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India test-fires indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile off Odisha coast

The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said soon after the test was carried out.

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As part of efforts to develop a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India today test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.”The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” said defence sources. The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor, positioned at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), roared through its trajectory at around 0946 hrs to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, defence sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said soon after the test was carried out. The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, the sources said.The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities and sophisticated radars, the sources said.

India test-fires indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile

Balasore: As part of efforts to develop a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on Sunday test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image. Agencies

“The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” said defence sources.

The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.

After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor, positioned at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), roared through its trajectory at around 9.46 am to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, defence sources said.

The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said soon after the test was carried out.

The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, the sources said.

The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking andhoming capabilities and sophisticated radars, the sources said.

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Second army operated UAV crash within fortnight

The November 19 crash, in fact, was the loss of all four UAVs developed by the Defence Research and Development Research (DRDO) under an indigenous project called ‘Nishant UAV’ and inducted in Army in 2011.

Second army operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crash within fortnight; DRDO Project to develop more of them to be grounded An indigenously developed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – used for reconnaissance- belonging to the Indian Army crashed Thursday near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, leading to second such incident within a span of fifteen days. The cause of the crash was a technical snag, officials said. On November 4, at Pokhran in Jaisalmer itself, an another UAV crashed during a training exercise.The November 19 crash, in fact, was the loss of all four UAVs developed by the Defence Research and Development Research (DRDO) under an indigenous project called ‘Nishant UAV’ and inducted in Army in 2011.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The entire project cost was close to Rs100 odd crores. A senior defence ministry official who did not wish to be named also said that the army is no more interested in Nishant UAVs, as a result of their poor performance and this, he said, “has been clearly communicated to DRDO”.What this will entail is scrapping of the second phase of Nishant UAV project under which few more of them were to be developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment, a Bengaluru based DRDO lab.Conceived as early as in 1988, DRDO began first test flight of Nishant project in mid-1990s.From their traditional primary role of surveillance, UAVs are now being increasingly used in electronic strike missions, for destroying enemy air defence and communication networks.UAVs are used across the world for air reconnaissance, surveillance and in some cases, even hitting ground targets. They help correct the course of firing by the Artillary units.Since the UAVs fly at low levels, detecting them by radars become difficult.

Army successfully test-fires Brahmos supersonic land attack cruise missile

Pokhran: Army on Saturday successfully test fired the nearly 300-km-range Brahmos supersonic land attack cruise missile in Pokhran.

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“At 1000 hrs today, the Indian Army fired Brahmos land-attack cruise missile successfully against a designated target at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, demonstrating the weapon’s supreme operational capability,” defence officials said.

The missile was test launched by a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) deployed in full configuration.

The test-fire, carried out in the user-deployment configuration by trained army personnel, met all the mission objectives, they said.

“BRAHMOS missile system, the most lethal and potent weapon system for precision strike available with Indian Army, has proved again its effectiveness in today’s successful launch,” said Sudhir Mihra, Chief of BrahMos Aerospace.

The Army has already inducted three regiments of Brahmos in its arsenal. All are equipped with Block-III version of missile, which was tested on 8 and 9 May this year.

The land-attack version of Brahmos has been operationalised in the Army since 2007.

The fire-and-forget Missile has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined high-low trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems.

Inclusion of the powerful weapon system in Indian Army has given it a distinct operational advantage to knock down any enemy target even in the most difficult and hidden terrains, the officials said.

The missile, having a range of 290-km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.

BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.

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PM Modi announces memorial for Kalam in his birthplace on 84th birth anniversary

The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man’s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch.

