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The Indian Armed Forces are undergoing a significant shift in their primary infantry weapon, transitioning from the 5.56mm INSAS rifle to the new 7.62mm caliber Ugram assault rifle. This change reflects a strategic move back towards a “shoot to kill” doctrine, prioritizing stopping power over incapacitation.

The assault rifle has been a mainstay for frontline soldiers for decades. In India, the military transitioned from the bulky 7.62mm SLR to the lighter 5.56mm INSAS rifle. This shift was partly driven by a change in doctrine, emphasizing incapacitating enemy combatants to reduce battlefield casualties.

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The Indian defense sector receives a significant boost with the development of an innovative simulator for unmanned vehicles by Combat Robotics, a Pune-based startup. This project, undertaken under the guidance of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO laboratory in Bengaluru, signifies a major leap forward in testing and development of autonomous systems.

The groundbreaking simulator stands out for its versatility. It caters to a wide range of unmanned vehicles, including Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This multi-domain capability makes it an invaluable tool for agencies working on developing and refining autonomous systems across various environments.

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India has issued a notification establishing a no-fly zone over a vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal, spanning approximately 940 kilometers, from July 20 to 24, 2024. This move strongly indicates an impending missile test, marking a significant development in the country’s defense capabilities.

The extensive area designated for the missile test suggests a long-range weapon system is likely to be involved. While official details remain undisclosed, the nature of the test and the chosen location point towards a potential ship-launched missile, possibly a BrahMos or a sub-sonic cruise missile.

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SOURCE: AFI

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) has achieved a significant milestone in the development of indigenous fused silica radomes for missile applications. The laboratory has successfully mastered the Cold Isostatic Pressing (CIP) technology to manufacture these critical components with high yield and desired properties.

Radomes, the protective enclosures for radar antennas, play a crucial role in the performance of missiles. Fused silica is the preferred material for radomes due to its exceptional electromagnetic and mechanical properties, as well as its resistance to thermal shock. DMRL’s breakthrough lies in developing a cost-effective and efficient process to produce these radomes using indigenously available raw materials.

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Ordnance Equipment Factory Hazratpur (OEFH) is proud to announce its emergence as a leader in drone technology with the establishment of a state-of-the-art Surveillance Drone Manufacturing Unit. This facility marks a significant stride towards self-reliance in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for the nation.

Designed with precision, reliability, and advanced performance in mind, OEFH’s drones are set to redefine surveillance capabilities. With an impressive flight time of up to 40 hours, these drones offer unparalleled endurance for extended missions. Capable of carrying payloads up to 6 kg, they are equipped to handle diverse surveillance equipment.

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In a recent Department of Defense press briefing, Pakistani journalist Jahanzaib Ali raised eyebrows with a provocative question regarding the potential involvement of foreign governments in an alleged assassination plot against former US President Donald Trump. The query was met with a cautious response from Pentagon Press Secretary, Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, who redirected the question to the FBI and Secret Service for further information.

Maj. Gen. Ryder stated, “I would point you to Secretary Austin’s statement over the weekend condemning the violence as absolutely no place in a democracy as it relates to that attempt. For any questions on the investigation, you will have to refer to the FBI and Secret Service.” His response underscored the gravity of the situation while simultaneously distancing the Department of Defense from the specifics of the ongoing investigation.

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A high-level Mongolian Defence delegation, headed by His Excellency Major General Ganbyamba Sunrev, Chief of General Staff, Mongolian Armed Forces, paid a visit to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)’s Ghaziabad unit today. The delegation was given a comprehensive overview of the facility’s manufacturing capabilities and showcased its cutting-edge product range.

During the visit, the Mongolian delegation expressed keen interest in BEL’s expertise in various defense electronics domains. They were particularly impressed by the company’s indigenous capabilities in producing advanced electronic systems for military applications. BEL officials highlighted the company’s commitment to technology innovation and its role in strengthening India’s defense ecosystem.

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India is a great power that determines its national interests and chooses its partners, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, describing as “completely unjustified” the “enormous pressure” on New Delhi due to its energy cooperation with Moscow.

During a press conference here on Wednesday, Lavrov also termed as “insulting” Ukraine’s remarks on the recent meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Moscow. “I think India is a great power that sets its own national interests, determines its own national interests, and chooses its own partners. And we know that India is being subject to enormous pressure, completely unjustified pressure in the international arena,” Lavrov said.

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The Indian Navy P81 aircraft is taking part in a military drill at Joint Base Pearl Harbour in the US, in the multilateral exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2024. Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam (JBPHH) is a US military base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

“Watch the #IndianNavy P8I coming in for landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbour, Hickam Airfield, Hawaii after undertaking Anti-Submarine Mission with @USNavy & other participating Navies during the ongoing Multilateral Exercise – #RIMPAC2024,” it stated on X.

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Indian High Commission in Dhaka has issued an urgent advisory for Indian citizens and students in Bangladesh to avoid non-essential travel and minimise movement outside their residences due to the escalating unrest in the country. The advisory comes in response to recent violent clashes between students and police in Dhaka, following the Bangladeshi government’s decision to close all public and private universities.

The protests have been driven by demands for reform of the country’s quota system for civil service jobs, which reserves positions for specific groups, including descendants of those who participated in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

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Assam Chief Minister Himant Biswa Sarma on Wednesday claimed that the Muslim population in his state has now risen to 40 per cent, contending that demographic change is a “big issue” in the northeastern state.

Sarma, who is also the BJP’s Jharkhand election co-in charge, made the comments on the sidelines of a party meeting here. “I come from Assam and demographic change is a big issue for me. Muslim population in my state is 40 per cent now, which was 12 per cent in 1951. It is not a political issue for me, but a matter of life and death,” he told reporters.

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Two unidentified militants were shot dead as security forces foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday, official sources said. Officials said an operation was launched in the Keran sector following an input of infiltration. “ As the search operation was going on, hiding terrorists opened fire triggering a gunfight.

So far two terrorists have been killed and the operation is still underway,” officials said. “ Few more may be trapped in the area.” There is no official word on the operation from the police or the Army on the operation so far.

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Two security personnel have lost their lives and four were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by naxals in Bijapur district, Bastar Police said on Thursday.

“On receiving intelligence about the presence of Naxal of Darbha Division, West Bastar Division and Military Company No. 2 in the border area between Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma, teams of STF, DRG, CoBRA, and CRPF from the said districts went on in a joint operation on July 16, 2024,” the police said.

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Four Chinese pistols and 50 rounds of Pakistan manufactured live bullets were recovered by the Border Security Force from along the India-Pakistan International Border in Punjab on Thursday. A spokesperson for the border force said the arms and ammunition were recovered by a search party of the force from an open field around 2 AM in the Kalsian village of Tarn Taran district.

The BSF team acted on “specific information”, he said. Four pistols and their empty magazines, 50 live rounds of 9×19 calibre and eight metal pins were recovered from a yellow coloured packet that had illuminating sticks on its top, the spokesperson said.

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Two army personnel were injured in a gunfight with terrorists in a remote forest village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district early Thursday, officials said, as security forces continued their operations despite inclement weather and challenging terrain.

The gunfight, lasting more than an hour, took place at Jaddan Bata village in the Kastigarh area at around 2 am when terrorists opened fire on a temporary security camp established in a government school for the ongoing search operations, the officials said.

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