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

HAL, company Chairman, and Managing Director R. Madhavan has confirmed that GE Aviation supplied F404-IN-20 engine to be used on 123 (40+83) Tejas Mk1/Mk1A fleet will be brought, in off the shelf deal, without any Transfer of Technology (ToT) Clause for expected fresh orders for 100+ plus units soon that idrw.org had reported after discussion with the Indian Air force (IAF).

GE Aviation was early hesitant to approve ToT that could have granted locally assembly licensee to the HAL for its engines but Madhavan confirmed that the ToT clause was not included also due to an instance from the IAF that was not willing to foot the bill for the locally assembled jet engines and instead IAF is keen to focus on improving local maintainability and serviceability of the engines at its level.

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

With just two Full Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft making to air in FY2020-21, R Madhavan has confirmed that 5 more FOC standard aircraft will be delivered to IAF by end of March this year, to make it 7 FOC Tejas before financial year closes. HAL after facing delays first due to CCP virus situation in the country leading to lockdowns and later IAF asking for commonality and Interchangeability of panels and parts for the FOC aircraft for easy maintenance at the base level workshop.

FY2021-22 will see deliveries of 8 more FOC standard aircraft but it is expected that the second production line that will go operational later in this year will start the process to manufacture 8 FOC standard Trainer aircraft, deliveries of which will start from FY2022-23.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Enemy radar jamming capabilities, beyond-visual-range missiles, air-to-air refuelling, tracking 16 targets at one go, electronic warfare suite for self-protection – the new variant of India’s own fighter jet Tejas is more potent than its predecessor.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently gave nod to the biggest indigenous defence deal worth Rs 48,000 crore for the purchase of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), paving way for a contract with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

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SOURCE: PTI

India and France will carry out a five-day mega air exercise near Jodhpur beginning Wednesday that is expected to see Rafale jets of the two countries engaging in complex maneuvers to enhance operational coordination, official sources said. The exercise –’Ex-Desert Knight 21’– is taking place at a time when the Indian Air Force has been keeping all its frontline bases across the country in a high-state of operational readiness in view of the Sino-India border row in eastern Ladakh.

“The aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure and share best practices towards enhancing combat capability,” said a source. Both the air forces will deploy frontline fighter jets as well as transport, and tanker aircraft in the exercise. The French and Indian air forces have been conducting the Garuda exercises for the last several years as part of efforts to boost operational cooperation.

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SOURCE: IANS

As global pressure mounts on Pakistan to dismantle terror networks on its soil, India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, operating from Karachi, has reportedly relocated key family members, including his son and the children of two younger brothers. Earlier Dawood had arranged Portuguese passports for his eldest daughter Mahrukh, married to Pakistani Cricketer Javed Miandad’s son Junaid, Indian intelligence sources revealed to IANS. Also Read – 6 Properties of Dawood Ibrahim Auctioned Off in Maharashtra

Sources said that Dawood’s younger brother Mustakeem Ali Kaskar is already settled in Dubai and looks after D-company’s “legitimate” business in United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar. Mustakeem, who runs a garment factory in UAE, reportedly takes care of a few close relatives of the D-family who were recently flown to Dubai from Karachi.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The Rafale fighter jets, which were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September last year, will feature in India’s Republic Day parade on January 26 and culminate the flypast by carrying out the ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation.

The ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation is when an aircraft flies at low altitude, pulls up vertically and conducts rolls before stabilising at higher altitude. “The flypast will culminate with a single Rafale aircraft carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said at a press conference in Delhi.

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SOURCE: HT

India’s powerful national security adviser, Ajit Doval, undertook a long-overdue visit to Kabul last week. It took place soon after external affairs minister S Jaishankar promised more military support to Afghanistan. Though the specifics of such support are unclear, whatever India offers is unlikely to tilt the military balance in Kabul’s favour after the withdrawal of the United States (US). Why, then, is India opting to intensify support for the Afghan government when the world is hedging its bets and engaging with the Taliban?

With negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban in Doha gridlocked, intensification of fighting on the ground, including targeted assassinations of civilians, flourishing factionalism within Kabul, lack of clarity on how US President-elect Joe Biden will proceed with the withdrawal, and an assertive Pakistan, the main question facing India is how long can President Ashraf Ghani withstand these pressures, and what next?

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SOURCE: Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd) /  The Tribune

One New Year resolution the Modi government did not make, one can be sure, is normalising relations with Pakistan — now disrupted for eight years — with whom India has fought four wars and is combating cross-border terrorism (CBT) emanating from that country. Neither the use of force nor diplomacy has resulted in dispute resolution. Gains of war were either frittered away or diplomacy was not sustained enough to produce a durable and interruption-proof framework for dialogue.

While previous governments took big risks in mending fences, public opinion and reputational damage of a muscular government have robbed the engagement process of continuity. The Modi government has prematurely exhausted its patience to abandon strategic restraint for a kinetic response. The Uri and Balakot military strikes not only slammed the doors on dialogue but also put SAARC in cold storage.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Indian Army is set to induct double-humped camels into the force very soon. These animals will be used to carry essential items and other infantry paraphernalia all the way to high altitude areas. Officials believe each double-humped camel can carry five times more than local ponies found in Ladakh. The Indian Army had been using these local ponies for transportation of essential items until now.

In Ladakh, the number of these double-humped camels is very low and only around 250-300 can be found in the cold desert, particularly in the Nobra valley.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested two men after they were caught red-handed collecting a heavy cache of arms and ammunitions from a spot along the India-Pakistan International Border. The arrests were made on Sunday from Vijaypur in J&K’s Samba district.

Sources tell India Today that the arms and ammunition were smuggled from the other side of the border with the help of drones. Similar instances have been reported in the recent past when Pakistan-based outfits have been caught dropping arms and even narcotics on the Indian side of the border using drones and tunnels.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Monday said that the presence of foreign terrorists, who become enablers of attacks carried out by terror groups such as al-Qaeda and the ISIS, in countries facing conflicts poses serious challenges and undermines global efforts to counter terrorism. Speaking at the UN Security Council briefing on ‘Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations: League of Arab States’, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti also said that such foreign fighters are radicalising the youth.

“The presence of foreign terrorist fighters in countries facing conflicts is posing serious challenges to ongoing international efforts. These fighters have become enablers of attacks carried out by terror groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. They are also radicalising the youth,” Tirumurti said.

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SOURCE: PTI

The three youths killed in a gunfight with security forces in Lawaypora last month were involved in militancy, Inspector General of Police-Kashmir Vijay Kumar said on Monday and added that police will soon convince their parents of it with concrete evidence.

“Their involvement has been — almost 60 per cent — proved. We are getting the data and we will convince their parents,” he said. He said the police were not sharing the information as yet deliberately as the issue was very sensitive.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Aday ahead of the Biden administration taking office, India hailed Trump administration’s peace efforts at the United Nations Security Council meeting on the Arab League.

Speaking at the session on Monday, ‘Security Council briefing on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations: League of Arab States’, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations said, “Recent months have witnessed positive developments, including the signing of the Abraham Accords. India has always supported the Palestinian issue and peace and stability in West Asia which is our extended neighbourhood.”

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Amid reports that China has made constructions in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said in a statement that India has kept a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and has stepped up border infrastructure including the construction of roads and bridges.

The MEA said in a statement, “We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India. China has undertaken such infrastructure construction activity in the past several years.”

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Speaking yet again on the Indo-Pacific vision, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday in response to a question recalled his conversation with his “good friend” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. He said during the talks, “Our Indian colleagues fully understand that some countries would like to use the Indo-Pacific concept in a manner which is not inclusive and is confrontational”.

Pointing out Russia’s concerns on Indo-Pacific vision especially on it “undermining the central role of ASEAN in the Asia-Pacific region”, he explained that, “I know that India is not going to move this Indo-Pacific cooperation in a way which would be not positive and constructive.” Indo-Pacific vision is backed by India and Washington, along with other countries like Japan and Australia. The Chinese are suspicious of it, believing it is aimed at encircling it. 

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