A few weeks ago, we provided an account of the latest developments in India’s defence system that included the induction of Rafale, successful testing of indigenous helicopters, DRDO’s hypersonic technology demonstration vehicle, and a military pact with Japan. Now, there are many other happenings which add up to a picture reflecting the growing strength of India’s defence line. Here is a brief on such developments.
Brahmos Becoming More Aatmanirbhar
On September 30, the BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems were successfully flight tested. This has paved the way for serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BrahMos Weapon System, realising Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge.
Nirbhay Missile Defence at LAC
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, “India will formally induct the Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile into the Indian Army and Navy after the seventh trial scheduled next month, but has already moved a limited number of the missiles to the Line of Actual Control where Indian soldiers are locked in a tense standoff with China’s PLA.”
The report notes that “the missile, which travels at a speed of 0.7 Mach, has both terrain-hugging and sea-skimming capability that helps it avoid detection and counter-measures.”
The Drone Defence
Another report in Hindustan Times notes that India is upgrading its surveillance drones at the Line of Actual Control rapidly. India has asked Israel to upgrade its existing Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance surveillance drone by upgrading its communication links, which includes linking with satellites so that the real time information can be used.
On the other hand, India decided to buy weaponised MQ-9B Sky Guardian drone from the US. The report notes that “the MQ-9B, manufactured by General Atomics, has a 40-hour endurance with a maximum altitude of 40,000 feet and payload or weapon carrying capacity of over 2.5 tonne, including air-to-surface missiles and laser-guided bombs.”
These developments assure that India is leaving no stone unturned to ensure solid defence preparation at a time when tension is prevailing along the LAC.