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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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Defense News ,Germany :- German lawmakers rejected a proposal from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) parties concerning the transfer of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine, as stated by the Bundestag on January 17.The Taurus missiles have been a topic of extensive debate since Ukraine submitted a request for these weapons, which boast a range of up to 500 kilometers, in May 2023. In October, Bild reported that Olaf Scholz opposes sending Taurus missiles to Kyiv due to concerns that it could entangle Germany in the conflict. Ukraine has previously received other long-range missiles, including the Storm Shadow from the U.K. and the French-made SCALP.The motion was put to a roll-call vote and was rejected, with 485 lawmakers opposing, 178 in favor, and three abstentions. Friedrich Merz, the CDU parliamentary leader, emphasized that Ukrainian forces currently face challenges in holding off Russian troops, and the inclusion of Taurus cruise missiles could have a significant impact.Despite Chancellor Scholz's reservations about transferring long-range missiles, possibly rooted in concerns about escalating tensions with Russia, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba assured that Taurus missiles would be "used solely inside our borders."On January 17, Berlin announced a new military aid package for Ukraine, which includes providing ammunition for Leopard 1 tanks.

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Defense News ,Pakistan & Iran :- Pakistani air strikes on Iran resulted in the death of nine individuals in a border region in the Islamic Republic’s southeast on Thursday, according to state media. This updated the earlier toll of seven casualties. Alireza Marhamati, the deputy provincial governor of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, confirmed the updated death toll and mentioned that two men were among those killed in the missile attack in one of the border villages of Saravan.Initially, Marhamati had reported that three women and four children were among the casualties. Pakistan stated that it had launched precision military strikes against terrorist hideouts in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province. Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, in a televised interview, stated that all the deceased individuals were foreign nationals. Iran’s Fars news agency, without citing sources, reported that those killed were believed to be Pakistani nationals, though their presence in the area was not explained.Sistan-Baluchistan province, a predominantly Sunni Muslim region in Shiite-dominated Iran, has experienced ongoing unrest involving cross-border drug-smuggling gangs, rebels from the Baluchi ethnic minority, and jihadists.Iran condemned the strikes and summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaire to protest and seek an explanation from the Pakistani government, according to a statement by foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani.This incident occurred two days after Iran conducted strikes against "terrorist" targets in Pakistan, resulting in at least two children's deaths. Pakistan denounced the strikes, recalled its ambassador from Iran, and blocked Tehran’s envoy from returning to Islamabad in response.On January 10, the Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) jihadist group claimed responsibility for an attack on a police station in the southeastern city of Rask, resulting in the death of one officer. The group, designated as a terrorist organization by Iran, had carried out a similar attack in December, killing 11 police officers.Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, has been involved in several attacks on Iranian soil. The group claimed responsibility on Wednesday for killing a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Sistan-Baluchistan.

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Defense News ,China :- China has stepped in to ease tensions between Pakistan and Iran after recent missile strikes. The two nations were involved in strikes against each other, prompting China to offer a "constructive role" and encourage both sides to exercise restraint and avoid escalation.Pakistan carried out precision military strikes in Iran's Siestan-Balochistan province, targeting what it termed as "terrorist hideouts." This move was seen as a response to Iranian missile and drone attacks on Tuesday, which had targeted bases of the Sunni Baloch militant group 'Jaish al-Adl' in Pakistan's Balochistan province.China, being an ally of Pakistan and having warming relations with Iran, found itself in a delicate position. While Pakistan is a longstanding ally, Iran's growing ties with China in recent years allow Beijing to expand its influence in the region. Additionally, China relies significantly on oil imports from Iran.When questioned about Pakistan's airstrikes inside Iran, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Mao Ning, stated that China was paying close attention to the situation. She emphasized that relations between countries should adhere to the principles of the UN Charter and international law. Mao stressed the importance of respecting the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of all nations.Mao expressed hope that both Iran and Pakistan, as close neighbors with influence, would exercise restraint and avoid escalation. China offered to play a constructive role in easing the situation, highlighting its willingness to mediate.Addressing concerns about Iran's airstrikes, Mao reiterated China's stance on handling international relations based on UN Charter principles. She emphasized the need for all parties to respect the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of other countries. China encouraged both Pakistan and Iran to resolve their disputes through consultation and dialogue.China's offer to mediate poses a challenge, considering the delicate relationship between Pakistan, a Sunni-majority country, and Iran, predominantly Shia. However, China had previously claimed success in bringing together Iran and Saudi Arabia, arch-rivals, to restore diplomatic ties.China's ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $60 billion project connecting Pakistan's Balochistan to China's Xinjiang province, faces challenges from Baloch nationalists and Sunni extremist groups. The corridor, vital for China's economic interests, has witnessed repeated attacks on Chinese workers involved in various projects in Pakistan.

