Missiles Current Affairs - 2020

Sale of Integrated Air Defence Weapon System to India approved by US

On February 11, 2020, United States approved sale of Integrated Air Defence Weapon System to India. The cost of the system is estimated as 1.86 billion USD.

Highlights

India aims to buy Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) from the US in order to modernize its armed forces. It will help India to counter threats posed by air attacks. US President is to visit India between February 23 and February 26, 2020. The countries are expected to seal the deal during his visit.

The IADWS includes Air Defence Weapon System, AMRAAM Missiles, NASAMS-II, surface to air missiles, radars, etc.

NASAMS-II

The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System was developed by USA in partnership with Norway. NASAMS-II is an upgraded version of NASAMS of Norway called Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System.

Significance

It is important for India to modernize its weapon systems. This is because China is undertaking massive military modernization. It is also increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean Region.

DRDO signs agreement with Russia’s Rosoboronexport at the DefExpo, 2020

On February 7, 2020, DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) signed an agreement with Rosobornexport of Russia. According to the agreement the defence organization will develop Advanced Pyrotechnic Ignition Systems for missile propulsion

Highlights

The agreement was signed with the HEMRL (High Energy Materials Research Laboratory) of DRDO. HEMRL is working towards the development of spectrum of high energy materials that are required for rockets, missiles and guns.

Rosoboronexports

The Rosoboronexports is the intermediary agency for imports and exports of defence goods and technologies of Russia. It was founded in 2000. It implements the Defence Policies of the Russian Government.

India is the major client of the organization. The other leading clients of the organization include Syria, China, Algeria, Vietnam, Iraq and Venezuela. Iraq was the last country that was added to the list.

Rosoboronexports has been added to the Specially Designated Nationals List of US. The list administers and enforces trade sanctions of the US.