New Vikrant is a significant step forward in the Indian Navy’s quest for ‘Aatmanirbharta’
The Indian Navy’s blue sea troops will extend their reach from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans with the indigenously built aircraft carrier Vikrant, which is due to be commissioned in August this year. Vikrant is a “important milestone” in the Indian Navy’s “Aatmanirbharta” route, according to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (self reliance).
Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1, was built by the Cochin Shipyard Limited and is named after the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The new carrier has already passed basin and first sea trials, and is scheduled to be incorporated into the Indian Navy in August 2022, with aircraft flight trials set to be completed by mid-2023.
“The carrier will extend our reach from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans,” Singh said, adding that the commissioning of Vikrant will be a watershed moment in Indian defence history.
Project-75I: Why should India build an SSN fleet instead of an SSK fleet?
The Navy’s plans to acquire six next-generation submarines under the Project-75I programme to replace its ageing submarine fleet are in shambles, and it’s unlikely they’ll be fixed anytime soon. While the Naval Design Bureau has begun design and development work on India’s first-generation nuclear attack submarine programme, it will need to be extended in tandem with submarine production capabilities.
Nuclear attack submarines are roughly three times more expensive to build and operate, however when compared to nuclear attack submarines, conventional submarines lack weapons carrying capacity and endurance. The Navy admitted that it does not have all of the components and systems in place to build locally designed conventional submarines, but it does have an established and proven nuclear submarine supply line that it can use to expand its nuclear submarine programme in a much shorter time thanks to the Arihant class project.
Russia will look to India for assistance in replacing western components in MC-21 passenger jets
Russia, which is subject to Western sanctions, is planning to replace western-made engines, avionics, and a variety of structural elements, units, and components with localised alternatives by the end of 2023 for its MC-21 passenger jets. It has identified Indian, Brazilian, and Chinese companies that could be approached to create alternative supply lines.
The MC-21 will be equipped with domestically manufactured PD-14 turbofan engines in place of the American Pratt & Witney PW1431G engines, although by the time non-Russian systems are identified and integrated, delivery of the jets may be delayed until 2024 or 2025. Non-Russian components and systems account for 40 to 50 percent of the current MC-21 vendor item list.
Indian firms that have joined the Airbus and Boeing supply chains may be interested in joining the Russian supply chain as well. In 2021, Russia offered India local production of the MC-21 passenger jet, as well as maintenance and assembly with Indian partners.
The engine relight test for NAL’s ‘Hansa-NG’ aircraft was performed successfully in the air
On Tuesday, the ‘Hansa-NG,’ a two-seater flying trainer plane designed and developed by CSIR-NAL, conducted an in-flight engine relight test at DRDO’s Challakere Aeronautical Test Range.
The test was conducted at a speed of 60 to 70 knots at an altitude of 7000 to 8000 feet. The in-flight engine relight test, according to CSIR-NAL, is the most significant and important milestone toward DGCA certification of the aircraft.
In the face of a growing terror threat, elite NSG commandos are being trained to clip enemy drones’ wings
While India faces an increasing threat from hostile drones, particularly for critical and high-profile buildings, airports, and other sites, the country’s elite anti-terrorist organisation, the National Security Guard, is preparing to counter the threat.
The force is now preparing to execute anti-drone operations in civilian areas, just as it would any other counter-terrorism operation. The NSG is also planning to protect critical regions from drone attacks during special events.
The home ministry has given the police permission to purchase the greatest technology and equipment available in the globe for anti-drone operations.