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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.

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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.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 15:38:58
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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.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 15:35:46
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Defense News ,U.S & Australia :- In a new development, the US State Department has given the green light for a potential deal to help Australia with its Tomahawk cruise missiles. This deal, valued at $250 million, includes various services to enhance the capabilities of these missiles.The support services cover general assistance for the weapon system, logistical support management, and material support. Additionally, the US will provide engineering services, manage technical data, and offer other program support. All of these services aim to help Australia make better use of its Tomahawk missiles against emerging threats, ensuring precise targeting and evaluation.This collaboration is not just about upgrading Australia's defense capabilities; it also strengthens the partnership and cooperation between the US and Australia. The United States views Australia as a crucial ally, and assisting in the development of a robust self-defense capability for Australia aligns with US national interests.According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Australia's strategic location contributes significantly to peace and economic stability in the Western Pacific. The announcement emphasizes that the support services will not compromise the readiness of US defense forces once the deal is finalized.A Quick Look at the Tomahawk:The Tomahawk, developed by Raytheon, is a highly accurate missile system designed for precision strikes. It can be launched from ships or submarines and has an impressive range of up to 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), making it effective even in heavily defended airspace. The Block IV variant can loiter for hours before hitting its target, with the ability to change course instantly. Its advanced data link allows two Tomahawk missiles to switch targets mid-flight.Australia had previously secured a deal in August 2023 to purchase over 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the US, valued at $830 million. This ongoing collaboration signifies a commitment to enhancing Australia's defense capabilities and fostering strong ties between the two nations.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 15:30:30
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Technology News ,World :- Guess what? Wi-Fi is about to get a major upgrade, and it's called Wi-Fi 7, officially known as 802.11be. Brace yourself because our homes and offices are on the verge of experiencing incredible speeds—almost 5.8 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Yes, you read that right!I have a little secret to share. I find it hard to believe when Intel claims that a typical Wi-Fi 7 laptop can reach a maximum speed of 5.8 Gbps. But, let's not get caught up in the top-end numbers. What I can believe is that Wi-Fi 7 can deliver real-world speeds of around 4 Gbps, which is more than fast enough for most people, unless you're running a high-performance supercomputer cluster at home.So, what makes Wi-Fi 7 stand out from its predecessor, Wi-Fi 6E, which can reach speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps? Well, Wi-Fi 7 achieves these blazing speeds thanks to some cool new features:Increased Channel Bandwidth:- Wi-Fi 7 doubles the maximum channel bandwidth from 160MHz to 320MHz, allowing for faster data transmission. Bigger bandwidth means higher wireless download speeds.4K Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM):- This feature lets each signal pack up to 120% more data into a channel compared to Wi-Fi 6E. Multi-Link Operation (MLO):- This feature allows devices to connect across two or three bands (2.4 GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz), boosting speed and stability. It seamlessly switches to another band if one is out of range. Improved Latency:- Integrating all three bands reduces airtime restrictions, making immediate data packet transmission more likely. This is great for applications requiring low latency, like online gaming and video conferencing. MU-MIMO Enhancement:- Wi-Fi 7 supports more multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) spatial streams, enabling routers to communicate with more devices simultaneously, especially in crowded environments. Multi Resource Units (RU):- Unlike older Wi-Fi standards, Wi-Fi 7 allows the channel to be shared if there's available room in itWi-Fi 7 operates on the familiar 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands, making it backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards. However, older devices won't fully benefit from its higher performance and new features.To make the most of Wi-Fi 7, all your gear needs to support the new standard. With the right equipment, you can enjoy 8K movies, augmented reality/virtual reality gaming, and lightning-fast large file downloads.For home networks, Wi-Fi 7 enhances the performance of smart home devices, providing a more reliable connection for Internet of Things technologies. The improved bandwidth and speed are perfect for families with multiple devices streaming high-definition content simultaneously.In businesses, Wi-Fi 7 supports more devices with minimal interference, making it ideal for large offices and coworking spaces. The improved speed and stability facilitate seamless video conferencing and efficient cloud-based applications.Now, here's a bit of a downside. The 6 GHz wireless spectrum, while great for fast data transfers at close range, struggles with long distances and interference from physical obstructions. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working on a solution that will increase Wi-Fi 7's range and overall performance.Wi-Fi 7 routers are already available, but they come with a hefty price tag. If you're eager to experience the cutting edge, go ahead and invest. But for most people, it might be wise to wait until more devices support Wi-Fi 7, and prices come down. After all, this new standard is a significant leap forward in wireless technology, and it's only going to get better!

