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

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    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.

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

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    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.

    A hybrid model of smart fence tested along the LoC

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Aero India 2021 website aeroindia.gov.in 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

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    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

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    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

    59 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

    59 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

    66 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

    67 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

    70 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

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    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

    73 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

    80 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

    87 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

    92 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

    93 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

    94 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.

    India-US conduct exercise in strong strategic signal to China

    95 days ago
    India and the United States to conduct PASSEX (passing exercise) between the two navies. These exercise have built interoperability through a series of Malabar and other exercises. The exercise comes amid the ongoing border dispute between India and China. This exercise is also a signal to China because of its attitude in the wider Asia-Pacific region. PASSEX: ♦ US Navy's aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived in the Indian Ocean via the Malacca Strait to take part in in a naval exercise with Indian warships near the Andaman & Nicobar Isands.  ♦ USS Nimitz is leading a US carrier strike group to the Indian Ocean for the joint exercise with the Indian Navy. ♦ USS Nimitz and other similar carriers weigh around 100,000 tonnes and can carry around 90 fighter jets. ♦ In the PASSEX exercise, several Indian naval warships include frigates and submarines are taking part. ♦ Naval assets from both the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) and the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) also take part in the exercises.

    India, China Military Level meeting held

    99 days ago
    India and China hold discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the prevailing situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). On 14th July, Commanders from People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Indian Army held a meeting at Chushul, on the Indian side, for the fourth round of talks. Highlights: ♦ The engagement of the military in both the countries were consistent with the consensus reached between the Special Representatives of China and India earlier, on 5 July, to discuss complete disengagement. ♦ The Senior Commanders reviewed the work on the implementation of the first phase of disengagement and discussed further steps to ensure complete disengagement.  ♦ Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to the objective of complete disengagement.  ♦ This process is intricate and requires constant verification. They are taking it forward through regular meetings at the diplomatic and military levels.

    Indian Army to acquire Raven and Spike Firefly

    102 days ago
    The Indian army is to acquire hand-launched, remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle Raven from the US and state-of-the-art Israeli Spike Firefly. The aim is to add lethality to its ground infantry apart from long-range precision artillery shells with a range of over 40 kilometres.  Highlights: ♦ The first batch of acquisition comprises 4-6 jets are likely to touch down in India on 27 July. ♦ Indian Army is set to acquire 200 pieces of RQ-11 UAV. RQ-11 UAV can fly up to 10 kilometers at an altitude of 500 feet and speed up to 95 km per hour. It will help infantry troops conduct reconnaissance of the battle theatre ahead and placement of enemy troops. ♦ The Spike Firefly can deliver a precision strike on enemy troops hiding within a range of 1 kilometre. It has the ability to locate a target and will be called back if the target has moved beyond ranger. It is developed under a joint venture (JV) of Israeli company- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel’s Ministry of Defence.

    Boeing Completes Delivery of 37 Military Helicopters to India

    103 days ago
    New Boeng Helicopters for Defence In the month of June 2020, Boeing had completed delivery of all 37 military helicopters ordered by the Ministry of Defense for the Indian Armed Forces in 2015. Boeing told this via a news release announcement on its website on July 10th, 2020. AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 15 CH-47F(l) Chinook heavy-lift Helicopter were among 37 Military Helicopter- 22. The last five of the 22 Apache helicopters were delivered to the Indian Air Force at the Hindan Air Force Station in June 2020, while Chinook Helicopters delivery was completed in the month of March 2020. Union Cabinet Committee's Deal on Boeing Background The acquisition of the 37 Boeing military helicopters had been authorized by the Union Cabinet Committee on Security on 22 September 2015. The contract for the purchase of the 37 Military Helicopters was signed a week later, on 29 September 2015. The deal has an order provision that allows India to put an order for 11 more AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 7 additional CH-47F(l) Chinook Military Helicopters besides the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook. New Helicopters Contract Signed in February 2020 The US President's visit to India in February 2020 marked the signing of a joint USD 3 billion contract for the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopter (built by Lockheed Martin 's subsidiary-Sikorsky Aircraft) for the Indian Navy at USD 2.6 billion and another 6 AH-64E Apache Combat Helicopters.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges near to LoC, IB

    106 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges through video conferencing on 9 July 2020. The bridges will provide connectivity in sensitive border areas that are close to the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir. These 6 bridges were constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Highlights: ♦ Roads in the border areas remain as strategic strengths and act to connect remote areas with the mainstream. ♦ Of the 6 bridges, two bridges are located on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District, and four bridges are located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor, Jammu district. ♦ These bridges have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres and were constructed at a total cost of Rs.43 crores.  ♦ These bridges are constructed under Project Sampark of the BRO.

