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SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

Cyberspace is the ideal platform for terrorists because, unlike conventional warfare, barriers to entry into cyberspace are much lower—the price of entry is an Internet connection. The surreptitious use of the Internet to advance terrorist group objectives has created a new brand of Holy War—“Virtual Jihad”—which gains thousands of new adherents each day. For terrorist organisations, a clear benefit of cyberspace is its ability to readily radicalise individuals from a distance and at any time, utilising the Internet and superior social media intelligence to gain attention and remain relevant globally.

Cyberspace offers potential jihadists the opportunity to receive instruction and training on topics ranging from data mining to psychological warfare. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Two personnel of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured in a gunfight between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. The encounter started at 12:20 pm and is currently on, the police said. The encounter took place at a forest in Pamed area, located around 500 km from the state capital Raipur. A team patrolling the area came under fire. As the security personnel retaliated, the Maoists fled the spot.

Reinforcement was rushed to the encounter site and efforts were on to evacuate the injured commandos by a helicopter, a police officer said. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Five years ago General Electric of the US bagged the hotly contested $800-million tender to supply 99 engines for India’s Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA). Engine selected was F414-GE-INS6 which generates 99kN of Thrust which was supposed to make it into India’s Tejas Mk-2 Concept which was just the enlarged variant of the basic Mk-1 design but the Mk-2 concept has evolved in the last few years and now will be classified as a Medium Category fighter jet with higher maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) which is closer to a Mirage-2000.

Thrust levels in the F414-GE-INS6 engine according to experts still have the ideal thrust levels to comfortable power a 13-tonne aircraft with all the weapons and fuel but IAF is counting big on the Mk2 to replace the whole bunch of the mid-medium tier aircraft like Jaguars, Mig-29 and Mirage-2000s which will also mean it will require more thrust over the years since it will be in the force for next 40 years or so. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

After the induction of two types of foreign-origin artillery guns, the Indian Army will focus on the next lot of guns that are totally made in India and will expectedly form the bulk of long-range artillery firepower over the next three decades.Such guns fire at targets that are 40 to 45 km away. To put it in perspective, the distance between Chandigarh and Ambala is about 45 km.

Top sources told The Tribune that the focus is now on the Dhanush that is made at Ordnance Factory Board and the Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and manufactured by Tata and Bharat Forge. Both have been tested in all conditions and production orders will be given anytime now.

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SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin have signed a $5.43 billion deal for the delivery of five Russian S-400 surface to air-weapons systems, part of a larger package also involving the sale of four Russian Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, lease of one Akula class nuclear submarine, and a joint Indo-Russian venture in Ka-226T helicopter production.

The deal, announced on October 6, will make India the second state after China to purchase Russia’s S-400 system. Russia’s flagship anti-air missile defense system, the S-400 is a fourth-generation improvement over its predecessor, the S-300, that boasts an effective operational range of up to 400 kilometers can engage with targets moving at up to 17 km/hour. The S-400 poses an attractive alternative to the PAC-3 variant of the American Patriot Missile Defense System, being cheaper than its U.S. competitor and exceeding it in raw performance metrics. The S-400 is due to be outfitted over the coming months with Russia’s latest 380 kilometers range 40H6E missiles, though it appears unlikely that these expensive, cutting-edge missiles will be shipped to India when they haven’t yet been widely distributed among the Russian armed forces.   Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The terror infrastructure in Pakistan remains intact and around 160 terrorists are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate into the Indian territory, a senior Army officer said on Sunday. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, who took over as General Officer Commanding of the Nagrota-based White Knight Corps, commonly known as 16 Corps, also said that cross-border terrorism would stop only if Pakistan changed its policy and intentions.

The officer, involved in the planning of the 2016 surgical strikes on the terror infrastructure in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said the Army was not letting up on “our preparedness and the counter-infiltration grid is strong enough to deal with infiltrators”. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India has slammed the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committees, saying they are opaque and lack accountability and never inform the reason for not acceding to requests for sanctioning terrorists, in an apparent reference to China repeatedly blocking New Delhi’s bid to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Addressing a UNSC debate on ‘Strengthening Multilateralism and the role of the United Nations’ Friday, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said even as the Council has spawned an entire range of subordinate bodies, the functioning of this “subterranean universe” of subordinate bodies has become “byzantine”.  Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Barely 90 days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a human spaceflight mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has begun the process of drawing up a shortlist of experiments it will conduct in the low earth orbit(LEO), where it intends to send Indian astronauts (gaganauts). Isro is looking at a pool of at least 10 experiments, which could include testing of medical equipment to micro-biological experiments such as biological air filters and biosensors, and from life support and biomedical waste management to monitoring toxic gases.

