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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) : News and Updates

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    CAG raps OFB for critical deficiency in supply of ammunition
    The CAG has criticised the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for critical deficiency in availability of ammunition to the Army since March 2013
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    New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for critical deficiency in availability of ammunition to the Army.

    In a scathing report, which was tabled in the Parliament on Friday, the CAG also criticised the OFB for inadequate quality of ammunition supplied to the Army since March 2013.

    The CAG said despite serious concerns highlighted in a high-level report on ‘Ammunition management in Army’ in 2015, no significant improvement took place in the critical deficiency in availability of ammunition and quality of ammunition supplied by the OFB.

    “Shortfall in meeting the production target by OFB continued. Further, majority of the procurement cases from other than OFB which were initiated by Army headquarters during 2009-13 were pending as of January 2017,” the CAG said in the report.

    The federal auditor also lambasted Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for import a balloon costing Rs6.20 crore under a project for development of aerostat surveillance system, saying it lacked rationale.

    “Further, the project itself did not achieve its objective despite an expenditure of Rs49.50 crore,” the CAG observed.

    Talking about safety aspects, the federal auditor said ammunition depots with shortage of fire-fighting staff and equipment remained accident prone. The report also highlighted alleged irregularities and inefficiencies by various other entities relating to defence services.

    The CAG also criticised the Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) in Avadi in Tamil Nadu for delays in supply of T-72 Bridge Laying Tanks (BLT) which were scheduled to be delivered in a phased manner during 2012-2017. The auditor blamed frequent changes in the design of T-72 BLT for delay in the project.

    The HVF also faced criticism from the CAG for placing an order for radiators to be fitted in T-90 tanks on a firm which had no prior experience of manufacturing them. “The Factory accepted Radiators worth Rs2.78 crore which did not conform to the stipulated technical requirements and rendered T-90 tanks fitted with such Radiators unacceptable to Army,” the CAG said.

    The report also said the Director General, National Cadet Corps (NCC) gave contracts to overhaul 34 engines of microlite aircraft at a cost exceeding 50% of the cost of a new engine, in deviation from the laid down procedure.

    “Further, additional 110 microlite aircraft were procured at a cost of Rs52.91 crore despite low utilisation of the existing fleet,” it said.

    The auditor also took strong note of the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi procuring 20 LAHAT missiles in spite of reservation of the foreign supplier due to technical constraints.

    “During demonstration trials, the missiles failed to achieve the stipulated criteria/range of 1200M to 1500M. Army refused to accept the missile, thereby the payment of Rs19.53 crore made to the supplier was rendered infructuous,” it said.

    In another finding, the CAG came down hard on the Army’s Director General Military Intelligence for alleged violations of procedure in procurement of 20 numbers of Photowrite Systems and said 11 of them became non-functional within 3 to 22 months of procurement resulting in loss of Rs21.28 crore.

    First Published: Sat, Jul 22 2017. 11 52 AM IST

    http://www.livemint.com/Politics/HU...tical-deficiency-in-supply-of-ammunition.html
     
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    India’s Homegrown Trawl System Passes Blast Trials

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    The trawl system is capable of breaching a variety of landmines including passive and active influence mines and would help Indian Army’s mechanized forces to advance safely to combat zones in the event of war.
    Marking a major breakthrough in India’s quest for developing local
    defense technologies, the state-owned Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully designed and developed a trawl system that enables breaching of landmines and creating a vehicle safe lane, through a minefield for the advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone.
    The defense ministry has said that the system would soon be available for user evaluation trials by the Indian Army which has long been awaiting such a system to meet its operational requirements.
    “The trawl system recently crossed a major milestone with the successful completion of blast trials in collaboration with HEMRL Pune, which demonstrated the survivability of the equipment, when subjected to successive series of blast directly underneath it. The fieldable prototype of the trawl system is in the final stage of realization and would be shortly ready for the conduct of user evaluation trials by the Army,” India’s defense ministry said in a statement.
    The local development of trawls by DRDO is an important step towards achieving self-reliance in the area of critical military equipment under ‘Make in India’ initiative and would result in saving of foreign exchange for the country. In 2015, the Indian government had approved the purchase of 120 trawl systems for T-90 & T 72 tanks for approximately $65 million. Once approved by the Indian Army, the trawl system will be manufactured in bulk by state-owned BEL with the technological support of DRDO.
     
