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Space News , India :- Indian space enthusiasts have something exciting to look forward to! AgniKul Cosmos, a rising star in India's private space race, has officially announced the launch of its Agnibaan Sub-Orbital Technological Demonstrator (SOrTeD) rocket by the end of the first quarter of 2024. This upcoming test flight is a big step forward for India's growing space dreams.The Agnibaan SOrTeD rocket is a single-stage rocket that aims to test and confirm the technologies needed for Agnibaan, AgniKul's future orbital launch vehicle. This suborbital flight, reaching a height of 70 km, will provide important information about how critical systems like the engine, guidance, and control mechanisms perform.Here's the exciting part: Agnibaan SOrTeD will use a modern kerolox engine, a mix of kerosene and liquid oxygen. This combination is not only cost-effective but also reliable, offering a smart alternative to traditional fuels. This advancement could lead to more affordable and frequent space launches in the future.If the launch of Agnibaan SOrTeD is successful, it will be a significant achievement for AgniKul and a boost for India's growing private space sector. It showcases the increasing capabilities of Indian companies to compete globally and contribute to the country's space aspirations.The success of Agnibaan SOrTeD's test has great potential for the future. It might open the door to a new era of affordable and frequent space launches, supporting scientific research, satellite deployment, and even space tourism in the years to come.As the countdown to Agnibaan SOrTeD's launch officially begins, space enthusiasts in India and around the world are eagerly watching. This test flight is a crucial step toward realizing India's orbital dreams and establishing itself as a significant player in the global space competition.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 13:59:46
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Defense News , Red Sea :- Two navy sailors from the US 5th Fleet are missing at sea near Somalia, according to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). The incident occurred on Thursday evening during their operations off the coast of Somalia.For security reasons, CENTCOM is not sharing additional details until the personnel recovery operation is complete. In consideration of the affected families, no further information on the missing sailors is being released at this time.The US 5th Fleet's area of operations covers about 2.5 million square miles, including the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. This vast region, involving 21 nations, features crucial points like the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb.Recently, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) cautioned all ships to avoid Bab al-Mandab due to a potential threat, lasting several days, as reported by tanker body INTERTANKO.CMF, led by the US from Bahrain, where the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet is based, consists of 39 members, including NATO, European states, regional countries, and others.In a separate event, US forces targeted a Houthi radar site in Yemen to weaken the group's ability to attack maritime vessels. The strike, conducted by the USS Carney using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, was a follow-up to actions taken on Jan. 12 to degrade the Houthi's capacity to target maritime vessels, including commercial ones, as per the statement from the U.S. Central Command.

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Defense News , India :- In a big move to stop Pakistan's attempts to increase terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army is starting Operation Sarvashakti. This operation will focus on targeting terrorists in the Union Territory, specifically on both sides of the Pir Panjal mountain ranges.Lately, terrorist groups from Pakistan have been trying to bring back terrorism in the southern part of the Pir Panjal ranges, especially in the Rajouri Poonch sector. About 20 soldiers have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in this area, with the latest attack occurring on December 21, where four soldiers were killed in the Dera ki Gali area.Under Operation Sarvashakti, the Indian Army plans to conduct joint counter-terrorism operations from both sides of the Pir Panjal ranges. The Srinagar-based Chinar Corps and the Nagrota-headquartered White Knight Corps will simultaneously carry out these operations. The Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF, Special Operations Group, and intelligence agencies will work closely together to prevent Pakistan from reviving terrorist activities in the Union Territory, especially in the Rajouri Poonch sector.The operations are expected to follow the model of Operation Sarpvinash, launched in 2003 to eliminate terrorists from the same areas in the south of the Pir Panjal range.Army Chief General Manoj Pande mentioned that terrorist activities had nearly disappeared in the area since 2003. However, the threat has resurfaced, and the Indian Army, along with the Northern Command, is taking measures to tackle it. These operations are closely monitored by the Army Headquarters and the Northern Army Command in Udhampur.Home Minister Amit Shah held a security meeting with key stakeholders, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army officials, intelligence agencies, and police officials from both state and central agencies, leading to the planning of these operations.Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi has coordinated with top security forces in both the Jammu and Kashmir regions for a united effort against terrorists. The Indian Army is also in the process of deploying more troops in the Rajouri-Poonch sector and strengthening intelligence capabilities in the region.Despite provocations by terrorists, the troops have shown restraint, refraining from firing back in areas with civilian presence. The swift action taken by the Indian Army in addressing civilian casualties following the December 21 encounter has contributed to maintaining local support in the fight against terrorism.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 13:45:45
