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Defense News ,South Korea :- Hanwha Ocean has clinched a substantial contract worth USD 845 million with South Korea Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), paving the way for the construction of an advanced 3,600-ton attack submarine for the Republic of Korea Navy.This significant contract marks Hanwha Ocean foray into submarine construction, as the shipbuilder takes on the development of the third and final vessel under the Changbogo-III Batch-II program. The company commenced the construction of the initial two Changbogo-III class submarines in 2021, shortly after joining the Hanwha Group in April of the same year.The completion of the submarine construction is slated for 2029, followed by an extensive two-year testing phase. The Republic of Korea Navy is expected to deploy this state-of-the-art submarine by 2031, as per DAPAs announcement.The Batch-II submarines signify a notable upgrade in size and capabilities compared to the existing 3,000-ton class vessels, such as the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho and ROKS Ahn Mu. A key feature of these submarines is the incorporation of an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system and lithium-ion batteries, enhancing underwater operation duration while significantly reducing propulsion noise. This technological advancement positions the Batch-II submarines as a new standard in diesel-electric submarine technology.Furthermore, the submarines will be equipped with an advanced combat system that includes the latest sonar technology. This enhancement will bolster their detection and targeting capabilities, significantly strengthening the Republic of Korea Navy maritime defense capabilities. Hanwha Ocean participation in this high-profile project underscores its growing prominence in the naval defense industry and its dedication to advancing South Korea maritime defense technology.

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Defense News , U.S :- The entire V-22 Osprey program is now under scrutiny by the US Congress as it initiates an investigation following four fatal crashes within a span of 20 months. The most recent incident, in which eight American soldiers lost their lives, occurred when an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan during a routine training mission last month.Prompted by this tragic event, both Tokyo and Washington have temporarily grounded their V-22 fleets, initiating separate investigations and search and rescue missions. The US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Accountability, on December 21, requested safety records for the Osprey from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, with the requested documents expected to be delivered by January 4.Committee chairman James Comer expressed concern that, despite statistical data suggesting the Osprey is not considered as dangerous as some other military aircraft, most fatalities associated with it have occurred during training exercises rather than combat operations. The committee aims to ensure transparency, accountability, and a thorough understanding of steps taken to mitigate potential mechanical risks, particularly given the substantial investment of taxpayer money in the V-22 Osprey program.With over 450 Ospreys purchased for the military at a reported cost of $120 million each, the committee seeks to comprehend how the Defense Department manages the balance between these expenditures and the assurance of military capabilities and readiness. While acknowledging the advantages that Ospreys bring to combat scenarios, the committee underscores the necessity of prioritizing the safety of servicemembers.This inquiry follows a series of fatal incidents involving Ospreys, including crashes in Norway and California in March and April 2022, respectively, as well as a tragic incident in Australia in August of the same year. These events have collectively claimed the lives of more than 50 US service members since 1992, prompting heightened scrutiny into the safety and effectiveness of the V-22 Osprey program.

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Defense News ,Greece :- The U.S. Navy cutting-edge aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), along with personnel from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, arrived at Souda Bay, Crete, for a planned port visit on December 26, 2023. This visit follows the recent presence of the 28th U.S. Secretary of Defense on the USS Gerald R. Ford, where the Secretary emphasized the significance of GRFCSGs role in the Eastern Mediterranean and its contribution to regional deterrence.Captain Rick Burgess, Commanding Officer of Gerald R. Ford, expressed the sailors excitement about returning to Crete, highlighting the enduring NATO alliance between Greece and the United States since 1952. He emphasized the value of strengthening maritime partnerships and appreciated the rich history, food, and culture the region has to offer.This marks the seventh port visit for the USS Gerald R. Ford during its deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations. The U.S. Navy has maintained regular operations with Greece, with the aircraft carrier having visited Souda Bay twice after a stop in Piraeus in July.Having deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, on May 2, the USS Gerald R. Ford has been engaged in training, exercises, and operations aimed at supporting maritime stability and security in defense of U.S., Allied, and partner interests. As the U.S. Navy newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, CVN 78 represents a generational leap in global power projection, introducing 23 new technologies, including