India successfully test-fired the advanced version of DRDO developed Pinaka with 45 km range

India has successfully test-fired the enhanced version of Pinaka on November 4 in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. It was developed by Pune based Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).  India has strengthened its capabilities with the launching of 6 rockets in the series and ensuring mission objectives through tests.

Pinaka MBRS has a free-flight artillery rocket with a maximum range of 38 km. It comprises of different types of warhead and fuses. It also contains two podes, each containing 6 rockets, that are capable of firing within 48 seconds. Testing was based on tracking range instruments such as radar, telemetry, and electro-optical tracking systems to confirm the flight performance.

An advanced version of Pinaka rocket will  replace the existing Pinaka MK-1 rockets, which are under production.


Mixed payload satellites likely to have triggered ISRO to use generic name

Perhaps Indian satellites that support mixed payloads for different users have decided to use generic name for earth observation satellites.

ISRO has recently decided to change the name imaging satellite RISAT-2BR2 as EOS-01. But it is not officially declared. This satellite was first proposed with the name of “Sanjay”.

Satellite names should not be changed before the launching. Otherwise, they create problems during further stages. If the satellite’s name is changed, the documentation should also be accordingly taken into consideration.

It is likely that India’s communication satellites will also be renamed and it will be like- CMS- communication satellite-tagged with a serial number. The first communication satellite was named as  APPLE then it was INSAT, and then GSAT and so on. Thus, changing the name for ISRO is not a new thing.


Completion of the construction of 7,777 bunkers

Jammu and Kashmir government has completed the construction of more than 7700 bunkers along the International Border (IB) in five districts of Jammu and the Line of Control (LoC). Total bunkers include 6,839 individual bunkers and 938 community bunkers. And 334 bunkers are under the different stages of construction.

The divisional commissioner of Jammu, Sanjeev Verma has directed the deputy commissioners to monitor the construction work and agencies to complete the work on fixed timelines. He has reviewed the stock position of steel and cement.

The whole information was conveyed during the virtual meeting with deputy commissioners of border districts for the review of the progress along the border in Jammu division.

CCPL and Denmark’s Tuco become partners to manufacture advanced patrol boats in India

Chowgule and Company Pvt. Ltd. (CCPL) has build partnership with Denmark’s Tuco Marine Group to manufacture advanced 16-metre-long patrol boats in India. The boats designed based on Tuco Marine’s ProZero concept will strengthen its existing business. The company will also be exporting the boats to South-East Asia and other regions.

These boats are to fulfil the need of law enforcement officers- police, military, and coast guard. These will enhance search operations as these are built from lightweight materials. To minimise fuel consumption and generate high speed, the hull is adapted for low drag. The standard boat is having a deep V-hull and Z-drives. Its design is also efficient to undergo challenging weather conditions.


LCA-Tejas Production: Standardization and Interchangeability of parts

LCA division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has achieved a standardized assembly process for the LCA-Tejas production line. It has also included the flexibility for the interchangeability of certain components that are for practical purposes for ease in maintaining woes. Due to this standardization, IAF is delaying the deliveries of FOC LCA-Tejas aircraft. The same principle has been followed in the production of 83 Tejas Mk1A.

Interchangeability of parts ensures that no aircraft is grounded due to any non-technical issues as they can be borrowed from other existing aircraft.

IAF demands 75% operational availability criteria for LCA-Tejas fleet.