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Paying rich tributes to ‘people’s President’ APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a memorial to honour him and inspire future generations would be built in his birthplace Rameswaram, which will developed as an AMRUT city.The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man’s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch. He mentioned several vital sectors where innovation was essential, including cyber-security, housing for all, river-linking, enhancing agricultural productivity, blue economy, and ‘zero-defect, zero-effect’ manufacturing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing Kalam as a “Rashtra-ratna” before being a “Rashtrapati”, Modi, who was speaking at a function organised by DRDO, said the former President always looked for “challenges” and his life is a source of inspiration for all Indians. The Prime Minister said that a memorial for Kalam would be built at Rameswaram, to inspire future generations. He added that government has already acquired the land for the memorial and a committee of Ministers has been set up to discuss modalities in this regard. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Rameswaram would be converted into AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme) city.The Prime Minister said that while most people look for opportunities in life, Kalam always sought fresh challenges to overcome. He recalled how he worked closely with Kalam during the post-earthquake reconstruction work in Kutch. Recalling that Kalam wished to be remembered as a teacher, the Prime Minister said that the former President was well aware of the importance of nurturing future generations. On Kalam’s birth anniversary, “one must explore how we can encourage innovation in India,” he said. Speaking about various sectors, Modi hoped that India can turn itself into one of the main hubs for cyber security, which has become a global concern.Modi said Kalam had not only risen from humble beginnings to the highest office in India, but had also built great institutions, virtually from scratch. He said everyone should draw inspiration from his example.Modi said Kalam had child-like qualities and he always made sure to interact with youngsters and to inspire them. Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a bust of A P J Abdul Kalam at DRDO Bhavan. He inaugurated a photo exhibition titled ‘A Celebration of Dr Kalam’s Life’. The Prime Minister also released a commemorative postal stamp on Kalam.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. Kalam, known as the father of India’s missile programme, was President from 2002 to 2007. He died of cardiac arrest on July 27 this year. Modi said while others try to avoid visiting Northeast on one pretext or the other, Kalam, even after retiring long ago, was in the region as a teacher when he passed away. “This shows his commitment”. In a lighter vein, he also said one could recognise Kalam from far away because of his hairstyle. Modi said Kalam always believed in a strong India “but not strong by weapons only”.”Borders of a country do not decide its identity but its strength is decided by how capable its people are,” Modi said.The Prime Minister noted that Kalam was a great promoter of education and he always used to talk about the importance of Yoga. “He wanted to convert religion into spiritualism. Spiritualism should be given primacy and this was his conviction,” Modi said. “Kalam Saheb was the one who always looked for challenges, which he continued doing till the end of his life,” Modi said.Hailing the former President’s rich contribution, Modi said the void left by his absence can only be filled by following his teachings in true spirit. “Just two days after leaving the Presidency, after such a big position, he went to teach. This can’t happen without an inherent commitment…. Our young scientists should get inspired by the way shown by Dr Kalam,” he said. Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the title of ‘Missile man’.”Today we salute A P J Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievements as a scientist, scholar and the President of India. “We fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Dr. Kalam truly ignited young minds with the power to think and innovate. Dr. Kalam is not with us today but his thoughts, ideals and vision for India live on forever,” Modi had tweeted prior to the event.

Abdul Kalam was a ‘rashtra-ratna’ first and ‘rashtrapati’ later, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called the late former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a “rashtra-ratna” (Gem of the nation) before “rashtrapati”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called the late former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a “rashtra-ratna” (Gem of the nation) before “rashtrapati”.”Dr. Kalam was a ‘rashtra-ratna’ first and President later. The Government of India has decided that statue of Dr. Kalam will be built in the villages where he was born and where he breathed his last. Government has already acquired land in both the places to build a memorial for him. The statue will be an inspiration for the future generations,” said Prime Minister Modi after unveiling the statue of late president at DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) Bhavan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”His hair style depicted a child in him. I was very close to him, since I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat,” the Prime Minister added.He also asserted that late former president Dr. Kalam was a man of commitment who always looked for challenges and the ways to overcome them.PM Modi also inaugurated a photo exhibition dedicated to the leader at DRDO.Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India. Before becoming the President, Dr. Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

PM Modi pays tribute to former president APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to late former president APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary.

APJ Abdul Kalam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to late former president APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary.”Today we salute APJ Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievements as a scientist, scholar and the President of India. We fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Dr. Kalam truly ignited young minds with the power to think and innovate. Dr. Kalam is not with us today but his thoughts, ideals and vision for India live on forever,” PM Modi tweeted.Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Kalam today, during which he will unveil his statue and inaugurate a photo exhibition on the departed leader. The Prime Minister will be attending the celebrations at DRDO Bhavan here in the national capital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharat Ratna awardee Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), earning him the title of ‘Missile man’.

Is Indian Air force suffering due to PM Modi’s ‘Make In India’ initiative?

