Work begins on “Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates”

What is the News? The Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff has inaugurated the construction of the second frigate of the Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates. These are being built with technology transfer from Russia by Goa Shipyard Ltd(GSL). About Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates: Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates are a series of frigates and… Continue reading Work begins on “Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates”

“iDEX-DIO” – Defence Minister Approves Budgetary Support

What is the News? The Defence Minister has approved the budgetary support of Rs 498.8 crore for iDEX-DIO (Innovations for  Defence Excellence – Defence Innovation Organisation) for the next five years. About IDEX Framework: Innovations for Defence Excellence(iDEX) was launched by the Government of India in 2018. Aim: It aims to create an ecosystem to… Continue reading “iDEX-DIO” – Defence Minister Approves Budgetary Support

Hydrographic survey ship “INS Sandhayak” decommissioned

What is the News? Indian Navy’s oldest hydrographic survey ship INS Sandhayak was decommissioned at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam after serving the nation for 40 years. Note: Hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of the navigable portion of the Earth’s surface and adjoining coastal areas. About INS Sandhayak: Read Also… Continue reading Hydrographic survey ship “INS Sandhayak” decommissioned

DAC approves building of 6 conventional submarines under “Project-75I”

What is the News? Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) headed by the Defence Minister has approved a Request For Proposal(RFP) for the construction of six conventional submarines under Project-75I. About the Construction of Six Conventional Submarines: The six submarines under Project-75I will be built under the strategic partnership model. Strategic Partnership Model is a part of the… Continue reading DAC approves building of 6 conventional submarines under “Project-75I”

2nd “Positive Indigenisation list” Notified by Defence Ministry

What is the News? The Defence Ministry has notified the second negative import list of 108 items. These items can now only be purchased from indigenous sources as per Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020. The list has now been renamed as the ‘positive indigenisation list’. Note: The first positive indigenisation list of 101 Defence Items… Continue reading 2nd “Positive Indigenisation list” Notified by Defence Ministry

NSA commissions offshore Patrol Vessel “ICGS Sajag”

What is the News? The National Security Advisor(NSA) has commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel(OPV) ICGS Sajag. (ICGS- Indian Coast Guard ship) About ICGS Sajag: Firstly, Goa Shipyard Limited has indigenously designed and built the Indian Coast Guard Ship Vessel “Sajag”. Secondly, Purpose: The ship is fitted with advanced technology equipment, weapons and sensors. It is… Continue reading NSA commissions offshore Patrol Vessel “ICGS Sajag”

USSR-era “INS Rajput” decommissioned

What is the News? Indian Navy has decommissioned the INS Rajput at Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam after 41 years of service. About INS Rajput: INS Rajput was a guided-missile destroyer and the lead ship of the Rajput class of the Indian Navy. It was built by the erstwhile USSR (now Russia). The missile destroyer was… Continue reading USSR-era “INS Rajput” decommissioned

Israel’s “Iron Dome” is successful in intercepting rockets

What is the News? Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ System has been successful in intercepting the continuous barrage of rockets targeting Israel.  About Iron Dome: Iron Dome is a short-range, ground-to-air, air defence system. Israeli manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed it with support from the United States. Purpose: It is used for countering rockets, artillery &… Continue reading Israel’s “Iron Dome” is successful in intercepting rockets

U.S. Clears Sale of “P-8I Patrol Aircraft” to India

What is the News? The US State Department has approved the proposal for the sale of six P-8I patrol aircraft and related equipment to India. According to the estimations, the deal have cost India around $2.42 billion. About P-8I patrol aircraft: P-8I is a long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft. US-based manufacturer Boeing developed this aircraft.… Continue reading U.S. Clears Sale of “P-8I Patrol Aircraft” to India