the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, Advanced Arresting Gear, and Advanced Weapons Elevators.The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) is currently on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations. With more than 6,000 Sailors across various platforms, the GRFCSG demonstrates the Navy commitment and power projection capability, ready to respond globally to combatant commander tasking. The strike group comprises Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 2, USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS McFaul (DDG 74), and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).Headquartered in Naples, Italy, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet continuous presence in Europe reaffirms its commitment to collective defense, providing reassurance to Allies and Partners in accordance with international commitments and agreements.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 15:31:27
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Space News ,China :- China added two new satellites to its Beidou positioning and navigation system in a recent launch, enhancing the capabilities of the Beidou-3 system. The successful launch involved a Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage, deploying the satellites into medium Earth orbit (MEO) at 21,532 by 22,193-kilometer orbits inclined by 55 degrees.Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) under CASC, these satellites serve as backups, reducing operational risks to the Beidou-3 system, as stated by a CASC announcement. Notably, these are the 57th and 58th Beidou satellites launched to date.Despite the success of the satellite launch, a noteworthy incident occurred during the mission. The booster stages from the Long March 3B rocket were reported to have fallen near inhabited areas in Guangxi, downrange of the Xichang launch site in Sichuan province. Videos on Chinese social media depicted boosters falling within a forested area, with apparent explosions and wreckage near homes.The presence of reddish-brown gas indicative of nitrogen tetroxide and yellowish gas possibly resulting from unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) fuel mixing with air was observed in the footage. Both the nitrogen tetroxide oxidizer and UDMH fuel pose serious health risks.This incident is not an isolated case, as previous Beidou satellite launches have also witnessed boosters falling near populated areas. China choice of deep inland launch sites, established during the Cold War for strategic reasons, leads to booster stages falling on land rather than in oceans, as seen in U.S. and European launches.While authorities reportedly issue warnings and evacuation notices to mitigate the risks associated with falling debris, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has been experimenting with technologies like grid fins, parafoils, and parachutes to limit drop zones.China orbital launch endeavors in 2023 have set a new national record, with this Beidou launch being the 65th of the year. Despite the absence of launch failures, CASC fell short of its goal of over 60 launches, with commercial space actors contributing 16 launches to the total.The Beidou satellite launch followed other recent missions, including the deployment of Tianmu-1 meteorological satellites and Shiyan-24C experimental satellites. As China continues its space exploration efforts, further launches are anticipated in the closing days of 2023.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 14:53:56
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Defense News ,Israel & hamas War :- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have formally requested additional Apache attack helicopters from the United States to bolster their aerial efforts against Hamas militants, according to reports from Ynetnews. The request was a focal point of discussions between Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during their recent meeting in Israel.With two Apache helicopter flight squadrons engaged in round-the-clock operations in Gaza since the outbreak of the conflict, the demand on these units has surged significantly. The Israeli government is now considering the acquisition of more helicopters to alleviate the operational strain.The precise number of Boeing-made Apache helicopters sought in the request was not disclosed in the report. While several defense sources indicated that Washington has yet to make a decision, there is speculation that the request may face a denial from US authorities.The urgency of Israel request stems from the escalating operational pressure arising from the ongoing conflict with Hamas. In response to the heightened demands, Israel has adopted unconventional measures, including the recall of retired pilots for immediate deployment in Gaza. Aviators in the age range of 55-60 are also being recruited to fill crucial operational positions.Furthermore, the report highlights that the Israeli Air Force has mandated increased flight hours for active-duty pilots to support combat and reconnaissance missions. This has led to some aviators spending up to four consecutive hours in their cockpits, showcasing the intensity of the current operational environment.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 14:45:37
