HAL Current Affairs - 2020

Defence Ministry approved procurement of 5,100 crores of hardware

On January 22, 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the Procurement of defence equipment that are of worth Rs 5,100 crores. The equipment are to be purchased from indigenous sources.

Highlights

The equipment to be purchased include electronic Warfare systems that are manufactured by DRDO. It also includes other equipment that are manufactured by local Indian industries.

Also, the council approved the shortlist of Indian Strategic Partners. They will collaborate with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to construct six submarines. According to the approval, the private firms are to be pulled in partnership with the OEMs.

The Council also approved the inclusion of iDEX (Innovations Defence Exellence) in Defence Procurement Procedure.

iDEX

Innovations for Defence Exellence was launched in April 2018 to foster technology development in Defence and Aerospace. It is being funded by Defence Innovation Organization that was formed by HAL And BEL. Apart from funding the DIO will also provide policy guidance to iDEX.

Defence Acquisition Council

The Council was formed based on recommendations made by Group of Ministers on “Reforming the National Security System”. The Group was formed after Kargil war, 2001. Defence Minister is the Chairman of the council.

The Council approves acquisition proposals, transfer of technology decisions, field trial evaluation, decisions of offset provisions that are above Rs 300 crores.

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2019

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA 2019) is the fifteenth edition of the Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition. LIMA 2019 was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohammed.

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) provides a platform where industry stakeholders could engage and expand their networks towards forging new partnerships and business agreements.

The insights from round tables and conferences, as well as business forums, offer access to invaluable information that enables businesses to stay ahead of the competition and seize new opportunities in the dynamic market of Asia Pacific. LIMA held biennially since its debut in 1991 is the largest show of its kind within the Asia Pacific region.

Indian Presence in LIMA 2019

INS Kadmatt and India’s indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas are taking part in the LIMA 2019.

INS Kadmatt is an indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette of the Indian Navy. INS Kadmatt s fitted with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and machinery and is also designed to embark the seaking anti-submarine helicopter.

India’s indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas has been manufactured indigenously at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.