Camcopter S-100

Source: First Post Context: India is set to enhance its naval capabilities through a deal with Austrian company Schiebel for their Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS).   Features of Camcopter S-100: The system can operate in various extreme climates and has a high endurance, making it ideal for the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian …

NOMADIC ELEPHANT

Source: PIB Context: The 16th edition of the India-Mongolia Joint Military Exercise NOMADIC ELEPHANT began in Meghalaya. The exercise aims to enhance joint military capabilities for counterinsurgency operations under the United Nations Mandate Chapter VII, focusing on semi-urban and mountainous terrain. Key tactical drills include response to terrorist actions, the establishment of joint command posts …

Medium Range-Microwave Obscurant Chaff Rocket (MR-MOCR)

Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the Medium Range-Microwave Obscurant Chaff Rocket (MR-MOCR) to the Indian Navy. It obscures radar signals and creates a microwave shield, reducing radar detection of platforms and assets. The rocket uses special fibres to form a microwave obscurant cloud in space when fired, effectively covering a …

Javelin anti-tank missiles

Context: India and the US recently discussed the co-production of American Javelin anti-tank missiles to meet Indian military needs. The Javelin anti-tank weapon system is a premier, single-man-portable, medium-range missile system. It uses a “fire-and-forget” principle, automatically guiding itself to the target after launch, allowing the gunner to take cover and avoid counter-fire. Source: Economic …

Rampage Missiles

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI    Context: Israel recently utilized the Rampage missile in an attack on an Iranian military base. The Rampage missile is an air-to-surface weapon developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Israeli Military Industries Systems.   Features of Rampage: Designed for precision strikes, it targets high-quality, well-protected sites such as …

Parivartan Chintan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Tri-service Conference, named ‘Parivartan Chintan,‘ took place recently, aimed at fostering Jointness and Integration in the Armed Forces. It emphasises the importance of developing a Joint Culture for the Armed Forces, blending the strengths of each service while maintaining their uniqueness. It helps in enhancing efficiency, …

Agni-Prime ballistic missile

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times Context: India successfully conducted a night trial of the new-generation Agni-Prime ballistic missile, from the Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The test, conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and DRDO, met all objectives, confirming its reliable performance. The Agni-Prime incorporates new propulsion systems, …

Zircon hypersonic missile

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Print    Context: Russian President confirmed that the 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile had been used in combat, presenting a new challenge to Ukrainian air defense systems in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Zircon missile, capable of reaching eight times the speed of sound with a …

Mission Divyastra – Agni-5 ballistic missile

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE   Context: India successfully tested a new version of the Agni-5 ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, each capable of striking separate targets, enhancing the country’s nuclear strike capability. The Agni-5, developed indigenously by DRDO, has a range of over 5,000 km and uses MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable …

ADITI scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB    Context: Raksha Mantri launched the Acing Development of Innovative Technologies with iDEX (ADITI) scheme, aiming to promote innovations in critical and strategic defence technologies. Under this scheme, start-ups can receive a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 25 crore for their research and development efforts in defence technology. …

Igla-S

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI   Context: Russia has announced its plan to supply the Igla-S man-portable air defence missile system to the Indian armed forces.   About Igla-S: The Igla-S is a man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS) developed by Russia. MANPADS are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles designed to be operated by an …

Project Udbhav

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: ‘Project Udbhav’ has been launched by the Indian Defence Minister, aiming to integrate ancient Indian strategic wisdom into modern military pedagogy. The project, in collaboration with the United Service Institution of India (USI), seeks to create an indigenous strategic vocabulary based on India’s philosophy and culture. …

Operation Ajay

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI   Context: India has initiated “Operation Ajay” to evacuate its citizens from conflict-stricken Israel. This marks the second evacuation operation of the year, following Operation Kaveri, which brought back Indian citizens from Sudan earlier. The decision to initiate Operation Ajay comes in response to recent conflicts in the …

Astra missiles

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to induct the indigenous Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air to Air Missile by the end of 2023. Astra is already integrated into the SU-30MKI and was successfully test-fired from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. The IAF intends …