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The aerial landscape of the subcontinent is witnessing an escalation as Pakistan reportedly eyes an additional 14 Chengdu J-10CE “Vigorous Dragon” multi-role fighters. This move comes after India’s acquisition of the Rafale fighter jet, potentially aimed at achieving parity in the region.

While the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has lauded the J-10CE as comparable to, and in some claims superior to, the Rafale, such assertions are met with skepticism. Indian defence experts argue that the forthcoming Tejas MkII will not only match but surpass the capabilities of the J-10CE and the F-16 Block-52, another mainstay of the PAF. 

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The Tejas MkII fighter jet, India’s next-generation light combat aircraft, boasts a significant upgrade in its radar capabilities. Tejas MkII fighter jet will be the first Indian-made fighter jet that will be equipped with an upgraded Uttam Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Fire Control Radar (FCR). 

This new radar system, mounted on a rotating repositioner or swashplate, marks a pioneering development in India’s fighter jet program. Unlike the fixed AESA radar featured in the Tejas Mk1A, this innovation provides enhanced battlefield awareness and operational versatility. 

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A high-level Indian Air Force (IAF) delegation, led by Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) Air Vice-Marshal Ichettira Iyappa Kuttappa VM VSM, arrived in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on May 13th for the 6th Myanmar Air Force-Indian Air Force Air Staff Talks.

This visit comes amidst a backdrop of increasing attacks on Myanmar airbases by resistance groups using drones. Notably, the strategically important Aye Lar airbase, which houses jet fighters, VIP transport planes, and other military aircraft, has been targeted twice in recent months.

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SOURCE: AFI

A recent article claims that Pakistan’s development of the Fatah-2 missile poses a new challenge to India’s S-400 air defense system. While the Fatah-2’s extended range does present a consideration, it’s unlikely to significantly weaken the S-400’s effectiveness.

The S-400 Triumf system, acquired by India from Russia, represents one of the most advanced air defense systems globally. Its multi-layered defense capabilities are designed to engage a diverse range of aerial threats, including aircraft, drones, and ballistic missiles. With a detection range of up to 600 kilometers and the ability to track and neutralize targets at various altitudes, the S-400 provides a robust and flexible defense mechanism.

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SOURCE: AFI

The race for naval supremacy in Asia is heating up as more countries join the fray, seeking to expand their maritime capabilities and enhance their strategic influence. While India and China have been the focal points of this competition, several other Asian nations are now entering the arena with ambitious aircraft carrier programs. These developments underscore the region’s shifting power dynamics and the growing importance of naval strength in securing national interests.

India and China are at the forefront of the aircraft carrier race in Asia, each with substantial investments in expanding their carrier fleets.

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SOURCE: AFI

Not much is talked about Phase in the development of the India’s LCA-Tejas program when iconic F-16 Fighting Falcon played a crucial role in testing Tejas’ fly-by-wire (FBW) system in mid 90’s before program of collaboration between India and United States ended way before first flight of the TD-1 first of the Technological Demonstrator took place.

A fly-by-wire system replaces traditional manual flight controls with an electronic interface. The pilot’s control inputs are converted to electronic signals, interpreted by flight control computers, and transmitted to actuators that move the aircraft’s control surfaces. This system enhances aircraft performance, safety, and maneuverability, making it a critical component of modern fighter jets.

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SOURCE: AFI

In a recent address, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath emphasized the critical need for greater investment from the private sector to propel India’s space industry into its next phase of growth. Highlighting the dynamic potential of the space sector, Somanath urged industry leaders to actively participate in and contribute to the development of space technologies and infrastructure.

S. Somanath, speaking at an event in Bangalore, outlined ISRO’s ambitious plans and the vital role that private industry investment plays in realizing these objectives. He stressed that increased financial backing from industry stakeholders is essential for fostering innovation, enhancing capabilities, and maintaining India’s competitive edge in the global space race.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Centre on Monday extended the tenure of Defence Research and Development Organisation chief Samir V Kamat by one year, a Personnel Ministry order said.

Distinguished scientist Kamat was on August 25, 2022, appointed as secretary of the Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and the DRDO chairman, it said.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved an extension in service of Kamat as secretary, DDR&D and chairman, DRDO for one year from June 1, 2024, till May 31, 2025, or until further orders, it said.

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SOURCE: PIB

Displaying a firm resolve towards finding green and sustainable transport solutions, the Indian Army has collaborated with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for demonstration trials of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus technology. The Indian Army is known for its commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and the IOCL in presence of General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and Mr Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil. During the event, one Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus was received by the Indian Army. This marks the commencement of mutually beneficial partnership between Indian Army and IOCL. The MoU emphasised the commitment to fostering innovation and advancing sustainable transport solutions for the future.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Minister General VK Singh (Retd) launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his recent remarks about cancelling the Agniveer scheme if his party comes to power.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi’s statement that the Agniveer scheme has made soldiers mere labourers, General Singh (Retd) said, “I want to advise Rahul Gandhi that he must serve in the Army first and then make any statement about the Agniveer scheme. It is not right to say anything if he does not know the Army.”

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SOURCE: ANI

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and a big part of his cabinet are likely to travel to India for intergovernmental consultation in the second half of 2024, said German Ambassador Philipp Ackermann on Monday.

Speaking to ANI on the sidelines of an event, Ackermann said that the visit will help in preparing a roadmap for ties between the two nations.

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SOURCE: IANS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an exclusive conversation with IANS on Monday, spoke on a wide spectrum of issues ranging from the endorsement of Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal by Pakistan and also highlighted his government’s zero-tolerance policy on corruption, with big fish in particular, facing the heat.

In the wide-ranging interaction with IANS, PM Modi underlined the need to understand the aspirations of the new generation and also provide them with relevant platforms to help achieve their dream.

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SOURCE: PTI

Sri Lankan security forces suspect that a 46-year-old man acted as a handler of the four Sri Lankan nationals who were arrested at Ahmedabad airport in India last week for suspected links with the banned Islamic State (ISIS) outfit, a media report said on Monday.

Sri Lanka Police revealed that the wanted suspect, identified as Osmand Gerrard – a resident of Dematagoda, often changes his appearances, and these are some of his appearances that detectives suspect he may be using now, Newsfirst news portal reported.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Chief of the Bangladesh Detective Department, Harun-or-Rashid, who is currently in India to investigate the murder case of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar on Monday visited the crime site and praised the Kolkata police for their assistance.

The Chief of the Bangladesh Detective Department, who arrived with a police team in Kolkata on Sunday afternoon described the killing of Mr Anar as “cold-blooded, barbaric murder” and said that he has never seen such a heinous planned murder.

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SOURCE: PTI

Three people were injured in an explosion in an open field in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said. It is suspected that a rusted mortar shell exploded due to a fire. The explosion occurred when some farmers were burning crop residue in the field in Khara Madhana village around 8.15 pm, the officials said.

They said three people sustained splinter injuries in the blast and were shifted to a hospital. Police and forensic experts immediately rushed to the scene and preliminary investigation suggests that a rusted mortar shell might have exploded due to the fire, they added.

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