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Boeing, the American aerospace giant, has been actively advocating for the Indian Navy to procure six additional P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to bolster its maritime surveillance capabilities. The acquisition has been delayed primarily due to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) pressing for the indigenous development of a medium-class maritime Patrol Aircraft (MMPA) that aligns with the capabilities of the existing P-8I fleet operated by the Indian Navy.
Boeing has been actively promoting the acquisition of six more P-8I MPAs by the Indian Navy. The P-8I, based on the Boeing 737 platform, is renowned for its advanced maritime surveillance capabilities and has proven its effectiveness in various naval operations.Continue reading
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In a significant development, the Indian defence establishment has taken a step closer to strengthening its air defence capabilities with the issuance of a tender for the procurement of 30 units of the indigenous Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) missile system. These 30 units represent the industrialized version of the missile, signifying a transition from the prototype stage to the production stage.
The procurement of these VSHORAD missiles falls under the Development cum Production Partner (DcPP) policy, a strategic approach adopted by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Under this policy, DRDO takes charge of designing the product, providing detailed drawings, and sharing technical specifications with either private or public sector industries for the development of a prototype.Continue reading
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Banmali Agrawala, the recently appointed Chairman of Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), is set to steer the company towards the burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market in India. This strategic move follows TASL’s notable success in developing drones and loitering ammunition for the Indian Armed Forces. Known for its expertise in manufacturing aerostructures, and serving clients such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, TASL is now poised to venture into the UAV sector, recognizing its immense growth potential.
While specific details of TASL’s UAV market entry plan have not been disclosed, the company’s decision underscores its commitment to exploring new opportunities and diversifying its portfolio within the defence and aerospace sector. The move aligns with India’s increasing focus on harnessing UAV technology for various applications, including surveillance, reconnaissance, and defence.Continue reading
In a significant technological advancement, an Indian company is set to design and manufacture chipsets capable of processing signals from the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) system, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This collaboration between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology with Hyderabad-based Manjeera Digital Systems represents a significant step towards self-reliance in satellite navigation technology.
Manjeera Digital Systems is pioneering the development of chipsets that can receive and process NavIC signals. This initiative marks the first time that an Indian company will design and manufacture such chipsets. The modules are currently undergoing validation by ISRO, with expectations of entering the market by the first quarter of 2024, as stated by Venu Kandadai, the founder and CEO of Manjeera Digital Systems.Continue reading
In a historic moment, Croatia officially received its first Rafale multirole combat aircraft from France at the Mont-de-Marsan Air Base. The handover ceremony marked a significant exchange of ownership between the French Republic and the Republic of Croatia, signifying a major milestone in Croatia’s air force capabilities.
The acquisition of these NATO-compatible aircraft is not just a short-term decision; it is a strategic move designed to meet Croatia’s air force needs for the next three decades or more. Expert usage predictions within the Croatian Air Force have indicated that this fleet of Rafale aircraft is well-suited to serve the country’s defence interests for an extended period.Continue reading
In a significant announcement, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane has reaffirmed the Indian government’s commitment to the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). He emphasized that there are no plans to close any DPSUs, and the government has been actively supporting these entities to drive economic growth and generate employment opportunities.
Defence Secretary Aramane highlighted the government’s efforts in boosting the domestic defence industry. Last year, a substantial 95 percent of defence orders were awarded to Indian industries, primarily aimed at fostering job creation. Furthermore, the allocation of orders to Indian industries is set to increase even further in the upcoming budget.Continue reading
Khalistan supporters gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London to stage a protest on Monday. There was a heavy presence of British security forces at the High Commission and the protestors were restricted to the opposite side of the High Commission.
Khalistan supporters claimed that they were staging the protest over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar, a designated terrorist in India, was killed outside a gurdwara in Canada’s Surrey on June 18.Continue reading
The incidents of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have declined by 52 per cent in Chhattisgarh in the last five years and 589 villages have been freed from the clutches of the menace, the state government said on Monday. The Chhattisgarh government’s statement came a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar district, one of the seven districts in the Maoist-affected Bastar division.
