Anti-drone system for armed forces; PM Modi to have a drone as part of his security detail
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has designated Bharat Electronics with the lead agency for the development and production of an anti-drone system for the armed forces.
Anti-drone systems have now become a part of Narendra Modi’s security detail at his residence. And the portable systems will be part of his car cavalcade.
The Pakistan-based terrorists use Chinese made drones capable of carrying 10 kilograms of payload and drugs across the Line of Control. They have launched serial drone sorties to deliver weapons and drugs to the military in the border state. But DRDO has also successfully developed anti-drone technology to disable or shoot down the enemy drones.
The Indian private sector and the security agencies have also been developing an anti-drone system. The system has been tested along the Line of Control. It is capable of repelling the aerial threat.
India and Italy defines the working plan for the next 5 years
HE Vincenzo de Luca, the Italian Ambassador, desires to renew Indo-Italian bilateral relations. According to him, India is a worldwide player in terms of economic development. The recent virtual summit between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Conte is a milestone. They shared bilateral issues and concerns over regional and global matters. They committed to strengthen cooperation and co-ordinate closely at the multilateral level. In the 2016-2019 period, Italian exports to India increased by 22.28%.
The main areas of collaboration between Italy and India are focused on infrastructure, health, food, green economy, lifestyle, and advanced manufacturing. The agriculture-related industries are vital for India, and Italy has technological expertise in the same field.
India needs to set the aim of strengthening the image of Italy as the manufacturer of products and cultural universe of values in the country.
Moreover, the sector of digital tools is also flourishing in India, and the Indian market has 629 million mobile internet users and 140 million online customers. The relationship in the post-covid-19 period will depend on reliable global supply chains and enhanced connectivity.
Indian tourists to Italy have also increased in recent years as Italy Consulates issued 1,40,000 tourist visas to Indians.
India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka agree to expand intelligence sharing
India, Maldives and Sri Lanka have agreed to expand intelligence sharing at the 4th national security advisor trilateral meeting. The meet took place in Colombo. The issues on which the countries will share intelligence are extremism, terrorism, human trafficking, drugs, money laundering, radicalisation, and effects of climate change on the maritime environment.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval represented India. Defence Minister Mariya Didi and Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne represented the Maldives and Sri Lanka, respectively.
The meeting also concluded with the decision of holding the deputy NSA level meetings two times a year to increase cooperation. Also, a joint statement was issued by the three countries. It is focused on promoting cooperation in the Indian Ocean region on the issues related to maritime security.