Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LCA Inches Closer To IOC, Tejas Succesfully Test-fires R-73 Close Combat Missile!

As a run up to the impending achieving of IOC and release to service, a Tejas detachment has been operating from INS Hansa in Goa, conducting the last phase of flight trials. One of the main objectives of the current phase of flight trials was clearing the firing envelope of air to air close combat missile from the Tejas. The R-73 missile, which is the chosen air to air close combat missile for the Tejas. The missile is integrated with the on-board Digital Stores Management System (SMS) and Open Architecture Mission and Display Computer. The missile selection is performed from the high resolution Multi Function Display (MFD) pages integrated with the state of the art on-board avionics. All these equipments form the IOC standard of Avionics.

The test firing was done today i.e. 30th November, 2010 from the Tejas LSP-4 aircraft, piloted by Gp Capt. George Thomas, Group Director (Flight Test Operations) of the National Flight Test Centre, ADA. The test aircraft was accompanied by a chase Tejas piloted by Gp Capt Suneet Krishna. This critical test was closely monitored and controlled by the Test Director Wg Cdr Toffeen, supported by the safety pilot, Gp Capt (Retd) RR Tyagi, from the mobile telemetry positioned at the test location. The data and video from the test aircraft were also available at the base station in Bangalore through a dedicated fibre optic link set up for this purpose.

This flight test demonstrated the following important requirements of the user:

a) Safe separation of the missile from the test aircraft.

b) No Missile plume effect on the engine operation

c) Avionics and Weapon system functionality and safety interlocks

d) Aircraft Handling quality assessment during missile release

e) Effect of missile plume on the composite structure.

More firings of the missile are planned during the current week leading to CCM firing envelope clearance for the Tejas. The composite team of ADA, HAL, NAL and ADE designers is involved in the planning of the subsequent firing tests. The aircraft are being supported outstation by a composite HAL and IAF team with DGAQA and CEMILAC personnel. The result of this critical test has added yet another feather on the cap of ‘Team Tejas’ and the entire team is looking forward to the successful completion of the balance tasks.

New Naval Officer-in-Charge, West Bengal

Commodore Brian A Thomas took over the charge of Naval Officer-in-charge (NOIC), West Bengal and Commanding Officer INS Netaji Subhash, today in Kolkata.

Cmde BA Thomas is a Naval Officer of vast experience. He was born on 01 Oct 1956. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Army War College (Mhow) and Naval War College (USA), he joined the Navy as a commissioned officer on 01 Jan 1978. Having graduated from the JNU he later did his M Sc in Defence Studies from the Madras University and also M Phil in Defence and Strategic studies from Ahlyabai Vihva Vidyalaya, Indore.

Cmde Thomas held important appointments such as Commissioning Executive Officer in INS Nireekshak and Matanga. He was also the Commanding Officer of INS Saryu.

Commodore BA Thomas has also held numerous senior staff appointments as Senior Instructor, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, at the Army Headquarters in the Directorate of Perspective Planning and as the Principal Director, Special Operations and Diving at the Naval Headquarters.

Prior to taking this appointment, he was the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Andhra Pradesh.

Govt Approves Two More Air Stations for ICG


China, US Find Mention In Most Powerful Conventional Explosive Indigenously Developed For Indian Armed Forces!!

Move over RDX! That’s passé for the needs of the Indian Armed Forces. The DRDO is developing a powerful explosive, - the CL-20, that can substantially reduce the weight and size of the warhead while packing much more punch. In fact, the RDX is not the standard explosive in use with the Indian Armed Forces; the warheads are mostly packed with HMX, FOX-7 or amorphous Boron.

Scientists at the Pune-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) have already synthesized adequate quantity of CL-20 in the laboratory. “It is the most powerful non-nuclear explosive yet known to man,” says Dr. AK Sikder, Joint Director, HEMRL, who heads the High Energy Materials Division. The compound, ‘Indian CL-20’ or ICL-20, was indigenously synthesized in the HEMRL laboratory using inverse technology, he added. “The HEMRL has taken India to an elite club of countries with advanced capabilities in the field of Energetic Materials,” said Shri Manish Bhardwaj, a senior Scientist with the HEMRL. In fact, the CL-20 is such a fascination for the HEMRL that a larger-than-life size model of the compound occupies the pride of place as one enters the portals of the main building of the DRDO's premier lab in Pune.