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Technology News , U.S :- In a recent audio session on X, Elon Musk reiterated his stance against the near-term possibility of taking SpaceXs Starlink broadband satellite business public. Despite rumors and speculations, Musk argued that it currently does not make sense to pursue a public offering for Starlink, emphasizing his ease in raising private funding for the venture.This statement aligns with Musk consistent position over the years, where he has repeatedly stated his lack of immediate plans for a Starlink initial public offering (IPO). In a December 21 discussion on X, Musk addressed the matter, stating that going public is not on the horizon until an "extremely stable and predictable revenue stream" is in place. He emphasized the importance of financial stability before considering a public offering.Earlier this year, Musk comments in an online interview added to the speculation surrounding a potential Starlink IPO by the end of the year. However, in the recent conversation with investor Cathie Wood, Musk made it clear that neither SpaceX nor the Starlink business unit is set to go public in the foreseeable future.Highlighting the challenges and pressures faced by publicly traded companies like Tesla, Musk emphasized the stark difference in long-term planning between SpaceX and Tesla. He pointed out the constant pressure on public companies to avoid disappointing shareholders each quarter, which can lead to less efficient operations.SpaceX continues to expand the Starlink constellation, boasting over 5,200 satellites in orbit and reporting more than 2.3 million users in 70 countries. Despite achieving breakeven cash flow, Musk has refrained from disclosing detailed financial information.Musk expressed confidence in raising funds for his ventures, including SpaceX, through private markets. He asserted that he can secure equity or debt funding for almost anything based on his past performance for investors. This financial flexibility aligns with SpaceX overarching goal of generating substantial cash to support Musk vision of human settlement on Mars.When questioned about the necessity of additional markets, such as high-speed point-to-point travel using the Starship vehicle, Musk stated that Starlink alone is sufficient for the company multiplanetary aspirations. The development of Starlink serves as a pivotal element in SpaceX broader strategy to fund ambitious projects and advance the goal of enabling life to become multiplanetary.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 14:32:57
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Defense News ,U.S :- In response to the escalating danger posed by loitering munitions, the US Army is set to bolster its anti-drone capabilities by acquiring thousands of Coyote Block II variants. The recent request for information outlines the procurement of 6,000 Coyote Block II variants, each equipped with explosive warheads. Additionally, the Army is considering the acquisition of 700 Block III versions with a focus on non-kinetic payloads.Beyond the interceptor drones, the Army aims to purchase 252 fixed launchers, 52 mobile launchers, 118 fixed Ku-band radars, and 33 mobile radars. While the intention is to award the contract to Raytheon, the original manufacturer of the Coyote, the Army is open to proposals from other capable firms.The request emphasizes that the selected manufacturer must demonstrate the ability to produce, integrate, and conduct acceptance tests for the Coyote systems within a five-year timeframe. Furthermore, the contractor should possess ample logistics and engineering expertise to handle all aspects of development without relying on a technical data package. Maintenance services for Coyotes deployed outside the continental US are also a prerequisite, with at least 15 sites requiring knowledgeable personnel for support services.White papers from interested parties are expected by January 2, 2024.The Coyote drone interceptor, an air-breathing missile deployable from ground vehicles, helicopters, or surface vessels, utilizes Ku-band radars for guidance and fire control quality. The decision to reinforce anti-drone capabilities comes in the wake of increased global investments in sophisticated counter-drone systems following Russia invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The current geopolitical climate underscores the urgency for the US and its allies to develop, produce, and maintain effective countermeasures against armed and intelligence-gathering drones.Recent events, such as a drone attack at a military base in northern Iraq housing American and anti-jihadist coalition forces, further highlight the pressing need for enhanced anti-drone capabilities to safeguard military assets and personnel.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 13:56:18
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Defense News ,Pakistan :- On Wednesday, Pakistan achieved a significant milestone with the successful flight test of its homegrown guided multi-launch rocket system, "Fattah-II." The army revealed that this advanced system boasts the capability to engage targets with remarkable precision within a range of 400 kilometres. According to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media arm of the military, the "Fattah-II" is equipped with cutting-edge avionics, a sophisticated navigation system, and follows a unique flight trajectory.Highlighting its prowess, the ISPR emphasized that the weapon system can effectively engage targets with high precision over an extensive distance of 400 kilometres. The launch event was attended by senior officers from all three military services, as well as dedicated scientists and engineers who played pivotal roles in the system development.This achievement comes on the heels of Pakistan successful training launch of the Ghauri Weapon System at the end of October. Just a week prior to that, the country had conducted a flight test of the ballistic missile Ababeel Weapon System. Its worth noting that in August 2021, Pakistan had already demonstrated its technological capabilities with the successful test of the indigenously developed Fattah-1 guided multi-launch rocket system (MLRS).

