AUGUST 2018 (1-31)

Ballistic Missile Interceptor AAD

DRDO conducted the successful test of the Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
Ballistic Missile Interceptor AAD: It is an endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 kms. Indigenously developed by DRDO, the AAD interceptor is a single-stage missile powered by solid propellants. It has been developed as part of indegenous efforts to have multi-layer ballistic missile defence system, capable of destroying incoming hostile ballistic missiles. It is 7.5 metres tall and weighs around 1.2 tonnes. The interceptor missile has its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars.
The Indian Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Programme is an attempt to develop and to use a multi-layered ballistic missile defence system to protect from ballistic missile attacks. The India’s decision to develop Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) was introduced in the light of the ballistic missile threat mainly from Pakistan, especially can be attributed to the Kargil War in 1999.
Need for BMD: India follows ‘No First Use policy‘. A robust BMD provides an opportunity to the nation to strike back if a nuclear projectile is launched by an enemy state. BMD would shield from non-state actors initiated missile warfare and thus could avoid Mutual Destruction trap. BMD reduces the incentive for the enemy state to launch a nuclear attack, thus enhancing strategic stability. An indigenous system would reduce the import bill of defence systems from other nations. Technology developed for BMD can be used in other sectors, especially in space technology.

Maitree 2018
Exercise Maitree 2018 was held in Thailand. The Exercise Maitree is an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between Royal Thai Army and Indian Army.

Exercise Pitch Black

Exercise Pitch Black 2018 was held at RAAF Base Darwin, Australia. The Indian Air Force for the first time participated with fighter aircraft in Exercise. It is a biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aim of the exercise is to practice Offensive Counter Air (OCA) and Defensive Counter Air (DCA) combat, in a simulated war environment.

‘HELINA’

It is indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile. The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode. It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world. It was successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter recently.

Strategic Partnership (SP) model

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in a landmark decision, has approved procurement of 111 Utility Helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs. 21,000 crores. 
This is the first project under the MoD’s prestigious Strategic Partnership (SP) Model that aims at providing significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme.
What is Strategic Partnership (SP) model? The strategic partner model is intended to enhance competition, increase efficiencies, facilitate faster and more significant absorption of technology, create a tiered industrial ecosystem, ensure development of a wider skill base, trigger innovation and enable participation in global value chains as well as promote exports. Under the model, the government intends to boost private sector participation and create domestic expertise in four key areas, namely, fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines, and armoured vehicles and main battle tanks. One company would be selected for each area based on its competence, which would then tie up with the foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer selected through the procurement process, to build the platform in India with significant technology transfer.