CL-20, so named after the China Lake facility of the Naval Air Weapons Station in California, US, was first synthesized by Dr. Arnold Nielson in 1987. CL-20, or Octa-Nitro-Cubane, is a Nitramine class of explosive 15 times as powerful as HMX, His/Her Majesty Explosive or High Melting Explosive or Octogen. The HMX itself is more than four times as potent as the Research Developed Explosive or Royal Demolition Explosive or Cyclonite or Hexogen, commonly known as RDX.

“CL-20 offers the only option within the next 10-15 years to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces for Futuristic Weapons,” said Dr. Sikder. “CL-20 -based Shaped Charges significantly improve the penetration over armours,” he said, adding that it could be used in the bomb for the 120-mm main gun mounted on the MBT-Arjun. “But the costs of mass production of ICL-20 are still prohibitive,” said Dr. Sikder. Compared to Rs.750 per kilogram it takes to produce RDX in the factory today, the HMX is worth about Rs.6,000 per kg while a kilogram of CL-20 costs a whopping Rs.70,000 per kg.

“We have a tie up with industry partner for intermediate commercial exploitation of ICL-20,” said Dr. A. Subhananda Rao, Director, HEMRL. About 100 kgs of ICL-20 has been produced by HEMRL in collaboration with the Premier Explosives Limited (PEL). The CL-20, which looks like limestone or grainy talcum powder, is being manufactured by the PEL factory at Peddakanlukur village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. The Rs.60 crores Hyderabad-based company bagged the DRDO’s Defence Technology Absorption Award, 2007 worth Rs.Ten Lakhs, presented by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on May 12, 2008, their most prestigious award, claimed company sources.

“The advantage with the CL-20 is its Reduced Sensitivity,” said Dr. Sikder, enabling easy handling and transportation of the lethal weaponry. In fact, the HEMRL is concentrating on the Reduced Shock Sensitivity (RSS) explosives, such as RSS-RDX, which costs about Rs.1,500-2,000 per kg, and RSS-HMX. “There is a whole array of low sensitivity material or Insensitive Munitions we are working on,” said Dr. Rao. “The world around there is a lot of R&D being pumped into what are called the Green Explosives, as also the advanced Insensitive Munitions (IM) and RSS explosives,” added Dr. Sikder, which reduces the chances of mishap and loss to M4, - Men, Money, Materials and Machines.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SFC Successfully Test-fires Agni-1

The medium Range missile AGNI-1(A1) was successfully test fired from Launch Complex – IV (LC-IV), Wheelers Island off the coast of Bay of Bengal today. The launch took place at 10:20 hrs and the missile followed the trajectory in a copy book style and reached the designated target in Bay of Bengal. Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast tracked and monitored all the health parameters. Ships located near the target area witnessed the terminal event.

The launch of the A1 missile was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) as part of the user exercise. The launch operations were overseen by Shri J Chattopadhyay, the Project Director and DRDO Scientists. The Launch was witnessed by Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri Dr VK Saraswat, Programme Director Shri Avinash Chander, Director ITR, Dash and other top DRDO Scientists. SA to RM Dr Saraswat congratulated all the DRDO Scientists and Armed Forces for the successful flight of A1.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Air Commodore R Radhish Takes Over As AOC AF Base Kalaikunda

Air Commodore R Radhish has taken over the charge of AOC, Air Force Station, Kalaikunda from Air Commodore DK Vashisht who has proceeded to College of Defence Management on posting.

Air Force Station Kalaikunda is a premier fighter Air Base of the IAF under the Eastern Air Command, responsible for the protection of the vital areas and vital points in state of West Bengal and surrounding areas.

Air Cmde Radhish is a fighter pilot who was commissioned in June 1985 after passing out from the Air Force Academy and has flown over 2500 hours. He has flown Ajeets, Mig-23s and Mig-27s.

Air Cmde Radhish is a fighter pilot par excellence who has also been a flying instructor and an examiner on various types of fighter aircraft. He has earlier commanded a fighter squadron in Gujrat and a crucial radar Station in Jharkhand. Air Cmde Radhish has done his post graduation from joint services command and Staff College in United Kingdom. He was also an instructor in military studies at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, Tamil Nadu.

For his meritorious service so far he has been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (2006).


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Photos : Liam Fox Meets Antony


Indian Navy Accords Rousing Reception To Asiad Silver Medallists In Sailing

The Indian Sailing team of Lt Cdr (Retd) F Tarapore and team mates Cdr Atool Sinha, CPO (MA) Balraj, POR (Tel) Shekhar Singh Yadav and Trunal were accorded a warm welcome at New Delhi by the Indian Navy and the Yachting Association of India (YAI) after winning a Silver Medal in the Match Racing event at the ongoing Asian Games 2010.