The push for India’s struggling Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) also comes at a time when the air force is at its weakest operational strength since the 1962 war against China, which is causing anxiety within military circles.

India’s government has turned down the military’s request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars.The push for India’s struggling Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) also comes at a time when the air force is at its weakest operational strength since the 1962 war against China, which is causing anxiety within military circles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since it took over last year, the Modi administration has repeatedly said its overriding goal is to cut off the military’s addiction to foreign arms which has made it the world’s top importer.The air force wanted the government to clear an additional 44 Rafale medium multirole aircraft on top of the 36 that Modi announced during a visit to Paris this year that are to be bought off-the-shelf to meet its urgent requirements.But a defence ministry official said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had told the air force that there weren’t enough funds to expand the Rafale acquisition and that it must induct an improved version of the indigenous Tejas-Mark 1A.”The IAF (air force) needs to have a minimum number of aircraft at all times. The LCA is our best option at this stage, given our resource constraints,” the defence official said.”The Rafale is our most expensive acquisition. The LCA is our cheapest in the combat category.”India’s air force says its requires 45 fighter squadrons to counter a “two-front collusive threat” from Pakistan and China. But it only has 35 active fighter squadrons, parliament’s defence committee said in a report in April citing a presentation by a top air force officer.With the drawdown of Soviet-era MiG 21 planes under way, the air force would be down to 25 squadrons by 2022 at the current pace of acquisitions, it told the committee.Cleared by the government in 1983, the LCA designed by the government’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was meant to be the backbone of the air force due for induction in 1994.Instead, it suffered years of delay and chaos with scientists trying to build the world’s most modern light combat aircraft from scratch, including the engine.Eventually they scrapped the engine, turning to GE Aviation and lowering their ambitions for a state-of-the-art fighter. So far, only one aircraft has been produced and even that is awaiting final operational clearance, now delayed to early 2016.”In January this year, they had given one LCA … which had not completed its flight testing. They handed over the papers to us. We do not make a squadron with one aeroplane. That is where we are,” said an air force officer speaking on condition of anonymity.SAFETY CONCERNSAn independent investigation by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India into the LCA programme identified 53 “shortfalls” in the plane. In a report in May, the auditor said that the plane wasn’t as light as promised, the fuel capacity and speed were lower than required and there were concerns about safety.Retired Air Marshal M. Matheswaran, a former deputy chief of the Integrated Defence Staff, said the LCA was obsolete.”It is a very short-range aircraft which has no relevance in today’s war fighting scenarios. If you are trying to justify this as a replacement for follow-on Rafales, you are comparing apples with oranges.”He said the plane was at best a technology demonstrator on which Indian engineers could build the next series of aircraft, not something the air force could win a war with.”We would like to have the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) variety of aircraft. At least about six squadrons, to my mind,” the head of the air force, Arup Raha, said at the weekend, referring to the Rafale class of fighters.But K. Tamilmani, the DRDO’s aerospace chief, said the modified version of the Tejas addressed most of the air force concerns. These included electronic warfare system, flight computer, radar and maintenance problems.”Almost all the problems get solved with the 1A. There will always be scope for improvement, but there are no flight safety issues,” he said.State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited would be able to ramp production to 16 a year by 2017 to meet the air force’s demands, he said.”We Indians are extremely good at blaming each other – at blaming it all on Indian production.”Dassault declined any comment on the government’s decision to cap the Rafale fleet.A source close to Sweden’s Saab, which has been pushing its Gripen light fighter, said that it was respectful of India’s decision to try to develop its domestic military base.”There’s still a huge gap that needs to be filled. We are marketing it (the Gripen) under the Make-in-India umbrella,” he said. “Even if you add the seven squadrons of the Tejas, there is still a requirement (with MiGs retiring etc). It’s a question of timing. Can they build these for when they need them?”

Bionic ear made by DRDO to be available soon!

The imported cochlear implant costs about Rs 7 to Rs 10 lakhs.

