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  • Exercise Kavach to be held under Andaman and Nicobar Command

    4 days ago
    The Indian army will conduct large-scale joint military exercises in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The exercise will be conducted under the auspices of the Andaman and Nicobar headquarters. Highlights: ♦ The joint military exercise Kavach will involve the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. ♦ During the exercise, the joint force will implement high-density offensive and defensive measures in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. In addition, they will carry out amphibious landing operations, with helicopters transporting maritime special forces, and finally tactical follow-up operations on land. ♦ This is to adjust the joint combat capabilities of the three Indian forces. The Kavach exercise will also involve coordinated air and sea strikes, coordinated applications of maritime surveillance assets, air defence and landing operations. ♦ In addition to the Kavach exercise, a joint intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) exercise will also be held. ISR will verify the intelligence gathering capabilities. In addition, it will verify information sharing capabilities from space, land, air and sea. ♦ The Heron unmanned aerial vehicle of the Indian Air Force has been assigned intelligence and surveillance missions. The Heron UAV fleet was purchased from Israel. India's ground ISR capabilities include Daksh. Daksh is a remote ground sensor. The artillery regiment is using SATA assisted by Israel. SATA is a searcher for monitoring and target acquisition. ♦ The National Security Guard uses the "Black Hornet" drone for reconnaissance purposes. India will focus on helicopters, drones and aircraft to increase the role of its ISR. ♦ China has developed ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar). SAR covers a small area, while the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance exercises covered by ELINT are larger.

    Kamov-226T: Utility Helicopters is to be Waived

    28 days ago
    The Indian Army is going to approach the Defence Ministry for a waiver to take the Kamov-226T (Ka-226T) utility helicopters with Russia. In 2015, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to purchase 200 Ka-226T helicopters. Highlights: ♦ In 2015, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to purchase 200 Ka-226T helicopters, estimated to be worth more than USD 1 billion. ♦ Kamov-226T is designed to replace the Cheetah and Chetak fleets of the Indian Army and Air Force. ♦ Ka-226T is the design of the famous Kamov Design Bureau in Russia. ♦ This is a light helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of more than 3.5 tons and a maximum payload of 1 ton. ♦ Ka-226T uses a coaxial rotor, which is especially advantageous in high altitude environments. ♦ Ka-226T also has a unique, detachable "mission" cabin, allowing the helicopter to adapt to different roles, such as surveillance and cargo delivery.

    India successfully test fired MRSAM

    33 days ago
    India successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) on 23 December from Odisha coast. Indian Army will induct the missile. It will significantly enhance the combat effectiveness of the defence forces.  Highlights: ♦ The missile was fired from a ground mobile launcher at launch pad number-1 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).  ♦ The missile hit the target with accuracy and was monitored by various radars and electro-optico instruments. ♦ The missile was jointly developed the missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.  ♦ Banshee, an unmanned air vehicle (UAV), was first flown into the air, which was hit by the MRSAM. The MRSAM was manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Ltd.

    DRDO Systems Handed Over To Chiefs of Armed Forces

    35 days ago
    The Defence Minister handed over three indigenously developed Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) systems to the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Systems handed over include: ♦ Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS) – Navy ♦ ASTRA Mk-I Missile – Air Force ♦ Border Surveillance System (BOSS) – Army Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS): IMSAS is the most advanced, fully indigenous, high-performance intelligent software system that can provide the Indian Navy with global maritime maps, marine planning tools and analysis functions. The system provides maritime operational pictures from the Naval headquarters to each ship at sea to enable Naval Command and Control (C2). The system is conceptualized by the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore and the Navy. It was developed by Bharat Electronics Co., Ltd. (BEL) in Bangalore. ASTRA Mk-I: It is the first Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile developed indigenously and can be launched from Sukhoi-30, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Mig-29 and Mig-29K. The weapon system was developed by the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and produced by Bharat Power Co., Ltd. (BDL), Hyderabad. Border Surveillance System (BOSS): This is an all-weather electronic surveillance system. The system has been deployed in the Ladakh border areafor day and night surveillance. The system facilitates monitoring and surveillance by automatically detecting the intrusions in harsh high-altitude sub-zero temperature areas with remote operation capability. It is designed and developed by Instrument Research and Development Agency (IRDE), Dehradun. It is produced by Bharat Electronics Co., Ltd. (BEL) of Machilipatnam.  

    Passage Exercise (PASSEX) between Russian Federation Navy and Indian Navy in Eastern Indian Ocean Region

    51 days ago
    The Indian Navy (IN) and the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) are undertaking a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from 4-5 December 2020.  PASSEX: ♦ The exercise involves the participation of RuFN guided-missile cruiser Varyag, medium ocean tanker Pechenga,  and large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev. IN was represented by indigenously constructed guided-missile frigate Shivalik and anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt along with integral helicopters. ♦ PASSEX exercise is aimed to enhance the interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between both sides. ♦ The exercise also involves advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, weapon firings, seamanship exercises and helicopter operations. ♦ PASSEX is conducted on the occasion of Navy Day of the Indian Navy on 4th December. ♦ This exercise emphasizes the strong bonds of friendship shared between the two militaries.  Background: PASSEX exercise is conducted regularly by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies. During the exercise, the navies of both countries will visit each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea. This exercise is conducted in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region. It reflects the strong long-term strategic relationship between the two countries and the defence cooperation in the maritime domain. PASSEX aims to strengthen Indo-Russian defence relations.  The two navies have built a strong relationship through regular exercises such as INDRA Navy which is conducted biennially. The last edition was held in the Northern Indian Ocean Region from 4-5 September 2020. 

    MARCOS Being Deployed In The Eastern Ladakh

    51 days ago
    MARCOS is deployed along with the Indian army in eastern Ladakh against the Chinese military. They are located near Pangong Tso Lake and will soon use boats for missions. Highlights: ♦ The Marine Commando is called MARCOS for short, and is officially called the Marine Commando (MCF). ♦ The Indian Navy's special forces are responsible for special operations. ♦ MARCOS was established in February 1987. ♦ MARCOS can operate in all types of environments; at sea, in the air and on land. ♦ The force has gradually accumulated experience and enjoyed an international reputation professionally. ♦ MARCOS regularly conducts specialised maritime operations in Jammu & Kashmir through the Jhelum River and Wular Lake.  

