Defence Current Affairs 2017

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Tata, Boeing ink Strategic framework Agreement in lines with Make in India

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and US-based aircraft maker Boeing have signed a strategic framework agreement for aerospace and defence manufacturing.

The agreement was signed by Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO of TASL and Shelley Lavender, President of Boeing Military Aircraft in lines with Make in India in Hyderabad, Telangana.

As per agreement, both companies will collaborate in the sphere of aerospace and defence manufacturing along with exploring the potential of developing integrated systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

With this Boeing for the first time will develop high-end aerospace and defence sector technology in India, which will cater to the global markets.

Presently, TASL has a big aircraft manufacturing footprint in various companies like Adibatla Aerospace and Precision Engineering Park in Hyderabad. It is has a couple of Joint Ventures (JV) including in Tata Sikorsky Aerospace and Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures.


Union Government clears defence proposals worth Rs 30,000 crore

Union Government has cleared worth over 30,000 crore rupees for buying four more P81 long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the navy and to replace army’s 60s vintage air defence guns.

Decision in this regard by was taken by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Major approvals are

  • Acceptance of necessity (AON) to replace L70 and Zu 23mm guns for Indian Army’s air defence under Buy-and-Make category. In this regard army will buy 428 guns at a total cost of 16,900 crore rupees.
  • Acquisition of 4 more P81 aircraft at a cost of 4,380 crore rupees. These aircrafts are based on the Boeing next-generation 737 commercial airplane.
  • Upgradation of weapon and sensor suite of the Delhi and Talwar class ships at a cost of 2,900 crore rupees. Besides, new radars, six ships will see new surface-to-air missile system will be bought from Russia.
  • 23 Combat Management Systems at a cost of 624 crore rupees will be purchased for the navy for installation on smaller ships.


Nag anti-tank missile tested from helicopter platform

Indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missile was successfully tested from a helicopter platform.

Test: During the test, three-round trial of helicopter-launched Nag (HeliNa) missile were conducted at a Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The two of the trials successfully had hit the target while one had reportedly missed the target.

Facts about Nag anti-tank guided missile

  • Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.
  • Operational range: 500m to 4km (Land version), 7-10km (Air-launched).
  • Guidance system: Incorporated with advance Active Imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker.
  • Earlier successful trials of this third generation missile were conducted from the Pokhran firing range and Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
  • Once inducted into the Armed Forces, it will be integrated with the weaponised version of the Dhruv, an advanced light helicopter (ALH).