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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

For the first time ever, India on Friday demonstrated an offensive swarm drone system at the annual Army Day parade in the national capital. The swarm drones can be efficiently used in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses/ Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD/DEAD) roles.

A total of 75 drones were demonstrated that are working autonomously to identify and take down targets with Kamikaze missions – attacking the enemy Air Defense sites or other critical infrastructural assets. 

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SOURCE: FIRST POST

In a major decision aimed at boosting the domestic aerospace industry, India on Wednesday approved a much-awaited deal with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) worth Rs 48,000 crore to procure 83 indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas for the Indian Air Force.

The decision to procure the fleet was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

Among the many systems showcased at the Army Day parade on Friday, a display by a large number of drones created a buzz, literally. Around 75 drones of the Indian Army carried out multiple mock operations, including kamikaze attacks, first-aid delivery and parachute payload delivery exercises, at the event.

These were more than ordinary rotary drones (that take off like helicopters)—they were part of a ‘drone swarm’. A commentary in US journal War on The Rocks defined drone swarms as “multiple unmanned platforms and/or weapons deployed to accomplish a shared objective, with the platforms and/or weapons autonomously altering their behaviour based on communication with one another”.

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SOURCE: MSN

Around 300 to 400 Pakistan-based terrorists are waiting in launchpads across the Line of Control to infiltrate into the Indian side, said Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday, adding that forces at forwarding locations are keeping an eye on their activities.

The Army Chief also said that the forces deployed at Line of Control are giving a befitting reply to Pakistan’s ceasefire violations. There has been an around 44 per cent increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan at the LoC,` said General Naravane, speaking during the Army Day celebrations on January 15 in Delhi.

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SOURCE: MSN

The new year seems to have brought cheer for the Indian Air Force (IAF) with the government approving India’s largest-ever indigenous defence procurement deal to buy 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

According to Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources, the HAL is to deliver 73 Tejas Mk 1A and 10 Tejas Mk 1 trainer jets to the IAF by 2026. The Rs 48,000-crore compact includes design and development of infrastructure sanctions worth Rs 1,202 crore.

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SOURCE: IANS

Amid the debate over privacy concerns, several people are switching to Telegram and Signal from WhatsApp, but the terrorists in India and abroad are using a much more advanced secure messaging platform to communicate with their counterparts across the globe without being traced and without leaving any digital footprint, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has revealed.

The NIA during its probe into the Islamic State Iraq and Syria Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) case has found that arrested accused Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh and Bengaluru-based doctor Abdur Rahman aka ‘Dr Brave’ were using Threema, a secure messaging platform.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The nine-month-long face-off in Eastern Ladakh between India and China has turned into a Mexican standoff, a confrontation where neither party has any strategy to achieve victory.

When a group of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops walked over into the Indian side of the Galwan Valley to stop the construction of a bridge in April-May 2020, China clearly didn’t anticipate the face-off would extend this long, even through the icy cold winters of Eastern Ladakh.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Paying homage to 20 Indian soldiers who died in Galwan valley due to aggressive actions by the Chinese army, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on Friday (January 15) said that their “sacrifice..wont go in vain”. He was speaking at the annual army day parade.

The death of 20 Indian soldiers at Line of actual control (LAC) was the worst military incident between India and China in decades and came even as Beijing has been aggressive with most of its neighbors. Indian army chief Naravane pointed out the Chinese attempts to “unilaterally change the status quo” at LAC which he said was met with a “befitting reply”.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Army has changed its standard operating procedure (SOP) for anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir to now focus on ensuring surrenders during live encounters notwithstanding the threat to the lives of its personnel – a policy that has helped save the lives of 17 youths in the last six months.

On the occasion of Army Day on Friday, four Rashtriya Rifles (RR) units working under the Victor Force, which combats terrorist activities in south Kashmir and parts of central Kashmir, were awarded the coveted Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Unit Citation.

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SOURCE: PTI

In a clear message to China, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane on Friday said no one should make any mistake of testing India’s patience though it is committed to resolve the border standoff along the northern frontier through talks and political efforts.

In an address at the Army Day parade, Gen Naravane said a “befitting response” was given to the “conspiracy” to make unilateral changes on the border and that the sacrifice of the Galwan heroes in eastern Ladakh will not go waste.

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SOURCE: ET

Troops posted in Ladakh will be among the first to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as the national plan goes underway from January 16, with officials saying that vaccine centres are fully geared for mass inoculations, with frontline troops to be given top priority.

The first soldiers to get the vaccine in Ladakh are likely to be medical staff consisting of doctors and paramedics, followed by soldiers deployed to forward locations as more doses become available. For January 16—the first day of the national roll out—the army has secured 3,820 doses for soldiers posted in Ladakh.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) is currently in the process of training police officers for United Nations (UN) deployment in UNCIVPOL centre in Delhi, ITBP Spokesperson Vivek Pandey informed on Friday. As per directions received from the Ministry of Home Affairs, 296 police officials who will be appearing for the main UN Selection of Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) are being trained.

The selection will take place in the coming months by the UN for selecting individual police officers who further get deployed in various UN Missions such as South Sudan, Cyrus, Abyei.

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SOURCE: ET

Jammu and Kashmir noticed a pointy enhance in native youths taking to militancy in 2020 regardless of Covid-19 restrictions and clampdown by safety forces, as per official information. As many as 167 native youths joined militant teams similar to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Terrorist Resistance Front in 2020, up from 115 within the earlier yr, mentioned officers.

Officials mentioned there was additionally a rise within the variety of lively over-ground employees of militant teams, with greater than 600 of them, together with some lively militants, being held in joint operations by the military, Jammu and Kashmir police and the Central Reserve Police Force.

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SOURCE: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held talks with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali with a focus on various key aspects of the bilateral relations.

The talks are taking place under the framework of the Indo-Nepal joint commission meeting (JCM), officials said. Gyawali arrived here on Thursday on a three-day visit. He is the first senior political leader from Nepal to visit India after the ties between the two countries came under strain following a border row.

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SOURCE: ANI

On the occasion of Army Day, five army personnel were awarded the Sena Medal by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane at Cariappa Ground in Delhi on Friday.

The medals were awarded posthumously for their acts of gallantry in different operations. One of them namely Naik Sandeep of 10 Para Special Forces unit got awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry posthumously for eliminating two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and saving the life of his squad commander.

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