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Defense News ,Philippine :-  Elbit Systems has recently delivered the first set of Guarani 6×6 armored personnel carriers (APCs) to the Philippine Army.In 2020, a deal worth $46 million was signed to provide 28 Guarani APCs to an undisclosed country in the Asia Pacific, and now the first batch of five vehicles has been publicly showcased in Santa Lucia, Tarlac.These APCs will play a crucial role in the Armor Division of the Philippine Army, enhancing their operational readiness and creating a formidable, versatile armor force capable of handling various missions.Lt. Gen. Roy M. Galido, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, expressed the aim of building a stronger armed force for a "newer Philippines" through this acquisition.The Armor Division will carry out technical inspections of the newly acquired vehicles.About the Guarani APC:The Guarani APC, developed by Iveco for the Brazilian Army, is the predecessor of Brazil’s EE-11 Urutu amphibious carrier. Armed with a 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II autocannon, it also features smoke grenade launchers and electronic sights for infrared, thermal, and night vision.Equipped with either a remote-controlled stabilized REMAX turret or an armored manual REMAN turret, the Guarani has an operational range of 370 miles (600 kilometers) and can reach a maximum speed of 68 miles (100 kilometers) per hour, thanks to its 383 horsepower Iveco Cursor 9 diesel engine.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-09 09:01:33
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Defense News ,India :- The Indian Army is strengthening its firepower along the China border by adding two new regiments of Pinaka Multi Launch Rocket Systems. These advanced rockets, created by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), can deliver a large amount of precise firepower quickly into enemy territory.According to sources, the new regiments will be ready within the year, with personnel currently undergoing training. Despite the initial plan being for completion in 2024, the process is advancing faster than expected.Tensions persist along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), leading to precautionary deployments since the 2020 standoff in Eastern Ladakh. As part of the six planned Pinaka regiments, these rocket systems will be stationed on the northern borders with China. The Indian Army currently operates four Pinaka regiments along the western border with Pakistan and the northern border with China.In the artillery world, a unit is called a regiment, consisting of three batteries with six Pinaka launchers each. A single battery can launch 72 rockets in 44 seconds, covering an area of 1000m by 800m. An upgraded version of the Pinaka ammunition can reach up to 75km with high precision.The Defence Acquisition Council approved six additional Pinaka regiments in 2018, with contracts signed in 2020 for their supply. These rockets will enhance the Army’s long-range offensive capabilities, complementing existing artillery such as Bofors and Ultra Light Howitzer M777.The introduction of Pinaka marks a step towards phasing out old Russian Grad BM-21 rocket systems. The Indian Army aims to have 22 regiments of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launch systems equipped with automated aiming and positioning systems, replacing the outdated Grad systems.In the realm of long-range rocket artillery, the Pinaka system is poised to become the backbone of the Indian Army’s firepower arsenal.Key Points:Training for new regiments is underway, set to be completed within the year.Each artillery consists of three batteries of six Pinaka launchers.A single battery can launch 72 rockets in 44 seconds.The upgraded Pinaka ammunition has a range of up to 75km with high precision.The Indian Army currently operates four Pinaka regiments along the Pak border and the northern border with China.The deployment complements existing artillery like Bofors and Howitzer.Contracts for six regiments were signed in 2020 at an approximate cost of Rs 2580 crore.The goal is to phase out Grad BM-21 rocket systems for Pinaka.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-09 08:56:11
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Defense News ,India :-  Kalyani Group, a big Indian company focused on defense and industry, is delving into the world of ocean technology with its new creation, the SEA EXPLORER underwater glider.Understanding the Underwater Glider:Unlike regular underwater vehicles, this glider doesn't need a constant engine to move. It cleverly adjusts its buoyancy to glide effortlessly for long periods. This means it can collect data for weeks or even months without using a lot of energy.Key Features of the SEAEXPLORER:1. Multi-Mission Capable: This glider is super flexible. Its sensors can be changed to collect different types of data, like temperature, salinity, chemicals, and even underwater sounds. This makes it perfect for both scientific exploration and anti-submarine warfare.2. Long Endurance: Thanks to its unique way of moving, the glider can last a really long time on missions. It can cover large areas and explore deep into the ocean.3. Cost-Effective: Using the SEAEXPLORER is much cheaper than using big crewed vessels for research or surveillance. This opens up the possibility of collecting data more often without spending a lot of money.4. Easy to Operate: Gliders are made to be easy to use. You can deploy and recover them with smaller boats and a minimal crew, making them even more cost-effective.Strategic Partnership:Kalyani Group is teaming up with ALSEAMAR from France, experts in underwater vehicle technology. This partnership ensures that the SEAEXPLORER is developed using the latest techniques and design solutions.The Significance of SEAEXPLORER's Development:This glider is not just important for Kalyani Group; it could be a big deal for the Indian Navy too. Its long endurance, ability to collect various data, and cost-effectiveness make it a valuable asset for anti-submarine warfare.The Future of Underwater Gliders:Globally, underwater gliders like Kalyani Group's SEAEXPLORER are becoming more important. As technology improves, these gliders will play a bigger role in exploring the ocean and in defense strategies. Smaller and more efficient sensors will only make them more crucial for collecting data continuously and understanding marine environments better.