Wednesday, February 29, 2012

First Reported By Chindits : Antony To Parliamentary Consultative Committee--'HAL To Be Restructured, Strengthened'

DCNS India Delivers First Locally Produced Scorpene Submarine Equipment To MDL


DRDO Launches 'Dal-Roti' Packs ‘Aahaar’

Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, launched ‘Aahaar’, the DRDO-developed high shelf life dal and roti packs, at a function here yesterday to cater to the needs of the ‘Aam Aadmi’, use during long journeys, nutritional feeding, catering programmes and other similar civilian applications.

Giving the keynote address at the launch function, Shri Ahluwalia urged the ‘Aahaar’ project collaborators – DRDO, BASIX (a social enterprise group) and FICCI - to explore the possibility of integrating the project with the mid-day meal scheme and the integrated child development scheme with “acceptable fortification’ to serve the nutritional requirements of children between the ages of three and six.

He said that as women in rural areas get engaged in larger numbers in farming activities, rural India is bound to generate local demand for the dal and roti packs. The involvement of women self help groups in the formation of small production units using DRDO food technologies would go a long way in enhancing livelihoods of the rural community, he said.

Dr. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D, & DG DRDO in his address stated "DRDO not only develops state of the art weapon systems for our armed forces, but also innovative technologies and processes to keep our forces fighting fit. DRDO’s life sciences labs have made tremendous contribution to the armed forces, right from scientifically selecting personnel with suitable physical and psychological state of preparedness, to helping them perform with high efficiency and effectiveness, even under extreme stressful conditions. Technologies to provide packaged ready to eat nutritious food meeting Indian tastes and traditions belong to one area. Through BASIX we expect the benefits of these innovative products could reach millions in the civil society and further help generate employment and contribute to inclusive growth as this engagement with BASIX has the potential to generate large employment at the bottom of the pyramid. I congratulate FICCI team for their continued support to DRDO”.

Welcoming the guests, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General, FICCI, said, “This landmark initiative will go a long way in providing succour to the poor as it would cushion them in large measure from food inflation that has been raging for some time now. It will also become a key instrument in meeting the challenge of providing our teeming millions with cheap, hygienic and nutritious food.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vijay Mahajan, Managing Director, BASIX Group said “BASIX is using DRDO research for enhancing food security for the masses by bringing this product to the market.”

According to Shri S. Sundaresh Chief Controller R&D, DRDO, "the tripartite MoU between DRDO, FICCI and BASIX is yet another initiative under ATAC. With FICCI creating a dedicated team for food technologies, I am confident in the coming months, we will have many more technologies reaching the commercial space through this initiative”

Dr. A.S. Bawa, Director of the DRDO Food Research Lab at Mysore, pointed out that “Chapaties are highly perishable and spoil within 24-36 hours depending upon storage conditions due to microbial spoilage. With DFRL technology the shelf life has been extended to more than 12 months and retains both nutrition and taste. For the instant dal and chana mix, cold shock dehydration technology has been mastered and patented by DFRL for making a variety of tasty convenience mixes which can be reconstituted within 6-8 minutes with a shelf-life of more than 12 months under ambient conditions. These products are eminently suitable for use during long journeys, nutritional feeding, catering programmes and other similar civilian applications”.

Shri S. Radhakrishnan, Director, Industry Interface and Technology Management, DRDO, said “this new engagement with BASIX is in fact an innovation within innovation – ATAC being the first.

Under the FICCI-DRDO Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialization (ATAC) Programme, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BASIX - a Social Enterprise Group, and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI) have come together to collaborate on long term basis to develop and execute viable and scalable models for commercialization of the technologies developed by DRDO with the specific intent of developing and enhancing livelihoods. The three partners will identify and commercialize sub-set of technologies/products/processes developed by DRDO focussing on the base of the pyramid as both producers and consumers and thereby improving the lives of the disadvantaged and creating lievlihoods for them.