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Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has manufactured a hearing aid that will solve the issues of many of those who have a hearing problem. Set to cost just one-eighth of an imported hearing aid, the ‘bionic ear’ will be available in the market by end of 2015.According to a report in Deccan Herald, the cochlear implants is being developed by Defence Bio-engineering and Electro-Medical Laboratory (Debel), a unit of DRDO, in Bengaluru. The imported cochlear implant costs about Rs 7 to Rs 10 lakhs. The indigenous bionic ear will be available for Rs 1 lakh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cochlear implant project was started in 2012 and has about nearly three and a half years to reach the clinical stage. The implant will undergo trials at five centres across India before large-scale commercial production starts.Scientists from several institutes like Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group (Hyderabad), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, are working with DRDO on this project.

DRDO ties up with Ramdev to market supplements, food products

DIHAR, a frontier laboratory of DRDO which is located in Leh with detachments in the strategic Siachen sector has pioneered cold arid-agro animal technologies for augmenting local availability of fresh food in the region.

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India’s premier defence research organisation DRDO has now roped in yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda Limited to manufacture and market in the country and abroad some herbal supplements and food products developed by it.DRDO on Sunday entered into licensing agreements with Ramdev’s company for transfer of Seabuckthorn technology based products developed by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR).The technology has been transferred under the DRDO FICCI ATAC (Accelerated Technology Assessment&Commercialisation) programme that has been established to identify spin-off technologies for commercial markets within India and abroad, with a special focus on social benefit technologies, an official statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DIHAR, a frontier laboratory of DRDO which is located in Leh with detachments in the strategic Siachen sector has pioneered cold arid-agro animal technologies for augmenting local availability of fresh food in the region.The laboratory, through its translational laboratory to land approach, develops technologies for fresh food cultivation, poultry, goat and dairy farming and green house cultivation which are disseminated to the local farmers.Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said seabuckthorn is a unique product.”Apart from what has been commercialised, there are many more applications which Patanjali Ayurveda could explore to exploit the full potential of Seabuckthorn,” he said.Parrikar wanted Patanjali Ayurveda to bring many more health products to exploit the full potential of the technologies beyond what DIHAR has found out.He added that DRDO in collaboration with FICCI under DRDO FICCI ATAC programme is striving to commercialise more and more spin off technologies for the benefit of society at large.DRDO Chief S Cristopher mentioned that DIHAR has been relentlessly working for development of products which in addition to their usefulness for Armed Forces has tremendous commercial potential in India and abroad.”The benefits of the research done by DIHAR will help the local population to derive the economic benefits,” he said.While giving an overview, Bhuvnesh Kumar, Director, DIHAR said that the farmers adopt the technologies developed by his scientists and sell their produce to the army.”This unique approach not only results in local availability of fresh food but also results in socio-economic development of Ladakh and stronger civil-military cooperation in this strategically important region,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Baba Ramdev set to collaborate with DRDO

Ramdev Baba’s Patanjali Yogpeeth will be selling herbal supplements in partnership with DRDO.
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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev is all set to manufacture and market his herbal supplements in partnership with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).According to reports, an agreement for transfer of technology is scheduled to be signed by DRDO’s Leh based-laboratory, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) and Patanjali Yogpeeth on August 23. Ramdev on Sunday tweeted that he attended a session with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on seabuckthorn based products on Sunday. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per reports, following the agreement between these organisations, the products by DRDO will be developed by DIHAR will be handled over to Patanjali Yogpeeth. The products reportedly include herbal tea, seabuckthorn dietary supplements capsules, seabuckthorn juice and sepricot (seabuckthorn and apricot) beverage.

Telangana requests Centre to name DRDO after APJ Abdul Kalam

“Under Kalam’s guidance, when he was Director of DRDO, several research works were done in the organisation enhancing country’s self-reliance in defence systems,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

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The Telangana Government on Sunday requested the Centre that the city-based Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), be named after former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, according to a release issued by his office here. He said the research done by DRDO has helped the country towards achieving self-reliance in the defence sector.”Under Kalam’s guidance, when he was Director of DRDO, several research works were done in the organisation enhancing country’s self-reliance in defence systems,” Rao said. Kalam had put in efforts that ensured setting up of many defence organisations including DRDL, RCI and MIDHANI among others in Hyderabad, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Naming DRDO after Kalam, who had close association with Hyderabad city, would inspire the future generations and also pay rich tributes to Kalam by India’s defence organisation or establishment,” Rao was quoted as saying in the release.Kalam passed away in Shillong, Meghalaya last week.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passes away: Tributes pour in on Twitter

