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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is considering a new approach for maintaining the F-404 engines that power its Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. This strategy takes inspiration from the IAF’s management of its Pilatus PC-7 Mk.II trainer fleet.

Similar to how the IAF directly engages with Pratt & Whitney, the engine manufacturer for the PC-7, the Air Force is mulling bypassing Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and working directly with GE Aerospace, the makers of the F-404 engines. This approach aims to streamline the spare parts and supply chain process, eliminating unnecessary middlemen.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Rolls-Royce is actively campaigning its MT30 Marine Gas Turbine for the propulsion system of the Indian Navy’s upcoming IAC-2 aircraft carrier. This comes after the MT30 was initially considered for a larger, 65,000-ton carrier project that was later shelved in favor of the 44,000-ton INS Vikrant, currently powered by General Electric LM2500 engines.

Rolls-Royce sees IAC-2, the sister ship to INS Vikrant, as a crucial opportunity for the MT30. The company is highlighting the potential for engine continuity when the even larger IAC-III carrier is built, especially considering Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s suggestion of a future Indian Navy with more than four carriers.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Indian light combat aircraft, Tejas, seems to have hit a roadblock in its potential export to Botswana. Discussions between Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) regarding the Tejas fighter jet’s acquisition, which emerged during the 2023 Aero India show in Bengaluru, have reportedly stalled.

The BDF has been actively seeking replacements for its aging fleet of 10 CF-5A and three CF-5D fighter aircraft and fighter trainers. However, their search hasn’t yielded any concrete results. Talks with other potential suppliers, including South Korea for the FA-50 and Sweden for the Saab JAS-39 Gripen, have also failed to progress in Past.

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SOURCE: AFI

US engine manufacturer, GE Aerospace, has acknowledged delays in supplying F404 engines for India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk-1A program. The company attributes the setbacks to ongoing supply chain challenges within the aerospace industry.

In a statement, a GE Aerospace spokesperson confirmed they are collaborating with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the state-run defense contractor, and their suppliers to address the constraints and expedite the delivery of F404-IN20 engines for the Tejas Mk-1A project.

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SOURCE: AFI

Thane-based Avyaya Aerospace India Pvt Ltd is poised to revolutionize Indian defense capabilities with its next-generation swarm drone technology. By the end of 2025, the company aims to present these advanced drones to the Indian Army, marking a significant leap in the country’s military prowess.

Avyaya Aerospace stands at the cutting edge of swarm drone development. These drones will operate cooperatively, enabling them to undertake a wide range of missions critical for defense, disaster management, and extensive surveillance.

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SOURCE : AFI

Bharat Karnad, an emeritus professor in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, has recently voiced critical insights regarding India’s current air force strategy in his latest column. A respected national security expert, Karnad offers a comprehensive analysis of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) capabilities and the strategic decisions influencing its future.

Karnad argues that India lacks both symmetric and asymmetric force advantages along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. He contends that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) could quickly rectify this imbalance by deploying a significant number of aircraft from mainland bases. Despite this, Karnad believes that the current IAF aircraft mix can effectively counter large numbers of Chinese aircraft operating from Tibetan plateau bases for the time being. This is primarily due to the altitude handicap faced by Chinese planes, which struggle with the fuel load-weapon load dilemma when taking off from high-altitude bases—an issue that IAF aircraft launching from the plains do not encounter.

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SOURCE : AFI

In May 2024, significant updates have been made to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Open General Export Licenses (OGELs) for exporting munitions list items, as announced by the Department of Defence Production (DDP). These modifications aim to streamline defence exports and support India’s Defence Export Strategy.

The SOP for defence exports has been revised to be more business-friendly, facilitating easier compliance for exporters. These changes are part of a broader initiative to simplify regulatory processes and promote the ease of doing business in the defence sector. By reducing bureaucratic hurdles, the new SOP is expected to encourage more companies to engage in defence exports.

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SOURCE: ANI

Heaping praise on India over its achievements in the space sector, Steve Lee Smith, former NASA astronaut, said that in the history of the world, India just did something no one has ever done. Smith told ANI, “India has been very successful in space (sector) in the last 20 years, very well respected around the world. Mission Over Mars to circle Mars, it was the first time a country had ever done that. India landed on the moon last year.

In the world history, they just did something no one has ever done.” “And just months later, India is preparing its own capsule to send humans to space and they have name their astronauts also. Hopefully, Indian Astronauts on an India’s spaceship will go into space,” he expressed his desire.

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SOURCE: PTI

Warship-maker Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) plans to enter into profit-sharing deals with startups it incubates at the stage of commercialisation during product development stage. The Kolkata-based public sector company, part of the Ministry of Defence, has allocated a dedicated fund from its research and development budget to foster startups focused on the shipbuilding sector.

“We have earmarked a sizable portion of our R&D budget for nurturing and supporting startups in developing products and services for captive use, which can later be commercialised,” GRSE Chairman and Managing Director, Commodore P R Hari, Indian Navy (Retd), told PTI.

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SOURCE: ANI

One of the attendees succumbed after receiving a bullet injury during the shooting at former US President Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, CNN reported, citing Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger.

The shooter was also killed by the Secret Service, CNN reported, citing a Secret Service source.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said holding only Pakistan responsible for the recent spike in terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir is not sufficient as he called for self-introspection to end illegal activities, which benefit terrorism in the Union Territory.

He said the government is implementing a new strategy, which includes deployment of army in the higher reaches to ensure that peace is restored within one week in Kathua, where five army personnel were killed and an equal number injured in an ambush by the terrorists on July 8.

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SOURCE: ANI

In a surprising development, a local digital news network in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK), JK Bol, conducted an interview with Shamsher Khan, a high-ranking commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, an organisation designated as a terrorist group by the European Union, India, Canada, and the United States.

The video prominently features journalist Taqil ul Hassan conducting an open interview with the leader of this designated terrorist organisation. During the interview video uploaded by JK Bol itself, the host can be observed commending the terrorist leader’s actions and his involvement in activities in the Jammu and Kashmir valley, portraying them in a positive light.

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SOURCE: PTI

A senior police officer on Saturday said security agencies are working in synergy to wipe out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district which has witnessed a number of deadly terror attacks over the past two-and-a-half years.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Poonch, Yougal Manhas said the Army and security agencies are on high alert to foil Pakistan’s design to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to PTI on the sidelines of a ‘public darbar’ at Mendhar town of Poonch district, the SSP also sought the cooperation of the civil society in effectively dealing with the drug menace in the district.

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SOURCE: PTI

India has reaffirmed its historic and unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the vexed Palestine question, supporting a negotiated “two-state solution” leading to the establishment of a “sovereign, independent and viable state” of Palestine at peace with Israel.

Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN Ambassador R Ravindra made the statement on Friday at a conference of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

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SOURCE: ANI

Targeting the Centre over its decision to amend the rules of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that the government has snatched everything and made the lives of the people living in the Valley “hell.” In a self-made video, Mufti said, “Today you have brought such an ordinance by which you have snatched everything from the most powerful assembly of Jammu and Kashmir in the entire country.

Today, you want to convert it into a municipality. If any government is formed in J&K tomorrow, it will not be formed by BJP at all, then that government will not have any authority, will not be able to transfer any of its employees, against whom to take action, you want to snatch that right from them and give it to the Chief Secretary and LG.

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