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The US defence industry is ramping up its efforts to secure a foothold in India’s massive military modernization plans. Following its offer to co-develop Stryker-based armoured vehicles, the Pentagon now sets its sights on the colossal Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) program.

The FRCV project, valued at Rs 57,000 crore, aims to replace India’s ageing fleet of T-72 tanks with 1,770 next-generation combat vehicles by 2030-35. These advanced machines will boast cutting-edge features like Artificial Intelligence (AI), integrated drone capabilities, and active protection systems.

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The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) dream of a homegrown fifth-generation fighter jet, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), is inching closer to reality. Following approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) earlier this year, the development program has received a significant boost.

According to information obtained by idrw, the first prototype of the AMCA is expected to take flight within the next four and a half years, placing its first flight in late 2028. Industry sources have revealed that while the rollout of the first prototype might happen by late 2027 or early 2028, work on the second prototype will progress simultaneously. This ensures the second aircraft is ready to join developmental flight trials by 2029.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reigniting its quest for a new fleet of helicopters to transport the country’s VVIPs, including the President, Vice President, and Prime Minister. This move comes nearly a decade after the controversial AgustaWestland deal collapsed due to corruption allegations.

The IAF headquarters is currently finalizing the Air Staff Quality Requirements (ASQR) document, which outlines the essential characteristics of the desired VVIP helicopter. This crucial document dictates factors like quality standards, technical specifications, budget constraints, and the level of competition expected from potential bidders.

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SOURCE: AFI

The future of the C-17 Globemaster III, a workhorse military transport aircraft, is a topic of debate. While current operators like India yearn for more, the question remains: should production resume with the existing design, or should a modernized version take flight? The C-17 boasts an impressive track record, with a high mission capable rate and a loyal following among operators like the Indian Air Force (IAF). However, production ended in the early 2010s. Restarting production with the exact same configuration might not be the most efficient use of resources.

Creating a completely new, more advanced C-17 variant solely for a limited number of aircraft might not be cost-effective. The IAF, with its desire for just two additional C-17s, exemplifies this challenge.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is contemplating a larger order for the sophisticated Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Platform (WhAP) vehicles after witnessing their impressive performance in Kashmir. These advanced 8×8 vehicles, capable of operating both on land and in marshy areas or streams using water jets, were inducted last year and have proven to be a valuable asset in anti-terror operations.

The WhAP vehicles, also known as TATA Kestrel, have been jointly developed by TATA Motors and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Designed to carry 12 equipped soldiers, including the driver, these vehicles are built to provide high mobility and enhanced protection in diverse terrains and combat scenarios.

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SOURCE: AFI

Since the comprehensive reforms initiated in 2015, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has significantly shifted its focus towards preparing for modern combat in the “Information Age.” The reforms aim to integrate various services, arms, and systems into a cohesive, network-centric fighting force capable of conducting joint operations.

A critical component of this strategy is the PLA Western Theater Command (WTC), which has been proactive in securing China’s southern and southwestern borders, preparing for diverse warfighting scenarios, and acclimating its personnel to the challenging terrains of Xinjiang and Tibet.

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SOURCE: AFI

In the annals of space exploration, India’s journey to the stars is a tale of remarkable ambition, ingenuity, and resilience. A recent book sheds light on the lesser-known but crucial contributors to India’s first rocket projects, offering an enriching perspective on the collective effort that powered the nation’s ascent into the space age.

India’s foray into rocketry began in the early 1960s, a time when the nation was still grappling with the challenges of post-independence reconstruction. Amidst this backdrop, a dedicated group of scientists and engineers, often working with limited resources, laid the foundation for what would eventually become the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Brazilian planemaker Embraer sees India, Saudi Arabia, the European Union and the United States as strategic markets for its defence unit as it looks to expand sales of the C-390 Millennium, the head of Embraer Defense said on Tuesday.

India has an open tender to buy military planes while Saudi Arabia, looking to replace an aging fleet of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules, is currently in “early engagement” with Embraer, Bosco da Costa Junior told reporters at an event.

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SOURCE: ANI

With Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi set to take over as the new Chief of Army Staff on June 30, the Indian Army will see major leadership changes in its important Commands and Corps formations. Lt Gen NS Raja Subramani will take over as the next Vice Chief of Army Staff on June 30 succeeding Lt Gen Dwivedi, defence sources told ANI. The Vice Chief of Army Staff is one of the most important appointments in the Army headquarters as he looks after many important verticals of the force including modernisation and indigenisation.

Lt Gen Dwivedi was appointed as the new chief of the Indian Army on June 11. With the retirement of Southern Army Commander Lt Gen Ajai Kumar Singh due on June 30, he is likely to be succeeded by Lt Gen Dhiraj Seth, who is presently commanding the South Western Army Command in Jaipur. The Southern Command headquartered in Pune has one of the largest areas of responsibility with its formations starting from Jodhpur, Rajasthan and down below including the Kutch border with Pakistan.

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SOURCE: PTI

NASA administrator Bill Nelson has said that the US space agency will expand collaboration with India and it will include a “joint effort” aboard the International Space Station with an Indian astronaut.

Nelson’s comments came after a fact sheet issued by the US and India after the iCET Dialogue between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday said they were working toward commencing advanced training for ISRO astronauts in the US.

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SOURCE: IANS

In a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and strengthening self-reliance in defence manufacturing, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has received a request for proposal (RFP) by the Ministry of Defence for procurement of 156 light combat helicopters (LCH). The news led to a more than 4.3 per cent jump in HAL shares to Rs 5,427 in morning trade on Tuesday.

On Monday, the HAL stock jumped 4.62 per cent. “We would like to inform that a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Ministry of Defence for the procurement of 156 Light Combat Helicopters (90 for the Indian Army and 66 for the Indian Air Force (IAF),” said HAL in a regulatory filing. The tender is expected to be worth Rs 45,000-Rs 50,000 crore with helicopters to be acquired by the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. HAL saw its consolidated revenue jump of 52.19 per cent to Rs 4308.68 crore in Q4 FY24 as compared to Rs 2,831.19 crore in Q4 FY23.

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SOURCE: IANS

India on Tuesday reiterated that it supports the ASEAN-led efforts and the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus to resolve the precarious humanity and security situation in neighbouring Myanmar. India said it remains steadfast in its support for Myanmar’s transition towards an inclusive federal democracy.

“As an immediate neighbour and friend of the people of Myanmar, India has been repeatedly calling for an immediate cessation of violence by all sides, release of political detainees, humanitarian assistance and the resolution of the crisis through constructive dialogue,” said Kshitij Tyagi, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva.

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“There has been around 200 times increase in Space StartUps in just about two years,” said Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space,Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here at New Delhi today.

This quantum jump has been possible because of a major policy decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open up the Space sector to the private sector and allow public-private participation in a big way, said the Minister.

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SOURCE: PTI

 The United States has said it supports direct discussions between India and Pakistan but the pace, scope and character of talks should be determined by the two neighbouring countries.

Responding to a question at his daily news conference on Thursday, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said the US values its important relationships with both India and Pakistan. “As we have said, we support direct discussions between India and Pakistan, but the pace, scope and character should be determined by those two countries, not by us,” he said.

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SOURCE: PTI

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday strongly opposed the extension of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh’s detention by one year, calling the Punjab government’s move a “clear violation of the Constitution and of the basic human rights and civil liberties”.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), an apex gurdwara body, also condemned the extension of Amritpal’s detention. The detention of radical preacher Amritpal, who is lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act (NSA), has been extended by a year from April 23, 2024.

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