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DEFENCE - October 2020

Oct 2020

Jul 26, 2021

US Army Chooses Competitors to Design Infantry Fighting Vehicle Replacement

  • The U.S. Army has chosen five teams to compete to design the replacement for its Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
  • Point Blank Enterprises, Oshkosh Defense, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall Vehicles will all conjure up rough digital concept designs for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.
  • The total award value for all five contracts is approximately $299.4 million.
  • Oshkosh will work with leading South Korean defense company Hanwha as a partner, according to previous coverage, and the Rheinmetall team also includes Raytheon Technologies, Textron and L3Harris Technologies.
  • Miami-based Point Blank is the only nontraditional company or small business to win a contract. Mettle Ops, a small family-owned, Michigan-based company, had also submitted a bid to design an OMFV concept, and Roush Defense is also believed to have bid.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Flags in ARMEX-21 in Delhi

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged-in the Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21, in New Delhi. The ARMEX-21 was conducted in the mountain ranges of the Himalayan region to promote the adventure activity in the country and the Indian Army. The expedition was flagged off at Karakoram Pass in Ladakh on 10th March and culminated at Malari in Uttarakhand in July.
  • Rajnath Singh congratulated the team on the successful completion of the challenging expedition and lauded them for their courage and resilience.
  • Terming the expedition as extraordinary, he said that not only did the team complete a thrilling journey, but also conducted an operational recce of the region. The Defence Minister commended the courage, dedication and spirit of the Armed Forces and expressed satisfaction that the safety and security of the country is in safe hands. He exuded confidence that the success of ARMEX-21 will inspire a new generation of adventurers across the nation.

Jul 25, 2021

Navies of India, U.K. Hold Passage Exercise

  • Navies of India and the U.K. participated in a two-day bilateral Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG-21) led by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Bay of Bengal from July 21 to 22.
  • With the presence of CSG-21 in the Indian Ocean, the exercise has afforded excellent opportunity to engage over the entire spectrum of maritime operations, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air and anti-surface warfare.
  • The Indian Navy was represented by five ships, a submarine and a P-8I long range patrol aircraft in its maiden exercise with the Royal Navy's latest aircraft carrier.

Jul 24, 2021

DRDO Successfully Test-flies 'Man-portable ATGM'

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested an indigenous, third-generation, Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) .
  • The lightweight, fire-and-forget MPATGM, which is integrated with a thermal sight, was launched from a man-portable launcher by a two-man crew at a target that was mimicking a moving tank.
  • Unusually, the test was intended to validate whether the MPATGM is effective against tank targets at the lower end of its range spectrum, which is 200-300 metres. The MPATGM has already proven in earlier tests that it can strike targets at its maximum range of 4,000 metres.

Jul 22, 2021

DRDO Successfully Test-fires New-generation Akash Surface-to-air Missile

  • DRDO successfully flight-tested the new-generation Akash surface-to-air missile system from an integrated test range off the Odisha coast.
  • The missile was test-fired from a land-based platform and the "flawless performance" of its weapons system was confirmed by the complete flight data.
  • The new variant of the Akash missile (Akash-NG) can strike targets at a distance of around 60 km and fly at a speed of up to Mach 2.5.
  • The Akash missile system has been developed by the DRDO's laboratory in Hyderabad in collaboration with other wings of the premier defence research organisation.

Jul 21, 2021

Russia Successfully Tests S-500 Missile System

  • Russia has successfully test-fired its new S-500 air defence missile systems, from a southern training range, Kapustin Yar, on July 20, 2021. It hit a high-speed ballistic target as planned. The S-500 missile system is under development by the Almaz-Antey Air Defence Concern. After tests are successfully completed, the first S-500 systems which are also named the Triumfator-M and Prometheus will be placed at an air defence unit outside the city of Moscow.
  • The S-500 is the most advanced anti-missile system in the world and is expected to have a range of 600 km.
  • This missile system is also capable of countering attacks from space.
  • The S-500, also known as Prometey or 55R6M "Triumfator-M", is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system which is the most advanced anti-missile system in the world and is capable of countering attacks from space.

Russia Unveils New Fighter Jet Prototype

  • Russian aircraft makers unveiled a prototype of a new fighter jet that features stealth capabilities and other advanced characteristics.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the prospective warplane, displayed with much fanfare at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. The air show opened in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.
  • Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi developed the new fighter under the LTS program, a Russian acronym for the Light Tactical Aircraft.
  • According to its makers, the prototype is set to make its maiden flight in 2023 and deliveries could start in 2026. The new design could be converted to an unpiloted version and a two-seat model.

Defence Ministry Issues Formal Tender for Mega Submarine Programme

  • The Defence Ministry issued the request for proposal (RFP) or the formal tender to domestically build six conventional submarines for the Navy at a cost of over Rs. 40,000 crore, over a month after the mega acquisition project was cleared.
  • It will be the first project to be implemented under the strategic partnership (SP) model that allows domestic firms to collaborate with foreign players to produce high-end military platforms in India.
  • The RFP was issued to the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the two Indian companies shortlisted following a long-drawn process.
  • Both L&T and MDL will have to collaborate with one of the five already short-listed foreign shipyards -- Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval Group (France) and JSC ROE (Russia).
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