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Defense ,India & U.K :- Three UK Members of Parliament, including Bob Blackman, Jim Shannon, and Virendra Sharma, marked the 34th anniversary of the attacks and displacements of Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir in 1990 by tabling an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the British Parliament.In simple terms, EDMs are like formal requests for discussion in the House of Commons. Although not many are debated, they serve as a way for British MPs to bring attention to specific events or issues.The motion expressed deep sadness and disappointment about the coordinated attacks in January 1990 by cross-border Islamic terrorists and their supporters on the innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir. It conveyed condolences to the families affected by this tragic event, condemning the desecration of holy sites and expressing concern that justice has not been served for those who faced persecution.The motion strongly condemned cross-border terrorist attacks and called for their immediate cessation. It also deplored the ongoing targeted killings of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir. Notably, it emphasized the international responsibility to protect, urging individual states and the global community to take effective measures against genocide and crimes against humanity, as experienced by Kashmiri Hindus.Additionally, the motion highlighted the occupation of properties belonging to the minority Hindu community and urged the Government of India to fulfill its international commitment to recognize and acknowledge the worst form of genocide against Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir. It called for the enactment of the proposed Panun Kashmir Genocide Crime Punishment and Atrocities Prevention Bill in the Indian Parliament, aiming to deliver justice to the Kashmiri Pandit community.Finally, the motion urged the UK Government to extend its longstanding commitment to protect and demand justice for the victims of this genocide.

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Defense News ,U.K :- The Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships of the Royal Navy are set to get a technology upgrade for better fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. The consortium responsible for building these ships has chosen GE Vernova, an American energy technology company, to supply the hybrid-electric propulsion systems. The delivery of these systems is expected to start in 2025, with subsequent waves planned for 2026 and 2027.The FSS ships, which serve to provide equipment to naval vessels at sea, are part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and are designed with a focus on green technology to promote low-carbon and sustainable operations.GE Vernova will produce SeaPulse Active Front-End power converters and Power Take-Off/Power Take-In hybrid electric induction motor generators for this project. Additionally, the company will handle testing, sea trials, certification, and logistics services to ensure the effective implementation of this advanced technology.Andy Cooper, the Managing Director of GE Vernova UK Power Conversion, expressed confidence in their hybrid-electric propulsion technology, emphasizing its potential to improve the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's operational efficiency and align with the UK's commitment to sustainability.In a previous contribution in 2022, the team played a role in enhancing the energy efficiency of the RFA's Tide-class tankers. The Power Conversion group from the company configured the propulsion power systems of these ships, ensuring high-performance electric power for replenishment-at-sea missions and keeping pace with the navy's combat ships.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 15:03:24
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Defense News ,Denmark :- The Danish Ministry of Defence has unveiled a substantial investment of 2.74 billion Danish crowns (approximately EUR 370 million) dedicated to bolstering surveillance and intelligence capabilities in the Arctic and North Atlantic regions.As part of Denmark's comprehensive strategy to modernize its defense capabilities and align with NATO objectives, this funding will be directed towards the acquisition of state-of-the-art long-range drones. The primary purpose of deploying these drones is to closely monitor the escalating civilian and military activities in the Arctic and North Atlantic territories. These areas have gained heightened significance due to the alarming reduction of the Arctic ice sheet, triggering intensified global competition for resources and strategic passageways.Denmark, entrusted with the defense of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, deems this substantial investment crucial for upholding security and safeguarding its interests in these vital regions.Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen underscored the imperative for Denmark to shoulder increased responsibility for security concerns in the Arctic and North Atlantic. This strategic move aligns seamlessly with Denmark's overarching defense strategy, which includes a significant commitment made last year to invest a substantial sum of 143 billion crowns over the coming decade.The recent funding allocation doesn't solely focus on acquiring long-range drones; it extends to other vital aspects of defense infrastructure. Specifically, funds have been earmarked for the development of advanced air defense systems and the rejuvenation of an ammunition factory located in northwestern Denmark. This marks the initial phase of Denmark's comprehensive and forward-looking defense commitment, reflecting its dedication to fortifying its national security apparatus.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 14:57:13