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 15:06:54
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Technology News ,World :- Researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering have created an innovative lithium metal battery that can be charged and discharged over 6,000 times, surpassing other batteries in durability. The breakthrough not only introduces a novel method for making solid-state batteries but also enhances our understanding of the materials crucial for these potentially game-changing batteries.Traditional lithium metal anode batteries are considered highly desirable due to their capacity, which is ten times greater than commercial graphite anodes. This could significantly extend the driving range of electric vehicles. Xin Li, Associate Professor of Materials Science at SEAS and senior author of the paper, emphasized the importance of this research in moving towards practical solid-state batteries for industrial and commercial use.A major challenge in designing these batteries is the formation of dendrites on the anode's surface. These dendrites, similar to roots, grow into the electrolyte, causing short circuits or even fires. The researchers addressed this issue by using micron-sized silicon particles in the anode to control the lithiation reaction, preventing dendrite formation and facilitating even plating of a thick layer of lithium metal.Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, where lithium ions penetrate deep into the anode, the solid-state battery design constrains the lithiation reaction to the surface of silicon particles. This results in lithium metal plating around the silicon core, creating a uniform surface that prevents dendrite growth. The even surface also allows for quick plating and stripping, enabling the battery to recharge in just about 10 minutes.The researchers successfully tested a postage stamp-sized pouch cell version of the battery, which outperformed other pouch cell batteries on the market by retaining 80% of its capacity after 6,000 cycles. The technology has been licensed to Adden Energy, a Harvard spinoff company, for further development into a smartphone-sized pouch cell battery.Li and his team also identified the unique properties of silicon that facilitate the lithium diffusion process, providing a pathway to discover new materials for battery design. This research opens up possibilities for developing batteries with enhanced performance and durability, bringing us closer to a future of more efficient and long-lasting energy storage solutions.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:47:09
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Space News , U.S :- Redwire announced on January 10 that the solar array wings it provided for Ovzon 3, the first commercial satellite to use their Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) technology, have successfully unfolded in geostationary orbit.These special 10-meter-long ROSA wings are working well after Ovzon 3's recent launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This successful deployment is great news for Ovzon, the Swedish satcom service provider, which ordered the satellite from Maxar Technologies in 2018. Despite manufacturing delays, Ovzon 3 is now on its journey to its final orbital position, fueled by a combined 10-kilowatts of power from Redwire's solar arrays and electric propulsion.To give you a bit of background, Redwire first showed off its ROSA technology on the International Space Station in 2017. These flexible arrays are rolled up for launch and then unfurl in orbit, using composite booms that work like springs to simplify things compared to traditional systems.NASA has been using Redwire's ROSA on the ISS, and by the end of this year, they plan to have a total of eight arrays, boosting the station's power generation from 160 kilowatts to over 255 kilowatts.Redwire has also contributed to other space missions, including providing solar array wings for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, which collided with an asteroid in 2022.Looking ahead, Redwire is developing powerful ROSA wings for the first segment of NASA's lunar Gateway, set to launch in late 2025. These solar arrays will be among the most powerful ever built, generating 37 kilowatts each.As for Ovzon 3, it's expected to begin its service in mid-2024 after passing in-orbit health checks. Positioned at 59.7 degrees East, it will provide mobile connectivity primarily to government customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Despite pandemic-related delays, Ovzon CEO Per Norén remains optimistic, expressing the company's commitment to supporting critical missions and considering the possibility of expanding the satellite fleet in 2024 to cover a significant portion of the Earth.