Lt Cdr (Retd) F Tarapore, had won the Fireball class gold medal as crew of Zarir Karanjia in the 1982 Asian Games sailing regatta held off the Mumbai harbor and also picked up a hat-trick of bronze medals in the Asian Games held between 1986 and 1994 in different classes of boats.

The Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre, Mumbai has been a training centre for champion sailors and has produced 13 Arjuna awardees, 02 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees and 01 Dronacharya awardee for the sport in the past 40 years.

The YAI was formally constituted on 15 May 1960 and was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXVI of 1961 on 22 December 1964 at Calcutta, West Bengal. The YAI is affiliated to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing authority for sailing worldwide.

The YAI is officially recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and the Indian Olympic Association as the governing authority for sailing, windsurfing, motor boating, powerboat racing and personal watercraft, at sea and on inland waters in India.

DPR Navy

UK Secretary Of State For Defence Pitches For Eurofighter Typhoon In MMRCA!

UK's Secretary of State for Defence Dr. Liam Fox visited the Eurofighter Typhoon Office in New Delhi today and met high-level company officials. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurofighter GmbH, briefed Dr. Liam Fox on the current status of the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign to win India’s tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).

The UK Secretary of State for Defence is currently in India on a two day official visit. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems, said: " We are grateful for the visit of the UK Secretary of State for Defence in our Delhi Office and his encouraging messages to further intensify our campaign activities. Our Governments in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy are strongly supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign in India. Europe's leading aerospace and defence companies are ready to enhance their industrial cooperation with India's advanced defence industry for the benefit of all parties. Our goal is to integrate India into the global supply chain of the Eurofighter Typhoon by developing a strong and diverse supplier base in India which will also cater to this global programme.” The consortium members will also provide India access to key technologies in a unique industrial partnership designed to further catalyze India’s indigenous defence sector.

During a recent meeting of the Eurofighter Supervisory Board in New Delhi, senior representatives of EADS (Germany and Spain), BAE Systems (United Kingdom) and Finmeccanica (Italy) highlighted their combined commitment to develop a long-term strategic relationship with India.


North Korean Presence In Myanmar, Says London University Scholar


Monday, November 22, 2010

Commanders Conference Begins At Western Air Command

With the underlying theme – ‘Enhancing Operational Capability of Western Air Command’ the annual Commanders Conference of Western Air Command (WAC) commenced at Head Quarters Western Air Command, Subroto Park today. The two day conference began with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik addressing the commanders of all formations of the Western Air Command as well as the Principal Staff Officers of the Command.

With the Command that has translated its vision into its Mission Statement –‘People First, Mission Always’, the conference saw Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command exhorting all the commanders to give their highest attention to the people, who are always the greatest asset of any force.

Addressing the commanders he said, “IAF is undergoing major modernization process and WAC occupies a unique position in this transformation drive. The need of the hour is speedy operationalisation of newly inducted equipment with a commitment to preserve and maintain what we already have to the highest possible standards”. He further complimented the commanders for the excellent operational standards achieved during the recent Exercise Gauntlet III and exhorted them to keep operations as the main focus area.

The two day conference would have the commanders carry out a data based review as well as focus on key issues such as – Infrastructure development especially in the Northern Region including Leh, Induction of new equipment, Aviation and Maintenance Safety and Welfare of Air Warriors. Concept of Operations of Western Air Command including Operations in support of three affiliated Army Commands would also be reviewed.

Western Air Command of Indian Air Force is a unique Air Force Command as its area of operations extends from the world’s highest airfields in the Himalayas to the deserts of Rajasthan. Raised as No.1 Operational Group after independence in 1947, it was re-designated as an Operational Command in 1949. In 1963 it was fully developed as ‘Western Air Command, IAF'.

India, Poland Embark On Military Diplomacy

Army Chief General V K Singh and Polish Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Zbig Niew Glowienka today met here, on the latter's first Indian visit with an aim to strengthen and further defence ties between both nations and take the existing military diplomacy at a new level. Glowienka took over as the Polish Chief of General Staff after the untimely death of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military leadership during their visit to Russia in April 2010 when the Russian-made Tupolev crashed. In the accident the then Polish Army chief of staff, General Franciszek Gagor, also died.

Lt Gen Glowienka will also meet the Naval and Air Chiefs during his four-day stay in Delhi, from November 22-25, 2010.