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 13:49:43
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Defense News ,U.S Red Sea :- In a recent development, the United States reported that it successfully intercepted twelve attack drones and five missiles, allegedly launched by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The incident occurred in the Southern Red Sea, where U.S. assets, including the USS Laboon (DDG 58) and F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, neutralized the threats over a 10-hour period beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time) on December 26.According to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), there were no reported injuries or damage to ships in the area. The USS Laboon, a guided-missile destroyer, and F-18 fighter jets were deployed as part of a U.S.-led coalition aiming to safeguard shipping lanes from potential Houthi attacks in the strategically significant Bab el-Mandeb strait.This announcement follows a statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), claiming to have downed a "hostile aerial target" heading toward Israel. The IDF air traffic control closely monitored the incoming threat, which the Iran-backed Houthis later claimed was in solidarity with Gaza.IDF Spokesman Rear Adm Daniel Hagari labeled the attacks as "acts of terror" directed by Iran, asserting that they were carried out under Iranian directives. The IDF released footage of the interception off Egypt Sinai Peninsula coast, where witnesses reported seeing an object fall into the Gulf of Aqaba near Dahab.Reports from Egyptian media, including Al Qahera News television with links to state intelligence, indicated hearing blasts approximately two kilometers from the Egyptian seaside town of Dahab, south of Eilat. Despite the proximity, no casualties or damage were reported. Al-Arabiya footage captured the aerial interception.The Houthis, in response, claimed responsibility for a missile strike on the vessel MSC UNITED and the launch of drones at southern Israel. Its worth noting that Yemen Houthis have previously executed several drone and missile attacks on Israel, with most being successfully intercepted.These incidents occur against the backdrop of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, which began on October 7. The conflict erupted when thousands of Hamas terrorists crossed the border, resulting in the loss of lives on both sides. The Houthis, in their claim of solidarity with Gaza, reported a staggering number of casualties, citing over 20,900 deaths.The situation remains tense, with regional actors closely monitoring developments as the complex geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East continue to unfold.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 05:07:06
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Defense News , India & Russia :- In a significant development, India announced on Tuesday that it has officially entered into agreements with Russia to pave the way for the expansion of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu. The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during his ongoing visit to Russia.While in Moscow, Jaishankar is scheduled to engage in discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Wednesday. The talks are expected to cover a spectrum of topics, including the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two nations, as well as addressing international conflicts such as those in Ukraine and Gaza. Additionally, the agenda includes deliberations on matters related to groups such as BRICS.During a gathering with the Indian community in Moscow, Jaishankar shared, "Today, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, we signed some important agreements pertaining to future units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Project." These agreements mark a significant step forward in the collaborative efforts between India and Russia in the field of nuclear energy.The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project initial two units commenced construction nearly two decades ago, following a joint project signed by both nations. The recent agreements signify a commitment to furthering this partnership and expanding the scope of the project in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.The enduring close relationship between New Delhi and Moscow, spanning several decades, is highlighted by India steadfast refusal to condemn Russia in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. This diplomatic stance underscores the resilience and strength of the historical ties between the two nations.As India and Russia move forward with these agreements, the future of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project appears promising, contributing not only to the energy needs of Tamil Nadu but also fostering the enduring partnership between these two influential countries.

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Defense News ,India :- In a momentous ceremony in Mumbai, the Indian Navy welcomed its newest addition, INS Imphal, into its fleet on Tuesday (26 Dec 2023 ). Attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, the commissioning marked a significant milestone for the country naval capabilities.Key Highlights of India Latest Warship:1. Indigenous Design and Construction:   INS Imphal, a stealth guided missile destroyer, stands out as a testament to indigenous naval prowess. Designed by the navy in-house organization, the Warship Design Bureau, and crafted by Mazagon Dock Limited, a Defense PSU in Mumbai, it symbolizes India self-reliance in naval technology.2. North-Eastern Significance:   The third of the "Visakhapatnam" class destroyers, INS Imphal is the first warship to bear the name of a north-eastern city, following presidential approval. This naming choice underscores the strategic importance of the region, emphasizing its role in national security and prosperity.3. Swift Construction and Delivery:   With the keel laid on May 19, 2017, and the ship launched on April 20, 2019, INS Imphal boasts a remarkable timeline from construction to delivery. The indigenously-built destroyer was handed over to the Navy on October 20, 2023, making it the quickest turnaround for any indigenous destroyer.4. Historic Missile Testing:   INS Imphal achieved a historic feat as India first warship to conduct successful missile tests before commissioning. Notably, the extended-range supersonic BrahMos missile was test-fired in November, showcasing the vessel advanced capabilities.5. Operational Speed and Power:   With a displacement of 7,400 tonnes and an overall length of 164 meters, INS Imphal is powered by Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion, enabling speeds exceeding 30 knots (56 km/hour). Its operational prowess is a key asset for the Western Naval Command.6. Advanced Weaponry and Defense Systems:   Equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance radar, indigenously developed rocket launchers, torpedo launchers, and anti-submarine warfare helicopters, INS Imphal is a formidable force. It is designed to operate under diverse conditions, including Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) warfare scenarios.INS Imphal commissioning marks a significant stride in India naval capabilities, reflecting a blend of advanced technology, strategic foresight, and indigenous innovation. As it takes its place in the fleet, the destroyer stands ready to contribute to the nation maritime security and defense.