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-09 08:47:39
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Defense News ,Spanish :- GDELS Santa Bárbara Sistemas recently handed over four high-tech ASCOD "Castor" Armored Combat Vehicles (VCZAP) to the Spanish Army as part of the second phase of the Pizarro program.The vehicles, which come with dozer blades, were accepted by officials from the Spanish Ministry of Defence’s Pizarro Program Office and the Armored Systems Park and Maintenance Center (PCMASA) number 1 of the Spanish Army, indicating their readiness for action.This delivery is part of a bigger agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Defense and GDELS Santa Bárbara Sistemas. It involves producing one prototype and a total of 36 Castor vehicles, all equipped with dozer blades for engineering tasks. Since the initial delivery of the first six vehicles in December 2023, the project has now hit a new milestone, with a total of 10 vehicles delivered, including the prototype.The continuous delivery of these advanced armored vehicles is set to be completed by 2024, significantly boosting the Spanish Army’s engineering units’ capabilities.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-09 07:07:13
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Space News ,World :-  A massive leftover, almost 3-ton in weight, that was thrown out from the International Space Station (ISS) is getting close to reentering Earth. Back in March 2021, the space station let go of the hefty Exposed Pallet 9 (EP9), making it the biggest object ever tossed from the ISS. This is a usual way of getting rid of used or unnecessary stuff on the space station because these objects usually burn up harmlessly in Earth's atmosphere.Before EP9 makes its way back, the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief in Germany issued a warning. They said, "Between midday on March 8 and midday on March 9, a larger space object is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and possibly fragment." The object in question is battery packs from the ISS, and there might be bright lights or even a sonic boom when it happens. The warning center mentions that the chances of debris hitting Germany are very low, but if the risk goes up, they will provide new information.Astronomer Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shared on social media that the battery is likely to reenter between 7:30 a.m. ET on March 9 and 3:30 a.m. ET on March 9. Germany's Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief even made a map showing possible paths for the battery pallet.A map of Germany showing streaks indicating where the reentry could take place. (Image credit: Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, National Warning Center 1)Before it reenters, satellite tracker Marco Langbroek saw the battery passing over the Netherlands and shared a video on X (formerly Twitter). EP9 is carrying old Nickel-Hydrogen batteries, as NASA explained when it was thrown out. They mentioned that EP9 is about the size of a large SUV and estimated it would re-enter Earth's atmosphere in two-to-four years.The ISS received EP9 from Japan's HTV-9 (Kountori 9) on May 20, 2020. EP9 had six Lithium-Ion battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) that replaced existing ISS Nickel-Hydrogen batteries during a spacewalk by astronauts.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 16:02:09
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Defense News ,India :-  The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a big step to improve air connections by successfully landing its C-295 MW aircraft at Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep.This special landing was part of a training mission and showcases the IAF's growing ability to operate in isolated island areas.The C-295 MW, a modern transport plane, started its journey from a distant location and smoothly landed at Agatti Airport.This successful mission proves that the aircraft can handle different terrains, making it easier for the IAF to support communities in far-off places.Agatti Airport is crucial for Lakshadweep, a union territory in the Arabian Sea. It's the only airstrip on the group of islands and is essential for the locals.The first landing of the C-295 MW greatly improves Lakshadweep's connectivity, making it easier to provide logistical support, timely medical services, and better access for both residents and visitors.This historic event shows the IAF's strong commitment to expanding India's influence, not only within its borders but also in important maritime regions.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:52:51
