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The Indian Air Force is planning a series of tests to prove the integration potential of some advanced Israeli-developed systems on its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas.

The list includes air-air missiles and precise air-ground weapon systems.Recently, a Rafael I-Derby air-air missile was launched from the LCA over a test range in the Goa region. Following the successful test launch and integration, the Indian DRDO has decided to equip one squadron of the LCA with the Israeli missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: AIN ONLINE

As the Indian aerospace and defense manufacturing ecosystem slowly moves towards the “Make in India” initiative along with policy changes to support it, the landscape is likely to prove challenging to government-owned manufacturers such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL, Chalet K7).

Private industry is bringing competition and manufacturing capabilities are being enhanced, presenting growth opportunities for Indian defense manufactures such as Tata Group, Mahindra Defense Systems, Dynamatic Technologies, and Larsen & Toubro. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMES NOW

It isn’t just the approach of the United Nations’ rights body UNHRC and its recent report that India has found irresponsible. The activities of another UN body, the once-dormant Military Staff Committee (MSC), are also being viewed with suspicion by New Delhi. The MSC was not very active since its inception thanks to the Cold War.

With top military leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council part of the MSC, the Nato and Warsaw Pact members were hardly expected to be on the same page on anything.  Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

In what is being seen as an attempt to lure more youth to militancy, militants have released a picture of a group of 14 Kashmiri militants, on the pattern of a 2105 picture of the “Burhan group”, on social media.

The picture of the “group of 14” armed with assault rifles, which seems to have been shot in an orchard, has gone viral on social media in Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan are its original residents and not migrants from India, the Afghan Ambassador to the US said in Washington at a memorial service for the minority community members killed in a terrorist attack in Jalalabad recently. At least 19 people, were killed on July 1 when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Sikhs and Hindus on their way to meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in Jalalabad. Eighteen Hindus and Sikhs were killed in the terror attack claimed by the Islamic State.

“This occasion is one that brings us together to recognise a community that has deep roots in Afghanistan,” Afghanistan Ambassador to the US Hamdullah Mohib said at the memorial service held at his embassy in Washington DC on Sunday. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Wani, a PhD scholar who joined the militancy early this year, has defended his joining the militant ranks and said “the militants don’t fight to die but to win and don’t feel dignity in death but feel dignity in fighting Indian forces”.

Manan in the statement, which was released by Hizb media cell, said decade’s long bloody conflict has turned Kashmir into one of most politically mature nations of the world. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

After six accused were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kashmir Terror Funding for over six years, there has been no respite for the accused, as the NIA Special Court kept the next hearing on September 6.

According to a senior NIA official, the lawyer of the accused had demanded details, including statements of witnesses. India Today has learnt that the NIA showed its inability to share details of 23 witnesses, who they claimed were protected under Section 17 of the NIA Act, 2008. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

A high-level delegation from the US today held crucial talks with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale over the US sanctions on import of Iranian oil amid indications that Washington may offer exemption to some countries from the restrictions.

The delegation led by Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea also held separate talks with top officials of the Finance Ministry. Official sources said the issue of US sanctions on import of Iranian oil figured in the talks the delegation had with Gokhale who explained to it India’s position on the matter. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

In a joint search operation of the Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police on Tuesday, detonators and other paraphernalia were recovered from a house in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The search operation was conducted after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of three terrorists in the house. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Nashik Division has formed a special panel to carry out an Internal feasibility study for development of a 5th Generation fighter jet, report of which will be submitted to Ministry of Defence in next two months said Indian media report.

HAL Nashik Division is currently involved in the manufacturing of Sukhoi-30MKI for the Indian Air Force and HAL was planning to manufacture Indo-Russian 5th Generation FGFA fighter aircraft based on Su-57 aircraft from the same facility after production of Su-30MKI was concluded by 2021. But after India pulled out from the Joint venture, Nashik Division is feeling the heat since the production line and its facilities will now lye vacant due to lack of projects. Continue reading

SOURCE: Bangalore Mirror

Even as the Indian Air Force has got the Defence Ministry’s nod to get the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas’s price reviewed by a committee following reports that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) has quoted an exorbitant price for the MK-1A version of the aircraft, the Bengaluru- headquartered defence Public Sector Undertaking has defended its price tag.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week said that a committee had been formed to look into the cost of products manufactured by defence Public Sector Undertakings and among the first products that would be examined is the LCA MK-1A. Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now

“We don’t claim to be angels. We are as good or as bad as Lahore, Delhi or Karachi Police. We are dealing with worst terrorism unleashed by evil forces,” is the message a Jammu and Kashmir police officer has given to trolls after being targeted on social media for tweeting about a documentary on the state police force. The documentary film highlights the policemen’s pain and suffering in the face of an organised militancy in the state.

Cop Imtiyaz Hussain’s message to Twitter users to spare some time and watch the film attracted trolls on Twitter, who went after him and responded by tweeting a documentary by Britain’s Channel 4 that talks about alleged human rights abuses in the state. Continue reading

SOURCE: Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda | NEWS18

On July 15, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its mid-year update on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. From January 1 to June 30 2018, UNAMA recorded 5,122 civilian casualties – 1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured. The first line of the report reads, “In the first six months of 2018, the armed conflict continued to destroy the lives and livelihoods of civilians at the same toxic levels as last year.”

In neighbouring Pakistan, on July 13, a blast ripped through an election rally in Balochistan, killing 130 people and wounding over 200. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by ISIS. The South Asian region is heavily impacted by terror. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

A mid trade wars with China, peace talks with North Korea and a pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, the United States summit-level meeting with Russia is an indication of the realignment of America’s foreign policy, one that could be greatly advantageous to India.

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended on a positive note where both leaders supported each other despite many back home and many European nations wishing a failure. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Seeking to give more powers to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), including allowing it to launch a parallel probe into terror attacks on Indians and their properties abroad, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is set to introduce amendments in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, before the upcoming session of Parliament starting from July 18.

The proposed amendments will empower the NIA director-general to carry out “seizure and attachment of a property representing proceeds of terrorism”. Continue reading