Saturday, June 26, 2010

Army Chief Packs ADC From 25 Rajput, Citing Shortage Of Offrs !!

General V K Singh has for the second time sent back an ADC, after he sent back one earlier in April from his own unit, 2 Rajput, owing to shortage of officers. Capt Garg from 25 Rajput who had taken over as his ADC too has been sent back due to shortage of officers, but sources have confirmed to Chindits that the young officer himself put up a request to be sent back as he wanted to see action in field and was not interested in being in South Block !!!!

Rajput Regiment seems to be really short of officers !!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

'India should be worried about what Pak will do with reactors'

'India should be worried about what Pak will do with reactors'

China has agreed to give Pak reactors without the approval of Nuclear Suppliers Group

Suman Sharma. NEW DELHI

With China flaunting its might ahead of the 46-member nuclear suppliers group (NSG) meet scheduled for next week, Indian defence analysts and strategic experts say Beijing is behaving like an immature global player. China has agreed to supply a couple of additional reactors to Pakistan without the NSG's approval.

Defence analyst Commodore (retired) C Uday Bhaskar pointed out that India was in no position to question China's decision since it is not an NSG member. "China needs the approval of all NSG members before going ahead with something like this. India should be worried about Pakistan's intent. What does Pakistan want to do with that capability?" he asked.

Defence analyst K Subramanium recalled that thanks to China's strong economy, the non-proliferation community was helpless when Beijing supplied missiles to Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
"It should not matter if China supplies a couple of more reactors to Pakistan. But this [more reactors] will be a cause of concern to Pakistan since those reactors will be targeted in case of a war. India should worry only when Pakistan makes more nuclear weapons. Also, Pakistan will supply nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia too, which should bother Iran, as Iran is a Shia country and Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are Sunni countries. So this could only worsen relations between Iran and Pakistan," he said.

Former air chief, Air Chief Marshal (retired) FH Major said the question was what Pakistan intended to do with those reactors. "Will Pakistan use them for weaponisation or for energy?" he asked.

While China is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT), which forbids it from supplying reactors to any country not part of NPT, it has illegally supplied reactors to Pakistan in the past and has also been its partner in the missile program.

A Strategic Forces Command (SFC) source told DNA that by openly supplying reactors to Pakistan, China is only legalising the help it has been providing Pakistan in the past. "China also buys fuel from Australia, like everyone else, which even Pakistan will. So it is not the fuel, but the technology and reactors that Pakistan gets that is a matter of worry for India. China will use the Indo-US nuclear deal as a precedence now and openly supply Pakistan with reactors," he said.

There is little doubt that the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal will be cited as an example to justify China's supply of nuclear reactors to Pakistan during the NSG meeting due in New Zealand soon.

Kumar, Chindits, MacGregor, Wingate, Siachen---We All Have A Connection---Meet The Man Who Discovered Siachen For Us !!!!

I went to USI today to meet the legendary Colonel Narinder "Bull" Kumar, as I dreamt of meeting him ever since I came back from my Siachen trek last year, after scaling the Kumar Post on the Glacier, at 16,000 feet.Little did I know that I would end up learning of so many connections today, at the MacGregor medal ceremony held, after 1997, to honour Col Kumar for his military mountaineering feat of scaling the uncharted territory of the Siachen Glacier between 1978-1981, leading to the formation of the first military post -- the Kumar Post. The veteran has won the Arjuna award, Padam Shri, FRGS, PVSM, AVSM for his numerous mountaineering feats and achievements, but this one was purely military, which he himself acknowledged was higher than the rest of them and made him proud, so he claimed.

As very aptly put across today morning, that this was the man who started it all, after he guided two German tourists to cross the Indus, at the request of the then J and K Chief Minister, Sheikh Abdullah, in 1975, one of whom returned back in 1977 to him again for help in mountaineering on the Glacier. Kumar purchased the map from the German tourist which showed NJ 9842 till Karakoram as Pakistani territory---Cartographic aggression, for five dollars, and met the then DGMO Lt Gen Raghavan, who through the Chief showed these maps to the PM Mrs Indira Gandhi. Kumar was sent on special permission to carry out recce in the area and it was found Pakistan was sending foreign mountaineers to the area, most of whom were Japanese.