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Defense News ,India :-  In Manipur's Thoubal district, on Friday at 9 am, a group of people forcibly took away Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Konsam Kheda Singh from his home. Singh, who was on leave at the time, was abducted by what officials describe as "anti-social elements."The motive behind the abduction is not clear, but there are initial reports suggesting a possible link to extortion, as Singh's family had previously received threats.As soon as the information reached the authorities, a coordinated search operation was launched by all security agencies to rescue the JCO. Currently, security personnel are checking all vehicles on National Highway 102.This incident is the fourth of its kind since the conflict in Manipur began. In a similar incident in September 2023, an armed group kidnapped and killed Serto Thangthang Kom, a former Assam Regiment soldier. Two months later, an unidentified armed group abducted and killed four individuals who were family members of an Army soldier.In another case, on February 27, an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) from Manipur Police was attacked in his home in Imphal city by members of a radical group called Arambai Tenggol (AT).The security forces in Manipur are facing challenges in restoring peace. The attacks on security forces and their families are strongly condemned, and the perpetrators are urged to be caught and punished according to the law. If such incidents continue, there may be conditions for reimposing the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act, or AFSPA, granting greater authority to deal with security threats.The overall security situation in Manipur remains a concern, and efforts are ongoing to address the root causes of conflict and ensure the safety of all residents.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:49:31
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Defense News ,India :-  In line with the national goal of empowering women and showcasing their strength, the Indian Army is creating two Army Girls Sports Companies (AGSC) in a step-by-step approach.The AGSCs will be set up at two key Army training centers: the Army Marksmanship Unit in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, and the Army Sports Institute in Pune.Starting from April 2024, the AGSCs will be fully operational, focusing on training young girls from across the country in sports like Shooting, Archery, Athletics, Boxing, and Weightlifting.The aim is to identify promising talent, provide them with education, and train them to become champions in their chosen sports.These locations boast top-notch training facilities, including sports medicine centers, rehabilitation facilities, and coaching resources.Drawing from the Indian Army's successful experience with Boys Sports Companies, this initiative aims to tap into and develop young talent.The young athletes will also benefit from interaction with senior Army teams and athletes training at these centers.Aligning with India's sports policy to excel at the Olympics, the AGSCs strive to produce podium-worthy athletes.Girls at AGSCs will have the opportunity to join the Army as direct entry Non-Commissioned Officers, Direct Entry Junior Commissioned Officers, or enlist as Agniveers.Subedar Preeti Rajak, a champion trap shooter and Asian Games Silver medalist, exemplifies this success story, being identified as talent and rising through the ranks from Havildar to Subedar. She trains at the Army Marksmanship Unit in Mhow, one of the AGSC locations.Jasmine Lamboria, a Bronze medalist in the Commonwealth Games 2022, was enlisted as a non-commissioned officer in the Indian Army in October 2022.These accomplished athletes serve as role models, inspiring incoming talent to strive for sporting excellence in their respective fields.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:44:21
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Defense News ,India :-  India is getting ready for an important missile test happening from March 19 to March 21, 2024, which could enhance the country's defense capabilities.The test will take place in a designated 155-kilometer area, and it seems like it might involve launching a missile from an aircraft.Speculation on the Type of Missile​Although the exact details are not disclosed, experts are guessing that the test could involve either an air-to-air missile (AAM) or an air-to-surface missile (ASM) from a fighter jet.Air-to-Air Missile (AAM): This type of missile can help Indian fighter jets better engage with enemy aircraft during aerial combat.Air-to-Surface Missile (ASM): If it's an ASM test, it could improve India's ability to target land or sea-based objectives from the air.What It Means for India​India's missile programs are crucial for its strategic position in a region with complicated security issues. By upgrading these capabilities, India is showing its commitment to having a strong defense and being ready for action.This test might reveal advancements in India's own missile programs or the integration of new systems into its air force.Safety Comes First​To ensure safety during the test, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued, making sure that civilian airspace remains secure. India follows strict safety measures for such operations to avoid any risks.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:41:21
