Defence Current Affairs - 2020
On June 15, 2020, the Swedish think-tank launched the SIPRI Yearbook, 2020.According to the yearbook, India and China have increased their nuclear arsenal as compared to 2019.
The think tank also reports that China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. China and Pakistan as compared to India have more nuclear warheads.
The Think tank has listed the following
- India has 150 nuclear war heads
- China had 290 and Pakistan has around 150 to 160 nuclear war heads.
The report says that India is expanding its nuclear weapon stock pile and nuclear infrastructure. Aircrafts are the most mature component of nuclear strike capability of India. India has assigned 48 nuclear bombs to its aircrafts. India is also developing naval component of its nuclear triad.
The think tank says that China is developing the nuclear triad for the first time. It has made new sea-based missiles and nuclear capable aircrafts. The country has assigned over 240 war heads to operate its land and sea based ballistic missiles. Also, China has adopted a nuclear strategy for its self defence.
Findings of SIPRI
According to SIPRI, the nine major nuclear armed states of the world include US, UK, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, China, North Korea and Israel. These countries together possessed 13,400 nuclear weapons in the beginning of 2020. However, this has decreased to 13,865 nuclear weapons as compared to 2019. Of these 3,720 nuclear weapons are currently deployed and 1,800 are kept in high operational alert.
The reduction in the number of nuclear weapons as compare to 2019 was mainly because of the dismantlement of retired nuclear weapons by Russia and US. US and Russia alone possess 90% of world nuclear weapons.
Tags: Arms Race • Defence • India-US • Military Modernization • Nuclear Triad
The Pune based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed Nano-Technology based disinfectant spray to fight against COVID-19. The spray has been named ANANYA.
The spray can be used by common man, health care workers. Also, the spray can be used on a large-scale use as well. It can be used on masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), elevator buttons, contaminated surfaces such as medical instruments, door knobs, rooms and corridors.
The spray has been prepared based on Nano-Technology assisted formulation. It will not only stop COVID-19 from entering the body but will also kill the virus that comes in direct contact.
About the spray
ANANYA is a water-based spray. It stays effective for 24 hours and is highly effective for more than 24 hours. The spray adheres to fabric, metallic objects and plastics. The toxicity of the spray is negligible to humans. The shelf life of ANANYA spray is more than 6 months.
The Defence Institute of Advance Technology operated under Ministry of Defence. The institute trains officers of Indian Ordnance Factories, Coast Guards, Indian Armed Forces (Air Force, army and Navy). It was established in 1952.
The Defence Minister of the Chancellor of the Institute.