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Monday, 18 September 2023

#SecurityScan 58: Anantnag encounter, India's first C295 transport aircraft and much more 

Winning Proxy War Launched By Pakistan 

Anantnag encounter: Colonel Manpreet Singh, Commanding Officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles; Major Ashish Dhonack, Deputy Superintendent Humayun Bhat killed in encounter

 An Army colonel, a major and a deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police were killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Kokernag area of Kashmir's Anantnag district,. Senior army and police officers, GoC 15 Corps Lt General Rajiv Ghai and including DGP Dilbag Singh have rushed to the spot to assess the situation. A search operation is being carried out in the area. The operation against the terrorists had begun on Tuesday evening in Gadole area but was called off during the night. This morning, the hunt for the terrorists resumed after information started trickling in that they were spotted at a hideout, the officials said. Colonel Manpreet Singh, Commanding Officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles; Major Ashish Dhonack, and Deputy Superintendent Humayun Bhat were critically injured in the gunfight with terrorists that ensued in the Garol area of Anantnag district in the morning hours of Wednesday. The colonel, leading his team from the front, attacked the terrorists. However, the terrorists fired upon him and he was critically injured.

The three later died in hospital during treatment. The banned Resistance Front, believed to be a shadow group of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the same set of terrorists who had carried out the attack on army personnel on August 4 killing three jawans in the higher reaches of the Halan forest area of Kulgam district.

 Meanwhile, two terrorists were killed by security forces during an encounter that began in the Narla area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri on Tuesday. Army also recovered a large quantity of warlike stores, including medicines, with Pakistan markings during a search amid the encounter that continued on till last reports.

 Pakistan making full efforts to infiltrate foreign terrorists into J-K: Northern Army commander


On the death of sniffer dog Kent in gunfire by ultras, he said, "Our Kent laid down his life to save his handler. He attacked the terrorist by moving ahead first." Two terrorists were killed in an encounter in the remote Narla village. An Army personnel and Kent, a six-year-old female Labrador of the Army's dog unit, also died while three security personnel were injured in the gunfight. 

Over 600,000 Afghans came to Pakistan since Taliban takeover - 

According to official Pakistani government estimates, 600,000 Afghans seeking asylum have arrived in the country since the Taliban returned to power. 

Hundreds of trucks stuck as Pakistan-Afghanistan border remains closed after clashes, A Pakistani official while speaking on condition of anonymity said it was surprising the way the Afghan Taliban government was behaving,

 Taliban gives a warm welcome to China's new ambassador to Afghanistan - Al Jazeera. 

External Security 

India unveils 90 key border projects worth Rs 3,000 cr to counter heavily-fortified Chinese military posts

 India's Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, inaugurated several key border infrastructure projects, including a strategic airbase in Eastern Ladakh and a tunnel on the Tawang axis in Arunachal Pradesh. These projects aim to enhance infrastructure in the border areas and improve the movement of troops. 

The key projects include the construction of tunnels, airfields, helipads, roads, and bridges. The enhancement of the Nyoma advance landing ground, situated near the Line of Actual Control, is part of these projects. The development of border infrastructure is crucial in light of China's fortified military positions along the border.

 BRO to construct world's highest fighter airfield in Ladakh's Nyoma. 

Manipur: Dormant terror groups becoming active, stoking tension 

The warning has come after a Lt Colonel of the army was injured last week during a standoff with a group of people, including Meira Paibis (women vigilantes), who attempted to attack tribals at Molnoi village near Pallel in Tengnoupal district but were stopped by the army and Assam Rifles. 

All political parties united when it comes to national security: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh emphasized the importance of civil-military fusion and the unity of political parties in safeguarding the nation. He praised the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for completing infrastructure projects along the borders and inaugurated 90 more projects worth Rs 2,941 crore. Singh stated that the responsibility of protecting the country lies not only with the armed forces but also with civilians. He also highlighted the BRO's role in the socioeconomic development of far-flung areas and commended their dedication and hard work. 

Ladakh L-G says not an inch of Indian territory occupied by Chinese 

Speaking to media persons who asked him to comment on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's statement that the Chinese have occupied large areas of Indian territory in Ladakh, Mishra said. 

Union minister Lekhi lays keel for Navy's stitched ship in Goa, says it is country's intangible cultural heritage 

Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi laid the keel for a "stitched ship" in Goa, which is a representation of India's ancient maritime trade routes. The Indian Navy plans to undertake a unique voyage along these traditional trade routes using ancient navigation techniques once the ship is completed. 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) refueled the Mig 29 M and Rafale fighter aircraft of the Egyptian Air Force In Exercise Bright Star-23. 

The exercise has now moved to its last phase, which will involve assets from all participating forces and more complex joint missions. The IAF IL-78 air-to-air refueling aircraft also refueled aircraft from the Egyptian Air Force earlier this month. 

Not far when we will be one of major defence producers: CDS General Anil Chauhan 

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan expressed confidence that India will soon become a major defence producer in the world. He highlighted the progress made in the 'Aatmanirbharta' (self-reliance) initiative and emphasized the potential for India to become a major equipment producer. 

India speeds up work on local marine gas turbine production 

There is a sense of urgency to create a domestic ecosystem for such equipment given the war in Ukraine that has impacted Zorya-Mashproekt, the primary supplier of the MGTs to the Indian Navy. According to officials aware of the development, public sector undertaking Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Bharat Forge from the private sector are said to be among the companies that have been individually consulted for developing and supplying the MGT suited to the Indian Navy's needs. 

India gets its first C-295 transport plane 

The aircraft, capable of performing various missions, marks a milestone for the IAF, which is set to become the largest operator of the C-295. The delivery of the first aircraft, ahead of schedule, took place in Spain. Under the contract, 16 of the 56 C-295 aircraft will be manufactured in Spain, while the remaining 40 will be produced by a joint venture between Tata and Airbus in India. 

Aeroflex in talks to enter aerospace sector – executive 

The company is in talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Aeroflex aims to diversify its revenue stream and increase its total revenue by 35% in the next three to four years, with at least 5% coming from aerospace. 

BAE Systems, L&T join hands to bring all-terrain vehicle to India under 'Make in India' programme

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