Ministry of Defence signs Rs 2,580 crores of contracts to boost Make in India

Ministry of Defence signs Rs 2,580 crores of contracts to boost Make in India

   Kautilya Academy    01-09-2020

On August 31, 2020, the Ministry of Defence signed contracts worth Rs 2,580 crores to boost Make in India. The contracts were signed for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Indian Army.

Highlights

The contracts were signed with Tata Power Company, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, and Larsen and Toubro. The Pinaka Regiments comprised of 114 launchers with Automated Gun Aiming and Positioning System. The six Pinaka regiments are to be operationalized along the Northern and Eastern borders of the country. It will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army.

The induction of the six Pinaka regiments is to be completed by 2024.


DRDO

The Pinaka multiple launch rocket system was indigenously designed and developed by DRDO. It is a flagship project that showcases public-private partnerships enabling Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.


What is Pinaka?

Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher that was designed and developed by DRDO. It has a maximum range of 40 km for Mark-I and 75 km for Mark II. Pinaka was used in the Kargil war and was successful in neutralizing enemy positions.


Deployment

Pinaka is to be operated in conjunction with Swathi Weapon Locating Radar. Swati was developed by India. It locates incoming artillery and determines the point of origin to counter-battery fire.


Recent developments

Pinaka II is a guided missile. It is being developed at Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune. It is equipped with a control kit and navigation guidance. It was successfully tested in Chandipur in 2013.


Way forward

Israel has joined hands with DRDO to implement the Trajectory Correction System on Pinaka. There are also plans to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with Pinaka.


Background

India is currently pushing the Make in India initiative after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with the Chinese troops in Ladakh. It is the most aggressive encounter with China since the 1962 war. Also, India is the second-largest importer of defense goods. Thus, the defense ministry is trying to cut the imports by boosting domestic manufacturers.


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