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JSC Rosoboronexport, part of Russia’s Rostec state corporation, unveiled its new RVV-MD2 short-range air-to-air missile at the Dubai Air Show 2023, marking its first international appearance. This missile, designed for the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter program, also boasts compatibility with Sukhoi 30/35/34 aircraft, potentially expanding its reach to various operators.

The RVV-MD2 boasts an advanced combined guidance system, seamlessly integrating inertial guidance, a multi-element dual-channel infrared seeker with enhanced jamming resistance, and a radio correction receiving channel. This allows the missile to independently determine its position and track enemy aircraft through evasive maneuvers within its impressive 180° forward hemisphere scanning area.

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SOURCE: AFI

In the wake of recent political developments in Bangladesh, a new campaign has emerged on the country’s socio-political landscape – the “India Out” campaign. This movement, echoing the sentiments of its counterpart in the Maldives, seeks to challenge the influence of India within Bangladesh’s domestic affairs. With the backing of opposition parties, the campaign advocates for the boycott of Indian products and alleges undue interference in Bangladesh’s political processes.

The genesis of this movement lies in the contentious backdrop of Bangladesh’s recent general election, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her fourth consecutive term amidst allegations of electoral irregularities and authoritarian governance. Opposition parties, particularly the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), have decried what they perceive as a lack of democratic integrity in the electoral process and a clampdown on dissenting voices under Hasina’s tenure.

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SOURCE: ANI

In a blow to diplomatic attempts to cessation of Israel-Gaza conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Hamas’ plans for a ceasefire and hostage deal in Gaza, calling them “delusional,” reported CNN. In a briefing on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, “We haven’t committed to anything. We haven’t committed to any of the delusional demands of Hamas, the numbers of terrorists with blood on their hands.”

“There is not a commitment – there has to be a negotiation, it’s a process, and at the moment, from what I see from Hamas, it’s not happening,” Netanyahu underlined. Netanyahu stated that Israel’s goal is “complete victory” and that the country will “not do less than that.”

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SOURCE: AFI

Pakistan has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning of “radar decoy deployment” in the Arabian Sea off Karachi from February 4th to 17th, 2024. This has triggered speculation among defense analysts, suggesting a potential missile test, particularly of anti-radiation missiles targeting enemy warships.

The use of radar decoys typically precedes missile testing activities, as they serve to confuse and mislead enemy radar systems. This has led analysts to believe that Pakistan might be gearing up for a missile test, possibly involving anti-radiation missiles designed to target enemy radar installations, particularly those on warships.

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SOURCE: Yonhap

South Korea is set to begin production of the KF-21 fighter jet this year as planned, the state arms procurement agency said Wednesday, in what would be a major milestone in the country’s pursuit of an advanced homegrown fighter.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) seeks to sign a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), the jet’s manufacturer, within the first half of the year to pave the way for the KF-21’s large-scale production, according to a DAPA official.

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SOURCE: PTI

Cash-strapped Pakistan on Thursday assured the Maldives of its support to address the “pressing development needs” of the island nation in the Indian Ocean. During a telephone conversation with President Mohamed Muizzu, Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister Anwaar-ul Haq Kakar discussed ways to fortify the bilateral ties between the two nations, the President’s Office said in a press release.

Muizzu has also “been assured of the support of the Pakistani government to address the pressing development needs of the Maldives,” it said.

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SOURCE: AFI

Pakistan’s reported negotiations with China regarding the Hongdu L-15 light combat aircraft have raised eyebrows, given the country’s existing fleet of JF-17 “Thunder” fighters, co-developed with China. But closer analysis reveals potential motivations behind this interest.

Pakistan’s aging J-7G light fighter jets, also of Chinese origin, are reaching the end of their operational lifespan. The L-15, with its modern avionics and improved capabilities, could serve as a suitable replacement, bolstering Pakistan’s air defense against potential threats.

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SOURCE: AFP

Four members of the Myanmar security services including a brigadier-general were shot dead by sniper fire on Monday as their helicopter prepared to land, a military source told AFP. Brigadier General Aye Min Naung, his personal security officer and two pilots were shot by a “sniper” as their helicopter prepared to land at eastern Thingannyinaung town near Myawaddy on the Thai border, the security source said.

