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Defence Ministry approved procurement of 5,100 crores of hardware

On January 22, 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the Procurement of defence equipment that are of worth Rs 5,100 crores. The equipment are to be purchased from indigenous sources.

Highlights

The equipment to be purchased include electronic Warfare systems that are manufactured by DRDO. It also includes other equipment that are manufactured by local Indian industries.

Also, the council approved the shortlist of Indian Strategic Partners. They will collaborate with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to construct six submarines. According to the approval, the private firms are to be pulled in partnership with the OEMs.

The Council also approved the inclusion of iDEX (Innovations Defence Exellence) in Defence Procurement Procedure.

iDEX

Innovations for Defence Exellence was launched in April 2018 to foster technology development in Defence and Aerospace. It is being funded by Defence Innovation Organization that was formed by HAL And BEL. Apart from funding the DIO will also provide policy guidance to iDEX.

Defence Acquisition Council

The Council was formed based on recommendations made by Group of Ministers on “Reforming the National Security System”. The Group was formed after Kargil war, 2001. Defence Minister is the Chairman of the council.

The Council approves acquisition proposals, transfer of technology decisions, field trial evaluation, decisions of offset provisions that are above Rs 300 crores.

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Start Up India-first time in Republic Parade; Indian Navy

The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) operating under Ministry of Commerce and Industry is to showcase tableau on Start Up India at the Republic Day Parade to be held at Rajpath, New Delhi. The tableau is to be held under the theme

Theme: Reach for the sky

This is the first time Start Up India is participating at the Parade.

Highlights

The following are to be represented at the parade

  • The Tableau will showcase the stages of life cycle of a start-up
  • The front of the tableau depicts creative mind, middle represents kinds of support that are being provided to start ups by the GoI and wheel will depict sectors of Indian Economy that have driven growth employment generation.
  • The Map of India is to represent the spread of start-up India scheme

According to DPIIT, around 26,000 startups have been recognized. It has reached 551 districts in 28 states. Today, the startup initiative attracts global investments and has created more than 2,91,000 jobs.

Indian Navy

The Indian Navy is to showcase its tableau at the Republic Day parade under the theme

Theme: Indian Navy-Silent, Strong and Swift

It is with the same theme the Indian Navy week was celebrated. It will showcase the fire power of Navy in all three dimensions namely sub-surface, surface and air. The Kalvari class submarine, Harpoon missiles, MiG 29K fighter jets are to be part of the Tableau.

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