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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to conduct its second Reusable Launch Vehicle Autonomous Landing (RLV-LEX) mission this month, before March 16th, according to Dr. V Narayanan, Director of LPSC-ISRO.

This mission builds upon the success of the inaugural RLV-LEX mission conducted in April 2023 at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga, Karnataka.

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The Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative has launched the ADITI #1 challenge, seeking proposals for the development of a Two-Man Tactical Aerial Vehicle (TM-TAV) specifically designed for High-Altitude (HA) operations. This novel aircraft falls under the category of Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) and utilizes electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) technology.

The Two-Man Tactical Aerial Vehicle represents the culmination of advancements in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology, ushering in a new era of human-sized manned vehicles tailored for high-altitude operations. Equipped with a spacious cabin/cockpit capable of accommodating a pilot and additional payload, this innovative platform offers unparalleled versatility and performance.

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C.J. Varghese, a pioneering innovator from Kerala, India, has once again captured attention with his latest invention—a hand-portable Kamikaze drone. With an impressive portfolio boasting six patents, Varghese recently secured yet another patent from the Patent Office of the Government of India for this groundbreaking creation. Resembling a capsule or a smart grenade in appearance, this innovative device features distinctive foldable and deployable mechanisms, coupled with an ingenious engagement strategy that sets it apart in the realm of drone technology.

The portable Track and Kill Suicide Drone, as dubbed by its inventor, represents a paradigm shift in warfare tactics. Varghese asserts that infantrymen can effectively operate this cutting-edge drone, marking a significant departure from conventional drone operation methodologies. The unveiling of the device showcases a quad-propeller design engineered for flight, augmented by a built-in camera system tailored for guidance and terrain assessment.

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Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS), a Pakistani state-owned defense company, recently impressed military officials from 11 allied nations with a demonstration of their latest Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV), the Shahpar II.

The Shahpar II, classified as a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone, showcased its targeting capabilities by engaging ground targets with its air-to-ground guided missile, the “Burq,” while flying at an altitude of 14,000 feet.

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An Indian Navy team is set to visit ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) facilities in Germany this month to inspect the U-212/214 submarines offered for India’s Project-75I tender. This project seeks next-generation submarines to bolster India’s naval prowess.

The U-212/214 class submarines boast a unique design featuring a one-and-a-half hull configuration. The pressure hull, the core of the submarine, is built with non-magnetic steel, enhancing stealth capabilities.

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India is rapidly climbing the ranks of global artillery shell manufacturers, currently sitting as the third largest behind Russia and China. This newfound prominence, however, comes with challenges amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Recent success stories include a $225 million deal with Saudi Arabia for artillery ammunition and a private Indian company securing a contract from the US Army for its Bi-Modular Charge System (BMCS), a crucial propellant for 155mm artillery guns. Indian-made ammunition stands out due to its NATO compatibility and modern manufacturing processes, leading to significantly fewer duds (faulty shells).

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The Border Security Force (BSF) of India is reportedly considering acquiring at least two C-295M transport aircraft, subject to approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs, according to information provided to idrw.org.

The BSF currently operates a fleet of over 20 helicopters for transportation and other missions. They also have a single Embraer 135 BJ business jet, likely used for VIP transport. However, a Beechcraft Super King Air aircraft was unfortunately lost in a crash in 2015.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has secured a vital deal for its fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace giant, has been awarded a contract to supply RD-33 aero engines for these aircraft.

HAL’s RD-33 engines are specifically designed to meet the IAF’s requirements for extending the operational lifespan of its MiG-29 fleet. These engines will ensure continued peak performance for the remaining service life of these fighter jets.

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HALCON, a joint working group (JWG) formed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), has embarked on a significant endeavor by entering the realm of handling strategic air cargo exports to Armenia. The inauguration of the first flight, presided over by Shri Saket Chaturvedi, CEO of the MiG Complex at HAL, marks a pivotal moment in India’s logistics infrastructure and strategic export capabilities.

The collaboration between HAL and CONCOR signifies a concerted effort to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the global market, particularly in regions with strategic significance such as Armenia. As geopolitical dynamics evolve, there is an increasing demand for reliable and efficient logistics solutions to facilitate international trade and commerce.

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India’s ambitious AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) program recently received a critical boost with CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) clearance for development. However, the journey to deploying this 5th generation fighter jet heavily relies on the Tejas MkII program, acting as a technological stepping stone and crucial “feeder” program.

The Tejas MkII program goes beyond being just an upgraded version of the Tejas fighter jet. It serves as a vital test bed for several advanced technologies destined for the AMCA. This not only reduces risks associated with untested systems in the AMCA but also streamlines the development process.

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Chennai-based space startup Agnikul is gearing up for a historic launch! They have confirmed that their sub-orbital rocket, Agnibaan SOrTeD, will lift off from Sriharikota sometime between March 22nd and 28th, 2024. This will mark India’s second private space launch, following Skyroot’s successful Vikram-S launch.

Agnibaan SOrTeD is a single-stage launch vehicle powered by a revolutionary engine – the Agnilet. This engine holds the distinction of being entirely 3D-printed, a single-piece, 6 kN semi-cryogenic marvel. Unlike traditional sounding rockets that require launch rails, Agnibaan SOrTeD will take off vertically, following a predetermined path and performing a series of precise maneuvers during its flight..

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A recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has highlighted a growing concern for India’s air defense capabilities. The report, published in February 2023, stated that China’s production of the J-20A Mighty Dragon, its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, is outpacing that of the United States’ F-22 Raptor.

The F-22 Raptor was the first operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft globally. However, China’s J-20A program has seen a rapid increase in production, with estimates suggesting China already surpassed the US in the number of operational J-20s by 2023. According to IISS, China had over 150 J-20As by February 2023. Aviation magazine Scramble further reported that China might have built as many as 250 J-20s by the end of 2023, exceeding previous production projections. This rapid expansion of China’s stealth fighter fleet poses a significant challenge to regional airpower dynamics.

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Chennai-based Big Bang Boom Solutions Pvt Ltd (BBBS) has secured a major win, landing one of the largest contracts ever awarded to an Indian startup. The company will be supplying its cutting-edge anti-drone systems to the Indian Air Force and Army for a staggering sum exceeding ?200 crore.

The winning system, named Vajra Sentinel, employs a two-pronged approach to combat drone threats. It offers:

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The Indian Army is taking a critical step towards strengthening its artillery capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. This move involves the deployment of two new regiments equipped with the indigenously developed Pinaka Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Pinaka MLRS is a long-range weapon system designed for swift and precise delivery of firepower. These regiments will significantly enhance the Indian Army’s ability to engage targets deep within enemy territory.

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India is poised to embark on a new chapter in its defence exports with the imminent delivery of its Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to Armenia. This marks a significant milestone, as Armenia becomes the first export customer for the indigenously developed Akash system.

Reports suggest deliveries could commence as early as next year, potentially setting the stage for a robust defence partnership between India and Armenia. However, the groundwork for this collaboration is expected to begin sooner, with training for Armenian personnel on operating the Akash system and its radar likely to commence later this year.

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