Under the Mid-Life Upgradation ” Super Sukhoi” program for the 150 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to equip them with two Wet hardpoints that will enable it to carry two drop tank carrying 1400 kgs of additional fuel. Sukhoi-30MKI has an Internal fuel carrying capacity of 9,640 kgs that gives it an enormous ferry range of 3000km due to which none of its 12 hardpoints had wet hardpoints.

Wet hardpoint is a general aeronautic term for the number of hardpoints that can also serve to carry external fuel tanks. The ability to carry two external drop tanks will enhance the ferry and combat radius of the Sukhoi-30MKI marginally but it will also reduce the need for mid-air refueling when participating in cross-continent air exercises with friendly airforce’s.

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Azad Jammu & Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan said on Monday that the day of judgment of India and Israel were approaching fast due to systemic genocide and killings of innocent civilians in both the countries. In a statement issued here on Monday he said that Israel has intensified the reign of terror on Palestine and this state of affairs is leading to the logical elimination of Israel while on the other side India has been utilizing all its resources to crush the Kashmiri people’s legitimate struggle of self-determination.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the long night of terror and repressions would soon end and the dawn of freedom would rise soon.

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How do you assess the impact of China’s economic and military expansion, and its belligerence on the global security scenario; and how can we ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region?

China has taken umpteen steps in recent years to modernize its military and has improved its capabilities to exert influence far beyond its maritime or continental borders. Unprecedented economic growth over the last few decades has enabled China to secure overseas investment, resources and power. Debt diplomacy coupled with overt military belligerence in South and East China Seas, as well as Eastern Ladakh, have led to an environment of uncertainty and volatility in the region.

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SOURCE: Clarion Energy

French multinational energy company EDF has submitted its offer to provide assistance in the construction of some six nuclear reactors in the Indian province of Maharashtra. The French binding techno-commercial offer has been submitted to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and includes EDF providing the Indian nuclear electricity generator with engineering studies and equipment for the construction of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant.

Once complete, the 9.6GWe Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant would be the most powerful in the world, will generate up to 75TWh per year and cover the annual consumption of 70 million Indian households while avoiding the emission of 80 million tons of CO2 per year.

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SOURCE: Anadolu Agency

Pakistan on Monday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to immediately initiate steps to hold Israel accountable for its war crimes and crimes against humanity as Israel violated the council resolutions. Speaking at the UNSC open debate on the situation in the Middle East, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram, welcomed the council open meeting and said the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and Jerusalem was “extremely grave.”

“In the grim backdrop of the deteriorating situation in the region, we urge the Security Council to fulfill its Charter obligations, to call for an immediate halt to Israel’s use of disproportionate and arbitrary force; to offer protections to the Palestinian civilians who are bearing the brunt of the Israeli attacks,” said Akram.

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India is observing the 47th anniversary of its first nuclear test in Rajasthan’s Pokhran on Tuesday. It made India a nuclear power. The test was codenamed ‘Smiling Buddha’ and conducted on May 18, 1974. The name was chosen because the test was conducted on Buddha Purnima that year. “The Buddha has finally smiled” was the message conveyed by Raja Ramanna, the director of India’s premier nuclear research institute Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

It was the first confirmed nuclear test by a nation that was not a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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During the current pandemic, one region that was uncharacteristically quiet for some time was the Middle East. It has come back to life just when it was being assessed that the US is working overtime to shift the centre of gravity of its international security concerns to the Indo Pacific. One is tempted to immediately dive into the recent riots in Jerusalem and the sudden reawakening in Gaza, but what should concern most observers is the evolving situation between Iran and Israel, which probably bears greater strategic significance in the Middle East with unpredictable consequences.

The Gaza tension in many ways is also connected to the Iran-Israel standoff. Reputed strategic affairs magazines are predicting a war-like situation between the two nations early in the near future.

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For several days the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians has been going on. We in India have seen on YouTube rockets being fired by Hamas, which are often intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome, and the demolition of buildings in Gaza by the Israeli Air Force.

What do Indians think about all this?

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France, Germany and Spain said on Monday they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet, Europe’s largest defence project at an estimated cost of more than 100 billion euros ($121.4 billion). France in particular has billed the combat jet project — which includes a next-generation manned and unmanned aircraft — as crucial for Europe to strengthen its defence autonomy and face competition from China, Russia and the United States.

The next development phase for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is expected to cost 3.5 billion euros ($4.25 billion), to be shared equally by the three countries. “France, Germany and Spain are building one of the most important tools for their sovereignty and that of Europe in the 21st century,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted.

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The Indian Navy on Monday handed over to the Kerala government a decommissioned fast attack craft at a function held at the Naval Base here. The ship would be taken to Alappuzha and placed as part of the Port Museum under the Alappuzha Heritage Project, a Defence press release said.   

The vessel was part of the headquarters, Western Naval Command and had participated in many coastal security and port defence missions along the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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A cricket club in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba has come to the rescue of several Indian researchers at the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev southern region, who had been struggling for a proper shelter while being under a complete siege with rockets raining over the country’s south during the past one week.

The Beersheba Cricket Club building, a two-storey structure close to the university, which is actually a shelter house with an underground floor, opened its door for the local residents immediately after rockets launched by Palestinian militants started to fall on Israel’s southern areas and also extended the kind gesture to Indian researchers at the university who were looking for proper protection during distressed times.

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The Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) is inviting applications from entrepreneurs and industries to mass manufacture oxygen concentrators that were developed in-house.  It comes at a time when the country is having to import various kinds of medical equipment and oxygen cylinders to bolster the fight against COVID-19. 

ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Center(VSSC), which is the country’s lead centre for the development of rockets and related technologies has invited applications and shared the specifications of their product on their website.  The portable Medical Oxygen Concentrator (MOC) named “SHWAAS”, which can deliver over 95 per cent enriched level of oxygen to support patients with respiratory illness or who are on oxygen therapy. 

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In June 2019, soon after he took charge as telecom minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government intended to start trials on fifth generation, or 5G, wireless networks within 100 days, heralding a revolution in telecom services.

Of course, that intention was spelled out in an entirely different era—before the world was convulsed by covid-19. In the meantime, a debate about the security and reliability of telecom equipment from China, with which India was locked in a tense military standoff through much of 2020, and other domestic preoccupations of the Narendra Modi government contributed to the delay.

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Three people were killed on Monday in an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in front of a newly built camp in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. Police said villagers had been protesting the setting up of the camp for the last few days, allegedly under pressure from Maoists. Amid the protests, Maoists today opened fire at the camp.

“On Sunday night, they returned to their villages, but on Monday afternoon, some people, including some Maoists of the Jagargonda Area Committee, reached the camp and started firing. The security personnel retaliated, and the exchange of fire continued. After the firing stopped, we found three bodies which are yet to be identified,” P Sunderraj, Inspector General, Bastar, said.

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Army personnel trekked for 24 hours to provide relief to a nomadic Bakarwal family stranded in the snow on the 11,000 feet high Naginsur ridge in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said on Monday. Bashir Ahmed along with his wife, three children and a herd of animals was on their way to Navapanchchi in Marwah Valley from Kathua as part of the bi-annual migration in search of greener pastures when they were caught in the snow with a shortage of food, the spokesman said.

“The Army’s Gujjar Bakarwal check post at Bhandarkut in Chhatroo sub-division received a call for help from Ahmed and a rescue party immediately moved from Chingam post,” the spokesman said.

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