The Post was set up and Op Meghdoot was launched in 1984.

When I trekked last year in that inhospitable terrain, for a 122 kms, little did I know that one day I would be meeting the man behind it all !!

Col Kumar himself acknowledged today that it was a matter of honour for him as the medal was earlier awarded to the likes of Maj Gen OC Wingate (1943), for the Chindit operation carried out by him in Burma during World War-II.

Well, Chindits gets its name from Wingate's WW-II Op columns, for which he won MacGregor, which was given today to Col Kumar who set up Kumar Post, which I summitted last year, and also have my blog by the same name, therefore my connection with both Col Kumar and Wingate, both of whom are connected to each other through MacGregor. Its my privilege and honour to be associated with these two great soldiers !!

LCA Navy To Roll Out On July 6

India’s first indigenous Naval Light Combat Aircraft, the LCA (Navy) NP1 is scheduled to roll out from HAL Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) design hangar on July 6. It will be an important milestone for the prestigious Naval Program of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore. The Chief of The Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma would be the Chief Guest at the function. ‘Roll-Out’ is a significant milestone when the aircraft is brought out of the build hangar (where the aircraft is actually assembled part by part), ready for the phase of systems integration tests leading to Ground runs, taxi trials and flight. Once the ground based tests are completed , the NP1 is expected to fly by the end of this year. The NP2 is likely to fly by the end of 2011. The aircraft, with state of the art technologies and punch, is designed to operate from the future Indigenous aircraft carriers the Navy plans to acquire.

The LCA (Navy) program was sanctioned by the Government in the year 2003. The first stage of development includes design and fabrication of one Trainer and one Fighter, NP1 and NP2 respectively, along with a Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at Goa. The SBTF will be used to simulate carrier take off and arrested landing. The LCA (Navy) NP1 would be flying with the GE-F-404-IN20 engine and is designed for ski jump take off and arrested landing. The only carrier borne aircraft in the light category in the world, it will be operating with a wide variety of operational weapons and equipment like the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile, Anti-ship Missiles, Conventional bombs, Air Defence guns, CCM’s and drop tanks.

The ADA is responsible for the design, development, build, ground test and flight test of both the Naval and Air Force versions of the LCA. HAL is the Principal Partner of ADA in this task. The Indian Navy, the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) in the development of its aircraft, have played an important role right from its inception supporting the program.


First C-130J In IAF Colours !!!

Courtesy:Lockheed Martin

Thursday, June 24, 2010

DNA : DGMO Begins Numbering Maps Of Naxal, Mao-hit States !!

Military gears up to help in anti-Maoist operations

Army gets GIS maps from SoI, begins numbering

Suman Sharma. NEW DELHI

The army is getting ready to play its part in anti-Maoist operations. As a first step, directorate general military operations (DGMO) has started numbering maps obtained from Survey of India (SoI) with focus on Maoist-affected states.

DGMO has obtained catalogues of the geographical information system (GIS) maps that detail terrains and begun corroborating information with satellite imagery. It is taking printouts and giving each map a unique number.

Thousands of such maps have been already numbered.

A source said the entire country but Jammu and Kashmir was mapped by SoI, while the Valley and external territories are mapped by Military Survey. "Considering the fact that the army can be called to maintain internal security anytime anywhere, this huge exercise has been undertaken. There are small places, villages, etc, which are of interest to the army. Since these maps can be obtained only from SoI by quoting unique numbers, it is collating them."

The marathon, top-secret exercise has been under way for some time, but gained momentum after last week's cabinet meeting stand-off between the ministries of home and defence over direct involvement of the armed forces in anti-Maoist operations.

The states to be covered first are Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.


*Flash* : Antony On First Visit To Vietnam !!

Defence Minister A K Antony will for the first time visit Vietnam for the ASEAN Defence Ministers meet in the first half of October this year.

