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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has ambitious plans for the Tejas MkII fighter jet, aiming to produce at least 120 units before 2036, according to Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) CB Ananthakrishnan. This timeline aligns with the potential retirement of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Mirage-2000 and MiG-29UPG fleets by the mid-2030s.

HAL plans a phased production approach, starting with an initial rate of 16 Tejas MkII jets per year from 2029 to 30. This will gradually increase to a targeted production rate of 24 units annually by 2032-33. The entire production run is expected to be completed by 2035-36, meeting the IAF’s potential replacement needs for its ageing fighter jets.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

MTU 12V 396 SE84

The Indian Navy has embarked on discussions with various Indian private-sector companies for the development of indigenous marine propulsion engines for conventional submarines. This initiative aims to achieve self-reliance in a critical area and power the next generation of underwater vessels.

The primary focus of this project is the development of 12 next-generation diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) under Project-76. These submarines are intended to replace the ageing Kilo-class submarines currently operated by the Indian Navy. The new engines are expected to match the performance of the existing MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines used in the Kalvari-class submarines.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s Indigenous air warfare capabilities leapt forward on May 29th with the successful test-firing of the Rudram-II air-to-surface missile. Launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet off the coast of Odisha, this marked the first full-configuration test of the weapon.

The 800kg missile can carry a 200kg warhead 200kg warhead, is designed as a “universal weapons system.” This means it can be seamlessly integrated into various Indian fighter jets, including the upcoming Tejas MkII and potentially the Rafale in the future.

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SOURCE: AFI

In a significant development for India’s defense procurement, the T4 rifle, developed jointly by Jindal Defence and Brazilian firm Taurus Arms, has successfully passed a series of rigorous trials. This achievement brings the T4 rifle one step closer to being selected in a massive bid to supply 425,000 rifles to the Indian armed forces, marking a crucial milestone in the nation’s ongoing efforts to modernize its military equipment.

The T4 rifle underwent extensive testing under various conditions to evaluate its performance, reliability, and durability. These trials are part of the Indian Army’s stringent evaluation process to ensure that any new weapon system meets the highest standards of operational readiness and effectiveness. The successful completion of these trials is a testament to the rifle’s robust design and advanced features, making it a strong contender in the large-scale procurement process.

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SOURCE: AFI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to host its biggest-ever multinational exercise, “Tarang Shakti 2024,” this August in Jodhpur. Skies above the city will witness the roar of fighter jets from some of the most advanced air forces around the world.

This exercise marks a significant milestone for Indian-German defense cooperation. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari’s recent visit to Germany and his sortie in a Eurofighter Typhoon underscore the strong ties between the two nations. The German Air Force itself confirmed participation with their Eurofighter jets via a social media post .

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SOURCE: AFI

In a historic achievement for India’s burgeoning space sector, Saraniya Periaswamy and Umamaheswari K have emerged as pivotal figures in the successful launch of the world’s first rocket equipped with a 3D-printed engine. This remarkable milestone, achieved by Agnikul Cosmos, was executed from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launch facility in Sriharikota on May 30. The mission’s success underscores the increasing impact of women in the field of space exploration in India.

The path to this groundbreaking launch was fraught with challenges. Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai-based startup, had to abort the mission four times in the preceding months due to various technical issues. However, the perseverance and expertise of the team, led by Periaswamy and Umamaheswari, ensured that these setbacks were only temporary.

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SOURCE: AFI

Garuda Aerospace Pvt Ltd., a leading Indian drone tech startup, proudly announces the grand opening of its first exclusive drone showroom in Chennai! This groundbreaking initiative marks a significant step forward for the drone industry in India.

Driven by the visionary leadership of CEO Agnishwar Jayaprakash and the esteemed Dr. R Velraj from Anna University, the showroom transcends mere product display. It’s a portal to the future of aerial innovation.

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SOURCE: PTI

The situation along the Line of Control is stable and security agencies will take all necessary steps to maintain it, a senior Army officer said on Sunday.

General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Army 15 Corps Lt General Rajiv Ghai was talking to reporters at the Bipin Rawat Stadium in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district after a function to felicitate Kargil War veterans on the 25th anniversary of Vijay Diwas.

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SOURCE: PTI

Canada’s intelligence agency chief David Vigneault paid two under-the-wraps visits to India in February and March to apprise Indian officials of the case relating to the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, people familiar with the matter said.

Vigneault, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), is learnt to have shared information that emerged during Ottawa’s investigation into the killing. The ties between India and Canada came under severe strain following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September last year of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

At least nine people were killed and 33 injured when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims plunged into a deep gorge after a suspected militant attack in the Indian federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, police said.

The Himalayan region, which is also claimed by Pakistan, has been roiled by militant violence since the start of an anti-Indian insurgency in 1989. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, although violence has tapered off in recent years.

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SOURCE: PTI

Union Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said those involved in the dastardly terror attack on pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi will not be spared and will face the wrath of the law.

Soon after taking oath as Union Minister for the second time on Sunday, Shah said he had spoken to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha and DGP R R Swain and took stock of the situation arising after the terror attack that has claimed nine lives so far.

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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took stock of the situation arising out of the terror attack on pilgrims in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir in which nine people were killed.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the prime minister directed him to constantly monitor the situation and ensure all possible help to the affected families. ”The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and directed me to constantly monitor the situation and to ensure all possible assistance to the families,” Sinha said in a post on X.

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SOURCE: PTI

Jailed radical Sikh preacher and MP-elect Amritpal Singh will write to the Punjab government, seeking a temporary release from the detention in a jail in Assam to take oath as the member of parliament, his counsel Imaan Singh Khara said on Sunday.

”In a day or so, he will write to seek temporary release under Section 15 of the National Security Act that deals with the temporary release from detention,” he said. Amritpal, the chief of the ’Waris Punjab De’ outfit, is currently lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail along with nine associates under the NSA.

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SOURCE: PTI

The security forces recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a field in Pulwama district on Sunday, an official said.

The IEDs — buried underground in two plastic containers — were recovered by the security forces from the Nehama area of Pulwama district, the official added. He said that a bomb disposal squad was summoned at the site and the explosives were destroyed by the forces without causing any damage. Many IEDs have been recovered in the Union Territory in the recent past.

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SOURCE: PTI

Nine Maoists were arrested from different places in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said on Sunday. Of them, eight were arrested from separate locations in Usoor police station area, while one was held under Naimed police station limits, the official said.

“All arrested cadres were active as militia members of the outlawed Maoist movement and were allegedly involved in incidents of planting IEDs to target security personnel, damaging roads and putting up posters and banners,” a statement from the police said.

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