Anti Tank Guided Missile successfully test-fired
On 22nd September, MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar witnessed the success of the test firing of Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). Laser-guided ATGMs lock and track the targets with the help of laser designation to ensure precision hit accuracy. In these tests, the ATGM successfully defeated a target located at 3 km.
The missile has been developed by Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE).
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful test-firing of the Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges while the Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO congratulated DRDO personnel and industry on the successful test firing.
Defence Ministry criticised by the CAG
In 2002, the upgradation of medium-lift Mi-17 Helicopters was proposed to overcome the operational limitation of these helicopters while it could not be achieved even after 18 years.
On Wednesday, the Defence Ministry has been criticised by the National auditor CAG due to the inordinate delays in the upgradation of the medium-lift Mi-17 helicopters of the IAF where the CAG has also observed that, as a result of this delay, the fleet was flying with limited capability, compromising the operational preparedness of the force.
The CAG has also presented a report in the Parliament where it has been stated that 5 6 of these helicopters would be left with less than two years of life after their upgradation as per the delayed delivery time-line.
The CAG also criticised the Indian Air Force for concluding a contract in March 2010 with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the supply of five UAV Rotax engines at an inflated cost of Rs 87.45 lakh per engine.
Indian Navy slammed by CAG
The Indian Navy planned to procure four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) which are used to transport troops, land warfare assets such as tanks, helicopters and vessels into a war zone by sea, however, it failed to conclude this Rs 16,000-crore contract to induct a fleet of amphibious warships even after deciding on the acquisition in 2010. To which, the CAG has strongly slammed.
A report has been submitted by the CAG in the Parliament which states that the Indian Navy hasn’t been able to conclude the contract even after 9 years when it is reeling from a shortage of LPDs.
CAG accuses Rafale makers of not transferring the technology
The national auditor has issued a statement on government’s offset policy for defence procurement and stated that the foreign vendors made various offset commitments to qualify for the main supply contract but later, were not earnest about fulfilling these commitments.
The CAG also referred to Rafale deal and said that DRDO wanted to obtain Technical Assistance for the indigenous development of engine (Kaveri) for the Light Combat Aircraft. Till date, the M/s Dassault Aviation and M/s MBDA have not confirmed the transfer of this technology.
Su-30SM gunned down by the Russian Su-35
On September 22, 2020, Interfax reported that, during a recent close-air-combat training, a Russian Aerospace Forces Su-35S Flanker fighter jet reportedly gunned down a Su-30 Flanker. The authenticity of the news has been given through confirmation about the mishap from the Russian Armed Forces’ Western Military District.
The twin-seat Su-30 is said to have come down in a forest within northwest Russia’s Tver region. Both Su-30 crew members apparently ejected safely before being picked up by a search and rescue helicopter.