Source: The post is based on the article “MINISTRY OF DEFENCE – YEAR END REVIEW 2022” published in PIB on 18th December 2022
What is the News?
The Ministry of Defence has launched several initiatives and schemes in 2022.
What are the schemes and initiatives launched by the Ministry of Defence in 2022?
Indian Naval Air Squadron(INAS) 325 operating the indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk-III, was commissioned into the Indian Navy. The unit was the second ALH MK III Squadron commissioned into the Indian Navy.
– ALH MK II is the state-of-the-art multi role helicopter developed and manufactured by HAL.
Two frontline warships of the Indian Navy – ‘Surat’ and ‘Udaygiri’
Diving Support/Survey vessels: Two Diving Support Vessels(DSVs) – Nistar and Nipun – built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd were launched.
– DSVs equipped with an array of complex Diving Support systems and Deep Submergence Rescue Vessels are being deployed for deep sea diving and submarine rescue operations. The ships are capable of conducting Search and Rescue operations and carrying out Helicopter Operations at sea.
Offshore Patrol Vessel: Indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel for Indian Coast Guard, Saksham was inducted. The ship has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery.
C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing facility
Major successful missile tests: Brahmos Extended Range Version, Prithvi-II, Agni, Helina Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile, Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile, Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor, Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile
Operational Deployments by Indian Navy: Operation SANKALP and Mission SAGAR
Indian Navy Foreign Exercises: MILAN – 22, Exercise Sea Dragon, Bongosagar, Exercise KAKADU, Exercise Malabar, RIMPAC
Indian Air Force Foreign Exercises: Exercise Eastern Bridge, Ex Udara Shakti, Exercise Garuda
Green Mobility Initiative: In order to achieve a reduction of carbon footprint and in keeping with the Government’s initiative towards the introduction of Green mobility, the Indian Air Force(IAF) has introduced Tata Nexon Electric vehicles. The IAF plans to enhance the usage of electric vehicles in a progressive manner by procuring e-vehicles against downgraded vehicles.
Missiles launched by DRDO: New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), Advanced Chaff Technology, ABHYAS, Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon, Pralay, Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile, Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Technology
3D Printed Buildings: A dedicated museum is being constructed at Leh to recognise the efforts of the BRO personnel and to showcase their achievements.
Use of Steel Slag in Road Construction: The BRO is constructing a pilot road stretch in Arunachal Pradesh using steel slag which can withstand heavy rains and adverse climatic conditions.