Current Affairs – August, 2018

India’s first interstate connected wind power project commissioned in Bhuj

126 MW wind power capacity, part of India’s first inter-state transmission system (ISTS) auction, was commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat. It was part of India’s first ISTS auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) in February 2017.

Key Facts

This was bid for projects to be connected on ISTS wherein power generated from one state (renewable resource rich state) can be transmitted to other renewable deficient states. The energy generated from this project is being purchased by Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The first auction signifies major shift from earlier regime of state-specific feed-in-Tariff (FiT) model to Pan-India, market-driven mechanism. It also marks beginning of capacity additions in wind power based on market discovered tariffs, in line with the Government’s plan of having 175 GW renewable energy by 2022.

DAC approves procurement of Vertically Launched Short Range Missile Systems

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement of 14 Vertically Launched Short Range Missile Systems. Of these, 10 systems will be indigenously developed and remaining four will be imported. These missile systems will help boost self-defence capability of ships against anti-ship missiles. DAC is Union Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body on capital procurement of Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force). It is chaired by Defence Minister.

Vertically Launched Missile Systems (VLS)

VLS is advanced system for holding and firing missiles on mobile naval platforms, such as surface ships and submarines. Each vertical launch system consists of number of cells, which can hold one or more missiles ready for firing. Typically, each cell can hold number of different types of missiles, allowing ship flexibility to load best set for any given mission.