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.

IWI ‘ARAD’ and ‘CARMEL’ Rifles to be Manufactured in India’s Madhya Pradesh by PLR

The Israel Weapon Industries (IWI- Formerly owned by the Israel Government, was privatized in 2005 ) Assault Riffle’s- Arad and Carmel will be manufactured at the PLR Systems Private Ltd (PLR- Precise Lethal Reliable) in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district. This will be a major boost to the domestic small arms industry and as well as the Make in India initiative.

Both IWI Carmel Assault Rifle and Arad Assault Rifle was a caliber 5.56 X 45 mm, Carmel Assault Rifle has a Rate of Fire (RPM) in between 700-1000 rounds per min.

 PLR Systems Private Limited (PLR)

PLR is an Indian Joint Venture Company with the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) and is also the First Private Sector Small Arms Manufacturing Plant to be established in India. The PLR manufacturing facility is located at Malanpur Industrial Area of Bhind district. The facility was inaugurated on 4th May 2017. To date for the Indian Armed Forces, PLR has manufactured Small Arms and Ammunition such as TAVOR Assault Rifle, X95 Assualt Riffle, NEGEV Light Machine Gun (World’s Lightest Assault Machine Gun), GALIL Sniper Rifle and UZI Sub Machine Gun.

Boeing Completes Delivery of 37 Military Helicopters to India

The United States-based multinational Aerospace Company- Boeing had completed the delivery of all 37 Military Helicopter in the month of June 2020 that were ordered by the Defence Ministry for the Indian Armed Forces in 2015. This was informed by Boeing through a news release statement on their website on 10th July 2020.

Out of the 37 Military Helicopter- 22 were AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 15 were CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift Helicopter. The last five of the 22 Apache Helicopters were delivered in June 2020 to the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station in Hindan while the delivery of Chinook Helicopters was completed in the month of March 2020.

Background

On 22nd September 2015, the Union Cabinet Committee on Security had approved the procurement of the 37 Military Helicopters from Boeing.  A week later on 29th September 2015, the contract for the purchase of the 37 Military Helicopters was signed.

The contract has a follow on orders clause as per which apart from the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook, India can place an order for 11 more AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 7 additional CH-47F(I) Chinook Military Helicopters.

New Helicopters Deal Signed in February 2020

During the visit of the United States President to India in February 2020, a combine USD 3 billion deal has been signed for the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopter(built by Lockheed Martin’s subsidiary company-Sikorsky Aircraft) for the Indian Navy at USD 2.6 billion and another 6 AH-64E Apache Military Helicopters.