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Defense News , Lithuania ,Ukraine :-  The Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces are providing ongoing support to Ukraine by sending another batch of military aid, specifically 155mm artillery ammunition.Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Arvydas Anušauskas, states, "We are sending the supplies Ukraine urgently needs. We hear them, and our assistance continues."In addition to sending military equipment and weapons, Lithuania is actively involved in training Ukraine's military personnel, providing medical treatment and rehabilitation for injured soldiers, offering expert consultations, and contributing to Ukraine assistance funds. Lithuania has also approved a long-term assistance plan for Ukraine on a national level.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:35:25
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Defense News ,U.S :-  Palantir, a software company, has recently signed a significant $178 million deal with the US Army. Their task is to develop an advanced ground station targeting system called Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN).The TITAN system will consist of 10 stations, aiming to enhance beyond-line-of-sight targeting by connecting data-gathering sensors. These TITAN prototypes will come in two versions: Advanced and Basic, both equipped with deep-sensing capabilities powered by AI and machine learning.To make this project a reality, Palantir will collaborate with defense subcontractors such as Northrop Grumman, L3Harris, and Anduril Industries. These partners will be responsible for the hardware design, development, and manufacture.Palantir's President, Akash Jain, highlighted that integrating AI-defined capabilities into the army's operations will provide a tactical advantage. This advantage will enable troops to make real-time decisions swiftly in critical situations on the battlefield.Jain stated, "This award demonstrates the Army’s leadership in acquiring and fielding the emerging technologies needed to bolster U.S. defense in this era of software-defined warfare."The US Army plans to assess and familiarize itself with the TITAN system's capabilities before deciding on its full implementation by 2026. Feedback from soldiers will play a crucial role in shaping the final version.TITAN Variants:The TITAN system will have two variants, each serving a different purpose. The main distinction lies in their ability to process space sensor data.1. Advanced Model: Equipped with complete features, installed in larger tactical trucks like the M1083.2. Basic Version: Fitted onto Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, with no direct space downlink.Soldier input will be gathered over a two-year period for both TITAN variants to ensure they meet the practical needs of the troops.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:24:35
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Defense News ,Sindh ,Pakistan :-  In the Pakistani region of Sindh's Hyderabad, a peaceful protest against the military's land occupation and forced disappearances of activists was violently interrupted by law enforcement agencies. The Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh (VMPS) reported that Pakistani forces invaded the protest, arresting many including women and subjecting them to torture. Surath Lohar, representing VMPS, condemned the state's use of force and violence against women during the protest in Hyderabad.The situation in Sindh has attracted international attention due to the actions of Pakistani law enforcement agencies. Following the extrajudicial killing of human rights activist Hidayat Lohar in Nasirabad, Sindh, on February 16, the World Sindhi Congress (WSC) protested against Pakistani agencies at the UK Prime Minister's residence in London. The WSC demanded justice for Lohar and accountability for the agencies implicated in his murder.The protest in the UK included participants from Sindhi, Baloch, and other human rights supporters who spoke out against the brutal treatment suffered by Hidayat Lohar. The speakers, including prominent Sindhi and Baloch human rights advocates, highlighted Lohar's ordeal, from his disappearance in 2017 to 2019 to his subsequent torture at the hands of Pakistani agencies.Hidayat Lohar's daughters, Sortah and Sasuie, played a crucial role in demanding justice not only for their father but for the hundreds of Sindhis forcibly abducted by state agencies. Their activism led to the formation of VMPS, advocating for the release of all missing individuals in the region.Despite facing threats and being abducted again in 2023, Lohar was released following widespread protests in Sindh. However, his tragic assassination on February 16 is seen as an attempt to silence his voice permanently.Speakers at the UK protest condemned Pakistan for systematically violating human rights, engaging in enforced disappearances, and committing extrajudicial killings against Sindhi, Baloch, and Pashtoon communities. They called on the international community to intervene and put a stop to Pakistan's ongoing human rights abuses.The WSC delegation presented a letter to the UK Prime Minister, urging support for justice for Hidayat Lohar and pressuring Pakistan to end its practices of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. The letter proposed the establishment of an All Parties Parliamentary Committee (APPG) to examine human rights violations by Pakistan and advised withholding aid until Pakistan adheres to the UN Charter on Human Rights.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:19:45
