CDS Bipin Rawat hailed the decision to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mk1A for Indian Air Force under Make in India initiative
As Cabinet committee on Security (CCS) gave approval to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mk1A for Indian Air Force under Make in India initiative, CDS Bipin Rawat hailed the decision as a significant achievement. He said that the approval for fighter jets purchase gives boost to the indigenization mission and Atmanirbhar Policy of armed forces.
DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy termed the much-awaited approval for order of largest quantity of aircraft ever as epoch making and admiration of hard work of three decades. This paves way for further enhancement in Indian Aeronautical Sector and development of this industry as most of the components would be made indigenously under Make in India program. According to CDS, hereafter India can aim to win wars with homemade weapons.
DRDO has developed country’s first indigenous machine pistol (ASM1) with the help of Indian Army
The machine pistol that can fire at a range of 100 meters and is in the class of Uzi series guns of Israel is set to replace 9 mm pistols in the defence forces. The prototype has fixed over 3000 rounds in its last four months of development.
Meanwhile, Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a unit of DRDO handed over the 3 tonne Retractable Landing Gear systems for TAPAS UAV and 1 tonne landing gear system for the SWiFT UAV to Indian Navy. The gear systems were designed and developed by CVRDE at it’s Avadi Laboratory under Centre’s Atmanirbhar Policy. Filters were manufactured with support from industries under Make in India initiative while funding was provided from DRDO and Navy. It’s chairman G. Satheesh Reddy hailed the achievement of DRDO and CVRDE.
1st batch of Women Chopper Pilots will be deployed in Indian Army Aviation Corps
Army Chief General M.M. Naravane told media that 1st batch of Women Chopper Pilots will be deployed in Indian Army Aviation Corps. Till now, women officers in the Army served in Air Traffic Control and Ground Duty. Pre-induction concurrence was sought from three related branches of Army Aviation Corps, Military Secretary Branch and the Adjutant General’s Branch.
Army Aviation corps was raised on November 1, 1986 comprising officers and jawans from all arms of Army. The corps proved its mettle in 1987 “Operation Pawan” in Sri Lanka and later in 1999 Kargil War.
The Army Aviation Pilots train jointly with the Air Force and their conversion training is done in Army Aviation School, Nashik. The AAC Choppers are used for Casualty evacuation, reconnaissance, observation, essential load drops and combat search and rescue. During peace times, the Corps also perform Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations across the country.
IAF first inducted women fighter pilots in 2015, Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi. So far, 10 women officers have been commissioned by IAF in fighter stream till September, 2020.
As per Rajya Sabha records, there were 1875 women officers in IAF till September 1, 2020. Total 111 women pilots serve in IAF along with the ones flying transport planes and choppers. Women pilots in Navy serve as observers on Dornier and P8i and first batch was operationalized for maritime missions in October last year. 3 of them graduated as ‘Fully Operational Maritime Reconnaissance Pilots’ in October last year.