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Defense News ,Israel :- In a significant blow to the Russian navy, the Kremlin acknowledged on Tuesday that a Ukrainian attack had successfully damaged a warship in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia. Ukraine air force claimed responsibility for the destruction of the Novocherkassk landing ship, a move described by President Volodymyr Zelensky on social media as the vessel now joining "the Russian underwater Black Sea fleet."President Vladimir Putin received a detailed report from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu regarding the damage to the large landing ship, according to Dmitry Peskov, the president spokesperson. The Russian defence ministry attributed the damage to guided aerial missiles.Ukraine military asserted that its air force carried out a missile attack on the Russian naval ship in the eastern Crimean port. The Ukrainian defence ministry, in a post on X (formerly Twitter), declared that the "Novocherkassk landing ship was destroyed in Feodosia tonight," accompanied by an unattributed photo depicting flames and smoke in the port at night.Expressing satisfaction with Ukraine aviation, the ministry stated, "Ukraine aviation did an excellent job. Crimea is Ukraine. There is no place for the occupier fleet here." President Zelensky emphasized, "The occupiers will not have a single peaceful place in Ukraine."This attack follows Ukraine strike on the Black Sea fleet headquarters in Sevastopol in September, prompting Moscow to relocate warships to ports further east. British defence minister Grant Shapps asserted on Twitter that "this latest destruction of Putin navy demonstrates that those who believe there a stalemate in the Ukraine war are wrong!" He added, "Russia dominance in the Black Sea is now challenged."Despite this success, Ukraine reported a setback on the eastern front, with Commander-in-chief Valeriy Zaluzhny revealing a troop withdrawal in the town of Maryinka, near the key Russian-held city of Donetsk.Ukraine air force detailed that the tactical aviation attacked the Novocherkassk with cruise missiles around 0030 GMT in the area of Feodosia. Videos on social media captured a fire on the horizon in the port area, followed by a loud explosion and multiple subsequent explosions.Ukraine armed forces disclosed that "on board of the ship were Shahed drones that Russia uses for attacks on Ukrainian cities." Notably, Ukraine has frequently targeted the Russian military in Crimea, sinking the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea fleet, in April 2022.The Novocherkassk, previously deployed by Russia in its military intervention in Syria, suffered casualties in the attack on Feodosia. According to Sergei Aksyonov, the governor of the Russian-annexed peninsula, one person was killed, and two others were wounded. The city port was cordoned off after an "enemy attack" caused a "detonation" and fire, damaging six buildings, mostly with broken windows. Some local residents were evacuated as a result of the incident.

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Defense News ,Israel :- Israeli forces launched a ground offensive into urban refugee camps in central Gaza on Tuesday, expanding their operations after bombarding Palestinian communities and issuing evacuation orders. Gaza main telecom provider announced a "complete interruption" of services in the besieged territory.The military declaration of a new battle zone raises concerns about increased destruction in an already devastating conflict. Israel, pledging to crush the ruling Hamas militant group, has been engaged in heavy urban fighting in northern Gaza and the southern city of Khan Younis, pushing Palestinians into smaller areas for refuge.Despite US calls to minimize civilian casualties and international pressure for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared an escalation of the conflict, stating, "We see you (Hamas terrorists), and we will get to you."The ongoing offensive, labeled one of the most devastating military campaigns in recent history, has resulted in over 20,900 Palestinian casualties, with the Health Ministry in Gaza reporting 240 deaths in the past 24 hours. The UN human rights office highlighted over 100 Palestinian lives lost in middle Gaza since Christmas Eve.In response to the conflict, Israel announced the suspension of automatic visas for UN employees, accusing the international body of complicity with Hamas. This move could further limit aid efforts in Gaza.Residents in central Gaza reported intense bombing in the Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Bureij camps, which house Palestinians displaced since the 1948 war. The military ordered the evacuation of a territory in central Gaza, affecting nearly 90,000 people before the war, now sheltering over 61,000 displaced individuals.Amid regional spillover, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant described Israel facing a "multi-arena war" on seven fronts, including Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran. Iranian-backed militia groups across the region intensified attacks in support of Hamas.In Yemen, Houthi rebels attacks disrupted trade in the Red Sea, prompting a US-led naval operation. The Israeli military reported shooting down a hostile aerial target above the Red Sea. Meanwhile, Hezbollah and Israel exchanged missiles, airstrikes, and shelling on the Israeli-Lebanese border.Gaza humanitarian crisis worsened, with over 85% of the population displaced and a quarter facing starvation under Israel siege. The UN Security Council called for expedited aid deliveries, but progress has been limited.In response to Hamas October 7 attack in southern Israel, Israel aims to free more than 100 hostages still in captivity. President Joe Biden and Qatar ruling emir discussed efforts to secure the release of hostages and facilitate humanitarian aid into Gaza.Israel attributes the high civilian death toll in Gaza to Hamas tactics, citing the use of residential areas and tunnels by militants. At the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Israeli forces handed over about 80 unidentified bodies, buried in a mass grave, raising concerns of possible "war crimes" investigations.The Israeli military reported the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the total killed since the ground offensive began to 161. The conflict continues to unfold, with the international community urging a peaceful resolution.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-27 04:35:50
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Defense news ,India :-  The Indian Armed Forces, under the leadership of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, embarked on a transformative journey in 2023 with decisive decision-making aimed at fortifying national defenses. The Defence Acquisition Council, throughout the year, greenlit a series of strategic proposals totaling over ₹3.50 lakh crore (exceeding $49 billion), signifying a resolute commitment to enhancing the operational readiness of the country Armed Forces.Fortifying Land, Air, and Sea CapabilitiesIn a landmark move in November, the Defence Acquisition Council approved Capital Acquisition Proposals amounting to ₹2.23 lakh crore, with a predominant focus on bolstering domestic industries, constituting 98 percent of the total AoN (Acceptance of Necessity) amount. This significant allocation paved the way for crucial acquisitions, including Light Combat Helicopters (LCH), TEJAS MK-1A, and the modernization of Su-30MKI aircraft. The Indian Navy secured approval for Medium-Range Anti-Ship Missiles for its surface platforms, while the Indian Field Gun is set to be replaced by an advanced Towed Gun System.Promoting Self-Reliance and CollaborationJuly witnessed the Defence Acquisition Council approval for the procurement of 26 Rafale Marine aircraft and associated equipment from the French Government, valued at approximately ₹50,000 crore. Furthermore, in June, the nod was given for the acquisition of 31 High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) from the USA, amounting to around $3 billion. These strategic deals not only strengthen India defense capabilities but also pave the way for future collaborations with Western nations.The recent clearances underscored the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" initiative, with a majority of the proposals falling under the Buy Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed, and Manufactured) category. Key acquisitions include BrahMos missiles, Shakti EW systems, Utility Helicopters-Maritime, Dornier aircraft, improved Akash air defense systems, Offshore Patrol Vessels, and fleet support vessels. Contracts worth ₹17,176 crore ($2.3 billion) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) further solidify India defense capabilities with systems like Medium Power Radars, Radar Warning Receivers, and Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems.Investing in Future CapabilitiesThe Ministry of Defence also inked agreements for the procurement of 70 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft for the Indian Air Force and three Cadet Training Ships for the Indian Navy. These agreements signal a commitment to enhancing training capabilities, infrastructure, and future readiness while fostering indigenous manufacturing and creating substantial employment opportunities.Notably, some acquisitions, such as patrol vessels and support ships, extend beyond military functions, serving humanitarian purposes such as Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief Operations. The signing of the 300th contract under Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) marks a pivotal moment in indigenous design and development, incorporating cutting-edge technologies like Gallium Nitride in future Jet subcomponents, including Radars.

