WARN # 6 : Biggest FDI; IISc UAV; Bulletproof Jackets; P-8I; AMCA; Test Facilities; Dhanush guns

WARN # 6 : Biggest FDI; IISc UAV; Bulletproof Jackets; P-8I; AMCA; Test Facilities; Dhanush guns


Welcome to WARN, Todays Top stories are :- France�s Dassault to bring in largest defence
FDI via Rafale JV with Reliance Defence The largest defence sector foreign direct
investment (FDI) is coming soon via French aircraft manufacturer Dassault. The investment
is part of Dassault�s obligations on Make in India commitments under the Rafale fighter
jet deal. These commitments require the French company to manufacture a significant part
of the aircraft in India. The investment, intended for manufacturing of aircraft components
for global markets, will come into the Dassault-Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) joint venture set
up to meet offset obligations for the Rs 58,000-crore deal. The first tranche of FDI, around Rs
200 crore, is likely to come in by July. �Dassault will emerge as a single largest FDI investor
in the defence sector. It will far exceed all FDI till date in the defence sector in
India. The cumulative FDI in the defence sector in India till date is of the order of $6 million,�
Rajesh K Dhingra, president, Reliance Defence & Aerospace, told ET. The JV will be used
for creating infrastructure at the Mihan (Nagpur) facility, with a ground breaking ceremony
planned for the end of July. Teams from the French company have visited the site at least
four times in the past three months to finalise project plans. �Groundbreaking is planned
in July and we expect the first article to roll out in the first quarter of 2018. Currently,
first batch of our team is undergoing training at Dassault facilities in France,� Dhingra
added. Government clearances would not be required for the inflow as it will be under
the automatic route for FDI given that Reliance Defence holds 51% of the JV. Reliance Defence
is bullish on the aviation and naval sectors and is targeting potential contracts worth
over `2 lakh crore that are expected to come up for bidding in the next 24 months. This
includes new submarines and amphibious ships for the navy, over 260 single and twin-engine
fighters and a variety of helicopters needed by the three armed forces. The plan is to
set up a 100-acre facility that will integrate a supply chain for the Rafale fighter jet
in India. DRAL has announced that the first phase of the project will generate more than
700 highly-skilled direct jobs and 2,800 indirect jobs. ——————————————————————————————–
IISc designs UAV to help detect radiation remotely
Gathering data from areas where there is suspected leakage of radioactive material is now less
risky. An Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of
Science (IISc) can now detect nuclear radiation from a distance without having to put human
lives at risk. This UAV, developed by researchers and students of Aerospace Engineering department
at IISc, can be deployed at the spot to detect radiations that have been emitted and the
extent to which damage could be expected. This was developed as part of a project that
was funded by the department of science and technology, Government of India. Fitted with
sensors that can pick up beta and gamma radiations that are known to be dangerous to life, information
gathered will be transmitted to a ground station that is at least 2km away. Weighing about
4kg, the UAV can fly for 60 minutes at a stretch post take off covering a range of 10km. Speaking
about the project, Dr S N Omkar, chief research scientist, control and guidance, department
of aerospace engineering, said that a prototype is ready and has been tested along the Chavara
coast in Kerala. Not only can this UAV transmit real time data on the presence of radiation
and its strength, but it can also relay visuals from a camera that has been fitted to it.
�It will help us gather data. In case there is a leakage, rescue operations could also
be aided through this,� said Dr Omkar. The device is fitted with GPS that will gather
data based on the location and GPRS that enables transmitting the perceived signals to another
system. Students working on the project explained that the UAV is designed in a fashion that
it could be destroyed at the spot if it is affected by radiation. �Sometimes, if the
radiation level is too high, bringing it back could prove dangerous,� said Sreehari V
S, a student working on the project. Students from the department of aerospace, electronics
and mechanical engineering worked on this project for over two years now. A drone controlled
by Brain signals Yet another UAV designed by IISc functions based on electric signals
captured by the brain. With the signal of one�s brain, the UAV moves in the desired
direction. An encephalogram, a device that appears like a headset, gathers data and sends
it to the computer which later converts it into commands for the drone to move.
——————————————————————————————— Professor�s Bulletproof Jackets Designed
for the Indian Army Could Save Rs 20,000 Crores! For the first time in 70 years, Indian Army
personnel will be equipped with bulletproof jackets manufactured completely by homegrown
technology. Designed by Professor Dr. Shantanu Bhowmick, Head of Department of Aerospace
Engineering at Coimbatore-based Amrita University, the jacket has passed the test of approval
from the Ministry of Defence. Falling under the �Make in India� project, the jacket
was designed using indigenous technology, involving lightweight thermoplastics. The
current expenditure for each jacket used by military and paramilitary services is around
?1.5 lakh and are imported from the United States. The project, once given the green
signal by the PM�s Office, will involve a joint partnership between the Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Defence Ministry. Each of Dr. Bhowmick�s
jackets is expected to cost about ?50,000, according to TOI. The move could help India
save ?20,000 crore every year. The perks of the new jacket will be its weight and air
conditioning ability. The present ones that are worn by all personnel belonging the Army,
BSF, CRPF and Police are very heavy at around 15-18 kg. Weighing around 1.5 kg, the new
lightweight jackets with its 20 layers lined with carbon fibre, will enable our folks in
uniform to work in extreme harsh temperatures extending up to 57 degrees Celsius as well.
According to TOI, Professor Bhowmick is elated about his invention gaining official approval
and thanked former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Subrata Saha, who had played a role
in encouraging Bhowmick. He also dedicated his invention to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
