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The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) program, initially envisioned as an Antonov An-32 replacement, has undergone a shift. With plans to acquire additional C295s for the An-32 role, the focus now falls on finding a successor for the aging Ilyushin Il-76 fleet by 2035. In this new scenario, the Airbus A400M Atlas emerges as a potential frontrunner.

The IAF’s initial requirement for the MTA program was a payload capacity between 18 and 30 tonnes, primarily targeting the An-32 replacement. However, the decision to acquire more C295s has opened the door for larger and more capable aircraft for the Il-76 role.

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Indian drone startup, Arka Aerospace Pvt. Ltd., has taken a significant leap forward by winning the prestigious r iDEX Indian Airforce Open Challenge 8.0. Their winning design – an All Purpose Multi-role Autonomous UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) – is set to revolutionize air defense capabilities for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The iDEX Open Challenge aimed to identify and support innovative solutions for the IAF’s specific needs. Arka Aerospace rose to the challenge with their vision for a versatile drone capable of handling diverse tasks within air defense units and bases.

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The Indian Army is taking a bold step towards the future with its ambitious Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) project. This initiative, recently granted “Approval in Principle” by the Ministry of Defence, aims to develop a next-generation battle system designed and built entirely within India. This article delves into the key aspects of the FRCV project, highlighting its potential impact and significance.

The FRCV envisions a combat vehicle capable of adapting to diverse terrains and threats. It will boast a 120mm+ main gun, secondary armaments, and advanced fire control systems, offering lethal firepower and precision targeting. Additionally, features like Active Protection Systems (APS) and modular armor ensure enhanced survivability.

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Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Indian Army seeking a 155mm/52 calibre Towed Gun System (TGS) has sparked debate about the suitability of such artillery in modern warfare. While the move appears tailored for the Israeli ATHOS system, concerns remain regarding the vulnerability of towed guns in the face of evolving threats.

Major General Atanu K. Pattanaik (Retd) highlights that the RFI’s weight limit of 15 tonnes favors the ATHOS, weighing less than its indigenous counterpart, the ATAGS. This raises concerns of potential bias towards the Israeli system.

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MILAN 2024, the biennial multinational naval exercise hosted by India, has made a splash with its focus on underwater search and rescue capabilities. A key highlight has been the Indian Navy’s impressive demonstration of its Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), showcasing India’s commitment to regional maritime safety and collaboration.

The DSRV, capable of operating at depths of up to 650 meters, represents a marvel of Indian engineering. This advanced system can be deployed to rescue personnel from disabled submarines, a critical capability in ensuring the safety of lives at sea.

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China is among the world’s top arms traders, with many sales achieved thanks to affordable products, Beijing’s political heft and favourable contractual terms. However, it is a case of buyer beware, because clients often end up with equipment that is defective or not well supported by their Chinese manufacturers.

According to the latest data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), eight Chinese companies – including AVIC, Norinco, China South Industry Group Corporation, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) – were among the world’s top hundred arms producers in 2022. Their combined revenue amounted to USD108 billion, a 2.7 per cent increase compared to the preceding year.

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The External Affairs Minister on Tuesday reaffirmed defence and trade cooperation with Russia and said that many Western countries used to supply arms to Pakistan and not India, adding that the trend has changed in the past decade. “In terms of inventory, yes, because many Western countries have long preferred to supply Pakistan and not India. But that has changed in the past ten or fifteen years with the USA, for example, and our new purchases have diversified with the USA, Russia, France and Israel as the main suppliers,” he said.

In an interview with a leading German economic daily, Handelsblatt during his visit to the Munich Security Conference in Germany, EAM Jaishankar highlighted the infrastructural imbalance of supply chains in the world and said that the world’s economic model is unstable and unfair. “The world has created an economic model that is unstable and unfair. In the name of globalization, we have seen over-concentration in the world. Production has been shifted to a limited number of countries. The economies of many countries have been hollowed out,” EAM Jaishankar said.

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Amid the strengthening relations with Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India doesn’t expect Europe to have a New Delhi-centric view of China and Europe should also understand that India won’t move with the European view of Russia.