India and Poland had discussed increasing their defence ties during the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Indian visit in September 6-7, 2010.

The first MoU on defence cooperation between New Delhi and Warsaw was signed in February 2003, and both nations have been deliberating on the technology transfer of tank recovery vehicles for the Indian Army. Poland has offered upgradation of India's Russian equipment, which includes armoured vehicles like BMP-II ICV and T-72 tanks and has also shown interest in India's air defence capability.

Meanwhile the British Secretary of State for Defence, Liam Fox, is on a two-day visit to India from November 22-23, 2010, during which he will visit the EADS (European Aerospace and Defence Systems) facility in Delhi. Secretary Fox will meet Defence Minister A K Antony for strengthening ties between both nations in the defence sector. Fox will also meet National Security Advisor and other union ministers. It may be noted that Eurofighter Typhoon manufactured by EADS is competing in India with five other contenders for an Indian Air Force (IAF) deal for 126 fighter jets.

The last visit by a UK Defence Secretary was in 2005 and this year in July Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and British PM David Cameron, in their joint statement, welcomed the Indo-UK defence cooperation.

Friday, November 19, 2010

LCA Tejas LSP-5 First Flight

Tejas, India’s Light Combat Aircraft, in its march towards operational status, achieved an important milestone today when the fifth Limited Series Production (LSP-5) aircraft made historic first flight. LSP5 aircraft is the first LCA in the Operational Configuration for the Indian Air Force.

The LSP-5 was piloted by test pilot Lt Cdr Ankur Jain, from the Indian Navy. The aircraft took off at 1054 hours and achieved a max speed of 0.8 mach, 4G turns, and an altitude of 11 km during the 40 min flight.

The flight was uneventful and all systems functioned normally, clearing all the test points.

This is the culmination of the efforts of all the stakeholders viz., HAL, IAF, DRDO Labs, Defence PSUs, CEMILAC, DGAQA and Aeronautical Development Agency. This has been a great team effort to get the final standard aircraft in the flight line.

The LSP-5 first flight was directed by Wg Cdr Sreedharan Toffeen, Test Director. Gp Capt G Thomas, Chief Test Pilot of the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) piloted the chase aircraft.

This is another proud moment for ‘Team Tejas’ taking the Endeavour closer to the Initial Operational Capabilities.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Anti-Piracy Operation By Indian Navy

On Nov 11, 2010 about 450 nautical miles West of Mumbai, a merchant ship MV BBC Orinoco with a crew of 14 (5 Ukraine and 9 Philippino) reported being attacked by pirates. The crew locked themselves in the ships Engine room and the Steering compartment and communicated with their agents, UK MTO Dubai, on e-mail. Dubai, in turn, intimated the Indian Navy for assistance.
On receipt of this information, the Indian Navy promptly detached one of its Missile Corvettes, INS Veer, to intercept the distressed vessel and also sailed a capital ship INS Delhi with a team of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) embarked. One of the Navy’s Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft was extensively deployed for aerial surveillance. The Indian Coast Guard, too, responded with alacrity adjusting all routine deployments to keep one or more Dornier aircraft on hot standby, besides asking their ships on assigned mission to be also on stand-by.

At daybreak, the naval forces, which had arrived at the scene, commenced their actions. MARCOS slithered onto the merchant ship from a Sea King helicopter and took the crew, who were locked in compartments, to safety, while the helicopter provided air borne fire support. The merchantman was boarded by naval personnel and a thorough search is currently in progress. The ship will set course for its destination once the boarding party reports all clear. Although no pirates remain onboard, implements such as crow bar, knives etc., were found aboard the ship.
MV BBC Orinoco is a General Cargo Carrier and is registered in Antigua and Barbuda.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Photos : French, Polish Ambassadors Meet MoS-Defence


45th Foundation Day Of IDSA

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has said that India attaches great importance to its relations with China. Addressing a function here today after presenting the K. Subrahmanyam Award to Dr. Srikant Kondapalli, a noted scholar on Chinese Studies, Shri Antony hoped the award would encourage others to undertake intensive research on the rise of China as a superpower. Following is the text of the address delivered by Shri Antony on the occasion, to mark the 45th Foundation day of the Institute for defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA): -

“It is a real pleasure to be in your midst for the 45th Foundation Day of IDSA. I express my warm greetings to all of you on the occasion. Our gratitude is also due to Professor Kaushik Basu, a renowned economist, for delivering the Foundation Day address today. I hope that the ideas expressed in his address will generate greater interest among our scholars on various issues and also in using other disciplines in their research. His ideas are thought-provoking. They will be useful to all of us.

