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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

US Navy has decided to integrate the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) into the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft for which it has awarded Boeing a $74 million contract for the development of the software and ancillary hardware necessary for the integration of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile onto the P-8A aircraft for the Navy.

The P-8 fleet worldwide including the Indian Navy is currently armed with AGM-84 Harpoon cruise missiles and Mk54 antisubmarine torpedoes but US Navy is worried that in a GPS-denied environment these weapons won’t work properly this is where the LRASM, a derivative of the Air Force’s AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Strike Missile-Extended Range cruise missile, fills an air-launch capability gap and provides flexible, long-range, advanced anti-surface capability against high-threat maritime targets.

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SOURCE:  Ajai Shukla / Business Standard

Illustrating the benefits of developing indigenous weapons platforms, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is poised to sell the Philippines at least seven Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and eight Dornier 228 aircraft, possibly through a Government of India line of credit. Manila is evaluating a maritime variant of the Dhruv ALH, which HAL has developed in Bengaluru on request from the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. It involved integrating the Dhruv Mark III with maritime policing capabilities, converting the plain vanilla ALH into a variant called the Dhruv Maritime Role (MR). 

As the “original equipment manufacturer” (OEM) of the Dhruv, HAL developed the Dhruv MR without being blocked by end user restrictions.

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SOURCE:  AKIPRESS.COM

The India made Tejas Light Combat Aircraft was prominent in the flying display at the recently held Dubai Airshow in November this year, as manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) eyes first deliveries of the Mk1A variant by early 2023, and work continues on the more advanced Mk2, Shephard reported.

India is keen to promote its indigenously developed and produced Tejas single-engine Light Combat Aircraft at overseas exhibitions, and the Dubai Airshow is no exception. An Indian Air Force (IAF)-piloted Tejas Mk1 has been a daily feature in the flying display, and three aircraft were on static display. A spokesman for manufacturer HAL told Shephard that the first of 83 Tejas Mk1A aircraft on order for the IAF should be delivered by the end of 2022, or beginning 2023 at the latest.

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SOURCE:  THE PRINT

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The Army has decided to introduce a new digital pattern combat uniform for officers and men from next year. The Army is also working on a new regular uniform, which will be vastly different from the olives in use now, ThePrint has learnt.

Sources in the defence establishment told ThePrint that the new combat uniform, which will be a mix of colours including olive and earthen, has been finalised by the Army headquarters and will be showcased at the Army Day Parade on 15 January, 2022 in the national capital.

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SOURCE:  DECCAN HERALD

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) marched into history in October 2021. Its 41 production units along with its assets, employees, operations, maintenance and management control were transferred to seven defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) viz., Munition India Limited, Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited, Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited, Troop Comforts Limited, Yantra India Limited, India Optel Limited and Gliders India Limited.

The OFB — now headquartered at Ayudh Bhawan in Kolkata — dates back to the British Raj, when the East India Company established the Board of Ordnance at Fort William, Calcutta, and a factory for producing gunpowder at Ishapore.

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SOURCE:  Hans News Service

Whenever there is mention of a threat to national security, people think of our defence forces in their glorious battle dress – protecting the country on our borders against external attacks and winning the war for us. In the days of Cold War, the two superpowers tried to outdo each other militarily and their race for superiority in the use of missiles produced the ultimate deterrence – the system termed as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) built by the US.

Even as the open warfare was kept in check, there were attempts to cause ideological subversion and foment armed insurgency to weaken the adversary. It is, however, the rise of the phenomenon of ‘covert’ offensives witnessed in the post-Cold War period – after the success of the anti-Soviet armed campaign in Afghanistan had resulted in the dismemberment of USSR ending the Cold War – that brought in the era of ‘asymmetric’ warfare.

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SOURCE:  IANS

 Officials of the Indian space sector, both serving and retired, are of the view that the space sector’s organisational structure is expected to mirror that of India’s atomic energy sector. They also said that senior officials of the Indian space agency should address the employees on what is happening in the sector and how it will pan out so that uncertainty and confusion are addressed.

In the Indian atomic energy sector, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is at the top, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) is the sectoral regulator while the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), the Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (both power companies), the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd, the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, and IREL (India) Ltd are public sector units (PSU).

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SOURCE:  ANI

The incidents of Maoist violence have come down by 70 per cent from the all-time high of 2,258 incidents in 2009 to 665 in 2020 across the country, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed Rajya Sabha today.