The release said the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has been working with the idea of ‘Gadhbo Nava Chhattisgarh’ (creating a new Chhattisgarh) and marching ahead with a three-pronged strategy of trust, security, and development.Continue reading
Security forces in Arunachal Pradesh arrested two ULFA (I) terrorists during an operation in Tirap district, police said on Monday. Based on inputs, a joint team of Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh police arrested the terrorists who had entered the state from Myanmar on Sunday and were trying to make their way to Assam, a senior police officer said.
The duo was identified as self-styled private Nilutpal Asom, alias Monjit Gogoi, and self-styled private Upen Asom, alias Ruhini Gogoi, the officer said.Continue reading
The Biden Administration has engaged with the Indian government on a number of occasions urging them to cooperate with Canada in its investigations into the death of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a US State Department official has said.
The issue was raised by Secretary of State Tony Blinken during his meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar here last week. “As he made clear then, I’ll reiterate now, we remain in close coordination with our Canadian colleagues on this question,” State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller told reporters at his daily news conference.Continue reading
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with the jawans of Indian Army and ITBP at Mago, India’s first village along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that such a large gathering of armymen and civilians near the LAC is being held for the first time. Speaking on the improved road connectivity in the forward areas, Khandu said the completion of the 18 km Mago-Thingbu hydel road has come as a big relief for the locals and defence personnel.Continue reading
Delhi Police on Monday said that the operative of the terrorist organisation ISIS, Shahnawaz Alam, who has been arrested by Special Cell, conducted a recce of VIP political leaders’ routes in several places including metropolitan cities in Maharashtra and Gujarat for planting IEDs and targeted killings. As per the police, Shahnawaz Alam alias Abdullah, during interrogation, revealed that he conducted recce VIP political leaders’ routes in Mumbai, Surat, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, etc., for the planting of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and targeted killings.
“He had also analysed the map of West Rajasthan to find out the IED testing point,” police said, adding that since 2022, he started accumulating materials to carry out a blast in Delhi. The Special Cell of Delhi Police in a major operation busted Pakistan’s ISI-sponsored module, disguised as an ISIS module and arrested Shahnawaz, carrying a bounty of Rs 3 lakh on his head by the National Investigation Agency, from Jaitpur in South Delhi earlier today. Apart from him, two persons, Mohammad Rizwan Ashraf and Mohammad Arshad Warsi, also were arrested.Continue reading
Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered a drone with one packet, suspected to be Narcotics from a paddy field in the Kalsian Khurd area of Tarn Taran district of Punjab.
On October 2 during late evening hours, forward-deployed BSF troops intercepted the movement of a drone. “Further, during search Operations carried out ahead of the Border fence, BSF troops recovered a drone which is a Quadcopter (Model – DJI Matrice 300 RTK, made in China) and the gross weight of the recovered narcotics is 2.7 Kg,” BSF said in a release.Continue reading
Finally the wait is over as actor Akshay Kumar on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri announced the release date of his upcoming film ‘Sky Force’.
To mark this day, the ‘OMG 2’ actor shared an intriguing announcement video. The video begins with a speech of Muhammad Ayub Khan, President of Pakistan as a voiceover and the text reads ‘6th September 1965. India – Pakistan War’. Then, a clip of Lal Bahadur Shastri addressing his people.Continue reading
The Jawaharlal Nehru University administration will constitute a committee soon to look into the repeated incidents of ’anti-national’ slogans raised on campus, an official said here on Monday. It comes a day after pictures of slogans like ”Indian-Occupied Kashmir”, ”Free Kashmir”, and ”Bhagwa Jalega” scribbled on the School of Languages building wall went viral on social media.
The walls have now been repainted by the administration.Continue reading