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Defense News :- Russia & N.Korea :- South Korea's Defense Minister, Shin Won-Sik, has raised concerns about North Korea potentially giving tactical guided ballistic missiles to Russia. This comes after North Korea revealed a new truck-mounted missile system resembling the KN-24 close-range ballistic missile.According to Minister Shin, this missile system has an estimated range of 100 to 180 kilometers and could even carry a tactical nuclear warhead. North Korea has stated its intention to deploy these missiles with its front-line troops.Minister Shin suggests that, considering recent arms trade activities, North Korea might sell these ballistic missiles to Russia. He points to past instances of North Korean missile sales to Russia as evidence.The KN-24 short-range missile, similar to the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System, was first tested in 2019. It has a unitary warhead weighing between 400 to 500 kilograms and follows a quasi-ballistic trajectory.Earlier this month, the White House reported Russia's deployment of North Korean ballistic missiles in Ukraine, indicating a range of 900 kilometers. These missiles resemble the KN-23 and KN-25 short-range ballistic missiles based on their graphic and range.Minister Shin raises the possibility that Russia may have provided technological assistance to North Korea in exchange for arms and ammunition. He mentions that North Korea's spy satellite, launched in November, is considered rudimentary, but with continued technological support from Russia, its capabilities could improve.It is noted that North Korea has already shipped an estimated 5,000 containers of weapons to Russia. This quantity is sufficient to transport around 2.3 million rounds of 152-millimeter shells or approximately 400,000 rounds of 122-millimeter artillery shells, according to Yonhap News Agency's report on the defense minister's statements.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 05:12:27
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Defense News , World :- Raytheon has successfully reached a significant milestone in the development of the Barracuda countermine device, completing its technical data package. This achievement marks a major step forward in the project that Raytheon has been working on since 2018, funded by an $83-million contract from the US Navy. The deployment of the Barracuda is anticipated in 2026.The Barracuda is an innovative underwater device designed to search, identify, and destroy mines found on the ocean floor, near the surface, or drifting in the water. A total of 123 Barracudas are in the process of being built, with 63 allocated for contractor trials and 65 for trials conducted by the US Navy, as reported by Seapower.This Sea Mine-Assassin operates as an expendable, semi-autonomous unmanned vehicle. It is equipped with a kill mechanism, propulsion systems, sensors, and a communications buoy. Using the AN/AQS-20C sonar mine countermeasures mission system, the Barracuda can identify a suspected mine and propel itself using four water jets. The system then receives GPS coordinates through a tethered acoustic communication data link.With its mounted camera and sonar on the nose, the Barracuda allows human operators to confirm targets, enhancing its efficiency in mine detection and elimination. The completion of the technical data package brings Raytheon one step closer to the successful deployment of this advanced underwater mine hunter.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 05:07:10
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In exciting news, the Adani Group is putting in a whopping ₹1,500 crore investment in Hyderabad over the next two to three years. Their goal is to turn Hyderabad into a major center for making missiles and unmanned vehicles.The Adani Group, a big Indian company, wants to focus on creating unmanned systems for both land and water. They are part of the Indian Navy's MAKE-2 program, which they need to finish in the next two and a half years. They're even working on a special kind of robot mule that can carry heavy loads like a mule does, reducing the burden on soldiers.Now, let's talk missiles. Adani plans to make long-range missiles, naval missiles, next-generation anti-radiation missiles, and Rudram-2 Hypersonic Missiles in Hyderabad.Here's an interesting collaboration: Adani is teaming up with DRDO for the Development cum Production Partner (DCPP) program. Together, they managed to create a top-notch unmanned precision-guided missile in just 18 months. They named it UAV Launched Precision Guided Munition (ULPGM).Guess what? In August 2023, Adani Defence received an order from the Indian Army for the ULPGM. Looks like Hyderabad is gearing up for some groundbreaking developments in the world of missiles and unmanned vehicles!

