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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Last year a Scale model of an unknown missile was spotted at the office of the G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Veda is a Sanskrit word for knowledge and officially there was no acknowledgment of the role of the system but now DR.N Kishore Nath, who is project director of VEDA in DRDO has confirmed that it will be India’s first Defence satellite launch vehicle.

VEDA aka Vehicle for Defence Application will be used to put defense satellites into orbit. VEDA Defence satellite launch vehicle seems to have a first and second stage that was borrowed from the K-4 SLBM ( submarine-launched ballistic missile ).

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Philippine Air Force (PAF) is scrambling to catch up amid a tight budget after following a decade of inaction to replace aging defense capabilities. PAF after the retirement of the Northrop Grumman-made F-5A Freedom Fighters in 2005 was without fighter jets for 10 years before it got 12 Korean Aerospace Industries-made FA-50 trainers/light-attack jets in 2015.

PAF is now looking at expanding its fighter fleet and is considering placing orders for 12 more fighter jets for which it was in talks with Lockheed Martin for its F-16 Block-70 Fighting Falcon and Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen-E under its multirole fighter program. However, Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the F-16 price tag is too expensive, leading to speculation that the Gripen will be the front-runner for the contract but the recent sale of Gripen-E to Brazil confirms that fly by unit cost hovers around $80 million due to which it is having a relook at other options.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air force has issued a tender for the supply of 100 MSA Gallet LA 100 Flying Helmets For the Mirage-2000 and Lca Fleet. MSA Gallet LA 100 Flying Helmets are designed for the needs of pilots of fast jet combat aircraft that are equipped with ejection seats and oxygen supply.

Tender requires the supply of MSA Gallet LA 100 Helmets that have Dual visor with high optical quality for UV and IR protection, Lightweight helmet to ensure maximum comfort during the flight, Provides a high level of passive noise reduction, and are available in 2 sizes (Large and small) with personalization kit.

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SOURCE: PTI

Two Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter aircrafts have arrived in India to showcase their operational capability at a naval facility in Goa as the Indian Navy plans to acquire a fleet of combat jets for its indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant, people familiar with the development said.

The demonstration by the aircrafts will start this week at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa, the naval air station in Goa, they said.

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SOURCE: NDTV

As tenure of heads of India’s intelligence agencies come to an end, the government is working overtime to look for replacements. Sources in government indicate that while new incumbents are being shortlisted, a major shake up is already going on at Research And Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency.

Close to 50 officers, say sources, are being shifted or shunted out or acted against departmentally, of its operational intelligence unit, for an alleged information leak.

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SOURCE: IANS

More government employees are on the radar of the security agencies for terror links in Jammu and Kashmir and it is expected that the government will sack them soon, the sources in the security network on Monday said.

The sources further said that the people who are on the radar of the agencies are teaching and non-teaching staff of the Kashmir University, while some of them are working in the J&K government. The government has asked the intelligence agencies to prepare a list of those employees of university, school and government offices who are sympathizers of terror outfits or spreading the separatism among the students and the local people.

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SOURCE: ANI

Further strengthening operational preparedness along the China front from Arunachal Pradesh to the Indian Ocean Region, four operational commands of Indian defence forces came together to discuss steps to enhance jointness and integration amongst themselves to create a ‘stronger punch’ against any misadventure by the northern adversary.

The four commands which have come together and are being called ‘Tetra’ include the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command, Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Navy, Shillong-based Eastern Air Force and the country’s only operational tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command based in Port Blair.

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SOURCE: ET

The Union home ministry will provide details on the role and functioning of the Assam Rifles (AR) before a parliamentary panel on May 25, post the 75% reduction in areas under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the North East, where they were deployed.

This will be the first meeting after Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi was appointed chairman of the standing committee, following the retirement of INC leader Anand Sharma.

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SOURCE: NEWS18.COM

The intelligence agencies and security grid of the Indian government have raised concerns over increased attempts of espionage by Pakistani intelligence officers (PIOs) in recent times, News18 has learnt.

The matter has been escalated at the top level after a few cases were reported where PIOs were found to be members of WhatsApp groups created by personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces and other establishments.

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SOURCE: PTI

The mutual trust and determination among the Quad member countries is giving new energy to democratic forces and encouraging a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday at the second in-person summit of the four-nation grouping.

The prime minister said Quad is moving ahead with a constructive agenda for the Indo-Pacific which will further strengthen its image of a “force for good”.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered replacing Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah embossed on one side of the police gallantry medal with the National Emblem of India.

An order by RK Goyal, principal secretary in home department, read, “It is hereby ordered that in modification to the Para 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal Scheme, the Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah embossed on one side of the medal shall be replaced with “The National Emblem of Government of India”.”

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

A red alert has been sounded in Srinagar city and its outskirts over reports of an imminent attack on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, said sources on Monday. Sources say there are intel inputs that terrorists are planning to target vehicles of security forces using sticky bombs.

“There is an imminent threat of remotely detonated IED attack in Srinagar today onwards. Places that can be targeted include Batmaloo etc,” said intel. Following the intel input, that has been given A+ grading, the local administration has urged the residents of Srinagar to maintain highest level of caution.
Reportedly, the main target area is Batmaloo, though sticky bombs can be used anywhere else also, but Batmaloo area is more prone to an attack.

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SOURCE: PTI

Having controlled militancy in the Chenab Valley for the last 15 years, the Army on Monday reached out to the families of slain and surrendered militants there to address their grievances, a defence spokesman said. Chenab Valley, comprising Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu region, is an evolving cultural, educational and tourism hub of the union territory. The valley was severely affected by militancy from 1990 to 2007.

“Although the ‘Awam’ (people) by and large does not favour bloodshed and separatist politics, due to inadequate employment opportunities and lack of awareness amongst the local youth, they are vulnerable to the lures of the inimical and anti-national elements,” the spokesman said.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday (May 23) met the Kashmiri Pandits protestors, who are staging an agitation against the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat who was a Chadoora Tehsil Office employee. Rahul Bhat was shot dead by terrorists on May 12 in his office and ever since then the pandit diaspora has been protesting for a safe space and the governor assured them that he will look into their grievances, ANI reported.

However, the protesters haven’t called off the agitation yet and said that the talks between them and the government will continue. The Kashmiri Pandit protesters are demanding relocation to a safe place outside Kashmir.

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SOURCE: PTI

India on Monday said it has delivered around 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol to Sri Lanka, days after supplying 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel under the Indian credit line to help ease the acute fuel shortage in the debt-ridden island nation which is grappling with its worst economic crisis.

India extended an additional USD 500 million credit line to Sri Lanka last month to help the neighbouring country import fuel as it has been struggling to pay for imports after its foreign exchange reserves plummeted sharply in recent times, causing a devaluation of its currency and spiralling inflation.

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