Ministry of Defence Current Affairs

Union Defence Ministry elevates Dr. P Sivakumar as Distinguished Scientist

Dr. P Sivakumar has been elevated as Distinguished Scientist with immediate effect by the Union Defence Ministry Ministry.

He has been promoted in recognition of his diligence and dedication in self-reliance effort for defence combat vehicle systems and sub-systems

Presently, he is serving as Director of Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Avadi, Tamil Nadu. He has been instrumental in developing various critical systems for the Indian armed forces.

He had worked for more than two decades in Design and Development of Transmission systems for tracked and wheeled vehicles application.

He was also involved in development of various products for Indian defence industry including the Carrier Command Post Tracked Vehicle, Arjun MBT Mark-II, unmanned ground vehicles.

He is fellow of National Academy of Engineering and has been awarded with Scientist of the Year Award 2010 of DRDO for his active role in the Arjun MBT project management.


DAC gives nod to MCMV project

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 28 February 2015 gave approval for afresh Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) project worth over Rs 32,000 crore.

This decision was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

MCMV project will built specialized vessels for the Indian Navy as per Make in India policy at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer. These ships will weigh around 600 to 1,000 tonnes and will be used to dismantle antiship mines.

DAC also gave approval for

  • Buying one C-130J medium transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a cost of Rs. 530 crore. This aircraft will replace a C-130 J which had crashed in 2014 near Gwalior.
  • Buying 38 more Pilatus trainer aircraft from Switzerland a cost of Rs. 1,500 crore. These trainer aircraft will train IAF fighter pilots.

It should be noted that DAC is the apex body for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.