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Defense News , UK & India :- In a move highlighting the growing friendship between the UK and India, the UK government has revealed plans to send its advanced naval forces to the Indian Ocean region. This initiative, known as the Littoral Response Group (LRG), will take place later this year, followed by joint training with Indian forces in 2025 as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CRG). The UK Ministry of Defence sees this as a crucial step in enhancing the security ties between the two nations.Defence Secretary Grant Shapps emphasized the importance of strengthening strategic relationships in the face of global challenges. He stated, "We share the same security challenges and are committed to maintaining a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific. This partnership is growing stronger, and together, we must ensure global security against threats that aim to destabilize us."The LRG, composed of Royal Navy amphibious warfare ships, and the CRG, the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier battle group, previously conducted joint exercises with Indian forces during its inaugural deployment in the Indo-Pacific in 2021.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, co-chairing an India-UK Defence Industry CEOs Roundtable, expressed optimism about the partnership, envisioning collaboration, innovation, and cooperation between the two countries. The Ministry of Defence highlighted that this deployment marks an intensified partnership during Singh's first visit to the UK.Future collaborations between the UK and India include more complex military exercises leading up to a significant joint exercise before the end of 2030. Discussions between senior ministers covered various aspects, from joint exercises to knowledge sharing, instructor exchanges, and the development of electric propulsion systems and advanced weapons.New initiatives announced during Singh's visit include the Launching Defence Partnership-India, which aims to enhance defense collaboration, and agreements for instructor exchanges, youth exchanges, and logistic support. These initiatives build on the comprehensive strategic partnership outlined in the 2030 India-UK Roadmap.Singh's visit to the UK concludes with engagements with the Indian community at a diaspora reception, reinforcing the bond between the two nations.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:29:20
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Defense News ,India :- In a smart plan, the Indian Navy is getting ready to build a special radar station deep in the Damagundam temple area in Parigi, Telangana. This is part of the Navy's bigger project to make itself stronger by setting up radar stations with Very Low-Frequency (VLF) technology all over India.The Navy's VLF radar project got a boost when they opened INS Kattabomman, a VLF-transmission place, in Vijayanarayanam, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. This first station worked well, showing the Navy's commitment to using low-frequency radio waves to talk to ships and submarines.Even though the Tamil Nadu station is working, the Navy had some problems setting up the second VLF station in Telangana. But the Navy didn't give up. Now, they've found a good spot in the forest near the Damagundam temple in Parigi for the new low-frequency radar station.This move fits with the Navy's goal to improve communication with ships and submarines using advanced radar technology. Low-frequency radio waves are important for making sure communication is strong and can reach far distances, especially with submarines under the water.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:24:20
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Defense News ,Russia & Ukraine War :- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently visited the Baltic nations seeking support for Ukraine against Russia's ongoing invasion. Speaking in Vilnius, Lithuania, he highlighted the need to strengthen Ukraine's air defenses amid intensified missile and drone attacks from Russia. Zelenskyy expressed that despite challenges, Ukraine has demonstrated that Russia's military can be halted.The recent barrage of more than 500 drones and missiles has depleted Ukraine's weapon stockpiles. Zelenskyy acknowledged the scarcity of modern air defense systems and emphasized the urgent need for them. He mentioned the difficulties in obtaining supplies due to low stockpiles in potential donor countries.To address the situation, Ukraine aims to accelerate its domestic defense industry and collaborate with foreign governments for joint arms production. During Zelenskyy's visit, cooperation agreements on joint arms production were signed, and more are expected in other Baltic countries he plans to visit.Lithuania has committed support by sending ammunition, generators, and detonation systems to Ukraine this month, with armored personnel carriers to follow in February. The country has approved 200 million euros in aid for Kyiv.Zelenskyy's trip focuses on security concerns, Ukraine's aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, and building partnerships in drone production and electronic warfare capacities. The Baltic nations, having experienced their own history of annexation, are strong supporters of Ukraine.Estonian