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Defense News ,U.S :-  American Rheinmetall Vehicles, based in Sterling Heights, MI, and Rheinmetall Canada recently showcased the impressive capabilities of their Rheinmetall Mission Master SP autonomous, unmanned ground vehicle (A-UGV) during a live-fire demonstration for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in Fort Clinton, Ohio.This armed version of the Mission Master SP offers Marines a range of remote-operated abilities, including armed reconnaissance, sentry overwatch, fire support, flank security, and more. Having successfully completed numerous tests, American Rheinmetall Vehicles is delivering groundbreaking advancements in A-UGV systems to the USMC, with initial deliveries made in early 2023 and additional orders proceeding in 2024. These A-UGV platforms have the potential to significantly enhance Marine operations.During the Talisman Sabre Exercise (TS23) in Queensland, Australia, and the Apollo Shield exercise at Marine Corps Base, Twentynine Palms, California, the Mission Master SPs underwent extensive testing, supporting Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) evaluations. The A-UGVs took on various tasks, including casualty evacuations, resupply missions, autonomous road marches, and operations in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) environments. Feedback from Marines and their commanders drove design modifications and highlighted the benefits of A-UGVs in Marine operations.In December 2023, American Rheinmetall Vehicles received an order to manufacture and deliver six Mission Master SPs for the III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). Four of these A-UGVs will support the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, marking the first unit to undergo pre-deployment work-ups and deploy with A-UGVs.Mike Brooks, Director of Business Development for American Rheinmetall Vehicles and retired Gunner (CW05) USMC, expressed pride in bringing the Mission Master SP A-UGV capabilities to today's Marines, emphasizing the potential to save lives and better prepare Marines for battle.Maj Steven Atkinson, Robotics & Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence Branch Head for the Science and Technology Division of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, highlighted the commitment to innovative technologies that enhance tactical capabilities, ensuring Marines are well-equipped and agile on the battlefield.Additionally, Rheinmetall's Mission Master SP A-UGVs utilize the Rheinmetall PATH autonomy kit (A-kit), a navigation system developed by Rheinmetall Canada. This system allows fully autonomous movement and mission planning for vehicles, rapidly adapting to existing legacy vehicles or integrating into next-generation platforms. The PATH A-kit, a core element of Rheinmetall's Mission Master family of autonomous vehicles, offers advanced sensors, leading algorithms, and real-time data analysis, providing a high degree of autonomous mobility. American Rheinmetall Vehicles is leveraging PATH A-kit technology to deliver program-specific vehicle solutions for the U.S. Army's Common Tactical Truck program and XM30 program.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:13:20
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Defense News ,U.S :-  A member of the US Army, Sergeant Korbein Schultz, got arrested last Thursday for allegedly giving important information about national defense to China.Schultz, who had a high-level security clearance, was taken into custody at Fort Campbell, a military base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, according to the Justice Department.Though the official statement did not mention the country Schultz was providing information to, news reports identified it as China.The indictment revealed that Schultz had been sharing documents, maps, and photos related to US national defense with a contact in Hong Kong since June 2022. In return, he allegedly received a total of $42,000.The shared information included details about potential US plans in case of a military threat to Taiwan. It also covered documents on fighter aircraft, helicopters, hypersonic equipment, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), and studies about both US and Chinese military.When asked about Schultz's arrest and another case involving a Chinese software engineer accused of stealing artificial intelligence technology from Google, Beijing stated they were not aware of the specific circumstances. However, they emphasized China's commitment to protecting intellectual property rights and opposed any misuse of national power by the US against Chinese enterprises and citizens.Schultz's arrest follows the recent apprehension of two US Navy sailors in California on charges of spying for China. Petty officer Wenheng Zhao was sentenced to 27 months in prison in January after admitting guilt to conspiring with a foreign intelligence officer and accepting a bribe. Zhao and another US sailor, Jinchao Wei, were arrested in August.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:09:38
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Defense News ,India :-  The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved a big success in making India's underwater defense and exploration better. They recently tested their new underwater robot called the High Endurance Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HEAUV) for the first time.The test happened at Cochin Shipyard's International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) Jetty in Kochi, and it's an important step in creating advanced underwater technologies in India.The HEAUV is a cool underwater machine that weighs 6 tons, is 9.75 meters long, and has a diameter of 1 meter. It can go as deep as 300 meters and can stay underwater for an impressive 15 days, traveling at 3 knots cruising speed and reaching a maximum speed of 8 knots.This underwater robot will be super helpful in different missions, like:1. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW): It can find and track enemy submarines using its advanced sensors, making India's sea defense stronger.2. Mine Counter Measures (MCM): With its ability to navigate autonomously, it's perfect for finding and getting rid of underwater mines.3. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR): Equipped with sonar, radar, and electronic intelligence systems, the HEAUV will gather a lot of useful information underwater.4. Bathymetry: It helps make maps of the ocean floor efficiently, giving us detailed information about what's under the sea.The successful test shows that DRDO is serious about making India's underwater defense and exploration better. The HEAUV is a big step forward in creating robots that can work underwater by themselves, making India a leader in this important field.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 15:05:09
