RFI for 1500 4×4 Light Vehicle, Gaganyaan’s Two Abort Mission, HAL Delivers LUH

RFI for 1500 4×4 Light Vehicles has been issued by the Indian Army

Earlier this year, the Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the purchase of nearly 5,000 general service 4×4 vehicles for Rs 760 crore, and the Indian Army recently issued a request for information (RFI) to procure approximately 1500 General Service Light Vehicles, 4×4 & 700 to 900Kg, Hard Top Vehicles for use by the three services.

The Indian Army has purchased over 35,000 Gypsy cars in the previous three decades, and many are still in service today, despite plans to phase them out. Maruti Suzuki continued to provide the SUV to the Army until 2020 due to high demand and repeat orders from the armed forces. The Indian Army inked a contract with Tata Motors in 2017 to deliver over 3,000 Safari Storm SUVs, which have subsequently been used to transport senior officers.

The Indian Army is looking for a soft-top 4×4 vehicle that can be deployed in mountainous areas. A soft top is more adaptable since it allows soldiers to install rifles, weapons, and mobile communication gear while also allowing Quick Reaction Teams to manoeuvre freely.

The Gaganyaan mission will be delayed until 2022, and in September and December, Isro will launch two “abort missions”

Isro has confirmed that two unmanned abort flights will be carried out during the Gaganyaan mission to ensure crew safety. The abort missions will be carried out by Isro in September and December. The most recent declaration clarifies the scenario surrounding India’s maiden space mission.

While Isro develops the system that will launch and land Indian astronauts on space missions, the trip will most likely be postponed for another two years. Gaganyaan was meant to premiere this year to mark India’s 75th year of freedom. However, the project was delayed due to the pandemic.

As a result, Isro is now focusing on abort missions, which involve simulating failures and returning the crew safely. During the test mission, the spacecraft will be launched to a height of 15 kilometres, following which Isro will simulate an abort situation and the crew capsule will return to Earth through parachutes. In the second simulation, Isro will launch the Gaganyaan crew capsule to a higher altitude and undertake a similar abort scenario to improve the system.

HAL will begin delivering Light Utility Helicopters

HAL plans to deploy the first light utility helicopters built with corporate money in limited series production by August of this year, followed by three more by the end of March 2023. By 2023 to 2024, another eight light utility helicopters will be manufactured. The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force will each receive four Light Utility Helicopters from the second batch of the limited series manufacturing, while the two forces will each receive four Light Utility Helicopters from the third batch.

LUH successfully completed a cold soak test in Leh, where it was scheduled to be left outside for 24 hours but had to be kept out for 48 hours due to terrible weather, and it was still able to cold start and fly for 20 minutes as predicted. LUH also demonstrated 75kg payload carrying capability at such heights, making it the first aircraft in its class to do so.

India is making progress in shipbuilding, but only in surface ships

In the region, US and Chinese interests offer problems that have direct ramifications for India’s security. A well-developed indigenous shipbuilding capability is critical for India to achieve its due position in the region.

India’s warship construction is improving, but not fast enough to keep up with its extensive coastline and threats. India’s shipbuilding skills have not kept pace with its economic expansion or market demand despite being largely peninsular in character with a coastline of 7,516.5 km and 1,197 islands. The Indian Ocean Region is more essential from the standpoint of national security because it is so crucial to India.

The required number of ships is not determined by the shoreline. Navies work across vast oceans, thus the environment is different. In the Indian Ocean Region, we are a valued security partner. Except for submarines, minesweepers, and aircraft carriers, the shipbuilding programme is on track and has not fallen behind schedule.

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