President Alar Karis emphasized the need for democratic countries to unite against aggression and expressed hope that this conflict would be the last military aggression in Europe.Zelenskyy thanked the Baltic nations for their unwavering support over the past decade, acknowledging their backing since Russia's aggression in 2014. The recent escalation of missile and drone attacks by Russia poses a significant challenge to Ukraine's air defense resources.Zelenskyy's diplomatic efforts have been crucial in maintaining international support for Ukraine. Despite challenges, Ukraine continues its attempts to defend itself while facing obstacles in receiving aid, with a U.S. plan stuck in Congress and Europe falling short on its artillery shells pledge.The situation remains tense, with Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, recently targeted by Russian S-300 missiles. While buildings were damaged, no casualties were reported. In response, Ukraine continues its efforts to target locations within Russia, leading to the downing of a Ukrainian drone by Russian air defenses.As Ukraine strives for resilience, international support remains pivotal in countering Russia's aggression and securing the necessary resources for defense.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:17:10
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Defense News , France :- Framatome and Naval Group have just completed the acquisition of Jeumont Electric from Altawest. Jeumont Electric is a special company that makes and takes care of motors and electrical stuff for nuclear energy and naval defense. With this acquisition, Framatome and Naval Group aim to strengthen their work in their own areas and make sure Jeumont Electric stays important worldwide.“Jeumont Electric is really important for the nuclear industry. They are experts in making and taking care of motors and equipment for energy and defense. This acquisition helps us keep a strong supply chain and deal with important issues about independence,” said Bernard Fontana, who is the CEO of Framatome. “Our site in Jeumont and Jeumont Electric's site have a shared history. They are close to each other, so we can work together well. I'm happy to welcome Jeumont Electric's employees to our team.”Jeumont Electric provides many services like making, taking care of, and replacing electrical stuff. They are known for their expertise and special technologies. They work globally and serve big companies like shipyards, nuclear operators, and top manufacturers.“We need skilled teams and special knowledge for our naval programs, especially for propulsion equipment. We want to keep Jeumont Electric's exceptional skills alive and make sure it stays important worldwide, especially for the French defense industry,” said Pierre Éric Pommellet, who is the Chairman and CEO of Naval Group.Jeumont Electric has been around for 125 years, and it has 620 employees. They have four places in France where they make things, and they work in more than 70 countries around the world.

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Defense News ,India :- In the midst of clashes between Myanmar's armed ethnic groups and government forces, approximately 416 Myanmarese soldiers sought refuge in India. Army Chief General Manoj Pande expressed concern about the situation near the Indo-Myanmar border, emphasizing the Indian military's vigilant observation of unfolding events.Speaking at a press conference ahead of Army Day, General Pande disclosed that insurgent groups, under pressure in Myanmar's frontier region, are attempting to enter Manipur. The situation along the Indo-Myanmar border is closely monitored, and all 416 Myanmarese military personnel have been repatriated.Reportedly, anti-junta groups have seized control of key towns and military bases near the border with India, leading to an influx of Myanmarese citizens seeking refuge in Mizoram. General Pande highlighted the significance of the situation, acknowledging the activities of the Myanmar Army, ethnic armed organizations, and the People's Defence Forces over the past months.Expressing concern about insurgent groups attempting to cross into Manipur, General Pande assured that the Indian military is closely watching the combined challenges in the region. Considering the security implications, India is contemplating strengthening border fencing with Myanmar.General Pande outlined the proactive measures taken by India, including the deployment of nearly 20 Assam Rifles battalions along the Indo-Myanmar border. Myanmar, being one of India's strategic neighbors, shares a lengthy border with northeastern states, including Nagaland and Manipur, which have been impacted by militancy.The widespread protests in Myanmar demanding the restoration of democracy since the military coup in February 2021 have escalated tensions. Myanmar's military has employed airstrikes against opponents, raising concerns in the Indian military establishment about potential spillover effects near the border.Highlighting India's stance, General Pande mentioned that last month, India called for a cessation of fighting between Myanmar's military and anti-junta groups near the Indo-Myanmar border.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:07:46
