Current Affairs News 2018Current Affairs 2018

General David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of US Air Force flew in India’s indigenous light combat aircraft, the Tejas, this morning, in a special flight that took off from the Jodhpur Air Force Station.

US Air Force Chief General David L. Goldfein Flies In ‘Made-In-India’  India’s indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas Aircraft In Jodhpur.

Key Points:
  1. The Chief of US Air Force, General David L Goldfein became the first foreign military chief to fly Tejas aircraft. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal AP Singh as a co-pilot during the short flight.He was on an official visit to India to boost defence ties between the two nations.
  2. General Goldfein is the first foreign chief commander to fly in the multi-role light fighter, which is being pitched as the replacement of the ageing MiG-21 aircraft.The indigenous Tejas, earlier known as the Light Combat Aircraft or LCA is the first fighter is a single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter.
  3. It is fourth generation aircraft  and has been developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency. LCA Tejas has been termed as the world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter and consists of inbuilt Multi Mode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems.
  4. Since Tejas is being inducted in the Air Force, it is also seen as the biggest endorsement of the fighter that has been in the making for more than three decades.

Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan has set up a mechanism in CSIR for regular interface with small-scale industry for transfer of technologies from CSIR laboratories.

Mechanism in Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to interact with Small-

Scale Industry (SSI) for transfer of Technology from CSIR Labs has been set up by Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Key Points:
  1. CSIR was established in 1942. It works as an separate  autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.
  2. SSI sector is largest employment provider in country, next to agriculture. Nodal officer in CSIR will coordinate with the SSIs as well as CSIR labs for appropriate technology required by these labs.
  3. CSIR labs are willing to work with user industries to develop applications and products to meet the needs of the market.
  4. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, earth sciences, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, materials, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.