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Defense News ,India :-  In the dynamic realm of contemporary warfare, transformations occur at an unprecedented speed. With the increasing sophistication of stealth aircraft and hypersonic weaponry, the demand for countermeasures has surged, marking a critical juncture in defense strategies.Addressing the NDTV Defence Summit 2024, Dr. Samir V Kamat, Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), characterizes the current state of defense technology as an enduring "cat and mouse game." This perpetual challenge involves the development of stealthy aircraft and hypersonic missiles capable of eluding conventional radar, necessitating a constant evolution of cutting-edge sensor technology.The Technological Chessboard of DefenseHighlighting the asymmetrical nature of modern warfare, the technological arms race propels adversaries into a continuous pursuit of innovative methods to outsmart each other. Dr. Kamat underscores the urgency of this situation, stating that traditional means of detection are under increasing strain due to the emphasis on stealth technology in aircraft design and the astounding speeds of hypersonic weapons.Pioneering Advanced Detection CapabilitiesIn response to these challenges, DRDO in India is heavily investing in the research and development of next-generation sensor systems. These systems aim to efficiently track and identify evolving threats, providing a vital counterbalance to the elusive nature of modern weaponry.Adapting to the Shifting Dynamics of Drone WarfareDr. Kamat also addresses the evolving role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, which have significantly altered the landscape of modern conflict. However, he predicts a forthcoming technological breakthrough in drone-neutralizing defenses within the next two to three years. This breakthrough could substantially limit the effectiveness of unmanned systems, potentially prompting a shift in battlefield strategies.Maintaining Strategic Superiority​The central message conveyed by Dr. Kamat is unequivocal: maintaining strategic superiority requires continuous investment and innovation in sensor and radar technology. India, propelled by the dedicated efforts of DRDO, is steadfast in its commitment to keeping pace with advanced threats. Their work aims to ensure that even the most elusive stealth aircraft or hypersonic weapon does not go unnoticed, fortifying a crucial layer of defense in the rapidly evolving landscape of modern warfare.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 08:22:18
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Defense News ,India :-  In a recent diplomatic development, the Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for the Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran (PAI) division, JP Singh, engaged in a meeting with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, appointed by the Taliban. The discussions primarily revolved around India's keenness to expand relations with Kabul and foster trade through the Chabahar Port.During the meeting, the leaders delved into comprehensive talks on various aspects of India-Afghan bilateral relations, addressing economic and transit issues between the two nations. Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesperson for the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared insights on the meeting, emphasizing the focus on Afghanistan-India relations, economic collaboration, transit matters, and joint efforts against ISKP and corruption in the country.JP Singh conveyed India's interest in broadening both political and economic cooperation with Afghanistan, emphasizing the potential for increased trade via the Chabahar Port. Minister Muttaqi acknowledged India's humanitarian assistance and expressed a reciprocal interest in strengthening political and economic ties."Extending gratitude to India for its humanitarian assistance, FM Muttaqi said that in line with our balanced foreign policy, IEA seeks to strengthen political & economic relations with India as an important actor in the region. In the end, FM Muttaqi urged India's Joint Secretary to facilitate the visa issuance process for Afghan businessmen, patients and students," Balkhi shared.This recent interaction builds on previous engagements between Indian representatives and Afghanistan's Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister, where India expressed active participation in international and regional initiatives for Afghanistan's stability and development. Notably, India provided crucial aid to Afghanistan by supplying 40,000 litres of Malathion, a pesticide utilized to combat locust infestations, through the Chabahar Port on January 23.The Taliban-controlled Ministry of Agriculture expressed gratitude for India's assistance, recognizing its significance in safeguarding crops and ensuring food security in Afghanistan. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in Afghanistan also commended India for its contribution amid the challenges posed by international isolation and economic turmoil following the Taliban's takeover in 2021.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 08:08:22