One problem plaguing our institutes, think-tanks and universities is that they often work within the narrow confines of their respective disciplines. Real life problems, as complex as security and its various dimensions require a multi-disciplinary approach. It calls for a thorough understanding of a wide array of disciplines like Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Geography, History, Psychology and Natural Sciences. The security challenges of today are far more complex than at any time in the past. These challenges are both - global and local and nearly always, interlinked. Mankind needs to grasp facts clearly and understand issues in the proper perspective to facilitate better and quicker policy making. In this context, Indian think-tanks will have to discharge an important responsibility by way of rigorous policy research to support more-informed policy making.

I also take this opportunity to heartily congratulate Dr. Srikant Kondapalli for winning this year’s K. Subrahmanyam Award. This is the fourth award in the series and its conferment recognizes Dr. Kondapalli’s outstanding work on China, especially, its Armed Forces. We attach great importance to our relations with China. I hope that this award will provide impetus to other researchers to go in for more intensive research work on China. I also wish to compliment the winners of this year’s President Awards for their noteworthy contributions in journals of repute. I wish to strongly urge the younger scholars of IDSA to draw inspiration from such researchers and excel in their fields of study.

I am told that for the third year in succession, IDSA has been ranked amongst Asia’s top ten and the world’s top fifty think-tanks. In fact, IDSA is the only think-tank from India to have been included in this list. That way it is a satisfactory thing. You should not be satisfied with the 10th rank. You must aim to become No. 1, if not No. 1, then No 2. Even at the recent Commonwealth Games, India stood at No 2. So, IDSA too should aim to become at least No. 2. Coupled with the rising popularity of the Institute’s Visiting Scholars’ Programme, this reflects its growing national and international stature.

Despite these satisfactory developments, we cannot afford to relax and be complacent. There is still a lot of hard work ahead for all of us, if we really want to fructify the vision of becoming a ‘centre of excellence’. As I have said on earlier occasions, IDSA has to intensify its efforts to make the Institute’s work more relevant and useful to the policy-makers. You must be able to foresee the future challenges the country faces. You must strive tirelessly to continuously improve the quality and quantity of research work. IDSA scholars particularly need to increasingly tap the primary sources and field visits to add quality to your work. Original sources alone will provide new insights that are in touch with the ground reality. Last but not the least, research must not remain confined to being published in journals. You must make your research work more transparent and accessible to our policy makers, parliamentarians, the media, and to the general people. IDSA scholars need to reach out to as wide cross-section of the society, as possible. The ideas and findings need to be communicated in a substantial measure.

Let me share some thoughts on the issues that in my view the Institute needs to focus on. You must utilize the available human resources to turn the focus on key areas for deeper research, rather than scattering them on a large number of issues. You must focus only on key issues.

Among other things, your research work must factor in the rapidly changing geopolitical equations, geo-strategic developments and their implications for India’s security. You must pay special, critical attention to the developments in our immediate neighbourhood and beyond.

Today, the security scenario is constantly evolving due to the changing nature of conflicts. You must focus your energy on the strategy and force structures needed to face these unconventional threats and asymmetric conflicts. There are other issues that merit attention like defence reforms focusing on jointness, acquisition, offsets, development of India’s defence industrial base, terrorism, climate change and energy security. The challenge lies in producing original, high quality research studies with in a form that is useful for the policy makers.

Before I conclude, I wish to strongly emphasise the urgent need for high quality, analytical research work capable of anticipating threats, arriving at better-informed policy decisions and for defending India’s vital security interests.

Five years from now, IDSA will be celebrating the 50th Foundation Day. You must set your sights on becoming not only the best in Asia, but also in the world by 2015. I assure you my full support to your endeavours and hope that you will take IDSA to even greater heights."

WAC Commanders Review Aerospace Safety

As the mission of Flight Safety of Indian Air Force is to ensure operational capability by conserving human and material resources through prevention of aircraft accidents, Air Force Station Chandigarh saw a day-long Aerospace Safety Council Meet being held under the aegis of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command today. An annual feature, the Aerospace Safety Council Meet witnessed the participation of commanders of all bases under Western Air Command (WAC) as well as Aerospace Safety and Inspection Officers of all commands of Indian Air Force and the members from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Addressing the commanders at the meet which had the underlying theme– 'Enhancing Flight Safety through professional leadership', Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command said, "People are at the core of our Aviation Safety Programme and they must receive our highest attention". The Western Air Command (WAC) contributes to approximately 35 % of total flying efforts of Indian Air Force which also includes the round the year air maintenance operations carried out by WAC in the Northern Region of the country.