“Python-5” air-to-air missile – Tejas aircraft permitted to carry

What is the News? Indigenously-developed Tejas Aircraft has been cleared to carry fifth-generation Python-5 air-to-air missile as part of its weapons package. This move would significantly enhance the combat prowess of the Tejas Aircraft. About Python-5: Python-5 is a fifth-generation air-to-air missile(AAM) manufactured by Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The Python-5 Missile was first used… Continue reading “Python-5” air-to-air missile – Tejas aircraft permitted to carry

India’s “Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel” Joins Search For Submarine

What is the News? The Indian Navy sent its deep submergence rescue vessel(DSRV) to support the Indonesian Navy in the search and rescue efforts. Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala went missing with 53 personnel aboard. Note: Indian Navy had received an alert through the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office(ISMERLO) regarding the missing Indonesian submarine.… Continue reading India’s “Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel” Joins Search For Submarine

DRDO develops “Advanced Chaff Technology” to safeguard naval ships

What is the News? Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Advanced Chaff Technology. It will safeguard the naval ships against enemy missile attack. About Advanced Chaff Technology Chaff is a passive expendable electronic countermeasure technology. It is used worldwide to protect naval ships from enemy’s radar and Radio Frequency (RF) missile seekers.… Continue reading DRDO develops “Advanced Chaff Technology” to safeguard naval ships

“Indian Coast Guard Ship Vajra” commissioned

What is the News? Indian Coast Guard ship ’Vajra’ commissioned formally into service. It is the 6th offshore patrol vessel to enhance coastal security. About ICGS Vajra: Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd  has indigenously designed and built the Indian Coast Guard Ship Vessel “Vajra”. Moreover, ICGS Vajra is the sixth in the series of seven… Continue reading “Indian Coast Guard Ship Vajra” commissioned

Relevance of India-Philippines Brahmos Deal

Synopsis: India’s Brahmos deal with the Philippines is very important. India’s aspiration to become Atma Nirbhar in defense exports and emerge as a key regional security provider in Indo-Pacific will depend on it. Background In March 2021, India and the Philippines signed the “Implementing Arrangement” for the procurement of defense material and equipment procurement. The… Continue reading Relevance of India-Philippines Brahmos Deal

“SIPRI Report” – India Remains the 2nd Largest Arms Importer

What is the news? Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) released a report titled “Trends in International Arms Transfers Report”. It presents global trends in arms exports and imports. What are the key findings of the SIPRI report? SIPRI Report on India: Second Largest Arms Importer: India remains the second largest arms importer… Continue reading “SIPRI Report” – India Remains the 2nd Largest Arms Importer

“INS Karanj” – the Scorpene-class submarine inducted into service

What is the news? Indian Navy inducted INS Karanj into service. It is a 3rd Scorpene-class conventional diesel-electric submarine. About INS Karanj: INS Karanj is a part of Project-75I. It is the 3rd submarine of the first batch of 6 Scorpene-class submarines under the project, for the Indian Navy. Designed by: French naval defence and… Continue reading “INS Karanj” – the Scorpene-class submarine inducted into service

ISRO launches DRDO’s “Sindhu Netra Satellite”

What is the News? Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches the ”Sindhu Netra Satellite”. It was a part of ISRO’s PSLV-C51 mission. About Sindhu Netra Satellite: Developed by: Students of Bengaluru based PES University under a contract by  Research Centre Imarat, which is a part of the DRDO. Purpose: The satellite is capable of automatically… Continue reading ISRO launches DRDO’s “Sindhu Netra Satellite”

DRDO successfully conducted the launch of “VL-SRSAM”

What is the news? Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO) has conducted the successful launch of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). About VL-SRSAM: The missile has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for the Indian Navy. Purpose: The missile will be used to neutralize various aerial threats at close ranges including… Continue reading DRDO successfully conducted the launch of “VL-SRSAM”

DRDO conducted successful trial of “Anti-tank missiles Helina and Dhruvastra”

What is the news? The government recently conducted successful user trials for Helina and Dhruv Astra Missile Systems. The tests were carried out from the Advanced Light Helicopter(ALH) platform in desert ranges. About Helina and Dhruv Astra Missile Systems: These are third generation fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM). Defence Research and Development Organization… Continue reading DRDO conducted successful trial of “Anti-tank missiles Helina and Dhruvastra”

What is the “Arjun Main Battle Tank” MK-1A?

