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In a recent interview with Bharat Shakti Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhuri shed light on the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) plans for the recently issued Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) tender.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhuri confirmed that the IAF intends to utilize the MTA procurement to gradually phase out its fleet of Soviet-era An-32 and IL-76 transport aircraft starting from the early 2030s. These aging aircraft, while serving the IAF for decades, no longer meet the evolving needs of modern military operations.Continue reading
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India’s burgeoning space tech scene is abuzz with activity, and two innovative startups are leading the charge. GalaxEye, an IIT Madras-incubated company, and Magicmyna, a Bengaluru-based drone developer, have successfully tested a combined SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and EO (Electro-Optical) imaging system on a heavy-lift drone. This collaboration paves the way for all-weather, high-resolution data acquisition from both space and air, with potential applications across diverse sectors.
GalaxEye’s patented Drishti camera represents a significant leap forward in earth observation technology. This multi-sensor fusion camera captures high-fidelity images regardless of weather conditions, making it invaluable for applications like:Continue reading
Newspace Research & Technologies (NRT), a pioneering Indian defense startup specializing in drone technology, has achieved a major milestone by securing $52 million in a bridge round of funding. This significant equity raise highlights NRT’s growing prominence in India’s defense sector and underscores investor confidence in the company’s innovative capabilities.
The funding round comprises $33 million in equity investment from prominent investors and $19 million in debt facilities, with support from SBI’s startup hub and SIDBI. This injection of capital will provide NRT with the necessary resources to expand its operations, accelerate product development, and pursue strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing its market position.Continue reading
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The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, has awarded a major contract to Larsen & Toubro (L&T), for the supply of High Power Radars (HPR) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
HPR is a static sensor for long range aerial surveillance with higher uptime. Equipped with multiple Next-Gen features and capable of remote operations, they will augment IAF’s capabilities for monitoring special zones of interest, designating and tracking adversaries with optimal accuracy. The project is turnkey in nature and is to be executed across multiple locations.Continue reading
Pixxel, a leading player in the space technology domain, has achieved a remarkable feat by clinching the top prize in the DIU & iDEX (India) Maritime ISR Challenge at the prestigious INDUS-X Summit. The recognition underscores Pixxel’s innovative proposal, which leverages hyperspectral imagery to detect ocean surface oil spills, thereby addressing critical environmental and maritime security concerns.
The Maritime ISR Challenge, organized as part of the INDUS-X Summit, brought together industry leaders, innovators, and defense experts to explore cutting-edge solutions for enhancing maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. Pixxel’s groundbreaking proposal stood out for its potential to revolutionize the detection and monitoring of oil spills, offering a proactive approach to environmental protection and maritime security.Continue reading
The Indian Navy is set to enhance its operational capabilities with the induction of six SeaHawk helicopters on March 6, 2024. The acquisition of these multirole helicopters marks a significant milestone in the Indian Navy’s efforts to bolster its presence and dominance in the Indian Ocean region, a strategically vital area of operation.
The squadron of MH-60R SeaHawk helicopters will be commissioned as Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 334 and will be based at INS Garuda, the naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. This new addition to the Indian Navy’s fleet represents a substantial upgrade in maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue capabilities.Continue reading
The recent statement by the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson, Zhang Xiaogang, regarding the outcomes of the China-India 21st corps commander-level meeting has stirred significant attention and debate. The assertion, made in response to Indian officials’ claims about the meeting’s lack of progress due to China’s firm stance, challenges the narrative put forth by Indian authorities.
According to Zhang Xiaogang, the characterization of the meeting’s outcome as unproductive is not accurate. He emphasized that both China and India have maintained effective communication throughout the dialogue process and have engaged in positive, in-depth, and constructive exchanges during the 21st corps commander-level meeting.Continue reading
India’s Defense Ministry has signed a contract with the Russian-Indian company BrahMos Aerospace for the supply of supersonic cruise missiles nearly $2.5 billion worth, the Defense Ministry has said in a news release.
A contract has been signed with BrahMos Aerospace for the supply of BrahMos missiles $2.36 billion worth. These missiles will be used for combat equipment and exercises by the Indian Navy, the news release reads. Another $120-million contract with BrahMos Aerospace was signed for the supply of missile systems for the Navy. This brings the total value of the agreements to $2.48 billion.Continue reading
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The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate successfully flew the XQ-67A, an Off-Board Sensing Station, or OBSS, uncrewed air vehicle Feb. 28, 2024, at the General Atomics Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, California.
The XQ-67A is the first of a second generation of autonomous collaborative platforms, or ACP. Following the success of the XQ-58A Valkyrie, the first low-cost uncrewed air vehicle intended to provide the warfighter with credible and affordable mass, the XQ-67A proves the common chassis or “genus” approach to aircraft design, build and test, according to Doug Meador, autonomous collaborative platform capability lead with AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate. This approach paves the way for other aircraft “species” to be rapidly replicated on a standard genus chassis.Continue reading
India on Friday sealed five major defence acquisition contracts worth ? 39,125 crore including procurement of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, radars, weapon systems and aero-engines for MiG-29 jets as part of efforts to boost the combat capabilities of the armed forces.
The mega procurement projects were firmed up amid India’s lingering border row with China in eastern Ladakh, and they will be implemented under the broad framework of the government’s policy to boost domestic defence manufacturing.Continue reading
The Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, is developing a first-of-its-kind indigenous room-temperature quantum computer that will use photons for faster calculations, according to officials.
The computer, being developed as part of the National Quantum Mission, will be unique in its ability to analyse data and suggest solutions with 86 per cent accuracy without traditional algorithms, they said. Quantum computing is a rapidly emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers.Continue reading
New U.S. sanctions on Moscow are more likely than previous ones to cut Indian imports of thermal coal from Russia because they specifically cite top exporters SUEK and Mechel, three major traders of Russian coal said.
Russia, historically a minor exporter of the fuel to India, began boosting shipments to the south Asian country after Western sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. The latest U.S. sanctions also include Russia’s payment system, financial institutions and energy production.Continue reading
Jammu and Kashmir Police recognized the valuable contribution of a local resident in safeguarding the region’s security. On Thursday, a reward of Rs 3 lakh was presented to the individual who provided crucial information about a Pakistani drone in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district. The drone was subsequently recovered by security forces.
Senior Superintendent of Police Samba, Vinay Kumar, presented the cheque on behalf of the ADGP Jammu Zone during a felicitation ceremony. The event, organized jointly by the Samba Police and the Border Security Force (BSF), saw participation from IG BSF D.K Boora, DIG BSF Jammu Sector Chitter Pal, and other dignitaries.Continue reading
The Manipur Police have arrested three members of the banned KCP (N) from Imphal West district and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession, an official statement said on Friday.
Five mobile handsets and Rs 4 lakh in cash were also seized from their possession, it said. The arms and ammunition recovered from them are suspected to have been looted from security forces earlier, a police officer said. The arrested members of the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (Nongdrenkhomba) were identified as L Alin, Herish Maibam and Bela Oinam, the statement issued from the police control room said, adding that a case was registered for further investigation.Continue reading
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Friday said that the police are waiting for the Forensic Science Laboratory report to take action in connection with alleged pro-Pakistan slogans raised by supporters of Congress leader Syed Naseer Hussain, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
He said that a suspect has been secured and his voice recording has been gathered by the cops. Opposition BJP alleged that Hussain’s supporters allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans, while celebrating his victory in the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday. The purported videos of the incident were telecast by TV news channels and also had gone viral on social media.Continue reading