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 05:03:35
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The Defense News , India :- The Indian Army is gearing up for trials of its latest light tank, Zorawar, as development progresses swiftly. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is working hard to complete the tank's testing phase, with plans to hand it over to the Indian Army for further evaluation in April of this year.According to defense officials, the Zorawar light tank, equipped with a new engine, has undergone successful testing at our partner's production facilities, covering a distance of over 100 kilometers. The tank is now on track to be delivered to the Indian Army by April.The Indian Army has placed an order for 59 Zorawar light tanks with the DRDO, in collaboration with Larsen and Toubro. Originally scheduled for delivery in December, the project faced delays due to engine supply issues from Germany.Despite setbacks, the Indian Army remains committed to enhancing its capabilities in the Ladakh sector, where the Chinese have deployed their light tanks. To address this, the Army plans to acquire an additional 295 light tanks through a separate program. Six to seven companies are participating in the competition to supply these tanks.This ambitious project is part of the Indian Army's collaboration with private sector firms to develop cutting-edge weapon systems. The Defense Acquisition Council recently approved the light tank initiative, aiming to bolster mobility and maneuverability in challenging terrains.The DRDO, in partnership with L&T, is diligently working on the 25-tonne light tank, designed to navigate the high mountainous terrain of Ladakh seamlessly. The entire project aligns with the Make in India initiative, showcasing India's commitment to producing advanced weaponry domestically.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 04:56:59
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Defense News U.S :- NASA and Lockheed Martin are set to reveal the X-59 Quesst on Friday, January 12. This new supersonic jet is designed to fly faster than the speed of sound without causing a loud sonic boom.Catherine Bahm, NASA's manager for the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator project and X-59 development lead, expressed excitement about the unveiling. She mentioned that it marks a significant milestone towards achieving the mission's goal of minimizing sonic booms. The team, some of whom have been working on the project since its inception, considers this reveal a special moment.You can watch the X-59 being rolled out for the first time via a free livestream on Space.com starting at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT). The event will also be available on NASA+, NASA TV, and courtesy of NASA.Lockheed Martin's "Skunk Works" facility in Palmdale, California, has been constructing the X-59 since 2019. This experimental jet is designed to fly at supersonic speeds while significantly reducing the noise associated with traditional sonic booms. The goal is to produce a sound more akin to a "thump," similar to the sound of a car door slamming. NASA believes this innovation could lead to changes in regulations that currently restrict supersonic flights over populated areas due to disruptive sonic booms.Although the X-59 was previously revealed in August 2023, this unveiling is special because it showcases the jet's final red, white, and blue paint job.One unique feature of the X-59 is its absence of a forward windscreen. Instead, pilots rely on NASA's External Vision System (XVS), which utilizes a forward-facing camera, a cockpit display screen, and custom image processing software. This system creates an augmented reality view for the pilot, enhancing their line-of-sight with graphical flight data overlays.Measuring 99.7 feet in length and 29.5 feet in width, the X-59 is designed to reach a speed of Mach 1.4 (925 mph) at an altitude of 55,000 feet. Its single engine, built by General Electric Aviation, powers the jet.While the unveiling is a significant accomplishment, NASA emphasizes that it's just the beginning for the X-59. The next milestones include the first flight and subsequent supersonic flights. NASA plans to conduct a research campaign where the X-59 will fly over select residential areas to collect data on how people experience and react to its quieter sonic booms. This data will be used to seek approval for commercial supersonic flights from regulatory agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:37:57
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Defense News ,Russia :- Russia is gearing up to manufacture a new type of bomb called Drel starting this year. The news comes from Russian state defense conglomerate Rostec, as reported by TASS.According to Rostec, the Drel bomb has successfully passed all required tests, and they are now working on developing its warheads. This development coincides with the production of around 10,000 S-8KL guided cluster aviation munitions in 2024.The Drel bomb, weighing 540 kilograms (1,190 pounds), is a "smart" munition composed of 15 submunitions. These submunitions have the ability to fly independently to the target and open up at the right moment. If a submunition fails to hit its target, it will self-destruct after a certain period.This guided bomb is equipped with inertial and GPS/GLONASS guidance, along with a "friend or foe" identification system to avoid accidental attacks on friendly forces.The Drel bomb is released from an altitude of 14 kilometers (8.69 miles) and can glide up to 50 kilometers (31 miles). It is specifically designed to destroy various targets, including armored vehicles, ground-based radar stations, power plant control centers, and anti-aircraft missile systems. Notably, the bomb comes with features like stealth and resistance to electronic warfare.In summary, Russia's new Drel bomb is set to make an impact with its advanced capabilities, combining smart technology, precision guidance, and a wide range of target options.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:30:25
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Defense News ,Japan :- Japan has just launched its own special satellite, called Optical-8. This satellite is like a high-tech eye in the sky, and it will watch over North Korea to keep an eye on what they're doing militarily.The launch happened at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, using a big rocket made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The Japanese government happily reported that the satellite smoothly separated from the rocket and is now happily orbiting in space as planned.This high-tech eye, the Optical-8, can take very detailed pictures of North Korea's military sites. However, it might struggle a bit in really bad weather.Hiroki Yasuda, who works at Tokyo’s satellite intelligence center, explained that it will take a few months before Optical-8 starts sending back important information.This launch is important because Japan wants to be on top of things in the Indo-Pacific region. Tensions are rising, especially with North Korea and China flexing their military muscles.In 2023, North Korea proudly announced that it launched a special satellite that could take pictures of the Pentagon, the big military building in the United States.Yasuda stressed how crucial this new satellite is for Japan. He said, "As the world around Japan gets more dangerous and we face more natural disasters, having satellites that can gather information is super important for our foreign affairs, defense, security, and dealing with disasters. We need to keep getting better at gathering intelligence."

