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DEFENCE - April 2019

Apr 2019

Apr 10, 2019

Range of Brahmos to Be Increased

  •  India's supersonic cruise missile BrahMos is all set to get an enhanced range to hit targets 500 kilometres away. BrahMos currently has a maximum range of 400 kilometres and work has already started on increasing its range.
  • While the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy have BrahMos in their arsenal, the current range limits their ability to hit targets deep inside the enemy territory.
  • A newer and lighter version of the missile called BrahMos NG (Next Generation) is also in the pipeline. BrahMos NG is likely to be test fired in the next two to three years with the missile expected to join active service in about four years.

Apr 09, 2019

Sri Lanka Seeks Enhanced Military Training

  •  Sri Lanka has sought enhanced military training from India.
  • India and Sri Lanka agreed to increase cooperation in security and defence spheres in several areas, including regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking and training of members of the security forces.
  • Thanking India for its partnership, Mr. Sirisena requested to increase the number of personnel trained by India. Indian Defence Secretary agreed to look into the possibility of enhancing training facilities.
  • Currently, over 60% of Sri Lanka's military personnel pursue their young officers' course, junior and senior command courses in India.

Army Gets Dhanush

  •  The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handed over the first batch of six Dhanush artillery guns to the Army. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured in the 1980s.
  • Indigenisation to the extent of about 81%, has already been achieved. By the end of 2019, the indigenisation level of the gun will go up to 91. Six guns were handed over at a ceremony at Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur.
  • Dhanush is a 155 mm, 45-calibre towed artillery gun with a range of 36 km and has demonstrated a range of 38 km with specialised ammunition. It is an upgrade of the existing 155m, 39 calibre Bofors FH 77 gun.
  • It is compatible with all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 155 mm ammunition system.

Apr 05, 2019

Indian Navy Eyes 6 Lethal Submarines

  • The Indian Navy has initiated the process to acquire six lethal submarines under the ambitious Project-75 India likely to cost over Rs. 50,000 crore.
  • The Navy has initiated the tender process by issuing the initial Expression of Interest to foreign vendors willing to take part in the mega programme.
  • Under Project 75-India, the Navy wants to build six conventional diesel-electric submarines which would be almost 50 per cent bigger than the under-construction Scorpene class submarines being built at the Mazagon Dockyards Limited in Mumbai.

Apr 03, 2019

Sale of MH 60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopters

  • The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of USD2.4 billion.
  • India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade.
  • Designed for hunting submarines as well as knocking out ships and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea, the Lockheed Martin-built helicopters, would replenish India's aging fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters.

Apr 01, 2019

Indian Coast Guard under MHA

  • To enhance the maritime security of the nation, the Centre is considering giving overall responsibility of coastal security to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
  • As per the new proposed changes, the Centre may place ICG under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It currently operates under the Defense Ministry.
  • As per Government sources, there is an operational disconnect between Navy, Coast Guard and the local population, and there is no single centralised force which operates in shallow waters. This is regarded as a major weakness for coastal security.
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