Kalyani M4 will be produced in India
An agreement was signed between Global Aerospace and Technology Company Paramount Group and Indian Engineering and Technology major Bharat Forge Limited during the International Defense Expo 2021 held in Abu Dhabi to jointly manufacture Armored vehicles in India. Kalyani M4 is a multi-role platform with quick mobility in rough terrain and areas affected by mine and IED threats. Its innovative design, built on a flat-floor monocoque hull, offers the best ballistic and blast protection levels up to 50 kg TNT size blast or IED/roadside bombs. The vehicle has successfully completed a series of trials in extreme environments. The collaboration will bring together the manufacturing and technology excellence of two leading companies to build futuristic weapon designs. This will enhance any country’s defense capabilities.
Charles de Gaulle carrier to exercise with Vikramaditya
The defense cooperation between India and France will be bolstered with the joint exercise between Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier strike force and INS Vikramaditya in two phases in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean in April. Indian Navy’s Western Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar will conduct the advanced exercises with the French carrier task force. Charles de Gaulle is a 42,500-tonne nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with Rafale M fighter on board. It is on a mission, “Clemenceau 21,” with two frigates and support ships, involved in the fight against terrorism for several months in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf. INS Vikramaditya is a conventionally powered aircraft carrier with a displacement of 44,500 tonnes with MiG-29K fighters on board. France and India share a commitment towards ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region which has been corroborated by the appointment of a special envoy for Paris. In April itself French Foreign Minister will be visiting India to deliver a lecture at a think-tank and pursue political dialogue with India. With the arrival of seven Rafale fighters from France in April, French omni-role fighters’ first squadron will be completed at the Ambala airbase. The remaining 18 fighters will be deployed at Hashimara in the Eastern sector to cover the strategic Siliguri corridor. France has helped to boost up Indian Air Force’s capability by supplying medium transport aircraft and multi-role transport tankers. Moreover, the two nations are jointly developing air-independent propulsion for conventional submarines for future Indian submersible ships. The two countries have refurbished their engagement in various arenas.
DRDO Skill Development Centre inaugurated
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has inaugurated Skill Development Centre (SDC) for Fire Safety Training at Pilkhuwa in Uttar Pradesh through virtual mode on February 22, 2021. The facility has been created by Delhi based DRDO laboratory Centre for Fire, Explosive, and Environment Safety (CFEES). It aims at developing trained human resources, fire safety technology, and products to save precious human lives and valued assets. In his address, Raksha Mantri congratulated DRDO and emphasized that the Training Centre will go a long way to ensure quality training to the personnel and save lives and valuable assets. The center is the first of its kind in India, created by adopting state-of-the-art technology and setting up simulation systems to validate fire at a realistic scale to meet the challenges of the new high-tech environment and enhance the skills of firefighters. The facility would impart training to the Fire Service personnel of Indian Armed Forces, DRDO, Ordnance Factories, Coast Guard, defense undertakings, and trainees from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and other neighboring countries. The SDC has been built as per International standards with four bays having firefighting and rescue appliances such as hydraulic platform, air crash fire tender, and emergency rescue tender. The center has a Fire Drill Tower with an emergency escape chute which would be used for simulation of a fire in high rise buildings, Breathing Apparatus Training facility, a Model Fire Station housing specialized firefighting and rescue appliances, LPG Petroleum Tank Farm Simulator, Fire Suit Test and Evaluation facility, a Hostel and Transit facility. The facility would be maintained by CFEES, which carries out safety audits, training activities, and R&D activities in the fire, explosives, and environmental safety area. Every year, it trains 400-500 personnel in modules customized to the Ministry of Defence establishments’ needs. DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the endeavors of CFEES towards the indigenization of fire safety equipment and test facilities for the evaluation of fire safety products. The center is one more step by DRDO endorsing the call of Atmanirbhar Bharat by PM Modi.
Naval Frigates to be Made in India with Turkey’s help
Indian Navy has secured a deal for the Transfer of Technology from Anadolu Shipyard, a Turkey-based firm, to build 5 Fleet Support Vessels (FSV). Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), which has signed an agreement for technical coordination with the Turkish firm in 2020, is expected to get its production order by October 2021. The first FSV is expected to be delivered by HSL four years after the signing of the deal.
These 230 meters long vessels, having a displacement of 45,000 tonnes, will be able to carry fuels and supplies for the warships. The cost of this project is estimated to be between $ 1.5 Billion to $ 2.5 Billion. After the first vessel’s delivery, other vessels will be delivered at a rate of one vessel per 10-12 months. This step will give a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government, as it will enable the growth of India’s shipbuilding capabilities. The engineers and officers will assist the production from the Turkish side, who will monitor the production lines. They will be providing engineering services, planning, and preparation of specifications.
Other foreign bidders wanted at least one vessel to be manufactured in their shipyard. Turkey was the lowest bidder and agreed on the condition to manufacture all vessels in India.