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

India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 07-09 December 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. the designated area is 320km that indicates it might be an air-launched missile system possibly BrahMos-A but the missile is not a new untested missile system and possibly could be a test of new air to the ground-launched missile.

Off late, DRDO announces NOTAM but doesn’t follow up with any public confirmation of missile tests that often seem to be a case of technical delays but also rising speculation that some of the experimental trials of the under developmental missile system that are now not deliberately announced.

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

Master Sgt. Kyle Wilson Circled

Tom Cooper an Austrian author, journalist, historian, and illustrator with an interest in modern military aviation on his recent Facebook post said that reward to Master Sgt. Kyle Wilson, an Airman with the United States Air Force who was stationed at Shahbaz airbase, Pakistan, from March 2018-2019, serving as the Technical Security Team (TST) superintendent in 2019 confirms that he was instrumental in either saving one of the damaged F-16s or helped collect wreckage on time (i.e. before this could’ve been revealed in the public) after the Balakot brawl that happened between two air forces in the region after Balakot air strikes.

Wilson’s job was to ensure that Pakistan Air Force is not allowed to use F-16s against India, in violation of that US-Pakistani agreement for these aircraft but the airman was instead awarded for failing in his duty claimed cooper.

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

Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine is now set to be launched in September 2023 and be delivered to ROC Navy in 2025 with assistance coming from India, Australia, Spain, Canada, and South Korea with British Companies leading in aiding the secretive program to build submarines in Taiwan amid rising tensions with China claimed a report by Reuters.

British Companies have helped Taiwan get workers, engineers, and ex-submarines from other countries including India in helping CSBC Corporation that’s in charge of manufacturing these submarines.

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SOURCE:  THE HINDU

A steel-cutting ceremony for two anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) to be built by the Cochin Shipyard for the Navy was conducted at the shipyard on Wednesday. Commodore V. Ganapathy, warship production superintendent of the warship overseeing team (Kochi), conducted the ceremony which marked the beginning of the construction of the fourth and fifth vessels in a series of eight such craft being built by the shipyard.

“These technologically advanced vessels are designed and engineered indigenously and will be equipped with various payloads to cater to the vessels’ functions. The vessel will feature stringent signature and stealth technologies to avoid detection by submarines and other surveillance systems. Significant part of the payloads and solutions will be from Indian firms,” said a release.

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SOURCE:  PTI

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is likely to induct 10 new advanced light helicopters procured from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited by May 2022, its spokesperson said on Wednesday. Moreover, the ICG is planning to induct one offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in 2021 and two pollution control vessels (PCVs) by 2025, added the spokesperson.

The ICG has concluded a contract for procurement of 16 advanced light helicopters (ALH) Mk-III from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bengaluru, which is in consonance with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Out of the 16 ALH ordered, six have already been inducted into the ICG and the remaining 10 aircraft are likely to be inducted by May 2022.

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SOURCE:  HT

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday took up a ?5,100-crore deal with Russia to jointly manufacture AK-203 assault rifles at a facility in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India on December 6 for an annual summit with the Indian prime minister, officials familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The AK-203 deal was on the CCS’s agenda and a deal could be signed soon, said one of the persons cited above. There was no official word on the committee green-lighting the proposed deal, which was cleared by the defence ministry last month, as previously reported. HT spoke to four senior government officials, none of whom confirmed if CCS had cleared it, although the deal faces no hurdles and there’s no reason for any delay.

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SOURCE:  PTI

There have been no incidents of radioactive leakage to the environment from any nuclear power plant in the country in the last three years, the Atomic Energy Ministry said. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said the safety of nuclear power plants is continuously monitored and reviewed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

“There have been no incidents of radioactive leakage to the environment from any nuclear power plant in the country in the last three years,” he said in a written reply. Responding to another question, Singh said land measuring around 174 hectares in an L-shaped configuration (with each arm of the L being 4 km in length) has been acquired for the LIGO-India Project at Aundha in Maharashtra’s Hingoli district.