Initially, this collaboration will focus on the food technologies developed by Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), formed under the aegis of DRDO. The aim of the project is to build women-oriented enterprises using food technologies of DFRL. The first pilot project under this collaboration is ‘Aahaar’ that encompasses a set of technologies and products including ready-to eat Roti, and two variants in dal - instant Palak Dal with Masala Channa curry mix. BASIX shall subject the identified technologies/products/processes to three levels of testing viz. Technical Feasibility, Economic Viability and Consumer Acceptance.

BASIX will play the lead execution role in bringing together all aspects of this project and conduct the commercialization pilot. The pilot will involve developing a model of creating small production units comprised predominantly of women, by organising and building of a range of skills and deploying simple technologies developed by DFRL. For the consumer, Aahaar is a hygienic, nutritious and convenient meal that tastes fresh yet has longer shelf life, that is tasty yet quick to serve. Roti has a shelf life of 15 days and the two variants of dal have a shelf life of
12 months. This is a differentiated and unique positioning in the market place in this category of foods.

The project has been designed in three stages: (a) test market to test key hypothesis on supply and demand side using the women groups as the key customer interface resource (b) Post establishing the model, a pilot stage will commence with women groups as producers and it is envisaged that 2-3 such units will be set up. . Women will be organised, extensively trained and set-up as high quality and viable production units for making a variety of ready-to-eat/instant foods; The pilot phase will exhaustively test and establish technical viability, commercial scalability and consumer acceptance. (c) Post the pilot phase it is intended to scale up the project and reach out to set up multiple production units catering to the needs of multiple market segments and commercial opportunities available for these products.

The test market for Aahaar has just been concluded in the cities of Delhi and Bangalore.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Mirage 2000 Crashes, Pilots Safe

One MIRAGE-2000 aircraft of IAF crashed near Bhind, Madhya Pradesh on 24 Feb 2012 at about 1210 hrs. The aircraft had got airborne from Gwalior airbase and was on a routine training-flying mission. The Pilot Air Marshal Anil Chopra and Wing Commander Ram Kumar ejected safely. There was no damage to civil property and no individual was injured/killed as a result of air crash. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the reasons for the accident.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Army Personnel Killed In J&K Avalanche

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has expressed profound grief at the loss of several precious lives of Army personnel in the line of duty in the massive avalanches at the Army Post in Sona Marg and the Brigade Headquarters forward post at Gurez in Jammu & Kashmir late last night.

In a message, Shri Antony said his thoughts are with the near and dear ones of the deceased in this hour of tragedy. He wished speedy recovery of those injured in the disaster. Shri Antony said the government will provide all relief and rehabilitation measures to the affected families.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visit Of German Naval Chief


RM's Trophy To Best Command Hospital


Edwards F-35A Conducts First External Weapons Test Mission

On Feb. 16, the first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., further expanding the program’s flight test envelope. The weapons load for this mission involved carrying two air-to-air AIM-9X missiles on the outboard wing stations. In addition, the F-35 carried two internal 2,000-pound guided bombs (GBU-31) and two advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AIM-120) inside the two internal weapon bays. No weapons were delivered during the mission. The jet also had mounted four external pylons that can carry 2,000-pound air-to-ground weapons. The F-35A 5th Generation fighter is designed to carry up to 18,000 pounds on 10 weapon stations featuring four weapon stations inside two weapon bays, for maximum stealth capability, and an additional three weapon stations on each wing.

(Lockheed Martin photos by Paul Weatherman)

Arunachal Celebrates 25th Statehood Day!


Hunters' Pride---'Hunter Was I Born, Hunter Shall I Die' !!!

'Hawks Haven'---Enter the toughest Squadron----"No agony, no pain, can ever make me cry----Hunter was I born, Hunter shall I die"

Friday, February 17, 2012

Photos : Mi-17 V5 Induction


Army Chief's UK Visit

Gen VK Singh being recieved by General Sir, Peter Wall, KCB CBE ADC Chief of General Staff, COAS interacting with Mr Philip Hammond, MP, Secretary of Defence, COAS reviewing the guard of honour by Horse Guards.