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:27:34
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Defense News , Red Sea :- The United States and Britain have carried out strikes in Yemen against sites connected to the Houthi movement. This is the first time they've taken such action since the Houthi group, backed by Iran, began targeting international ships in the Red Sea late last year.As reported by witnesses in Yemen, there were explosions across the country. President Joe Biden, in a statement, warned that further action would be taken if necessary. He emphasized that these targeted strikes send a clear message that the United States and its partners will not tolerate attacks on their personnel or threats to freedom of navigation.According to the British Ministry of Defense, early signs suggest that the Houthi's ability to threaten merchant shipping has been dealt a blow.A Houthi official referred to the strikes as "American-Zionist-British aggression," confirming raids in several cities, including the capital Sanaa.The ongoing strikes mark a significant escalation in the conflict and demonstrate the widening impact of the Israel-Hamas war in the Middle East.The strikes involve aircraft, ships, and submarines targeting more than a dozen locations. The goal is to weaken the Houthi's military capabilities, and they are not merely symbolic, according to a U.S. official speaking anonymously.The Houthi movement, controlling most of Yemen, has ignored international calls to halt their missile and drone attacks on Red Sea shipping routes. They claim these attacks are in support of Hamas, the Palestinian group controlling Gaza.The conflict has disrupted international commerce on a key route between Europe and Asia, responsible for about 15% of the world's shipping traffic. The Houthis have attacked 27 ships to date.The U.S. military reported that the Houthis fired an anti-ship ballistic missile into international shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, marking the 27th attack by the group since November 19.The recent strikes come after a major Houthi attack on January 9 in the Red Sea, where U.S. and British naval forces had to intercept 21 Houthi drones and missiles.President Biden mentioned that the Houthis directly targeted American ships. In December, more than 20 countries agreed to participate in a U.S.-led coalition named Operation Prosperity Guardian, aimed at safeguarding commercial traffic in the Red Sea. However, the recent strikes by the U.S. and Britain occurred outside of this defensive coalition, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands.Biden concluded by stating that the international community's response to these attacks has been united and resolute.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:23:52
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Defense News , India :- The Indian Army is currently testing the Mahindra-DRDO Wheeled Armored Platform (WhAP) near the factory to see if it could be a groundbreaking new combat vehicle. This 8×8 amphibious beast is a big step forward in India’s military technology, offering lots of options in battle.Amphibious Advantages:One big thing that sets WhAP apart is its ability to move on both land and water. Unlike other armored vehicles, WhAP can easily switch from land to water, giving the army more options for moving and fighting. This means they can do things like surprise attacks, cross water obstacles, and launch amphibious assaults, making the Indian Army more effective in different places.Adaptability at Its Core:WhAP is designed in a way that makes it easy to change and adjust for different missions and places where it's used. Whether it's for exploring, carrying infantry, or combat engineering, WhAP can be adjusted to fit different needs. This makes it easier to use and manage in different situations, making the army's job more efficient.Competition in the Works:Tata Advanced Systems also made their own version of WhAP, but the Indian Army has only used the land-based version so far. The ongoing tests of Mahindra-DRDO WhAP will decide if it's better for widespread use, especially with its unique amphibious advantage over the land-only version.Impressive Features:WhAP isn't just good in water; it's tough in battles too. Its strong armor and advanced defense systems are all about keeping the crew safe. With a powerful engine and smart drivetrain, it can move smoothly through tough landscapes like deserts, mountains, and swamps. Plus, it packs a punch with its turret-mounted weapon system and other weapons, making it a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:17:15
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Defense News ,India :- After seven long years of not knowing what happened, the families of the 29 people who were on a missing Indian Air Force An-32 plane finally have some answers. The Indian government shared that they found parts of the plane in the Bay of Bengal, giving a real connection to the sad event that took place in 2016.Back on July 22, 2016, the An-32 plane, with 29 people on a regular mission, disappeared over the Bay of Bengal. Despite many planes and ships searching, they couldn't find any sign of the plane or the people. The families of the missing went through a lot of pain and had many questions that nobody could answer.Then, the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), a group under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, stepped in. Recently, NIOT used a special underwater robot called an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to explore the