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SOURCE:  ANI

Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Director-General Missiles and Strategic Systems (DGMSS) BHVS Narayan Murthy has been given the additional charge of the BrahMos Aerospace corporation. “Distinguished scientist Mr Narayan Murthy has been given the interim charge of the BrahMos Aerospace corporation which manufactures the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for the Indian armed forces,” BrahMos officials told ANI here.

BrahMos officials further told that it is an interim arrangement and DGMSS is already in the Board of Directors of BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd.

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SOURCE:  ANI

As Pakistan is facing more restrictions to get weapons from the US, China has filled the vacuum by proving weapons to boost Islamabad’s conventional and nuclear arsenal. While China has long supplied Pakistan’s armed forces, the relationship has deepened in recent years, with Pakistan making major purchases of top-of-the-line Chinese export equipment, according to the National Interest.

“China has sold or licensed to Pakistan the following five weapons program a) Nuclear Weapons Program, b) JF-17 Fighter A-100 c) Multiple Rocket Launcher, d) VT-1A and e) HQ-16,” writes Charlie Gao an analyst in the National Interest.

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SOURCE:  LIVE MINT

Space startup Pixxel is ready with the first two satellites of its hyperspectral imagery constellation, and is awaiting a launch date from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to send them to orbit.  Awais Ahmed, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Pixxel, can hardly conceal his excitement when sharing this news. “We are ready with our first satellite, which is currently going through a series of re-tests. We’re waiting for the ISRO PSLV-C53 mission to get on the launchpad, which should be ready by December 2021 or soon afterward,” Ahmed said. 

“Our second satellite is also completely built and is in the final testing stage. We hope to launch it around March 2022,” he added.

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SOURCE:  THE HINDU

As several countries including the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Japan and the European Union begin to discuss the possibility of re-staffing embassies in Kabul, New Delhi is considering its options on its presence in Afghanistan.

In November, the UAE re-started operations in Kabul which would add to the list of embassies that are open including Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Last month, Washington and Doha signed an agreement for the Qatari embassy in Kabul to represent the “diplomatic interests” of the U.S.

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SOURCE:  PTI

The Border Security Force Wednesday said its troops fired on a drone along the India-Pakistan border in the Amritsar sector, forcing it to return. In an official statement, the BSF said its personnel opened fire after they heard the humming sound of the drone coming from the Pakistan side and entering into the Indian territory on the intervening night of November 30 and December 1.

“Suspecting the modus operandi of ANEs (anti-national elements) of smuggling through a drone, troops retaliated with fire in the direction of a humming drone to thwart their attempt.

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SOURCE:  PTI

Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday claimed that citing national interest as a reason, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has disallowed a question from him on whether the Chinese have crossed the LAC in Ladakh.

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat said it acts on the recommendation of the “ministry concerned” when sensitive issues are involved.

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SOURCE: Republic

The Indian Army sources on Wednesday that they provided assistance to the Ladakhi graziers, called Reboos, in accessing their traditional grazing land in an unhindered manner along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Further, Indian Army sources also stated that they have been proactively carrying out regular Synergy meetings with Reboos, village committees along the border areas at LAC in order to ensure that the approach adopted at the ground level was directed towards fulfilling all development needs of the local community and assisting the graziers. 

“For centuries our Ladakhi graziers called Reboos have grazed their cattle into grazing land in search of high quality Alpha grasslands in unique, picturesque and remote Eastern Ladakh. Indian Army being committed to our people and for our people true to its ethos and values in synergy with Administration of UT  of Ladakh has always been a pillar of strength for the local community,” a source close to the Indian Army said. 

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SOURCE:  PTI

Horizon-class French frigate FS Chevalier Paul has departed India after concluding a 12-day-long extensive engagement with the Indian Navy, officials said on Wednesday. The warship was part of a maritime partnership exercise with the Indian Naval Ship Kolkata in the Arabian Sea besides undertaking port calls at Mumbai and Kochi.

The exercise also involved the participation of a maritime patrol aircraft and MiG 29K fighter aircraft from the Indian side, Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.

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