Multi Purpose MI-17 V5 Helicopters Inducted Into IAF

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has said that India has always strived for peace, trust and cooperation. Addressing a gathering here today after inducting the advanced Mi-17 V5 helicopter into the IAF, Shri Antony, however, said that the developments around us necessitated the building of our defence capability.

Pointing out that the Mi-17 V5 is the best helicopter in its class, the Defence Minister assured that the Government stands committed to provide the latest and best possible equipments to our armed forces. Shri Antony underlined the role of Russia as a dependable partner in the defence sector. Calling upon the IAF personnel to keep pace with the latest technological advancements, the Minister said that adequate training should be provided to absorb the induction of complex systems into the forces.

Following is the text of the Address delivered by the Defence Minister on the occasion:

“Today is a special day for the Indian Air Force, as it inducts Mi-17 V 5 helicopter into its helicopter fleet. The multi-purpose Mi-17 V 5 helicopters will add to the flexibility and operational muscle, as well as capabilities of the Indian Air Force. It will help the IAF in meeting its growing mandate.

The helicopter fleet of the IAF has been rendering useful service to the nation by operating in remote, inaccessible and inhospitable parts of our country. The role played by these helicopters in providing humanitarian assistance and carrying out relief and rescue efforts in the wake of natural disasters, or accidents has received widespread appreciation. They are operating at the heights of Siachen glacier and have also proved their professionalism in UN missions.

Today, the economic growth of our nation is quite impressive. The growth opportunities bring greater regional and global aspirations. We have always done our best in fulfilling our national commitments in a manner befitting our stature. We have always strived for peace and stability in our immediate and extended neighbourhood.

India has always been a votary of building an atmosphere of peace, trust and cooperation between different countries of our region. However, the developments around us necessitate that we build our defence capabilities and continue to work towards maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Our Government stands fully committed to provide the latest and best possible equipment to our Armed Forces. Today’s induction is one such example. We want that the IAF should continue to retain its qualitative edge at all times. I have been told that this helicopter is an instance of the best product in its class and will greatly enhance operational capabilities.

The helicopter is expected to take the IAF’s combat support capabilities to newer heights. I am sure that the IAF will utilise the machine to its fullest potential.

On behalf of the Government, I wish to place on record our appreciation for the initiative taken by officials of Russia to work in tandem with the Indian officials. I also extend my heartiest congratulations to the Defence Ministry and Air Headquarters for the success of the project.

A word of caution – the induction of new, complex technological systems is not an easy task. All of you must strive to keep pace with the latest technological advancements and provide training from time to time.

Last but not the least, I congratulate the Commanding Officers and personnel of new helicopter units, as they prepare to soar higher with this new helicopter. With these words, I dedicate this helicopter to the Indian Air Force and hope that this man-machine combination will continue to work together in service of our nation.”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pix : MI-17V5 Helicopters To Be Inducted


Naval UAV Crashes At Vishakhapatnam

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Navy that was on a routine mission crashed into a hill
side opposite the Hanuman Temple in Gajuwaka area of the city today, Feb 17, 2012. There has been no loss to life or property reported. An Inquiry has been ordered to look into the circumstances leading to the crash.


Mi-17 V5 To Be Inducted Into IAF Tomorrow

Mi-17 V5 helicopter would be inducted into the IAF on 17 February 2012. This helicopter falls in the category of armed helicopter, with substantial and effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes.

Mi-17 V5, an upgrade of Mi-17 in the medium -lift category, is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and onboard Navigation Systems. It is a glass cockpit variant; the first of its kind to get inducted into the IAF. It has onboard weather radar, state of the art autopilot and is compatible with the latest Generation (Gen-III) Night vision Goggles. With this, the helicopter can undertake all-weather, day and night operations in any kind of terrain. The helicopter is also equipped with a Bambi-Bucket that can be used for fire fighting. It is also fitted with a powerful winch – a feature useful in the Disaster Relief Operations in restricted areas where landing is not possible.