What is the news? Prime Minister has handed over the indigenously developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army. The ceremony was held in Chennai. Arjun Main Battle Tank: It is a third-generation main battle tank. Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) initiated this project in 1972.  The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment(CVRDE)… Continue reading What is the “Arjun Main Battle Tank” MK-1A?

“INS Viraat” – SC ordered a status quo on dismantling

What is the News? The Supreme Court has ordered status quo on the dismantling of the Navy’s aircraft carrier, INS Viraat. The Navy decommissioned INS Viraat from service in 2017. Facts:  What is the issue? “The decision to dismantle INS Viraat was taken after holding due consultation with the Indian Navy,” said the Government in… Continue reading “INS Viraat” – SC ordered a status quo on dismantling

“Ka-226T utility chopper”

What is the News? According to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the total indigenous content of the Ka-226T utility helicopters is between 27%-33%. These helicopters are to be locally manufactured with the Transfer of Technology(ToT) from Russia. However, the final deal is held up. Facts:  India-Russia Deal on Ka-226T In 2015, India and Russia had concluded… Continue reading “Ka-226T utility chopper”

Indigenisation of defence -Explained

Indigenization of the defence sector is one of the foremost targets for Indian government since Independence. Recently, Asia’s biggest Aero Show AeroIndia 2021 was conducted in Bengaluru. During the show, Defence Minister highlighted India’s growing presence in designing and developing indigenous weapon systems. Let’s see, how India is performing in indigenisation of defence despite the… Continue reading Indigenisation of defence -Explained

HAL completes “Sukhoi Aircraft” order

What is the News? Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.(HAL) has manufactured the last two of the 272 Su-30MKIs aircraft. It will deliver them to the Indian Air Force. Facts: Sukhoi Su-30MKI: It is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) for the Indian Air Force… Continue reading HAL completes “Sukhoi Aircraft” order

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Akash NG (New Generation) Missile

What is the News? Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) has conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile. It was launched from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha. About Akash missile Akash-NG Missile: It is a new generation Surface-to-Air Missile meant for use by the Indian Air Force. Purpose: It will… Continue reading Akash NG (New Generation) Missile

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

Why in News? Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) has conducted a successful trial of the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) off the Odisha coast from the Hawk-I jet of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL). Facts: Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon(SAAW): It is a long-range precision-guided anti-airfield weapon developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad. The weapon is… Continue reading Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

 S-400 long-range Air Defence System 

Why in News?  Indian military specialists will soon undergo training courses on the S-400 long-range Air Defence System in Russia.   Facts:  S-400 Triumf Missile: It is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system(SAM) designed by Russia.  Key Features:  Supply of S-400 missiles is one of the flagship projects in the Russian-Indian military and military-technical cooperation  The S-400 is an air defence system. The missile can destroy airborne targets within the… Continue reading  S-400 long-range Air Defence System 

India’s first Indigenously Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

News: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the country’s first indigenous machine pistol ASMI. Facts: ASMI: It is a 9mm Machine Pistol jointly developed by DRDO and the Indian Army. The weapon is aptly named “Asmi” meaning Pride, Self-Respect and Hard Work. Range: The machine pistol can fire at a range of 100 metres and is… Continue reading India’s first Indigenously Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

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Cabinet approves procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) ‘Tejas’

News:  Cabinet has approved procurement of 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft. Facts: LCA Tejas: It is a single-engine, fourth-generation, multirole light fighter aircraft designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Tejas was developed in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) for the Indian Air Force(IAF) and Indian Navy.… Continue reading Cabinet approves procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) ‘Tejas’

