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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari on his two visits to the HAL facility in Bangalore was not only briefed about the progress made on Tejas Mk1A, LCH, and HTT-40 aircraft program but idrw has been told from reliable industrial sources that the Chief was also shown first Tejas Mk2 that is under assembly in a separate facility and was also briefed about the progress made on the program.

Chief last month confirmed that IAF has committed to procure six squadrons of Tejas Mk2 when it is ready for induction and in his meetings with the HAL officials he asked the program to be fast-tracked and also offered his full support to complete its developmental trials, which already has a new IAF team that has been deputed to coordinate with the HAL.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Bangalore-based startup NewSpace Research and Technologies (NRT) developed a High-altitude multirotor drone that has achieved a new milestone record for the max altitude of 25,000 feet at max in-class demonstrated range with useful payload. Multirotor drones due to stronger wind conditions in high altitudes rarely operate over 10,000 ft mainly because air is increasingly thinner the higher you go, and there’s less and less force that can maintain its weight in the air (pushing against the propeller blades).

Certain experimental multirotor drones have demonstrated flights to an altitude of 33.000ft but never sustained range in this for long and were done on purpose only to achieve records. Consumer drones are allowed to fly up to 400ft to keep them away from incoming planes or helicopters.

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s plans to develop a hypersonic cruise missile as a successor to the supersonic BrahMos is not new it has been in talks for the last decade or more and the first glimpses of the BrahMos-2 were first showcased way back in Aero India 2013 as a scaled model of what now looks very familiar to the Russian developed Zircon aka Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missiles when it was publically unveiled for the first time.

Fast forward to 2022, BrahMos-2 is again in the news after CEO of the Russia-India Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace Atul Rane told TASS, that BrahMos-2 would have some characteristics of the Russian-developed Tsirkon missile that seems to be the case for the transfer of technology for the scramjet engine that can take it to up to Mach 9 in speed but Indian variant or a downgraded scramjet engine might limit itself to just Mach 6 and its range limited to just 60%.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Friday strongly opposed efforts by Beijing and Islamabad to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying such actions would be “inherently illegal” and “unacceptable” as the project passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

At a meeting of the CPEC Joint Working Group (JWG) last month, Pakistan and China decided to welcome interested third countries to join the flagship project. “The government has seen reports regarding the proposed extension of the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Any such actions by any party directly infringe on India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Minister of State for External Affairs M Muraleedharan said.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Friday hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its latest statement on Jammu and Kashmir and said it “reeks of bigotry”. In a strong reaction, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said such statements only expose the OIC as an organization devoted to a “communal agenda being pursued through terrorism”.

On the third anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation, the OIC called on the international community to take steps to resolve the “dispute” in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

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SOURCE: ANI

Indian Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari reviewed and flew indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Mk 1 ‘Tejas’, Light Combat Helicopter and HTT-40, said officials on Friday. The Indian Air Force chief was on a two-day visit to Bengaluru and reviewed the aircraft which are being inducted into IAF as part of its drive towards ‘AtmaNirbhartaInDefence’.

“CAS was on a two-day visit to Bengaluru where he flew the #indigenous platforms, Light Combat Aircraft Mk 1 ‘Tejas’, Light Combat Helicopter & HTT-40, which are being inducted into #IAF as part of its drive towards AtmaNirbhartaInDefence, ‘ Tweeted IAF.

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SOURCE: PTI

The government on Friday said it accorded the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) or in-principle approval for procurement of military equipment worth ? 1,83,778 crore since 2020-21. Under India’s defence acquisition norms, AoN is the first step toward procurement of any military equipment and hardware. After the grant of AoN, tendering and contracting process is undertaken by the respective services and the ministry of defence.

“In the period 2020-21 to 2022-23 (till June 30), 59 AoNs amounting to ? 1,83,778.34 crore have been accorded and 91 contracts amounting to ? 1,19,045.3 crore have been concluded,” Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said in Lok Sabha.

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SOURCE: PTI

The total value of defense offset commitment that needed to be implemented over the last 15 years has been estimated at USD 6.83 billion, the government said in Lok Sabha on Friday. Replying to a question, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said offset claims worth 82.13 per cent of the total offset commitment have been submitted till August 1.

The figure of the total offset commitment of USD 6.83 billion is also till August 1. Under India’s offset policy, the foreign defence entities, for all contracts worth ? 2000 crore or more are mandated to spend at least 30 per cent of the total contract value in India through procurement of components, transfer of technologies or setting up of research and development activities.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Work on setting up an integrated perimeter security system (IPSS) around Indian Air Force bases has been hit due to Covid-19. So far, it has been completed in only four of the 22 bases selected under the project, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is doing the IPSS which includes electrical smart power fence component. It is completed at four stations. “Work at remaining 18 IAF stations has been delayed primarily due to the pandemic, worldwide shortage of semiconductor, lock down at Germany and its impact on sourcing of data centre shell,” the MoD said.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The Indian Army conducted a pan-India exercise to test and validate its entire satellite-based communication network to ensure operational readiness in case of a conflict in the future.

Called ‘Skylight’, the exercise was conducted from 25 to 29 July. Sources in the defence and security establishment said the exercise involved all kinds of satellite communication, from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Ladakh, where India and China have engaged in a military stand-off for the past two years.

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SOURCE: PTI

Satpal Singh, 28, and his Afghan Sikh family heaved a sigh of relief after they arrived in India from Taliban-controlled Kabul, hoping to begin a normal life in this country. Gurdwara Karta-E-Parwan in Kabul, where more than 150 Sikhs were staying, was struck by terrorists on June 18. Mr Singh’s shop, too, came under the attack. To make things worse, he could not get his ailing father treated as he had minimum access to hospitals.

Mr Singh told PTI that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan not only pushed the Sikhs there into financial misery, but also kept them under constant fear.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Navy on Friday inked a pact with ISRO’s Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad on data sharing and cooperation on satellite-based naval applications.

Navy officials said both the organisations will have a common platform of mutual cooperation, wherein the scientific advancements by the SAC would be synergised into the Indian Navy’s efforts to protect the country’s maritime interests.

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SOURCE: ANI

Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Friday rejected any claims that India is in talks with a bilateral trade agreement with Afghanistan for the import of Lithium.

“There is no proposal for such a bilateral trade agreement with Afghanistan,” said Mr Muraleedharan in response to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha. Answering whether the Government is aware of the effect of extending China Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, the Union Minister said, the government has seen reports regarding the proposed extension of the so-called CPEC.

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SOURCE: PTI

The two new accused arrested in the murder case of Amravati-based pharmacist Umesh Kolhe were present at a “biryani party” held to celebrate the killing, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a special court here on Friday. The NIA made the allegations while seeking the custody of the accused, Maulavi Mushfique Ahmad (41) and Abdul Arbaz (23), who were arrested from Amravati on Wednesday.

The accused were presented before special judge A K Lahoti, who remanded them to the custody of the NIA till August 12. The probe agency informed the court that the duo had allegedly helped the other accused to remain at large after committing the crime.

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SOURCE: PTI

 Border Security Force (BSF) Bhuj on Friday apprehended one Pakistani fisherman and seized five Pakistani fishing boats very close to International Border in the general area of Harami Nalla in Gujarat’s Bhuj. According to BSF Gujarat Frontier, the seized boats were thoroughly searched and nothing suspicious was recovered from the boats except fishing nets and equipment.

“BSF troops observed the movement of some boats in close vicinity of IB and cordoned the area. During the search of the area, five Pakistani fishing boats were seized and a Pakistani fisherman was apprehended,” said BSF.

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