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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace and defense company, is set to spearhead a significant upgrade program for the Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKI fighter jets. This news comes from HAL’s Q4 FY2023-24 earnings report and signifies a major step towards self-reliance in the Indian defense sector.

The earnings report highlights HAL’s designation as the lead agency for the Super Su-30MKI upgrade program. HAL will play a central role in managing the project, overseeing collaborations with Indian vendors, and ensuring the program’s successful execution.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Indian aerospace and defense major, has allocated significant funds towards the development of two crucial helicopter programs in its Q4 FY2023-24 earnings report.

The report details a ?4,000 crore budget earmarked for the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) program. This versatile platform is envisioned to fulfill various military roles, including troop transport, combat search and rescue, and reconnaissance missions. The IMRH’s development aims to reduce dependence on foreign helicopters and replace Mi-17 helicopter fleet and equip the Indian Armed Forces with a domestically produced, advanced multi-role platform.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered five Tejas Mk1 twin-seat trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) fulfilling a crucial part of an earlier contract. This is significant progress towards bolstering the IAF’s pilot training capabilities for its indigenously developed light combat aircraft.

The contract comprised eight Tejas Mk1 trainers, divided into two batches of four each – Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) and Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configurations. HAL has successfully delivered five trainers, with the remaining three expected soon.

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Social media has been abuzz with reports of 125mm high-explosive tank shells of apparent Indian origin being used by Ukrainian forces. These shells, marked “SHELL 125 MM HE 1A” and manufactured by Munitions India Limited (MIL), have emerged after previous sightings of Indian-produced 155mm artillery shells in Ukraine.

MIL is a government-owned defense company in India, and India has officially maintained a neutral stance on the ongoing conflict. The appearance of these shells raises questions about how they ended up in Ukrainian hands.

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The Indian military’s decision to incorporate the Dassault Rafale fighter jets into both its Air Force and Navy has sparked significant interest. While these aircraft share a common lineage, there are notable differences between the Rafale variants used by the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. These differences stem from the unique operational environments and missions that each branch of the military undertakes.

The Rafale, a twin-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation, has proven to be a versatile platform. It excels in air superiority, reconnaissance, and ground support roles. India initially acquired the Rafale for the Indian Air Force (IAF), receiving its first batch in 2020. Subsequently, the Indian Navy has shown interest in the Rafale-M (Marine), a variant specifically designed for naval operations.

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According to the World Bank’s “Pakistan @100- Sharing the Future 2047” report, Pakistan’s population is projected to reach 376 million by 2047, surpassing the projected US population of just under 350 million in the same year. This rapid population growth presents significant challenges, particularly in the realm of education. A recent study by the Pakistan Institute of Education (PIE) reported a dramatic increase in the number of out-of-school children, surging from 22.02 million to 26.21 million. The PIE’s forthcoming Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2021-22 is expected to provide a comprehensive analysis of this alarming trend.

Pakistan is also grappling with a severe crisis in education accessibility. The rise in out-of-school children highlights systemic issues within the country’s educational framework. The lack of access to formal education has significant implications since A large uneducated population is likely to face limited economic opportunities, leading to higher poverty rates and social instability.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent touched down today at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, USA, ready to participate in the upcoming Red Flag 24 exercise. This prestigious multi-national event provides a vital training ground for aircrews from around the world.

Eight IAF Rafale fighter jets, known for their advanced capabilities, spearheaded the transatlantic journey. Accompanying them were a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and an IL-78 mid-air refueling tanker, ensuring logistical support throughout the mission. The contingent’s extended flight included strategic stopovers in Greece and Portugal.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Thursday that Agnikul Cosmos has successfully launched the Agnibaan (Suborbital Tech Demonstrator) SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad.

Terming the launch ‘a major milestone’, ISRO also congratulated Agnikul Cosmos for this achievement. “Congratulations, @AgnikulCosmos, for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad. A major milestone as the first-ever controlled flight of a semi-cryogenic liquid engine realised through additive manufacturing,” ISRO posted on X.

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Pakistan does not follow the “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons and the country’s deterrence capabilities can respond to all threats from the enemy, a former senior military officer has said, as he clarified Islamabad’s stance on the use of atomic weapons.

Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Adviser to the National Command Authority, was speaking at a seminar held at the Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on Wednesday to commemorate Youm-e-Takbeer, the 26th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests in 1998.

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Calling the Agnibaan rocket mission, by IIT Madras startup Agnikul a remarkable feat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a “momentous occasion for India’s space sector”.

Powered by liquid oxygen/kerosene, Agnibaan is a two-stage rocket that can carry up to 300 kg to a height of 700 km. “A remarkable feat which will make the entire nation proud!” PM Modi said in a post on social media platform X.com.

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Jeh Aerospace, a manufacturer of aerospace and defense components, tools, and assemblies, and GS Precision, a global leader in the manufacture of critical components for the aerospace and defense industries, have entered into a manufacturing partnership that will establish a dedicated production facility in Hyderabad, India.

GS Precision’s president and CEO, Matthew O’Connell, said, “I am thrilled to expand our manufacturing capacity with Jeh Aerospace. Their capabilities complement our domestic base for the production of aerospace components. This capacity will allow us to continue to meet our growing customer demand for high-quality, precision-manufactured components.”

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Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) in Mumbai has achieved a significant milestone in autonomous vessel technology. The company’s autonomous navigation system, equipped with dual navigation capabilities, has undergone successful demonstration and certification on the tugboat MT Andaman by the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS).

The IRS conducted a comprehensive review process, meticulously examining the system’s design concept, documentation, software quality, and potential risks. This evaluation adhered to the organization’s established guidelines for remotely operated and autonomous surface vessels.

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Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, has signed a one-year deal with Russia’s Rosneft to buy at least 3 million barrels of oil a month in roubles, four sources aware of the matter told Reuters.

The shift to rouble payments follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s push for Moscow and its trading partners to find alternatives to the Western financial system to facilitate trade despite US and European sanctions.

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New York’s Nassau County will have unprecedented security arrangements in place for the T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan on June 9 due to the threat of a terror attack in the city even though state Governor Kathy Hochul insisted that it is not credible “at this time.”

The Eisenhower Park Stadium at the Nassau County will host eight matches of the tournament-proper, including India’s three outings. The Indians will also play a practice game against Bangladesh on June 1. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said she has directed state police to elevate security measures to ensure safety of the crowds.

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Four policemen were injured after they were allegedly beaten up by army personnel in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. A defence spokesperson, however, said “minor differences” between the cops and the army personnel have been resolved amicably.

The police has lodged an FIR in the matter.

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