9 countries interested in acquisition of DRDO-developed Akash air defence missile system
According to the government sources, nine friendly nations from Southeast Asia and Africa have shown interest in the acquisition of the Akash air defence missile system developed by DRDO. After a getting a clearance by the Union Cabinet, the opportunities of exporting the weapon system to these countries will be explored by a public sector unit under Defence Ministry, they added.
With an aim of achieving the target of USD 5 billion of defence export and to improve strategic relations with friendly foreign countries the Cabinet approved the export of Akash Missile System.
Akash is a Surface-to-Air Missile and has a range of 25 kilometres. The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted the missile in 2014 in and in 2015 it was inducted by the Indian Army.
Besides Akash many friendly nations have shown their interest in other major platforms like Coastal Surveillance System Radars and Air platforms. A Committee comprising of Raksha Mantri, Minister of External Affairs and National Security Advisor has been created to provide faster approvals for export of such platforms, according to a release by the Ministry of Defence.
Indigenously developed three sets of 10-metre short span bridges inducted by Indian Army
The Indian Army has inducted three sets of 10-metre short span bridges which were formally handed over at the Talegaon facility of Larsen and Toubro Limited yesterday, in continuation of efforts towards Atmanirbharta and in close collaboration with the private players and DRDO.
The important requirement of providing mobility to own forces by faster bridging of gaps during operations will be met by the equipment.
This accomplishment will lead the way for the armed forces to wean away from foreign manufactured equipment as the Bridge is indigenously designed, developed and delivered as per schedule.
Concerted efforts were put in by all the stakeholders to overcome challenges and realise the Make in India initiative of the Government which aims to ensure self-sufficiency and self-reliance in meeting the defence needs of the Indian Army.