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises
  • “Jordan, US launch major military exercises “Eager Lion”
  • India’s INS Tarkash marks ‘UK India Year of Culture’
  • Joint Hadr Exercise commences at Naval Station Karwar
  • Indian Army gets its first two modern artillery gun M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns from BAE Systems, US almost 30 years after BoforsFor Current Affairs

Defence Current Affairs June 2017

  • Prithvi-II missile successfully test-fired from Odisha
  • India successfully test-fires 1st all weather tracked-chassis Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM)
  • Indian Warships reach Australia to take part in Bilateral Maritime Exercise AUSINDEX-17
  • DRDO successfully test fires anti-tank guided missile ‘Nag’ in desert ranges of Rajasthan

Defence Current Affairs July 2017

  • Indo-Thai joint military exercise Ex Maitree 2017 begins in Himachal Pradesh
  • Trilateral Malabar exercise begins in Chennai
  • NATO military drills in Eastern Europe begin in Bulgaria
  • China-Russia naval exercise Joint Sea 2017 begins in Baltic Sea.
  • Australia and US test-fires multimillion hypersonic missile – Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program (HIFiRE)
  • US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System LaWS
  • GRSE hands over 2nd LCU Mark IV vessel to Indian Navy
  • World’s largest supercarrier USS Gerald R Ford commissioned in USA
  • Reliance Defence launches first two naval patrol vessels Shachi and Shruti
  • Muntra – country’s first unmanned tank, rolls out from the Chennai lab

Defence Current Affairs August 2017

  • Sri Lankan Navy commissions India-built AOPV
  • Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ commissioned in Goa
  • First tri-service “Indra” exercise to be conducted by India and Russia in Oct 2017
  • IMMSAREX: India, China to join Indian Ocean exercise in November
  • Defence acquisition council (DAC) approves Army to Get 6 Apache Attack Helicopters in Deal worth Rs 4,168 Crore
  • Central govt approves nearly Rs.32k crore plan for boosting Coast Guard capabilities
  • Ministry of Defence approves delegation of Powers to Border Roads Organisation (BRO)
  • Jagdish Mukhi commissioned IN LCU L52, Second Ship of Landing Craft Utility into the Indian Navy at Port Blair
  • US-South Korea begin annual “The Ulchi Freedom Guardian “military
  • Indian student develops Nano Missile for Indian Army
  • Arun Jaitley hands over Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) to Indian Navy jointly developed by India and Israel
  • Coast Guard ship ‘Varuna’ decommissioned
  • American Ship USS Pearl Harbor arrived India as part of Defense cooperation
  • Government approves first phase of Army reforms of recommendations of Shekatkar Committee with an aim to increase “teeth to tail ratio”

Defence Current Affairs September 2017

  • India hands over off-shore patrol vessel Varuna to Sri Lanka
  • India and Sri Lanka begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017 at Visakhapatnam
  • Joint India-Nepal army exercise begins in Saljhandi, Nepal
  • Ashok Leyland, ELCOM ink defence pact with Russian firm
  • Swedish defence giant Saab, Adani join hands for defence manufacturing
  • DRDO successfully flight tested Anti Tank Guided Missile – NAG
  • SpaceX launches US Air Force’s super-secret mini-shuttle
  • Reliance Energy launched digital assistance robot-ELEKTRA
  • In accordance with the India’s ‘Act East Policy’, two Indian Naval Ships departed for deployment to East and South-East Asia.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam flags off INSV Tarini at INS Mandovi
  • “Sweden hosts huge war games exercise “Aurora” with NATO
  • China, Pakistan air forces launch joint exercise Shaheen VI
  • IAF completes development trials of Astra air-to-air missile Astra – Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) were successfully
  • Indigenous artillery gun Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) sets new record in range – 48KM
  • Indian Naval units of Western Naval Command on Long Range Deployment
  • IDF, US Army inaugurates first American military base in Israel
  • India & US armies begin ‘Yudh Abhyas 2017’ military exercise in Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
  • Iron Union 5: Joint military exercise of US and UAE started in Abu Dhabi
  • Joint Sea-2017: China, Russia joint naval drills in Russian port city, Vladivostok
  • Exercise Panda-Kangaroo 2017: Chinese, Australian conducted 1st joint drills in China
  • Turkey hosts NATO naval exercise” Dynamic Monarch”
  • Indian Navy commissions INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft at Mumbai
  • New interceptor boat V-409 launched
  • DRUZBA 2017: Pak, Russia holds joint military drill in Minralney Vody, Russia
  • Pakistani Navy successfully tests anti-ship missile
  • Coast Guard commissions 2 high speed interceptor boats

