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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

BDL recently signed an MoU With Dassault Aviation that could pay way to integrate India’s locally developed Astra Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile into its Rafale fleet. BDL and IAF require source code authorization of Dassault Aviation so that the weapon fire control systems and fire control radar can communicate with the missile for which new software needs to be written, tested, and validated, and then it moves towards the carriage trials phase.

OEM often maintains total control of the source code and each Indian weapon that needs to be integrated into the Rafale needs to be vetted and cleared by the OEM due to which process is lengthy and it is unlikely Astra integration will not be complete by 2025.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2020, without much fanfare, the Indian Navy along with National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) launched a research vessel and missile range instrumentation ship built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) called INS Dhruv. It was the first ship of its kind but won’t be the last of its kind, as the Indian Navy plans to expand its fleet of spy ships that can detect incoming hostile missiles.

idrw.org has been told that at least one more sister class of the ship has been proposed and might be cleared for induction sometime in near future. The idea is also to develop more sophisticated surveillance systems that can be mounted on bigger vessels to act as a force multiplier and provide a 360-degree view of the Indo-Pacific and the strategically important Indian Ocean region (IOR).

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dassault Aviation seems to be on a slippery slope when it comes to the Rafale Marine jet due to severe limitations that have made the F-18E/F Super Hornet much more attractive while the Indian Navy brainstorms which aircraft will suit its operational requirements. French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu who was in India and even visited the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant hinted at providing various concessions to the Indian side.

idrw.org has been told that Dassault and France will be offering Rafale Marine at a much more discounted price and have offered to upgrade it to the same standards as IAF’s Rafale fleet with more Indigenous Indian content.

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SOURCE: API

According to a report in the ” Economic Times,” the Indian Army, which is looking to procure 15000 Bullet Proof Jackets for its soldiers, has asked for established players to place bids in the tender has put clauses in place that could prevent startups and innovators from bidding.

The Indian Army invited established players with factory business license and registered manufacturing plants for the past two years to bid on a tender issued last month. Established players are also allowed to source raw materials from China .

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SOURCE: ANI

In a befitting reply to Pakistan’s new Army Chief Asim Munir’s statement on Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Congress leader Harish Rawat on Sunday said that this is the time to take PoK back.

Mr Rawat said that currently Pakistan is in a weak condition and this is the time when we can take PoK from Pakistan. Mr Rawat said, “It is our responsibility to free PoK, from the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We passed a resolution in the Parliament during the Congress government. Now, the Modi government should add this too in its agenda. At this time Pakistan is in a weak condition, this is the time when we can take PoK from Pakistan.”

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SOURCE: IANS

Kashmir Fight blog, the mouthpiece of The Resistance Front (TRF) – an offshoot of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, has issued threat to 57 Kashmiri Pandit employees working as teachers under the Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation Package (PMRP) in the Valley.

The threat letter naming these employees has triggered fear among 6,000 Kashmiri Pandit employees serving in various government departments in the Valley at present. Various organisations of Kashmiri Pandits have voiced serious concern over these threats which have been issued in the backdrop of killings of 24 Kashmiri and non Kashmiri Hindus by the terrorists in the Valley during last one year.

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SOURCE: API

During a meeting last week, the Taliban sought Indian investment and the revival of New Delhi-supported infrastructure projects in the country.

The meeting was held between the Taliban’s Minister of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Hamdullah Nomani, and Bharat Kumar, the head of India’s technical team in the country.Several Indian companies were involved in the construction and maintenance of health and electricity infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, and these teams were evacuated in August 2021 when Taliban forces overpowered President Ashraf Ghani’s government’s Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

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SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas” is currently underway in Uttarakhand, about 100 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China border. This year’s drills in Auli were the 18th edition of joint exercises known as “Yudh Abhyas” or “War Practice” that are held alternately in the US and India with the aim of exchanging best practices, tactics, and techniques. The location of this joint military exercise is only about 100 kilometers from the LAC of the border, which has raised suspicions about their intentions.

Choosing this time to conduct military exercises with India, not far from the border between China and India, on the one hand, Washington wants to strengthen military cooperation with India to embolden India to provoke China in a more aggressive manner, which can be said to have a strong implication of instigation. On the other hand, the US displayed high-altitude technologies in the exercises, and it is seeking to demonstrate its determination to support India by exporting even more weapons and equipment to India.

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SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan, which continued to follow an anti-India stance, is in the grip of an acute political chaos and it is imperative for India to carefully monitor the neighbouring country’s aberrant nature, Lieutenant General (retd) Kamal Davar said on Sunday.

India and Pakistan, unfortunately, have only had a tumultuous relationship despite sharing a common heritage and being compatriots in the freedom struggle against the Britishers, he said.

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SOURCE: ANI

Visiting Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will discuss India’s relations with China, which have been strained since the Galwan valley incident and the Russia-Ukraine war, amid the global consequences of the Moscow-Kyiv conflict.

According to the press statement released by German Embassy to India, during the two-day visit, Baerbock will talk with her Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar to discuss India’s relationship with China in addition to the Russian war against Ukraine and its consequences, for example in the energy sector.

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SOURCE: PTI

Many houses in eastern districts of Nagaland hoisted black flags while student organisations observed prayer service across the state to mark the first year of Oting firing by the army that left 14 civilians dead.

A music video was also released as a tribute to those killed on December 4 last year at Oting village in Mon district. On that day, six coal miners returning from work were killed in a botched army operation, while seven others were gunned down when angry villagers scuffled with them after discovering the bullet-riddled bodies of the labourers.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Centre will convene an all-party meeting on Monday to solicit suggestions, discuss and finalise strategies for the G20 summit which India will host in September next year.

Presidents of nearly 40 parties have been invited to the meeting by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present. External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar is also likely to attend the meeting at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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SOURCE: ANI

The bodies of four Naxals were recovered by the security forces from Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday, a police official said. The encounter took place on November 26 in the Pomra forest under Mirtur police station limits when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation.

The security forces also have recovered four weapons from their possessions and as per a police official, out of the four weapons recovered from the Naxalites also include a US-made automatic carbine calibre 30M1 rifle.

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SOURCE: IANS

After All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi became the victim of hacking attack where Chinese involvement was suspected, another top hospital in the national capital, the Safdarjung Hospital has also been hit.

However, the hacking attack on the Safdarjung Hospital was not as severe as the AIIMS-Delhi faced and the chances of data leak were less as major part of hospital work runs on manual mode. Talking to IANS, Safdarjung Hospital Director Dr B.L. Sherwal said that the attack was not of higher degree and some sections of the hospital server were impacted. “The hackers hit the hospital system some days ago and the server was down for one day”, Dr Sherwal said.

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SOURCE: PTI

Security forces on Sunday busted a terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district and recovered ammunition and explosive material, a defence spokesman said. The hideout was discovered during a joint search operation by the Army and the police in the remote Sarkundu-Navapachi area of Marwah, he said.

Two hand grenades, one detonator, one safety fuse, two magazines of AK assault rifle with109 rounds, 56 rounds of General Purpose Machine Gun and one magazine of .303 rifle with 27 rounds were recovered from the hideout, he said.

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