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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

A Business and financial publication ” The Edge Malaysia” in its recent report has claimed that Pakistan that was often touted to be the favorite to bag the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) Light Combat Aircraft/Fighter Lead-In-Trainer (LCA/FLIT) contract has not responded to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MinDef) tender that was issued on 22 June this year. Before the last date that was 22 September, RMAF received bids from six companies.

According to ” The Edge”, MinDef has received bids from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) that in partnership with local company Kemalak Systems Sdn Bhd has offered FA-50 fighter jet, Turkish Aerospace Industries has offered its Hürjet supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft that is still under development. Other offers are from Russia for Mig-35, China has offered its Hongdu L-15 light attack aircraft, Italy it M-346 jet, and India its LCA-Tejas Mk1 jets.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

After IAF placed orders worth $2.5 billion with Airbus-TATA for the procurement of 56 C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has started work on upgrading company-owned AVRO aircraft often called by its nickname ” ‘Subroto'” with its internal funds after it got the cold shoulder from IAF on its proposed Avro upgrade program for 50 odd aircraft that still have 60-70% of its airframe (Technical) life left.

idrw.org has been told that Subroto in Phase-I will be getting a new ‘glass cockpit’ that will replace all analog systems in the aircraft with the added addition of new sensors. Subroto will get a reworked avionics suite that includes the following new systems: integrated standby instruments, a dual flight management system (FMS), a dual-engine data concentrator unit, a dual attitude and heading reference system, a dual digital air data computer, and an engine indication and crew alerting system. Optional equipment will include a surveillance/weather radar, forward-looking infrared, and video cameras.

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SOURCE: PTI

DRDO has developed counter-drone technology and transferred it to industries, which have taken orders from the armed forces and security forces of the country, a senior official of the organisation said on Thursday. “DRDO has developed anti-drone technology. It has all the necessary elements required to counter drones, whether it is detection, tracking or surveillance and even a process called software and hardware,” Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief G Satheesh Reddy said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the DRDO-sponsored Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at the Central University of Jammu in Samba. Reddy said the technology has been transferred to multiple industries, which have taken orders from the armed forces and security forces of the country.

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SOURCE: HT

Pakistan on Thursday said it is a peace-loving country but will not spare any effort to thwart any ‘aggressive design’ of India. The comments came after Union home minister Amit Shah referred to surgical strike in his speech in Goa. Remembering former Goa chief minister and India’s former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Amit Shah on Thursday said the surgical strike was a new chapter in India’s defence.

“Surgical strike under PM Modi and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was an important step. We sent out a message that no one can disturb India’s borders. There was a time for talks, But now is the time to reciprocate,” Amit Shah said.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), U.S. Navy, Admiral Michael Gilday embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the ongoing second phase of Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal. This is the 25th edition of the naval exercise, which began as a bilateral exercise between India and the U.S. in 1992.

“This visit to Carl Vinson during Malabar was an important opportunity to see first-hand the integration between our two navies at-sea,” Adm Gilday said in a statement issued by the U.S. Navy. “By our navies continuing to exercise together, as we are doing right now alongside Japanese and Australian naval forces, there is no doubt our partnership will only continue to grow. Cooperation, when applied with naval power, promotes freedom and peace, and prevents coercion, intimidation and aggression.”

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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address at an event organised by the Defence Ministry to dedicate seven new defence companies to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami on Friday, the PMO said on Thursday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and representatives from the defence industry associations will be present on the occasion. Referring to the seven new defence companies, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the government has decided to convert Ordnance Factory Board from a department into seven fully government-owned corporate entities as a measure to improve self-reliance in the country’s defence preparedness.

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SOURCE: FIRST POST

What is going on in China? One thing is sure that the Middle Kingdom is going through turbulent times, to say the least. One just needs to look at the 13th round of the India-China Corps Commander level meeting, held at Chushul-Moldo post in Ladakh on 10 October. We are now told that the process of disengagement failed to move forward.

