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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

As the battlefield transforms into a digital landscape, modern fighter jets are no longer just marvels of engineering, but integrated weapon systems heavily reliant on sophisticated software. This is precisely why the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Tejas MkII program prioritizes adaptable software as a critical factor for its longevity and combat effectiveness.

Unlike traditional methods where software updates can take months of development and testing, the Tejas MkII program will focus on adaptable software. This allows the IAF to iterate and update software functionalities within a timeframe of weeks, ensuring the aircraft stays ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The upcoming multinational air exercise Tarang Shakti in August 2024 will see the participation of the United States Air Force (USAF), with the F-15E Strike Eagle taking centre stage. This deployment holds particular significance for India, as Boeing has offered the F-15EX, a more advanced variant of the F-15E, for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) tender.

While the F-15E participating in Tarang Shakti isn’t the exact variant offered for the MRFA, it provides a valuable opportunity for the IAF to witness the Strike Eagle’s capabilities firsthand. The F-15E boasts a proven track record as a dual-role fighter bomber, capable of air-to-air combat and long-range precision strikes.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s efforts to develop a Laser Ordnance Disposal System (LORDS) have seen some progress, with the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) granted for two variants: LORDS-N and LORDS Mk1. However, details regarding their current deployment status remain undisclosed.

LORDS is a Directed Energy Laser System designed to neutralize unexploded ordnances (UXOs), surface-laid mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other above-ground explosive threats. This innovative system operates from safe stand-off distances ranging from 30 to 250 meters, safeguarding personnel from the dangers of bomb disposal.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking to acquire nine decommissioned Jaguar fighter jets and spare parts from the United Kingdom, according to a report in Tribune India. This move aims to address attrition within the IAF’s Jaguar fleet, which is nearing the end of its operational life.

The IAF has requested five single-seater Jaguar GR-1s and four twin-seat Jaguar T-2s, both variants no longer used by the Royal Air Force (RAF). Additionally, they require a significant number of spare parts, estimated at around 150 different types.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is experiencing a surge in interest for its Pinaka Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) system from European countries. This development comes amidst DRDO’s participation in Eurosatory, the largest international exhibition for land and air-land defense and security, currently ongoing in Paris.

The Pinaka MBRL system, particularly the Pinaka Guided variant with a 90km range, has emerged as a major attraction at the DRDO pavilion. This upsurge in interest coincides with European nations seeking to bolster their arsenals in the wake of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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SOURCE: AFI

The inky blackness of the Arabian Sea was my familiar world back when I served in the Indian Navy. Aboard INS Shalki, a German-designed HDW SSK class submarine, we patrolled silently at a depth of around 50 meters. The usual serenity of the deep was shattered by a sudden spike on the sonar. The rhythmic thrumming of the sub’s engines ceased as the Captain’s calm but firm voice echoed through the control room, “Stop engines. Ascend to periscope depth. Visual confirmation on surface vessels – now!”

The crew responded with practiced efficiency. The silence was broken only by the gentle hum as the submarine rose towards the surface. With periscopes raised, the officers peered into the moonlit water above.

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SOURCE: AFI

Retired Pakistani Brigadier Amir Hamza was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Punjab province on Monday, according to Indian news outlet Times of India. Indian counter-terrorism agencies believed Hamza, a key Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative, played a significant role in the 2018 Sunjwan army camp attack in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The 2018 Sunjwan attack on an Indian army camp resulted in the deaths of six soldiers and injuries to over a dozen more. Hamza’s death marks the second killing of a Pakistani individual allegedly involved in the attack.

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SOURCE: PTI

Factors like streamlining foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as augmenting Research & Development (R&D) and manufacturing capabilities can help the country realise its $5 billion defence export target by 2024-25, says a study.

Nexgen Exhibitions, organisers of International Police Expo, one of Asia’s premier homeland security and defence expos, have released the findings of a comprehensive survey aimed at streamlining Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and bolstering Defence Research & Development (R&D) and manufacturing capabilities, as per a statement.

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SOURCE: ANI PR

Tecknotrove Systems one of the leading military simulation companies in India has won the contract for supply of Advanced Military Training Simulators from Indian Airforce and Indian Army. These military simulators will be designed to support Indian Armed Forces in enhancing practical training with the latest Simulation technology . By creating unique customized training solutions for critical equipments and gunnery, Tecknotrove aims to enable Indian armed forces to train with precision in a completely safe virtual environment.

Tecknotrove is a global leader in simulation technology and will indigenously develop and manufacture the military simulators in-house at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which is India’s largest simulator manufacturing and R&D facility situated in Gujarat. The simulators will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces in over a period of 12 months. The contract also includes continued support for next 5 years from Tecknotrove.

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SOURCE: PTI

President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said Sri Lanka needs to connect with neighbouring India to reap the benefits of its massive industrial development. “Our neighbour India is going through a phase of massive industrial development. Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are experiencing it. We must also join in,” said Wickremesinghe in his address at the Industry 2024 event here.

The president said he was hopeful of discussing with External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, who is due to arrive here on Thursday, about the follow-up on his interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India.

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SOURCE: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Wednesday he met with members of a visiting bipartisan US Congressional delegation and appreciated their “strong and continued support” to the India-US strategic partnership.

He also shared a photograph with the delegation in a post on ‘X’. “Pleasure to meet with the bipartisan US Congressional delegation led by @RepMcCaul. Thank @SpeakerPelosi, @RepGregoryMeeks, @RepMMM, @NMalliotakis, @RepBera and @RepMcGovern for joining. Appreciate their strong and continued support for the India-US strategic partnership,” Mr Jaishankar wrote.

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SOURCE: ANI

After a Congressional delegation from the United States Congress met with Tibetan spiritual leader in-exile Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, Tibetan leaders have reiterated a resolute stance on international support for Tibet and conveyed a pointed message to China.

The US delegation, led by Congressman Michael McCaul met with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at his residence on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: IANS

J&K Police on Wednesday said “a major breakthrough” has been made in the June 9 Reasi terror attack, in which 9 pilgrims were killed and 44 others injured, with the arrest of a terror associate.

“A major breakthrough has been achieved in the case pertaining to the terrorist attack on the pilgrim bus which was coming from Shiv Khori on June 9. In this connection, one terror associate, namely Hakam, 45, has been arrested at Reasi. This person was involved in harbouring the terrorists multiple times,” SSP, Reasi, Mohita Sharma said.

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SOURCE: IANS

Jammu and Kashmir Police have strengthened security in Srinagar ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit starting Thursday. According to the police, a multi-tier security blanket has been put in place. “It is a multi-tier security. As per the security protocols, the high-alert security arrangement has been made here,” IGP Kashmir Zone Vidhi Kumar Birdi told ANI on Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Srinagar police issued orders declaring the city a ‘Temporary Red Zone’ for the operation of drones and quadcopters.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Border Security Force (BSF) detained a Pakistani national on Wednesday morning, while he was trying to cross the border fence and sneak into India in Gujarat’s Kutch district, an official said.

The Pakistani national was being questioned, the BSF said in an official statement by the BSF after the detention. The man was identified as 30-year-old Afzal, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan. Nothing suspicious was found from his possession, a BSF official said.

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