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The third Stealth Wing Flying Test Bed (SWiFT) Prototype is seen under fabrication at a facility in Bangalore for the first time showcasing the actual size of the 1-ton UCAV which is 13 feet long, with a wingspan of over 16 feet. SWiFT is a Technological demonstrator for the bigger 10-12-ton Ghatak UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) program that will be developed by 2026-27.

SWiFT is powered by an NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine that allows it to cruise at 0.6 Mach and weighs just 1100kg with an range of 250km (LoS). SWiFT can become an Unmanned combat drone program if desired by the Indian Armed forces since it can carry two hardpoints with 50kg payload each.

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Parliamentary standing committee on Defence (SCOD) that has tabled its report in the house said ” “considerable delay” in the supply of 40 LCA Tejas jets from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. “The government should consider buying state-of-the-art fifth generation fighter aircraft over the counter without losing time to keep the force in a comfortable position,”

SCOD is dominated by Parliamentarians from the rule part at the Centre that is led by PM Modi and such suggestions against the backdrop of the United States demonstrating its 5th gen F-35A fighter jet in India at Aero India 2023 could be a possible influence on their report.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy has issued A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a period of 27 March to 29 March as per information provided by Twitter user Damien Symon@detresfa_.

The above NOTAM issued is for likely missile tests from the frontline warships that might also include a test of the Brahmos cruise missiles near the Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Bay Of Bengal, near the Malacca Strait.

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SOURCE: API

According to the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence (SCOD), the Indian Air Force (IAF) intends to purchase at least two more Mirage-2000 Trainer aircraft from France in order to maintain its fleet strength at 51 aircraft.

In 2021, India purchased two Mirage-2000 Trainers from the French Air Force, which were later upgraded by HAL in India to the latest Dash 5 configuration. To maintain the ratio of pilot intakes, the IAF requires a fleet of 10 Mirage-2000 Trainers for conversion of new fighter pilots.

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SOURCE: NDTV

Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Wednesday highlighted the lessons learnt by Indian forces from the Russia-Ukraine conflict including the incidents like the sinking of Russian warships by Ukrainian anti-ship missiles.

“The sinking of Moskva, with likely use of anti-ship cruise missiles, highlights that even in the maritime domain, weapon platforms are more vulnerable than ever to low-cost defensive systems,” said the Army Chief.

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SOURCE: PTI

Around 2,000 protesters waving Khalistan flags descended upon the Indian High Commission here on Wednesday for a planned demonstration and hurled objects and chanted slogans amid a heightened security presence and barricades.

The Indian High Commission countered by unfurling an additional humongous tricolour on the roof of its building, which seemed to rile the protesters further who then hurled coloured flares and water bottles towards the mission building and at police officers and media covering the protest.

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SOURCE: PTI

China and India will have to face the “difficulties” arising out of the border situation but none of the two countries want war or confrontation, Charge D’affaires at the Chinese embassy Ma Jia said on Wednesday.

Addressing a media briefing here, Ma described the situation along the border areas as “very complicated” and said it was not easy to reach an agreement which was the reason the two countries were holding discussions through the established Working Mechanism for Consultation and Cooperation and the senior commander-level meetings.

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SOURCE: IANS

A Parliamentary Panel on External Affairs noted that India’s diplomatic service is perhaps the most short-staffed in comparison to many other countries whose economy and stature is much leaner than that of the country.

“The total strength of 4,888 is distributed across different cadres of the Ministry such as the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), IFS General Cadre, Branch B, Stenographers Cadre, Interpreters Cadre, Legal and Treaties Cadre, among others. The cadre strength of Indian Foreign Service Officers is only 1,011 which is just 22.5 per cent of the total strength. Out of IFS ‘A’ cadre, 667 are posted at our Missions abroad and 334 are manning the headquarters in Delhi which at present has 57 divisions,” said the Committee on External Affairs in its Demand for Grants (2023-24) report.

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SOURCE: ANI

The first round of the India-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Senior Officers Meeting (SOM) was held in Riyadh.

Ausaf Sayeed, secretary(CPV&OIA), Ministry of External Affairs held a meeting with Saudi Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eng. Waleed bin Abdul Kareem El-Khereiji on the Political-Security-Social-Cultural pillar of India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council (SPC), the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

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SOURCE: ANI

In an epic reply to Khalistani supporters who vandalised the Indian High Commission in the UK, it put up a giant Tricolour atop the building. A giant Tricolour was put up by the Indian High Commission team atop the High Commission building in London, UK.

On March 19, Khalistani radicals in large numbers protested and vandalised India’s flag at the Indian High Commission. India had strongly protested against Khalistani elements, demanding the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

British foreign minister James Cleverly on Wednesday said the country will review security at the Indian High Commission in London following “unacceptable acts of violence” towards the mission’s staff.
Earlier this week, India summoned the most senior British diplomat in New Delhi to protest at the actions taken by “separatist and extremist elements” against the country’s mission in London.

The BBC and Indian media reported that protesters with “Khalistan” banners detached the Indian flag from the first-floor balcony of the diplomatic mission’s building earlier, to protest against the recent police action in India’s Punjab state. Khalistan refers to an independent Sikh state sought by some groups but which does not exist.

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SOURCE: ANI

General VK Singh, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Road Transport and Highways, has dismissed there was any “attempted military coup” during then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure in 2012 after a news report had claimed that the Indian Army had moved two units towards New Delhi without notifying the government on January 16, 2012.

Speaking to ANI in an exclusive interview, General VK Singh, who was Army Chief then, described the alleged military coup as “Somebody imagined a thing like that in the journalistic world. Egged on by some people who wanted to tarnish the image of the armed forces. To come up with an absurd idea like that… Nothing like that happened,” Gen Singh said.

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SOURCE: ANI

Actor Sarabjit Singh alias Daljit Kalsi’s wife has filed a habeas corpus petition at the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking his release from “illegal custody” in Assam. In her petition, Narinder Kaur sought to quash the detention order passed by the district magistrate at the instance of the Punjab government under the National Security Act, 1980.

The bench of Justice N S Shekhawat, hearing the matter was adjourned for March 28, when the court is set to hear the habeas corpus plea seeking Amritpal’s production.

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SOURCE: PTI

The brains behind pro-Khalistan fugitive Amritpal Singh’s escape from the police dragnet was 38-year-old Papalpreet Singh, who was in close contact with Pakistan’s ISI and was taking instructions from it, officials said on Wednesday.

They said Papalpreet Singh is considered one of Amritpal Singh’s mentors who had been advising him on various issues. Papalpreet had been working with Amritpal closely since he returned to India last year and took over the reins of ‘Waris Punjab De’, an organisation founded by actor Deep Sidhu, who died in a road accident in 2021.

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SOURCE: PTI

The NSCN-IM lashed out at the Centre, claiming that the Naga peace talks which are currently on, have been mostly “bluff and bluster”, turning the conversation between the former rebels and the government into what it claimed was an “absurdity”.

The Naga rebels said they felt a trust deficit had grown between the two sides because of the “unserious” and “unsavoury” attitude of the government. The Centre-NSCN(IM) talks has been “bluff and bluster all the way with no seriousness”, the group president Q Tuccu said during a programme at Hebron on Tuesday.

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