To empoer MakeInIndia, Dr Bhamre informed that to involve private sector in defence R&D, projects have been undertaken under the “Make in India” category. View more at #Hindustan360.
Recently, minister of state for defence Dr Subhash Bhamre informed in Parliament that in the last two financial years and current year, 90 contracts involving a value of Rs 83,344.31 crores were signed with Indian vendors and 51 contracts involving a value of Rs 1,16,667.34 crores were signed with foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment. The Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 reflects the commitment to promote indigenisation and self-reliance in the defence sector by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector.
ISRO at glance
- February 15, 2017 Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
- In this 38th consecutively successful mission of the PSLV, the total weight of all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1,378 kg.
- After a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun-synchronous orbit of 506 km inclined at an angle of 97.46 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit)
- In the succeeding 12 minutes, all the 104 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by INS-1 and INS-2.
- The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.
- After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bengaluru took over the control of the satellite.
- In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multi-spectral (colour) cameras.
Of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two — ISRO Nano Satellites, INS-1 weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg — are India’s technology demonstration satellites and 101 were international customer satellites from the US (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and the UAE (1). With this successful launch, the total number of foreign customer satellites launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.
Airborne Early Warning and Control System
February 14, the first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in inversion of control (IOC) configuration, having undergone all weather and environmental trials and accepted by the Indian Air Force (IAF), was handed over to it during Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka airbase, Bengaluru, by chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and secretary department of defence (R&D), Dr S. Christopher.
India Successfully Test Fires Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor Missile
February 11, 2017 India successfully conducted a test wherein an incoming ballistic missile target was intercepted by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Bay of Bengal. With this commendable scientific achievement, India has crossed an important milestone in building its overall capability towards enhanced security against incoming ballistic missile threats. It has entered an exclusive club of four nations with developing capabilities to secure its skies and cities against hostile threats.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar lauded the efforts of the DRDO and all the scientists involved for their dedicated efforts in this significant achievement.
Some of the major weapon platforms indigenously designed and developed by DRDO, that have been successfully inducted into the services inter alia include advanced light helicopters, light combat aircraft, Akash missile systems, multi barrel rocket system — Pinaka, Arjun tanks, Sonars, etc.
The government also launched the Technology Development Fund to involve industry, particularly SMEs in defence sector. According highest preference to the “Buy Indian” category of acquisition (indigenously designed, developed and manufactured) and revising the “Make” procedure in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016, are moves expected to catalyse investment into defence research, development and innovation.
Some of the new special innovative projects covering a wide variety of technology domains from aeronautics to missiles and naval systems undertaken by DRDO during last three years are:
- Pralay Missile
- Rudra M-II Air to Surface Missile
- Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (Smart)
- Ku-band Active Radar Seeker
- Stealth Wing Flying Testbed (SWiFT)
- AESA Based Integrated Sensor Suite (ABISS)
- EM Gun Powered by a Capacitor Bank
- Multi-Agent Robotics System (MARS)
- Ku-band TWTA for Aerospace Application
- Submarine Periscope
- Air Independent Propulsion System for Submarine
- AWACS (India), Radar USHAS
Changing the policy on blacklisting of firms, the ministry of defence had debarred six firms, including their allied and subsidiary firms from further business dealings for a period of 10 years since April 11, 2012. Further, business dealings have been suspended/put on hold for 13 firms. For another four firms, orders were issued restricting procurement from them to cases where procurements are justified and necessary for operational urgency, national security and non-availability of other alternatives
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