IAF to acquire assets for Netra AEW&CS and AWACS India programs and platforms from the civilian market
Indian Air Force Chief and Deputy Chief have confirmed of acquiring Embraer ERJ145 and Airbus A330 platforms from the Civilian Market. Both jets are on sale by Aviation Companies. Also, IAF is considering to bring aerial refuelling tanker aircraft. It is also going to own assets of Commercial Aviation Companies by purchasing them for both Netra AEW&CS and AWACS India programs. The decisions are for the first time from IAF.
IISc co-working on missile tech to aid defence forces
India demonstrated the first anti-satellite missile tech that uses interceptors launched from the ground to kill satellites. It works on counter space technology to disable enemy satellites using in-orbit lasers.
Digantara will launch a constellation of nanosatellites using lasers and sensors for detecting and tracking objects. It is also looking for space object detection technology for the protection of Indian satellites. Even the space object of 1 cm size can be detected while ground-based systems can track above 10 cm.
The satellites will have space weather sensors too.
IAF to receive the second batch of Rafale fighter jets from France
After receiving the first batch of the Rafale fighter jets from France, IAF is set for the second batch in November. It has been manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation. The team has been set to handle the logistics. India had already signed an inter-governmental agreement for the purchasing of a total of 36 Rafale aircraft from France at the cost of Rs 59,000 crores.
Zoji La tunnel strengthening Indian Army in Ladakh
The 14.15 km long Zozi La tunnel will strengthen Indian Army in Ladakh. Also, it will connect the strategic Ladakh region with the rest of India. It also has importance in the scenario of India-China standoff along the LAC. Moreover, it will improve employment opportunities and supply of commodities for the people of Ladakh.
The tunnel is at an altitude of about 3000 metres, and It will take 6 years imposing the cost of Rs 10,643 crores.
Webinar on India-Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation
On 15 October, the webinar between India and Kazakhstan on the theme of “Make in India for the World, India-Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation: Webinar and Expo” under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through FICCI. Ambassadors and senior MoD officials of both countries participated.
The webinar aimed to achieve the target of $5 billion of the defence export in the upcoming 5 years.