It has a modified loading ramp for faster loading and off-loading; apart from the traditional rear clamshells. A starboard door and a ‘Dolphin’ shaped nose section give it a unique identity. The entire airframe has a high degree of ballistics tolerance and is crash-resistant. It also comes equipped with an emergency flotation system. Its internal cabin volume is sufficient for transporting fully-equipped infantry soldiers for specialised operations.

Induction of Mi-17 V5 will enhance the capabilities of the IAF manifold in undertaking varied roles to face the challenges thrown in by unforgiving weather, hostile environment and difficult terrain in India. Indian Air Force first inducted helicopters in the year 1954. They have operated in Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world and have also proven their mettle in the UN missions. With the induction of Mi-17 V5, the capability and strength of the helicopter fleet in the IAF will increase significantly.

In 2008, India had signed an agreement with Russia to induct 80 Mi-17 V5 helicopters for strengthening IAF’s helicopter fleet for high altitude Air Maintenance Ops, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Mission and Transport Operations.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cent Vayushakti By CBI

In a ceremony organised at Air HQ on 15th February, 2012 Central Bank of India, the third largest public sector bank having network of nearly 4000 branches pan India has launched a special scheme CENT VAYUSHAKTI for promoting a defence salary package. The scheme is envisaged to provide high end range of banking facilities to the serving and retired Air Force personnel across the country. The scheme was launched by Air Marshal JN Burma, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration at Vayu Bhavan. AVM (Retd) Ratan Bir Kalra, Defence Banking Advisor was present during the ceremony. On this occasion, Air Marshal JN Burma appreciated the efforts of the Bank in designing a Air Force personnel friendly scheme and expected that the serving as well as retired personnel will be benefited with this scheme. Shri MV Tanksale, Chairman & Managing Director of the Bank praising the commendable services of Air Warriors in defending the Indian borders informed that access to account from anywhere, unique lifelong account number, Zero balance account with Zero maintenance charges, free ATM cards with two additional cards – one each for spouse and dependent parent, free NEFT/RTGs facility with free internet/Tele banking and mobile banking facilities are some of the salient features of this Salary package specially designed for Indian Air Force. Bank offers special rates for Housing loans of Air Force Group Housing at the time of retirement of Air Force Personnel. Shri Ratnakar, General Manager Delhi Zone informed that bank has already launched similar package for Navy personnel.

India, Saudi Arabia Agree To set Up Joint Committee On Defence Cooperation

To give a boost to the defence ties between the two countries, India and Saudi Arabia have decided to set up a Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation to work out the contours of the relationship. The decision was taken at the delegation level talks between the two countries in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The Indian delegation was led by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the Saudi delegation by his counterpart Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Saudi Deputy Minister of Defence Prince Khalid Bin Sultan and senior functionaries of the Saudi Military organisations also attended the meeting. The Indian delegation included the Defence Secretary Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, the Indian Ambassador Shri Hamid Ali Rao, Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen SK Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Satish Soni and Air Vice Marshal MR Pawar.

The proposed Committee will evolve plans for cooperation in numerous areas including signing of an MoU on defence cooperation, high level reciprocal visits at all levels- political, official and Services, ship visits and conducting Passage Exercises during such visits. The Committee will also explore the possibility of signing an MoU on cooperation in hydrography, increased participation in training programmes on both sides and examine the possibility of cooperation in defence industries. Shri Antony’s suggestion for the visit of a delegation from Saudi Arabia to see our defence production facilities in near future was accepted by Prince Salman. The latter also accepted an invitation from Shri Antony to visit India later this year.

Expressing concern at the spread of piracy in the Indian Ocean Region, Shri Antony’s suggestion that the navies of the two countries could explore practical cooperation in the fight against piracy and an active role of the Royal Saudi Navy in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) construct were readily accepted by Prince Salman.

Reviewing the security situation in the Gulf Region, the two sides agreed that all issues need to be settled through peaceful dialogue.

Earlier, on his arrival at the Defence Ministry Headquarters in Riyadh, Shri Antony was presented an Inter-Services Guard of Honour. Prince Khalid also hosted a lunch in honour of the visiting delegation.