- DRDO provides two choices to develop an Indian light tank
In July 2020, the Indian Defence Ministry emphasized the need for the purchase of light tanks to counter possible attacks by the Chinese troops. To avoid the costly import of light tanks, DRDO suggested two plans to manufacture indigenous light tanks that can be used in mountains and jungle terrain.
One option is to create a 34-35-tonne tank and fit 105mm John Cockerill turret onto a K-9 Vajra hull and power it using a 1,000 hp MTU engine.
The other option is to use the gun turret of the T-90S Bhishma tank along with the K-9 Vajra hull and power it using a 1,000 hp MTU engine.
- India expecting a net turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore in defense manufacturing by 2025
By 2025, the Indian Government is expecting a massive turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore in defense manufacturing and sees this sector as a potential economy-booster.
The Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 has set an export target of $5 billion in the aerospace and defense goods and services in the upcoming five years. The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, implemented several measures for the defense sector in May 2020.
DRDO believes that either of these tanks will be helpful for the Indian army in comparison to what the Ministry of Defence is planning to buy- the Russian Sprut SDM1.
- 5th round of the corps commander talks over
The China Study Group had a meeting on Monday evening to analyze the outcome of the 5th round of corps commanders-level talks between India and China.
The discussion continued for ten- and half-an-hour hours on Sunday regarding the disengagement in Pangong Tso in the Eastern Ladakh area.
- Brigadier Saurabh Singh Shekhawat asks THE WEEK for apologies
THE WEEK published an article on March 14, with the title ‘Victimized decorated Colonel Saurabh Singh Shekhawat promoted after two years of wait.’ Brigadier Sourabh Singh pinpointed several mistakes in the article and asked THE WEEK to apologize for the same.
He marked the following faults in the article – the basis of the article is inaccurate, robust redressal mechanism of the army, and effect of the article on his service in the army.
- Formers Air Chiefs weigh in on the Rafale
Air Chief Marshal (retired) Arup Raha, under whose tenure the Rafale deal was signed, told that the Rafale would enhance the capability of IAF. He also added that India would need at least 126 combat jets as envisaged earlier. The Rafale jets will also strengthen the deterrence value.
Former Chief of Air Staff Fali Homi Major and Former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa also had a similar say regarding the Rafale jets.