Wednesday, November 30, 2011

India, China Annual Defence Dialogue Next Week

The 4th Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) with China will be held in New Delhi on 09th December, 2011. The dialogue will be chaired by Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma on the Indian side and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese PLA, Gen Ma Xiaotian from the Chinese side.

The conduct of the 4th ADD will take place in the backdrop of exchanges of military delegations on both sides in recent months. From the Indian side, a multi-command delegation visited China during 19-23 June, 2011. Similarly, a delegation from the Chinese PLA visited India for interactions with their Indian Army counterparts from 4-9 November, 2011. Both sides will undertake a further round of delegation exchanges before end December, 2011.

During the Annual Defence Dialogue, both sides will exchange perspectives on regional and global security issues. Both sides will also review the ongoing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) on the borders and are expected to finalize plans for further defence exchanges during 2012.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Navy Week Celebrations

Southern Naval Command conducted an awe inspiring demonstration of its operational capabilities for the city of Kochi today at the waterfront facing Rajendra Maidan and Netaji Subhash Park. The entire spectrum of naval operations was included in the display; within the limitations imposed by depth restrictions of the channel and other technical limitations. Shri Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala was the Chief Guest at the event where the residents of Kochi turned out in huge numbers. The Chief Guest was received at the venue by Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command.

The function organized as part of the impending Navy day celebrations, started with a fly past by various Navy aircraft including the giant TU- 142 aircraft from Chennai and the IL-38 from Goa. Thereafter the marine Commandos carried out a simulated beach reconnaissance and assault with the leader of the team coming ashore in his menacing combat rig to deliver the programme brochure to the Chief Guest. This was followed by a demonstration of water sports including waterskiing and jet skiing. Next, the Indian Navy Sky Diving team swooped down from a Seaking helicopter. The next item was the demonstration of a VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seize) operation where the Commandos in fast rigid inflatable boats surrounded a simulated hostile vessel and overpowered it. The helicopter demonstrations included the Seaking helicopter flying past the crowd with an Ambassador car under slung, STIE( small team insertion and extraction) operation where commandos were dropped and withdrawn from a hostile area and helobatics by two Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard demonstrated landing on the helicopter deck of the missile corvette - INS Karmuk- which was underway. The work horse of the Indian Navy- the chetak helicopter, also demonstrated their versatile search and rescue capabilities. The Marine Commandos demonstration of a bayonet charge brought to focus their raw energy and menacing, destructive power. The commandos’ simulated clandestine attack on an enemy offshore installation and its destruction provided the viewers an awe inspiring and explosive spectacle.

INS Kabra, INS Kalpeni and two Indian Coast Guard Interceptor boats demonstrated their maneuvering skills by turning on the spot several times in the restricted waters of Kochi channel. The fly past of all participating aircraft of the Navy and Coast Guard in THANKYOU formation was heartwarming. After the solemn sun set ceremony, which brought to an end the demonstration, Navy and Coastguard ships steamed past with their illumination lights switched on.

DPR Kochi

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Navy Week Celebrations Begin

Commodore Vijay Kandru, Director NIAT distributing gift packets of essential items to the inmates of Good Hope.
DPR Kochi

Varyag Emerges!

Military Aviation News

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Third PAK-FA Prototype Takes Off !!!!

The first flight of the third PAK FA prototype has been performed today at Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association named after Y.A. Gagarin (KnAAPO), based in Komsomolsk-on-Amur , Sukhoi Company reports.

The jet was piloted by the honored test-pilot of Russian Federation, Hero of Russia, Sergey Bogdan. The fighter’s flight lasted more than one hour and then it has landed at the runway of enterprise’s airfield. The flight has been performed successfully in full accordance with flight assignment. The stability testing has been performed during the flight and the work of powerplant has been evaluated. The jet has performed well on all the stages of flight. The pilot has underlined the reliable work of all the systems and equipment.

Russian Aviation

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cartography Remains An Inexact Science, Maps Have To Be Corrected : Foreign Secretary


The 2008 Bihar floods from the river Kosi were caused by the corruption among Bihari contractors, and not because of increase in the volume of water, according to a former Nepali Minister.

Mr. Dipak Gyawali, former Minister of Water Resources, said today that the so-called floods were caused because of the bad construction by the corrupt contractors.

“It was just ordinary garden variety Bihari contractor corruption,” Mr. Gyawali said, delivering a talk on “Water issues between India and Nepal” at Observer Research Foundation, a multi-disciplinary public policy think tank.

Mr. Gyawali, now research director of the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, said “it was not a flood at all. The river was 40 percent lower in volume than the average for the month.”

