The Indian military is set to kick-start the country’s first-ever edition of simulated space warfare exercise dubbed “IndSpaceEx” on 25 July.
The tri-Service Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) is organizing the two-day drill in order to draft a joint military space doctrine to secure outer space assets. The tri-service command will monitor the exercise to be conducted on Andaman Island in Bay of Bengal sea, TOI reported on Wednesday.
“IndSpaceEx is being conducted to identify key challenges and shortfalls if a conflict escalates to the space dimension,” a senior official said. The Indian military initiated the formation of tri-service commands to manage space operations, cybersecurity, and special forces in May 2019. They are expected to become operational by the end of this year.
Notably, India joined the elite group of countries to have successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile under "Mission Shakti" in March of this year. The country exhibited the capability to shoot down a satellite with their ballistic missiles. The feat was previously achieved only by US, Russia and China.
"We are working on several technologies like directed-energy weapons (DEWs), lasers, electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and co-orbital weapons," Dr Satheesh Reddy, chairman of the state-funded the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said in a press briefing after the anti-satellite missile test.
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The reason behind the delay in the upgrade of India's fleet of An-32 aircraft is the strained relationship between Russia and Ukraine, the two countries that supply components of the aircraft. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently admitted in the Parliament that one of the reasons for slow upgrade of An-32 fleet has been the procurement of spares which was hampered because of strained relations between Russia and Ukraine, IANS reported Saturday
The United States (US) has approved Foreign Military Sale to India to support its fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft for an estimated cost of $670 million. According to a statement released by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on Friday, Government of India had requested to buy equipment for C-17 follow-on support, to include spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; support and test equipment; US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will build a new communication-cum-surveillance satellite for the country's naval force after the two parties inked a $230.3 million (INR 1589 Crore) deal last month, the Indian media have reported
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