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Defense News ,Ethiopia :- The Ethiopian Air Force has recently added an undisclosed number of Akinci unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey to its fleet, alongside the acquisition of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets. The official handover ceremony featured the display of two Su-30 planes as the Akinci UAVs were formally introduced into service. These drones have been operational in Ethiopia since November 2023.The Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, believed to be part of an 18-unit batch produced for the Indian Air Force and delivered between 1997 and 1999, are now part of Ethiopia's air power. This procurement positions Ethiopia as the fourth African nation to operate the Russian-made Su-30 jets, joining Algeria, Angola, and Uganda.General Birhanu Jula, the Air Force Commander, emphasized that this strategic move aligns with Ethiopia's broader objective of modernizing all branches of its armed forces.The Akinci, developed by the Turkish defense giant Baykar, is a high-altitude long-endurance drone with a remarkable payload capacity of 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds) and a top speed of 195 knots (224 miles/351 kilometers per hour). Notably, it possesses autonomous capabilities, enabling automatic navigation, routing, take-off, and landing without the need for ground systems during missions.Functionally versatile, the Akinci is designed for air-to-ground and air-to-air attack missions, equipped to carry various payloads, including anti-tank missiles, mini smart munitions, and guided bombs.On the other hand, the Sukhoi Su-30, introduced in Russia in 1992, is a twin-engine fighter aircraft fulfilling roles such as air superiority and strike operations. With capabilities for all-weather air interdiction and long-range strike missions, the Su-30 employs anti-air and surface missiles weighing up to 8,000 kilograms (17,600 pounds). Currently operational in 15 countries worldwide, the Su-30 stands as a robust addition to Ethiopia's air defense capabilities.

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Defense News ,India :- Airbus is poised to significantly increase its reliance on Indian suppliers, aiming to double its sourcing value from the country to $1.5 billion in the near future, according to the company's India chief. The move is prompted by the surge in India's aviation market, which is currently the world's fastest-growing. Major Indian carriers, including IndiGo, Air India, and Akasa, are anticipating the delivery of hundreds of new planes over the next decade, providing a significant boost to local component manufacturers. Airbus, which already collaborates with over 40 suppliers in India, such as TATA Advanced Systems and Mahindra Aerospace, envisions an expansion of its commercial and defense aircraft components and services.Remi Maillard, President of Airbus India and South Asia, made this announcement during the "Wings India" event in Hyderabad. He expressed the company's anticipation of the burgeoning Indian aviation supply chain and highlighted the transformative growth underway. India's aviation market is set to witness a substantial increase in its airline fleet size, projected to surpass 2,000 by 2030 from the current 700. The Indian government is actively investing approximately $12 billion in constructing new airports and upgrading existing ones to support this growth.Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, present at the event, commended the substantial progress of domestic manufacturers, noting their significant capacity expansions. Scindia highlighted that aerospace manufacturing has firmly established its roots in India. He emphasized that every Airbus and Boeing aircraft globally incorporates parts manufactured in India. While acknowledging India's aspiration for jet assembly, Airbus and Boeing have predominantly concentrated on enhancing sourcing and procurement from the country.Despite assembly representing only 5% to 7% of a plane's overall value, there is growing interest in establishing assembly lines, viewed as politically significant. IndiGo's historic order for 500 Airbus planes and Air India's acquisition of 470 planes from both Airbus and Boeing further underscore the current momentum in large plane orders. As India continues to emerge as a vital player in the global aviation landscape, the prospect of Airbus and Boeing setting up final assembly lines within the country is gaining traction.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 14:41:56