    MoD approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

    113 days ago
    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft along with 248 indigenous long-range air to air missiles, Astra, among others on 2 July 2020. The move by the Ministry is to boost the Indian armed forces. It was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Highlights: ♦ MoD has cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment for the armed forces to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore.  ♦ The Ministry also approved the upgrade of the existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). ♦ Out of the 248 indigenous Astra missiles, 200 is for IAF, and 48 for the Indian Navy. ♦ The estimated cost of the procurement is Rs.2,700 crore. ♦ Also, the MiG-29 procurement and upgrade from Russia has been estimated to cost around Rs.7,418 crore.  ♦ And, the Sukhoi-30 MKI which is to be procured from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been estimated at the cost of Rs.10,730 crore. 

    Indian Navy inducted indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System

    119 days ago
    Indian Navy (IN) has inducted indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System on 26 June 2020. The Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech was designed and developed DRDO labs, Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), and Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL). Torpedo Decoy System: ♦ Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy has received a major boost with the conclusion of a contract for Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech capable of being fired from all frontline warships.  ♦ Bharat Electronics Limited, a Defence PSU, will undertake the production of this decoy system.  ♦ The prototype of the system was installed onboard and a nominated naval platform had successfully completed all user evaluation trials and demonstrated the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements. ♦ The induction is the joint resolution of the Indian Navy and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) towards the indigenous development of Defence technology. ♦ This has given a major fillip to the Government's 'Make in India' initiative and the country's resolve to become 'Atmanirbhar' in niche technology.

    Defence Minister inaugurated two-day Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat through video conferencing

    119 days ago
    Union Minister of State for Defence Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated a two-day digital conference on the defence & aerospace manufacturing sector Defence Conclave 2020, Gujarat via video conference on 26 June. The conclave is being jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Gujarat and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM).  Highlights: ♦ The Conclave will bring together high-level government representatives, key industries, and academia. ♦ The representatives will discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas, viewpoints, and knowledge about critical defence offset policies, sector analyses, and review choices of technology available globally for the manufacturing and production of indigenous defence systems.  ♦ The Conclave intends to build on the positives of the ‘Make in India’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for boosting the defence manufacturing. ♦ Gujarat has emerged as a State with excellent infrastructure facilities and can offer both forward and backward supply chain linkages to the Defence & Aerospace manufacturing sector.

    Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Complex inaugurated in Vizag

    133 days ago
    The Indian Navy has inducted the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Complex to provide rescue cover to submarines on the east and west coast of India. The DSRV complex was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam on 10 June. Highlights: ♦ DSRV Complex was equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. ♦ It has been designed to accommodate the newly inducted submarine rescue system and store the DSRV assets in the rescue-ready state. ♦ The system consists of a submarine rescue vessel, a remote operations vehicle, and side-scan sonar and associated equipment. ♦ It has hyperbaric medical equipment and diver decompression chambers to decompress submariners after the submarines are rescued from sunken submarines.  ♦ DSRV complex can be mobilized by air or road to facilitate submarine rescue operations even at distant locations. ♦ The Indian Navy has inducted two such systems to provide rescue cover to submarines. ♦ At present, there are about 40 nations that operate submarines.  ♦ The 3rd generation submarine rescue capability of the Indian Navy can be sought by the other navies for assistance during contingencies in the Indian Ocean Region.