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Defense News ,Indonesia :- Indonesia has just agreed to buy 18 more high-tech fighter jets called Dassault Rafale from France. This completes their order for 42 planes that they made in 2022. The last batch of these jets will be delivered by early 2026.This whole process started in September 2022 when Jakarta signed a contract for six Rafale jets. Later, in August 2023, they ordered 18 more. The total cost of this deal is estimated to be around $8.1 billion.The Rafale jets are powerful and can do many types of missions. They can defend the air and do reconnaissance. Plus, they can be equipped with long-range air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bombs for ground support.Indonesia is focusing on building up its air defense capabilities, especially with tensions rising in Southeast Asia. Last year, they planned to buy used planes from countries like Qatar and Japan. However, due to budget limits, they had to cancel a plan to get Mirage fighter jets from Qatar. Instead, they're upgrading the combat jets they already have.Also, Indonesia decided not to buy Sukhoi Su-35s from Russia. They thought the process would take too long, and there were worries about possible sanctions from the US.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:03:39
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Defense News ,Israel & Gaza War :- The Israeli military has denied allegations that it bombed an ambulance in central Gaza, resulting in the tragic deaths of four medics and two others. The army stated that after reviewing the details provided, they found no evidence of a strike in the reported area.On Wednesday, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that six people, including medics, were killed in an Israeli strike on their ambulance at the entrance to the Deir al-Balah area. Photos from the scene showed the ambulance's roof completely destroyed and part of the vehicle crushed.Jagan Chapagain, the head of the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, condemned the attack as "unacceptable" in a social media post.Crowds gathered for the funerals of the medics, with a shredded and bloodied Palestinian Red Crescent uniform placed atop one of the white shrouds. The Red Crescent explained that the ambulance was on Salah al-Din Road, a significant highway in Gaza often used by Palestinians fleeing military actions.Earlier on the same day, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza reported multiple casualties in an Israeli strike near a hospital in Deir al-Balah.The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel has resulted in a high toll, with over 23,350 people killed, mostly civilians, in more than three months of war. Before this incident, the health ministry reported the destruction of over 120 ambulances and the loss of at least 326 healthcare workers since the conflict began.The war began with a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in around 1,140 deaths in Israel, mostly civilians, according to official figures. The Israeli military has reported 186 soldiers killed in the fighting in Gaza.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 14:00:01
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Defense News ,U.S :- Elbit Systems of America, also known as Elbit America, has secured a contract from SOSSEC, Inc. through the Sensors, Communication, and Electronics Consortium (SCEC). The contract aims to develop the Integrated Headborne Sensor System (IHSS) prototype for dismounted Soldiers in the U.S. Army. This wearable system allows soldiers to stay mobile while accessing crucial information on the battlefield. The IHSS integrates various sensors into a lightweight Head Up Display, offering unparalleled situational awareness. Elbit America's prototype will undergo three development phases over a 72-month period.Under this contract, Elbit America will progressively enhance a headborne display with advanced imaging and augmented reality technology over the next six years. Throughout the process, the company will collaborate directly with soldiers, seeking feedback through multiple touchpoints. These touchpoints are crucial for swift product development, ensuring the incorporation of valuable soldier input.Erik Fox, Vice President of Warfighter Systems at Elbit America, highlighted the company's reputation for next-generation Warfighter Visual Augmentation Systems. He emphasized that the IHSS development involves combining expertise from the precision targeting team in Merrimack with the night vision goggle expertise from the Roanoke facility. Together, these teams aim to create a tailored system that meets soldier needs, delivering the right information in a lightweight package.The IHSS represents one of Elbit America's solutions geared towards empowering the Soldier of the future. The company is actively working on various decision aids, display systems, and more to support dismounted soldiers in diverse environments, including urban, subterranean, and contested areas.Elbit America operates as a subcontractor to SOSSEC, Inc., which leads collaborative efforts between the U.S. government and member companies on Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contracts. OTAs are specialized funding mechanisms employed by federal agencies to expedite the research and development of prototypes.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 06:57:41
