India’s Plan to develop a Hypersonic Cruise Missile
Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) by DRDO has been tested recently. What attracted the attention was how maturely the indigenous scramjet engine has grown. This takes it into the second phase of the test, that has been scheduled to happen in 2021. The locally developed scramjet engine demonstrated over 20 seconds in flight sustained hypersonic combustion where it achieved over 2km per second speed, where it roughly covered nearly 40km in Mach 6 speed. For taking HSTDV to the necessary altitude, Agni I solid rocket has been used. DRDO also has plans to develop BrahMos-2 with Russia using 3M22 Zircon/SS-N-33 as a base for a new Anti-Ship Hypersonic Cruise Missile but presently focus is to bump the speed of the existing BrahMos missiles and develop BrahMos-NG for the Indian Air force.
DRDO’s plan of DEWs
A National programme on directed energy weapons (DEWs) such as high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves is being planned out by The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This has been considered really important for the wars in near future. The national programme is going to witness short, medium- and long-term targets, with the ultimate goal of producing various DEW forms of up to 100 kw capacity in cooperation with the domestic production. These indigenous systems, however, are extremely modest compared to the much more powerful DEWs developed by countries like the US, Russia, China, Germany and Israel to destroy multiple drones, vehicles and boats.
France’s support to Athens
Amidst the Rafale dogfight and increasing tensions between Greece and Turkey, France has reportedly chosen to help Athens by equipping them with 18 Dassault Rafale fighter jets to fight its Mediterranean neighbours. If reports are to be believed, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantoms.
Just for a recap, Rafale made it also to the news, when New Delhi received its first batch in July and formally inducted them last week in the Air Force Station, Ambala.
China heavily trolled due to the misfire
The longstanding LAC stand-off in Ladakh has increased the tension between India and China. In the middle of this, the editor of Global Times, which has acted as a mouthpiece of the CCP. Hu Xijin attempts often to stare daggers in India, even as the mouthpiece media itself is belligerent and posturing the same way. The Chinese puppet often tends to be threatening, peddling misleading news and bragging about just the Chinese PLA, but is mostly trolled by the Indians. This particular time, furthermore, a video emerged on social networking sites showing how a Chinese military official struggled to load and fire a powerful RPG launcher firearm.
Status quo on LAC
To ease the tension between two countries, both the countries’ Foreign Ministers met in Moscow on September 10 and agreed on a five-point solution pertaining to which there has been a freeze on all movements near the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The agreement has been signed with the motive to maintain peace and tranquility.