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News of the Day 19 Feb 2019- DRDO scouts for R&D partners
- February 19, 2019
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News of the Day 19th Feb- DRDO scouts for R&D partners
On the lookout for collaborators in six advanced military technologies.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is looking for potential partners to co-develop an engine for its planned Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and five other future technologies, its chairman G. Satheesh Reddy said on Monday.
It is on the lookout for collaborators to realise the other military technologies that it hopes to have in around five years — Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) and UAVs, materials, sensors, avionics, and artificial intelligence, he said at the inauguration of a two-day international seminar connected with Aero India 2019.
“In all six areas, we are looking for partners with the capability and experience, within the country or outside. An aeroengine of the 110-kilo Newton type that we want for the AMCA is not available today. We will evaluate and involve them in research and development. Materials development is another very important area for making aircraft or missiles light and stealthy [or undetected],” he said on the sidelines of the seminar on emerging frontiers in aerospace technologies.
Dr. Reddy, who is also secretary, Department of Defence R&D, said industry would be enlisted at the beginning of a project so that it can begin production as a natural partner. At present, the focus is on consolidating ongoing R&D activities and ensuring they reach the logical end, he added.
He said indigenous technologies were being given a push. Minor innovators and startups are also being tapped for new concepts that the DRDO can try out. The new time-bound ‘Dare to Dream’ challenge has received 1,000 responses from individuals and startups.
California and 15 other States sue Trump over emergency wall declaration
California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Xavier Becerra released a statement on Monday saying 16 States including California allege the Mr. Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution.
“President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt,” Mr. Becerra said. “He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court.”
Joining in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.
Mr. Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.
The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.
California has repeatedly challenged Mr. Trump in court.
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and undermine the Constitution,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement. “This ‘emergency’ is a national disgrace.”
Source – The Hindu
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