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Defense News , UK :- In a recent development, Britain (UK) has announced its decision to dispatch the Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent, to the waters off Guyana, marking a strategic move in response to the renewed territorial tensions between the South American nation and Venezuela. The deployment comes in the wake of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revival of his country century-old claim to the oil-rich Essequibo region, a move that has significantly heightened regional concerns.Scheduled to arrive later this month, HMS Trent will engage in diplomatic and military activities in the region, according to the UKs Ministry of Defence (MoD). The decision to send the patrol vessel is seen as a proactive measure to demonstrate solidarity and support for Guyana, a former British colony grappling with the territorial dispute.While both Venezuela and Guyana recently agreed not to resort to force in resolving the disagreement, tensions have been escalating, particularly after Guyana issued licenses for oil exploration in the disputed Essequibo region. The region, constituting about two-thirds of Guyana territory, has long been claimed by Caracas.Although the vessel will not dock in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, due to shallow ports, the move is intended as a symbolic gesture to emphasize diplomatic and military backing. UK Foreign Minister David Rutley, who visited Guyana earlier this month, emphasized the importance of respecting sovereign borders and affirmed London commitment to safeguarding the territorial integrity of Guyana through international cooperation.Venezuelan President Maduro recent referendum, in which officials claim 95 percent of voters supported declaring Venezuela the rightful owner of Essequibo, has further heightened tensions. Maduro has initiated legal maneuvers to establish a Venezuelan province in Essequibo and has instructed the state oil company to issue licenses for oil extraction in the disputed region.Guyana President Irfaan Ali has strongly condemned these actions, labeling them a "grave threat to international peace and security." As the situation unfolds, the deployment of HMS Trent serves as a visible manifestation of Britain commitment to supporting its former colony in the face of escalating territorial disputes in the region.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-26 15:06:51
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Space News ,India :- India Aditya-L1 spacecraft is on the verge of a significant milestone as it readies itself for a complex insertion into the halo orbit surrounding Lagrange Point 1 (L1), a gravitational sweet spot between the Earth and the Sun.Having traversed a staggering 15 lakh kilometers through the cold vacuum of space since its launch on September 2, 2023, from Sriharikota, the spacecraft is now approaching the culmination of its journey, expected to reach its destination on January 6, 2024.The insertion into L1 marks a critical phase in the mission, demanding precise navigation and control. Aditya-L1 underwent a series of four Earth-bound orbital maneuvers before being directed into a transfer orbit aimed at L1.This meticulous process involves careful planning to ensure the spacecraft maintains its trajectory and velocity, guaranteeing a successful entry into the halo orbit.The significance of Lagrange Point 1 cannot be overstated. Offering an uninterrupted view of the Sun, it allows Aditya L1 to study the solar atmosphere, magnetic storms, and their effects on Earth environment.The spacecraft is equipped to measure various solar events, including Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and interplanetary magnetic fields, providing crucial data for both India and the global scientific community.To ensure a successful insertion, ISROs team must take multiple precautions. Constant monitoring and adjustment of the spacecraft position and speed are necessary using onboard thrusters to counteract any deviations from the planned path.Furthermore, the spacecraft instruments, such as the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) and the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT), must be shielded from the intense radiation and particles emitted by the Sun.The stability of L1, an inherently unstable Lagrange point, poses additional challenges. Stationkeeping maneuvers will be essential to maintain Aditya L1s halo orbit, requiring adjustments of 0.2–4 m/s per year. These maneuvers are vital to counteract gravitational influences from other celestial bodies and the pressure exerted by solar radiation.Approaching its target, the mission team remains vigilant, prepared to tackle the complexities of space travel.The success of this insertion holds pivotal importance not only for ISROs capabilities but also for unlocking new insights into the mysteries of our Sun and its influence on space weather.

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Defense News , U.S :- In response to a surge in demand from end-users, DroneShield has launched the DroneSentry-C2 Tactical (DroneSentry-C2T) on December 19. This latest addition to DroneShield portfolio is a robust and on-the-edge version of their primary Command-and-Control solution, DroneSentry-C2. Designed to meet the evolving needs of operators, DroneSentry-C2T offers real-time Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) situational awareness through a single device or a network of DroneShield and third-party devices.The C2T features an intuitive satellite map-based display, facilitating 2-way communication between users and a distributed network of counter-drone devices. This allows for seamless drone detection relayed from a sensor network to a central point, displayed on a rugged user tablet. Additionally, where permitted by law, the system provides the capability to activate drone defeat systems.Existing DroneShield users can enhance their capabilities with the DroneSentry-C2 Tactical as an optional add-on feature. Furthermore, the DroneSentry-C2T introduces a new entry-level C2 solution for customers who may not require the full DroneSentry suite.Angus Bean, DroneShield Chief Technology Officer, explained the significance of the release: "The DroneSentry-C2 Tactical solution aligns with contemporary defense technology trends, emphasizing enhanced situational awareness and decision-making tools for operators at "the edge." This allows ground personnel to adopt a more strategic view of their operational areas."As both a sensor manufacturer and a developer of C2/sensor integration systems, DroneShield leverages its position as a global leader in C-UAS handheld systems. The release of DroneSentry-C2T marks the world first command-and-control system tailored for a handheld C-UAS environment.Bean highlighted the practical applications of handheld C-UAS devices, citing examples like Ukraine, where these devices offer a cost-effective, mass-scale drone detection and defeat capability. DroneSentry-C2T facilitates the networking of these devices, allowing for an unlimited number of connections, providing a central point of awareness and response, either in the hands of a single master user or distributed among multiple users in the field.The product has successfully completed trials with the US Department of Defense and is immediately available for purchase.

