Defence Current Affairs

Defence Current Affairs of 2018-19 related to India’s Defence, Indian Armed Forces, Defence Production, Defence Acquisition and related matters for SSC, States Civils, UPSC and Other Competitive Examinations.

DRDO tests QRSAM (missile) successfully

On December 23, 2019, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) test fired the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) successfully. The test was conducted at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.

Highlights

The missile was tested in its deployment mode. It intercepted a target in mid-air meeting the mission’s objectives successfully. The entire launch was monitored by Range radar systems, ground telemetry systems and electro optical tracking system.

The weapon system of the missile that was tested has active array battery surveillance radar, automated command and control system, active array battery multifunction radar. The system is mounted with 2 radars that provide 360-degree coverage.

The missile was also designed with single stage propulsion, a navigation system with 2-way data link that were developed by DRDO.

QRSAM

The QRSAM is a missile developed by DRDO along with Bharat Electronics Limited for the Indian army. In 2007, the proposal of QRSAM was launched as a replacement for Osa-AK and Kvadrat missile systems. The first testing of QRSAM was conducted in 2017.

Previously, the QRSAM missile testing was conducted in August 2019.

India-China discuss border issues in New Delhi

On December 21, 2019, Indian and Chinese representatives met in New Delhi for the 22nd time to discuss the border issued between the countries. This is the first meeting of the representatives since the second informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi Jingping that was held at Chennai in October 2019.

Highlights

India and China agreed to intensify their efforts in order to achieve reasonable solution to boundary problems. Also, the countries recognized the importance of Confidence Building Measures in order to promote communication between the border personnel.

Significance

The India-china border dispute is in Aksai region in the western end and at the McMahon Line one the eastern side. The countries held 21st round of talks at Chengdu in China in 2018. The Special Representatives talks are given utmost importance by both the countries as it involves highest officials. It is also important the forum discusses common issues of the countries along with border issues.