    Raising Day of BSF Was Celebrated on 1 December

    54 days ago
    The Border Security Force (BSF) is celebrating its 56th Raising Day on 1 December 2020. Border Security Force (BSF) is “India's first line of defence”.  Highlights: ♦ BSF -  Border Security Force was raised in accordance with an Act of the Parliament on 1st December, 1965, soon after the India-Pakistan War of 1965. ♦ The BSF - Border Security Force has always lived up to its motto "Duty for Life" (Jeevan Paryant Kartavya) with its bravery and prowess. ♦ The Minister of State introduced the “Police Medal for Gallantry” and “President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service” to BSF workforce.  ♦ The Minister of State of Home Affairs additionally launched the BSF's yearly e-magazine "Borderman". ♦ The BSF is the world's biggest fringe guarding power making sure about the 6,386.36 km long International Borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.   

    Indian Navy Successfully Fired BrahMos

    54 days ago
    On December 1, 2020, the Indian Navy successfully tested a naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Bay of Bengal. Highlights:  ♦ BrahMos Missile is a supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by Russia's DRDO and NPOM. It is a Brahmos aerospace joint venture and later became Brahmos Aerospace Private Limited.  ♦ With its impeccable anti-ship and ground attack capabilities, as well as multi-role and multi-platform capabilities, the missile has become the main force multiplier on modern complex battlefields and has been deployed in all 3 wings of the armed forces of India. ♦ The first launch of BrahMos was carried out in 2001. So far, various ships, mobile automatic launchers and Su-30 MKI aircraft have been launched multiple times, which makes it a general weapon.

    IN lures a maritime guardian from the United States

    56 days ago
    The Indian Navy (IN) has introduced two U.S. MQ9B Marine Guardian unmanned drones. These drones will be leased for one year in India. Highlights: ♦ The Drone is a maritime variant of the Predator MQ9 UAV (UAV). It has a endurance of upto 40 hours and also a maximum flying altitude of 40,000 feet. ♦ The drone has 3600 maritime surveillance radar and optional multi-mode maritime surface search radar. ♦ It can be used for anti-ground warfare, anti-submarine warfare, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement (drug trafficking, illegal immigration and piracy) activities. ♦ These drones are designed to conduct surveillance in the Indian Ocean region and can be deployed along the Chinese border if needed and needed.

    India successfully test-fired land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    60 days ago
    Indian Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a series of planned trials of the weapon. BrahMos is known for its precision strike capabilities. The land-attack version of the BrahMos missile was test-fired in the Andaman and Nicobar. The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets with an aim to bolster the overall combat capability of the force. Land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile ♦ The missile range was extended up to 400 km. Originally, the range was at 290 km. ♦ The speed of the missile is maintained at 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound. ♦ Recently, India has test fired a number of missiles including an anti-radiation missile named Rudram-1 which is planned to be inducted into service by 2022. BrahMos: BrahMos Aerospace is an India-Russian joint venture. The company produces the lethal weapon that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.

    Commencement of Second Phase of Exercise Malabar

    68 days ago
    The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. Highlights: ♦The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. ♦In addition to the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and its fighter jets and helicopter wings, the local destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, the stealth frigate Talwar, the fleet support ship Deepak and integrated helicopters will also participate in the exercise.  ♦The Indian Navy’s indigenously-built Khanderi submarine and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also demonstrate their capabilities during the exercise. ♦The Malabar series of exercises began with the annual bilateral naval exercises between India and the United States in 1992. Over the years, the scope and complexity have increased. ♦The 24th edition of MALABAR, currently being implemented, highlights the growing convergence of views of the four dynamic democracies on maritime issues and demonstrates their commitment to an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

    Commencement of Second Phase of Exercise Malabar

    68 days ago
    The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. Highlights: ♦The second phase of the Malabar exercise, which will take place from November 17 to 20, will involve increasingly complex coordinated operations between Australia, India, Japan and the US Navy. ♦In addition to the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and its fighter jets and helicopter wings, the local destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, the stealth frigate Talwar, the fleet support ship Deepak and integrated helicopters will also participate in the exercise.  ♦The Indian Navy’s indigenously-built Khanderi submarine and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also demonstrate their capabilities during the exercise. ♦The Malabar series of exercises began with the annual bilateral naval exercises between India and the United States in 1992. Over the years, the scope and complexity have increased. ♦The 24th edition of MALABAR, currently being implemented, highlights the growing convergence of views of the four dynamic democracies on maritime issues and demonstrates their commitment to an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

    DRDO is Developing Fire Detection and Suppression System

    75 days ago
    The DRDO - Defense Research and Development Organization has built up an innovation called "Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS)" for passenger transports.  Highlights: ♦ FDSS innovation can distinguish fire in transports in under 30 seconds and stifle it in 60 seconds in this manner lessening the danger to life and property to a critical degree.  ♦ Shows were given on water fog based FDSS for the passenger compartment and airborne based FDSS for motor fire.  ♦ The FDSS for passenger compartment contains a water tank of 80-litre limit, a 6.8 kg nitrogen chamber pressurized to 200 bar introduced at the suitable area in the transport.  ♦ The FDSS for motor includes an airborne generator with which the fire concealment could be accomplished inside 5 seconds of the framework initiation.

    Defence Minister unveils A-Sat Missile Model in DRDO Bhawan

    75 days ago
    'Mission Shakti' was India's first-since forever Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Test effectively directed in March 2019 from Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where a quick-moving Indian circling objective satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was neutralised with pinpoint precision.  Highlights: ♦ India directed an anti-satellite rocket test on March 27, 2019, which was named as Mission Shakti. The test effectively decimated a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO).  ♦ Mission Shakti turned into a critical accomplishment for India for it acquired the country the line (fourth situation) with the US, Russia, and China to effectively forbid and capture a satellite in space dependent on complete indigenous innovation.  ♦ On March 27, 2019, an anti-satellite framework that was created by India's R&D association, DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) was tried to crush a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The test was called Mission Shakti.  ♦ India, like different countries, has her space resources that should be secured and protected. Additionally, India has space programs that are quickly developing.  ♦ The Mission Shakti was led to show India's ability to forbid and block a satellite in space dependent on complete indigenous innovation.

