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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy recently in an interview confirmed that India’s first developmental trial of a Nirbhay cruise missile fitted with an indigenous Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) developed by DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) will be tested soon in coming days.

Nirbhay is India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile that can carry 200-300-kilogram warheads and can strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers. Nirbhay Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile is already deployed in limited numbers with Russian NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan but India is upgrading the missile system with a more indigenous system that includes a new radio frequency seeker.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy recently in an interview said that the organization is moving to into Single integrated Trial system of the next-generation weapons program that will include officials from the Certification agency, User ( Army, Airforce, and Navy), and the Developmental team will now be part of the trials from the beginning of each new program so has to reduce stages of weapons development cycle and also shorten the induction and production time of the new system.

DRDO has now combined the Developmental trials that were conducted by the developmental team of the weapon project that was usually followed up by User trials that could usually take 2-3 years in each multiple phase will now be reduced to considerably due to Single integrated Trial system.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Early 2000 witnessed a revolution in civil aviation in India with at least a dozen domestic airlines entering the fray. Many, like Deccan Aviation, began on a shoestring budget. It did not take long for big business houses like the UB Group to enter into the fray. However, the euphoria was short lived. The industry saw a course correction as a steep increase in ATF prices nearly crippled several airlines.

Quite a few airlines either shut down their shops or merged into bigger groups. What is ironic is the fact that while India has the potential to have several airlines, it has been unable to have the infrastructure for manufacturing commercial jets.

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SOURCE: TNN

General V P Malik, who was Indian Army chief when the Kargil conflict broke out in the summer of 1999, tells TOI how the conflict changed the rules of combat and India’s relationship with Pakistan

It’s been 22 years since the war. As you look back, what has been the biggest learning from it?
Operation Vijay was a blend of determined political, military and diplomatic action, which enabled us to transform an adverse situation into an emphatic military and diplomatic victory. Pakistan failed in its aims with considerable political and military costs. The Indian military, on account of poor intelligence and inadequate surveillance, took some time to reorganise and take appropriate counter action. But with military successes on the battlefield and a successful politico-military strategy, India was able to achieve its political aim and enhance its international image as a responsible, democratic nation, determined and capable of defending its territorial integrity.

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SOURCE: PTI

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy on Sunday inspected the ongoing construction work of the Missile Testing Range at Gullalamoda village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Rs 1,000 crore MTR is being built on the Bay of Bengal coast, work on which commenced last year. This will be the second MTR after the one at Balasore in neighbouring Odisha. The project, coming up on a 154.4 hectare site, will comprise a technical facility, a few launch pads, control centre and state-of-the-art communications systems.

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SOURCE: PTI

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Sunday called for a sustained and result-oriented Indo-Pak dialogue process, saying the two countries should realise they cannot win a war against each other. Addressing party functionaries at two separate meetings at Laamad and Devsar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, the Srinagar Lok Sabha MP asked both the countries to be consistent, coherent and serious in their nascent engagement.

He asked the two countries to ensure that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh live a life free from “unending miseries”. Stressing there is no substitute to dialogue, the NC president said the recent moves and the messages indicating a thaw in the relations between the neighbouring countries have put brakes on the escalating tensions.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

The Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s recent description of the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a supporting arm — in an interview on July 2 — and the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria’s rebuttal, is the newest bump in the turbulent journey marking the reorganisation process of the armed forces. Unfortunately, this bump, probably caused by misinterpretation of an oversimplification by the Chief of Defence Staff, comes just when the process appears to be touching down after being airborne for long. Whatever the cause, the differences do not speak well of the intellectual underpinnings of the reorganisation process. Is there a problem with air power? What about the IAF warning against splitting it into ‘penny packets’? Is air power an adjunct?

Armies and navies will see air power as an adjunct, history being the reason. Analysing the experience of the United States, the greatest exponent of air power in history, the air power theorist Tami Davis Biddle wrote in 2019 that ‘aerial bombing cannot control the ground.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) and Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area, dedicated a model of the pilotless target aircraft Lakshya to the Indigenisation Cell at INS Agrani, Coimbatore, on Sunday.

Rear Adm Philipose visited the newly set up Indigenisation Cell at INS Agrani, the Indian Navy’s training establishment. A release said that the Indigenisation Cell would facilitate liaisoning among the Indian Navy, the academic institutions, and the industries.

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SOURCE: SAUDI GAZETTE

Nearly two years after the abrogation of Article 370 — a temporary provision in the Indian constitution — the recent All-Party Meet on June 24 this year in New Delhi chaired by PM Modi ushered much hope for restarting the political process in the Union Territory.

Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah, who attended the meeting besides other representatives of all major political parties, openly admitted that “It was foolish to demand the restoration of Article 370 of the Constitution”, while Mehbooba Mufti announced that she would not contest the Assembly elections until Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) got back its special status. She claimed that Article 370 and 35A were a means for J&K people to protect their identity and also ensured job security.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

A new study by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has suggested that techniques used by sportspersons to enhance their performance can be used for faster acclimatisation of troops being deployed to high altitude areas.

Since the Olympic Games were held at a high altitude in Mexico City in 1968, the usefulness of training at altitude or in hypoxic conditions for the improvement of aerobic exercise performance has received considerable attention among athletes, coaches, and scientists

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SOURCE: GEO TV

PML-N candidate for the Pakistan occupied Kashmir elections from LA-35 Jammu-2, Choudhary Muhammad Ismail Gujjar, said Sunday he would “seek India’s help” if the local administration does not cooperate with him. The PML-N leader was speaking to the media in Gujranwala near a polling station set up in Government High School No 2, where the deputy commissioner had allegedly kicked out PML-N and All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference’s polling agents.

Following their exit from the polling station, the agents reportedly got into a heated argument with the deputy commissioner after which the polling process was halted there.

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SOURCE: PTI

The improvised explosive device (IED) dropped using a drone along the Pakistan border on July 23 was meant for triggering at a crowded market in Jammu region and it shows that Pakistan is maintaining its supply lines to various terror groups despite the February ceasefire agreement, J&K Police chief Dilbag Singh said on Sunday.

Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, said terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had been running short of arms and ammunition after the police and other security agencies managed to choke the same by arresting many of their overground workers (OGWs).

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SOURCE: PTI

Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat visited the areas long the Line of Control in Dras sector of Kargil district on Sunday, a day before Kargil Vijay Diwas, to review the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness, an official statement said.

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Dras on Monday on 22nd anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas to pay homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of the Indian armed forces during the Kargil conflict of 1999 at the Kargil War Memorial.

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SOURCE: PTI

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Sunday attended the Russian Navy’s 325th-anniversary parade in St Petersburg, an official statement said. Moreover, the Indian Navy’s stealth frigate Tabar was part of the column of ships during the parade that were reviewed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, it mentioned.

Indian Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma also attended the parade on Sunday. “The 325th Anniversary of the Russian Navy. Adm Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff and Ambassador, Indian Embassy in Russia, at the Main Naval Parade in St Petersburg,” the Indian Navy said on Twitter.

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SOURCE: IANS

Security forces have recovered huge quantity of explosive material from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, police said on Sunday. Based on a specific input regarding the presence of an improvised explosive device (IED), a joint team of Kupwara police and army’s 41 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off and searched the forest area near village Ladernag in Awoora area of Kupwara, police said.

“During the search, huge quantity of explosive material with 40 meters of wire in four bundles was recovered. The bomb disposal squad was called to the spot and the recovered explosive material was got disposed off,” a police officer said.

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