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DEFENCE - September 2020

Sep 2020

Sep 30, 2020

India Successfully Test-fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile with over 400-km Range

  • India successfully test-fired an extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The supersonic cruise missile is capable of hitting targets at more than 400-km range.
  • The test was carried out under PJ-10 project of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, under which the missile was launched with an indigenous booster.
  • BrahMos is the first supersonic cruise missile known to be in service. Induction of the first version of BrahMos weapon complex in the Indian Navy commenced in 2005 with INS Rajput as the first ship.
  • All future ships being built and ships coming for mid-life up-gradation will be fitted with the missile, sources said.
  • The Indian Army has also inducted three regiments of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile.

Sep 29, 2020

Indian Navy, Air Force to Get Indigenous 'Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon' With 100 Km Range

  • At its meeting the Defence Acquisition Council, headed by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, cleared the procurement of the indigenously developed 'Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon' or SAAW for the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.
  • Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), SAAW has a range of around 100 km and weighs around 125 kg. The weapon, which is being procured at an approximate cost Rs. 970 crore, will give the Air Force and the Navy the capability to hit enemy airfields and runways from a standoff distance with high precision during conflicts.
  • Given that this weapon can be launched from standoff ranges, the aircraft launching it can remain at a safe distance from the enemy target. In many cases, the weapon can be fired by IAF fighters from within the Indian air space.
  • Apart from SAAW, the DAC also cleared the procurement of Static HF Trans-receiver sets for field units of the Indian Army and the Air Force at an approximate cost of Rs. 540 crore to enable seamless communication.

India, US, Japan and Australia Hold Meet on Indo-Pacific under Quad Framework

  • Senior officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held a virtual meeting under the framework of Quadrilateral coalition or "Quad", focusing on ways to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting took place in the backdrop of China's growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The foreign ministers of the four member nations of the "Quad" are set to hold talks in Tokyo next month to further boost their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
  • In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the officials reaffirmed their commitment towards a "free, open, prosperous and inclusive" Indo-Pacific region based on shared values and principles and respect for international law.
  • The MEA said the officials reiterated their firm support for ASEAN-centrality and ASEAN-led mechanisms for the Indo-Pacific, and their readiness to work with ASEAN and all other countries towards realising a common and promising vision for the Indo-Pacific.
  • Ten-nation regional grouping Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a major stakeholder in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • A statement by the US said the four countries explored ways to work together in the Mekong sub-region, in the South China Sea, and across the Indo-Pacific to support international law, pluralism, regional stability, and post-pandemic recovery efforts.

Sep 28, 2020

Israeli Defence Forces Successfully Test Sea-to-sea Missile System

  • The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) conducted a successful test of a new sea-to-sea missile system.
  • According to the IDF, the system was designed to ensure Israel's continued naval superiority.
  • The announcement comes a month after its rival Iran revealed its Abu-Mahdi long-range cruise missiles for its navy.
  • In recent years, the Israeli defence establishment has invested heavily in fortifying its naval abilities.
  • As per reports, the new Israeli missile system has precision capabilities with a longer range and expanded offensive options.

Sep 27, 2020

India and Israel to Co-develop Hi-tech Weapon Systems

  • India and Israel now plan to further crank up their already expansive defence partnership by going in more co-development and co-production projects of high-tech weapon systems and exporting them to other friendly countries.
  • A new sub-group to promote such joint projects, under the overarching joint working group on defence cooperation headed by Indian defence secretary and his Israeli counterpart, was set up.
  • The main focus of the sub-working group (SWG) on defence industrial cooperation will be on transfer of technology, co-development and co-production, technology security, Artificial Intelligence, innovation and joint export to third countries.
  • Israel has been among the top four arms suppliers to India for almost two decades now, notching military sales worth around $1 billion every year. With the Indian defence industry now also becoming stronger, the need was felt for the two countries to establish more R&D, co-development and co-production projects.
  • Israel is a world leader in missiles, sensors, cyber-security and various defence sub-systems. The SWG will be headed by Sanjay Jaju, joint secretary (defence industries production) in the Indian defence ministry and Eyal Calif, director Asia & Pacific from the Israeli one.
  • This comes at a time when the Indian armed forces are inducting the next-generation Barak-8 surface-to-air missile systems under three joint DRDO-Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) projects worth over Rs. 30,000 crore.

Sep 26, 2020

India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise- JIMEX 2020 Commences

  • The fourth edition of India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) began in North Arabian Sea from September 26, 2020. It will be conducted for three days. In the light of COVID-19 restrictions, the exercise is being conducted in a 'non-contact at-sea-only format' this year.
  • JIMEX 2020 will showcase high degree of inter-operability and joint operational skills.
  • The Navies will conduct several advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations.
  • The two navies will conduct a multi-faceted tactical exercises that will involve weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations, anti-submarine and air warfare drills.
  • The exercise was commenced in 2012. It is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It emphasizes on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 along the Visakhapatnam coast.

Czechs Republic to Acquire Israeli Air Defense System

  • The Czech Republic wants to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government.
  • The Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited and is capable of providing protection against aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles and other weapons.
  • It would replace an obsolete ant-aircraft Soviet-era 2K12 KUB system to defend military and civilian centers such as industrial hubs, nuclear power plants, airports and other important facilities.
  • The Czech military had analysed nine systems from seven producers before deciding on the Israeli one.
  • The defence ministry expects a deal worth some USD 430 million to be signed early in 2021 with the delivery two years later.
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