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Defense News ,Gulf of Aden :- In a quick operation, a guided missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam from the Indian Navy intercepted a cargo ship with 22 crew members, including nine Indians. This happened just over an hour after the ship, named MV Genco Picardy and flagged in the Marshall Islands, was attacked by a drone in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday night. The attack on the cargo vessel occurred about 60 nautical miles South of Port Aden, raising global concerns about attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea.Fortunately, there were no reports of casualties, and the fire on the vessel was brought under control, according to officials.The INS Visakhapatnam, a frontline warship of the Indian Navy, promptly responded to the distress call from MV Genco Picardy after the drone attack at 23:11 hours on Wednesday. The Indian Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists boarded the vessel early Thursday morning to inspect the damage. After a thorough examination, the vessel was cleared for further transit, and it is now heading to the next port of call."The INS Visakhapatnam, mission deployed in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations, swiftly responded to a distress call by the Marshall Islands flagged MV Genco Picardy following a drone attack at 23:11 hours on January 17," stated the Navy.The warship intercepted the vessel at 00:30 hours on Thursday to provide assistance. Commander Vivek Madhwal, a Navy spokesperson, mentioned that INS Visakhapatnam was on an anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden.This incident follows previous security concerns, with the Indian Navy having thwarted an attempted hijacking of the Liberian-flagged vessel MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea on January 5. Another vessel, MV Chem Pluto, was targeted by a drone off India's west coast on December 23, and a commercial oil tanker faced a suspected drone strike in the Southern Red Sea on the same day. These events prompted the Navy to increase the deployment of its frontline ships and surveillance aircraft for maritime security operations in critical sea lanes, including the North and Central Arabian Sea.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 10:34:31
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Defense News ,Israel :- Countries like North Korea are working on powerful hypersonic missiles. These missiles are very fast and can be a serious danger. To protect against this threat, efforts to create defense systems are increasing.North Korea recently tested a hypersonic missile. They said it was successful. The missile had a special warhead and was fired on January 14.The test aimed to check if the warhead could glide and move well. They also wanted to make sure the engines used in the missile were reliable. North Korea has a history of helping other countries, like Iran, develop missiles.Israel knows it needs to be ready for hypersonic missiles. Russia was working on similar missiles, but the program stopped due to the war in Ukraine.Hypersonic missiles travel very fast, around 5-10 times the speed of sound. They can cover long distances, up to 1,200 miles. This makes it challenging to defend against them. Upgraded or new defense systems are urgently needed.Israel has a four-layered defense system against rockets and missiles. It's operational and gets better over time. There are systems like Arrow 2 and 3, Iron Dome, and David’s Sling. Israel is also working on Arrow 4, but it's not designed to stop hypersonic missiles.The hypersonic threat is growing, and Israeli companies, especially Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael, are finding solutions. They use proven technologies. Now, they want to team up with European companies to develop better defense systems against this new threat.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-18 07:23:18
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Defense News ,UK :- The first jet of the United Kingdom's Eurofighter Typhoon has a new radar system. This radar system is called the European Common Radar System Mark 2 Radar (ECRS Mk2). They added it before the jet's first test flights. The UK is spending a lot of money, about GBP 2.35 billion, to make the Typhoon better.The radar system was made by Leonardo UK. It has a special multi-functional array (MFA) that helps the Typhoon do different things at the same time. It can find, recognize, and follow many targets in the air and on the ground. It can also do electronic warfare operations.Before putting it on a real jet, they tested the radar a lot on the ground at BAE Systems' place in Lancashire. Now, it's on a Typhoon test jet (BS116) in the UK. This is a big improvement for the jet.This upgrade doesn't just make the UK's defense better. It also helps the Prime Minister's plan for the country's economy to grow. About 1,300 engineering jobs in the UK will continue for the next ten years because of this upgrade.

