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Solar Explosives, a private Indian defence company, is poised to make a significant contribution to the country’s indigenous missile program. The company has developed two long-range rocket systems and awaits approval from the Indian Army to proceed.

Solar Explosives has taken a commendable step by investing its funds in developing these new missile systems. While this demonstrates the company’s commitment to advancing India’s defence capabilities and potentially becoming a key player in the domestic missile industry, it also hit Army Wall that also has asked DRDO to develop Pinaka III with range that are similar to what Solar Explosives wanted to develop.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Airbus and BAE Systems, the makers of the Eurofighter Typhoon, are addressing concerns about the jet’s lifespan in their bid for India’s Medium Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) tender. Speculation swirled after news that the next-generation Tempest fighter jet program could replace Typhoons in Italy and the UK by 2040.

However, Airbus and BAE System officials have informed idrw.org that the Eurofighter will remain operational well past that date, potentially until 2060 not only in the Partner country but also with Export Operators like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They emphasize the jet’s adaptability and ongoing upgrades, ensuring its continued relevance in the coming decades.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2020, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) offered its LCA-Navy LIFT (Lead-in Fighter Trainer) aircraft in response to the US Navy’s search for a new trainer jet program. While the Tejas LIFT boasts advanced features, it ultimately fell short of the US Navy’s specific requirements.

The LCA-Navy LIFT falls under a niche category of advanced jet trainers. These trainers offer superior manoeuvrability and more sophisticated electronics compared to their older counterparts. Additionally, they provide training for various air combat scenarios, including air-to-air combat, missile defence, and strike missions.

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SOURCE: AFI

In a significant stride towards modernizing its defense capabilities, India is developing an indigenous laser weapon system that promises to revolutionize its approach to national security. This advancement aligns with global trends where directed energy weapons (DEWs) are increasingly seen as pivotal in modern military arsenals. The development of this homegrown technology reflects India’s commitment to self-reliance in defense and its ambition to be at the forefront of futuristic warfare.

Laser weapon systems, a type of DEW, use focused beams of light to engage targets with precision. Unlike traditional kinetic weapons, lasers offer several advantages.

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SOURCE: AFI

Big Bang Boom Solutions Private Limited (BBBS) successfully showcased its capabilities at the recent India-Romania Defence Industry Seminar held in Bucharest, Romania. The event proved to be a resounding success, sparking considerable interest among Romanian industry partners.

The seminar provided a valuable platform for BBBS to connect and engage with key figures in the Romanian defense sector. The company expresses its gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Rahul Shrivastava, the Indian Ambassador to Romania, and the Indian DA for Romania, Group Captain Bikash Kumar Sahu, for their instrumental role in facilitating this successful event.

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SOURCE: AFI

The 25th anniversary of the Kargil War rekindles memories of bravery and sacrifice. Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, a fighter pilot who fell defending the Indian borders, remains a symbol of courage. This article features a poignant account from his former commander, highlighting the enduring impact of Ahuja’s loss.

Wing Commander (Retd.) Sanjay Manchanda, who commanded Squadron Leader Ahuja during the Kargil War, expresses his deep regret over Ahuja’s death. He reveals a desire to have called Ahuja back from the mission, a decision that continues to weigh heavily on him even after a quarter-century.

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SOURCE: AFI

Three weeks have passed since a terror attack on an Indian Air Force (IAF) convoy in Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir, but the investigation appears to have reached a standstill. This lack of progress raises concerns about holding those responsible accountable.

On April 20, 2024, terrorists ambushed an IAF convoy near Surankote in Poonch. The attack resulted in the death of one Air Force soldier and injuries to five others. The incident marked a significant security breach and highlighted the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region.

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SOURCE: ANI

Several crucial ‘Made in India’ defence projects including the proposal for buying more K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers and fighter aircraft engines will be on the Centre’s agenda for final approval after the elections.

The deals were planned to be taken up for approval in March this year but all projects were postponed for decision after elections.

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SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan’s key ally China has been actively bolstering the defence capabilities of the Pakistani army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir over the past three years which includes the construction of steelhead bunkers and the provision of Unmanned Aerial and Combat Aerial Vehicles, officials said today.

Chinese assistance in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK also extends to the installation of highly encrypted communication towers and the laying of underground fibre cables along the Line of Control (LoC).

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SOURCE: ideaForge

ideaForge Technology Inc. (a subsidiary of ideaForge Technology Limited), a leading global drone technology company, has announced its partnership with Skylark Labs, a U.S.-based AI solutions company, to integrate advanced proprietary self-evolving AI capabilities into its drones, for public safety and security applications.

The collaboration aims to revolutionize public safety operations by integrating cutting-edge proprietary self-evolving AI technology into drones to autonomously detect and identify suspicious weapons, persons, vehicles, fires, and smoke in real-time. Leveraging Skylark Lab’s expertise in artificial intelligence, the drone-based solution will act as a force multiplier to enhance situational awareness for first responders and security personnel, enabling them to effectively ensure public safety and security in urban and rural areas.

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SOURCE: IITK News

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has established a DRDO-Industry-Academia Centre of Excellence (DIA CoE) on its campus for interdisciplinary research in next-generation defense technologies.

This is in line with the DIA CoEs set up by DRDO in key academic institutions in the country through which it is building an ecosystem to facilitate technology development in the academic environment through experienced faculty and bright scholars, in conjunction with the efforts of the different scientists from DRDO laboratories.

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SOURCE: ANI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday lauded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh, and said that the state that used to earlier produce country-made firearms now manufactures defence weaponry such as Brahmos missiles and cannonballs.

“Ek zamane mai ye UP mein desi katte bante the, aaj UP mai Brahmos missiles aur tope ke gole ban rahe hai,” said Shah. Addressing a public rally in the Ballia district on Wednesday, Amit Shah said, “After the public formed the BJP government in 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of the state, who worked to discipline the mafias in the state by hanging them upside down.

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SOURCE: ANI

An Indian peacekeeper deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who helped establish networks for local people to voice their security and humanitarian concerns, is the winner of the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award, the UN announced on Tuesday. Major Radhika Sen served in eastern DRC with the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, from March 2023 to April 2024 as the Commander of the Engagement Platoon for the Indian Rapid Deployment Battalion.

She will receive the award from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a ceremony on Thursday. Guterres congratulated Major Sen for her service, describing her service as “a true credit to the United Nations as a whole.”

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SOURCE: IANS

ISIS-K has called for a “Lone Wolf” attack on the India-Pakistan World Cup Cricket match here next month, a top police official has warned while putting security on high alert.

In a video that has gone global, the terror group is “calling for that ‘Lone Wolf’ to act out”, said Patrick Ryder, the Police Commissioner of Nassau County where the match is scheduled for June 6. “Lone Wolves” are members or sympathisers of terrorist organisations who take cues from the organisations and operate independently by themselves making it more difficult to track them down.

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SOURCE: PTI

India and Bangladesh on Wednesday held wide-ranging talks focusing on issues relating to visas, mutual legal assistance and extradition cases. The two sides met for the fourth round of the India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue in Delhi and reiterated their commitment to continue promoting people-to-people exchanges.

They held “wide-ranging discussions on mechanisms to strengthen coordination and cooperation on consular issues, visa matters, repatriation, MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty) and extradition cases, etc,” the external affairs ministry said.

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