Defence Current Affairs October 2017

  • Mitra Shakti 2017: India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise held in Pune
  • INS Satpura, Kadmatt participates in Passage Exercise in Japan
  • Sixteen planes of the Indian Air Force performed breathtaking landings and touch-and-go manoeuvres on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway today. A 35,000 kg C-130J Super Hercules aircraft landed first with Garud Special Forces commandos to secure the landing zone as part of the drill.
  • Defence Ministry to raise three new tri-service agencies 1. Defence Cyber Agency 2.Defence Space Agency 3.Special Operations Division
  • INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam.
  • 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus to be held in Philippines
  • INDRA 2017: First tri-services military exercise between India-Russia begins
  • All-women crew of Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition reaches Fremantle.
  • Sri Lankan Coast Guard commissions OPV SURAKSHA gifted by India.
  • 27 October: Infantry Day.
  • Indian Navy approves new mission-based deployment plan.
  • Indian Army finalises plan to modernise weapons.Around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 LMGs and nearly 44,600 carbines will be acquired for infantry modernisation.
  • OPV Vikram: L&T hand overs first defence vessel built in private shipyard to Coast Guard.

Defence Current Affairs November 2017

  • Indra-2017: Joint Indo-Russia Tri-Services Exercise successfully conducted.
  • Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) clears mega project to acquire 111 helicopters for Indian Navy.
  • Indian Army releases Integrated Quarter Master Package Software Application.
  • PRABAL DOSTYK 2017: Indo – Kazakhstan Joint Exercise begins.
  • Smart Anti Airfield Weapon: DRDO successfully tests light weight glide bomb Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW).
  • India offers to share real-time maritime data with 10 Indian Ocean littoral states.
  • NIRBHAY Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile successfully flight tested.
  • CATOBAR: India Navy to use US aircraft launch system in ship.
  • EX BLUE FLAG-17’ kicked off along with air forces from nine countries – the largest aerial exercise ever held by the Israel Defense Forces. For the first time, the Indian Air Force or IAF is participating in Blue Flag 2017.
  • Indian Army will soon get new generation, state-of-the-art tanks called the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV), numbering over 1700, to replace the ageing Soviet-era T-72 tanks.
  • Indian Air Force’s ‘flying daggers’ squadron expected to shift from Bengaluru to Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore.
  • Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise SAMPRITI 2017 was culminated at Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram.
  • The Governments of Odisha and neighboring West Bengal conducted joint security exercise named ‘Sagar Kavach’ to further tighten the existing coastal security mechanism along the 630 km long coastline.
  • The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya.
  • The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • The Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise (DANX-2017) was conducted under aegis of Andaman & Nicobar Command from 20 to 24 November 2017.
  • The world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test fired from Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet for the first.
  • The Union Defence Ministry has approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR), a naval communication sets for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 490 crore to ramp up surveillance on the high seas.
  • The 2017 International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) was held under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Bangladesh from November 26 to 28,  2017.
  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise named ‘Clean Sea-2017’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • India and Singapore have signed Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation that will allow Indian Navy ships logistical support, including refueling at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base located near disputed South China Sea (SCS).

Defence Current Affairs December 2017

  • Indian Navy Day is observed every year on 4 December to celebrate achievements and role of the naval force to the country. This year is 46th Navy Day.
  • The Combined Military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ between India and the UK was held at Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner of Rajasthan. It was third joint military exercise between India and UK. The first exercise was conducted in 2013 at Belgaum, Karnataka and second exercise was held in 2015 in UK.
  • The Surface to Air Missile (SAM) AKASH was successfully tested with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target UAV Banshee. It was successfully launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.
  • South Korea and United States have launched Vigilant Ace, their largest-ever joint aerial drills. The exercise comes after North Korea tested Hwasong-15, its most advanced and powerful Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as part of its weapons programme.
  • The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7 to honour the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India who fought on the borders to safeguard country’s honour.
  • Godrej Aerospace has won order from BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) for supply of additional 100 units airframe fuel management systems for BrahMos Air-Launched Cruise Missile. Godrej Aerospace is unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. It has been associated with BrahMos since 2000 and most recently it had completed supply of its 100th airframe for the missile.
  • The eight edition of India, Maldives bilateral military exercise EKUVERIN 2017 was held in India in Belagavi, Karnataka. The aim of the exercise was to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations (CICT Ops).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines built under the strategic Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) with assistance and technology transfer from France’s DCNS. The commissioning comes days after Indian Navy observed the golden jubilee of its submarine wing.
  • Indian Navy in collaboration with Sri Lankan counterpart has successfully completed second phase of joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The Indian side has handed over the survey charts to the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy. The survey had commenced in October with the arrival of Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka.
  • The Southern Command of Indian Army conducted major army exercise called ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ in deserts of Rajasthan from December 16 to 22, 2017. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate capability of armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
  • An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) named ICGS Sujay was recently commissioned into Indian Coast Guard (ICG). It is sixth and last in the series of six 105m OPV built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited for ICG.
  • The 11th edition of Naseem-Al-Bahr (Sea Breeze) 2017 Naval exercise between India and Oman was held at Said Bin Sultan Naval Base, Wudam in Oman.
  • Indigenously developed Prithvi Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile was successfully test-fired from a test range in Chandipur in Odisha. It is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude.

