BHEL Current Affairs - 2020

India launches 5 portals to boost Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

On July 17, 2020, Government of India announced that five portals are being developed by different organizations to promote innovation in India. This will help boost Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

Highlights

The portals being developed are for specific sectors and are as follows

  • BHEL for power sector
  • CMFTI for manufacturing sector
  • HMT for machine tools
  • ICAT and ARAI for automotive sector.

About the Portals

The portals were launched to bring the problem solvers and solution seekers together. The portal will focus on academia, industry, research institute, startups and experts.

Significance

The portals will help to make their target sectors self-reliant (Atma Nirbhar). The activities in the portal will include the following

  • Research and Development
  • Technological Innovations
  • Manufacturing and Process Technology Development
  • To conduct market research and technology surveys
  • Quality problem resolution

ASPIRE portal

The ASPIRE portal was prepared by ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology). The portal is to be completely functional to host grand challenges and provide elaborate resource databases.

Russia constructs its first Stealth Bomber

Under its Perspective Aviation Complex for Long Range Aviation (PAKDA) programme, Russia has constructed its first Stealth Bomber.

Highlights

Russia is currently modernizing its military at a very fast pace. The Stealth Bomber is one such advancement. The bomber is the second-generation combat aircraft after Sukhoi Su-57 supersonic fighter jet

PAKDA

The Stealth Bomber has been developed under PAKDA programme. The PAKDA programme is to use latest technologies to reduce its radar signature. This will make Russian weapons and bombers invisible to enemies. The first test flight of PAKDA bomber is to be conducted in 2021-22.

India is one of the largest Defence Partners of Russia

India-Russia

India and Russia signed 14 Memorandums of Understanding in February 2020. This was held during Defexpo 2020. This included production of S400 missiles and production of Kamov helicopters and Kalashnikov rifles.

The active participants in the defence deal included HAL, DRDO, BHEL, etc. The deals are set to cross 16 billion USD. India is to buy Ka-226 helicopters from Russia.