——————————————————————————————- Indian Navy P-8I Fleet Achieves 10,000 Hours,
Commended for Outstanding Performance Boeing congratulates the Indian Navy and Indian
Naval Air Squadron 312A�s P-8I fleet on achieving 10,000 flight hours since induction
in 2015 and for receiving the Chief of Naval Staff�s unit citation for outstanding operational
performance. The Indian Navy operates eight P-8I aircraft for long-range maritime reconnaissance
and anti-submarine warfare missions and has ordered four additional P-8I aircraft, for
which deliveries will begin in 2020. ——————————————————————————————- AMCA: Is Airforce paying for its short-sightedness
in Fighter acquisition plans? An Idea of developing MCA (Medium Combat Aircraft)
was floated even before the first Prototype of LCA-Tejas made its maiden flight in early
2000�s. Initial rendering of MCA showed twin-engined, Tail-less design, strike optimised
Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) aircraft which could have complemented LCA and Su-30MKI as
India�s leading combat planes. Revised rendered images shown MCA with a more conventional
design which could be 4++ Non-Stealth fighter jet envisioned as a replacement for the British
Jaguar and Mirage 2000. This Idea didn�t find any backers in the Indian Air Force and
for years it remained in the back burner since MMRCA tender to acquire 126 Advance 4++ Generation
fighter jets took precedence while MMRCA tender stretched well over a decade only to end with
toeken order for only 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jet. India now plans two separate tenders
for single engine and twin-engined fighter jet which both will be used largely to replace
retired Mig-21 and Mig-27s. 12 tonne MCA could have enjoyed maximum commonality between LCA
in terms of some systems and subsystems and other aspects like engines, Radars and avionics.
While Indian Air Force continues to have desires for more Dassault Rafale, India had an opportunity
to build its own fighter capable of Rafale in terms of capabilities. In 2017 we could
have started production of MCA along with LCA-Tejas which could have come as major boost
to fighter acquisition plans of Indian Air Force, while its developers could have initiated
development of 5th Generation AMCA which could have served our future requirements but the
reality is that even in 2017 we are searching for a 4++ Generation fighter which can be
manufactured in India while plans t develop a 5th Generation fighter with Russia is in
doldrums and development of AMCA is yet to take off officially .
———————————————————————————————– India to Get Long Range Missile Test Facilities
in Indian Ocean India�s Defense Research and Development
Organization (DRDO) has got governmental approval to set up the country�s land based long-range
missile facility at South Andaman�s Rutland Island, which is some 200 km from the Strait
of Malacca that connects the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea. India�s National
Board of Wildlife cleared the proposal sent by DRDO in 2012 for creating infrastructure
facilities for strategic surveillance system at Rutland Island. Facility will have a missile
test range for testing of long range missile. �After discussions, considering the strategic
importance of the project for the country�s defense, the Standing Committee decided to
recommend the proposal along with the conditions and mitigation measures prescribed by the
State Chief Wildlife Warden,� a document released by India�s Ministry of Environment
and Forests said. The proposal involves diversion of 49.978 acres forest of which 0.84 hectare
falls in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and 49.138 hectare reserve forest within
10km of the Eco Sensitive Zone. Currently, Indian scientists test long range missiles
from the Odisha coast and are tracked by naval vessels on a trajectory into the Bay of Bengal.
Work on technology demonstration vessel for DRDO, which is capable of tracking the full
flight of long-range naval missile systems during test firing, has been in progress at
the Cochin Shipyard. On May 16 this year, the Narendra Modi government had also cleared
the Indian Navy proposal to expand Shibpur naval air station in the northern part of
the Andaman Island. Indian armed forces operate Dornier, Mi-8, Chetak aircraft from NAS Shibpur
airfield, which after the expansion would be approximately 100 hectares and serve larger
aircraft. The Indian armed forces have been expanding their strength at strategically
important Andaman and Nicobar Islands since long. In March this year, the Indian Navy
had commissioned the first of its eight amphibious landing craft at tri-service command headquarters
in Port Blair. India also has an IAF base at Car Nicobar, named Carnic air force base
and naval base Kardip, located on Camorta Island, a part of the Nancowry group of islands. —————————————————————————————————–
Indian Army working on Mega order of Dhanush Artillery guns: Report
With the smooth conclusion of all major user trials of Six Dhanush Artillery guns by India
Army, idrw.org has been informed by reliable industrial sources that after the Initial
order of 114 155mm/45- Calibre Dhanush Howitzer Gun, Indian Army is working on Second mega
order deal to acquire more Dhanush Artillery guns soon. Indian Army is likely to place
an order for 300 more Dhanush Artillery guns soon over the initial order of 114 guns which
are already in production by Ordinance Factory Board (OFB). Initial orders for 114 Guns will
be concluded by 2019. With production rate of Dhanush Artillery guns to touch 60 per
annum in 2019, Bulk order fo 300 Guns will require nearly 5 years for completion of the
order but Indian Army is reportedly happy with proposed production timelines since major
chunk of orders will likely be reserved for 155-mm, 52-calibre towed Advanced Towed Artillery
Gun System (ATAGS) artillery gun developed by DRDO with private defence sector companies
. ATAGS is currently going through developmental trials which soon will see first few prototypes
been handed over to Indian Army to begin User trials which will commence rigorous integration
and a testing cycle which can last for nearly three years before Army places an Initial
order for the new Ultra Modern artillery gun. large-scale induction and production will
commence from 2024 onwards and Army might be inducting nearly 1500 + Guns over a decade
which might see first Private Defence Production orders. OFB already has developed 55-mm, 52-calibre
version of the Dhanush Artillery guns which already has cleared internal company trials,
is also on offer to Indian Army to commence user trials if interest is shown by Indian
Army.

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