India said that it was necessary for the Chinese “to take appropriate steps in the remaining areas so as to restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector”. The Indian side, therefore, “made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas, but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas”.

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SOURCE: IAF PR

Every two years, the IAF holds the “Blue Flag” exercise: an international training exercise hosting air forces from around the world to strengthen cooperation between the nations. This year will be the largest and most advanced aerial exercise ever held in Israel. “Holding an international exercise in this current reality, while continuing our public and covert operational activities on all fronts, is of utmost strategic importance and has extensive impact over the Israeli Air Force, the IDF, and the State of Israel”

On Sunday, after months of extensive preparations, the international “Blue Flag” exercise led by the Israeli Air Force with the participation of seven air forces will officially commence. The exercise will last two weeks and end on Thursday, October 28.

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SOURCE: TRIBUNE PK

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday witnessed the commissioning of state-of-the-art HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence, the military said. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Commander Army Air Defence Command Lieutenant General Hamooduz Zaman Khan briefed Gen Qamar about strategic weapon system during a visit to Army Air Defence Centre Karachi.

“Induction of HIMADS will significantly enhance Comprehensive Layered Integrated Air Defence (CLIAD) shield of aerial frontiers of Pakistan as the system is fully integrated through a well-knit Digitised System on its inventory,” the official communiqué read.

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SOURCE: PTI

India is in the process of reorganising and right-sizing its armed forces into a leaner and agile military driven by new age technologies in the areas of cyberspace, electronic warfare and artificial intelligence, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.

In an address at an event, he also said that a roadmap is being put in place to enhance integration and synergy amongst the Indian armed forces with “time-bound milestones”. The chief of defence staff said India is focusing on becoming self-reliant in defence manufacturing as its aspirations to emerge as a regional power can no longer be held hostage to arms imports.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday reacted cautiously to Bhutan and China signing an agreement on a “three-step roadmap” to expedite negotiations to resolve their festering boundary dispute. The signing of the pact came four years after the Indian and Chinese armies were locked in a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam tri-junction after China tried to extend a road in the area that Bhutan claimed belonged to it.

“We have noted the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bhutan and China today. You are aware that Bhutan and China have been holding boundary negotiations since 1984. India has similarly been holding boundary negotiations with China,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi said.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Thursday said it expects China to work towards an early resolution of all the remaining issues in eastern Ladakh, days after military talks to end the 17-month border row ended in stalemate.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the Indian side had put forward constructive suggestions during the 13th round of military talks but the Chinese side was not agreeable to them.

The talks were held at the Chushul-Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh on Sunday. “We expect the Chinese side to work towards an early resolution of all the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols,” Mr Bagchi said at a media briefing.

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SOURCE: NEWS18.COM

India will participate in the meeting being hosted by Russia involving the Taliban next week, the Ministry for External Affairs said on Thursday. A Taliban delegation has already confirmed that they will attend the October 20 event in Moscow for the so-called Moscow format talks on Afghanistan, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying.

The Moscow talks also involve China, Pakistan and Iran. This will be the first edition of the Moscow Format on Afghanistan since the Taliban stormed to power.

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SOURCE: IANS

Top Maoist leader, Akkiraju Haragopal, alias Ramakrishna, who led the Maoists in peace talks with then Andhra Pradesh government in 2004, died of illness in Chhattisgarh, sources said on Thursday.

According to sources, the 58-year-old leader, popularly known as R.K., succumbed to chronic illness in south Bastar on Wednesday. He was member of Central committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist and incharge of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the banned outfit.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her American counterpart Janet Yellen on Thursday discussed among other issues fighting illicit finance, money laundering and combating terrorism financing.
The two dignitaries had a wide-ranging discussion during the eighth India-USA Economic and Financial Partnership meeting.

The importance of fighting illicit finance and the need for continued cooperation in tackling money laundering and combating the terror funding was underpinned by Ms Sitharaman and Ms Yellen, the Finance Ministry said in a tweet, as the two countries issued a detailed joint statement after the meeting.

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