Overs the year The Indian Defence diplomacy has engaged with its neighbours and far eastern countries through bilateral talks, ship visits and bilateral as well as trilateral war exercises. 2014 saw multiple steps being taken in that direction and India saw many new additions to its defence fleet. We take a look at eight achievements that deserve a special mention. However, the Make-in-India concept clearly dominated acquisition plans so as to make its defence infrastructure strong and robust. To expedite capacity building as well as offensive capabilities of the Armed Forces, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) the apex body of the Ministry of Defence in matters of acquisitions cleared different critical and high-end defence procurement proposals to the tune of more than Rs. 2 lakh crore in the year 2015.
Achievements of India in Defence Manufacturing #Hindustan360
Godrej Aerospace is producing BrahMos missile air frame assemblies for BAPL (BrahMosAerospace Pvt. Ltd.).
– The BrahMos missile is a supersonic cruise missile with a flight range of up to 290 km. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 – 300 kilos. It can cruise at an altitude as high as 15 km and as low as 10 m above the ground and maintains supersonic speed (more than 1 km per second) throughout the duration of its flight. Once the BrahMos missile is fired, it doesn’t need any further guidance from a control center. This makes it a ‘Fire and Forget‘ missile.
– Godrej Aerospace facility attested as BrahMos Production Facility by Russian experts in March 2009 and Godrej has been providing sets of airframe assemblies for BrahMos.
India’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine.
– India is the sixth country in the world which can both make and operate nuclear-powered submarines, the others being United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.
– The entire hull, all of special steels and metallurgy, has been fabricated indigenously in a private sector shipyard; this will be repeated in follow-on vessels.
– Engineering giants and smaller firms in the private sector have contributed with major machinery and auxiliary systems and several public sector units have also played a role.
The majestic looking 45k tonne aircraft carrier
– INS Vikramaditya, The majestic looking 45,570 tonne aircraft carrier that was commissioned on 16 November 2013 at Severodvinsk, Russia, is Indian Navy’s latest acquisition that will be force multiplier to the Navy, as the Indian Ocean region is greatly becoming infested by pirates.
– The former Admiral Gorshkov from Russia went into refits and complete change in its structural design in 2004 to become INS Vikramaditya, causing the delay in delivery and cost escalation.
– The aircraft carrier will have 24 Mikoyan MiG-29K fighter jets and mix of 10 helicopters that might include Ka-28 helicopters ASW, Ka-31 helicopters AEW, ALH Dhruv choppers and Sea King helicopters. The carrier will be based in INS Kadamba in Karwar, Karnataka.
Mangalyaan – The cheapest interplanetary mission ever undertaken
– The success of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has made India the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt.
– The MOM, also known as Mangalyaan mission is one of the cheapest interplanetary missions ever undertaken.
– The cost of India’s Mangalyaan mission has been budgeted at 4.5bn rupees ($74m) where the cost of Nasa’s Maven Mars mission was $671m.
– The Mangalyaan mission had lower worker costs, home-grown technologies, simpler design, and significantly less complicated payload than NASA’s MAVEN.
TATA HELICOPTER CABIN
Fully indigenous S-92 helicopter cabin
– TATA Sikorsky JV delivers first fully indigenous S-92 helicopter cabin.
– The joint venture established between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced that its S-92 helicopter cabin production has become 100 percent indigenous.
– The S-92 facility of Tata Advanced Systems is delivering S-92 helicopter cabin. The TASL facility now has the capacity to produce up to four cabins a month and is responsible for future design modifications. In June 2009, Sikorsky and TASL entered into an agreement for the production of S-92 helicopter cabins in India, and in November 2009, Sikorsky and TASL entered into a joint venture for production of more than 5,000 detailed aerospace components in India, thereby establishing two manufacturing facilities in Hyderabad, Tara Aerospace Systems and S-92 facility.
– Both facilities today constitute an important part of Sikorsky’s global supply chain.
PINAKA multibarrel rocket launch (MBRL) system
– Pinaka is a multibarrel rocket launch (MBRL) system used by the Indian Army. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). – Pinaka integrates state-of-the-art technologies for delivering superior combat performance.
– Pinaka, the unguided rocket system meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos, has undergone several tough tests since 1995.
– The advanced version Mark-II rocket with a range of more than 60-km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier, was developed to supplement artillery guns.
– With a battery of six launchers, the Pinaka system can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds and can neutralise a target area of 3.9 sq km.
– The system’s capability for incorporating several types of warheads makes it deadly for the enemy as it can destroy solid structures and bunkers.
– The Pinaka launcher system is mounted on the indigenously built TATRA/BEML 8×8 vehicle.
INDIA’s first military satellite
– This is exclusively designed for the Indian Navy and Military purpose.
– This will provide military communications thus improving the maritime security and intelligence gathering abilities over the wide chest of Indian Ocean Area
– It also link-up the Ships, Submarines, Aircraft and command from land in real time. Very strict and perfect in of it’s kind.
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