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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed the upcoming induction of the Astra MkII, a new Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile, into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, made the announcement, corroborating an earlier report by idrw.org.

The Astra MkII is expected to significantly enhance the IAF’s BVR combat capabilities. According to Dr. Kamat, the missile will be inducted within the next 2-3 years. This timeline aligns with idrw.org’s report suggesting user trials are set to begin later this year with production-ready configurations launched from Su-30MKI fighter jets.

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The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), a Bengaluru-based laboratory of DRDO, has partnered with ChiStats Labs, a data science and AI startup, to develop a revolutionary system for Aero Gas Turbine Engine (AGTE) health monitoring. This project leverages cutting-edge virtual sensors and artificial intelligence to ensure optimal engine performance and longevity.

This groundbreaking initiative focuses on creating a comprehensive diagnostic system for AGTEs. The system, built on a robust foundation of AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML), efficiently handles the massive amount of data generated by these engines. This allows for rapid and highly accurate operational assessments, leading to better-informed maintenance decisions. The virtual sensor framework, being developed indigenously, represents a significant leap forward in engine health monitoring.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has issued a call for development support, integration, and testing partners for an advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for aircraft applications. While the specific aircraft platform hasn’t been officially disclosed, industry sources suggest that the radar could be intended for the upcoming upgrade of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet, potentially replacing the existing radar with the indigenously developed UTTAM AESA.

The DRDO’s move signifies a significant step towards enhancing India’s indigenous capabilities in radar technology. By collaborating with industry partners, the organization aims to accelerate the development process and leverage private sector expertise.

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SOURCE: AFI

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The Indian Navy has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) announcing live firing exercises in the lower Bay of Bengal from the 19th to the 24th of this month. The designated area, spanning approximately 730 kilometers, is located off the coast of Sri Lanka and falls directly within a major marine traffic lane.

Due to the nature of the exercise, which is likely to involve ship-based missile tests, maritime traffic in the region is expected to be disrupted. Mariners and aviators are advised to exercise extreme caution and adhere to the restrictions outlined in the NOTAM.

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SOURCE: AFI

Air Marshal AP Singh, Vice Chief of Air Staff, underscored the critical need for agile and flexible air forces in the face of rapidly evolving technological landscapes at the Air & Missile Defence India 2024 conference. The event, jointly organized by the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and Indian Military Review (IMR), brought together industry leaders, military experts, and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in air and missile defense.

Highlighting the increasing complexity of the aerial threat spectrum, Air Marshal Singh emphasized the importance of self-reliance in India’s air defense ecosystem. He stressed the need for collaborative efforts between the DRDO, DPSUs, and the private sector to develop innovative technologies and out-of-the-box solutions.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka has addressed recent media reports concerning the country’s submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) in New York, and matters related to the International Seabed Authority (ISBA) in Jamaica regarding exploration activities at the Afanasy Nikitin Seamount.

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SOURCE: AFI

India and China, powerful Asian giants, share a rich history but a complex relationship. While the 1962 war is often etched in collective memory, a lesser-known conflict in 1967 offers a crucial piece of the puzzle. This 1967 clash, fought on the Himalayan heights of Sikkim, marked a turning point. After the 1962 defeat, India’s victory in 1967 restored a sense of balance and national pride.

Following the 1962 setback, India craved a chance to reassert itself. This opportunity arrived in 1967 at Nathu La and Cho La passes along the Sikkim border. The spark? A disagreement over fencing the border, with China viewing it as an Indian encroachment.

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SOURCE: ANI

In view of the infiltration of highly trained Pakistani terrorists in the Jammu region, the Indian Army is readjusting its deployments in the area as per intelligence inputs and security requirements.

The Indian Army has deployed around 500 Para Special Forces commandos in the area to hunt down the 50-55 terrorists from Pakistan who have entered the region to revive terrorism there, defence sources told news agency ANI.

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SOURCE: IANS

While extolling the importance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for the region, India has drawn attention to the roles of certain countries that could undermine it. Without directly naming any country, the references to terrorism were aimed at Pakistan and at the need for respecting territorial integrity to both China and Pakistan in the address to the Security Council on Friday by R. Ravindra, the charge d’affaires of India’s UN Mission.

“Certain countries are using terrorism as an instrument of state policy (and) such an approach has the potential to affect cooperation in multilateral platforms including at the SCO,” he said.

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SOURCE: IANS

The recovery of an Austrian assault rifle from two slain foreign terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir’s Keran sector on July 18 has added another complex dimension to the ongoing terrorism in J&K. The first weapon to be recovered from the militants in J&K was on September 12, 1988. Militants had attacked the residence of the then Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ali Mohammad Watali, in Raj Bagh residential area of Srinagar city.

One militant identified as Aijaz Dar, who lived in the nearby Jawahar Nagar area was killed in retaliatory firing by the guards at the DIG’s residence and one assault rifle was recovered from his possession.

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SOURCE: ANI

Jailed head of Waris Punjab De and Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha MP Amritpal Singh, who is lodged in a prison in Assam’s Dibrugarh district under the National Security Act, challenged his detention under the NSA in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.

Singh, detained in Dibrugarh Jail since April 2023, argues that his preventive detention is unlawful and extreme. The head of the “pro-Khalistani” outfit, Waris Punjab De, is also accused in the Ajnala Police Station attack.

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SOURCE: IANS

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Upendra Dwivedi will visit Jammu on Saturday and will chair a joint security review meeting to take stock of the security situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland.

“He will chair a joint security review meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Police and other forces at the police headquarters in Jammu,” an official said. He said that the Army chief’s visit would focus on the recent terror incidents in the Jammu region and the infiltration of foreign terrorists.

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SOURCE: IANS

J&K Lt Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that the neighbour is getting unnerved by J&K’s transformation adding that the security forces will wipe out terrorism in the Jammu division as the they did in the Valley.

“Our neighbour is not able to digest the peace prevailing in J&K. Efforts are being made to revive terrorism in the Jammu region. We will not allow the revival of terrorism in Jammu at any cost and adopt the Kashmir model to wipe out terrorism in Jammu,” Sinha said while addressing the launch of Hausla 2.0 and Start-ups portal at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar.

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SOURCE: IANS

A Pakistani citizen was nabbed by the jawans of the 41st battalion of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), late Friday night, when he illegally crossed over to the Indian territory through the Indo-Nepal international border in Darjeeling district in the northern sector of West Bengal.

Two other Nepali citizens by whose car the Pakistani citizen Md Saifullah was trying to enter the Indian territory, have also been nabbed. All three of them have been handed over to the local Kharibari Police Station, confirmed an official of the Darjeeling district police.

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SOURCE: IANS

Over 300 Indian students in Bangladesh were forced to return home as the anti-quota protests, that have led to students and security forces clashing, resulted in the killing of at least 104 and injuring over 2,500 people so far.

The neighbouring nation has been witnessing widespread protests for weeks over the reintroduction of reservation in government jobs. Students, mostly hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir, returned by crossing border points in the northeast on Friday.

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