last known location of the missing plane. The AUV, working 3400 meters below the surface, used advanced tools like multi-beam sonar and high-resolution photos to look at the ocean floor.After carefully studying the images, they found parts of the plane on the seabed, about 310 kilometers away from the Chennai coast. By checking closely, they confirmed that these were parts of an An-32 plane. Since there were no reports of other missing planes in that area, they were sure that these were the remains of the lost Indian Air Force An-32.Even though this discovery brings some closure to the families, it's a mix of good and sad feelings. Confirming the crash is heartbreaking, but it also ends the long time of not knowing. Now, the families can start to grieve and remember their loved ones.Finding the debris also gives a chance for more investigation and recovery. NIOT will now work on mapping the crash site and figuring out if they can bring back the wreckage and the remains of the people. This information might help understand why the crash happened and give some comfort to the families.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:10:37
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Defense News , India :- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently tested the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile, marking a significant achievement in India's air defense capabilities.The test took place at 10:30 AM at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. The missile was aimed at a fast unmanned aerial target flying at a very low altitude.According to the Ministry of Defence, the missile successfully intercepted and destroyed the target during the test. The entire weapon system, which includes the missile with a radio frequency seeker developed in India, launcher, multi-function radar, and command, control, and communication system, was proven to work effectively.The performance of the system was confirmed through data collected by various radars, telemetry, and electro-optical tracking systems at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur.The test was observed by senior officials from DRDO, the Indian Air Force (IAF), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The AKASH-NG system is an advanced missile system capable of intercepting fast and agile aerial threats. The successful test has set the stage for further trials.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised DRDO, IAF, public sector units (PSUs), and industry for the successful test. He mentioned that the development of this system will enhance the country's air defense capabilities.The Akash missile, developed by DRDO, has been in service for over a decade. The recent test involved a system ordered in September 2019 by the IAF. Countries in the Middle East have also shown interest in the Akash weapon system, especially after recent successful demonstrations in trials.The Akash Weapon System is designed and developed by DRDO and manufactured by defense public sector units and other industries. It has been deployed by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army for the past decade. Additionally, the Akash system has received orders from international customers, and ongoing upgrades by DRDO scientists may lead to more orders from Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 16:06:09
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A brave officer named Major Rajprasad from the Indian Army has created an amazing new landmine system. This system uses both artificial intelligence (AI) and human control to protect soldiers and civilians. It's a big step forward in making battlefields safer for everyone.In Simple Terms: A Smart Landmine SystemUnlike old landmines that explode when touched by anyone, this new system is different. It has a "human-in-loop" design, which means it combines AI with human decision-making. The system uses AI to figure out if the approaching person is a friend or an enemy. It checks movement, sounds, and other data. It only activates if it senses a potential threat, and a human confirms it.Benefits of the Smart Landmine System:1. Fewer Accidents for Civilians:   Old landmines cause accidents for innocent people in war zones. This new system lowers the risk by only targeting those who might be a threat.2. Safer Soldiers:   Soldiers often have to go through dangerous minefields in enemy territory. With AI helping to find and deactivate mines, it makes their missions safer and more successful.3. Better Control in Battle:   The system can tell the difference between friends and enemies. This means it can target more precisely, reducing the chance of hurting innocent people. It helps in making military operations more strategic and efficient.Major Rajprasad thinks that similar AI-powered landmine technologies are becoming popular globally. These technologies could replace old landmines that aren't as smart. This change supports international efforts to make war less harmful to civilians.Even though we don't know all the details about the system yet, its development is a big deal in military technology. The "human-in-loop" idea not only keeps things safe but also shows a responsible and ethical way of doing war. As the technology gets better, it could save many lives and change how we deal with landmines in wars.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 07:06:10
