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India to make Defence Space Research Agency

India to make Defence Space Research Agency

Tag: GS3 || Science and technology || Space || Policy

Why in news ?

  • To enhance the capabilities of the armed forces to fight wars in space, the government has approved the setting up of a new agency which will develop sophisticated weapon systems and technologies.

Details :

  • The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the setting up of the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRA).
  • DSRA has been entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies.
  • The agency would be provided with a team of scientists which would be working in close coordination with the tri-services integrated Defence staff officers.
  • It would be providing the research and development support to the Defence Space Agency (DSA) which comprises members of the three services.
  • The DSA has been created “to help the country fight wars in the space”.
  • The Defence Space Agency is being set up in Bengaluru under an Air Vice Marshal-rank officer and will gradually take over the space-related capabilities of the three forces.

Space exercise :

  • India to hold it’s first-ever simulated space warfare exercise It has been named – IndSpaceEx.
  • This exercise will basically be a ‘table-top war-game’, with all stakeholders from the military and scientific community taking part in it.
  • All military stakeholders, including those from the scientific community, will participate in it.
  • Main objective of the exercise is to understand the possible challenges in space warfare and to counter China’s growing influence in this domain, which poses a major threat to India’s national security interest.

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