Brahmos test-fired at almost three times speed of sound with homemade parts
A version of the Brahmos Supersonic Cruise missile has been fitted with the human booster and airframe. They flew straight after blasting off. Brahmos has test-fired at almost three times the speed of sound due to homemade components.
It has been launched from the integrated test range in Odisha Balasore and the missile can be used for the destroying of key warships. The missile has a 290 km range with supersonic speed ensuring load dispersion of targets non-interception of any weapon system and quicker engagement time.
Discussion between India and China on foreign ministers’ 5 point agenda
Senior diplomats from India and China are discussing foreign ministers 5 point agenda to resolve border tensions via video link under the working mechanism for consultation and coordination. This WMCC meeting is 6th virtual meeting. Their discussion was aimed at maintaining proper distance between troops of the two sides, quick engagement, work on confidence-building measures and following all the protocols and agreements on border management.
Rs 125 crores to build light combat helicopter
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has achieved 300th Dhruv advanced light helicopter for the military and has conducted the beginning of the first light combat helicopter as a series producing for the Indian Air Force. 14 years later by the sanctioning of LCH projects, HAL has decided Dhruv 15 Limited series production LCH with Rs 125 crores per helicopter. The cost is the one-third of each of the Apaches attack helicopters. But the military has not signed the contract yet though HAL has started with its own funds. During the demonstration, LCH took off at altitudes of 5000 metres with weaponry for combat missions and sufficient fuel. It has a self-sealing fuel tank to cover the bullet holes through a rubber compound. It can also detect enemy missiles.
India’s policy on arms procurement
On 28 September 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has come up with a New Defence Acquisition Procedure as revising norms that were issued in 2016.
Now Indian vendors would reserve many categories of arms. The sophisticated gallery would still be from a foreign supplier in telling technology transfer and local manufacturing. The offset policy was to capture the sizeable chunk of every foreign contract that was awarded by the country but it did not meet its expectations and many drawbacks were there including 30% stipulation. However, without offset streams with clean purchase process can lower the risk of big-ticket deals. There would not be any delay in fulfilling the demand of armed forces and there would be flexibility to lease military equipment.
New Defence Acquisition Procedure
Rajnath Singh Defence Minister has released New Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 by clicking the new version of the defence procurement policy. It has new guidelines for the ministry of defence for the procedure of acquiring weapons and types of equipment. It ends difference of sets by government deals resultant, single vendor details, and intergovernmental agreements. Rajnath Singh also introduced ‘Buy(global manufacturer in India)’. As off the shelf products make no benefit to Indian firms, the case is India bought 5 S-400 missile systems worth $5.43 billion from the Russia and Britain C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift aircraft from the US worth $4 billion.
India is planning to spend $130 billion on military modernization.