“While we have indicated 10 areas that we are interested in, we will not restrict experiments to just these areas,” an Isro official said. “Also, we will obtain specific experiments in these areas from various institutions across India,” the official added. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

The US wants India to step up its multilateral military engagements in the Indo-Pacific region, even as it has offered bilateral combat exercises to help “integrate” its M-777 ultra-light howitzers, Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters into the Indian armed forces.
India of course is steadily cranking up the scope and complexity of the several bilateral military exercises it holds with US every year, with the two also deciding to hold their first mega tri-Service amphibious wargames in the Bay of Bengal next year.

But India remains reluctant to include Australia in the top-notch Malabar naval exercise it conducts with the US and Japan, while also being firmly opposed to any talk of militarization of the fast-developing “Quad” among these four countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up for the launch of a communication satellite on November 14 that is specifically meant for Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern regions.

Talking to TOI, Isro chairman K Sivan said, “Isro will launch Gsat-29 from Sriharikota on November 14. It is an advanced highthroughput communication satellite which will have two Ku and Ka operational payloads. The payloads are meant to provide communication services to J&K and northeastern regions under the ‘Digital India’ programme. The high-speed bandwidth will help bridge the digital divide in hinterland.” Sivan said Gsat-29 will be “lifted off by GSLV-MkIII rocket, which will be the second development flight of Isro’s heaviest rocket”. Continue reading

SOURCE: CNBC

The United States says it has clear ideas for the strategically important “Indo-Pacific” region. But so do a lot of other countries.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to lay out details of Washington’s free and open Indo-Pacific vision during his Asia tour this week. He will be representing President Donald Trump at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, visiting Australia, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Singapore.

“We seek an Indo-Pacific — from the United States to India, from Japan to Australia, and everywhere in between — where sovereignty is respected, where commerce flows unhindered and where independent nations are masters of their own destinies,” Pence wrote in a Washington Post commentary ahead of his visit. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

In Army soldier was killed in a sniper attack from across the border along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday evening. A police officer told India Today that the Pakistan army, in a cease fire violation, attacked the Army’s 24 Maratha Regiment near Raja Post along the border in Nowshera sector.

In the incident, one soldier, Naik Gosavi Keshav Somgir, suffered fatal bullet wounds. He was taken to a nearby Army hospital where he succumbed. Cross-border shelling raged in the area soon after the soldiers retaliated to the attack by Pakistan, the officials said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist from Pakistan was killed in a shootout on Sunday after they attacked a security forces party in Handwara area of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. “In the afternoon hours, a group of terrorists while moving through Handwara was intercepted by a naka party near Chattipora which led to a brief exchange of gunfire,” a police spokesman said.

He said in the gunfight, a terrorist was killed. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said all the issues between India and China could be resolved through dialogues and meetings for peace and prosperity, adding that a mechanism is being put in place for the same.She said, “Through dialogues and meetings at the highest levels, a mechanism is being put in place to resolve all issues at the nip and advocate trust and confidence-building measures at all levels as differences between the two nations should not be allowed to become disputes.”

Sitharaman also touched upon on few key fields in which both the countries can cooperate and help each other besides trades. “We need to compete but it should never end up in conflict,” she added. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / MANORAMA ONLINE

The activities at LCA Tejas Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have reached a fever pitch. The engineers, designers and the shop floor crew are committed to beat the March, 2019, deadline and deliver the remaining five Tejas fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF pilots from Flying Daggers are warming up to ferry out a new fighter from Tejas production line to AFS Sulur, the home of No 45 Squadron, Flying Daggers.The squadron will get one more flying machine in two weeks after the Test Pilots complete the mandatory Customer Acceptance Flight (CAF).

The fighters from SP-12 to SP-16, the remaining from the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) block are all on the final equipping phase. While SP-12, SP-14 and SP-16 are with the LCA Tejas Division, SP-13 and SP-15 are with the second production line at the Aircraft Division. Continue reading