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Defense News ,Ukraine & Russia War :- Ukraine successfully intercepted a Russian kamikaze drone on Wednesday, employing an innovative air defense system known as "FrankenSAM." The improvised system achieved its first successful engagement by downing the Shahed drone from a distance of 9 kilometers (approximately 5.59 miles), according to Ukrainian Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin.The Shahed drone attack targeted various regions, including Zaporizhzhya, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kirovohrad. Ukrainian air defenses, bolstered by "anti-aircraft missile units and mobile fire groups," managed to intercept 19 out of the 20 Shahed drones, suggesting the possible involvement of the FrankenSAM system in the successful defense.Kamyshin confirmed the deployment of the FrankenSAM system during the operation, stating, "One of the systems was successfully used for the first time today (January 17) at night." He emphasized that this marked a significant milestone, with approximately five such projects already deployed on the battlefield.The FrankenSAM project, a portmanteau of "Frankenstein" and "surface-to-air missiles," is a US-led initiative aimed at rapidly enhancing Ukraine's air defense capabilities. By integrating components from diverse air defense systems like Buk, Patriot, and Hawk, the project seeks to create an adaptive defense system.In December, the United States provided Ukraine with the technical data necessary for local production of the FrankenSAM system. The collaborative effort involves parallel production in both countries, facilitating quicker deployment and empowering Ukraine to actively contribute to the maintenance of its air defense infrastructure, as highlighted in a statement from the White House.The FrankenSAM systems include a range of air defense complexes, featuring combinations such as the Buk air defense system with American RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles, AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missiles integrated with Soviet radars, and Patriot missiles paired with older Ukrainian radar systems. Additionally, the project involves modernizing outdated air defense systems like the decades-old Hawk, ensuring a comprehensive and effective defense strategy for Ukraine.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 14:34:00
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Defense News ,India :- India has recently issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for naval ship missile firings scheduled to take place between January 24, 2024, and January 25, 2024, covering an extensive range of 900 kilometers.The 900-kilometer range exceeds the capabilities of India's current missile systems, raising speculation that it could involve advanced platforms such as the BrahMos-ER or potentially unveil an entirely new missile technology.The strategic community is closely monitoring this development, eagerly anticipating the details and outcomes of these naval ship missile firings. The extended range adds an element of intrigue, hinting at advancements or new capabilities within India's naval weaponry.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 14:30:08
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Defense News ,India :- Making history, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has unveiled its groundbreaking decision to include the C-295 transport aircraft in this year's Republic Day parade, marking its inaugural presence. A total of 51 IAF aircraft, comprising 29 fighters, 8 transport planes, and 13 helicopters, are poised to participate in the flypast, underscoring the nation's military strength. The parade is also slated to pay homage to the historic Tangail airdrop, a pivotal event in the 1971 victory over Pakistan.IAF's Landmark Debut and Tangail TributeThe Republic Day parade is on the brink of witnessing a momentous occasion with the introduction of the C-295 transport aircraft, a first for the IAF. Wing Commander Manish emphasized, "A total of 51 aircraft would be participating in the Republic Day parade, including 29 fighter aircraft, 8 transport, and 13 helicopters along with one heritage aircraft." The IAF aims to vividly portray the historic Tangail airdrop using a Dakota aircraft and two Dorniers flying in Tangail formation.Indian Army's 'Made-in-India' ShowcaseIn a salute to indigenous defense manufacturing, the Indian Army is set to showcase 'Made-in-India' weapon systems and platforms at the Republic Day parade. The spotlight will shine on the LCH Prachand chopper, Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers, and Nag anti-tank missiles. Crafted and produced by HAL, the LCH Prachand boasts capabilities for potent ground attack and aerial combat, featuring modern stealth characteristics, robust armor protection, and formidable night attack capabilities.Precision Weapons and Indigenous ExcellenceThe LCH Prachand, armed with an advanced navigation system, close combat guns, and potent air-to-air missiles, stands as a testament to India's technological strides in combat aviation. The Nag anti-tank missile, developed by DRDO, features "Fire & Forget" and "Top Attack" capabilities, establishing it as a formidable weapon against heavily fortified enemy tanks. The missile carrier, NAMICA, adds an amphibious dimension to its capabilities.Diverse Weapon Systems on DisplayAs part of the Republic Day parade, the Indian Army will showcase an array of weapon systems, including the T-90 tank, BMP-2 infantry combat vehicle, Drone jammers, Advanced Sarvatra bridge, Medium Range Surface to Air Missile launcher, and multi-function radar. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, designed indigenously, enhances troop safety by detecting guns, mortars, and rockets firing at own troops.Helicopters, Rockets, and Women PowerThe parade will highlight the Light Combat Helicopter and the weaponized version of ALH Dhruv choppers, known as the Rudra. Notably, the Pinaka rocket system and Swathi radar, both developed by DRDO and successfully exported, will also be showcased. The increasing role of women in defense forces will be celebrated with 60 women soldiers participating in the tri-services all-women marching contingent, representing the Army, Air Force, and Navy.As India gears up for the Republic Day celebrations, the inclusion of the C-295 aircraft, the display of indigenous defense capabilities, and the recognition of women in the armed forces collectively symbolize the nation's strength, technological advancements, and commitment to diversity in defense. The parade promises to be a spectacular showcase of India's military might and progress in defense technologies.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 14:26:14
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Defense News ,Germany :- Germany has taken a significant stride in fortifying its air defense capabilities by greenlighting the development of a new short-range air defense system (SHORAD). This strategic decision, spurred by identified defense gaps exposed during the conflict in Ukraine, involves a substantial investment of around EUR 1.3 billion. The primary objective is to replace the outdated Gepard anti-aircraft systems and other obsolete equipment in the country.The budget committee of the Bundestag granted approval for the project, assigning the development responsibilities to a consortium comprised of Rheinmetall, Diehl Defence, and Hensoldt. The impending contract between the German defense procurement agency and the industry consortium is anticipated to be formalized shortly.The SHORAD system is meticulously crafted to shield troops at a tactical level from potential missile and drone threats, as well as low-flying aircraft. This is particularly crucial during deployment operations or while in transit. The system is specifically designed to address threats at both short ranges, commencing from three kilometers, and very short ranges, predominantly emanating from small drones.Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30, featuring a 30mm cannon mounted on the Boxer APC, is poised to serve as the foundation for the very short-range system, with the procurement of vehicles yet to be finalized. For targets beyond three kilometers, Diehl's IRIS-T SLS system will be deployed.Historically, Germany had relied on the Gepard anti-aircraft tank for very short-range air defense, covering distances up to three kilometers. However, this system was retired in 2010 as a cost-cutting measure but has since gained renewed significance, particularly in the context of the Ukraine conflict.A pivotal aspect of the project involves the seamless integration of the new system with Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defenses, which Berlin has already enlisted. This integration aims to establish a comprehensive, multi-layered defense umbrella. Hensoldt will contribute by providing the radars for the system, with operational readiness expected by the years 2026 or 2027. This development underscores Germany's commitment to enhancing its national security infrastructure in response to evolving defense challenges.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-19 07:07:19
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Defense news ,India :- India is actively engaging in collaborative efforts with "friendly" nations to harness the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for bolstering its defense capabilities, as revealed by the head of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), Samir V Kamat, on Thursday.In an interview with ANI, Kamat highlighted India's joint endeavors with partner countries to advance both tools and fundamental research aimed at enhancing AI algorithms. Stressing the significance of AI in the defense sector, he emphasized its role in preventive maintenance, surveillance, and cybersecurity.Kamat underscored the expanding role of AI in offensive actions, noting its transformative impact on military performance and efficiency. He expressed optimism about AI technology making a substantial difference in augmenting defense capabilities.Responding to inquiries about specific collaborations, Kamat maintained that India is collaborating with nations considered friendly. He acknowledged the advantages of collaborative efforts in navigating disruptive technologies, especially in the realm of AI.While declining to disclose specific details about the collaborative initiatives, Kamat stated, "I will not state the name of the countries with whom we are working, but we are working with friendly countries on developing tools as well as fundamental research in improving the algorithm which goes into making the AI tools."Discussing the potential threats posed by AI, Kamat highlighted the significance of addressing cybersecurity challenges. He revealed that India is actively partnering with academic institutions to devise AI-based techniques for detecting cyber intrusions.According to Kamat, the primary threat from AI is in the cyber domain, with numerous attacks utilizing AI-powered bots. However, he emphasized that the same AI technology can be leveraged for cyber defense. The collaborative efforts with academic institutions aim to develop AI tools capable of identifying and preventing cyber intrusions, safeguarding critical infrastructure from potential attacks.

