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

Tejas Mk1 fleet has now been cleared to undergo air-to-air refueling after it was granted certification for in-flight refueling process after it demonstrated air to air refueling in all flight regimes after it begin its extensive trials since 2018. Defense Journalist Anantha Krishnan M who broke this news said that the Tejas Mk1 using hose-and-drogue system mounted on the Ilyushin Il-78MKI Tanker has cleared all trials and also has demonstrated buddy-buddy aerial refueling with Sukhoi-30MKI.

Cobham-supplied refueling probe was first used on a modified limited series production aircraft ( LSP-8) aircraft in 2018 when it begin series of “dry” contacts trials before the first fuel transfer took place later in the same year. All 16 final operational clearance (FOC) Tejas Mk1 are being equipped with an in-flight refueling probe and gradually it will also be equipped on 16 initial operational clearance standard jets and will come as standard on all 73 Tejas Mk1A recently ordered by IAF.

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

Indian Air Force (IAF) just flew 14 Tejas aircraft formations from Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore in demonstration of the availability and serviceability of the fleet. idrw.org has been told that 10 IOC Standard along with 4 FOC Standard Tejas aircraft belonging to the 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) and 18 Squadron (Flying Bullets) were part of the formation.


IAF thanked HAL and DRDO for the high availability rate of the fleet and for meeting the minimum criteria of maintaining a 75% fleet for flying at any point in time. IAF is looking at the forward deployment of the 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) in the western sector from 2022 onwards and most of the base level repairs are handled by the IAF crew instead of the HAL crew now.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

HAL has started groundwork to flight certify the HTFE-25 engine before 2025 and is panning to start integration of the engine possibly on the company-owned Hawk-I AJT or on the LSP HJT-36 IJT aircraft in 2022 onwards. MoD-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been developing an HTFE-25, a 25kN dry thrust since 2013 and completed its first engine core’s inaugural run in 2015, since then HAL has tested two technology demonstrator engines and recently completed Sea-level trials and performance were found to be satisfactory. HTFE-25 once certified can be used on a 5-ton weight class aircraft in single-engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with twin-engine configuration.

HAL is planning to replace Russia’s NPO Saturn supplied AL-55 (17.3 kN) turbofan engines that are presently used to power HAL developed HJT-36 Intermediate Jet trainer aircraft. HJT-36 IJT program has been officially delinked from the MoD-IAF funding program after years of delays and failure to clear Spin trials while the program presently is running on the internal funds provided by the company.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Pakistani intelligence agency ISI recently held a meeting with leaders of several terror outfits in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad. India Today accessed exclusive details of the meeting that took place on September 21. Indian intelligence agencies came to know about the confidential meeting between ISI officers and terrorist organisations. Accordingly, the agencies issued an alert, a copy of which is in possession of India Today.

According to the alert, in the meeting, the ISI had prepared a plan to launch large-scale attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. It was purportedly decided in the meeting to do maximum target killings on the Indian side of Kashmir.

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SOURCE: PTI

Ahead of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s important visit to Israel, a top Israeli Foreign Ministry official on Friday said that India is “a strategic partner and a very close friend” as he extended warm greetings to the people on Dussehra.

Ambassador Alon Ushpiz, the Director General of Israel’s foreign ministry, took to Twitter to wish the people of India on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra which marks the triumph of good over evil. In the tweet, he announced that Jaishankar would travel to the Jewish state. It is understood that Jaishankar is expected to visit Israel from October 17.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Congress on Friday questioned the silence of the government on the veracity of a video which purportedly shows injured Indian soldiers in captivity of the Chinese and said if it is genuine, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ensure that China is held globally accountable for indulging in war crimes.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said what is very disturbing to every single Indian is the video of Galwan that was released by the Chinese which shows “our brave heart soldiers injured and in captivity of the Chinese”.

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SOURCE: SCMP

China has signed an agreement with Bhutan to speed up talks on their disputed border, in an apparent effort to put pressure on India over their unresolved Himalayan frontiers. In an online ceremony on Thursday, China and Bhutan signed a memorandum of understanding on a “three-step road map” for expediting the Bhutan-China boundary negotiations, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.