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Defense News ,Pakistan & Iran :- In response to Iran's strike on a terrorist group's headquarters in Pakistan Occupied Balochistan, the situation takes a significant turn as Pakistan responds with retaliatory measures. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry has officially confirmed these actions, revealing that the country's air force conducted targeted strikes on insurgent groups within Iran.According to an AP report, an Iranian state television official reported that the Pakistani airstrike resulted in the unfortunate deaths of 4 children and 3 women. This retaliation came in the wake of Iran's attack on Pakistani soil earlier, which claimed the lives of two children in the Balochistan province. Iran has not immediately acknowledged these strikes. Their previous attacks focused on Baloch separatist factions, specifically the Balochistan Liberation Front and the Balochistan Liberation Army, escalating tensions in the region.In response, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry issued a statement explaining the motives behind their military actions, describing them as highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision strikes against terrorist hideouts in Iran's Sistan-o-Baluchistan province. The statement emphasized the pursuit of Pakistan's security and national interests while expressing respect and affection for Iran as a brotherly country. Pakistan reiterated its commitment to dialogue and cooperation in addressing common challenges, including the fight against terrorism.Diplomatically, Pakistan took a stance by blocking Iran's envoy from returning to Islamabad post-strike. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the breach of sovereignty, underscoring the importance of existing communication channels between the two nations.In a further escalation, Iran responded with unprecedented missile and drone strikes, targeting alleged bases of the Balochi militant group Jaish al-Adl in Pakistan. Iran defended these actions as self-defense against a designated terrorist organization responsible for attacks within its borders.Adding complexity to the conflict is the involvement of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), advocating for an independent state of Greater Balochistan. The BLA is known for targeting Pakistani forces and infrastructure, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), heightening concerns in the region.Internationally, India acknowledged the nations' right to self-defense while maintaining a zero-tolerance stance on terrorism. The United States and China expressed concerns, emphasizing the impact of the incident on the already complex Middle East landscape.As cross-border strife escalates, the challenges in maintaining regional stability become more pronounced. Urgent diplomatic solutions are needed to address the escalating conflicts and pave the way for peace in the region. Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly disapproves of the sovereignty violation, deeming it "completely unacceptable" and emphasizing the importance of communication channels between the involved nations. Iran's retaliatory strikes on Jaish al-Adl bases have resulted in casualties and property damage in the Panjgur district near the border.