Defence Current Affairs January 2018

  • The Defence Ministry has given its final approvals for the procurement of 131 Barak missiles for Indian Navy and 240 precision-guided munitions (PGM) for Indian Air Force (IAF) together estimated at Rs.1,714 crore. The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It is a regular procurement through the revenue expenditure.
  • China has successfully developed new underwater surveillance network to help its submarines get stronger lock on targets while protecting nation’s interests along maritime Silk Road, which also includes Indian Ocean. The project is part of unprecedented military expansion fuelled by China’s desire to challenge United States in world’s oceans.
  • On January 10, 2018, the Corps of Army Air Defence celebrated its 25th raising day. Corps of Army Air Defence is one of the active corps of Indian army tasked with protection of Indian air spaces from enemy aircrafts and missiles, specially below 5000 feet.
  • The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved procurement of P-8I Training Solution for Indian Navy and Low Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS) for Indian Army at total cost of Rs 2419.32 crore.
  • Indian Navy has decommissioned INS Nirbhik and INS Nirghat warships at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai (Maharashtra), after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation.
  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned a state-of-the-art patrol vessel at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry. It was commissioned by Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. With the commissioning of the Coast Guard station at Karaikal now has five vessels.
  • The biennial search and rescue exercise between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) was held near Chennai, Tamil Nadu in Bay of Bengal. This was eighth such in series of ‘National Maritime Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise’. Ships and aircraft of Coast Guards from India and Japan, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) took part in it.
  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has commissioned Rizhao, a new missile frigate, in a naval port in Dalian, China. It is China’s indigenous missile frigate named after Rizhao city in Shandong Province of China.
  • Indigenously developed long-range surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile was successfully test fired successfully from Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island, Odisha.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared procurement proposal of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines on fast track basis for Rs 3,547 crore.
  • Alpha Design Technologies Ltd. has signed Rs. 45-crore deal with Ministry of Defence to supply indigenous simulators for gunnery and missile firing from BMP II vehicles to Indian Army.
  • The second indigenously built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Shipyard, Tamil Nadu. It is expected to be inducted into service by September 2018 after trials on the equipment.
  • Indian Navy has launched Scorpene submarine INS Karanj at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), Mumbai, Maharashtra. It the third Scorpene class submarine built by MDL under ambitious Project 75 of the Indian Navy.
  • The India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) was conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. It is the first military exercise between the two countries. The six day-long military exercise (from January 29 to February 3, 2018) was conducted as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army.

Defence Current Affairs February 2018

  • The Maratha Light Infantry celebrated 250 years of its existence on 4 February 2018. The first battalion of regiment was raised as ‘Second Battalion Bombay Sepoys’ on this day in 1768.
  • State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for first time has successfully flown home-made 5.8-tonne Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) with its own automatic flight control system. The 20 minute maiden flight of the multirole copter was flawless with the engagement of the flight control system throughout.
  • Indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable ballistic Agni-1 was successfully test-fired from mobile launcher located at Integrated Test Range of Dr Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the Odisha.
  • The Chief of US Air Force, General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. With this he became first foreign military chief to fly Tejas aircraft. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal AP Singh as a co-pilot during the short flight.
  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has commissioned its new generation J-20 fourth-generation stealth fighter into combat service. With this, China became second country in world to commissioned domestically developed stealth aircraft after United States.
  • The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) has constituted 13-member Raksha Mantri Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence Capital Projects (RMCOMP).  It will be headed by former secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi.
  • Indian Army is contributing approximately 2300 personnel to support United Nations Peacekeeping Missions to South Sudan & (UNMISS) in order to bring peace and normalcy in the war-torn country.
  • The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. It is overall fourth air station installed with this integrated system.
  • Tri-service maritime exercise ‘Paschim Lehar’ was held off India’s western coast with an aim to build interoperability between Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister has approved capital acquisition of 7.4 lakh assault rifles, 17,000 light machine guns, 5,719 sniper rifles and Mareech advanced torpedo decoy systems for Indian Navy worth Rs. 15,935 crore. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

Defence Current Affairs Questions 2018 – 2018 [All Months]

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