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Defense News ,Israel :- The Israeli company Rafael, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully testing the advanced Spyder air defence system in its latest and distinctive configuration known as "All in One." This test involved intercepting an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in a challenging operational scenario, demonstrating a precise and effective hit.The Spyder system, developed by Rafael, is actively employed by various military forces globally, offering air defence solutions against diverse airborne threats, including missiles, UAVs, aircraft, helicopters, and tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs). Utilizing two families of interceptor missiles, Python and Derby, the system provides a robust defence mechanism. Rafael recently introduced the All in One configuration for the Spyder, which integrates a radar, electro-optical launcher, advanced control and command system, as well as Python and Derby interceptors, all mounted on a single platform. This configuration serves as an optimal air defence solution for point defence or area defence, whether deployed independently or as part of a Spyder battery, with minimal operator involvement.During the recent test in Israel, the Spyder All in One system successfully intercepted a UAV in a complex operational scenario, achieving a direct and successful hit. Brigadier General (Res.) Pini Yungman, Executive Vice President and Head of the Air Defence Division at Rafael, highlighted the significance of this achievement. He stated, "Rafael is a global expert and a leading developer of air defence systems that have proven themselves in combat against a myriad of advanced threats and at various ranges." Yungman emphasized the success of the test as a technological breakthrough, showcasing Rafael's commitment to providing tailored solutions for evolving threats in different arenas.In a noteworthy development from the previous year, Rafael upgraded the Spyder to enable the interception of tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs). The increased interest in the Spyder, particularly due to the conflict in Ukraine, prompted this enhancement. The Counter-TBM Spyder program, initiated by Rafael, involved a thorough analysis of lessons learned from recent armed conflicts with extensive TBM usage. This program resulted in a practical upgrade to the Spyder system, equipping it to effectively counter tactical ballistic missiles, addressing the evolving nature of modern threats.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 06:54:28
 India 

Defense News ,India :- In a significant development, the UAE and India issued a joint statement during Saudi President Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's official visit to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Ahmedabad. The statement reiterated the UAE's commitment to collaborate closely with India and other BRICS member states to achieve common objectives.Both nations pledged to continue their cooperation within BRICS and other international forums, emphasizing the UAE's eagerness to champion the values of multilateralism for global peace and development. The BRICS group consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, with Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE officially joining on January 1.The visit of the UAE President, upon the invitation of PM Modi, to the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 marked a crucial moment. The leaders engaged in constructive talks, highlighting the strength of their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and expressing a commitment to reinforce their longstanding strategic ties.Discussions included the global roles of India and the UAE in 2023, with a focus on India's G20 Presidency and the UAE's COP28 Presidency. The UAE praised India's ambitious efforts in the G20 and the synergy between the G20 process and COP28 in 2023.The UAE's participation as a Guest Country in the summit showcased its dedication to multilateral cooperation. India lauded the UAE for successfully hosting COP28, achieving the historic "The UAE Consensus," and recognized the UAE's support for India's initiatives.Both leaders reviewed the progress of the India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and exchanged Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). These included agreements on Investment Cooperation in Innovative Healthcare Projects, Renewable Energy Sector, Food Park Development, and a partnership between DP World and the Government of Gujarat.Emphasizing the importance of food security, the leaders highlighted the India-UAE Food Park project, aiming to enhance reliability and resilience in food supply chains. They recognized the significance of the MoU on Investment Cooperation in the Renewable Energy Sector, focusing on collaborative efforts in renewable energy projects.The leaders acknowledged the robust economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries, with the UAE being the fourth-largest investor in India. They welcomed the growth in India-UAE trade since the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), targeting non-oil trade to reach USD 100 billion by 2030.Both leaders underscored the need for a stable multilateral trading system, expressing the importance of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi in February 2024.In the energy sector, the leaders resolved to enhance bilateral cooperation across oil, gas, and renewable energy. Collaboration in Green Hydrogen, solar energy, and grid connectivity was highlighted, along with increased investments in India's Strategic Petroleum Reserve Program.The joint statement reflected the depth and breadth of the India-UAE partnership, recognizing achievements and outlining future goals for mutual benefit and global progress.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 06:41:45