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ISRO has developed a second-generation 'Distress Alert Transmitter' (DAT), incorporating advanced satellite communication and navigation capabilities that allow fishermen at sea to send emergency messages from fishing boats and get acknowledgement in real time.The DAT has been operational since 2010 and more than 20,000 of them are currently in use, the space agency said. The messages are sent through a communication satellite and received at a central control station (INMCC: Indian Mission Control Centre) where the alert signals are decoded for the identity and location of the fishing boat, according to an ISRO statement.The extracted information is forwarded to Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs) under the Indian Coast Guard (ICG)."Using this information the MRCC undertakes Search and Rescue operations to save the fishermen in distress," it said.Taking advantage of technological developments in satellite communication and satellite navigation, ISRO has improvised DAT with advanced capabilities and features, evolving to Second Generation DAT (DAT-SG).The DAT-SG has the facility to send back acknowledgement to the fishermen who activate the distress alert from the sea. "This gives him an assurance that rescue (team) is coming to him.Apart from transmitting distress signals from the sea, DAT-SG has the capability to receive messages from the control centre," ISRO said.Using this, advance alert messages can be sent to the fishermen at sea whenever there are events of bad weather, cyclone, tsunami or any other emergencies.Thus, the fishermen will be able to sail back home or go to safe places. Further, the information about Potential Fishing Zones (PFZs) are also transmitted to fishermen using DAT-SG on regular intervals. This helps fishermen get good catch and savings in terms of time and fuel.DAT-SG can be connected to mobile phones using Bluetooth interface and the messages can be read in native language using an app on the mobile."The INMCC has a web-based network management system called 'SAGARMITRA' which maintains a database of registered DAT-SGs and helps MRCCs access the information about boat, and the coordinates of the boat in distress in real time. This helps the Indian Coast Guard undertake Search & Rescue operations at the time of distress, without any time delay," it said.Secretary in the Department of Space and ISRO Chairman S Somanath inaugurated the DAT-SG in the presence of ICG Director General Rakesh Pal on January 15 at INMCC, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network, Bengaluru. The services of DAT-SG have been declared operational on a 24x7 basis, it was stated.

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Space News ,U.S :- Axiom Space is all set to launch its third private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS). However, there are some technical issues that have made the launch preparations a bit tight on schedule.On January 16, Axiom, NASA, and SpaceX officials shared in a media teleconference that they are moving forward with the planned Ax-3 mission launch to the ISS on January 17. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off at 5:11 p.m. Eastern, carrying a Crew Dragon spacecraft that will dock with the station about 36 hours later.Originally, the launch readiness review, the final major check before launch, was supposed to happen before the media briefing. However, it got postponed to early January 17 to allow more time for the teams to get everything ready.Over the weekend, inspections revealed issues with joints connecting the Dragon spacecraft to the Falcon 9 upper stage. Two of the four joints were adjusted a bit differently than usual, according to Benji Reed, senior director of human spaceflight programs at SpaceX. As a precaution, SpaceX decided to replace the connections, causing a delay in launch preparations.Another challenge found during preparations involved the parachute system. Inspections from a previous cargo Dragon spacecraft splashdown in December showed that certain straps, known as "energy modulators," didn't function as intended. SpaceX took precautions by untwisting these straps in the Ax-3 Crew Dragon spacecraft's parachute system. They are collaborating with NASA to make sure this won't be an issue during the mission.Despite these challenges, the launch teams worked hard to keep the launch on schedule. The Ax-3 mission is part of Axiom Space's series of private astronaut missions, paving the way for commercial modules on the ISS. These modules will eventually become the core of a new commercial space station after the ISS retires.Axiom aims to continue these missions twice a year until their first module is installed in late 2026. The next mission, Ax-4, is tentatively set for the fall of 2024.The Ax-3 mission is led by Michael López-Alegría, Axiom's chief astronaut, and includes pilot Walter Villadei from the Italian Air Force. The mission specialists are Alper Gezeravcı from Turkey and Marcus Wandt from Sweden. Gezeravcı will be Turkey's first person in space, and Wandt will be the second from Sweden, thanks to collaboration with the European Space Agency.While the Ax-3 team faces challenges, they are excited about the mission, especially López-Alegría, for whom this will be his sixth trip to space. He expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "As long as they ask me to fly, my hand will be raised."

