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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s state-owned manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered its LCA-Tejas to be used as lead-in fighter training (LIFT) for Egyptian requirement for 70 LIFT aircraft as it plans to retire Chinese-made 100 K-8E trainer aircraft. According to ” Economic Times” HAL has offered to set up a local production line and technology transfer for the jet and is also pitching its range of indigenous choppers like the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

In 2021, idrw.org broke this news and reported that Egypt already has evaluated the Leonardo M346 Master, the Korea Aerospace IndustriesT-50 Golden Eagle, and the Irkut/Rosoboronexport Yak-130 along with the Czech-built Aero L-39NG trainer which is an upgraded version of the Aero L-39 fleet that Egypt already operates.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Poor export sale of JF-17 is hindering China’s fighter export market that continues to downward trend even after the export model of J-10 was made available in the fighter jet market, According to the latest media reports to clinch orders from Argentina, China has agreed to take more than 50% of its payment for the JF-17 jets in beef export from Argentina and also has agreed to provide long credit line.

Argentinian delegation that has evaluated the latest JF-17 block-III fighter jets were left not so impressed with the capabilities of the jet and also have asked for local upgrades to the jet along with the local assembly of the jet so that some of the systems can be switched.

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SOURCE:  DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The United States supplied Ukraine with 155-mm M777A2 towed howitzers but without digital computer systems that might have affected its accuracy as usual after initial success, Russian forces were able to counter the latest addition to the Ukrainian firepower and have destroyed nearly 15 M777A2 with counter Artillery firing, some units of M777A2 have also suffered minor damages in drone attacks but can’t be repaired due to use of lightweight material like Tiantinium that are not easy to repair.

High-ranking Ukrainian officials have confirmed that M777A2 offered them a precise firing solution but it is difficult to repair on the battlefield and even minor breakdowns can’t be fixed without getting specialized personnel involved in its repair which is not the ideal situation for unit members might want to be in the middle of the war.

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SOURCE: PTI

India should comprehend the situation along its unsettled western and northern borders as a ‘two-front’ contingency and prepare for it accordingly, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Sunday, referring to the possible challenge from a collusive military threat from China and Pakistan. In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Chief of Air Staff said India could be attacked on all fronts, starting from military standoffs to information manipulation and blackouts in the future and its security doctrines and capabilities will have to cater to such possibilities.

To a specific question on whether Russian aggression against Ukraine could encourage China to take more aggressive posturing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), he said the effect of global events and geopolitical developments on India’s engagement with Beijing are being assessed continually across wide-ranging domains “at all levels”.

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SOURCE: TNN

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has received the crew module fairing (CMF), a critical structure that will protect the crew module-carrying astronauts during the Gaganyaan launch, from a Bengaluru-based company that was commissioned to build it.

The CMF was manufactured by Alpha Tocol Engineering Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Alpha Design Technology Limited (ADTL), in Peenya, while the design and specifications came from Isro. Adani Group holds the majority stake in ADTL.

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SOURCE: HT

On June 25, India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya came out of a 18 month major refit at INS Karwar and proceeded to the port anchorage after firing its steam turbine engines. The aircraft carrier is expected to sail into high seas for a series of tests and trials before MiG-29K fighters are landed onboard the floating airfield. India’s second aircraft carrier named INS Vikrant will be commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Cochin harbour on August 15, 2022—the 75th Independence Day.

The INS Vikramaditya came out of refit days after Chinese third aircraft carrier Fujian was launched from Jiangnan shipyard and is in the process of being fitted out. The steam powered 80,000-ton aircraft carrier is said to rival the 100,000 ton nuclear powered USS Gerald R Ford super aircraft carrier, which was commissioned in 2017.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Vastly expanded troop accommodation within 100 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector, long-range artillery and rocket systems, upgraded air defence systems, expanded runways, and hardened blast pens to house fighter aircraft — these are some of the major upgrades undertaken by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on its side in the last two years since the stand-off in eastern Ladakh began, according to intelligence inputs.