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Defense News , India :- To counter the rising threat of swarm drone attacks, an inventive Indian Army officer and a soldier have collaborated to create an advanced anti-drone system. This system combines a homegrown jammer with an upgraded Russian-origin Schilka Weapon System.Major Nagaraj SY, an Army Air Defence officer, and his comrade, Mohammed Firoze Khan, designed this system in response to the increased use of stealth drones in conflicts like the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.Major Nagaraj SY explained, "To tackle swarm drone attacks effectively, we needed a hybrid anti-drone system incorporating both kinetic and non-kinetic components. The development took us about 8-10 months, and now it's deployed in our western sector."The hybrid anti-drone system integrates an indigenous jammer with the enhanced Russian-origin Schilka Weapon System, proving effective against swarm drone attacks. The Schilka Weapon System can detect and neutralize incoming drones from a considerable distance, employing both kinetic and non-kinetic methods.Simultaneously, the Indian Army is dedicating the year 2024 as the "Year of Technology Absorption." This initiative emphasizes the army's commitment to using technology for transformative change, relying on in-house expertise to innovate solutions in collaboration with the domestic defense industry.Furthermore, the Indian Army is actively enhancing its cyberspace capabilities. Under the banner of "Project SAMBHAV," soldiers are being trained to leverage technology and exploit the cyber domain effectively. SAMBHAV is a secure, network-agnostic mobile ecosystem, utilizing contemporary 5G technology to provide secure communication with instant connectivity on the move. This represents a significant leap forward in India's defense capability, reflecting the army's dedication to staying technologically ahead.    

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 06:57:52
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Defense News , Pakistan :- In Pakistan, where the economy is facing big problems, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given a thumbs up to the country's plan to fix its economic issues. The IMF's group of leaders finished checking the plan and agreed to immediately give Pakistan $700 million, according to a report by ARY News.This decision by the IMF is based on an agreement made between the IMF and Pakistan on November 15, 2023. This agreement shows that Pakistan is serious about making important changes to improve its situation.The approval from the IMF leaders is a result of hard work by Pakistan's temporary Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar and Army Chief General Asim Munir. They have been trying their best to boost the country's economy.The current program with the IMF is for $3 billion, and it is supposed to finish in April 2024. However, there is still about $8 billion left to be given. The IMF had already given $1.2 billion in July.With the recent approval, Pakistan is set to receive another $700 million from the IMF. Officials from the Finance Ministry are confident that Pakistan has met all the goals set by the IMF and should see positive outcomes.Back in November of the previous year, Pakistan and the IMF reached an agreement on the first review under the program. This agreement shows that Pakistan is committed to fixing its financial issues by making changes like reducing costs in the energy sector, improving the financial system, and attracting investment for job creation.The total debt for Pakistan reached a huge amount of 63,399 trillion Pakistani Rupees by the end of November last year. This was reported by ARY News, citing an official report. The report shows an increase of over 12.430 trillion PKR during the time of the previous government and the current temporary government.In November 2023, the overall debt was 63.390 trillion PKR, including 40.956 trillion PKR in domestic loans and 22.434 trillion PKR in international loans. This is a significant increase from November 2022 when the total debt was 50.959 trillion PKR, as reported by ARY News.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 06:45:34
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Defense News , U.S & U.K :- In a significant move, the U.S. and British militaries carried out a massive attack on more than a dozen sites linked to the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. The strike, utilizing Tomahawk missiles from warships and submarines, along with fighter jets, targeted various military sites, including air defense and radar locations, as well as storage and launch sites for drones and missiles.President Joe Biden emphasized that these strikes were a response to the Houthis' relentless attacks on the Red Sea. The decision came after diplomatic efforts and careful consideration, aiming to show that the U.S. and its allies will not tolerate the group's actions.The attacks, echoing the first U.S. military response to ongoing drone and missile assaults since the Israel-Hamas conflict, followed a warning issued by the White House and its allies to the Houthis. The strikes were coordinated with the UK, and other nations expressed their support for defending lives and protecting commerce in the vital waterway.Eyewitnesses reported explosions in various Yemeni cities, indicating the impact of the strikes. The Houthis, who had temporarily halted attacks after the warning, fired their largest-ever barrage of drones and missiles on Tuesday, prompting the military response.President Biden, despite expecting a degradation of Houthi capabilities, acknowledged the possibility of further responses. The coordinated effort involved the U.S. using warplanes and Tomahawk missiles, while the UK Royal Air Force