“When the river is 40 percent lower in volume, it does not breach because of the water. It breaks out because of the way it has been done – just sand. And this will break again. We have seen the constructions there. It was all sand. Sand embankment with corrupt Bihari contractor.”

Mr. Gyawali said they were expecting breaches this year too. “But luckily it did not happen though the volume of water was high,” he said.

He said breaches of similar magnitude had happened more than 8 times in Nepal, but nobody ever talked about them in India.

Mr. Gyawali described reports about the Bihar floods as “uncomfortable knowledge.”

“This uncomfortable knowledge have to be addressed” to improve India’s relations with Nepal, which he said, was in a bigger mess politically and water resources wise.

Mr. Gyawali stressed the need for revisiting treaties like Mahakali project, saying these projects are “incorrect water resources development”. He pointed out that though, according to the treaty signed in 1996, the detailed project report was to be completed in six months, it is yet to be completed even after 14 years. The project was scheduled to be ready in eight years, producing 6000 MW power, according to the treaty.

Mr. Gyawali said instead of big projects, India and Nepal should focus more on small projects, considering the interests of all the stake holders.

Chief's Stat Complaint To Complete 90 Days!

The Sunday Guardian

Friday, November 18, 2011

IAF ALG Vijaynagar In Arunachal Reactivated

Hon’ble Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General (Retd) JJ Singh accompanied by Air Marshal S Varthaman, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command inaugurated the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Vijaynagar today. Lieutenant General Rameshwar Roy Director General Assam Rifles, Air Vice Marshal KS Gill, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration, Eastern Air Command, Senior Officials from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam Rifles and Indian Air Force were also present on this occasion. The inaugural flight of AN-32 landed at Vijaynagar ALG today thereby bringing the local populace of this region on the air connectivity map of the country.

The Indian Air Force commenced its operations with Dakota and Otter in 1962 and subsequently the role was transferred to AN-32 since 1984. This ALG was made up of Pierced Steel Plate (PSP) sheets. Air maintenance operations had to be discontinued due to poor condition of the ALG since few years back. Subsequently extensive repairs were undertaken and the entire runway surface was renovated by the IAF with the help of the PWD Arunachal Pradesh. This ALG will now facilitate routine and regular air maintenance.

“The IAF has since been entrusted with the responsibility of developing the ALGs in Arunachal Pradesh with the dual purpose of giving a boost to local area development and enhancing military capabilities” said Air Marshal S Varthaman. He also added that since Vijaynagar is only accessible by air, revival of this ALG will provide immense relief to the local population. He conveyed his appreciation to the PWD and the immense support received from the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Air Vice Marshal KS Gill welcomed one and all for the inaugural ceremony. He mentioned that with IAF commitment to the national security interests, it has revived this ALG for transport operations.

On this occasion, Assam Rifles had organised a colourful cultural programme which included the traditional dance by Lishu tribes and the Nepalese.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Workshop On Nanotechnology For Defence Applications

Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has organised a two day National Workshop on Nanotechnology for Defence Applications (NWNDA-2011), on November 16-17, 2011, at of Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL), Delhi, to bring together different departments, R & D centers, academia and industries working in this field on one platform and build partnerships for rapid product development. The event coincides with the Golden Jubilee of SSPL, a premier DRDO institute, working on development of solid state devices for defence needs.

A sustained and dedicated research over the past few years has led DRDO to development of products that are currently at different stages of maturity. To realize deliverable products, product engineering and technologies for up-scaling are essential components in the product development process, a collaborative and coherent approach is being worked out. This workshop is an important and crucial platform for realization of this objective.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Government of India, Department of Science & Technology who appreciated the work being carried out by DRDO in the field of Nanotechnology, particularly in the field of sensors and composites. He advocated selection of realizable application area and keeping the research activity focused on demands of defence forces. He further emphasized on roping in industry partners in all possible fields.

Dr. K. D. Nayak, Chief Controller R&D, DRDO, highlighted the extensive work being carried out by DRDO in the field of Nanotechnology and stressed the necessity of enabling technologies such as Nanotechnology for building better products for defence forces and nation, such as the recently launched Agni-IV, where several improvements were brought about by using these advanced composite materials.

Dr. R. Muralidharan, Director SSPL, welcomed the delegates and wished them fruitful scientific deliberation during the course of workshop. He further deliberated on the work being carried out at SSPL in the field of nanotechnology. Dr. Manik Mukherjee, Director, GFAST presented the overview of Nanotechnology initiative of DRDO and elaborated on the concept of organizing this workshop.

Dr. P. K. Chaudhury, Convenor NWNDA-2011, thanked Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Director General DRDO, Secretary Defence R&D and Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D, DRDO, apart from thanking dignitaries, guests, participants and members for making this workshop possible.