Russia Sees No Issue With S400 Missile Supply To India Despite Sanctions
Russian Ambassador designate to India Denis Alipov on Wednesday said that the US is a dictator in velvet gloves, adding that it only aspires for global prominence under the guise of democracy and freedom. He also thanked India for its unbiased and neutral position concerning the whole conflict and assured Russia’s support in the evacuation of Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine. “We are strategic allies with India. We are grateful to India for its balanced position displayed at the UN. India understands the depth of this crisis,” he said.
Speaking on the impact of sanctions against Russia on its defence deal with India, primarily on the S400 missile system supply, the Russian Ambassador-designate said, “Don’t foresee any obstacles as far as S400 supply to India is concerned, have roots to continue with this deal unobstructed. Sanctions, old or new, do not interfere in any way.” Meanwhile, Mr. Alipov also consoled the demise of an Indian national in Kharkiv and assured to launch an investigation into the matter.
CCTV surveillance system comes up along India Bangladesh border
To further enhance security, the Border Security Force on Tuesday has set up CCTV surveillance systems along the India Bangladesh border in western Assam. CCTV surveillance system would monitor and control all activities along the frontier and to further enhance round the clock vigilance to control diverse border crimes.
BSF officials said that keeping in view of the vulnerability of the border, and heightened activities of smugglers & anti-national elements, the CCTV surveillance system would facilitate them to closely watch the area during day and night to curb smuggling and border crimes. India and Bangladesh share 4,096 kilometers of border, BSF has also installed various other smart surveillance systems to further enhance vigil, especially in smuggling, crime and infiltration prone areas.
148 IAF aircraft to demonstrate capabilities at Exercise Vayu Shakti, Rafale to participate for first time
A total of 148 aircraft of the Indian Air Force will demonstrate their capabilities at Exercise Vayu Shakti that will take place at Pokharan range in Jaisalmer on March 7, on Tuesday. Rafale aircraft would participate at this exercise for the first time and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the chief guest.
The Indian Air Force conducts Exercise Vayu Shakti at Pokharan range every three years to demonstrate its readiness to conduct full spectrum operations. The last one took place in 2019. Jaguar fighter jet, Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, MiG-29 fighter jet, Tejas fighter aircraft and various others would show their capabilities at Exercise Vayu Shakti 2022.
Capabilities of Aakash missile system and Spyder missile system would also be shown at the exercise. Transport aircraft C-17 and C-130J would also participate in the exercise.
Kilo and Kalvari class to get next generation Lithium Ion batteries soon
In 2020, a Request for Information of the Indian Navy for the development of a ‘high capacity’ lithium ion battery system to be retrofitted on an existing in service submarine was initiated for Indian vendors to replace older lead acid batteries for underwater propulsion.
Navy has now selected the vendor and after proof of concept and the technology has now given go ahead for the development of compact lithium ion battery pack that will be replacing older lead acid batteries that will be first equipped on a Russian supplied Kilo class submarines for user trials purposes and if found satisfactory will be later adapted on the other Kilo class submarines and later also on the Kalvari class submarines.
Lithium ion batteries are lighter than lead acid batteries and also generate less heat due to which underwater endurance of the submarines will be three time more than the existing 48-72 hour endurance which are provided by the lead acid batteries. Lithium ion batteries can also provide large output on demand, allowing the boat to dash mush faster while dived and don’t require regular maintenance or water top ups.
USAF and India’s New Space Research & Technologies Collaborating on Air launched UAV
USAF Research lab Air Force Research Laboratory has yielded confirmation of experimental wind tunnel results and concurred with wind tunnel modelling predictions determined in India. Air Force Research Laboratory is working with New Space Research & Technologies for Air launched drone for which it has established CRADA with New Space Research and Technologies, in support of air launched small unmanned aerial systems.
The recent results came from collaborative testing between Air Force Research Laboratory and New Space Research using the Vertical Wind Tunnel facility at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The CRADA with New Space Research supports the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative co-development strategy with India to facilitate technical progress for both partners.