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SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

China is strengthening its offensive capabilities in areas which are close to India. The Chinese forces have deployed the deadly Diving Eagle Jet UAVs and H-6K bombers at its two airbases. According to the latest report accessed by Zee News, China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is operating the Divine Eagle Jet UAVs from Malan airbase and H-6K bombers from the Hoping airbase.

Divine Eagle UAVs are known to be the world largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The length of the Diving Eagle Jet UAV is about 15 metres and its wings size is about 35-45 metres. China claims that these UAVs can also detect stealth fighters like the F-22 and F-35 of the USA. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Arunachal Pradesh has asked the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to explore the possibility of surveying and drilling for minerals along the India-China border. This follows reports of Beijing carrying out “massive” mining activities very close to the border in the Tibet Autonomous Region. According to information on the Ministry of Home Affairs’ website, Arunachal Pradeshshares 1,126 km of the 3,488 km India shares with China.

“The State Department of Geology and Mining had its annual meeting with the GSI on Tuesday. We suggested to the GSI to move the survey and drilling activities towards the India-China border considering that China is reportedly undertaking huge mining activities in Tibet,” Bidol Tayeng, the Frontier State’s Secretary for Geology and Mining told. Continue reading

SOURCE: BUSINESS TODAY

India has signalled its intent to strike enemy targets with devastating force early on in a conflict. Following the success of the Balakot raid by 12 Mirage-2000 fighters using Israeli ground penetrator bombs, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to test fire the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from its Sukhoi Su-30MKI air dominance fighter. This will allow the IAF to carry out punitive air strikes deep in enemy territory from safe standoff distances.

The air-launched BrahMos-A has an estimated operational range of between 300 km and 400 km and can be dropped from 1,640 to 46,000 feet. The missile, named after the Brahmaputra in India and the Moskva river in Russia, is currently the world’s fastest cruise missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The next government will have to speedily address the Air Force’s shrinking fighter strength and finalise a deal with global bidders to arrest further attrition of the IAF’s 31 squadrons—42 are needed to defend our skies. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics last week said it is ready to offer F-21 fighters exclusively for India, in response to the IAF’s move to acquire fighter jets. The US-based company said the jets would be
produced in India along with Tata Advanced Systems.

On the face of it, especially with the understated offer of sharing futuristic technologies of the fifth generation F-22 and the F-35, the proposal sounds good. But the discussion around F-21 cannot ignore the possible geopolitical shift, considering that even now, a significant chunk of India’s defence procurements are sourced from Russia. Opting firmly for an American alliance would mean that India should deal with the overt Russia-China axis that is acting against the US. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan on Thursday said it is considering to move international forums against the acquittal of the 2007 Samjhauta train blast case suspects that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead. The blast in Samjhauta Express took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007, when the train was on its way to Attari in Amritsar, the last railway station on the Indian side.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Haryana’s Panchkula on March 20 acquitted Naba Kumar Sarkar, alias Swami Aseemanand, and three other accused in the case. Continue reading

SOURCE : LIVE MINT

Indian intelligence agencies have sounded alarm bells over “increasing footprints of the Islamic State (IS) across southern India”, nearly a month after eight coordinated blasts killed at least 253 people across Sri Lanka, for which the IS claimed responsibility. The Sri Lanka Easter Day blasts had brought the focus back on the growing presence of the IS in south Asia and intelligence units suspect that the terrorist group can be expected to carry out fresh attacks.

“There has been significant and growing movement of Islamic State cells and workers in pockets of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Kerala,” according to intelligence inputs. This indicates that “recruitment at the local level continues unabated”. Continue reading

SOURCE: TEHLKA

The visit of Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, to Vietnam on the Vesak day, a celebration to mark the birth, death and enlighten day of Lord Buddha tells a lot about the growing relations between the two countries. Vice President Naidu, on the invite of his counterpart in Vietnam, was due to deliver the keynote address at the 16th UN Day of Vesak Celebrations in Ha Nam province.

Vietnam is considered a civilizational friend and trusted partner, a strategic pillar of India’s Act East Policy and our key interlocutor in ASEAN. The exchange of high-level visits from both the sides will further strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. India and Vietnam, today, have a strong bilateral relationship based on mutual trust, understanding, convergence of views on regional and international issues. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan on Thursday said it was ready to discuss the issue of terrorism with India as it claimed that New Delhi is “reluctant” to cooperate on the matter, which is also a “primary concern” for Islamabad. Pakistan wants constructive engagement with India as per the policy of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told media at a weekly briefing here.

“Pakistan is also ready to discuss terrorism which is also a primary concern for Pakistan,” he said.India has made it clear to Pakistan that terrorism and dialogue will not go hand-in-hand. Faisal said Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on September 14, 2018 reiterating “our principled position of resolving all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, through peaceful dialogue”. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

An Army jawan, who was injured in an encounter with militants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, has succumbed, police said.”The injured Army jawan Rohit Kumar Yadav has succumbed at the hospital and attained martyrdom,” a police spokesman said. Rohit Kumar Yadav had suffered grievous injuries during a gun battle with three militants in Handew area of Shopian on Thursday. All the three ultras were killed.

The spokesman identified the slain militants as Yawar Ahmad Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Dar and Ishtiyaq Bhat. They were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Indian Army on Thursday said it will continue to target terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen to eliminate terrorism from Kashmir.

“Relentless pressure from @adgpi @northerncomd_ia @kashmirpolice @crpf_srinagar, five terrorists eliminated today. Continued targeting of #LeaderlessJaish and #RudderlessHibz for #TerrorismFreeKashmir. Reiterate #JihadNahiJahalat,” Chinar Corps, Indian Army said in Tweet. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

A 26-year-old Army clerk, allegedly honey-trapped by Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been arrested for leaking vital military information and espionage charges. According to reports, an army clerk has been arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Madhya Pradesh Police for allegedly leaking classified military information to Pakistan’s spy agency – ISI.

He was apprehended from Mhow near Indore for his suspected involvement in espionage.The 26-year-old man, whose identity has not been disclosed due to security reasons, was on the radar of central intelligence agencies and Military Intelligence for quite some time. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

This team of four engineers are going great guns since the launch of their start-up AI Aeronautics six months back. It has been incubated at Maker Village, and is making waves even in international market due to their penchant for customisation.

“The idea emerged while I was pursuing my PhD in Aerial Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. But, the idea to launch a start-up is a recent one,” said Vishnu V Nath, founder and VP, engineering. It was set up with a seed investment of Rs 15 lakh. “The money was pooled in by us. Later, we got Rs 10 lakh from the government as a part of Niti Prayas,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to idrw.org, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading

SOURCE: TOLO NEWS

The Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar handed over the first pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters to the Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khaled in Kabul. India had first presented Mi-24 Helicopters to Afghanistan, in December 2015, the Indian Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.India was expected to supply four gunship helicopters to Afghanistan by July, with the deliveries falling almost a year behind schedule, people familiar with developments said In March, as quoted by Hindustan Times.

As first reported by Hindustan Times in March 2018, Afghanistan, Belarus and India had inked a trilateral pact to supply the refurbished Mi-24 helicopters. Belarus was to upgrade the helicopters, which were to be paid for by India, the former Afghan envoy, Shaida Abdali, had said in March. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The Indian Defence Ministry will soon approve the purchase of American Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and MQ-9 Reapers for the country’s armed forces, but the number of purchase will be less than what was originally planned last year.

Government sources have revealed that a formal document will soon be issued to the US in this regard, after Washington has sent the “price and availability” details for Sea Guardian, which can carry out long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance, as well as carry Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, advanced marine avionics, and laser-guided bombs. Continue reading