To be held in Hanoi, the four-day meet will be attended by Antony along with the Defence Secretary and one of the three service Chiefs.

Maj Gen Pramod Behl Takes Over As DG-Resettlement

Major General Pramod Behl has taken over as the Director General Resettlement (DGR). He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune and was commissioned in the GRENADIERS Regiment of Infantry in 1976.

Major General Behl has held various important Instructional, Staff and Command appointments. He is a Post-Graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Major Behl, a post graduate in Defence Studies and an M. Phil, has undergone a large number of important courses including senior and higher command courses as well as Conflict Management Course in International Law at National Defence College, Sweden.

The General Officer has commanded a unit on the Line of Control, a Brigade in the North East and another in the UN Mission in Congo. He has held instructional appointments at National Defence Academy, Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Defence Services Staff College as well as various staff appointments as Brigade Major of a Brigade, Colonel (War Games) in Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Colonel (Planning) of a Strike Corps.

Before his appointment as Director General Resettlement, Major General Behl held the appointments of Commandant, Assam Riffles Training Centre and later as DDG(MS) of National Cadet Corps.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Group Captain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Joins Indian Air Force !!!

After Territorial Army granting honorary commission to celebrities like Mohan Lal and Kapil Dev, now it is the turn of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to grant the honorary rank of a Group Captain to ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, to acknowledge his contribution towards the nation.

The honorary commission has been conferred by the President of India and Supreme Commander of the armed forces, Pratibha Patil.

In recognition of Sachin’s glorious achievements as a cricketer and sports icon par excellence, IAF had mooted a proposal to confer the honorary rank of Group Captain. Besides the recognition, his association with the IAF will motivate the younger generation to join the IAF to serve the country.

Accepting the honour, Sachin, who is presently out of the country, expressed his pleasure over the honour being bestowed. “It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for the honorary rank of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. As an Indian, I am very proud to be associated with this Dynamic Force and I shall do my very best to be a brand ambassador for the IAF.”

Expressing his eagerness to interact with the air warriors, he said, “I am looking forward to familiarizing myself with the Indian Air Force. I once again salute the Indian Air Force for this great honour bestowed on me”.

Till date 21 persons have been granted the honorary ranks from Flight Lieutenant to Air Marshal. The last person to be conferred the honorary rank of Air Commodore was Vijaypat Singhania on October 8, 1990.

Group Captain is the first selection rank in the IAF, equivalent to a Colonel in the Army, for which officers are considered after 21-22 years of service.

Indo-French Joint Airforce Exercise Garuda


Indo-French Joint Airforce Exercise Garuda


Friday, June 18, 2010

DNA: Tribunal Dismisses Sahni's Case, Offr To Face GCM !!

The Armed Forces Tribunal has dismissed Lieutenant General S K Sahni's (retired) case and has issued directives for him to face disciplinary action proceedings to be conducted in the Jallandhar-based 11 Corps.In an order dated May 15, 2010, the officer has been asked to report to 11 Corps, for the summary of evidence, after which the General Court Martial (GCM) will take place.

The Tribunal had directed the Indian Army to re-investigate the matter of retired Lt Gen Sahni, who was indicted by a court of inquiry on charges of irregularities found in procurement of dry rations for troops posted in the valley. The officer had approached the Tribunal on grounds that Section 180 was not invoked.

Lt Gen Sahni along with Major General BPS Mander and Brigadiers S K Handa and PS Gill was among the six who were tried in the inquiry. The incident took place in 2004 and the Court of Inquiry awarded disciplinary proceedings to Lt Gen Sahni who filed a writ petition against the Court of Inquiry and the disciplinary action, after he superannuated in 2006. Post retirement too, the officer was to face action under the Army Act.

The officer's writ was disposed off by the Delhi High Court with directions to take disciplinary action as per the due process of law.

The officer, who was charged with procurement of poor quality pulses for troops posted in the valley, was granted an interim stay by the High Court which he moved following the Army's decision to take action against him.

Lt Gen Sahni was the first seniormost officer to face action in the Indian Army.


Successful Launch Of Prithvi II Missile