Defence Research and Development Organisation Current Affairs - 2019

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MoU signed to set up Kalam Centre for Science and Technology at CUJ

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Central University of Jammu (CUJ) for the establishment of Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at the university. The MoU was signed in presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Key Highlights of MoU

MoU Objective: To undertake as well as facilitate multidisciplinary directed basic and applied research and technology development in identified research verticals. These research verticals would be namely- Computational System Security and Sensors.

Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST):

It will be a world-class centre that will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment leading to increase in research scholars in these areas.

The centre will be a national asset and will contribute towards making India stronger and prosperous.

The DRDO under Union Ministry of Defence will be establishing a high-end research centre to promote quality research which in long run will create a pool of scientists from this region.

About Central University of Jammu (CUJ)

It is a Central government-funded university and was established under Central Universities Act 2009.

It was founded with the vision to contribute knowledge and technology innovation to the country and the world.

DRDO conducts all 5 successful trials of Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) ‘Astra’ from Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha. These trials were held from 16-19 September 2019 and were conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) against Jet Banshee target aircraft simulating all possible threat scenarios.

Key Highlights

The 5 trials conducted during 16-19 September tested missiles in different configurations and all the subsystems performed accurately met all mission parameters and objectives.

During the trial campaign, 3 missiles were launched in combat configuration with warhead and manoeuvring targets were neutralized to establish the end game capability of missile. The trials also included a direct hit of the target by telemetered missile at maximum range.

The missile has completed the user trial phase of weapon system successfully.

The present flight trials have proved the end to end performance of missile system in various combat scenarios thus giving greater confidence to users.

The 5 successful trials of Astra will culminate into induction of missile system into Indian Air Force (IAF), which will certainly be a force multiplier considering its accuracy and effectiveness in neutralizing aerial threats.


It is a state-of-the-art BVRAAM. It has range of more than 100 kms.

It also has modern guidance and navigation techniques.

The missile has midcourse guidance and Radio Frequency (RF) seeker based terminal guidance to achieve target destruction with pin point accuracy.

It has been developed by DRDO, together with Indian Air Force (IAF). Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played a major role in modifying aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building Astra weapon system.