    GRSE delivered ICGS Kanaklata Barua to Indian Coast Guard

    135 days ago
    Warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered the 'ICGS Kanaklata Barua' on 9 June. It is the fifth and final ship in the series of Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Also, it is the 105th vessel delivered by the Defence PSU shipyard based on the banks of the river Hooghly. Highlights: ♦ The fast patrol vessels have been entirely designed by GRSEs Central Design Office. ♦ The FPVs achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles. ♦ These ships are fuel-efficient and powerful platforms. ♦ They are designed and developed in a way that they are well suited for operations like patrolling, anti-poaching and rescue, and anti-smuggling. ♦ The ship is fitted with a 40/60 mm gun as the main armament, these ships have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. ♦ Previously, GRSE had made deliveries of FPVs ICGS Priyadarshini, ICGS Annie Besant, and ICGS Amrit Kaur in this series to ICG.  ♦ The fourth ship in the FPV series is earmarked for export delivery to the Seychelles Coast Guard. It will be delivered shortly after completing the related formalities.

    IAF inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation

    137 days ago
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has designed developed and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT). This pod will be utilized for the evacuation of critical patients with infectious diseases including the COVID-19 from high altitude areas, isolated and remote places. Highlight: ♦ The first prototype was developed at 3 BRD AF. ♦ ARPIT has undergone various modifications.  ♦ The prototype is in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat and hence only indigenous materials have been used to fabricate this pod.  ♦ The cost of ARPIT is Rs.60,000 only, which is very less as compared to the imported systems costing up to Rs.60 lakh. ♦ The system has been developed as a lightweight isolation system made from aviation certified material.  ♦ It has a transparent and durable cast Perspex for enhanced patient visibility which is larger, higher, and wider than the existing models.  ♦ The isolation system caters for a suitable number of air exchanges, integration of medical monitoring instruments, and ventilation to an intubated patient. ♦ ARPIT generates high constant negative pressure in the isolation chamber for the prevention of infection risk to aircrew, ground crew, and health care workers involved in air transportation.  ♦ It utilizes High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) H-13 class filters and supports invasive ventilation using Transport Ventilator.  ♦ Currently, the IAF is inducting a total of 7 ARPITs. Design requirements are based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), and Centre for Disease Control (CDC), USA.

    India, China held high-level military talks amid stand-off in Ladakh

    139 days ago
    India and China held high-level talks on 6 June. The talk was initiated by India and was held at the Border Personnel Meeting Point in Maldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. The talks were held amid the border stand-off between the militaries of the two countries near eastern Ladakh.  Highlights: ♦ The Indian delegation was led by Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps, and the Chinese side was headed by the Commander of the Tibet Military District. ♦ Indian and Chinese officials held talks through the established military and diplomatic channels to address the current situation in the India-China border areas. ♦ Indian side reported that the Chinese military is hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim.  ♦ It strongly refutes China's contention that the escalating tension between both the armies was triggered by the trespassing of Indian forces across the Chinese side. ♦ The trigger is due to China's stiff opposition to India to lay a key road around the Pangong Tso Lake and the construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

    MoD places order on OFB for supply of 156 upgraded ICVs worth Rs.1,094 crore

    141 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order worth Rs.1,094 to Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The aim is to boost to Make in India initiative. It was approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The supply includes 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army. Highlights: ♦ Under this, the combat vehicles will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak in Telangana. ♦ The vehicles are aimed to enhance the combat capability of the Army. ♦ The BMP-2/2K ICVs will be powered by 285 horsepower (HP) engines and are lower in weight which will make them highly mobile to meet all tactical requirements of mobility on the battlefield.  ♦ These ICVs will reach a speed of 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) with easy steering ability in cross country terrain.  ♦ The ICVs will have amphibious capabilities to travel at 7 kmph in water.  ♦ These special vehicles are designed to overcome the slope of up to 35° cross obstacles of 0.7 metre and have lethal firepower capability. ♦ The vehicles are planned to be completed by the year 2023. ♦ With the induction of these 156 BMP 2/2K ICVs, the existing deficiency in the Mechanised Infantry Battalions will be mitigated.

    IAF to operationalize its No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore, TN

    151 days ago
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to operationalize its No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on 27 May. IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is expected to operationalize the squadron "Flying Bullets" at the Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore, TN. Highlights: ♦ No.18 Squadron is equipped with the fourth generation LCA Tejas FOC (final operation clearance) aircraft. It will be the second IAF Squadron to fly Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.  ♦ LCA Tejas aircraft is equipped with a fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics, multimode radar, and its structure is made of composite material. ♦ No.18 Squadron was formed in 1965. The motto is "Teevra aur Nirbhaya" (meaning "Swift and Fearless") was earlier flying MiG 27 aircraft.