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Defense News ,India :- On Thursday, Akasa Air revealed a significant development in its growth strategy by placing an order for 150 Boeing 737 Max planes. The relatively young airline, operating for less than two years, aims to enhance both its domestic and international presence with this substantial aircraft acquisition. The order, consisting of a mix of 737 Max 10 and 737 Max 8-200 jets, is anticipated to fortify Akasa Air's fleet, ensuring a continuous influx of new aircraft until 2032. This strategic move aligns with the airline's ambitious plans for expansion and consolidation on both the national and global fronts.Akasa Air had previously made its mark in 2021 with an initial order for 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, followed by an additional order for 4 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in June 2023. With the latest procurement in January 2024, the airline's total order book now stands at an impressive 226 aircraft. Currently operating a fleet of 22 aircraft, Akasa Air is poised to receive a substantial influx of 204 additional aircraft over the next eight years, marking a significant leap in its operational capacity.Vinay Dube, the Founder and CEO of Akasa Air, expressed enthusiasm about this monumental aircraft acquisition, stating that it positions the airline on a trajectory to become one of the top 30 leading airlines globally by the end of the decade. He emphasized the crucial role these new additions would play in strengthening operations, supporting the airline's expansion efforts, and marking its entry into international skies in the near future. The announcement of this substantial order was made during the Wings India 2024 event, underscoring Akasa Air's commitment to growth and innovation. Having commenced its commercial operations on August 7, 2022, Akasa Air continues to make significant strides in the aviation industry.

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Defense News ,North Korea :- North Korea has announced the successful testing of its underwater nuclear weapons system, known as the "Haeil-5-23," as a demonstration against the joint military exercises conducted by South Korea, the United States, and Japan this week, according to state media KCNA.The test was conducted by North Korea's defense ministry think tank in the waters off its east coast. The report did not specify the exact date of the test. The "Haeil-5-23" system refers to North Korea's nuclear-capable underwater attack drones.An unnamed spokesman from the defense ministry stated, "Our army's underwater nuke-based countering posture is being further rounded off, and its various maritime and underwater responsive actions will continue to deter the hostile military maneuvers of the navies of the U.S. and its allies."The joint military drills involved the navies of South Korea, the United States, and Japan and took place over three days until Wednesday. The exercises, which included the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, were designed to enhance the capabilities of the three nations in responding to the threats posed by North Korea's nuclear program.

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Space News , Japan :- Japan is gearing up for a historic lunar mission as its robotic SLIM spacecraft aims for the country's maiden successful moon landing on January 19. The mission, formally named "Smart Lander for Investigating Moon" (SLIM), is set to commence its touchdown operations at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, with a gentle landing anticipated 20 minutes later, provided all goes as planned.The live coverage of this landmark event will be available on Space.com, courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), or directly through JAXA's channels. The coverage is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EST.SLIM embarked on its journey atop a Japanese H-2A rocket on September 6 of the previous year. Sharing its launch with an X-ray space telescope named XRISM, SLIM navigated a lengthy and energy-efficient route to reach the moon. XRISM was successfully deployed into low Earth orbit after launch, delivering its initial test images post a triumphant checkout period.Following its arrival in orbit around the moon on Christmas Day, SLIM spent three weeks preparing for its impending landing. The ambitious objective is for SLIM to touch down within 330 feet (100 meters) of a predetermined spot on the rim of the moon's Shioli Crater. This mission aims to showcase the technological prowess required for precise lunar touchdowns.The nonprofit Planetary Society emphasized SLIM's mission architecture, expressing the aspiration to redefine the standards of lunar landing missions, moving from convenient landing sites to precise, targeted touchdowns.Achieving success in this endeavor would propel Japan into an exclusive group of nations that have accomplished soft landings on the moon. To date, only four countries—the Soviet Union, the United States, China, and India—have achieved this remarkable feat.Notably, SLIM is not Japan's inaugural attempt at a lunar landing. The OMOTENASHI lander, part of NASA's unmanned Artemis 1 mission in November 2022, aimed for the moon but did not reach its destination. In April of the same year, the Hakuto-R spacecraft, developed by Tokyo-based company ispace, encountered a crash during its landing attempt due to complications arising from the moon's rugged topography.This lunar mission is unfolding against the backdrop of recent setbacks in lunar exploration, including a failed attempt by Astrobotic's Peregrine lander. The American lander experienced a fuel leak shortly after its January 8 launch, leading to the cancellation of a planned mid-February landing. Despite the fuel leak, Peregrine managed to reach lunar distance before redirecting back toward Earth, with an anticipated collision over the South Pacific on January 18.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 16:55:28