“In the western sector across the LAC, the accommodation capacity was for 20,000 troops in 2020 before the stand-off began. That has now been expanded to 1.2 lakh billets — infrastructure and accommodation-wise,” an official source said on condition of anonymity, citing intelligence inputs. “They have also set up captive solar energy and small hydel power projects all along the LAC. This enhances their winter sustenance capability manifold,” the source said, adding that this is apart from the model villages they are building all along the LAC.

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SOURCE: THE GAURDIAN

The huge blue and red hull of the SCF Primorye came into port at Vadinar, western Gujarat, India, earlier this month. The 84,000-tonne oil tanker, built in 2009 and sailing under the Liberian flag, had arrived from the port at Ust-Luga, a settlement in Russia near the border with Estonia.

Until 2017, the Vadinar oil refinery was controlled by Essar – the Indian owner of the Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port. Since then a consortium including the sanctioned Russian state-owned oil firm Rosneft and the commodities trader Trafigura, which holds a 24.5% stake, have owned Nayara Energy, which runs the refinery.

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SOURCE: PTI

Definite progress has been made in ongoing deliberations for the theaterisation plan and the Indian Air Force (IAF) remains fully committed to the tri-services integration for enhancing comprehensive national combat power, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Sunday.

In an interview to PTI, the Chief of Air Staff said the IAF is hopeful that the final structures, as and when they come out, would be potent, robust and capable of tackling the existent and future threats. “The process of theaterisation of the Indian Armed forces is at a deliberation stage. There are a few issues which are being discussed and definite progress has been made in this aspect,” he said.

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SOURCE: TNN

To counter China’s flagship trade-and-infrastructure initiative, US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders formally launched in Germany the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII), after an earlier campaign faltered.

The PGII initiative is meant to mobilise hundreds of billions of dollars and deliver quality, sustainable infrastructure. Among key “flagship projects” under PGII, one of them is the US International Development Finance Corporation investing up to $30 million in Omnivore Agritech and Climate Sustainability Fund 3, a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs building the future of the rural economy in India.

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SOURCE: RN Bhaskar / FREE PRESS JOURNAL

In 2009, this author had predicted that India, China and Russia would have to work together. Geo-politics suggested this combination. During the past 15 years, China appears to have understood the geo-political implications of this constellation much better than India has. Some of these realisations sank in gradually. Some accelerated by the Russia-NATO-USA-Ukraine conflict.

Ironically, the country that has accelerated this realisation is the US. It all began because the US planners thought they were smarter than the rest and could corner and then decimate Russia. The US had three objectives – first isolate Russia. Second break the links between Germany and Russia. And the third to scuttle the Nordstream2 pipeline. That would ensure that the US could sell more gas to Europe at higher prices. There was a fourth advantage the US was certain would come its way – that it would be able to sell more arms in case Russia attacked Ukraine just as it expected it to.

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SOURCE: Siasat Daily

Chinese President Xi Jinping could not turn the recently held 14th  BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in Beijing, into a platform for US bashing because the partner countries were looking at their own geo-political-economic concerns and interests and were not particularly interested in tagging along the Chinese line.

China may have been wanting to create a larger multi-lateral group ostensibly to balance Chinese strategic interests vis-à-vis the US, but with strongly independent nation states being part of BRICS like India and South Africa, it was not possible.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received 56,960 applications under the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme till Sunday, within three days of the registration process getting under way on Friday, a week after violent protests against it rocked several states.

“56960! That’s the total number of applications received till date from future ‘Agniveers’ in response to the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment application process on https://agnipathvayu.cdac.in. Registration closes on July 5,” the IAF stated on Twitter on Sunday.

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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez in Munich on Sunday and the leaders discussed ways to deepen the commercial and cultural linkages between the two countries.

PM Modi arrived in Munich on a two-day visit to Germany on Sunday to take part in the G7 summit. He will discuss issues like energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment and democracy with the leaders of the powerful bloc and its partner countries.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Security forces arrested a terrorist and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession in the outskirts of Doda, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday. The terrorist was identified as Fareed Ahmed, a resident of Koti Doda. A Chinese pistol, two magazines, 14 live cartridges and a mobile phone were recovered by the security forces.

As an increased security measure before the Amarnath Yatra, a police party laid a checkpoint on the outskirts of Doda town and intercepted a man carrying arms and ammunition.

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