Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Topic: drones

Navy to tweak its aircraft carrier plan to accommodate surveillance and attack drones

Combination of manned & unmanned systems would mean overall displacement of proposed third aircraft carrier would reduce from 65,000 tonnes, while also decreasing cost.

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.

Army’s drone formation sees massive changes as tensions with China mount at LAC

A new Aviation Brigade has been set up in the Eastern Command to coordinate action, and to have a more localised control.

Drones start Covid vaccines delivery in Northeast, make first drop in Manipur

As part of ICMR's delivery model, a 'Make in India' drone transported the vaccine from a district hospital in Manipur to Karang island in Loktak lake, covering a distance of 26 kms.

Drone industry in India will have turnover of around Rs 15,000 crore by 2026, Scindia says

The civil aviation minister also said the PLI scheme announced Wednesday gave major boost to the sector and will make it possible to have turnover of Rs 900 crore in next 3 years.

Taliban ‘has armed drone unit to track & take down targets’, which helped it capture Kabul

Report in Newlines Magazine says drones were 'purchased' in China through a front company and parts were 'smuggled' into Afghanistan via Pakistan.

IAF looks to ‘atmanirbhar’ start-ups to boost India’s swarm drone capability

IAF is set to issue a Request for Proposal for swarm drone contracts to 5 start-ups, selected firms to receive support from air force as well as DRDO.

Army, Navy, IAF sign deals for swarm, kamikaze drones amid govt push for new tech warfare

Leading the Services on new contracts signed is the Army which has inked three separate deals for various types of drones.

Army orders over 100 Indo-Israeli kamikaze drones amid active LAC and precarious LoC 

The SkyStriker was extensively used by Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia to hit moving targets, including armoured personnel carriers.

Navy signs contract with BEL to procure India’s first indigenous naval anti-drone system

According to the defence ministry, naval anti-drone system (NADS), developed by DRDO, can instantly detect micro drones and uses a laser-based 'kill mechanism' for targets.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.