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In a recent interview with Bharat Shakti Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Commodore A. Madhavarao (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), shed light on India’s advancements in ballistic missile defense. The focus of the discussion was the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV), an anti-ballistic missile designed to eliminate incoming threats in the exo-atmosphere.

The PDV is a two-stage, solid-fueled interceptor missile manufactured by BDL. This formidable weapon operates at an altitude range of 50 kilometers to 180 kilometers, targeting ballistic missiles within the exo-atmosphere. A key feature of the PDV is its DRDO-developed Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker. This technology enables the PDV to differentiate between actual warheads and potential decoys, ensuring precise targeting.

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Bengaluru-based deep-tech startup Nabhdrishti Aerospace, a pioneer in indigenous gas turbine engine development, has secured a funding of Rs 3 crore from IIMA Ventures. This investment will fuel the development of a fuel flex combustor prototype through rigorous testing of the fuel injector and combustor components.

Nabhdrishti Aerospace specializes in Small Gas Turbines designed for various applications, including hybrid-electric Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, and decentralized power generation. This technology holds promise for revolutionizing the aerospace industry and enabling a cleaner future.

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The Ordnance Equipment Factory Hazratpur (OEF Hazratpur) has announced the successful deployment of its high-altitude logistics drone, “AIRAWAT,” in the majestic Himalayas. This marks a revolutionary step forward in logistical operations within the challenging Himalayan region.

AIRAWAT is equipped with cutting-edge technology, including sophisticated navigation systems and a robust payload capacity. These features allow it to navigate the treacherous Himalayan terrain with ease. During its trials, the drone successfully reached a flight altitude of 5,000 meters near the Indo-China border, demonstrating its ability to operate in harsh weather conditions and showcasing its exceptional ruggedness and reliability.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to procure around 200 advanced night vision goggles (NVGs) to improve the operational capability of its Mi-17V5 and Dhruv helicopter fleets. These NVGs, specifically the Netro NB-3101 developed by MKU, will provide pilots with superior night vision capabilities for flying and maneuvering during low-light conditions.

The Netro NB-3101 utilizes advanced optics and a Gen III Image Intensifier sensor to deliver high-resolution, stereoscopic vision. This allows pilots to navigate effectively at night and in low-visibility environments. The system is also rugged, waterproof, and compliant with MIL-STD-810G standards, ensuring durability in tough operating conditions.

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On the sidelines of the 7th Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting currently underway in New Delhi, Air Marshal (Retd.) Donny Ermawan Taufanto, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence (Kemhan RI) for the Republic of Indonesia, met with AD Rane, the CEO & Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace. The discussions focused on exploring future avenues for defence collaboration between India and Indonesia.

The JDCC meeting, co-chaired by Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane from India and Air Marshal Taufanto, signifies the growing importance of defence relations between the two strategic partners. India and Indonesia have been engaged in discussions regarding the potential sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for some time now. This meeting comes as another indicator of progress on that front.

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India has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) announcing a missile test scheduled between May 20th and May 31st, 2024. The designated airspace for the test encompasses a radius of 320 kilometers, but the specific type of missile being tested remains unknown.

The NOTAM serves as an official notification to pilots and aircrews, informing them of the designated airspace that will be restricted during the missile test. This ensures flight safety and prevents any potential conflicts during the launch.

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Recent sightings of Russian-made Ural 4320-3 command vehicles being transported in India have ignited a flurry of speculation regarding their intended use. The presence of these vehicles has left many wondering whether they are undergoing trials for potential induction into the Indian Army or are simply here for homologation by a Russian firm.

The sighting is particularly intriguing because the Ural 4320-3 utilizes the same Ural-532301 platform as the 55K6E command and control center vehicles that are part of the S-400 air defense system recently acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF). This similarity in chassis sparks the question of whether the Ural 4320-3 could be fulfilling a similar command and control function within the Indian military.

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), a leading Indian shipyard, has secured a groundbreaking patent for its “Man-Portable Assault Bridge.” This invention marks a significant advancement in military engineering and promises to enhance the tactical capabilities of armed forces.

