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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a significant step towards self-reliance by seeking Indian industrial partners to establish indigenous repair and overhaul facilities for its fleet of Western-origin transport aircraft. This move aims to reduce dependence on foreign entities and boost India’s domestic aerospace industry.

The project encompasses heavy maintenance and depot overhaul capabilities for airframes, mechanical, electro-mechanical, and avionics components, along with ground support equipment for four key aircraft types:

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Engine Factory Avadi (EFA) is set to host a crucial visit by the Defence Secretary, Sh. Giridhar Aramane, IAS, on February 13th, 2024. The visit will center on the progress and achievements of the Arjun Engine Repair project, a significant undertaking aimed at bolstering India’s self-reliance in defense technology.

The Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT), a cornerstone of India’s armored arsenal, is powered by the MTU 838 Ka-501 ten-cylinder diesel engine, delivering 1,400 horsepower and a maximum speed of 70 km/h. Previously, repairs for this engine relied on foreign support. However, the Arjun Engine Repair project marks a pivotal step towards achieving domestic repair capabilities.

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India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set its sights on the private sector to salvage its High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) UAV program following the delays and ultimate crash of the Tapas program led by DRDO’s ADE.

The MoD proposes a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model, encouraging private companies to collaborate with DRDO labs like ADE in developing military platforms and equipment. This shift comes amid concerns about ADE’s ability to deliver after the Tapas program failed to meet many altitude and endurance requirements.

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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is looking to attract India, the world’s third-largest Il-76 operator, as a potential buyer for its latest offering, the Il-76MD-90A. Unveiled at the World Defense Show 2024 in Saudi Arabia, this upgraded transport aircraft claims significant improvements over its predecessor.

Recognizing the growing commercial air cargo market in India, UAC is also developing a civilian variant of the Il-76MD-90A. This adaptation aims to cater to the needs of commercial cargo operators like those in India’s booming logistics sector.

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Defence and engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has unveiled ambitious plans to develop its own High-Altitude Platform (HAP), a revolutionary technology capable of staying airborne for a staggering 12 months using solar power. 

This announcement marks a significant step forward in India’s quest for indigenous aerospace solutions and holds immense potential for various applications across diverse sectors.

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The Indian Army is embarking on a critical mission: revamping its selection process for senior officers. This comprehensive study aims to identify and implement changes that will ensure the force leadership aligns with evolving military needs and technological advancements.

Currently, the Army boasts a diverse officer cadre of around 43,000, including Colonels, Brigadiers, Major Generals, and Lieutenant Generals. These officers hail from various branches like combat arms (infantry, armored corps), combat-support arms (artillery, air defense, aviation), and services (logistics, ordnance, engineering).

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In a move aimed at addressing concerns from the Maldives, India is set to replace military personnel operating Dhruv helicopters and a Dornier aircraft with civilian technicians from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and other sources. This decision comes as part of a “workable solution” agreed upon by both nations.

Currently, around 85 Indian military personnel stationed in the Maldives maintain and operate these aircraft, which play a crucial role in humanitarian aid and medical evacuations. As per the new plan, these personnel will be progressively replaced by non-uniformed personnel, including HAL pilots and technicians, between March and April 2024.

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Former Army Chief, General MM Naravane, ignited discussion at a recent literature festival with his bold statement: the 2020 Line of Actual Control (LAC) standoff with China served as a positive wake-up call, clarifying the “number one threat” India faces.

“What happened (the LAC standoff) is not a bad thing,” he declared, challenging a long-held reluctance to identify China as a primary threat. He explained that the confrontation “worked out well for India” by forcing a sharper focus on the true source of concern.

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The Indian Army is undergoing a strategic shift, optimizing its manpower through outsourcing non-essential functions. This initiative aims to free up soldiers for core combat duties and enhance the force’s operational effectiveness.

From language experts training personnel in foreign tongues to facility management services like catering and hospital waste disposal, various tasks are being handed over to private contractors. This doesn’t mean compromising on quality; strict guidelines and oversight ensure these services meet military standards.

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The Indian Army’s quest for a modern 155mm/52 caliber Towed Gun System (TGS) has taken a significant step forward with the release of Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) details. This opens the door for domestic and potentially international players to offer their solutions, potentially shaping the future of Indian artillery.

The 15-ton weight limit on the TGS has sparked a heated competition among Indian defense manufacturers. Here’s a closer look at potential contenders:

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is nearing completion of their electric jetpack prototype, with military trials just on the horizon. However, the developers aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re actively exploring ways to extend the current 20-minute flight range to a more impressive two hours.

Unlike the British company’s jetpack which relies on a micro gas turbine, DRDO’s approach is electric, utilizing battery-powered Electric Ducted Fans (EDFs). These EDFs are essentially self-contained propulsion units that combine a multi-bladed fan, a powerful electric motor, and a surrounding shroud.

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A year has passed since India received the third S-400 Triumf air defense system from Russia, but the remaining two systems remain outstanding, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the completion of the high-profile deal.

Initially planned for late 2023, the final two S-400 deliveries have been delayed, fueling speculation about potential roadblocks. Concerns centered around:

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The Indian Navy is gearing up to strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities with the deployment of the indigenously-developed Drishti-10 (Hermes 900) drones. These advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be strategically positioned in Porbandar, Gujarat, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, keeping a watchful eye over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal respectively.

This deployment comes amidst a rise in drone attacks on ships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea, highlighting the need for enhanced maritime security measures.

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Russia has indicated its intention to hold another meeting in the “2+2” format, involving the foreign and defense ministers of both nations, following a successful initial meeting in December 2021. This renewed interest highlights Russia’s desire to strengthen its strategic dialogue with India on key regional and international issues.

In an interview with a Russian news agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko announced the possibility of a new “2+2” meeting in the near future. This follows the positive assessment of the inaugural “2+2” dialogue in December 2021, held in New Delhi. During that meeting, a “Military Technical Cooperation Program” agreement for 2021-2031 was signed, further solidifying the bilateral partnership.

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A delegation of officers from the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) of India recently concluded a valuable International Strategic Management Tour to the United Kingdom. This high-level visit aimed to enhance the understanding of future leaders in the Indian Armed Forces on geopolitical and geo-economic issues, while strengthening bilateral defense cooperation between India and the UK.

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