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

DRDO develops 1000 Bed Hospital for Treatment of COVID-19 patients in 12 Days, Wards Named after Indian Army Soldiers

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established a 1000 bed facility in 12 days adjacent to the office of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) on Ulan Bator Road near Domestic Terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The facility will be providing treatment and care for the COVID-19 positive patients. On 5th July 2020, Rajnath Singh (Union Defence Minister) Dr Harsh Vardhan (Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare) and Amit Shah (Union Home Minister) visited the facility for reviewing the preparedness.

The facility is named Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital.

About the Facility

Along with Tata Sons Private Limited, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital is developed by DRDO. The facility is set up in the land belonging to the Indian Air Force. The facility is set up at about 25,000 square metres of land and will have separate blocks for patients and healthcare workers. Apart from this a testing laboratory and a pharmacy have also been set up in the facility.

Team of doctors, nurses, healthcare staff and other support staff at the facility will be from Armed Forces Medical Services.

The facility has a total of 1000 beds for patients out of which 250 are Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.

Wards named after Indian Army Soldiers

The wards at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital are named after the Indian Army Soldiers who have lost their lives on 15th June 2020 during the violent clash at Galwan Valley with the Chinese.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the ventilator ward is named after Indian Armed Forces Commissioned Officer Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu.

Indigenously Developed Torpedo Decoy System Inducted by Indian Navy

The Indian Navy has inducted an Indigenously developed Maareech capable Advanced Torpedo Decoy System on 26th June 2020. The induction has provided a huge boost to the Indian Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities.

What is Torpedo Defence System?

A Torpedo is a self-propelled underwater missile that can be launched from a surface vessel, submarine, and airplane. During a Torpedo attack, the Torpedo Defence System helps in detecting a torpedo and further applying countermeasures that are required for the protection of the naval platform.

Trails with Prototype

The prototype of the Anti-Torpedo Decoy System had successfully completed the trails. During the evaluation trials, the features demonstrated by the prototype has been as per the Qualification Requirements set by the Naval Staff.

Design and Development

Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL) and Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) are two laboratories of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The Anti-Torpedo Decoy System has been designed and developed at these laboratories of DRDO.


The production of the Anti-Torpedo Decoy System will be undertaken by Bengaluru headquartered state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

Boost to Make-in-India

The successful induction of the Anti-Torpedo Decoy System has provided a massive boost to the Make-in-India initiative. The success of the Indigenously developed Defence Technology will act as a confidence-building measure for the entire domestic Defence Industry of the country, which further will help in building an AtmaNirbhar Bharat.