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Defense news ,India :-  Northrop Grumman has successfully delivered the Stage Three solid rocket motor (SRM) for its Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) to Arnold Air Force Base, exceeding the expected timeline. The SRMs play a crucial role in powering the NGI booster, and the upcoming full static fire test in early 2024 is anticipated to provide valuable data for ballistic predictions, thereby influencing the design of other SRMs undergoing qualification testing.Moving swiftly from conceptualization to tangible hardware, motors, and systems, Northrop Grumman aims to mitigate risks for the Missile Defense Agency with its NGI solution. The company is committed to conducting additional full-scale static test firings for each NGI SRM throughout 2024, generating comprehensive data crucial for supporting the All-up Round design, scheduled for later this year. This proactive approach underscores Northrop Grumman's dedication to advancing missile defense capabilities and ensuring the success of the NGI program.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 08:02:55
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Defense News ,India :-  India's aerospace ambitions received a substantial boost as the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) granted approval for a ₹15,000 crore budget dedicated to the development of the nation's 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program.Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this decisive move underscores India's unwavering commitment to fortifying its indigenous defense capabilities and diminishing dependence on foreign imports.The AMCA marks a revolutionary stride in India's aerospace evolution, standing alongside the Tejas Mk1A and MkII initiatives as integral components of the country's expanding array of domestically manufactured fighter jets. This groundbreaking project illuminates India's determination to establish itself as a major force in advanced combat aircraft design.Two-Phased AdvancementThe AMCA's development will unfold in two distinctive phases. Phase-I concentrates on the AMCA MKI variant, propelled by GE F-414 engines boasting a thrust of 98kN. In a significant boon for India's manufacturing sector, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will locally produce these engines. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has already committed to procuring 40 AMCA MKI units, demonstrating a vote of confidence in India's defense industry.Phase-II will introduce the AMCA MK2, featuring revolutionary performance upgrades. A robust new engine in the 110-120kN class will enable the MK2 to achieve supersonic cruising speeds without relying on afterburners.Furthermore, state-of-the-art avionics and pilot functionalities will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) for advanced tasks such as hands-free takeoff and landing, optimizing pilot efficiency and enhancing aircraft performance in combat scenarios.Defense Modernization and Self-Reliance"The AMCA program stands as a cornerstone of India's defense modernization and reflects our commitment to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'," affirmed a defense analyst based in New Delhi. "By nurturing advanced technologies domestically, we not only fortify our armed forces but also propel economic growth."The AMCA assures advanced stealth features, supercruise capabilities, and formidable sensor suites, positioning it as a formidable presence in the skies. India's determined push towards self-reliance in critical defense technologies is poised to shape the country's strategic landscape for decades to come.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 07:56:23
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Defense News ,India :-  In a significant move towards bolstering national defense capabilities, the Cabinet Committee on Security has granted approval for the acquisition of 34 new Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv choppers. Out of this fleet, nine helicopters are slated for induction into the Indian Coast Guard, while the remaining 25 will be incorporated into the Indian Army.Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be tasked with the manufacturing of these helicopters, marking a substantial stride towards promoting indigenous capabilities. According to top government sources, the Indian Coast Guard is set to replace its aging light utility choppers with the allocated nine ALH Dhruv helicopters, while the Indian Army plans to deploy the remaining 25 for various operational roles.The financial commitment for both projects is estimated to exceed ₹8,000 crore, providing a significant impetus to the ongoing drive for indigenization in the defense sector.In addition to the helicopter procurement, the government has also given the green light to a project focused on upgrading the BMP infantry combat vehicles within the mechanized infantry directorate of the Indian Army.The Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) stands as a testament to indigenous innovation, being a multi-role, new-generation helicopter falling within the 5.5-ton weight class. Designed and developed by HAL, this helicopter is poised to play a pivotal role in enhancing the country's defense capabilities.

Read More → Posted on 2024-03-08 07:47:00