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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

At a Press conference to discuss the upcoming 90th Indian Air Force Celebration Day, a small promo video showcased at the presser showed glimpses of the Astra Mk2 Beyond visual range air-to-air missile being ejected from the Su-30MKI. While the video didn’t show the missile firing up its dual-Pulse motor indicating it probably was from a dummy ejection developmental trial.

Video also showcased for the first time use of the ejector pylon for the new missile system that, unlike Astra Mk1 which uses a Rail launcher. Astra MkII features ejectors launch that is done to reduce missile being jammed in the rail launcher but also to reduce any harm to the aircraft itself. Both Astra MkII and Astra MkIII will be using ejectors launch along with Rudram-1, Rudram-2/2A, and Rudram-3 Air to Surface missiles.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday while speaking to the media confirmed that Air Staff Quality Requirements (ASQR) for the Sukhoi-30 upgrade have been finalized. As reported earlier by idrw.org it will be all Indian-made Indigenous systems that will be incorporated into upgraded Sukhoi-30 MKI and will not include any Russian systems.

In the first lot, 84 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft will be upgraded but the program might take 4-5 years before actual implementation of the upgrade kits will begin on the aircraft.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday while speaking to the media surprised many when he said that the search for 4.5gen or 5th gen fighter jets under the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender for 114 jets is still ongoing as air force is going through proposals that it has received.

IAF chief for the first time confirmed that the air force is now open to the idea of a 5th gen platform which was not the case earlier. Till now only proposals that have been received from prospective OEMs have been about their 4.5gen fighter jets.

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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday and asserted that there can be no military solution to the Ukraine conflict, while also underlining that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have catastrophic consequences.

During their telephonic conversation, Modi and Zelensky discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here.

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SOURCE: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday and said that the endangerment of nuclear facilities amid the Russia-Ukraine war could lead to catastrophic consequences for the environment.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reiterated its deep concern about landmine explosions close to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). IAEA is also continuing its consultations and other efforts to agree and implement a nuclear safety and security zone around the ZNPP as soon as possible.

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SOURCE: PTI

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday made it clear that the Indian Air Force is not opposed to the tri-services theaterisation plan but asserted that the doctrinal aspects of the force should not be compromised by the proposed structures.

At a press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8, he said the IAF has recently updated and revised its doctrine to keep it relevant, noting that no single service can win wars on its own. Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the IAF has reservations about certain aspects of the proposed structures under the tri-services integration process, but it supports the overall plan that aims to ensure tri-services synergy.

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Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday said the benchmark for the situation to become normal in eastern Ladakh would be to return to status quo ante prior to the standoff and complete withdrawal of troops from all friction points and asserted that appropriate “non-escalatory” measures were taken following China’s recent air activities in the region. 

The Chief of Air Staff said Chinese actions along the frontier including in the Ladakh sector are being monitored constantly and the IAF’s overall preparations are part of continuing efforts irrespective of challenges from China.

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SOURCE: PTI

Indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), ‘Prachand’, is set to showcase its aerial prowess during the Air Force Day fly-past on October 8 in Chandigarh. The LCH will be among a range of aircraft and helicopters to be deployed for the Air Force Day fly-past at the Sukhna Lake complex in Chandigarh, officials said.

For the first time, Air Force Day celebrations are being held outside the Delhi NCR. Officials said besides the LCH Prachand, various other aircraft including Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Sukhoi, Mig-29, Jaguar, Rafale, IL-76, C-130J and Hawk will be part of the fly-past.

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SOURCE: PTI

A total of 10 members of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other proscribed outfits were on Tuesday designated as terrorists by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Those designated as terrorists include Habibullah Malik alias Sajid Jutt, a Pakistani national, Basit Ahmad Reshi, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla but is currently based in Pakistan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandoo alias Sajad, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore but now lives in Pakistan, Zafar Iqbal alias Salim, who is from Poonch but presently residing in Pakistan, and Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman alias Sheikh Sahab, who hails from Pulwama.

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SOURCE: API

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was speaking at the customary press meet before the annual air force day on October 8 said, In the past, wars have been fought on land, at sea, and in the air, according to IAF Chief V.R. Chaudhari. Today, even in the traditional realms, the conduct of operations is being impacted by emergent domains like cyber and space.

“To adapt to these changes, the IAF is undergoing a makeover so that we can fight and prevail in conflicts of the future… In order to keep the ideology of the IAF current, we recently upgraded and altered it.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said 42,000 people lost their lives to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir over the years but security situation has improved now to such an extent that no one dares to call a hartal or indulge in stone-pelting.

Mr Shah also said the Modi government wants to end terrorism, corruption, bring all-round development and make Jammu and Kashmir number one in the country. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted towards terrorism, ensuring complete control of the security forces over the situation, he said, while inaugurating or laying foundation stones of development projects here.

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SOURCE: API

The 78th anniversary of the Indian Air Force Day will be observed on October 8. 74 aircraft will participate in a flypast above Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh as part of the celebrations.

For the people of Chandigarh, this will be a fantastic chance to witness the power of the Indian Air Force firsthand. Therefore, if you want to see the flypast on October 8th, make plans to go to Sukhna Lake. This comprises fighters, cargo planes, helicopters, and single-engine MiG-21 aircraft. 

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah handed over appointment letters on Tuesday to the family of four Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who were killed in terror-related violence in the valley, officials said.

“The families of four JKP martyrs were given job letters by the home minister at the Raj Bhavan here,” an official said. The home minister shared photos on Twitter of his meeting with the relatives of the police personnel killed by terrorists in the Kashmir valley.

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SOURCE: ANI

Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged both India and China to solve disputes via peaceful means. Speaking to ANI about the India-China confrontation and its impacts on regional issues, he said, “Two big countries will have different opinions on how to run things. We can put across our respective stand on different issues but in end, we should close this discussion and get the best deal out of this – what is your best option, what is my best option.”

He also discussed India-Singapore relations, the code of conduct in the South China Sea and Singapore-ASEAN concern about aggressive Chinese policies.

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SOURCE: ANI

Reinforcing the Indian Navy’s commitment to maritime security, INS Tarkash completed its anti-piracy deployment in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) on Tuesday. This 41-day anti-piracy deployment is the first such deployment in GoG by the Indian Navy warship. The deployment included port calls at Dakar in Senegal, Lome in Togo, Lagos in Nigeria and Port Gentil in Gabon.

Apart from anti-piracy patrol and joint exercises with regional navies at sea, the deployment was utilised for capacity-building activities like training in damage control and fire fighting, diving, medical aspects and casualty evacuation, the Indian Navy said.

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