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.

Conference on Defence Manufacturing Technologies and Aerospace inaugurated

On July 15, 2020, the Union Minister of State for Defence Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated the conference on Defence Manufacturing Technologies and Aerospace.

Highlights

The conference is being held to promote Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and Make in India initiative. The conference is held under the theme

Theme: Empowering India with Atma Nirbhar Bharat Mission

The event was jointly organized by Tamil Nadu Technology Development Promotion Centre, Confederation of Indian Industry and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers

Significance

The conference will help India achieve its defence target of 26 billion USD of domestic production by 2025.

Background

The Defence industry in the country has grown at 9.7% between 2008 and 2016. Currently, the defence industry is of 42.83 billion USD in 2017-18. It is estimated to reach around 70 billion USD by 2030.

Why Tamil Nadu?

The Technology promotion centre of Tamil Nadu participated as one of the two defence industrial corridors of the country is located in the state. The other is located in Uttar Pradesh.

DAC: Powers delegated to process urgent capital acquisition up to Rs 300 crores

On July 15, 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) empowered the Indian Armed Forces to decide on urgent capital acquisitions up to Rs 300 crores. The DAC was chaired by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Highlights

The step of DAC will help Indian Armed Forces to meet their emergent operational requirement. The decision comes during an era when India-China stand-off is in its highest in decades.

Significance

The DAC was held as there is need to strengthen armed forces in Eastern Ladakh. War waging equipment and 1000s of troops have been stationed along the border as talks are taking place to defuse tensions.

Recent developments

Earlier in July 2020, the DAC approved procurement of cruise missile system and long-range land attack missiles with a range of 1,000 km. Also, DAC approved procurement of 33 frontline fighter aircrafts and Astra missiles at a cost of Rs 38,900 crores. The 33 fighter aircrafts include 12 Su-30 MKI and 21 MiG-29.

Also, in June 2020, the GoI granted financial powers up to Rs 500 crores per project to acquire ammunition and weapons.