DRDO test fires BRAHMOS missile successfully

DRDO test fires BRAHMOS missile successfully: On October 18, 2020, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) test fired the BRAHMOS missile from INS Chennai successfully. The missile was test fired from an indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai. The missile hit a target in Arabian Sea. About DRDO DRDO is the R&D wing of Ministry … Read more

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Defence Minister to visit Russia: To attend SCO, CSTO and CIS

The Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh is to visit Russia from September 3, 2020 to September 5, 2020. He will attend the Defence Ministers meet of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Collective Security Treaty Organization and Commonwealth Security Treaty Organization. During the visit, the minister will also meet his Russian counter part Defence Minister General Shoigu to … Read more

Ministry of Defence signs Rs 2,580 crores of contracts to boost Make in India

On August 31, 2020, the Ministry of Defence signed contracts worth Rs 2,580 crores to boost Make in India. The contracts were signed for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Indian Army. Highlights The contracts were signed with Tata Power Company, Bharat Earth Movers Limited and Larsen and Toubro. The Pinaka Regiments comprised of … Read more

China builds missile site in Kailash-Mansarovar

Amidst border tensions between India and China, China has reportedly built a missile launch site in Kailash-Mansarovar. The Kailash-Mansarovar is revered by four religions and is linked to high spiritual scriptures in India. The Hindus in India call the Mountain as the abode of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The Tibetan Buddhists call the … Read more

DRDO developed Anti-Drone System deployed in 74th I-Day celebrations

As the Prime Minister Modi addressed the country at the Red Fort, DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) anti-drone system was deployed for PM security. Highlights The anti-drone system can detect micro drones up to 3 kilo metres. It uses LASER to bring down target up to 1-2.5 kilo metres. It can detect and identify drone … Read more

SRIJAN: Online Portal launched to promote Indigenisation of Defence Production

On August 14, 2020, the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh launched “SRIJAN”, an online portal to promote indigenization of Defence production. ALL INDIA PRELIMS TEST SERIES (AIPTS)- 2020 Highlights The portal is to display those items that are currently being imported by Indian Defence Industry. This will help domestic industries of the country to learn … Read more

Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO)

Context: India’s defence minister recently launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) through an online webinar.  More on the news: An online discussion forum for engaging domestic industry and academic institutes has been created in partnership with Raksha Shakti University (RSU) and was launched during the webinar. A compendium of Indian Navy’s Indigenisation perspective plans titled ‘SWAVLAMBAN’ was … Read more

Israel successfully test fires advanced Missile Defence System

On august 13, 2020, Israel successfully tested the advanced missile defence system Arrow-2. The missile was developed to defend against the short- and mid- range rockets that are fired from Lebanon and Gaza and also long-range missiles fired from Iran. Highlights In 2019, USA and Israel jointly test fired Arrow-3 successfully in Alaska. This system … Read more

India test fires first Private Upper Stage Rocket Engine

The Aerospace Start up Skyroot Aerospace has test fired an upper stage rocket engine and has become the first Indian private company to demonstrate the capability of homegrown rocket engine. Highlights The 3D printed rocket engine was named after the Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman. The rocket had fewer moving parts and weighed half … Read more

Andaman and Nicobar to be a maritime hub

Part of: GS Mains III – Infrastructure; Defence; Security  Context:  PM said that Andaman and Nicobar islands region was going to be developed as a “maritime and start-up hub” and highlighted his government’s development initiatives for it.  PM to inaugurate a submarine optical fibre cable between Chennai and islands    Benefits:  It helps to turn the islands “digitally independent”.  12 islands of the archipelago have been selected … Read more

Import embargo on 101 defence items

Part of: GS Mains II and III – Govt policies and initiatives; Defence  Context:  Defence Ministry to impose import embargo (ban or restrictions) on 101 items to boost indigenisation of defence production  Benefits:  Boost indigenisation of defence production  Helps India to become self-reliant in defence (#AtmanirbharBharat initiative)  Government intends to reach a turnover of $25 billion through indigenously manufactured defence … Read more

Indian Armed Forces revive “Project Cheetah”

The Indian Armed Forces have decided to revive “Project Cheetah” amidst tensions with China. The project was pending for a long time and the tri-services have now decided to revive the project under Rs 3,500 crores. Ajay Kumar Committee The proposal of reviving “Project Cheetah” has been sent to a newly formed high-level defence ministry … Read more

India bans 101 Defence items

On August 9, 2020, Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh announced that India has put ban on 101 items to boost indigenous production. The list of 101 items was prepared by the Defence Ministry. This is being done to make India self-reliant under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Highlights The decision has been made to provide opportunity … Read more