    Ministry of Defence to commemorate Indo-Pak 1971 war

    80 days ago
    Ministry of Defence invites Logo Designs to commemorate the Indian Armed Forces' victory in the 1971 Indo – Pak war. In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces (IAF) achieved a stellar win over Pakistan, which led to Bangladesh's creation. Highlights: ♦ December 16, 2021, marks the 50th year of the famous victory, and the year 2021 is being celebrated as the Swarnim Vijay Varsh.  ♦ The Ministry of Defence proposes a distinct logo that will specially find all events linked to the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations. ♦ The Ministry of Defence has invited logo designs from citizens, and the winner would be given a cash prize of Rs.50000. ♦ The 1971 Indo-Pak War began, which culminated in the birth of a new nation Bangladesh.

    PINAKA Rocket tested successfully

    81 days ago
    Enhanced PINAKA rocket, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has been successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off Odisha's coast on November 04, 2020.   Highlights: ♦ The development of the Enhanced PINAKA system was taken up to achieve more extended range performance compared to the earlier design. ♦ The design and development have been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, namely  Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL). ♦ A total of six rockets were launched in quick succession, and the tests met complete mission objectives. ♦ Rockets tested have been manufactured by M/s Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur, to whom the technology has been transferred.  ♦ All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments such as telemetry, radar, and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems, which confirmed the flight performance. ♦ An enhanced version of the PINAKA rocket would replace the existing PINAKA MK-I rockets currently under production.

    Three new Rafale jets to fly from France to India

    83 days ago
    Three Rafale fighter jets of the IAF - Indian Air Force are scheduled to arrive on November 4. Highlights: ♦ Indian Air Force( IAF) will have 8 Rafale of the 36 Rafale jets are in service.   ♦ Now, Three Rafale jets will fly directly from Istres in France to Jamnagar, an eight-hour-plus non-stop flight. ♦ The rafale will be accompanied by French Air Force mid-air refuelling aircraft. There will be three rankings in all. ♦ The 1st batch of 5 Rafale jets was formally inducted into the No 17 'Golden Arrows' squadron of the IAF - Indian Air Force on September 10 at the Ambala Air Force station. ♦ The 5 rafales arrived in India in July with a stopover at the Al Dhafra airbase in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  ♦ The Indian Embassy in France -  Delivery of all 36 aircraft would be completed as per schedule by the end of 2021 ♦ The 2nd squadron would be based at Hasimara in the state of West Bengal. ♦ IAF - Indian Air Force would get three or four Rafales every two or three months till all 36 jets were delivered and that the first squadron would be fully ready by 2021-end and the second by 2023.  ♦ In the next three years, its ability to see the Rafale and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) MK1 squadrons operating with full strength, along with additional Su-30MKI & MiG 29 aircraft, that are being ordered in addition to the current fleets. ♦ India has contracted 36 Rafaleomni-role fighter jets from France in fly-away condition with 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE) under a €7.87-billion Inter-Governmental Agreement signed in September 2016.

    MALABAR 20 Naval Exercise

    83 days ago
    Malabar 20 is a naval exercise. The twenty-fourth edition of the MALABAR naval exercise is scheduled in two phases and it is going to be in November 2020.   Highlights: ♦ In Phase 1 of MALABAR 20naval exercise participation of IN - Indian Navy, USN -  United States Navy, JMSDF - Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, and RAN - Royal Australian Navy is set to commence off Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal from 03 to 06 November 2020. ♦ MALABAR 20 series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise. Later, JMSDF  joined MALABAR in 2015.  ♦ The 2020 edition will now witness the participation of the RAN in this joint maritime exercise. ♦ Phase-1 of MALABAR 20 naval exercise will witness the participation of Indian Navy units with United States Ship (USS) John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat (long-range frigates) with integral MH-60 helicopter, & Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami (Destroyer) with integral SH-60 helicopter.   ♦ Indian Navy (IN) units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off-Shore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakt & submarine Sindhuraj. ♦ In addition to that, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, & helicopters will also be participating in the exercise.  ♦ The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, will display the high-levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values & commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.   ♦ MALABAR 20 Phase 1 would witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises. Phase 2 of MALABAR 20 is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November 2020.

    Indian Army develops Secure Application for Internet

    86 days ago
    In the quest for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for the Internet (SAI)” Highlights: ♦ The Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for the Internet (SAI)”. ♦ The application supports an end to end secure voice, text and video calling services for the Android platform over the internet. ♦ The model is similar to commercially available messaging applications like Whatsapp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS and utilises end to end encryption messaging protocol. ♦ SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding which can be tweaked as per requirements. ♦ The application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group. ♦ The process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on the iOS platform is currently in progress. SAI will be utilised pan Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service. ♦ The Raksha Mantri after reviewing the functionalities of the App complimented Col Sai Shankar for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application.

    US to support India's Defence of territory

    88 days ago
    The Union Defence Minister of India and the U.S. Secretary of Defence reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning “military-to-military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues”. The third India-U.S. ‘2+2’ dialogue was held in New Delhi. 2+2 ministerial dialogue: 2+2 ministerial dialogue is a format of dialogue where the defence and foreign ministers meet with their counterparts from another country. This is the highest-level institutional mechanism between India and the USA. This aims at bringing together the perspectives of both the countries on issues relating to foreign policy, defence and also other strategic issues. India holds such dialogues even with Japan. With Australia, it is held at the foreign secretary and defence secretary level. Highlights:  ♦The United States will support India to defend its territorial sovereignty and liberty. The comment hints at the ongoing tensions between China and India in eastern Ladakh. A greater threat posed by China in the Asia-Pacific region. ♦Both the sides have decided to expand joint capacity building activities with partner countries in the Indo-Pacific region. India has announced the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on geospatial cooperation (BECA) with the U.S. ♦The Defence Ministry has said that India and the U.S. will sign the last foundational agreement, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue. BECA: BECA is one of the four foundational agreements for strengthening defence ties between India and the US. The agreement allows exchanging of Geospatial-Intelligence information for use by the governments for defence and other purposes. The US would exchange technical and procedural information about standardisation of methods, specifications and formats for the collection, processing and production of geo-intelligence information with India. It shall also include the tools and models to process GPS data and transform Latitude, Longitude and Height coordinates across various reference frames and others.

