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1. Philippines’ 1st country to purchase BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile System from India.

  • Philippine + BrahMos +india 

2. India has set a target of achieving defence exports of $5 billion by 2024.

  • Defence export – 5 billion- 2024

3. GoI has announced a ban on the import of foreign-manufactured drones, with exceptions for research and development (R&D), defence & security purposes.

4. Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new Flight Control System (FCS) integration complex at the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru Karnataka, constructed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with the help of Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

  • Flight control system integration complex – Bengaluru- DRDO +L&T

5. Rajnath Singh inaugurated DefConnect 2.0, a celebration of the growth of the Indian Defence start-up ecosystem, in New Delhi, with the objective of attracting innovators and investors from India’s leading industries in the Defence sector. ‘Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) Prime’, 6th Defence India Start-up Challenge Innovate4Defence internship (i4D) are certain programs launched in it.

  • Defconnect2.0 delhi

6. GoI Allocated 25% Defence Procurement for Domestic Private Industry To promote private industry, MSME and start-ups in defence 

  • Defence procurement – domestic- 25% budget

7. “Neptune”- Ukraine’s Homemade Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Neptune is a Ukrainian homemade anti-ship cruise missile capable of destroying targets within a range of 300 km

  • Neptune- Ukraine- anti-ship cruise missile- 300 km

8. MoD has signed an MoU with CSC (Common Service Centres) e-Governance Services India Limited, to onboard pension services under the SPARSH (System for Pension Administration (Raksha)) Initiative across more than 4 lakh CSCs across India.

  • Mod +CSCs – SPARSH

9. SPARSH, an online pension disbursing model, is an initiative of the Defence Ministry that aims to provide a comprehensive solution to the administration of pensions to the Defence pensioners.

  • SPARSH- Defence pension portal

10. MoD signed a contract for Rs.1075 crore with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the retro-modification of Commander Sight in 957 of India’s premier Battle Tanks i.e. T-90 of the Indian Army

  • MoD+ BEL – modification- T90- rs1075

11. Two Multi-Purpose Vessels (MPVs) for the Indian Navy at a total cost of Rs.887 Crore under the “Buy-Indian” Category will be built at L & T shipyard in Kattupally (Chennai), with deliveries starting in May 2025.

  • MPV+ L&T= Rs 887crore

12. MoD signed a contract worth Rs.473 crore with Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the construction of eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard. 

  • MoD + Goa shipyard ltd = Fast patrol vessel= Rs473 cr

13. HAL has signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), for the co-development and co-production of a long-range dual-band Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI in Bengaluru, Karnataka

  • HAL + BEL- Infrared search and track system= Sukhoi

14. The HAL commenced the Main Airframe Fatigue Test (MAFT) of the Light Combat Aircraft Mark 1 (LCA Mk1) airframe in the Ground Test Centre of Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Bengaluru, Karnataka

  • HAL+ Main Airframe Fatigue Test+LCA

15. DRDO Successfully Tests India’s 1st, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technology in 2 cities of Uttar Pradesh. DRDO, with IIT, Delhi for the 1st time successfully demonstrated India’s indigenous technology, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) link between Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Vindhyachal, UP, a distance of more than 100 km

  • DRDO + Quatam key distribution + IIT delhi+ Prayagraj to vindhyachal

16. Russia successfully test-fired around 10 new Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missiles from a frigate and other two missiles from a submarine. The Zircon missile would be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000km.

  • Russia +Tsirkon =1000km

17. DRDO successfully flight tested the final deliverable configuration of the Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) at a range in Southern India. The test was held to demonstrate the consistent performance of the missile at its minimum range. It has a maximum range of 5 Km. 

  • DRDO + MPATGM = 5km

18. Israel & USA successfully conducted the flight test of the Arrow-3 ballistic missile interceptor outside the Earth’s atmosphere. It was developed in a joint project between Israel’s Missile Defense Organization and the American Missile Defense Agency. 

  • Israel+USA = Arrow-3 ballistic missile

19. Indian Army has signed its first contract worth Rs.96 crore with Anadrol Systems Pvt Ltd for Maneuverable Expendable Aerial Target, for Army Air Defence and Indian Air Force.

  • Indian army+ Anadron system  = maneuverable expendable aerial target=96crore

20. Swedish defence company ‘Saab’ had been selected by the Indian Armed Force through a competitive programme for the supply of the single-shot anti-armour weapon AT4.

  • Saab(Sweden)+ India= AT4 single shot anti-armour weapon

Note:

  • MOD – Ministry of Defence
  • GOI – Government of India

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