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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will begin upgrades to 16 of the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration LCA-Tejas Mk1 jets to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration. This upgrade will add key capabilities to the aircraft, including:

  • Beyond Visual Range Missile (BVRM) capabilities
  • Air-to-Air Refuelling
  • Air-to-Ground FOC earmarked weapons
  • General flight envelope expansion
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In a move that could significantly accelerate innovation in critical areas like cyber security, hypersonic technology, and maritime systems, several US university labs have agreed to open their facilities to Indian startups for real-world testing. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in the burgeoning US-India innovation partnership, offering Indian entrepreneurs access to cutting-edge infrastructure and expertise.

For Indian startups working on cutting-edge technologies, access to world-class testing facilities can be a major hurdle. These facilities often require significant investment and specialized expertise, which can be out of reach for young companies. By partnering with US universities, Indian startups gain access to:

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), a leading Indian defense PSU, has begun construction of the Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) at their RBD Unit. The plate cutting ceremony for Yards 3039 and 3040 marks a significant milestone in this project.

Last year, GRSE secured a contract with the Ministry of Defence for the construction of four NGOPVs. The total project cost for these vessels is estimated at around Rs 3,500 crore. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery within 44 months from the contract signing date, with subsequent vessels following at six-month intervals.

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Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary on Saturday visited the ‘Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo’ in Pune and said that the time has come to move on to newer technologies and with better quality radars and the Air Force will sign a new deal with L&T in a couple of days for the same. “This requirement to maintain air defence coverage over the entire country has always been existing. It is one of the major roles of the Air Force.

We have had vintage equipment, now the high-power radar and the long-range radars have served us very well for many years. Now, the time has come to move on to newer technologies and better-quality of radars.

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The Quad is a statement that others cannot have a “veto” on choices of like-minded nations and the coalition is here to stay, grow and contribute to global prosperity, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, amid mounting global concerns over China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

In an address at a think-tank forum, Jaishankar described the coalition of India, the US, Japan and Australia as an “overhead light” that is a “creative, flexible, nimble, responsive and open-minded” enterprise.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, aided by a brilliant National Security Advisor, has boosted the confidence of national Intelligence agencies about doing their job of protecting the security and integrity of India on a proactive, apolitical and professional note.

Intelligence Bureau (IB), the ‘mother’ organisation that fostered the family of Intelligence entities including SSB, ARC and R&AW, traced its origins in the Central CID established by the British some 135 years ago and the fact that it saw an essential continuity of its functioning after Independence, is an affirmation of its belief that by and large its goal had been to safeguard the country against the doings of its perceived ‘adversaries’ at any point of time.

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India and Japan on Sunday kicked-off a two-week military exercise in Rajasthan’s Mahajan field firing range to foster deeper cooperation in confronting common security challenges. The exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ between the Indian Army and the Japan Ground Self Defence Force is being conducted under the broad framework of India-Japan strategic cooperation, officials said.

It is an annual exercise and conducted alternatively in India and Japan. The contingent of both sides comprises 40 personnel each.

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The Maldives has been famous in India especially on social media for wrong reasons, former Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi said here on Saturday. The comments come in the backdrop of a recent controversy triggered by social media posts by a minister and other leaders in the Maldives days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Lakshadweep archipelago.

“The Maldives has been famous in India for the wrong reasons, I would say especially on social media. We are not people like that. We love foreigners visiting our country, and we welcome you all to the Maldives,” Didi said at the Firstpost Defence Summit 2024.

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SOURCE: ANI

After ISRO’s key cryogenic engine passed certification for missions to transport humans into space, the Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman S Somanathon, on Friday said that it will do similar work for the crew module and other new items that are part of the Gaganyaan program.

With the completion of the final round of ground qualification tests on February 13, ISRO has accomplished a major milestone in the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine that powers the cryogenic stage of the human-rated LVM3 launch vehicle for Gaganyaan missions, the space agency had said in a statement earlier.

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Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Saturday that Maharashtra is set to overhaul its aerospace and defence manufacturing policy, which was initially formulated in 2017. This update comes as Industries Minister Uday Samant revealed plans for the establishment of four defence manufacturing clusters within the state.

The declarations were made during the MSME Defence Expo held in Pune, where both officials shared insights into Maharashtra’s strategic initiatives in the aerospace and defence sectors.

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SOURCE: PIB

In recognition of major contribution to defence sector towards nation building, Government of Maharashtra extended an invitation for participation and capability demonstration of the Indian Air Force during the Maharashtra MSME Defence Exposition at International Exhibition Convention Centre, Moshi, Pune from 24 Feb to 26 Feb 2024.

Participation of large number of MSMEs, private companies, Defence Research and Development Oraganisation (DRDO) laboratories and Defence Public Sector Unit (DPSU) setups in Maharashtra reflected India’s progress towards achieving ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Defence and integration of Armed Forces requirements, R&D and Defence production by public and private players.

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Sixteen officers and a soldier of the Indian Army were felicitated for bravery and exceptional devotion to duty at the South Western Command investiture ceremony held here on Saturday.

The ceremony was held with customary elan and military grandeur at an auditorium at the Hisar Military Station. A total of 10 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and seven Vishisht Seva Medals were presented by Lieutenant General Dhiraj Seth, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command, an official statement read.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Indian Air Force deployed its Dornier aircraft at short notice to airlift a team of doctors from the Army Hospital in Delhi to retrieve a liver from Pune to save the life of an army veteran.

The mission was crucial given it was conducted at short notice on February 23, the Indian Air Force said on Sunday.BAn IAF Dornier aircraft was activated at short notice to airlift a team of doctors of Army Hospital (R&R), to retrieve a liver from Pune to Delhi during the night on 23 Feb 24.

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Three Naxalites were killed in an encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Sunday morning, a senior police official said.

The face-off took place in a forest in Koyalibeda area when a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the Border Security Force was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Kanker Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

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The Manipur Police have recovered a huge cache of arms and explosives during search operations at two villages in Churachandpur district. Security forces seized four firearms, one improvised long-range heavy mortar and ammunition on Saturday from the outskirts of D Haolenjang village, a police statement said.

Fake currency notes with a total face value of Rs 1,200 were also seized from there, it said. During another search operation, a police team recovered 10 guns, eight gelatin sticks and ammunition from Moljang village in Churachandpur, the statement issued by the police control room said.

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