conducted targeted strikes.The Houthis claim their actions are a response to Israel's conflict with Hamas, but the targets increasingly affect the crucial trade route connecting Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.In the aftermath of the strikes, a Houthi official vowed retaliation, emphasizing a potential escalation. The UN Security Council, in a resolution, called for an immediate end to Houthi attacks and implicitly criticized their weapons supplier, Iran.The U.S. had previously established a maritime security mission to enhance Red Sea security, reflecting the importance of the region for global trade. The recent attacks, impacting international shipping, prompted the coalition's warning and the creation of a new maritime security mission.The decision to respond militarily was influenced by escalating attacks on commercial vessels, with concerns about wider conflict and potential disruptions to the fragile truce in Yemen. The coalition aims to protect the strategic shipping lane, vital for global commerce, and deter further attacks.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-12 06:42:07
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Defense News ,U.S :- The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Raytheon have proven that a new sensor for the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) works well. This test happened at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.During the test, Raytheon used its special GhostEye MR sensor along with the US Air Force’s Air Defense Console and Battlespace Command and Control Center platforms. GhostEye MR gave a detailed picture of the air, helping the systems identify a target and choose the right response.The sensor also helped NASAMS in stopping threats during the pretend engagements. AFRL Air Defense Program Manager Jim Simonds said, “This experiment showed that GhostEye MR is a good sensor for air and missile defense. The radar can be quickly set up and detect live targets accurately from longer distances, giving more time to make decisions.”Raytheon confirmed that the three components worked as expected during the live scenario, especially in sharing information and relaying data. Raytheon Land & Air Systems President Tom Laliberty stated, “The team’s success shows that GhostEye MR can meet the needs of the US Air Force. Air bases worldwide are facing more advanced airborne threats, and this test is a big step towards having a good defense for air bases.”This recent trial follows a base test in Norway in 2022, where Raytheon and partners demonstrated that NASAMS could intercept threats using Raytheon’s missiles and Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center.In the past year, Raytheon got a $7-million contract to keep developing the GhostEye MR sensor for the US Department of Defense.

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Defense News ,Ukraine :- Milrem Robotics provided Ukraine with 14 special robot vehicles called THeMIS to support their armed forces in the conflict with Russia. These robots are proving to be very helpful for tasks like removing dangerous explosives, clearing routes, and delivering supplies. The soldiers using them have shared feedback with the company, highlighting how these robots are making a big difference.The THeMIS robots are doing important jobs like clearing areas of anti-tank mines and unexploded bombs. They're also transporting equipment to places that regular vehicles can't reach or where it's too risky for human soldiers. Captain Jüri Pajuste, who oversees the Ukrainian program at Milrem Robotics, emphasized that the most crucial benefit is not just saving equipment but, more importantly, saving lives.Out of the 14 robots delivered, seven are designed for carrying cargo and helping with evacuating injured soldiers. The other seven, equipped with special tools from the French CNIM, are used for clearing routes and getting rid of dangerous mines.Casualty evacuation and route clearance are risky tasks for soldiers, as they can become targets for the enemy. However, using these robots keeps the soldiers safe because they can be operated from a distance. The robots have even been used to speed up mining operations by carrying anti-tank mines.During challenging conditions like the muddy season in Ukraine, known as "bezdorizhzhia," the THeMIS robots act as supply vehicles instead of heavy trucks that might get stuck. Their small size and low height also make them hard for the enemy to detect, increasing their chances of survival.For security reasons, the details about which units are using these robot systems and where they are deployed are kept confidential. Milrem Robotics recently signed an agreement with the Ukrainian Defence Industry to work together on developing and manufacturing more advanced robotic systems that can enhance Ukraine's military capabilities both during and after the conflict.As part of this collaboration, they will integrate the experience gained on the battlefield into Milrem Robotics' existing robots and create new products to improve Ukraine's abilities in various domains. They will also explore the possibility of manufacturing THeMIS Combat, Combat Engineering, CASEVAC unmanned ground vehicles, and other Milrem Robotics' products within Ukraine.Milrem Robotics is a leading European company in robotics and autonomous systems, with offices in several countries. They are well-known for their THeMIS and Multiscope robot vehicles, the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle, and the MIFIK autonomy kit.

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