Indian Army Current Affairs

DAC approves procurement of upgraded Akash missile system

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman given approval to Indian Army for inducting upgraded variant of indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system. Under this proposal two new two regiments of this missile systems will be procured under ‘Buy (Indian)’ category from Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Indian Army already has inducted two Akash regiments. Induction of upgraded variants will increase total count to four regiments.

Akash Missile

It is short-range mobile surface-to-air missile indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984. It is made by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

It has range of 25 km and can engage multiple targets at time in all-weather conditions. It has capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.

It has large operational envelope, from 30 metre to maximum of 20 km. Each regiment of this missile system consists of six launchers, each having three missiles. It is in operational service with Indian Army and  Indian Air Force.

Upgraded Akash Missile System

The upgraded Akash Missile System will include seeker technology, possess 360 degree coverage and will be of compact configuration with reduced signature. The upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment which will provide protection to vital assets.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018


Cyient JV bags Indian Army order to supply SpyLite mini UAV systems

Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd has bagged order from Indian Army to supply SpyLite mini UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) systems for high altitude aerial surveillance. Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd is joint venture between IT firm Cyient and BlueBird Aero Systems of Israel

SpyLite mini UAV

SpyLite is an advanced, combat-proven, electric fully autonomous mini unmanned aerial system. It is optimized to offer covert, extended range real-time visual intelligence. It is fully autonomous system from launch to accurate parachute recovery. It has capability to deliver enhanced reliability even in severe weather conditions, assuring long endurance and high operational availability.

SpyLite has endurance of 4-5 hours and maximum flight ceiling of 30,000 feet, which makes it ideal for supporting Indian Army operations along border with China as well as on Siachen glacier. Using high-end payloads, it can deliver high-quality day and night videos. It also has low visual and acoustic signature which gives it edge to conduct covert operations.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018