    Indian Navy's 1st batch of three women Pilots Ready

    94 days ago
    The Indian Navy’s first batch of women pilots on Dornier Aircraft at Kochi on October 22, 2020.  Highlights: ♦ The Indian Navy has made ready its first batch of three women pilots for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) missions on Dornier aircraft.  ♦ The 3 women pilots, Lieutenant Divya Sharma, Lt Shubhangi Swaroop and Lt Shivangi are now ready to take on all MR missions on Dornier aircraft. ♦ The three have been "operationalised on Dornier aircraft" by the SNC -  Southern Naval Command. ♦ The 3 women pilots were part of the six pilots of the 27th DOFT (Dornier Operational Flying Training Course), who graduated as fully operational Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) Pilots at a passing out ceremony held at INS Garuda. ♦ These officers had undergone basic flying training partly with Indian Air Force and partly with the Navy. ♦ Lt Shivangi was the 1st to qualify as a naval pilot on December 2, 2019. ♦ The two others-Lieutenant Divya Sharma and Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop-also became pilots after 15 days. ♦ They were made one batch and finally became part of the 6 pilots of the 27th DOFT course, which is the most important phase of training for becoming mission ready pilots. ♦ The course comprised a month of the ground training phase, which was conducted at various professional schools of Southern Naval Command and eight months of flying training at the Dornier Squadron of SNC, INAS 550. ♦ Lt Divya Sharma and Lt Shivam Pandey were adjudged First in Flying and First in Ground subjects, respectively.

    DRDO Successfully conducts a final trial of Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile

    94 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) carried out the final trial of the third generation successfully from the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. The successful final user trial of the missile makes the Nag anti-tank missile ready for induction in the Indian Army. Highlights: ♦ India carried out the final trial of the 3rd generation, Anti-tank guided missile ‘NAG’ successfully on October 22 2020, from the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. ♦ The Nag anti-tank guided missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in a day and night conditions.  ♦ The successful final user trial of the missile makes the Nag anti-tank missile ready for induction in the Indian Army. ♦ Following the final trial, the missile will now enter into the production phase. ♦ It will be manufactured by defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), of DRDO.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils new version of DRDO's procurement manual to engage the private sector in defence R&D

    96 days ago
    The government has announced its vision to make India a global hub of defence manufacturing and initiated a series of reform measures to encourage the domestic defence industry. Highlights: ♦ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a new version of the procurement manual of the premier military research institute DRDO featuring simplified procedures for the involvement of the private sector in various research and development projects.   ♦ The new version manual has been introduced out to encourage the participation of private industry, including start-ups & micro, small and medium enterprises in defence research in sync with the government's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) initiative. ♦ The procurement manual guides all deals, projects and research initiatives in DRDO. ♦ The procurement manual-2020 will facilitate faster execution of R&D projects/programmes.  ♦ The modified features in the manual will go a long way to facilitate the participation of industry in various R&D projects. ♦ The salient features of the new manual include an increase of threshold limit for advance payment, placement of an order on second lowest bidder (L2) in case lowest bidder L1 backs out and 'bid security declaration option' for depositing earnest money. ♦ The previous revision of the procurement manual of the DRDO was last carried out in 2016. ♦ India is the most popular lucrative markets for global defence giants and it was figured among the top 3 importers of military hardware in the world for the last 8 years.  ♦ The Indian armed forces are decided to spend around USD 130 billion in capital procurement in the next five years. ♦ The government is eyeing a turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore (USD 25 billion) in defence manufacturing by 2025.

    India successfully test-fired SANT Missile on 19th October

    97 days ago
    India has test-fired Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile successfully from a roof-top launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha Coast on October 19, 2020. The Missile is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and it has both Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch facility. SANT missile:  ♦ Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile is a surface-to-air missile. ♦ SANT missile is a developed version of the Helicopter Launched Nag (HeliNa) missile, instrumented with an advanced node-mounted seeker. ♦ Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile has a range of 12 Kilometers. ♦ SANT missile becomes the twelfth missile test by India in last 45 days. ♦ SANT missile tested on the following day of the BrahMos missile test. ♦ The other missiles tested in the last 45 days include Shaurya, Prithvi-II,  BrahMos, Anti-Tank Guided Missile, Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo, Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle, New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile and Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile.

    A hybrid model of smart fence tested along the LoC

    97 days ago
    The Army has significantly improved its electronic surveillance along the Line of Control (LoC) to check infiltration, and work on converting the existing border fence into a smart fence integrated with several sensors is underway. Highlights: ♦ Tough the cost of converting the entire fence over a 700 km stretch into a smart one will be too high; a hybrid model is now accepted. ♦ The fence will be integrated with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors, infrared sensors and cameras among others. The existing fence is known as the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) is located about 700 m from the LoC. ♦ The double row fence was constructed between 2003 and 2005 with concertina wire. ♦ With its high rate of degradation every year due to snow, the Army came up with a proposal to install a smart fence with various sensors integrated into it and a pilot project was subsequently taken up. Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR): LIDAR is a technology for measuring distances (ranging) by illuminating the target with laser light & measuring the reflection using a sensor. Differences in laser return times & wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3-D representations of the target. It has terrestrial, airborne, and mobile applications. Lidar is usually used to make high-resolution maps, with applications in surveying, geodesy, geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, atmospheric physics, laser guidance, airborne laser swath mapping (ALSM), and laser altimetry. Lidar uses ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared light to image objects. It can be used to target a wide range of materials, including non-metallic objects, rocks, rain, chemical compounds, aerosols, clouds and even single molecules.

