Indian Navy distributes breakfast, tea to people stranded in Mumbai rains (By The Hindu)

1. After heavy rains lashed Mumbai city, Indian Navy on Wednesday distributed tea and other food items among the people stranded at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

2. Heavy rains also caused water-logging problem in various areas resulting in slowing down the city’s vehicular traffic.

3. Since Saturday morning, the city has been experiencing incessant rainfall.

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Navy to add Special Ops helicopters to its fleet (By The Hindu)

1. In addition to special ops and commando role, the helicopters will also perform other roles like troop carriage, maritime interdiction including anti-piracy operations, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), external cargo carriage, limited casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).

2. Last week the Navy had issued the Request for Information (RFI) to global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) for the procurement of 123 NMRH and 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH).

3. With expanding profile in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Indian Navy is looking to add dedicated helicopters for Special Operations in its fleet.

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Hindon Air Force Station may be used for regional flights (By Livemint)

1. New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has agreed to allow the Hindon air force station to be used for regional flights from winter to back up the congested Delhi airport, aviation secretary R. N. Chaubey said on Wednesday at an aviation conference.

2. The air force station is located close to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and will soon host a civilian enclave, Chaubey said, adding that talks with GMR Infrastructure Ltd-controlled Delhi airport are also on to seek approvals.

3. Five airlines, including Air India, SpiceJet, Turbo Megha, Air Odisha and Air Deccan, were allotted 128 routes to fly in the first round by March, but only 16 routes have been operationalized so far.

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India’s Air Force Interested in 36 More Rafale Fighter Jets From France (By The Diplomat)

1. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is interested in placing a follow-up order for 36 additional fourth-generation Dassault Rafale multirole fighter jets, according to Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) sources.

2. Sources have now revealed to The Times of India that the IAF has made “some presentations” on the operational need for an additional 36 Rafale fighter jets arguing that a follow-up order would just cost around 60 percent of the original acquisition and induction price.

3. The IAF presentation reportedly also emphasizes that the Rafale will be cheaper than the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), known in India as the Perspective Multirole Fighter (PMF) currently under development.

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Indian Air Force likely to start trials of Astra missile from today- The New Indian Express (By The New Indian Express)

1. BUBHANESWAR: A series of user associate trials of beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra has been planned by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the next few days.

2. Last year, the IAF had cleared limited series production of the missile and decided to obtain at least 50 missiles to gauge its performance before giving bulk order for its all fighter aircraft.

3. Defence sources said the missile developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would be fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft targeting an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

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Local graduates United States Navy Boot Camp (By Union Springs Herald)

1. Johnson successfully completed eight weeks of intensive basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois in Division 254.

2. Ja’Darius Dean Johnson, 18, of Union Springs, Alabama, graduated from the Unites States Navy boot camp as an E-3 at the Navy’s only Recruit Training Command located in Great Lakes, Illinois on August 18, 2017. .

3. Johnson graduated May 21, 2017 from Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama.

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US stealth fighters show of force over Korean Peninsula (By CNN)

1. Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean Air Force told CNN.

2. Seoul (CNN) Two days after North Korea flew a missile over Japan, the US and South Korea have staged their own show of force involving the US’ state of the art stealth fighters.

3. In a statement, the air force said the US bombers flew out of Guam and four stealth fighter jets from a US Marine Corps base in Japan.

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US Pacific Air Force Commander Makes First Singapore Visit (By The Diplomat)

1. Indeed, as I noted earlier this month, Singapore has just participated in the latest part of this year’s iteration of Exercise Red Flag – the U. S. Air Force (USAF) premier air-to-air combat training exercise – which kicked off on August 14 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada (See: “US Air Force Exercise Kicks Off With Singapore’s Participation”).

2. But during his trip out to the region, he has had to deal with a series of questions on broader regional developments ranging from North Korea to U. S. activity in the South China Sea to the effects of the collision of the USS John S. McCain with a merchant vessel near Singapore – the fourth major accident in the U. S. Pacific Fleet this year.

3. Last year, Deborah Lee James, the U. S. Air Force Chief, had visited Singapore around the same time and had paid a visit to Paya Lebar Air Base just as that iteration of Commando Sling was getting underway.

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U.S. Navy’s Hugely Versatile SM-6 Missile Keeps Scoring Hits (By The Drive)

1. As part of the continued development of the complete Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, U. S. military personnel launched the mock MRBM from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii early on Aug. 30, 2017.

2. “We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase,” MDA Director U. S. Air Force Lieutenant General Sam Greaves said in a statement .

3. With SM-3s and SM-6s, the ships could also stand watch against threats inbound to other strategic American facilities throughout the Pacific, including Guam.

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Construction Has Started on This Deadly U.S. Navy Ship (By The National Interest Online (blog))

1. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding has started construction of the U. S. Navy’s third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, which will be called Enterprise (CVN-80).

2. “There is a pretty significant reduction of man-hours between Ford and Kennedy,” Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) told investors earlier this month.

3. When we started the Ford, as we went through that project, the bill of material because the design wasn’t complete, the bill of material wasn’t complete.

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