New ASPJ Pod for fighter jets set for production

Advanced Self Protection Jamming Pod developed by India’s Defence Avionics Research Establishment is set for production. 8 prototypes for final rounds of flight testing will be developed. Its production is based on the experience taken from the development of the Siva IMR Pod used for Real-time location of radars.

ASPJ Pod will be addressing threats using its features like latest and Active Electronically Scanned Array technologies. It will be used on Mig-29UPG fleet and Sukhoi-30MKI, and also there is a possibility of its way in Tejas MK2.



Missile scientists faced challenges while developing complex technologies for HSTDV

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle with the help of indigenously developed scramjet propulsion system.

Scientists faced many challenges that have built confidence in them to undertake R&D into even more complex areas. The team developed various technologies during the development cycle.



IAF looking for the leasing of trainer aircraft and light utility helicopters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking for short-term leasing of its trainer aircraft and Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) till the indigenous military platforms are inducted into the service. The recently released Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 permits the leasing.

The IAF wants to plug the gaps through leasing. It was looking to enhance operational capabilities avoiding huge investments for its manning and maintenance.

Before the DAP-2020, the Navy had already sent out preliminary RFIs for dry and wet leasing. Wet lease of platforms can be under the use of peacetime and dry ones for operational needs. Currently, the IAF has 6 Russian IL-78 tankers and is looking for procuring 6 new aircraft.



Launching of 100% electric propulsion system on ISRO satellite by Israeli Space Agency

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) is set to launch a 100% electric propulsion system on Indian Space Research Organisation’s satellite. The demonstration will show the use of this technology to keep satellites in orbit.

The demonstration of technologies being repurposed for space application is going to be in the session on November 19 at 2 p.m. The launching will be around after 2.5-3 years from 2020.

The development of electric propulsion system was the feasible study among the other 2. The other two were on GEO-LEO Optical Link and atomic clocks.

India congratulates Sri Lankan Air Force officers for being the first 2 women pilots

On November 18, India congratulated ADPL Gunarathne and RT Weerawardana, Sri Lankan Air Force officers for their achievement of becoming the first female officers as pilots commissioned by the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Both the officers took training in the 204th pilot course of the IAF Academy at Hyderabad. The training started from July 2018 and completed in June 2019. The commissioning was done on November 16.

Generally, more than 1200 personnel from Sri Lankan Armed Forces take training in India annually. It bolsters cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.



Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020

Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 was released in September this year. It allows the leasing of military platforms.

The highlights of the new policy include-

 Reservations for indigenous firms:

The new policy reserves many procurement categories for indigenous firms. DAP 2020 defines an “Indian vendor”, the company owned and controlled by Indian citizens with foreign direct investment.

Other differences in new policy from the previous one include New Buy category, greater indigenous content, import embargo list of 101 items, and not to have offset clauses in the procurement of Defence equipment.



Gaganyaan Mission: The first launch hardware to ISRO

Larsen and Toubro shipped the Booster Segment, the first hardware for the Gaganyaan mission to ISRO, on November 17, 2020. The business shipped the module in advance of the timeline.

How is a rocket booster segment?

It’s a pump, or it may be a booster rocket. That is either the 1st stage of a multi-stage rocket or even a smaller burning rocket being used raise the take-off force of the space vehicle. Simply stated, the booster segments overcome two objectives:

In Low Earth Orbit warheads, booster segments have been used to release a spacecraft.

Booster Segments serve as thrust suppliers while the mission is above the Earth’s low orbit.

Here that the Gaganyaan Mission seeks to bring astronauts to the Low Earth Orbit (400 km) and also that the booster section is being used to release a spacecraft.

About the L&T Booster Section:

L&T has produced 2 solid rocket boosters for the S200. The S200 is a high-pressure solid propeller strap on the booster. They’re going to have the big thrust required again for liftoff.

The Booster Section was manufactured by the L&T Powai Aerospace Manufacturing Unit based in Mumbai. L&T plays a crucial role in the Gaganyaan Project and has been an ISRO collaborator for over 50 years. L&T was also part of the Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan missions. The booster section is 8.5 metres in length, 3.2 metres in diameter and 5.5 tonnes in weight.

About the Gaganyaan Mission:

Gaganyaan is an Indian Human Space Travel Initiative planned to send 3 astronauts to space. This is India’s 1st crewed mission. The ISRO GSLV Mk III launch vehicle should be used. It’s a 3-stage heavy-lift GSLV. GSLV Mk III is created to achieve 4 tonnes of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit or 10 tonnes of satellites to the Low Earth Orbit.

The mission will deploy a capsule which could orbit the Earth at an altitude of 400 km up to 7 days. If the orbit is less than 1000 km in height, it is named the Low Earth Orbit.