New Agni-P ASBM, Isro’s Mini Space Shuttle, UAV Crash Course UP

DRDO working on New Agni Prime Anti Ship Ballistic Missile Variant

DRDO has started work on a new Agni Prime ASBM Variant that could be Game changer not only in the Indian ocean but in the region. Last year, Agni Prime was test fired for the first time. Agni Prime is a new generation of advanced Agni Class of Missiles that will eventually replace older Agni-II but the missile also validated many of the technologies that could be required for the carrier killer role to take out a naval carrier group in the high sea.

While DRDO is still mum and has yet to confirm the ASBM capabilities of the new missile, the Former DRDO Chief confirmed about its capabilities and now DRDO wants to develop a new variant that can attack medium and large naval vessels out to ranges of 1500-2000 kilometers while it is still away from the Indian coastline. DRDO is already making moves to develop a ship-based variant of the missile that can be adopted on frontline warships, so that any attempts to enforce Naval blockade using an aircraft carrier group can also be repulsed.

India to test its Mini Space Shuttle

The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, the country’s national space agency, recently announced plans to test out its reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator in the next few months. The vehicle itself bears a striking resemblance to the now, retired space shuttles that NASA used from 1981 to 2011.

However, the demonstrator is adorably small compared to a full sized space shuttle. That’s by design, though, since it will only be used as part of experiments to prove the concept, before being scaled up so it can carry a whole crew of astronauts. The first test will involve a landing experiment in which the reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator will be carried via helicopter until it’s between three to five kilometers high before being released.

The vehicle will then glide towards a runway roughly four kilometers away and autonomously land. Since the shuttle will be reusable, it will also cut a ton of costs for the burgeoning Indian space program.

Ministry of Home Affairs calls high level meet on using space technology to enhance security of borders with China & Pakistan

A day after the Isro successfully launched the Earth Observation Satellite-04 onboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Ministry of Home Affairs called a high level meeting to discuss space technology for strengthening border security.

Security Forces will seek Isro’s help in monitoring India’s borders with China, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The satellite will help equip forces guarding these borders with real time information directly to their headquarters. With the borders between India and China seeing increased activity over the last few years, enhanced surveillance will help the country devise better strategies in the future to combat any unforeseen situation.

The meeting will be led by the Joint Secretary Border Management division and will be attended by the chief of the Intelligence Bureau along with officials from the paramilitary forces.

Uttar Pradesh to emerge as hub for Electronic Vehicles & drone units, offer tailored courses too

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh plans to make the state a hub of electric vehicles and drone units. The Technical Education Department in Uttar Pradesh has decided to encourage technical and vocational institutes to introduce courses tailored to suit the requirements of these industries. Electric vehicle and drone industries are two most booming segments in the technology sector.

Experts suggest that these segments are set to expand in the coming days. Course will enable students to benefit from this boom. The industrial training institutes (ITIs) in the state could introduce courses in drone pilot and drone technicians’ courses soon. The technical education department has asked educational institutes and experts from the concerned industries to curate a course which can be introduced at the earliest. The move is part of our efforts to introduce job-oriented courses.

The Tejas in Singapore: Full court diplomacy needed to sell Indian defence platforms

From Tuesday to Friday, An Indian Air Force detachment of Tejas Mark 1 fighters, supported by a 44 person team, will fly aerobatics displays over Changi International Airport in Singapore as one of the keenly watched attractions of the Singapore Airshow 2022. The IAF team has rushed there at Singapore’s invitation, being one of the prospective vendors in ‘Capability 55’.

A key aim of participating in international air shows was for India to establish itself as a vendor, rather than a buyer, of military aircraft. Seriousness is further conveyed by preparing a composite team in advance for briefing and conducting the buyer. The team must include representatives from the platform developer (in this case, the DRDO), the production agency HAL and the user (the IAF).

Major defence sellers usually have a dedicated department to address buyers concerns. India has no such dedicated agency, that needs to be formed if you want to successfully sale products in International Market.

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