    Australia to join Malabar naval exercise 2020

    97 days ago
    Australia will be joining Malabar naval exercise involving India, US and Japan. The Malabar naval exercise is a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force. Malabar Exercise: This is an annual trilateral naval exercise between the navies of India, Japan, and the USA which is held alternately in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It started as a bilateral naval exercise between India and the USA in 1992 and was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015. Other exercises between India and Australia are Pitch Black and AUSINDEX. Australia: Australia was the 1st country to submit a draft Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) after India signed the first such agreement with the USA in 2016. Initially, it was to be signed in 2019 and then in January 2020. The events got postponed due to the Australian forest fires and then Covid-19 pandemic. Participation of Australia in Malabar exercise along with strengthening the idea of ‘Quad’ can therefore promote rule-based, open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Malabar Naval Exercise 2020: The Annual Naval Exercise for the 2020 is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea later this year. This year, the exercise has been planned on a ‘non-contact-at sea’ format. The exercise helps in the coordination between the Navies of the participating countries. 

    BRAHMOS missile test-fired from destroyer INS Chennai in the Arabian Sea

    99 days ago
    The supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS was successfully test-fired on October 18, 2020, from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hits the mark with its maximum accuracy.  Highlights: ♦ The BRAHMOS missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and too complex manoeuvres. ♦ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy for the successful launch of the missile. ♦ BRAHMOS is a prime strike weapon will ensure the warship's invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy. ♦ The supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia. BRAHMOS: Brahmos is named by the names of the rivers Brahmaputra & Moskva. The missile is a two-stage (solid propellant engine in the first stage and liquid ramjet in second) air to surface missile. Brahmos is multiplatform that is it can be launched from land, air, and sea and multi capability missile with pin-point accuracy that works in both daytime and night time, amid the weather conditions. It works on the "Fire and Forgets" principle means it does not need further guidance after its launch. This missile is one of the fastest cruise missiles currently operationally deployed with the speed of Mach 2.8, which is 3 times more than the speed of sound.

    Exercise Suraksha Kavach, a Joint Anti Terrorist Exercise By Indian Army and Police was held

    104 days ago
    Agnibaaz Division (41 Artillery Division) of the Indian Army has organized Exercise Suraksha Kavach, a joint exercise for both Maharashtra Police at Lullanagar Pune and the Indian Army. The exercise was an opportunity for both the Indian Army and Police to cooperate, coordinate, co-opt and streamline their drills and procedures. Exercise Suraksha Kavach: ♦ Exercise Suraksha Kavach Exercise aims to harmonize the procedures of both the Indian Army and Police to activate anti-terrorist Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to counter any terrorist actions in Pune, Maharashtra.   ♦ The exercise also involved the participation of Quick Reaction Teams, Dog Squads and Bomb Disposal Teams of Army and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Quick Reaction Team of Maharashtra Police.  ♦ A simulated scenario was built up, during the exercise, regarding the presence of terrorists in family accommodations at Lullanagar, based on which Quick Reaction Teams of Army initially established the outer cordon.  ♦ Traffic control on the nearby roads was jointly carried out by Maharashtra traffic police and Corps of Military Police Army.  ♦ Joint action was carried out by the Army’s Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) and Quick Reaction Team of Maharashtra Police to neutralize terrorists. ♦ It involved room intervention drill, the search of the room for any unidentified items/explosives by Dog squads and their neutralization/ diffusion by Bomb Disposal Units. ♦ The exercise was carried out taking all safety norms of COVID-19 into consideration and strength of participating troops was scaled down accordingly. 

    DRDO successfully tested SMART Missile

    112 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha on 5th October 2020.  SMART: ♦ SMART missile is the assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations for far beyond torpedo range.  ♦ This test demonstration are significant in establishing ASW capabilities. ♦ Parameters including missile flight upto the range and altitude, the release of Torpedo, separation of the nose cone, and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) were tested successfully. 

    India, Bangladesh hold joint naval exercise Bongosagar

    114 days ago
    The second edition of the bilateral naval exercise "Bongosagar", between India and Bangladesh was held on 3 October 2020 in Northern Bay of Bengal. Both navies participated in seamanship evolutions, surface warfare drills, and helicopter operations. Bongosagar aims to develop interoperability and joint operational skills through the conduct of maritime exercises and operations. Highlights: ♦ Bangladesh Navy ships Abu Bakr, Prottoy, helo & MPA and Indian Navy ships Kiltan, Khukri participaated in the exercise.  ♦ They undertook manoeuvres, surface drills, helo operations & seamanship evolutions. ♦ Also, Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies and integral helicopters participated in the exercise. ♦ The first edition of the 'Exercise Bongosagar' was held in 2019. ♦ The third edition of India Bangladesh Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) on 4-5 October. ♦ During the CORPAT exercise, both navies will undertake joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).  ♦ Exercise Bongosagar and IN-BN CORPAT reflects the priority Indian Navy accords to Bangladesh Navy as part of  SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).

    DRDO successfully flight tested BrahMos Missile Featuring Indigenous Booster

    117 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight testes BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile.  The missile was tested for designated range on 30 September 2020 from ITR, Balasore in Odisha. The test is a more major step in enhancing the indigenous content. BrahMos LACM: ♦ The BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) cruise at a top speed of Mach 2.8. ♦ The Missile featured indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other Made in India sub-systems. ♦ This successful launch has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BrahMos Weapon System. It is in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat.

    MoD accords approval for various arms and equipment worth Rs.2,290 crore

    119 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved proposals for Capital acquisitions of the various equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces on 28 September. The projects worth at an approximate cost of Rs.2,290 crore.  Highlights: ♦ The approved projects include procurement from Domestic Industry and Foreign vendors. ♦ Also, the DAC approved procurement of Static HF Tans-receiver sets and Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), under the Buy Indian (IDDM) category.  ♦ The High frequency (HF) radio sets will enable seamless communication for the field units of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF). These will be procured at an approx. cost of Rs.540 crore.  ♦ The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon will be procured at an approx. cost of Rs.970 crore. It will add to the firepower of the Navy and Airforce. ♦ DAC also approved the procurement of SIG SAUER Assault Rifles to equip the Frontline Troops of the Army. The procurement cost approx. of Rs.780 crore.

    Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Japan and India, JIMEX 20, to Commence on 29 Sept

    122 days ago
    The 4th edition of Maritime bilateral exercise between India and Japan "JIMEX 20" has been scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 September 2020. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). JIMEX 20: ♦ JIMEX 20 will be conducted in North Arabian Sea.  ♦ The exercise will showcase joint operational skills and high degree of inter-operability through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations.  ♦ The exercise will include Multi-faceted tactical exercises like weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface. ♦ It also incluse anti-submarine and air warfare drills that will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies. ♦ JIMEX 20 will be conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions. ♦ The exercise aims to enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies. It also aims to fortify the long standing bond of friendship between the two countries. ♦ From Indian Side, the indigenously built stealth destroyer Chennai, Teg Class stealth frigate Tarkash and Fleet Tanker Deepak, under the command of Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will participate in the exercise. ♦ From Japanese Side, JMSDF Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral Konno Yasushige, Commander Escort Flotilla – 2 (CCF - 2) will participate in the exercise. Background: JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012. The main objective of the exercise is to focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam, India.

    DRDO Successfully test-fired Laser-Guided ATGM

    124 days ago
    DRDO successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar on 22 September 2020. The missile has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability. The ATGM is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the gun of MBT Arjun.  Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM): ♦ ATGM was developed by Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun. ♦ During the test, ATGM successfully defeated a target located at 3 km.  ♦ Using Laser designation, the Laser guided ATGMs lock and track the targets to ensure precision hit accuracy. ♦ The missile employs a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles. 

    DRDO set up 8 technology centres for research on Military Applications

    128 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up eight advanced technology centres to carry out research on futuristic military applications. The centres will provide support to academia to undertake research on new technologies in niche areas for military use. Highlights: ♦ DRDO aims to create an enabling infrastructure for developing futuristic military weapons. ♦ It formed a committee headed by Prof V Ramagopal Rao, Director of Delhi IIT, to suggest new measures to improve the efficiency of the DRDO laboratories in India. The main objective is to boost domestic defence production. ♦ The move comes as the Government of India aims to focus on making India self-reliant in defence manufacturing. ♦ Currently, DRDO has over 50 laboratories in India that are engaged in developing defence technologies covering disciplines like aeronautics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, armaments, missiles, advanced computing, and naval systems.

    Defence Minister launched Aero India 21 website and Space Booking Opens for Asias Largest Aero show

    136 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Aero India 2021 website at New Delhi on 11 September. This will give go-ahead for space-booking. The 13th edition of Aero India-21 will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka from 3-7th February 2021.  Highlights: ♦ Aero India 2021 website will be a contactless online interface for Asia’s largest Aero show. ♦ It hosts all online services related to the event for both the exhibitors and visitors besides hosting informative content about the Ministry of Defence’s recent policies, initiatives as also product profile of indigenous aircraft and helicopters.  ♦ All the participating exhibitors will be able to register and book space online as per their requirements on a first-come-first-served basis and make all payments online on the Aero India website.  ♦ The website has been designed in an interactive manner and aims to provide the first of the numerous contactless experiences at the show and will help build the participants' confidence towards the event being cognizant and in conformance with prevailing pandemic related guidelines and safeguards.

    DRDO successfully flight tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

    140 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, Odisha on 7th September. Highlights: ♦ HSTDV was launched using a proven solid rocket motor at an altitude of 30 km. ♦ The aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic Mach number.  ♦ The cruise vehicle was separated from the launch vehicle and the air intake opened as planned.  ♦ The flight path of the vehicle is a velocity of 6 times the speed of sound that is, nearly 2 km/second for more than 20 seconds, was achieved.  ♦ The critical events like fuel injection and auto ignition of scramjet demonstrated technological maturity.  ♦ The parameters including the scramjet engine were monitored by multiple tracking radars, electro-optical systems, and Telemetry Stations were tested successfully. The performance was monitored by a ship that was deployed in the Bay of Bengal during the cruise phase of hypersonic vehicle. ♦ The scramjet engine worked at high dynamic pressure and at a very high temperature.  ♦ Many critical technologies like aerodynamic configuration for hypersonic manoeuvers, thermo-structural characterization of high-temperature materials, use of scramjet propulsion for ignition and sustained combustion at hypersonic flow, separation mechanism at hypersonic velocities, etc. were successfully tested.

    GoI inks Rs.2,580 crore contracts to supply Army regiments with Pinaka missiles

    146 days ago
    The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract to supply six Pinaka regiments, a system of rocket launchers, to the Indian Army. The approximate cost of the missiles is Rs.2,580 crore by 2024. Highlights: ♦ The contract has been approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. ♦ The contract is signed with the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, Tata Power Company Ltd and Larsen & Toubro. ♦ In this project, atleast 70% of indigenous content will be used. ♦ The 6 Pinaka regiments are expected to be made operational along the country's Northern and Eastern borders. ♦ The aim is to enhance the Indian Army's preparedness in the region against the increased provocative military movements of the Chinese troops. Pinaka: Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) system produced in India for the Indian Army. It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). These missiles have a guidance kit bolstered by an advanced navigation and control system. It has an extended range of 70 to 80 km. It has 6 launcher vehicles, each has 12 rockets with 6 loader-replenishment vehicles. Pinaka has 2 command post vehicles with fire control computer and a DIGICORA MET radar. It has the ability to fire all the rockets at a time or only a few in a different direction with the help of its control computer. Pinaka saw service during the Kargil War, where it was successful in neutralizing enemy positions on the mountain tops.