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Defense news ,India :- In a significant development at a special CBI court, an eyewitness on Thursday positively identified Yasin Malik, the leader of the Hurriyat and chief of JKLF, as the primary assailant who fired upon Indian Air Force personnel in Srinagar in 1990, according to a report by PTI.The distressing incident unfolded on January 25, 1990, in Rawalpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, resulting in the tragic demise of four IAF personnel, including a squadron leader, and causing injuries to 22 others.Rajwar Umeshwar Singh, a former IAF staff member and a key prosecution witness, made the identification during the court proceedings. Yasin Malik, who has been held in Delhi's Tihar Jail for several years, appeared before the court through a video link.The court's recognition of Malik as the alleged perpetrator in the shooting marks a pivotal moment in the case. Monika Kohli, Senior Public Prosecutor for CBI, emphasized the significance of the eyewitness positively identifying Malik as the individual responsible for the attack.

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Defense News ,Russia :- Russia's defense ministry announced on Thursday that its forces had seized control of a small village in eastern Ukraine, marking a development in the ongoing conflict that has persisted for two years. The announcement comes as both sides continue to face challenges in achieving substantial gains on the battlefield.The statement from Russia's defense ministry stated, "In the Donetsk direction, as a result of successful actions of Southern Group troop units, the settlement of Vesele in the Donetsk People’s Republic was liberated."It's important to note that AFP (Agence France-Presse) was unable to independently verify these claims.Vesele, the captured village, is situated approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Bakhmut, an industrial city that suffered extensive damage during months of artillery shelling and urban combat earlier in the conflict. The village, with a pre-conflict population of around 100, has now become a focal point in the ongoing struggle for control.Moscow had previously asserted its annexation of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, referred to as the "Donetsk People’s Republic," in 2022, despite not having complete authority over the territory. This move led to a mass exodus of millions of Ukrainians from the eastern and southern regions of the country following Russia's full-scale military offensive in February 2022.The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has reached a stalemate, with neither side making significant territorial gains for over a year. The capture of Vesele is seen as a noteworthy development in the ongoing struggle, further emphasizing the challenges faced by both parties in the quest for dominance on the battlefield.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 16:41:15
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Defense News ,Germany :- Rheinmetall, a prominent arms manufacturer, has inked a significant deal worth 350 million euros ($381 million) with the German Armed Forces to manufacture medium-caliber ammunition for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).Under this agreement, Rheinmetall will supply hundreds of thousands of units of 30mm x 173 DM21 service ammunition for the Puma tanks. The delivery of these ammunition units is anticipated to span from the current year through 2027.These munitions will be integrated with the Puma vehicles' MK30-2/ABM cannon, another product of Rheinmetall, specifically designed for firing airburst ammunition.The accord follows the awarding of a substantial procurement contract in 2022.In terms of armament for the Puma, Rheinmetall specializes in two primary types of 30mm ammunition, emphasizing lethality and armor penetration. The KETF DM21 airburst ammunition is adept at engaging larger soft and semi-hard targets, while the KE DM33 armor-piercing variant excels in penetrating modern armor, even at extended ranges.Rheinmetall notes, "Thanks to these two types of service ammunition, the Puma can successfully take on a wide spectrum of armoured, semi-hard, soft point, and area targets."The Puma IFV, designed to replace Germany's aging Marder IFVs, is a heavily fortified tank with a top speed of 70 kilometers (43 miles) per hour. It boasts advanced features such as two optronic imaging displays, four rear-mounted cameras along with a reversing camera, a 360-degree periscope, and an open-hatch view to optimize situational awareness.In the backdrop of Germany's approval of a 1.5 billion-euro ($1.7 billion) order for 50 Puma IFVs last year, aimed at facilitating the transition of older Marder tanks to Ukraine, a recent announcement revealed a temporary pause in the acquisition of new tanks. This decision came in the aftermath of a substantial breakdown involving 18 units during a military exercise.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 16:38:32