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Defense New , Iraq :- In a disturbing turn of events on Monday, a military base in northern Iraq, housing both US and anti-jihadist coalition forces, fell victim to a drone attack, according to statements from US and Iraqi officials. The incident near Arbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan resulted in injuries, as confirmed by Yehia Rasool, the Iraqi prime minister spokesman for military affairs, though specifics were not disclosed.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US military official verified the drone attack targeting "US and coalition forces" at the airbase, emphasizing that assessments of injuries and damages were still pending.Shortly after this initial attack, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for launching another drone against a base near Harir, northeast of Arbil, which also houses US and coalition forces. This loosely formed coalition of armed groups is affiliated with the Hashed al-Shaabi coalition, comprised of former paramilitaries now integrated into Iraq regular armed forces.Since the onset of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7, attacks on the coalition have surged, marking a total of 103 incidents against US troops in Iraq and Syria, as per a tally by US military officials. The majority of these attacks have been claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a group opposing US support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.In a related development in early December, the US embassy in Baghdad experienced rocket fire, the first such incident since the commencement of the Gaza conflict. Although unclaimed, several arrests were made, with some individuals found to have links to the security services,

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-26 14:46:49
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Defense News , Europe :- In a significant move to bolster the cyber security infrastructure for mission-critical applications, Clavister, a prominent European cybersecurity specialist, has placed an order worth SEK 97 million for MilDef cutting-edge hardware. This substantial investment follows a successful prototype order for customized and resilient network equipment, marking a crucial step in fortifying the Clavister Cyber Armour—a comprehensive cybersecurity system tailored for defense platforms. The anticipated deliveries are scheduled between 2024 and 2029.In collaboration with MilDef, Clavister has actively participated in the joint development of an integrated hardware and software solution tailored for deployment in leading vehicle platforms, which are manufactured by a global industry player. This strategic partnership exemplifies the synergy between Nordic innovation in hardware and software, combining MilDef robust hardware with Clavister advanced software expertise to create optimal conditions for the next level of cyber security.Daniel Ljunggren, CEO of MilDef, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, emphasizing its significance in the context of joint Nordic development efforts in hardware and software. The unique combination of MilDef durable hardware and Clavister cutting-edge software positions the partnership as a key contributor to the modernization of European defense capabilities.Clavister CEO, John Vestberg, highlighted the enduring and robust relationship between Clavister and MilDef, emphasizing the critical role played by their collaboration in addressing the heightened need for cybersecurity in defense forces undergoing increased digitization. MilDef expertise in ruggedized hardware complements Clavister leadership in cyber software, making them an ideal partnership for shaping the future of defense capabilities.The newly ordered product, an integral component of the Cyber Armour system, is engineered to meet the expanded requirements of customers. Designed as a potent military-graded security gateway product, it is poised to seamlessly integrate into the electronics and communication structure of highly digitalized defense platforms. This collaborative effort stands as a testament to the commitment of Clavister and MilDef to deliver state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions that meet the evolving demands of modern defense systems.

Read More → Posted on 2023-12-26 14:40:02
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Defense News , Saudi Arabia :- In a recent development, the US State Department has given the green light to Saudi Arabia request for comprehensive military training for its air force, aimed at addressing current and future threats. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) totaling $1 billion encompasses flight training, technical expertise, and professional military education for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and related forces.As part of this agreement, the US will deploy mobile training teams, a technical assistance field team, specialized trainers, and English language instructors to enhance the capabilities of Saudi military aviators. The move is seen as a strategic step to bolster the security of the Middle Eastern nation, recognized as a key stabilizing force in the region.Under the terms of the deal, a total of 339 training personnel will be provided by the US government or contracted vendors. Beyond flight and technical training, the program will encompass a broad spectrum of instruction, ranging from command and control to civilian casualty avoidance. Additionally, courses on the laws of armed conflict and human rights will be offered to prepare Saudi forces for potential future conflicts.The State Department indicates that the agreement may also involve medical support training, simulators, and other related equipment. Once finalized, this comprehensive training initiative is expected to enhance the interoperability of the RSAF with its US counterparts, contributing to the overall proficiency of the Saudi Arabian air force.This strategic move coincides with reports suggesting that the US is contemplating the resumption of offensive arms sales to Saudi Arabia. With the Middle Eastern country reportedly adhering to a US-brokered truce with Yemen for nearly two years, insiders suggest that the US is poised to reciprocate the goodwill by resuming arms sales. A US official, familiar with the matter, conveyed, "So, the Saudis have met their end of the deal, and we are prepared to meet ours, returning these cases to regular order through appropriate congressional notification and consultation," as reported by Reuters.

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