Chinese assistant foreign minister Wu Jianghao said the document would speed up the negotiations between the two countries and advance the process of establishing diplomatic relations. Bhutan’s foreign ministry said the agreement would give fresh impetus to the boundary talks and bring them to a “successful conclusion that is acceptable to both sides”.

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SOURCE: TNN BLOG

China objected to the recent visit of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh, saying ‘the country was opposed to his visit as it has never recognised the state’. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, known as one of the important ‘wolf warrior diplomat’, told reporters in Beijing: “China’s position on the boundary issue is consistent and clear.

The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and firmly opposes the Indian leader’s visit to this above-mentioned area.” He further asked India “to earnestly respect China’s major concerns, stop taking any action that would complicate and expand the boundary issue and refrain from undermining mutual trust and bilateral relations.” China has been routinely objecting to the visits of the Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh to buttress its claims.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

China’s strongly worded objection to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh is not a new phenomenon. Previously too, China has objected to Indian politicians and constitutional authorities visiting the northeast state.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rightly pointed out that “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India”. Not that such a statement was warranted because it is futile to take the Chinese objections seriously. But these statements become part of the records. Besides, the Chinese statement comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a conflict at the border. Although there are no new reports of military conflict for some time now, the 13th round of corps commanders-level talks failed to lead to any disengagement or de-escalation in Ladakh.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

In another attack on the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh, a mob allegedly attacked devotees at an ISKCON temple in Noakhali area on Friday. In a tweet, ISKCON said the temple suffered significant damage and the condition of a devotee remains critical.

“ISKCON temple and devotees were violently attacked today by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage & the condition of a devotee remains critical. We call on the Government of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all Hindus and bring the perpetrators to justice,” ISKCON said in a tweet.

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SOURCE: PTI

Seven new defence public sector undertakings, carved out of the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), were on Friday dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of a major reform initiative to boost India’s defence production.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will provide support to the companies initially through financial and non-financial interventions if required. The defence ministry said the companies commenced work on October 1. The event to launch the new companies was organised on a day the country celebrated ‘Vijayadashami’. The Union Cabinet on June 16 had approved a long-pending proposal to restructure the over 200-year-old Ordnance Factory Board that operated 41 ammunition and military equipment production facilities into seven state-owned corporate entities to improve its accountability, efficiency and competitiveness.

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SOURCE: NDTV

The army battled difficult odds on Friday to retrieve the bodies of two fallen soldiers in the dense forests of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir where they were killed in action last evening, following what is turning out to be one of the deadliest encounters in the union territory in recent times.

Sources said it was a risky mission as the terrorists have gone into hiding deep inside the forest and have been firing at the security forces. After suspending the operation for the night, the bodies of Riflemen Yogambar Singh and Vikram Singh Negi were recovered this afternoon, a police officer said.

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SOURCE: PTI

Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force, Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday said on Friday while describing ties between navies of India and the US as “unwavering”. The top American naval commander made the remarks at an event during a visit to the Western Naval Command in Mumbai.

In his address, Admiral Gilday stressed on the need for both the navies to continue working together “hand-in-hand” to make the Indo-Pacific a “beacon of hope for today and tomorrow”. He said the “price of peace and prosperity” is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under and above the sea, according to the US Navy. “Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force,” Admiral Gilday said.

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SOURCE: NDTV

Two terrorists, allegedly involved in the recent targeted killings of a civilian and a police officer, have been killed in back-to-back encounters in Srinagar by the security forces, the police said. Anti-terrorist operations were launched in Srinagar and Pulwama within a span of three hours in which two terrorists were gunned down, a police spokesman said.

“Based on specific inputs regarding the presence of terrorists, two anti-terrorist operations were carried out in Pulwama and Srinagar resulting in the elimination of two terrorists of proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba – The Resistance Front (TRF) – involved in recent killings of a civilian and a sub-inspector in Srinagar,” the police said.

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SOURCE: PTI

Security forces have busted a hideout and recovered arms and ammunition in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, officials said on Friday. On a tip-off, a search operation was carried out in Rahwali Nari of Mahore tehsil in the district on Thursday, they said, adding a hideout where arms and ammunition was dumped was busted.

One AK-47 rifle, one magazine, cartridges of AK-47, an under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL), hand grenades and a walkie-talkie were recovered, the officials said. A case in this regard was registered at police station Mahore and investigation set in, they said.

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