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Defense News ,Middle East :- The US Navy has formed a new team in the Middle East called "The Pioneers" under Task Group 59.1. This group, part of Task Force 59, will manage both unmanned and manned systems to boost maritime security in the region.Task Force 59, the navy’s first unmanned and artificial intelligence (AI) segment in the Middle East, has been operating since 2021. It has deployed autonomous capabilities in locations like Bahrain, Aqaba, and Jordan.According to Task Force 59 Commodore Capt. Colin Corridan, Task Group 59.1 breaks away from traditional acquisition models, creating a connection between industry partners and end-user operators. The aim is to seamlessly integrate new technology introduced to operators in the field.Task Force 59's mission aligns with the US 5th Fleet's goals of maintaining maritime defense and stability in key areas, including the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Gulfs of Oman and Aden, the Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. The operational area spans 2.5 million square miles and includes crucial choke points like the Suez Canal, Strait of Hormuz, and Strait of Bab el Mandeb.Captain Corridan expressed enthusiasm for the future, stating that the team at 59.1, selected to pioneer this initiative, will lead the Navy in the hybrid fleet ecosystem.The US 5th Fleet had previously used drones over the Arabian Peninsula to monitor Iranian Navy and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps activities. In the same vein, the US Navy collaborated with its UAE counterparts in the Arabian Gulf for their first unmanned systems and AI bilateral exercise. In 2022, the Central Command deployed over 100 unmanned vessels in the Middle East to deter maritime threats.

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Defense News ,U.S :- Emergent BioSolutions, a company in Maryland, has won a contract worth up to $235.8 million to provide anthrax vaccine solutions for the United States military.For the next five years, Emergent will be supplying its special BioThrax vaccine to the US Department of Defense. This vaccine will be used to protect military personnel from anthrax as a preventive measure before any exposure to the disease.The contract also includes an option to extend the project until 2033 if needed.Paul Williams, Senior Vice President at Emergent, expressed pride in the company's mission to safeguard the lives of the nation's service members at high risk of anthrax exposure. He emphasized the significance of Emergent's medical countermeasures portfolio and the commitment to fulfilling their responsibilities to the US Department of Defense.About Anthrax:Anthrax is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans, posing a threat to health. It can lead to damage to organ systems, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, and even death.This harmful bacteria can affect individuals, livestock, and wild game through ingestion, skin contact, and inhalation. Preventive measures, like the BioThrax vaccine, play a crucial role in protecting individuals from the risks associated with anthrax exposure.

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Defense News ,Slovenia :- This year is special for Slovenia because it has been 20 years since it joined NATO on March 29, 2004. Slovenia plays an important role in NATO's Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS). This system helps protect Slovenian airspace, and it involves constant communication with NATO. The Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) in Slovenia keeps an eye on the airspace 24/7.Ten years ago, on January 17, 2014, Slovenia made an agreement with Hungary. This agreement allows Hungarian Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighters to help protect Slovenia's airspace.The CRC Commander, Major Samo Mali, explains that since 2004, Slovenia has been part of NATO's airspace protection. The NATO system, NATINAMDS, includes Air Policing activities over Slovenia. The goal is to keep Allied airspace safe by having interceptor aircraft and crews ready to respond quickly to any airspace issues.Protecting Slovenian airspace involves different tasks, like airspace surveillance and control, command and control, and Air Policing assets. The 16th CRC in Brnik, Slovenia, uses a modern air command and control system called MASE/MICE. In 2022, part of the CRC moved to a new operations room for better operations.The CRC collects data from military and civilian radars about activities in Slovenian airspace. This information is shared with NATO in Spain. The Slovenian Armed Forces’ Operations Centre also plays a role in command and control nationally. Interceptor aircraft from Slovenia, Italy, and Hungary are always ready for Air Policing missions.Since 2007, Italian Eurofighter F-2000 Typhoon interceptors have been protecting Slovenian airspace. In 2014, Hungary joined the effort with JAS-39 Gripen interceptors. All these efforts help Slovenia conduct high-quality training and maintain NATO standards.Colonel Janez Gaube, Slovenia’s 15th Wing Commander, expressed gratitude for the support from NATO. Slovenian Pilatus PC-9M aircraft, under the command of the Slovenian Armed Forces, have also contributed to airspace protection since 2017. The CRC staff is well-trained and integrated into both Slovenian and NATO structures. Some members even work at NATO's CAOC Torrejón and Allied Air Command in Ramstein.In conclusion, Slovenia is proud to be part of NATO, working together to ensure the safety of its airspace and contribute to the alliance's goals.