    MoD approves 26 Defence items from local suppliers to boost Make in India

    155 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 26 defence items only from local suppliers to boost the "Make in India" initiative. GoI has issued Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017 to promote the manufacturing and production of goods and services in India. Highlights: ♦ MoD has notified 127 items where purchase preference is given to local suppliers as per PPP-MII 2017.  ♦ It also aims to encourage procurement from local suppliers. The procuring entities shall procure these items only from local suppliers, irrespective of the purchase value, provided that the local suppliers meet the Minimum Local Content (MLC) as prescribed for each item. ♦ MoD has already procured 26 out of 127 items from the local suppliers. The 26 items include helo landing grids, inflatable boats, oil pumps, high-temperature gasket among others.

    Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard ships

    161 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa through video conferencing from Delhi on 15 May. The ships are indigenously designed and built in the line of the Prime Minister's 'Make in India' vision. Highlights: ♦ Commissioning of these ships is an important milestone in India's coastal capability building process. The move is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision 'Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)'. ICGS Sachet: ♦ The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). It is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. ♦ Sachet is 105 metre long. It displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.  ♦ The ship has been designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search and rescue operations. ♦ The ship can carry limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea. IBs C-450 and C-451: ♦ The IBs C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed and built by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira. It is fitted with the latest navigation and communication equipment.  ♦ The 30 metre longboats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and designed for the high-speed interception, close coast patrol, and low-intensity maritime operations.  ♦ The quick response capability of the IBs makes it an ideal platform to respond and thwart any emerging maritime situation. ♦ IBs have about 70% of indigenous content, thus providing the necessary fillip to the Indian shipbuilding industry. ♦ The ships will join the Coast Guard fleet. It will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security, and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation.

    Ministry of Defence approves abolition of 9,304 posts in Military Engineering Service

    165 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in the Engineer-in-Chief of Military Engineering Services (MES). The move was aimed to optimize more than 9,300 posts in the basic and industrial workforce as per the recommendations of the Committee of Experts, headed by Lieutenant General Shekatkar. Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee: ♦ The committee aimed to restructure the civilian workforce. As per the recommendation, the work of MES could be partly done by departmentally employed staff and other works could be outsourced. ♦ A total of 13,157 vacancies were there in MES. The abolished 9,304 posts were included in the vacancies. ♦ The committee recommended the closure of military farms and postal establishments in peace regions. ♦ It suggested reducing the number of officers to 200. ♦ It recommended enhancing the standards to recruit drivers in the army and clerical staff. Background: The 11-member Shekatkar Committee was appointed by the late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2016. Shekatkar Committee had made a total of 99 recommendations. The implementation of the recommendation of the committee will save Rs.25,000 crores. In 2017, around 65 were approved by the Ministry of Defence.

    MoD signs with Tata Power SED for Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure

    167 days ago
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with M/s Tata Power SED (TPSED) for Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) of 37 airfields for the Indian Air Force(IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on 8 May. The cost of the contract is worth around Rs.1,200 crore. The proposal regarding the contract was approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The contract will boost the domestic industry amid the COVID-19 situation.  Project Highlights: ♦ The MAFI Phase-II is a follow-on programme that is based on MAFI Phase-I. ♦ In Phase-I, the project included the upgradation of 30 airfields of IAF. The airfields modernized under MAFI Phase-I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users.  ♦ The Phase-II of the project includes installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment like Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS); and Cat-II Air Field Lighting System (AFLS), etc. The system around the airfield will be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), thereby providing excellent control of the airfield systems to the air traffic controllers.  ♦ The upgradation of infrastructure and navigational aids under the project will enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility and adverse weather conditions. It will also enhance aerospace safety.  ♦ The project will give a boost to over 250 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) which will be directly benefited from being involved in the execution of various activities of this project.  ♦ The contract will help to infuse the much-needed capital in the market and boost employment generation in such fields as communications, avionics, information technology, apart from civil and electrical equipment and construction.

