Navy Current Affairs - 2019
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Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba inaugurated state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) in New Delhi. The Virtual Reality Centre is expected to provide a major boost to indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy.
Virtual Reality Centre
- The VRC is housed at the Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group).
- It seeks to provide impetus to self-reliance and greater fillip to warship construction under the Make in India initiative of the Indian government.
- The VRC centre will facilitate collaborative design reviews for continuous interaction between designers and end-users to improve design and ergonomics onboard warships.
Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group)
Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group) is a premier organisation for the design of submarines and submersibles. The Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group) undertakes:
- Platform design of underwater vessels- From Concept design to Detailed design.
- Support for indigenous development of submarine systems and equipment.
- Comprehensive design support for project execution.
- Design support for modernization of operational submarines.
The Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group) which made a humble beginning in the 1960s has made major contributions towards indigenous warship design capabilities of the Indian Navy improving self-reliance for warship design and construction.
The Interim Budget 2019 has increased the allocations to the Defence Ministry by 6.87 per cent to Rs 3.18 lakh crore against last year’s allocation of Rs 2.98 lakh crore.
Allocations to Defence Ministry
The Defence Ministry budget outlay includes:
- Of the total allocation of Rs 3.18 lakh crore, Rs 1,08,248 crore has been set aside for capital outlay for the year 2019-2020 to purchase new weapons, aircraft, warships and other military hardware.
- Rs 1,12,079 crore has been set aside for payment of pensions.
- The defence budget is around 1.44 per cent of the GDP.
- Of the total capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore, the Army was granted Rs 29,447 crore, the Navy was given Rs 23,156 crore and the Indian Air Force got an allocation of Rs 39,302 crore.
- The revenue expenditure which includes expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments has been pegged at Rs 2,10,682 crore as against Rs 1,88,118 crore for 2018-19.
- The capital outlay for armed forces is 32.19 per cent of the government’s total capital expenditure of Rs 3,36,293 crore.
The allocation to the defence ministry for capital expenditure is said to be inadequate given the kind of modernisation our armed forces are envisaging.