    IAF launched My IAF App for aspirants

    153 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) launched the 'My IAF' mobile app on 24 August 2020. The app was launched by IAF Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria in New Delhi as a part of the 'Digital India' initiative. My IAF app has been developed in association with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). My IAF Mobile App: ♦ My IAF Mobile App will provide career-related information to all those aspirants who aspire to join the IAF and make a career in it.  The app is available on Google Play store for android users. It is also directly linked to all the IAF's social media channels.  ♦ The app will showcase the grand history and stories of valour of IAF. ♦ The app will provide important information and details related to career choices in the Indian Air Force. ♦ The app has a user-friendly interface that will help candidates in smooth navigation and provide an undisturbed app using experience. ♦ My IAF app holds details like the selection procedure, training curriculum, pay and perks for both the officers and airmen in IAF. ♦ The app will take candidates to the social medial channels of IAF, Games, and provide information related to the history of IAF. ♦ Candidates can become Air Warriors using the app. ♦ The app shares information about Ranks in IAF, Life in IAF, and Quizzes related to the Aircraft inventory where candidates can name the aircraft by seeing the image.

    DRDO identifies 108 Systems and Subsystems for industry to design, develop, manufacture

    153 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has identified 108 systems and subsystems for designing and development by the Indian Industry only. The move is in line with Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar Bharat. Apart from this, DRDO has taken several initiatives to strengthen the indigenous defence ecosystem. Highlights: ♦ This initiative is aimed to pave the way for Indian Defence industry to develop many technologies towards building an AtmaNirbhar Bharat. ♦ Under this move, the DRDO will support the Indian industries for design, development and testing of these systems on requirement basis. ♦ All the requirements of these systems by R&D establishments, Armed Forces, and other Security Agencies can be met through development contracts or production orders on suitable Indian industry. ♦ With this, DRDO will focus on designing and developing critical and advanced technologies and systems. ♦ Indian industry has progressed from a build to print partner to build to specification partner.

    BRO constructed Bailey bridge in Uttarakhand

    160 days ago
    Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed a 180-feet bailey bridge in the Jauljibi sector of Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand. The construction was done amid frequent landslides and heavy rains.  Bailey bridge: ♦ The Bailey bridge is of the 50-metre span. ♦ The concrete bridge was washed out completely on July 27, 2020, due to the flood.  The BRO mobilized the bridging resources and set up to construct the bridge.  ♦ The bridge will meet the biggest challenge to transport parts to the site from Pithoragarh amidst frequent landslides and heavy rains.  ♦ The construction of the bridge was successfully completed on August 16, 2020. ♦ The connectivity is expected to bring relief to about 15,000 people in 20 villages. The constructed bridge allows the road communication of 66 km road starting from Jauljibi to Munsiyari.  vThis bridge also will provide essential support in rehabilitating the villages.

    Defence Ministry to expand NCC in 173 borders, coastal districts

    161 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for a major expansion scheme in all the border and coastal districts. A total of 83 NCC units will be upgraded. It includes Army 53, Navy 20, Indian Air Force (IAF) 10. The scheme aims to impart NCC training to the cadets in the border and coastal areas. Highlights: ♦ Under the scheme, a total of one lakh cadets from 173 border and coastal districts will be inducted in the NCC.  ♦ As part of the expansion plan, One-third of the cadets will be girl cadets.  Also, more than 1,000 schools and colleges have been identified in the border and coastal districts where NCC will be introduced. ♦ The proposal on the expansion of NCC expansion was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August, at the Independence Day address. ♦ Under this, the Indian Army will provide training and administrative support to the NCC units located in the border areas. Indian Navy will provide training and administrative support to the units in the coastal areas and IAF to the units close to Air Force stations.  ♦ The NCC expansion plan has been planned to be implemented in partnership with the respective states.

    Rajnath Singh launched portal for Opportunities for Make In India in Defence

    164 days ago
    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a portal for ‘Opportunities for Make In India in Defence' through video conferencing. The facility was launched as part of 'Atmanirbharta Saptah' (Atmanirbharta Week).  Highlight: ♦ The portal aims to promote the indigenization in defence sector. ♦ The Ordnance Factory Nalanda, Defence Production unit of Bihar, launched an indigenous portal which will attract vendors on the stop shop online market.  ♦ This unique initiative will help in the manufacturing of defence items, components and spares. ♦ The portal will support Indian industries in the defence sector in bringing transparency. The move is to fulfill GoI's aim to self-reliant India. ♦ The initiative will help in the manufacturing of defence items, components and spares.

    DAC approved procurement proposals worth Rs.8,722.38 crore

    167 days ago
    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement proposals worth Rs.8,722.38 crore to strengthen the Armed Forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. The approval was announced in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for capital acquisitions of various equipment and platforms required by the Indian Armed Forces. Highlights: ♦ DAC has approved the procurement of 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aim is to address the basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF). ♦ HAL has successfully developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) Prototypes and certification process underway, the Post Certification 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft will be initially procured from HAL and the remaining 36 after operationalization of HTT-40 fleet in IAF. ♦ DAC also approved the procurement of an upgraded version of Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM). It will be fitted as the main gun on board Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) warships from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). It will improve the firepower of the Indian Navy.  ♦ The upgraded version of SRGM has enhanced capability to perform against fast maneuvering targets like missiles and Fast Attack Crafts and increase the maximum engagement range. ♦ DAC approved procurement of 125 mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition for the Indian Army as a ‘Design and Development Case’. The ammunition will have a 70% indigenous content. It aims to provide the availability of requisite capability for indigenous development of the ammunition, both in terms of Manufacturing and Technology. ♦ DAC also approved the procurement of AK 203 and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle upgrades.