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Defense News ,U.S :- L3Harris has secured a lucrative contract to conceptualize and build 18 cutting-edge infrared space satellites for the US Space Development Agency’s (SDA) missile defense initiative. Valued at a staggering $919 million, these state-of-the-art systems are part of the SDA’s Tanche 2 Tracking Layer program, which aims to establish a "near-global missile warning and tracking" capability, bolstering the nation's defense against various threats, including the ever-evolving landscape of hypersonic missiles.This significant project aligns with the broader objectives of the US Space Force’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture, an ambitious undertaking geared towards creating a comprehensive network of military satellites and other space-based solutions. These assets are strategically designed to provide crucial support to joint warfighters during terrestrial operations.According to L3Harris, the resultant satellite constellation will possess the capability to monitor an array of hypersonic weapons characterized by unpredictable flight patterns, heightened speed, and low heat signatures. The adaptive nature of these satellites positions them as a pivotal component in addressing emerging challenges in missile defense.L3Harris CEO and Chair, Christopher Kubasik, highlighted the company's commitment to innovation and growth in the space sector. He emphasized that space continues to be a thriving domain, and L3Harris, with its substantial investments in technology for space vehicles, payloads, and ground software, is well-positioned to offer groundbreaking solutions. Kubasik stated, “The SDA’s latest decision is another example of L3Harris listening to customers, understanding evolving threats, and delivering significant value while actively contributing to our nation’s security.”The recent announcement by L3Harris follows SDA's update on the preferred partners for the Tracking Layer program's latest phase. In addition to the 18 satellites from L3Harris, Lockheed Martin and Sierra Space are set to contribute 18 infrared satellites each, forming a robust 54-satellite network for the SDA’s constellation. All these satellites are slated to be launched by April 2027, a testament to the urgency and strategic importance of the program.This development is a progression in the layered missile defense efforts, showcasing L3Harris's continued involvement in such critical initiatives. The company had previously secured a $29-million contract in the preceding year to design a sensor payload for the US Space Force’s medium-orbit missile warning and tracking system. In 2022, L3Harris, along with Northrop Grumman, was selected by SDA to develop satellite models for the Tranche 1 Tracking Layer program. Notably, L3Harris commenced work on the missile-tracking satellites in December 2021, marking a concerted effort to contribute to the nation's security infrastructure.The inception of the Tranche 0 program by SDA in 2020 laid the foundation for subsequent stages, with the initial contract awarded to L3Harris and SpaceX, a prominent California-based aerospace company. The collective progress across these initiatives underscores the collaborative efforts to enhance the country's missile defense capabilities and fortify its position in space exploration and security.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 15:15:13
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Defense News ,Japan :- Japan and the United States solidified their alliance with the signing of a significant deal on Thursday. The agreement involves Japan purchasing 400 long-range Tomahawk missiles from the United States, marking a strategic move to enhance its military capabilities in response to escalating regional security concerns.In light of the expanding military influence of China and the persistent nuclear threat from North Korea, the Japanese government has outlined ambitious plans to double its defense spending. The target is to reach the NATO standard of allocating two percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to defense by the year 2027.Washington had previously given its approval for the sale of up to $2.35 billion worth of two variants of Tomahawk missiles, characterized by an impressive range of 1,600 kilometers (995 miles), back in November.A defense official commented on the signed deal in Tokyo, stating, “The conclusion of this signing starts the procurement of the Tomahawk missiles.” Emphasizing the commitment to strengthening defense capabilities, the official added, “Through sound implementation of the (defense) budget, we will extensively strengthen our defense capacity.”Japan, preparing for potential security challenges, has greenlit a record defense budget of $56 billion for the upcoming fiscal year starting in April. Despite having a pacifist post-war constitution, which traditionally confines its military to defensive actions, Japan revised key security and defense policies last year. In doing so, it explicitly recognized the evolving threat posed by China.During a press conference, US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel commended Japan's proactive stance in bolstering its defense. He remarked, “As aggressors grow more and more belligerent, Japan is at the forefront of countries rallying to protect peace and prosperity by raising the costs of aggression.”In a related move, Tokyo recently eased its restrictions on arms exports, allowing it to sell Patriot missiles manufactured in Japan, under license, to the United States. This decision comes as the U.S. seeks to replenish its missile stocks, particularly after supplying these weapon systems to Ukraine.