The Twitterati were shocked to find about Dr Kalam’s sudden demise and condolences poured in from all quarters.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away of a suspected heart attack after collapsing during a lecture in Shillong. The scientist, who also served as the President of India between 2002 and 2007, collapsed during a lecture in Shillong.An impoverished childhood didn’t prevent him from pursuing his dreams and he studied physics and aerospace engineering.He was awarded the nation’s top awards including the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna. He spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> He was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime and the Secretary of the DRDO from 1992 to 199. The Pokhran II nuclear tests were conducted during this period. He also wrote 14 books on various topics including India 2020, Wings of Fire and Ignited Minds. Tributes for the former President poured in on Twitter as the likes of Arvind Kerjiwal, Rajnath Singh, Omar Abdullah, Rahul Gandhi and others expressed their condolences and paid tributes to the Missile Man of India.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passes away in Shillong, at the age of 84

Kalam collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong at a function where he was the chief guest.
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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away after being admitted to a hospital in Shillong on Monday following sudden illness.Kalam (84) collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong at a function where he was a guest faculty member. He was rushed to Bethany hospital in Shillong. According to reports, Kalam suffered a massive cardiac arrest at the function.On Monday morning, Kalam had posted on Twitter about his visit to Shillong to attend an event. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra expressed their condolences via Twitter.Union Minister Arun Jaitley too expressed condolences.Born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Kalam studied physics and aerospace engineering. He served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007 and was awarded the nation’s top civilian awards, including Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna. Kalam spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime and the Secretary of the DRDO from 1992 to 199. The Pokhran II nuclear tests were conducted during this period. He also wrote 14 books on various topics including India 2020, Wings of Fire and Ignited Minds. Also read: Tributes pour in for Abdul Kalam on Twitter

Surface-to-air missile ‘Akash’ inducted in Indian Air Force

The indigeniously-developed supersonic surface-to-air missile “Akash” that can target aircraft upto a distance of 30 km, was today formally inducted in the Indian Air Force here by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Chief Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), SK Sharma presenting a replica of Akash Missile to Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar looks on during its induction into the IAF at Air Force Station Gwalior

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The indigeniously-developed supersonic surface-to-air missile “Akash” that can target aircraft upto a distance of 30 km, was today formally inducted in the Indian Air Force here by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.IAF has given an initial contract for eight squadrons of Akash defence system. Each squadron has two firing units with four launchers. Each launcher has a capacity to fire three missiles in quick succession.The missile system can target aircraft upto 30 km away, at altitudes upto 18,000 metres. It has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Akash system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) is the production agency.Akash has already been deployed by IAF at its bases in Gwalior, Hashimara, Tejpur, Jorhat and Pune. The deployment started in 2013″It is pertinent to note that Akash is the first made-in-India missile system and is a hallmark of sustained and focused jointmanship between DRDO, BEL, private sector and more importantly the IAF,” a statement by the IAF said.Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who formally received the ‘key’ of the Akash system from Parrikar, said that a total of 27 missiles had been fired after inking of the contract, to ascertain the serviceability of the system in various conditions and a high success rate had been achieved.He said that plans were afoot in the IAF for procurement of additional Akash systems.Akash is a potent supersonic mobile multi-directional, multi-target point, area Air Defence system that can simultaneously engage multiple air targets using sophisticated multi-function phased array radars.The advanced ECCM (Electronic Counter Counter Measures) features provide secure communication links with other Air Defence Command and Control networks to handle the counter electronic warfare scenario, the statement said.Indigenous development of Akash system has given impetus to the defence industrial base of the country and generated business of more than Rs 20,000 crore, it said.Akash is the outcome of successful partnership between DRDL, the nodal lab in DRDO, along with 13 other DRDO labs, 19 Public Sector Units, 5 Ordinance Factories, 3 National Laboratories, 6 academic institutions and more than 265 private industries across the country.

Man behind indigenous airborne early warning system is new DRDO chief: All you need to know about S Christopher

New Delhi: Radar specialist S Christopher took charge as the new Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its secretary on Friday morning. On Thursday night, Christopher was appointed chief of the premier defence research agency for two years by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Christopher is also the man behind the indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control system (AEW&C). The DRDO was without a full-time chief for around four months ever since Avinash Chander was unceremoniously removed on 31 January.

