DRDO successfully test-fired SMART
After successfully test-firing the laser-guided anti-tank missile from MBT Arjun, DRDO has flight-tested another missile called supersonic missile assisted release of Torpado “SMART” on Oct 5, 2020. It will strengthen India’s Anti-submarine warfare capabilities. DRDO received many accolades for its discovery of this “technology breakthrough”.
India discussing acquisition of Sprut light tanks with Russia
India is discussing with Russia about acquiring newly developed Sprut SDM1 light tanks. These are to deploy in high altitude areas such as along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh after the registered presence of Indian deployments at the LIC thanks to border standoffs with China. The Sprut SDM1 matches with T72 and T90s operated by India, so it would not take much time to become operational.
The government had given approvals for emergency financial recruitment of lightweight tanks, but final discussions on the contract are to be concluded yet.
The tanks are yet under trials in Russia, but they can be tested in India as well. They can be transported through the air.
India China crisis results in Pakistan fate at FATF Meet
Pakistan is in the “grey list” of the FATF because it could not fulfil 5 targets as per the 27-point action plan given to Islamabad. NI provided information about the charge of 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack on JeM chief Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar. Pakistan is also supporting the terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed as China has deepened its relations with Pakistan and is on the standoff with India. China’s relationship with Pakistan while India China crisis would help Pakistan to come out of the grey list in the upcoming plenary of the Paris based financial action task force (FATF), to be held from 21 to 23 October. Pakistan needs three entries to ward off the risk of being in the blacklist in which the entries would be of China, Turkey, and Malaysia.
Signing BECA Pact with the US will help India to improve the accuracy of Indian missiles
Indian and the United States are going to hold 2 + 2 dialogue in New Delhi on 26-27 October. Will take place ahead of the US presidential election where Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and India’s foreign minister Jaishankar will meet the Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and US secretary Mike Pompey. 2 countries may sign the basic exchange and cooperation agreement (BECA). It will improve the accuracy of standoff weapons- Indian ballistic missiles and cruise. It has already signed three agreements for improvement of military cooperation.
Finalisation of coastal shipping agreement by India
Indian Army chief general MM Naravane and foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla finalised cost of shipping agreement with Myanmar on 5th of October. The contract was signed in a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi. The agreement is for the launch of the Kaladan multi-modal project. Amid India China crisis, the deal will strengthen security ties between the two countries.