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    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...ile-deal-wants-drdo-to-make-in-india-4945571/

    Asking the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to indigenously develop and produce a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to cancel the $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel. The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

    In anticipation of this deal, Rafael had entered into a joint venture with Kalyani group for missile production in India. The missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, based near Hyderabad, was inaugurated in August.

    Ministry sources told The Indian Express that the decision to cancel the deal was based on the consideration that importing a foreign ATGM at this stage would adversely impact the programme for indigenous development of the weapon system by DRDO. Earlier, India had also rejected an offer from US-based Raytheon-Lockheed Martin for Javelin ATGM in favour of the Israeli weapon system.

    “DRDO has successfully produced the Nag and Anamika ATGMs. It is confident about providing the Army with an MPATGM of 3rd generation missile technology, at par with Spike, within three to four years. It won’t also need any transfer of technology,” sources said.

    The decision to retract the Request for Proposal (RFP), however, will be a setback to the modernisation programme of the Army. In letters to the MoD, the Army headquarters had highlighted “the operational urgency of the equipment”, arguing that the Spike “gives a major capability impetus to troops deployed on the Line of Control, especially in the current operational scenario”.

    Spike MR missile is a 3rd generation, fire and forget, top attack, ATGM with a range of 2.5 km, which can operate both during the day and night. The Army is currently using 2nd generation ATGMs — Konkurs and Milan 2T — which do not have night-fighting capabilities. Moreover, the Army currently has a shortage of around 68,000 missiles, with no missiles held as War Wastage Reserves against a government stipulation to build up stocks to last for at least 10 days of intense fighting.

    In 2009, the MoD accepted the requirement of buying 321 ATGM launchers and 8,356 missiles, with 30 per cent offsets and a transfer of technology clause. An option of approaching the US for buying Javelin ATGM was also explored, but the US government was not amenable to transfer of technology. Only Rafael of Israel responded, and Spike missiles underwent trials in 2011-12. The ministry accepted the trial evaluation in 2013 and gave clearance for procuring from a single vendor. The US government later tried to offer the Javelin ATGM with transfer of technology but India chose to go ahead with the Israeli system.

    Ministry sources said that trials highlighted a problem with one of the two homing devices in the launcher which led to constitution of a study group. The study group presented its report in August 2014, and the ministry agreed in October 2014 to procure the missiles from Rafael.

    Price negotiations between Rafael and the MoD started in March 2015. After the prices were finalised in June 2016, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar constituted an experts committee to review the evaluation report and explore the possibility of an indigenous missile system. There was divergence in the views of the DRDO representatives and Army representatives in the experts committee over the case. The matter was eventually resolved earlier this month with Army headquarters agreeing to retract the RFP for ATGM launchers and missiles.

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    22-November, 2017 13:52 IST
    Brahmos Flight test from IAF’s Su-30MKI fighter aircraft

    Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea based target in the Bay of Bengal. The missile was gravity dropped from the Su-30 from fuselage, and the two stage missile’s engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal.

    The successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons. Brahmos, the world-class weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission role is now capable of being launched from Land, Sea and Air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India. Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.

    Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment.

    Dr S Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D congratulated the Scientists and Engineers for this excellent text book kind of flight test.

    The missile test was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos.



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    The Defence Ministry said the missile hit a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal from the combat jet. Image credit: IAF

    The Defence Ministry said the missile hit a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal from the combat jet. The land and warship versions of the missile have already been inducted into the armed forces. “Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on today after it was successfully flight-tested for first time from the IAF’s frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea based target in the Bay of Bengal,” the Defence Ministry said.

    It said the successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges.

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the “Team Brahmos” and the scientists at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the “historic achievement”. Giving details of the test firing, the ministry said the missile was “gravity dropped” from the Su-30 fuselage, and the two stage missile’s engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea.

    Brahmos ALCM, weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to carry weapons.

    Dr S Christopher, Chairman of DRDO, congratulated the scientists and engineers for the “excellent text book kind of flight test”.

    The missile test was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, Director General (BrahMos), along with senior IAF officials, scientists and officials from DRDO and BrahMos. PTI
     
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