For Flight Safety or Aerospace Safety, an ongoing concern for military aviation as it involves operating at the limits of human body, machine and environment, the meet saw the commanders carry out an annual review of flight safety records. With the aviation environment being extremely dynamic and the IAF operating a wide variety of aircraft of varied technological vintage. The meet provided a valuable platform for presenting and discussing various flight safety issues and sharing effective and innovative measures adopted at the bases towards enhancing flight safety and reducing the rate of accidents and incidents related to flying. The meet also saw emphasis being laid on environmental issues that directly affect flight safety such as the bird menace.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

IAF's Vice Chief Designate Visits AF Station Chandigarh

Air Marshal NAK Browne Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command arrived at Air Force Station Chandigarh today. They were received by Air Commodore and Mrs. Rajeev Sachdeva, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Chandigarh.

Air Marshal Browne is on a two day visit to the station where he would be presiding over the Annual Aerospace Safety Council Meet of Western Air Command on 11 Nov 10, which would see the Air Officers Commanding (AOC) and Station Commanders of all the bases under Western Air Command carry out an annual data based review towards enhancing the flight safety of the bases in terms of adoption of measures to reduce incidents / accidents related to flying in challenging conditions of weather, terrain and bird activity.

The day saw the Air Marshal paying tribute at the Station War Memorial after being presented with a Guard of Honour on arrival. He also reviewed the operational and training preparedness of various units based at Station and interacted with the station personnel.

First Ever Defence Production Policy From January 2011

Indian Defence Industry is poised to witness major policy changes. Disclosing this at a function after presenting the Raksha Mantri's Awards for Excellence for the Year 2008-09 to Ordinance Factories (OFs) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), here today the Defence Minister A.K. Antony said the first ever Defence Production Policy would be unveiled soon and major changes incorporated in the Defence Procurement Policy.

"2011 January onwards we hope to introduce the new Defence Production Policy as well as the Defence Procurement Policy. So now we are going to take some more drastic steps to achieve our goal of speedy indigenization," Antony said.

"Our aim is to have a strong defence industrial base in India, because a country like India cannot indefinitely depend on foreign suppliers for majority of our equipments. At the moment 65-70 percent of the equipments are imported, we have to reverse this trend. So we will continue to support the PSUs, but at the same time PSUs alone will not be able to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. So now we are formulating a new policy. Earlier we took a decision (that) hereafter no more nominations to the shipyards, nomination basis. Both public sector shipyards will have to compete with the Indian private shipyards to get projects for the Indian Navy. So all the Indian Navy's procurements in future will be from 'Buy Indian, Make Indian.' … so they will have to compete… So 'Buy Indian and Make Indian' is going to be the major component of our procurement policy. That will help us to have a strong defence industrial base in India," he added.

The Defence Minister said that there is plenty of space and opportunity for the public and the private sector to coexist and thrive. Assuring the DPSUs and OFs all out financial support for their modernization plans, Shri Antony said that they should be vigorously prepared to face competition from the Indian private sector from next year.

“There is no option, but to remain globally competitive and efficient and not rest on past laurels, or achievements,” Antony said. “Both the Defence PSUs and the private sector must carve out respective niches for themselves, by developing their own fields of specialization. These specializations must complement each other’s efforts and thus generate an even more healthier and competitive environment,” he added.

The Defence Minister also stressed on the need for R&D and constant coordination between the DRDO and the Industry Partners. "A growing nation like India, a nation aspiring for the membership of the Security Council, a place on the high table of the nations still depending heavily on foreign countries for supply of defence equipments is not good for us," he added.

Commending the Ordnance Factories and DPSUs for the significant improvement in recent months, the Defence Minister said that it must lead to a further refining and development of technical skills and reliability," he said.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju stressed on the need for the DPSUs and OFs to remain cost competitive while delivering quality standards and maintaining consistency. "Timely delivery of the products is an area of concern which we are not able to meet for various reasons", Pallam Raju said. "We should strive hard in ensuring adherence to delivery schedules so that our Defence PSUs and OFs will also emerge as reliable global players in the field of Defence Production", he added.

During the Financial Year 2009-10, the forty Ordnance Factories produced wide range of weapons and defence hardware amounting to ` 8,751 Crores while the total value of production by the nine DPSUs was ` 28,703 Crores.