“The LWEs (Left-Wing Extremists) indulge in opportunistic attacks on Security Forces (SFs) and also target civilian population and public property. However, the incidents of LWE violence have come down by 70 per cent from the all-time high of 2,258 incidents in 2009 to 665 in 2020,” Mr Rai said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

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SOURCE:  INDIA TODAY

Despite not getting any support from the centre, Mizoram- a tiny mountain range in the North-Eastern Indian state, has been feeding more than 14,000 Myanmar nationals for the last 9 months who have currently taken shelter in the state following the military coup in their country in February this year.

According to the reports, more than 14000 Myanmar nationals, including many children from Myanmar’s Chin state have crossed over to Mizoram following the military coup in their country in February this year and they are currently taking shelter in different parts of the state.

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SOURCE:  IANS

 Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander and Presidential candidate, has warned that Sri Lanka which has fallen into Chinas debt trap would end up like Uganda, which had to give away their only international airport to China. Fonseka, who led Sri Lanka’s three-decade long civil war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels to victory in 2009, said this in a Facebook post titled “Sri Lanka is being engulfed in Chinese debt trap that destroyed Uganda”.

Drawing a parallel between Uganda’s airport and Chinese-funded new airport built in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka, he added that going beyond the country’s foreign diplomacy, it has been made a slave of one camp and also have worked to achieve political and military ambitions of another state, and thereby let the country lose it’s integrity and sovereignty.

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SOURCE:  ANI

A top commander of proscribed (Jaish-e-Mohammed) Yasir Parray and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert were among two terrorists killed in the Pulwama encounter today. “Top JeM terrorist commander Yasir Parray, an IED expert and foreign terrorist Furqan were neutralized in the encounter,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir told ANI.

He said that both terrorists were involved in several terror crime cases. The encounter broke out earlier in the day at the Qasbayar area of Pulwama.

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SOURCE:  CNN-NEWS18

According to the latest figures by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 115 Kashmiri pandit families have left the valley for the Jammu region in October this year. Responding to a question asked by Naranbhai Rathwa in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Nityanad Rai shared the figure, adding that those who have left are mostly women and children.

He, however, did not link this movement out of the valley with the recent incidents of targeted killing of minorities in Srinagar. “These families are that of government employees many of whom move to Jammu in winter as part of a movement of officials and the winter vacation in education institutions,” MoS said.

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SOURCE:  NEWS TRACK

In Punjab, the police have had a lot of success. Sukhwinder Singh, a young man from Gurdaspur, was caught, and police found 1 kilogramme of RDX from him. Since the finding of RDX, police have been in a frenzy. Gurdaspur police have detained Sukhwinder Singh, according to information obtained. It contains 1 kilogramme of RDX. Sukhwinder Singh is reported to have had direct touch with Pakistani smugglers, from whom he received the RDX.

Police are currently trying to find out who was going to use the explosive by arresting Sukhwinder Singh.  Was Sukhwinder supposed to supply the explosive to someone else or was he asked by his uncles to commit a terrorist act on his own? With Punjab going to the polls in a few months, the neighbouring country may conspire to create chaos and panic by committing terrorist attacks in India.

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SOURCE:  The Shillong Times

As much as 30 per cent of the border fencing along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya is yet to be completed and the delay has been caused due to various factors, primarily land acquisition hurdles, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Tuesday.

Earlier in January this year, the BSF had announced that 70 per cent of the border fencing had been completed and even expressed hope that the rest of the 30 per cent would be completed within the span of a year. Speaking to reporters here, BSF Meghalaya Frontier DIG (PSO), D Haokip, while talking about land acquisition issues informed that the majority of the stretch where the fencing is still incomplete falls under East Khasi Hills and a few patches of Jaintia Hills region.

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SOURCE:  WION

In what is clearly a first for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the actor will now play his first-ever real-life role in an upcoming movie. It is hard to believe but Salman has never played a real-life character in the entire length of his 23-year career. There were shades of a real character in the Haryanvi wrestler that he played in ‘Sultan’, though the makers have denied it.

But now, in director Raj Kumar Gupta’s proposed bio-pic, Salman will star as Indian spy Ravindra Kaushik who infiltrated the Pakistani army and gathered vital military intelligence for  the Indian army while putting his life at huge risk. A  source in the know tells WION’s contributing journalist, “There will be no concealing of the real identity. Salman will play Ravindra Kaushik and he will be named the same.”

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