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

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PM Modi: 5 DRDO laboratories dedicated to nation

On January 2, 2020, PM Modi will dedicate five DRDO laboratories to the country. The laboratories are for young scientists to boost their research capabilities.

Highlights

PM Modi will inaugurate the laboratories during his 2-day visit to Bengaluru. The labs will act as a platform to identify young scientists up to the age of 35 years. DRDO will also exhibit some of its innovative products to the PM during his visit. The event is to be conducted at the Aeronautical Development Establishment, DRDO. During the event PM will also release the fourth instalments of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. The scheme was launched at national level based upon the success of Rythu Bandhu scheme in Telangana.

Significance

The laboratories involving young scientists will ensure that India remains forefront in advancements in the domain.

DRDO

There are over 52 Defence Research Development Organization Laboratories in the country. They are engaged in fields such as developing missiles, aeronautics, armaments, land combating engineering, etc. The organization operates under Ministry of Defence.

The aim of the organization is to reduce the reliance of India on defence imports. Today India imports over 45% to 50% of its defence products.

There are numerous successful DRDO products being used by Indian military. It includes LCA Tejas fighter jets, Nag Missile, Brahmos missile, ASTRA, ASAT, Electronic Warfare Technologies, etc.

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DRDO tests QRSAM (missile) successfully

On December 23, 2019, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) test fired the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) successfully. The test was conducted at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.

Highlights

The missile was tested in its deployment mode. It intercepted a target in mid-air meeting the mission’s objectives successfully. The entire launch was monitored by Range radar systems, ground telemetry systems and electro optical tracking system.

The weapon system of the missile that was tested has active array battery surveillance radar, automated command and control system, active array battery multifunction radar. The system is mounted with 2 radars that provide 360-degree coverage.

The missile was also designed with single stage propulsion, a navigation system with 2-way data link that were developed by DRDO.

QRSAM

The QRSAM is a missile developed by DRDO along with Bharat Electronics Limited for the Indian army. In 2007, the proposal of QRSAM was launched as a replacement for Osa-AK and Kvadrat missile systems. The first testing of QRSAM was conducted in 2017.

Previously, the QRSAM missile testing was conducted in August 2019.

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