“My point is: just as I do not expect Europe to have a view of China that is identical to mine, Europe should understand that I cannot have a view of Russia that is identical to the European one. Let us accept that there are natural differences in relationships,” he said.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s stance on buying Russian oil despite sanctions on Moscow amid military conflict with Ukraine. He said that India and Russia have always shared “stable and friendly ties” and Moscow has never hurt the interests of New Delhi. In an interview with the German economic daily, Handelsblatt during his visit to Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Jaishankar stated that Europe should understand that India cannot have a view of Russia that is identical to the European one.

On being asked about India purchasing Russian oil, Jaishankar said, “Everyone conducts a relationship based on their past experiences. If I look at the history of India post-independence, Russia has never hurt our interests.” “The relations of powers like Europe, the US, China or Japan with Russia, they have all seen ups and downs. We have had a stable and always very friendly relationship with Russia. And our relationship with Russia today is based on this experience. For others, things were different, and conflicts may have shaped the relationship.

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Shipments of diesel from India into Europe are at the lowest since 2022 so far this month as Houthi attacks on merchant shipping continue to disrupt international trade, driving more cargoes to Asia. Flows to the European Union and UK plunged as higher freight costs stoked by the ongoing turmoil in the Red Sea, as well as unplanned refinery maintenance in Asia, made trade economics better for sending cargoes east rather than west.

Arrivals of fuel from India into Europe averaged just 18,000 barrels a day in the first two weeks of February, a plunge of more than 90% compared with January’s average, according to data from Vortexa Ltd., compiled by Bloomberg. The drop partly stemmed from the higher costs of shipping to the west last month, according to James Noel-Beswick, an analyst at Sparta Commodities.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s stance on buying Russian oil despite sanctions on Moscow amid military conflict with Ukraine. He said that India and Russia have always shared “stable and friendly ties” and Moscow has never hurt the interests of New Delhi.

In an interview with the German economic daily, Handelsblatt during his visit to Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Mr Jaishankar stated that Europe should understand that India cannot have a view of Russia that is identical to the European one.

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China is reportedly pressing ahead with the construction of border villages in the disputed territory with Bhutan, despite the ongoing border talks between the two countries. At least three villages have been built in the mountainous region separating the two countries, with some doubling in size, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. The rapid expansion began as a poverty alleviation scheme but serves a dual national security role, the report quoted the ruling Chinese Communist Party officials as saying.

According to the report, in a remote village in the Himalayas, inside a border zone that has long been disputed by China and Bhutan, 18 new Chinese residents were waiting to enter their newly built homes. Each carried a freshly framed portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping – large enough to leave only their heads and lower legs exposed – while behind them a bright red banner welcomed them in Chinese and Tibetan script.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and was abrogated in 2019, was the biggest hurdle in the development of the erstwhile state. Modi also said that after the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir, which is now a Union Territory, has witnessed balanced development across regions and in all sectors.

Addressing a rally after launching multiple projects worth over Rs 32,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir and projects worth Rs 13,500 crore for other parts of the country, he also said the government has reached people’s doorstep in Jammu and Kashmir the first time. “This is Modi’s guarantee and this will continue,” he said.

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Sonam Wangchuk, a key campaigner for constitutional safeguards for Ladakh, on Tuesday said the proposed “fast unto death” protest will be reviewed next week, depending on the outcome of talks with the Centre over their various demands, including statehood to the Union Territory.

“We will call a very big public gathering in Leh city on February 26 to either thank the government for accepting the demands of the people of Ladakh or go for a fast unto death in case the talks fail,” Mr Wangchuk, who was set to begin a hunger strike till death from Tuesday in support of the demands, told PTI.

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In a major bust, the Berhampur Police and Military Intelligence Unit in Odisha have seized a staggering 488 meters of counterfeit army combat uniforms from a garment shop. This joint operation highlights a serious security concern and exposes a black market operation attempting to exploit the new army uniform design.

Acting on a tip-off from the Military Intelligence Unit in Gopalpur, police raided the shop and confiscated the fake uniforms, which mimicked the new digital pattern design launched by the army in January 2022. This new design is currently replacing the old uniform, and unauthorized sale poses a significant security risk.

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