Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) Current Affairs - 2020

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DRDO develops N99 masks, ventilators and hand sanitizers to help fight against COVID-19

The DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) has been tracking the spread of the COVID-19 virus since it began to spread in China. Now, the organization has developed four items to help India in its “War against Corona”.

Highlights

The DRDO has developed hand sanitizer, ventilators, five-layer masks and body suits.

Hand Sanitizer

Around 4,000 litres of hand sanitizers have been developed for the Indian Armed Forces, Security Corps and Medical corps. The organization has developed 1,500 litres for the Ministry of Defence and 300 litres for the Parliament.

DRDO is to make 20,000 to 30,000 litres of hand sanitizers per day. The cost of the sanitizers is less than Rs 120 per litre

N99 masks

DRDO has developed 5-layer N99 masks. Among the five layers, 2 layers are made of nano mesh. The organization is to manufacture 10,000 such masks a day. The cost of the mask is Rs 70 per piece

Ventilators

The Society for Biomedical Technology programme, operating under DRDO has been modified to fulfil the current needs. The programme will now be deployed to manufacture ventilators. Around 5,000 ventilators are to be produced in the first month. It is then to gradually be increased to 10,000 in the subsequent month.

Body Suits

The body suits developed by DRDO earlier for medical and paramedical staffs for radiological emergencies has now been converted into a full body suit that will help to stop contamination.

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Defence Acquisition Council approves procurement of 83 Tejas Fighter Jets

On March 18, 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of indigenously built 83 Tejas fighter aircrafts for Indian Air Force. The proposal is to be placed under Cabinet Committee on Security. The proposal is considered as a major boost to Make in India.

About the Aircraft

The Light Combat Aircraft LCA-Tejas was designed by the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA). The ADA operates under DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization). It was manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

These aircrafts are expected to be the backbone of Indian Air Force. It is to be noted that India lost the 1962 war with China due to lack of sufficient fighter jets.

Defence Acquisition Council

The Defence Acquisition Council operates under Ministry of Defence and is the highest decision making body. The decisions include on policies, acquisition and capital for the three services. The Minister Defence (currently Shri Rajnath Singh) is the chairman of the council. It was formed in 2001 after Kargil war in 1999.

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