The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed the first squadron of the S-400 air defence missile system in the western Punjab sector which will take care of aerial threats from Pakistan and China. It was developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau.
- The S-400 air defence system was contracted for by India from Russia in a deal worth around Rs 35,000 crore and five squadrons would be provided to India for tackling air threats from up to 400 km.
i.The first squadron deliveries are expected to be complete by the end of this year.
ii.Indian Air Force officers and personnel have trained in Russia on the system.
iii.The S-400 missile defence system is equipped with four different missiles which can engage enemy aircraft, ballistic missiles, and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) planes at 400 km, 250 km, the medium-range 120 km and the short-range 40 km.
Indian Army getting new ‘Made in India’ anti-personnel, anti-tank mines for China, Pak borders
The Indian Army will soon induct a new range of landmines viz. Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Prachand and Uluk which will act as the first line of defence against enemy infantry and armoured columns or terrorists trying to infiltrate into Indian territory.
- The Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers under Engineer in Chief Lt Gen Harpal Singh is developing anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.
i.Indian Army will induct 7 lakh indigenously developed ‘Nipun’ anti-personnel mines which carry a potent mix of RDX (Royal Demolition Explosive).
- Nipun is developed by an Indian firm with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
ii.As a counter to enemy tank regiments, the corps of engineers are carrying out trials of the Vibhav and Vishal, anti-tank mines. These highly effective mines have been developed for the Indian Army by DRDO.
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