Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and UAE Space Agency (UAESA) signed an MoU regarding cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in 2016.
UAE’s first nanosatellite – ‘Nayif-1’ meant for collectingenvironmentalspace data was launched by PSLV from Siriharikota.
In July2020, UAE launched its Mars mission named HopeProbe which entered into Mars orbit in Feb 2021.
This made the UAE the firstArab country and the sixth in the world to achieve this feat.
The UAE is planning to launch RashidRover or the EmiratesLunarMission shortly.
Hanzala Al Mansoori became the first Emirati to go to Space when he went to the International Space Station (ISS) for eight days through a Russianspace vehicle from Kazakhstan.
Akash Weapon System
Akash is the first state-of-the-art indigenoussurface-to-air missile system which has been with Armed Forces for nearly a decade defending the Indian skies and providing national security.
It is inducted by Indian Army and Indian Air Force with order value worth Rs 30,000 crore, which is one of the largestsinglesystem orders for indigenousmissilesystem.
Apart from DRDL, a number of other DRDO labs are involved in the development of the system.
These include Research Centre Imarat; Electronics & Radar Development Establishment; Research & Development Establishment (Engineers); Integrated Test Range; Armament Research & Development Establishment; High Energy Materials Research Laboratory and Vehicles Research Development Establishment.
The systems are produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Electronics Corporation of India Limited, BEML Limited along with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and other industries partners.
DRI 65th Founding Day
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is celebrating its 65th Founding Day on 5th-6th December, 2022.
DRI is the premier intelligence and enforcement agency on anti-smuggling matters under the aegis of Central Board of Indirect taxes & Customs (CBIC), Government of India.
It came into existence on 4th December 1957.
The DRI with its Headquarters at New Delhi has 12 Zonal Units, 35 regional Units and 15 Sub-regional units, with a working strength of about 800 officials.
DRI is organising Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) for effectively engaging with partner Customs organisations and International agencies like World Customs Organisation, INTERPOL for enforcement related issues.