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Defense News ,Norway :- Norway is getting ready to send four powerful F-35 combat aircraft to Iceland's Keflavík Air Base in the first of three NATO fighter deployments this year. These top-notch planes will be on standby at the air base, always ready to take off quickly and protect the airspace in the region for NATO and international safety.The Norwegian team will not just be sitting around; they'll be part of important training and alert drills. This includes practicing how to identify unknown aircraft, making sure everyone is on their toes to keep the alliance safe.This mission is all part of NATO's plan to keep the peace in the air, known as Air Policing. The goal is to protect the airspace by working together. Keflavík Air Base has been hosting NATO's fighter aircraft since 2008, making it a key location for these important missions.Now, even though Iceland doesn't have its own military, it plays a crucial role in NATO's defense plans. Iceland uses its air defense and surveillance systems, including four radar sites and a central air command and control network, to help allied forces keep an eye on the sky.Iceland's waters are also used for important NATO exercises, like Dynamic Mongoose, which helps the alliance practice dealing with threats under the water. Even without a military, Iceland contributes to NATO's work by providing financial support and civilian personnel. This small country might not have an army, but it's a big part of keeping the High North safe.

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Defense News ,India :- In line with the Indian Navy's goal of being a strong and forward-thinking force, all the groups taking part in the Republic Day Parade 2024 will demonstrate a strong commitment to national security, self-reliance, and the empowerment of women, according to a statement from the Indian Navy.This year, the naval group will include 144 young individuals, both men and women, marching together on the historic Kartavyapath. This showcases the Indian Navy as a modern, powerful, and inclusive force. Lt Prajwal will proudly lead the group as the Contingent Commander, with Lt Mudita Goyal, Lt Sharvani Supreiya, and Lt Devika H serving as Platoon Commanders.The Indian Navy remains dedicated to protecting India's maritime interests. The 2024 tableau presents two important and current themes. The first theme celebrates "Nari Shakti," showcasing the roles of women in the Indian Navy at all levels. The main part of the tableau focuses on the second theme, "Sea Power Across the Oceans Through Indigenisation." It illustrates India's first fully indigenous Carrier Battle Group, featuring the Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, escort ships INS Delhi, Kolkata, and Shivalik, the Light Combat Aircraft, Advanced Light Helicopter, Kalvari class Submarine, and the GSAT-7 Rukmani Satellite. Every element on the tableau is designed and built in India, highlighting the country's growing capabilities in Shipbuilding, Aerospace, Missile, and Rocket technologies.The tableau commanders, Lt Cdr Bhope Juee Milind and Lt Cdr Nitheesh KS, lead the way, showcasing India's achievements in various fields. The Indian Navy band, led by M Antony Raj, MCPO Musician Second Class, consisting of 80 musicians, will march with pride. At the Beating Retreat on January 29, 2024, the band will play exciting martial tunes and popular numbers, showcasing Bharat's recent accomplishments.

