India deployed MARCOS in Eastern Ladakh
The government has deployed the Marine Commandos in the Pangong Lake area in Eastern Ladakh. The motive of the deployment is to enhance the integration of the three services. The troops have been there for 6 months from both the Army and Air Force.
The Indian Navy has deployed teams of MARCOS in the Wular Lake area of Jammu and Kashmir to handle terrorism. It has also deployed Garuds after the 2016 Pathankot operations. The Garuds earned one Ashok Chakra and 3 Shaurya Chakras for the capability of eliminating the team of terrorists.
India sets up coastal radars to eye on China
India is setting up coastal surveillance radar systems to enhance military diplomacy that will lead to counter Chinese influence and increase in security measures. The radars will also enhance military diplomacy. The coastal surveillance radar systems are capable of detecting any legal activities in the sea.
They have already been installed in Sri Lanka, Seychelles, and Mauritius and will be soon set up in Myanmar, Maldives, and Bangladesh.
India is looking to enhance its support to friendly countries under the program called SAGAR, Security and Growth for All in the Region.
Deployment of Chinese research vessels is increasing in the Indian Ocean region. It is a matter of strategic concern for India.
Indian Navy’s international outreach is also growing. Indian Ocean Region accounts for 75% of the world’s maritime trade.
Sharpening tech focus to boost defence prowess
The final round of the United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Alpha dogfight trials aimed at demonstrating advanced AI algorithms. Technology always plays a crucial role in warfighting. Amid the ongoing China border, adoption of Technology and enhancing the capabilities are highly needed. Another reason for the development of technology is the cost of traditional military platforms. The Indian industry can help in building trusted networks based on indigenous hardware and software systems.
India offered Astra BVR-AAM to Vietnam to equip on Su-27 and Su-30 fleet
India has offered Vietnam its indigenously developed Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air to air missile (BVRAAM) to equip it on Sukhoi 30 MK2 fighter fleet and the older Su-27 fleet.
The offer was made in a virtual meeting between Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and General Ngo Xuan Lich.
India has assured Vietnam to help it in its modernisation of the armed forces and to enhance maritime capabilities. It will train its pilots and its aircrew for the maintenance of Russian-made Su-30 jets.
Vietnam is excited to acquire military equipment including the BrahMos, Dhruv helicopters, and India’s Akash defence system. But deals have not been yet materialised because of funding and other reasons.
The Indian firm is constructing 12 high-speed patrol boats, and more Naval boats are expected for the Vietnam Border Guard.
Successful completion of sea trials of ALH Mk-III
The RWR&DC has successfully carried out the third oversea trials of ALH Mk-III wheel variant at Coast Guard Air Station Chennai. The flight continued flying for day and night.
3 coast guard ships Abheek, Sujay, and Priyadarshini with sailing team participated to support in the trials. The generated data through flight testing will be used for completing the certification of 19 new systems fitted on ALH Mk-III.
UAE urged for long-pending carbine deal under Make in India
The United Arab Emirates has pushed for the long-pending carbine deal for 93,895 Close Quarter Battle Carbines for the Indian Army during the recent visit of S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister. The deal is pitched under the Make in India initiative, and it is now in progress. UAE envoy conveyed its commitment to India by meeting with General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff. It is the first time that India being one of the largest importers of defence equipment will be using weapons from the UAE.
The delivery of 72,400 American SiG 716 G2 battle rifles has been completed, and the Indian Army is moving ahead with the order for another 72,000 rifles.
The contract earlier did not proceed because of costs and complaints from the bidders.
In 2011, the global tender for the procurement of 44618 CQB Carbines issued.
Global Terrorism Index 2020: South Asia most impacted and India 8th most affected country
South Asia has been the most impacted region by terrorism, recording the highest deaths for the second year in a row. India ranked eighth with a score of 7.353 on the index. Afghanistan reported being the most impacted area among 163 countries and Iraq as the 2nd affected area followed by Nigeria.
Deaths by terrorism were declined in 2019 as compared to 2018.
India reported 558 terrorist attacks recording 277 deaths. The number of deaths in India declined by 20% in 2019. Jammu and Kashmir was the most critical region reporting 165 attacks and 103 deaths.
Afghanistan was the worst hit by the economic cost of terrorism of its GDP with almost 16.7%.
Drone-a-thon 2020: “Made in India” drones revolutionizing several factors
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are used in several sectors such as at weddings for videography, agriculture, mining, healthcare, conservation, and construction etc. The market is expected to touch $885.7 million by 2021 in India.
Dassault Systems have recently hosted a virtual hackathon-“Drone-a-thone: Propelling Sustainability”. It aims at helping entrepreneurs, students, and startups to create the next generation drones powered by the cloud-based platform- the company’s 3DExperience. 21 best ideas have been selected.
Mainly the adoption of drones is observed in agriculture, rural, healthcare, mining and e-commerce in India. Drones revolutionize the way of responding to disasters to save the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers and India’s food security. They deliver accurate and efficient solutions. The drones also help in preparing disaster maps. Moreover, they can locate people who need rescue.
Drones are equipped with technology-enabled devices for mapping, monitoring, and surveillance. The most important part of a drone is its tilt sensors. GPS and magnetic sensors also help in navigating by measuring the location and orientation of the drone.