The brigadier general later died, the source said, requesting anonymity as they were not authorised to talk to the media. Two other servicemen on the helicopter had “survived,” they added, without giving details.

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SOURCE: AFI

Pakistan has recently completed the acquisition of its ninth Saab 2000 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft, solidifying its aerial surveillance capabilities. This move comes amidst unexpected news of the Pakistani Air Force’s decision to retire its entire fleet of ZDK-03 Karakoram Eagle AEW&C aircraft, raising questions about the future of the program and the rationale behind the decision.

The Saab 2000 Erieye, a turboprop aircraft equipped with the powerful Erieye radar and other sensors, provides Pakistan with detailed situational awareness across its vast territory. This enhanced vigilance holds significance for tasks like border surveillance, airspace monitoring, and coordinating air defense operations. The addition of the ninth aircraft marks the completion of the initial contract, significantly bolstering Pakistan’s aerial early warning capabilities.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Indonesian Coast Guard (ICG) has intercepted a Chinese research vessel sailing towards the Maldives after it repeatedly switched off its automated identification system (AIS) while traversing Indonesian waters.

The research ship, identified as the Xiang Yang Hong 03, deactivated its transponder three times between January 8 and 12 within Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The AIS is a crucial tool for maritime safety and transparency, broadcasting a vessel’s location, course, and other vital information to nearby ships and coastal authorities.

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SOURCE: PTI

Nepal and China will sign the implementation plan of the Belt and Road Initiative very soon, Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said on Saturday, nearly seven years after the two neighbours inked an agreement to undertake ambitious Beijing-backed infrastructure projects in the Himalayan nation.

Once we sign the implementation plan, we will move into the implementation phase, Shrestha, also the Minister for Home Affairs said while addressing an event here that is part of the Silk Road Youth Forum and South Asian Cooperation Conference.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of deliberately shooting down a Russian military transport plane carrying 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers to a prisoner exchange in what it called a barbaric act of terrorism that had killed a total of 74 people. The Russian defence ministry said six Russian crew members and three Russian soldiers had been on the Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane shot down near the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border.

“The Ukrainian leadership was well aware that, in accordance with established practice, Ukrainian servicemen would be transported by military transport aircraft to the Belgorod airfield today to be exchanged,” a ministry statement said.

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SOURCE: AFP

Russia said Wednesday that an IL-76 military transport plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war had crashed in the western Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine. Unverified videos on social media showed a large plane, purportedly in the Belgorod region, falling from the sky on its side before crashing in a fireball.

“At around 11 am Moscow time (0800 GMT), an IL-76 aircraft crashed in the Belgorod region during a routine flight,” Moscow’s defence ministry was quoted as saying by the RIA-Novosti news agency.

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SOURCE: AFI

In a recent development, China has extended an offer to Nigeria for the Y-20 Kunpeng transport aircraft, affectionately known as the “Chubby Girl.” As reported by the Nigerian Defense News, the Y-20E stands as China’s largest military aircraft and was introduced to Nigeria’s Defense Minister, Mohammed Badar Abubakar, during a diplomatic visit to Beijing in November 2023.

The Y-20E made its global debut at the Dubai Air Show in December 2023, positioning itself as China’s counterpart to the American C-17 Globemaster. Notably, Nigeria presently relies on the C-130 Hercules as its primary tactical airlifter. The potential inclusion of the Y-20E in Nigeria’s fleet holds the promise of providing the country with authentic strategic airlift capabilities.

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SOURCE: AFI

A misplaced flashlight caused nearly $4 million in damage to an F-35 fighter jet at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, according to a new accident investigation report. The March 2023 incident highlights not only human error but also potential shortcomings in the F-35’s maintenance system.

The investigation pinned the primary blame on the maintainer who left the flashlight inside the engine inlet. Failing to follow proper Air Force and joint directives led to this costly mishap. The $14 million engine was so severely damaged that it couldn’t be repaired locally, marking a significant setback for the Air Force.

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