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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report in Economic Times, the Defence Ministry has extended the deadline for responding to the Request For Proposal (RFP) in the over 40,000 crore contract for six advanced submarines under Project-75(I) from December 2022 to August 2023.

The Russian Rubin Design Bureau and the French Naval Group both withdrawn from the tender, citing the lack of an operational Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module as required by the Indian Navy, leaving only Germany and South Korea technically meeting this criterion.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s upcoming Zorawar Light Tank will be getting a Belgian Cockerill 105mm high-pressure gun that fires all NATO-standard 105mm types and also supports Gun Launched Anti Tank Guided Missile, a variant of which DRDO is working for the Arjun Mk1A program.

Cockerill 105mm high-pressure guns are designed as fully-stabilized two low-recoil force guns that can be fitted into light or medium class of tanks and are specialized anti-armor requirements.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

DRDO has completed the fabrication of an 8×2 Truck mounted for the vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) system that was designed for use by the Indian Air Force. VL-SRSAM system is a low-level, quick-reaction surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones, and precision-guided munitions.

VL-SRSAM was primarily developed for the Indian Navy to be used on frontline warships to provide an inner air defense shield to the ship to replace the older Barak 1 surface-to-air missile system onboard Indian Navy warships.

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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

U.S. academic and strategic affair-centric think tanks off late have been asking U.S congress and Pentagon to allow the export of its 6th generation stealth B-21 bomber that is going to be unveiled soon to the world this month. B-21 will be replacing ultra-expensive B-1B and B-2 in long run in the USAF fleet with the need for 70 units it will have a pretty long production run too.

B-2, a highly capable Bomber with stealth characteristics that was billed at $2 billion after adjusting inflation in today’s rate of 2022, B-21 raider will have a unit cost of just $650 million per unit which is nearly 1/4th of what B-2 could have cost exchequer today if its production line was reopened.

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SOURCE: API

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) at the Zhuhai Airshow 2022 international aerospace exhibition showcased MALE-Class UAV that seems to be inspired or copied from the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAV design. CETC seems to have not given any official name to the Mockup that was displayed but resembles the TB2 was spot-on and near identical copy of the airframe.

CETC might be a big corporation in China but is not known to be a big player in the UAV market both in domestic and internationally and might have gotten its hands on the wreckage of the TB2 airframe from Syria or Ukraine and might have plans to reproduce unauthorized copies of it seeing high popularity of the TB2 in the export market.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) are being equipped with indigenous state-of-the-art ships and weapons to protect the maritime borders of the country.

Rajnath Singh was addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence. ‘Defence Shipyards’ was attended by a number of Members of Parliament in Mumbai on December 02, 2022. Rajnath Singh asserted that all efforts are being to strengthen IN and ICG as ensuring national security is the Government’s top priority.

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SOURCE: IANS

Chinese involvement is suspected in the hacking of the server of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, a top source said on Friday, adding that four more servers were on the hackers’ target.

The source said that a total of five main servers of AIIMS were targeted by the suspected Chinese hackers. The data hacked from the AIIMS server has reportedly reached the main domain of Dark Web from where it may be sold.

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SOURCE: PTI

The US on Friday echoed India’s reaction in rejecting China’s opposition to an India-US joint military exercise near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Uttarakhand and asserted that it is “none of their business”.

Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, the newly-appointed US Charge d’Affaires to New Delhi, also said that Washington’s interest is in supporting New Delhi’s efforts to become more capable and its capacities are directed in ways it believes to be important.

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SOURCE: PTI

The government has decided to name 21 uninhabited islands in the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar after recipients of Param Vir Chakra , the country’s highest wartime gallantry award.

Out of the 21 islands, 16 are located in North and Middle Andaman district, while five islands are in South Andaman. Speaking to PTI, Andaman and Nicobar Islands MP, Kuldeep Rai Sharma, welcomed the move taken by the Centre for naming the 21 islands after decorated soldiers in assistance with the Defence and the local administration.

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SOURCE: PTI

The United States considers its relationships with India and Pakistan as two “completely separate” policy forums and one is not dependent on the other, US Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Elizabeth Jones said on Friday.

In an interaction with a group of journalists, the senior-most American diplomat in India also said the recently announced US financial package was for the maintenance of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets and it was not for upgrade of the fleet.

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SOURCE: PTI

India will continue to buy crude oil from anywhere in the world, including Russia, to meet its energy needs, a top official said ahead of EU restrictions on Russian oil kicking in. 

The executive body of the European Union has asked its 27-member countries to cap the price of Russian oil at USD 60 as part of the West’s attempt to squeeze Moscow’s oil revenues and limit its ability to wage war in Ukraine while keeping global prices and supplies steady.

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SOURCE: PTI

India is speaking to both sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the country’s Permanent Representative at the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj has said, asserting that New Delhi’s position has not been “passive” on the war.

The President of the Security Council for December said India has taken the side of peace and favours de-escalation through diplomacy and dialogue. India on Thursday assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December, during which it will host signature events on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism.

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SOURCE: PTI

Two new fast interceptor crafts will be inducted in the Indian Navy’s Bengal area, taking its total fleet strength at Kolkata to eight, a top official said on Friday. For any other effort necessary in the coastline or in the shores of West Bengal, he said that surface ships or naval aircrafts are brought in from Visakhapatnam, the Eastern Naval Command headquarters.

“The Navy has two fast interceptor crafts, which have been recently inducted and we hope that two more will join in the future,” Naval Officer-in-Charge (NOIC) Commodore Rituraj Sahu said at a press conference at INS Netaji Subhas, the Navy’s Bengal area base headquarters here.

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SOURCE: UNI

A bust of iconic Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi will be inaugurated at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, New Delhi’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ruchira Kamboj announced on Thursday.

The news coincides with New Delhi taking over the rotating presidency of the 15-member UN Security Council for the month of December. During its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council which ends this month, India previously assumed the chair of the UNSC last August.

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SOURCE: ANI

Based on specific input of infiltration by multiple intelligence agencies and JK Police in the Uri Sector, an intelligence-based operation was launched by the Indian Army in the general area astride the line of control from November 29, 2022, to December 1, 2022, according to the PRO (Defence) Srinagar.

During this operation, teams of the Indian Army observed the initiation of own early warning mechanisms close to the line of control and immediately launched search and destroy operation in the area.

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