Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicUS drone

Topic: US drone

Killed in US drone attack in Kabul, al Qaeda chief Zawahiri repeatedly waded into India issues

From ordering ‘blows on the Indian Army’ to holding forth on the college hijab row, Ayman al-Zawahiri was never short of gratuitous advice for the country.

‘Phoenix Ghost’ — mystery suicide drone US ‘rapidly developed’ to send to Ukraine

Developed by the US Air Force, the Phoenix Ghost drone is a UAV that uses the kamikaze technique to destroy its target.

‘IS operative’ killed in US drone strike was Kabul aid worker, 7 children also killed, NYT says

NYT raises doubts about US military's version of events — specifically whether explosives were present in targeted car, if driver was connected to IS, & if a second explosion took place.

‘Drone swarms’ are coming, and they are the future of wars in the air

The question really is not if, but when and where drone swarms, which is the next evolution of robotic warfare, will be utilised in real-time operations.

US picks Taiwan for first armed drones sale under eased rules, approves $600 mn deal

In a move that will likely further anger China, US has approved proposed sale of 4 weapons-ready MQ-9B drones from General Atomics along with radar, sensors, ground control stations.

Pakistan senate to elect chairman today and Blasphemy cases spike in Lahore

74% cases of blasphemy reported in Lahore, Punjab. Pakistan senate to elect a chairman and a deputy chairman Monday. Pashtun protection movement in Quetta missing from Pak media. Son of Pak Taliban chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

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HAL signed an MoU for opening an office in Kuala Lumpur | Twitter

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to open first overseas marketing office in Malaysia for LCA Tejas

HAL is tapping new business opportunities for Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as well as servicing of Su-30 aircraft and Hawk trainer aircraft for the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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