 World 

Defense News ,Red Sea :- In a recent development, Houthi rebels from Yemen executed a sophisticated attack by launching 18 drones over the southern Red Sea, as reported by the US military's Central Command (CENTCOM). This marks the 26th assault on international trade routes by the armed group in the past seven weeks. CENTCOM, collaborating with UK forces, successfully intercepted two anti-ship cruise missiles and one anti-ship ballistic missile.According to CENTCOM's statement on Wednesday, the Iranian-backed Houthis orchestrated a complex attack using Iranian-designed one-way attack UAVs, anti-ship cruise missiles, and an anti-ship ballistic missile from areas under Houthi control in Yemen into the Southern Red Sea.The series of attacks began when the Houthis seized the Galaxy Leader, a truck carrier en route from Turkey to India, on November 19. Since then, they have targeted Red Sea shipping channels consistently.In response to the Gaza conflict involving Israel, the Houthi rebels, aligned with Iran, initiated these strikes. The operation against the Houthis involved four destroyers, including one from the UK, and fighter jets from the Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.The Houthis have vowed to continue their attacks until Israel ceases hostilities in Gaza. Yemen's Houthis have launched numerous drone and missile attacks at Israel during the ongoing war, with many of them intercepted.The Israel-Hamas war, which commenced on October 7, followed an incursion by thousands of Hamas terrorists across the border, resulting in casualties among Israelis. The Houthis express solidarity with Gaza, reporting a death toll of over 20,900.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council in New York is set to vote on January 10 on a draft resolution submitted by the US. The resolution condemns attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea and calls for an immediate cessation of such acts, along with the release of the Galaxy Leader and its crew.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-11 06:36:03
 Space & Technology 

Space News ,NASA :- In a media teleconference held on Tuesday (Jan. 9), NASA leadership announced a shift in the timeline for its flagship Artemis missions. The Artemis 2 mission, originally set for November 2024, is now rescheduled for September 2025. Likewise, the Artemis 3 moon-landing mission, initially targeted for late 2025, is now aiming for September 2026.During the briefing, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson emphasized the agency's commitment to safety. He stated, "Safety is our top priority, and to provide the Artemis teams with more time to address challenges related to first-time developments, operations, and integration, we are extending the timeline for Artemis 2 and 3."Jim Free, NASA's associate administrator, highlighted that the decision to delay Artemis 2 was made with crew safety as the foremost consideration. "Safety is our number one priority. As we prepare to send our friends and colleagues on this mission, we are dedicated to launching as safely as possible. We will launch when we're ready," Free stated during the press conference.Amit Kshatriya, deputy associate administrator for NASA's Moon to Mars program, outlined various new systems and technologies being tested and developed ahead of Artemis 2. These include facilities at Kennedy Space Center to facilitate rapid propellant loading, crew ingress and egress, a new abort system, and an advanced life support system, all aimed at enhancing crew safety.Kshatriya addressed concerns regarding the heat shield issues encountered during the Artemis 1 test flight around the moon in late 2022. He explained that while the heat shield adequately protected the Orion capsule, unexpected charred pieces were observed. Additionally, he mentioned the need to replace some life-support hardware inside the Artemis 3 Orion spacecraft due to testing failures.The briefing also highlighted challenges with the electrical system in the crew abort system, designed to pull the capsule away from NASA's Space Launch System rocket in the event of a launch anomaly. Kshatriya reassured that investigations were underway, and multiple options were being considered to address the issue.Artemis 2, when launched, will carry a crew of four around the moon and back to Earth, including NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch, as well as Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Despite the delays, NASA leadership remains enthusiastic about the Artemis missions, viewing them as a testament to what can be achieved through national and global collaboration when aiming for unprecedented accomplishments in space exploration.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-10 15:33:27