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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received clearance to upgrade the first tranche of 84 Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter jets. This significant modernization effort will integrate Indian-made avionics, radar, and mission computers, with the upgrade costing approximately INR 130-140 crore per aircraft, according to recent media reports.

One of the most notable aspects of the upgrade is the substantial increase in indigenous content. The upgraded Sukhoi 30 MKI will feature 78% Indian-made components, a marked improvement that aligns with India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. This move not only boosts local manufacturing and technology development but also reduces dependency on foreign suppliers, enhancing national security.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first bilateral visit to Russia since securing his third term, Russia reignited its proposal for joint production of its advanced S-500 air defence system. This development comes as India continues to bolster its defence capabilities, having already procured the Russian S-400 system for its border security.

The S-500 air defence system developed as a successor to the S-400, represents a significant leap in aerial defence technology. It is designed to intercept a wide array of aerial threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), hypersonic missiles, and ballistic missiles, at ranges extending up to 600 kilometres.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Indian Ministry of Defence is poised to greenlight Project 17B, a significant expansion of the Indian Navy’s fleet. This ambitious project will see the construction of eight advanced stealth frigates, likely to be divided between Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). With an estimated cost exceeding $7.5 billion, Project 17B represents a major investment in India’s naval capabilities.

Building upon the success of Project 17A, which is currently underway, the new frigates will incorporate the same stealth design and advanced features as the Nilgiri-class frigates. However, Project 17B ships will benefit from further refinements and technological upgrades.

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SOURCE: AFI

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced a significant step forward in the development of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) AF Mk-2. The company has signed an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), expanding its role in the program.

Under the revised MoU, HAL will be responsible for completing the LCA AF Mk-2 development and securing operational clearance during the Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) Phase-3. This crucial phase of the project is valued at a substantial Rs. 2970.00 Crores, including a Foreign Exchange component of Rs. 285.00 Crores.

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SOURCE: AFI

Redon Systems Private Limited announced a major milestone in the development of its Canister Launched Loitering Munition, Achuk. Successfully tested at an altitude exceeding 4500 meters in Leh, under the watchful eye of the Northern Command, Indian Army, Achuk has demonstrated unparalleled capabilities in high-altitude environments.

Designed with an impressive endurance of 50+ minutes and a payload capacity of 1.5 kg (available in HE and HEAT variants), Achuk stands out as a potentially unique loitering munition capable of operating in such extreme conditions. The rigorous trials conducted between 3500 to 4600 meters showcased Achuk’s exceptional performance and robustness.

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SOURCE: AFI

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In a significant step towards bolstering India’s air defense prowess, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has embarked on the development of a cutting-edge technology: the Distributed Aperture System-HD (DAS-HD).

The Instruments Research and Development Establishment (LRDE), a premier DRDO lab, is spearheading the DAS-HD project. Issuing tenders for development signifies a critical milestone towards equipping future Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets with this game-changing system.

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SOURCE: AFI

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A photo circulating online shows a soldier, reportedly from the Indian Army’s 9 PARA SF, posing with a captured Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) winter jacket somewhere along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The image has ignited a debate about the legitimacy of taking such trophies and potential breaches of protocol.

The origin of the jacket is unclear. Some reports claim it was captured from defeated PLA soldiers during a recent Operation Snow Leopard. Others suggest it might be a souvenir from routine border patrols, where unofficial exchanges of cigarettes, liquor, or even personal items occasionally occur. However, swapping military-issued uniforms or jackets is highly unlikely due to regulations and ownership by the respective governments.

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SOURCE: ANI

US aerospace major Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and agreed to strengthen the defence and industrial ties between the two nations. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was also present at the meeting on Thursday.

In a post on X, Lockheed Martin India stated, “@LockheedMartin CEO Jim Taiclet joined Hon’ble @narendramodi. As a trusted partner of over three decades, we recognize the promising talent and capabilities of the local industry and remain committed to strengthening the defense and industrial ties between our two nations.” US aerospace major Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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SOURCE: ANI

In a major boost to its defence capabilities, India on Thursday approved a major plan to build military airfields in Lakshadweep island territories to keep an eye on growing Chinese activities in the region and expand its reach. The Central government, at a high-level meeting held on Thursday, cleared the proposals, defence sources told ANI. The proposal from the three services led by the Department of Military Affairs is to build a new airbase in Minicoy islands and extend the existing air field on Agatti island in the Arabian Sea on western side of India, they said.

The dual-purpose airfields, which would also be used by commercial airlines, would be capable of deploying and operating all types of fighter and transport aircraft, along with long-range drones and would give an edge to the Indian forces in the region. The move has come at a time when the Chinese Navy has been expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean Region and collaborating closely with the Pakistan Navy in the region.

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SOURCE: PTI

CDS Gen Anil Chauhan on Thursday hailed the heroics of Indian bravehearts in the Kargil conflict and said besides recalling memories of a war, it is also important to look at its aftermath and draw the “right lessons” for the future.

Speaking at an event held here to mark the 25th anniversary of the Kargil war, he also said “We must not repeat the same mistakes”.

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SOURCE: ANI

Stating that America partners with India in a number of key areas, the US has urged New Delhi to support efforts to “realise an enduring and just peace for Ukraine.”

Asked about India-US ties in light of PM Modi’s recent visit to Russia, US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said on Thursday (local time), “Broadly, India continues to be a country in which we partner with in a number of key areas and that was clearly on display last summer when we hosted Prime Minister Modi for a State visit.”

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SOURCE: ANI

Indian Navy’s frontline frigate, INS Tabar, reached Hamburg in Germany, on Wednesday to take part in an exercise. Activities during the visit include professional interactions between the Indian Navy and German Navy, visit of ship’s crews to the German Naval Academy and ship open to visitors. The crew of INS Tabar would also offer community service at Old Age Home.

On departure from Hamburg, the two Navies will also undertake Maritime Partnership Exercise at sea.

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SOURCE: PIB

West Pakistan Refugees thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for granting them citizenship which was denied to them for 7 decades during a Call on by the President of ‘West Pakistani refugees (WPR) Association Shri. Labha Ram Gandhi to Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh today in New Delhi.

The refugees on meeting Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, MoS Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi for their unwavering support and assistance during our times of hardship and displacement. They said “We are deeply touched by the kindness and generosity shown towards us, ensuring our well-being and integration into the Indian society.”

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SOURCE: PTI

Describing the continuing humanitarian crisis due to the Israel-Hamas conflict as “deeply concerning”, India has reiterated its call for de-escalation, emphasising a peaceful resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

Delivering India’s statement at the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN Ambassador R Ravindra said that India was among the countries which strongly and unequivocally condemned the terror attacks on Israel on October 7 last year.

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SOURCE: PTI

An Indian crew member of a Comoros-flagged oil tanker that capsized off the Oman coast has died, officials said on Thursday. Last night, the Indian Navy said eight Indians and a Sri Lankan national were rescued by Indian warship INS Teg while carrying out a rescue operation to trace the crew members of the cargo ship.

The vessel had capsized about 25 nautical miles southeast of Ras Madrakah in Oman on July 15 and search and rescue efforts are under way, the officials said. Minister of state for external affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh said the body of the Indian had been retrieved.

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