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 14:54:55
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Defense News ,India :- Mahindra Aerostructures Pvt Ltd (MASPL) and Airbus Aerostructures GmbH have recently inked a new agreement for the production and supply of metallic components catering to all Airbus commercial aircraft models, including the highly popular A320 family. Under the terms of this contract, MASPL is set to deliver an extensive range of nearly 5000 metallic components to Airbus in Germany, with production taking place at its manufacturing facility in India. This collaboration marks an expansion of MASPL's existing programs, which involve the direct supply of parts to Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France.Expressing his thoughts on the agreement, Mr. Vinod Sahay, President, Aerospace & Defence & CPO, Auto & Farm Sectors, Mahindra, stated, "The Mahindra Group takes pride in its enduring partnership with Airbus. Through this fresh contract, we are not only strengthening our ties but also enhancing our involvement in the 'Make In India' initiative endorsed by the Government of India. We are eager to meet our commitments and advance on this journey of collaborative growth."Mr. Arvind Mehra, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Aerostructures, conveyed his appreciation for Airbus's consistent support to their growth endeavors. He remarked, "MASPL is honored to be recognized as a supplier to Airbus, and we are grateful for their unwavering backing of our expansion initiatives. This contract represents a substantial augmentation of our Airbus portfolio, presenting additional avenues to collaborate on aspects such as performance, sustainability, and operational excellence."MASPL has been directly supplying Airbus Group since 2015, engaging in various collaborative projects with Airbus. The company has achieved the status of a D2P "Challenger" for three consecutive years in the Sheet Metal domain. Moreover, it has been rated as level "A" in the Airbus Industrial Process Capability Assessment (IPCA+). Notably, MASPL secured the "Best Performer" accolade in the prestigious 2023 Airbus Supplier Quality Improvement Program (SQIP) awards, underscoring its commitment to excellence and innovation in the aerospace sector.

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Defense News ,Russia :- Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov, rejected the United States' proposal to restart nuclear arms control talks, asserting that such discussions are unfeasible as long as Washington continues providing military assistance to Ukraine. Lavrov, speaking at an annual news conference, accused the West of heightening global security risks by endorsing Ukraine's increased strikes on Russian territory. He cautioned that Moscow remains committed to its goals in the conflict, irrespective of Western backing for Kyiv.Addressing the U.S. proposal on nuclear arms control, Lavrov stated that Moscow has turned down the offer, emphasizing that any talks require a revision of Washington's current policy towards Russia. Lavrov criticized Washington's motives for reviving nuclear discussions, claiming it aims to resume inspections of Russia's nuclear weapons sites, which he deemed "indecent" considering Ukraine's attacks on Russian nuclear-capable bomber bases during the conflict.In the midst of what Lavrov referred to as a "hybrid war" waged by Washington against Russia, he expressed skepticism about the feasibility of additional joint measures for arms control and the reduction of strategic risks. Lavrov tied the possibility of such talks to the West abandoning what he characterized as a malicious course aimed at undermining Russia's security and interests.Lavrov contended that the U.S. push for nuclear arms talks stems from a desire to gain control over Russia's nuclear arsenal and minimize nuclear risks for itself. However, he argued that these risks result from forceful pressure on Russia and accused the West of obstructing talks to end the conflict while simultaneously encouraging escalated attacks.According to Lavrov, the West's encouragement and provision of relevant weapons indicate a lack of interest in constructive solutions, pushing towards an escalation of the Ukrainian crisis and introducing new strategic risks. He reaffirmed Russia's commitment to its "special military operation" regardless of Western pressure, emphasizing that Russia cannot be defeated, and those in the West harboring such fantasies have failed to learn from history.

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