Production-ready MPATGM to be tested soon
The DRDO developed India’s 3rd generation Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) will be tested soon in production-ready unit. This unit will have all major components of the missile system like the command launch unit (CLU), warhead and a laser designator to be assembled for the first time. The development of MPATGM got delayed due to pandemic situation but the organization is gearing up for speedy development trials so that user trials get started soon paving way for production next year. MPATGM will be equipped with a lightweight imaging infrared seeker without cryogenic compressor developed by private sector company Tonbo Imaging roped in by Bharat Dynamics. The seeker will make use of real-time artificial intelligence based image processing unit that will help the missile reorient itself towards the vulnerable section of the designated target. When the missile system enters production, many private companies will be part of the supply chain. Tonbo Imaging has developed a command launcher unit that has its Integrated GPS, Missile Control Electronics, Laser Range Finder and Digital Compass for the MPATGM.
In a Mega bust Indian Navy seizes narcotics
An Indian Navy ship has seized more than 300kg of narcotics materials from a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea. Navy’s surveillance patrol vessel INS Suvarna encountered the fishing vessel because of its suspicious movements. The vessel and the crew were taken to Kochi, the nearest port for investigation. According to the statement released by the Indian Navy, the seized narcotics have an approximate value of Rs 3000 crore in the international market. Because of the estimated cost and quantity, the seizure becomes a major one and it may bring about a considerable disruption to the illegal narcotics smuggling routes. The route emanates in Makran coast which lies in the territories of Pakistan and Iran and flows towards India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Narcotics cause harm to society in various ways such as deterioration of people’s life due to drug addiction and the money that flows fuels parallel economy by financing those involved in terrorism, radicalization and criminal activities. Last week also the Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad seized heroin worth over Rs 150 crore from a boat and arrested eight Pakistani nationals.
INS Suvarna is an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) commissioned into the Navy in 1990 and it was based on a South Korean Naval design. Like other OPVs, Suvarna is relatively lightly armed as compared to other warships. These are meant for missions such as ocean surveillance and monitoring of sea lines of communication, coastal and offshore patrolling, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and escort duties. Dhanush, a variant of the Prithvi ballistic missile was test-fired in modified version of INS Suvarna.
For 2nd consecutive year zero infiltration along LoC
In the first three months of this year, zero infiltration of militants has been reported in Kashmir from across the Line of Control (LoC). This has happened for the second consecutive year due to upgradation of counter infiltration grid and heavy snowfall in the winter. Three districts of Kashmir valley fall along the LoC, Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora in north Kashmir. Heavy snowfall closed the infiltration routes to the valley. Forces are trying to minimize infiltration during summer also when the passes and infiltration routes are open. LoC has been relatively calm after the mutual agreement between Indian and Pakistani militaries on February 15 in which they agreed to strictly adhere to the 2003 border ceasefire agreement. Since February 16, troops of both the countries haven’t fired a single bullet or mortar shell. Earlier, infiltration of militants was assisted by Pakistani troops’ continuous firing on Indian army posts along the LoC. Strengthening of counter infiltration grid was done by incorporating more security equipment to detect, foil and prevent infiltration bids of well-trained Pakistani militants. In the corresponding period of 2019 around 7-8 militants had infiltrated into the valley. Once cross border infiltration and arms flow is curbed, the militancy violence will come down. Forces have launched an “All Out” operation in which 35 militants have been killed in encounters with security forces in the valley this year.
Army provides its rolling stocks to Railways
The Indian Army has provided its rolling stocks to Railways for transport of oxygen-laden trucks. This will help meet the critical requirement of Oxygen for COVID hospitals across the country. The first demand is for 32 wagons of which first brake will be leaving Panvel for Vishakhapatnam for filling of Oxygen. As the COVID-19 situation is worsening, the demand for beds and oxygen cylinders has witnessed a steep rise with many states reporting shortage of essential medical supplies. COVID-19 cases are rising day by day with the country reporting highest number of cases every day and the number of deaths is also rising.
Active protection systems needed for T-90 tanks
Indian Army is seeking active protection systems for its T-90 tanks and has invited proposals for supply of 818 defence systems for its main battle tank. In the document, the Army has made it clear that local companies must be involved in 50% planning and development. There is a provision for allowing prospective vendors to enter into arrangements with foreign companies for development of the equipment. As per Indian specifications, the defence systems should have capabilities of “soft kill” and “hard kill”. Soft kill would include smoke discharge, infrared jamming equipment and audio-visual warnings when the tank is attacked. Whereas, the hard kill would include anti-tank munitions such as rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles and explosive anti-tank rounds. Indian Army has also specified that the system should include defence against kinetic energy munitions.