    Defence Minister launched modernization and up-gradation of facilities of Defence PSUs and OFB

    167 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a number of modernization and up-gradation of facilities and new infrastructure creation by Defence Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), through the digital link here. It is a part of the Atma Nirbhar Week celebration of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).  Highlights: ♦ Under upgradation of facilities, Pinaka Rocket Complex at Ordnance Factory Chanda has launched Upgradation of facilities to meet the enhanced requirement of Pinaka and other rockets as well as the Assembly and testing facility for SRCG at OF, Trichy all of which are critical requirements towards defence preparedness.  ♦ Modernization of facilities at Opo-Electronic Factory (OLF) Dehradun will serve the purpose of the manufacturing of high-end Optoelectronic products for T-90 Tanks.  ♦ Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) launched a fully indigenized Maareech Integration facility for manufacturing, integration, and testing of Anti Torpedo Defence System Maareech which has been designed by DRDO.  ♦ Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the 500th AL-31FP overhauled engine to the IAF which are mounted on its most lethal frontline fighter aircraft Su-30MKI. It has been done by the Koraput Division of HAK.  ♦ BEML Limited has set up Industrial Design Centre at Bengaluru as part of its new infrastructure creation. The Centre is first of its kind in India, focusing on implementing factors of Industrial Design & Human Factors as a part of developmental strategies for setting the global benchmarking in Industrial Design and Ergonomics in Products. It is proposed to develop this facility further as a national facility and would be offered to the industry in the next stage.

    Defence Ministry released draft 2020 Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy

    174 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing. The policy will be in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Package’. The implementation of the policy & framework will position India amongst the leading countries of the world in defence and aerospace sectors Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020: ♦ The DPEPP 2020 aims to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. The main objective of the DPEPP policy is to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 Crores (US$ 25 billion). It includes export of Rs.35,000 Crore (US$ 5 billion) in Aerospace and Defence goods and services by 2025. ♦ The policy will develop a robust, dynamic, and competitive Defence industry including the Aerospace & Naval Shipbuilding industry to provide service to the needs of Armed forces with quality products. ♦ Under the policy, the dependence on imports will be reduced "Make in India" initiatives will be implemented through domestic design and development. ♦ The policy also aims to promote the export of defence products and become part of the global defence value chains. ♦ The main aim of the DPEPP policy is to create an environment that encourages Research &Development, creates Indian IP ownership, rewards innovation, and promotes a robust and self-reliant defence industry. ♦ The Policy will bring out multiple strategies in the following areas namely: Indigenization & Support to MSMEs/Startups Procurement Reforms Optimize Resource Allocation Investment Promotion, FDI & Ease of Doing Business Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Quality Assurance & Testing Infrastructure Export Promotion Innovation and R&D

    DRDO launched Dare to Dream 2.0 contest for innovators and startups

    181 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched its innovation contest ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ on 27 July 2020, the 5th death anniversary of former President and noted scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The scheme has been aimed for emerging technologies to promote the individuals & startups for innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in India. The move is in line with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dare to Dream 2.0: ♦ Dare to Dream 2.0 is an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country.  ♦ Under the initiative, the winners will be decided after due evaluation by an expert committee.  ♦ The winners will be awarded money, up to Rs.10 lakh for the startup, and Rs.5 lakh to the individual category. ♦ The contest is for the Ignited Minds, whether innovators or startups. 

    DRDO established COVID-19 Testing Facility at DIHAR, Leh

    186 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established a COVID-19 testing facility at the Leh based laboratory Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). The centre was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur on 22 July 2020. The aim is to enhance the rate of testing to identify the COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory of Ladakh.  COVID-19 Testing Facility: ♦ COVID-19 testing facility will help in keeping close watch of the infected persons. ♦ The facility has been established in a way that it meets the safety standards and guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).  ♦ The testing facility at DIHAR is capable of screening 50 samples per day.  ♦ The facility can be utilized for training manpower for COVID-19 testing and will be of great help to address future bio-threats and carrying out R&D activities pertinent to agro-animals diseases. ♦ The new facility at DIHAR will help in the treatment of COVID-19 infected persons. ♦ The bio-safety aspect of the testing facility and precautionary measures will minimize the cross-contamination and safety of researchers, health professionals and the environment. Defence Institute of High Altitude Research: DIHAR is DRDO's life sciences laboratories that function on cold arid agro-animal technologies. The laboratory screens and identifies the medicinal and aromatic plants to exploit them for use for defence purposes and on greenhouse technologies for high altitude and cold desert areas.

    India successfully test fires Dhruvastra anti-guided missiles

    187 days ago
    The Indian armed forces successfully test-fired the helicopter-launched Nag Missile Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile, erstwhile called Helina, indirect and top attack mode. The flight test trials were done without a helicopter on 15th and 16th July at ITR Balasore, Odisha. HELINA: ♦ HELINA is a third-generation fire and forget class anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system. It is mounted on the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).  ♦ The missile has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with a conventional armour and explosive reactive armour. The HELINA missile can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.  ♦ HELINA Weapon Systems is being inducted into the Indian Army.  Dhruvastra: ♦ A variant of HELINA Weapon System called Dhruvastra.  ♦ The Dhruvastra missile system is being inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). ♦ The missile has a maximum range capability of 7 km in Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) mode. 8 such missiles can be attached to the Helicopter with the help of 4 twin launchers. ♦ It can be fired in two modes namely Direct and Top attack.  ♦ It has a warhead penetration capability of 800 mm, the missile can defeat futuristic armour and inflict maximum damage to the tank and crippling its crew.  ♦ The fire and forget capability has been imparted by an indigenously developed Imaging Infra Red seeker.

    Defence Ministry signed contract with BEML for procurement of 1,512 Mine Plough for T-90 tanks

    189 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procurement of 1,512 Mine Plough (MP) for Tank T-90 S/SK. The move comes as a major boost to the Make in India initiative of the Government of India. The contract was approved by the Acquisition Wing of MoD. Highlights: ♦ The contract was signed at an approximate cost of Rs.557 crore.  ♦ The contract has Buy and Make (Indian) categorization with a minimum of 50% indigenous content in making a portion of the contract.  ♦ Under this contract, the mine ploughs will be fitted on T-90 Tanks of the Indian Armoured Corps, which will facilitate individual mobility to Tanks while negotiating the minefield.  ♦ Mobility of the Tank Fleet will enhance manifold, which in turn would extend the reach of Armoured Formation deep into enemy territory without becoming mine causality.  ♦ The induction of 1,512 mine ploughs will be completed by 2027. ♦ The contract will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Army.

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