    PM paid tributes to the Army personnel who lost their lives in Handwara encounter

    172 days ago
    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to valiant soldiers and security personnel martyred in Handwara in Jammu & Kashmir. Five security personnel, including a Colonel, a Major and a sub-inspector, and two unidentified militants were killed in the anti-militancy operation in north Kashmir's Handwara area. Handwara encounter: On 2 May 2020, an operation was launched in Handwara after the intelligence inputs received that terrorists took civilian inmates of a house in Changimul village hostage. The Indian Army and the J&K police launched a joint operation to save the civilians. An encounter started between the Forces and terrorists in the Chanjumullah area of Handwara in Kupwara, North Kashmir. The civilians were successfully extricated but five security personnel have lost their lives and two terrorists were killed. The deceased senior Army officers were identified as Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, and Naik Rajesh and Dinesh, sub-Inspector Mohammad Sagier Qazi of J&K Police's Special Operation Group (SOG). One soldier was also injured in the operation.

    Daporijo bridge was inaugurated in Arunachal pradesh for traffic movement

    185 days ago
    Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed the Daporijo bridge over the Subansiri river. Despite nationwide lockdown, BRO constructed it, keeping in mind utmost precautions against COVID-19 and to connect the strategic Line of Communication in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Shri Pema Khandu over video conferencing and open for traffic movement from 20 April. Daporijo bridge: ♦ Bridge on the Daporijo River is a strategic link towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. All supplies, rations, constructional material and medicines pass over this bridge.  ♦ The Old Bridge developed cracks which could lead to a major catastrophe. With the intervention of DGBR and CE Arunank, expeditious sanctions were obtained from the Ministry of Defence and Arunachal Government.  ♦ Work for construction of the bridge began on 17 March 2020. After 27 days on 14 April 2020, the bridge was jacked down successfully and safely on the supports. ♦ The bridge was successfully upgraded from class 24 tons to class 40 tons. This will now allow heavier vehicles to pass catering for not only Army requirements but the future Infrastructure development requirements of Upper Subansiri district.

    US approved sale of missiles worth USD 155 million to strengthen India

    191 days ago
    The US reaffirmed its determination to sell Harpoon air-launched anti-ship missiles and Mark 54 lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to India. The aim is to enhance India's deterrent capabilities against regional threats and to strengthen its homeland. Highlights: ♦ In 2016, the US recognized India as its "Major Defence Partner". This designation allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the United States. ♦ The cost of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles is estimated to be $92 million. The estimated cost of 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and 3 MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are $63 million. ♦ The Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft to carry out anti-surface warfare missions in defence of critical sea lanes and enhance interoperability with the US and other allied forces.

    Home Minister directed BSF to tighten vigil along Pakistan, Bangladesh borders

    195 days ago
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to enhance vigil along the Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, especially in the non-fenced areas of India. The security of the two borders was reviewed by the Minister. The move comes in the wake of coronavirus outspread. The BSF personnel were directed to ensure that no cross-border movement takes place at these two fronts. The Ministry is to ensure enforcement of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. BSF: Formed on: 1 December 1965 Headquarters: New Delhi, India Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs Director-General: V K Johri BSF is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India. It is responsible to guard India's land border during peacetime and prevent transnational crime at the same, it has various active roles during an outbreak of war. BSF functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    IAF provides medical supplies during COVID-19 lockdown

    198 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) has rendered continuous support in the fight against Coronavirus by providing medical supplies to all the states in the country. Medical supplies are transported to equip the state governments/Union Territories (UTs) and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively and efficiently. IAF Measures: ♦ IAF has provided essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Manipur, Nagaland, and Gangtok in the North-Eastern region and the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.  ♦ An-32 aircraft of IAF airlifted personnel and 3500 kg of medical equipment of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) from Chennai to Bhubaneshwar for setting up testing labs and facilities in Odisha. ♦ IAF has allocated aircraft at nodal points to airlift medical supplies and equipment at short notice to proactively support operations against COVID-19. IAF: Founded on: 8 October 1932 Headquarters: New Delhi Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora IAF is a part of the Indian Armed Forces. IAF is responsible to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

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