The patent underscores the remarkable efforts of GRSE’s Engineering Division. The Man-Portable Assault Bridge is a unique concept designed to address critical mobility challenges encountered during military operations. Its portability allows for effortless transportation by soldiers, enabling rapid bridge deployment across uneven terrain or obstacles like gaps and ditches. This significantly improves troop maneuverability and tactical responsiveness in dynamic situations.

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In a recent interview with Bharat Shakti Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Commodore (Retd.) A. Madhavarao, Chairman and Managing Director of BDL, confirmed the successful delivery of all Varunastra torpedoes ordered by the Indian Navy.

The initial order of 73 Varunastra torpedoes, placed in 2016, has been completed. Additionally, a subsequent order for 63 units, made in 2018, has also been delivered in full. With these deliveries complete, BDL is now reportedly looking to explore export opportunities for the Varunastra.

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In the annals of India’s defense procurement history, the HDW submarine deal of the 1980s remains a poignant chapter, marked by both aspirations of technological advancement and the stark realities of corruption. The repercussions of this ill-fated deal continue to reverberate within India’s defense establishment, particularly in the realm of submarine manufacturing technology.

The genesis of India’s submarine saga dates back to the commissioning of the INS Shishumar in 1986, the first of four Type 209/1500 submarines procured from German shipbuilder HDW. These submarines, hailed for their advanced capabilities and robust design, were poised to bolster India’s naval prowess and usher in a new era of indigenization in submarine construction.

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India’s air defense systems require a constant state of readiness to tackle evolving threats. One crucial element in this equation is the use of jet-powered target drones, which simulate real-world missile attacks during training exercises. However, India’s current arsenal faces limitations, prompting efforts to develop and acquire more advanced solutions.

Traditionally, India relied heavily on QinetiQ, a British defense company, to supply high-speed target drones. While these drones served their purpose, they weren’t without drawbacks.

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India’s air defense capabilities just got a significant boost with the successful flight test of the Akash-NG missile system. This next-generation upgrade to the Akash system boasts several advancements, making it a highly attractive option for countries seeking a robust and agile defense solution.

One of the most striking improvements in the Akash-NG is its weight. Thanks to a brand new, two-pulse, solid rocket motor replacing the older ramjet design, the Akash-NG sheds a significant 350 kilograms compared to its predecessor’s 700 kg weight. This translates to greater mobility, faster deployment, and potentially lower operational costs.

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The Assam Rifles, a central paramilitary force entrusted with safeguarding India’s Northeast borders, is evaluating the ALS-50, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. This indigenously designed solution holds promise for the force’s border security, counter-insurgency, and law and order missions.

Lieutenant General PC Nair, the Director General of the Assam Rifles, recently visited Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) in Bangalore. During the visit, he received briefings on various next-generation weaponry, including the ALS-50 UAV system. Other technologies showcased by TASL included mini-UAVs, loitering munitions, advanced optoelectronic and thermal imaging devices, body armor, and bulletproof helmets.

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Recent satellite imagery has sparked speculation about a new facility being constructed near Cochin Shipyard in India. Experts believe this facility could be dedicated to developing larger nuclear submarines. The key features raising eyebrows include a new dry dock seemingly built for constructing massive vessels. This coincides with the location’s proximity to L&T Heavy Engineering, a company already supplying hulls for India’s existing nuclear submarine program.

The exact purpose of the new facility remains unclear. Some suggest it might be geared towards building nuclear-powered attack submarines, while others speculate it could be part of the S5 ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program. An SSBN is a nuclear-powered submarine specifically designed to launch ballistic missiles.

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Indian industrial giant Bharat Forge, led by Baba Kalyani, has announced its foray into the development of a Light Tank. However, there’s uncertainty regarding the design approach. Whether they’ll utilize the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) design, create their own entirely, or pursue collaboration remains unclear.

This news comes amidst DRDO’s ongoing Project Zorawar, a collaboration with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for a 25-ton Light Tank. This project has achieved a significant milestone with the commencement of company-level trials. Following successful internal testing, the tank will proceed to user trials conducted by the Indian Army.

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