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Defense News ,Sweden :- Saab, a company known for its advanced defense solutions, has just landed a major deal with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). This contract, spanning from 2024 to 2026 and worth about SEK 300 million, was officially confirmed in Saab's fourth-quarter report for 2023.The Swedish Armed Forces, in collaboration with FMV, plan to deploy Saab's Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) solution. This innovative system will be integrated into the BvS10 armored vehicle, playing a crucial role in shaping Sweden's future mobile air defense strategies.Expressing pride in this collaboration, Görgen Johansson, head of Saab's business area Dynamics, highlights the versatility of their MSHORAD solution. This technology is designed to swiftly identify, counter, and neutralize various air threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armored helicopters. The system comprises a mobile radar unit using the Giraffe 1X radar and a mobile firing unit based on RBS 70 NG. Both units are seamlessly connected through Saab's ground-based air defense command and control solution, GBAD C2. In essence, Saab's MSHORAD ensures mobile and effective protection for military forces on the battlefield.This significant contract not only showcases Saab's cutting-edge defense capabilities but also signifies a strategic move towards bolstering Sweden's defense mechanisms against evolving air threats.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-17 14:17:12
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Defense News ,France & Ukraine :- In a recent announcement, French President Emmanuel Macron shared that France will give Ukraine 40 powerful SCALP cruise missiles and numerous bombs to enhance its defense capabilities. This declaration, made during a press conference, emphasizes France's increased dedication to supporting Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.President Macron also discussed plans for a special security agreement between France and Ukraine, similar to the recent pact between the United Kingdom and Kyiv. This step strengthens France’s role in the global effort to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression.The SCALP missile system, known as the Storm Shadow in the UK, is well-known for its accuracy and long-range capabilities. It can target locations deep within the Russian-occupied areas of eastern Ukraine, going beyond the front lines. This is crucial for Ukraine in aiming at strategic places held by Russian forces.Along with the missile delivery, France is also providing a significant amount of bombs, increasing the level of military support given to Ukraine. This commitment is part of the wider international initiative to equip Ukraine with the necessary tools to protect its independence and territorial integrity.The effectiveness of the SCALP missile has been proven in previous operations by Ukraine, including one that resulted in the destruction of significant Russian military assets in Sevastopol.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-17 14:09:52
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Defense News ,India & China :- In 2022, Indian and Chinese soldiers had two fights along their border in the Himalayan region. This area has been a source of tension since 2020. The Indian Army's bravery awards revealed these incidents, which involved close combat. Meanwhile, both New Delhi and Beijing were in talks to solve their biggest military conflict in many years.Fortunately, there were no reported deaths in these recent clashes. However, back in mid-2020, there were serious confrontations that led to the deaths of at least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese troops in the same area.These skirmishes happened in the Ladakh region of India, with the latest one occurring in November 2022. This information indicates that the border tensions lasted longer than initially known. The Indian and Chinese armies have not yet responded to requests for comments.The details of these clashes came to light when the Indian Army awarded medals to some of its soldiers. These soldiers confronted Chinese troops trying to enter Indian territory in two separate incidents in 2022.In the first incident in January 2022, the citation reported that "several soldiers of the People's Liberation Army attacked" an Indian Army post in eastern Ladakh. During the scuffle, an Indian soldier wounded four Chinese troops and took their rifles, forcing them to retreat.In the second incident in November 2022, Indian troops repelled "a group of 40 to 50 soldiers of (PLA)" attempting to enter Indian territory. An Indian unit attacked and injured them, preventing the enemy from capturing the post.According to the citations, the two armies also had a two-day standoff in an unspecified area in 2022. Despite ongoing military and diplomatic discussions, the conflict that began in mid-2020 has not yet reached a final resolution.The border dispute between India and China has a history dating back to the 1950s, and a brief but intense war erupted in 1962 over the issue.

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Defense News ,U.S :- This project started in 2020 and was previously called the National Defense Space Architecture. Back then, SDA signed a deal with L3Harris, Space Exploration Technologies, and SpaceX to build special satellites for the Tranche 0 program.All of these satellites are part of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture. This plan aims to use space technology for missions happening on Earth.The satellites will focus on finding and tracking missiles flying at altitudes lower than 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles).Derek Tournear, the director of SDA, says it's crucial for the space industry to work quickly. They want to make sure the military gets these satellites for missile warning, tracking, and defense.If everything goes as planned, these 54 satellites will be launched by April 2027. This depends on the defense budget getting approved by the end of March.The contracts with these three companies are worth a total of $2.5 billion.These new satellites will join the older ones in the Tranche 2 Tracking Layer. Together, they will form a network of 270 satellites for transportation and tracking.L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, and Sierra Space are the companies that will each make 18 satellites. These satellites are part of SDA’s Tranche 2 Tracking Layer program. They will have special sensors to warn about missiles, track them, and control defenses against them.The US Space Development Agency (SDA) is teaming up with three companies to make 54 satellites. These satellites will help track missiles all around the world.Title: "US Space Agency's Big Plan: 54 Satellites to Keep an Eye on Missiles Globally"

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