IIT Hyderabad sets up ‘TiHAN-IIT’ testbed for autonomous navigation systems

News: Union Minister of Education has virtually laid the foundation stone of ‘TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad. Facts: TiHAN: It is India’s first Technology Innovation Hub for Autonomous Navigation Systems and Data Acquisition Systems setup by IIT Hyderabad. Focus: The hub focuses on addressing various challenges hindering the real-time adoption of unmanned autonomous vehicles for both terrestrial and aerial applications. Funded… Continue reading IIT Hyderabad sets up ‘TiHAN-IIT’ testbed for autonomous navigation systems

Maiden Flight Trial of Sahayak-NG, Air Droppable Container

Source: PIB News: Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) along with Indian Navy has conducted the successful maiden test trial of ‘SAHAYAK-NG’. Facts: Sahayak-NG: It is India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft (Indian Navy) off the coast of Goa. Developed by: It has been developed by two DRDO laboratories i.e. NSTL, Visakhapatnam… Continue reading Maiden Flight Trial of Sahayak-NG, Air Droppable Container

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Cabinet gives approval for Akash missile export

Source: The Hindu News: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the export of the Akash Missile system. It also approved the high-level committee formed to expedite clearance of such exports. Facts: Akash Missile: It is an indigenously developed short range Surface-to-air missile with multi-target engagement capability. Developed by: The missile has been developed by… Continue reading Cabinet gives approval for Akash missile export

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India successfully conducts tests of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM)

Source: The Indian Express News: India has successfully conducted the first launch of the Army version of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile(MRSAM).An unmanned air vehicle(UAV), ‘Banshee’, was first flown into the air which was hit by the MRSAM. Facts: MRSAM: It is an Air and Missile Defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development… Continue reading India successfully conducts tests of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM)

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Super Hornet fighter jets being tested for Navy use

Source : The Hindu News: Boeing has announced the successful demonstration of the compatibility of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets with the Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers as part of its pitch for the Navy’s fighter procurement. Facts: Super Hornet Fighter Jet: It is the world’s most lethal, advanced, combat-proven, multi-role frontline fighter-jet. Developed by: The jet has… Continue reading Super Hornet fighter jets being tested for Navy use

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India looks at integrating more countries into coastal radar network

Source: The Hindu  News: India is in talks with Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh to set up coastal radar stations as part of efforts to further expand the coastal radar chain network meant to enable real-time monitoring of the high seas for threats. Facts: Countries already integrated in the Coastal Radar Network: Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka have… Continue reading India looks at integrating more countries into coastal radar network

Defence Minister hands over DRDO systems to Armed Forces Chiefs

Source: PIB News: Defence Minister has handed over three indigenously developed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) systems to Army, Navy and Air Force. Facts: What are the three indigenously developed systems? Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS): It is a state-of-the-art and high performance intelligent software system that provides Global Maritime Situational Picture, marine planning tools… Continue reading Defence Minister hands over DRDO systems to Armed Forces Chiefs

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What is CAATSA? Why U.S. imposes CAATSA sanctions on Turkey?

Source: Click here News: The United States(US) has imposed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system. What is Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)?  CAATSA is a US federal law enacted in 2017 that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. Purpose: The… Continue reading What is CAATSA? Why U.S. imposes CAATSA sanctions on Turkey?

GRSE-built stealth frigate ‘INS Himgiri’ launched

Source: Click here News: INS Himgiri, the first of the three Project 17A ships was launched by the Indian Navy. Facts: INS Himgiri: It is an indigenous stealth frigate being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited(GRSE), Kolkata under Project 17A for the Navy. Additional Facts: Project 17A or Nilgiri-class frigate: It is a follow-on of… Continue reading GRSE-built stealth frigate ‘INS Himgiri’ launched

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Upgraded Akash missile successfully test-fired

Source: Click Here News: Indian Air Force has successfully test-fired the Akash Missiles at Suryalanka test firing range in Andhra Pradesh. Facts: Akash Missile: It is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited(BDL). Used by: It is an indigenously made missile inducted into… Continue reading Upgraded Akash missile successfully test-fired

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