Stealth Frigate of Project 17A
Indian Navy to launch a stealth frigate which will be the first one produced by Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers under the Project-17A. During the launch event, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will be present. After the launch event on the banks of River Hooghly, the frigate will undergo trials and graduation exercises in which ultra-modern technical gadgets will be delivered to the Navy.
Length- 149 metres
Displacement- 6,670 tonnes
Speed- 28 knots
To reduce the manufacturing duration of the ships, an advanced integrated construction methodology will be used. The GRSE has been provided with the project that includes the order of 3 frigates. The project costs approx. 20,000 crore.
Expected dates of delivery-
The first frigate will be delivered in the year 2023, followed by the second and third frigates in 2024 and 2025.
DRDO developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) to complete user trials in mid-2021
According to a defense official, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) to resume its pending trials in the first month of the year 2021. Winter trials will be done in the first two months and summer trials will proceed in the April-May month of the year.
The trials were halted as the gun suffered a technical glitch which led to the barrel burst. After the completion of the investigation of the accident, the trials will be resumed. The investigation includes DRDO scientists and Engineers, Army Representatives and Officers from Ordnance Factory Board. Initial investigation suggests an ammunition issue rather than a design issue.
Developers and Manufacturers-
The ATAGS has been developed by the DRDO under PPP which includes private players like Kalyani Group’s Bharat Forge & Tata Power SED. To compress the timelines DRDO is also asking the Army to send their teams so that approval speed can be enhanced.
Approximately 1600 guns are required by the Army. Earlier, Israeli form Elbit System made guns were also shortlisted by the Army. The Army wants the lower weight gun (18 tonnes) so that it can bring it to the mountains.
Defence forces authorized to store weapons for 15 days intense war
Until now, the three defense forces of India used to stock weaponry to hold the ground for at least 10 days of intense war. Now, due to the intense situation at the Indo-China border and the continuous aggression of the Pak Army near the Line of Control, the Central Government has given nod to increase the stock of weaponry so that the forces can fight 5 more days in an intense war situation. After the Uri and the Pulwama attack on security personnel the decision to increase the reserves stocks was under consideration. Increased financial powers of the Vice Chief of Indian Army, Indian Navy, & Indian Air Force are the result of this.