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Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme Part of: GS-III- CULTURE (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Recently, the government has approved the launch of the ‘Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS)’ in order to give a boost to domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing. The Government has accorded high priority to the development of the manufacturing base of the Defence and Aerospace sectors in the country under the “Make in India” initiative&nbs

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020 Context: Ministry of Defence (MoD) has put out a draft ‘Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020’ for public feedback. DPEPP has been drafted with the vision to make India amongst the leading countries of the world in the defence sector, including aerospace and naval shipbuilding sectors, from design to production, with the active participation of public and private sectors and thus fulfilli

DAP 2020: Offset clause and Rafale-like deals

DAP 2020: Offset clause and Rafale-like deals Context: The new Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 has been released. Current status: Among the other changes in the DAP 2020, the Defence Ministry has removed the offset clause requirement in Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGA). From now on, there will be no offset clause in government-to-government, single vendor and IGAs. However, all other international deals that are competitive, and have multiple vendors vying for

S-400 Triumpf

S-400 Triumpf About S-400 Triumpf As India prepares to receive the first batch of S-400 long-range air defence systems by year-end, the first group of Indian military specialists are scheduled to depart for Moscow soon to undergo training courses on the S-400. S-400 supplies initiative is one of the flagship projects in the Russian-Indian military and military-technical cooperation, which historically constitutes the main pillar of the special and privileged strategic partnership


SWITCH UAV The Indian Army has signed a $20-million contract with ideaForge, a player in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, to procure undisclosed quantities of a high-altitude variant of SWITCH UAV, an indigenous system used in surveillance operations. SWITCH UAV is an indigenous system built to cater to the most demanding surveillance operations of the Indian forces. This fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing UAV can be deployed at high altitudes and under harsh environ

Ordnance Factory Board corporatised

Ordnance Factory Board corporatised About Ordnance Factory Board Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of the Indian Ordnance Factories is a Government agency under the control of the department of defence production (DDP) Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India. It is engaged in research, development, production, testing, marketing and logistics of a product range in the areas of air, land and sea systems. OFB comprises 41 ordnance factories, 9 training institutes, 3 reg

20 Defense Reforms in 2020

20 Defense Reforms in 2020 What is the news? Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh released an E-booklet titled ’20 Reforms in 2020’, highlighting the major reforms undertaken by Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2020. The compilation provides a brief overview of defence reforms undertaken in the year 2020 by MoD to bring about greater cohesion and modernisation of the Armed Forces through policy changes, innovation and digital transformation. Reforms also focused on the ‘A

Defense Corridors in India

Defence Corridors in India In pursuance to the budget announcement (2018-19), it has been decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the Country, one in Uttar Pradesh and another in Tamil Nadu. Subsequently, six nodes in Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor viz. Agra, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur and Lucknow have been identified. Similarly, for Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor, five nodes viz.  Chennai, Coimbatore, Hosur, Salem and Tiruchirappalli have been identifi

How to boost indigenous capacities in Defense production?

How do boost indigenous capacities in Defense production? The Government has taken several policy initiatives and brought in reforms to promote indigenisation and self-reliance in defence manufacturing, under AatmaNirbhar Bharat Mission in the defence sector. Important policy initiatives are as under:- Positive Indigenisation List: Ministry of Defence has notified a ‘First Positive Indigenisation list’ of 101 items on 21st August 2020 and a ‘2nd Positive Indig

Self-reliance in defence manufacturing

Self-reliance in defence manufacturing Ministry of Defence has notified a ‘First Positive Indigenisation list’ of 101 items on 21 Aug 2020 and ‘2nd Positive Indigenisation list’ of 108 items on 31 May 2021. This is a big step to promote indigenisation in the defence sector. These lists include some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, light combat helicopters (LCHs), radars, wheeled armour

Anti Drone system developed by India

Anti Drone system developed by India DRDO has developed an anti-drone system to neutralize enemy drone attacks. The Indigenous Drone Technology is capable of counter-attacks including detection, Soft Kill (for jamming the communication links of Drone) and Hard Kill (Laser based on hard kill to destroy the Drone) of enemy Drones. The Anti-Drone System Technology and how it works Anti-drone systems are used to detect and/or intercept unwanted drones and unmanned aerial vehi

Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System

Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System In a significant boost to India’s defence capabilities, the first deliverable Firing Unit (FU) of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System was handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF). The MRSAM (IAF) is an advanced network-centric combat Air Defence System developed jointly by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with the Indian industr

Akash Prime Missile

Akash Prime Missile A new version of the Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ has been successfully flighting tested from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircraft, in its maiden flight test after improvements. In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure m

Long Range Bomb (LRB)

Long Range Bomb (LRB) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) team jointly flight tested indigenously developed Long-Range Bomb (LRB) successfully from an aerial platform on October 29, 2021. The LR Bomb, after release from the IAF fighter aircraft, guided to a land-based target at a long range with accuracy within specified limits. The flight of the bomb and its performance were monitored by a number of range sensors including Electro-Optical

Aatmanirbhar in Defence Production

Aatmanirbhar in Defence Production India ranks fourth among the 12 countries in the Indo-Pacific in terms of its ability to produce weaponry independently, according to new research. Details about the study by SIPRI: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published the findings SIPRI is a well-known independent source for information on international security. Countries: The study's 12 participants were chosen because they had the largest m


DefExpo-2022 In Gandhinagar, Gujarat, the 12th edition of DefExpo 2022 is being conducted. DefExpo's 11th iteration took place in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, in 2020. Define DefExpo 2022.  The Ministry of Defence's flagship biennial event, DefExpo, showcases land, marine, aviation, and homeland security technologies. It is being hosted in a groundbreaking four-venue format that aims to engage the public and motivate people to work in the aerospace and defence ma

Self-Reliance in Defence Sector

Self-Reliance in Defence Sector The government has implemented a number of reforms and legislative efforts over the past few years to stimulate domestic design, development, and production of defence equipment, thereby encouraging self-reliance in the nation's defence industry & technology. Steps taken by the government: Process for industrial licencing has been streamlined with a longer term of validity Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy liberalisation permitting 74% F

Defense Exports

Defense Exports Target The Ministry of Defense recently decided to increase India's yearly aim for defense exports to $5 billion by 2024–25. Current status of export: India is one of the top 25 nations that export large quantities of weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In the years between 2017 and 2021, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Armenia were the three countries that imported the most Indian weapons, each at a rate of 50


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