Newly-appointed Director General S Christopher.Newly-appointed Director General S Christopher.

Newly-appointed Director General S Christopher.

Christopher was heading the Bengaluru-based Centre for Airborne Systems and the project to develop an airborne early warning and control system before his new appointment.

After completing his graduation from University of Madras and IIT Kharagpur, Christopher joined IIT Madras as project associate in 1980. He completed his PhD from IIT Madras in Antennae and Measurement Techniques, the Economic Times reported.

Christopher shot to fame when he led a team to create the Automated Planar Near Field Measurement Facility at LRDE. Christopher was lauded for his efforts as it was never before done in the country and his efforts paved way “the electronically scanned array antenna evaluation at LRDE.” The technology was used for many airborne and missile projects which was used for exports, the report added.

In 2007, Christopher became the Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control programme and joined the Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS). He was later promoted to the rank of a distinguished scientist in 2012, the DRDO website said.

The Department of Defence Research and Development (DoDRD) has remained under additional charge of Defence Secretary since 30 January this year.

Avinash Chander’s contract as Secretary of DoDRD and director general of DRDO and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was terminated with effect from 31 January. His contract would have otherwise ended in May 2016.

With agency inputs

Olive Ridley turtles: Live telecast of mass nesting shelved after security concerns

Kendrapara: Coastal security compulsion has forced the authorities not to go ahead with a live telecast of the mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles at a rookery in Odisha close to a defence installation site, forest officials said on Tuesday.

An olive ridley turtle. AFP

From the national security viewpoint, live global exposure to the annual mass nesting of turtles through internet has been shelved. However, it would be videographed and transmitted for public view later, they said.

It was earlier decided that this year Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and state forest department would jointly carry out live telecast of mass nesting of these marine animals in Gahirmatha nesting ground in Kendrapara district.

Last year, everything was ready for telecast. However, the turtles did not turn up, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Kedar Kumar Swain.

Tourists and researchers can’t enter into the unique natural heritage keeping in view the fact that the unmanned islands are located in close vicinity of Wheeler’s island defence test range centre, a prohibited territory.

Only forest officials and a select band of animal researchers would be allowed to watch the annual mass nesting, he said.

Though the turtles had skipped visit last year, mass nesting phenomenon is expected to occur any time now as there is a sizeable congregation of Olive Ridley turtles along Gahirmatha coastal waters.

Ground-level feedback indicates that millions of turtles may turn up on the beach to lay eggs.

Turtle protection patrolling vessels have come across movement of thousands of female turtles within 2-3 nautical seaward distance of Gahirmatha nesting beach. Sea patrolling vigil has been stepped close to Gahirmatha coast. Three forest patrolling vessels have been stationed along the Gahirmatha nesting zone to stop trawler intrusion, Swain said.

Idyllic Gahirmatha nesting ground is lying along the Nasi-1 and Nasi-2 Islands. Since it is a remote and far-flung spot, mass nesting phenomenon has so far remained out of bounds for tourists, visitors and researchers.

Besides location of DRDO’s test range centre close to the nesting ground often pose hindrance for visit to the place because of security-related factor.

PTI

DRDO Chief Avinash Chander sacked

Chander joined DRDO in 1972 after completing graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Avinash Chander (left) has been terminated from the post of DRDO Chief

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Government on Tuesday removed Chief of top defence research organisation Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end.The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “approved the termination” of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from January 31, an official notification said.Interestingly, Chander who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on November 30 last on attaining 64 years of age and he was given a contract for 18 months till May 31 next year.The removal of Chander after being given a contract raises questions over the Government action.Analysts believe that the action could have been taken against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that the ‘laid back’ attitude in the DRDO will not be tolerated during a visit last year.Efforts to contact Chander did not fructify as he did not answer the calls made on his phone.Chander joined DRDO in 1972 after completing graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.Chander is the chief architect of Agni series of ballistic missile systems. Development of Agni range of missiles under a highly- restrictive international control regimes was possible only out of his technology forecast, perspective planning and relentless efforts, DRDO officials said.