Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One Of The Two Has To Go....Who? And When?

BrahMos Block III Successfully Tested

Around 1130 hrs today on 28th March 2012, BrahMos Block III version with advanced guidance algorithm was flight tested from ITR Balasore. The missile flew through the designated 290 kms distance at Mach 2.8 and achieved high precision with steep dive once again. The Network of telemetry stations and down range ships confirmed that the missile followed the pre designated flight path.

When contacted, Dr. Pillail confirmed that it was a text book launch achieving 100% results. The missile was completely integrated at the BrahMos Integration Complex at Hyderabad.

The Flight was witnessed by senior officers from Armed Forces. CEO & MD BrahMos, along with Mr. S Som, Project Director, BrahMos and R Adm S Mohapatra, Executive Director were present during the Launch.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

F-35A Completes First Night Refueling Mission

The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle. Vitt’s sortie lasted more than three hours.
In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will also conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Macgreggor Medal Awarded For A Maritime Achievement

Commander Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo circumnavigate the globe in a sail boat, was today awarded the MacGreggor medal by the United Service Institution at New Delhi. The Chairman of the Chief's of Staff Committee, Admiral Nirmal Verma presented the award to Commander Dilip Donde in the presence of the Chief of Army Staff, General VK Singh, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and Lt Gen (Retd) PK Singh of USI

It maybe recalled that Commander Dilip Donde had completed solo circumnavigation of the globe in May 2011 after traversing over 40,000 kms and surmounting numerous nautical challenges in Indian Naval Sail
Vessel (INSV) Mhadei.

The MacGreggor Medal, awarded to Armed Forces personnel for valuable military reconnaissance, was instituted in 1888 to honour the memory of the USI founder, Maj Gen Sir Charles MacGregor. In the 124 years
since it's inception, thirteen Indian Officers have won the medal. The illustrious list of medal winners includes numerous summiteers of Mt Everest and some other similarly spirited military achievers. The last person to be awarded the MacGreggor medal was Col N Kumar (aka “Bull”) in the year 2010. Commander Dilip Donde is the first awardee to receive the award for a maritime achievement

Navy PRO

Committe To Look Into LCA-Navy Landing Gear


Saturday, March 24, 2012

DCNS Signs With SEC Industries Contract For Manufacture Of Equipment For Indian Scorpene Submarines

DCNS India signed a contract with SEC Industries for the manufacture of equipment (hull hatches, cofferdam doors, knuckle hoses, ballast vent valves, High Pressure air cylinders, weapon handling and storage system). Over the coming years, SEC will manufacture equipment under a TOT provided by DCNS India and they will be progressively delivered to our customer, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), for integration onboard the P75 Scorpene submarines.

Defexpo 2012 Curtain Raiser---BAE's CV90 To Debut


To debut the future-proof CV90 and go-anywhere BvS10 vehicles
Unveil advanced technology innovations for soldiers

Mobility will be the dominant theme among BAE Systems’ displays at the 7th DefExpo India being held in New Delhi from March 29th through April 1st this year. The Company will debut its family of CV90 Light Tanks and BVs10 go-anywhere All-Terrain Vehicle family in India at the exhibition, along with the ultra-light M777 howitzer. In recognition of the Company’s commitment to offer the full span of its capabilities across the defence, aerospace and security domains in India, BAE Systems’ pavilion at this signature event spans products and solutions in Air and Defence Information, Maritime, Intelligence and Security, and Electronics Systems.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

36th DRDO Directors Conference (Mar 19-21, 2012), New Delhi


Indian Coast Guard Station Dahanu Commissioned

Coast Guard Station Dahanu, the third Coast Guard station in Maharashtra, was commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard at Dahanu today. Inspector General SPS Basra, the Commander Coast Guard Region (West) and senior officials from the Central and State Govt witnessed the commissioning ceremony.

The station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security along the Indian coastline. The station at Dahanu will help augment patrolling along the north Maharshtra coast and prevent illicit activity such as infiltration and smuggling.

In his address during the Commissioning Ceremony, Vice Admiral Muralidharan dwelt upon the need for maintaining countinuous vigil along the nation’s maritime borders. He called for continued synergy and coordination between various agencies involved in security operations. He further stated that the Coast Guard had initiated several far-reaching projects to augment force levels as also manpower to meet existing and future maritime challenges.

Coast Guard Station Dahanu will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (West) through the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarter 2 located at Mumbai. Commandant SD Sonak has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Station


Monday, March 19, 2012

“Evolve Own Strategy For Self Reliance” : Antony To DRDO

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called upon the DRDO to take a relook at the goal of self-reliance in a globalized economy.

“Today, we are again standing at the crossroads, where the imperative need for modernization in a globalized environment is exerting pressure on the very essence of ‘Self Reliance’. In such a scenario, we need to evolve our own strategy for ‘Self Reliance in 21st Century’,” Shri Antony said, in his inaugural address to the 36th DRDO Directors’ Conference here today.

Shri Antony stressed on the need to meet the timelines of the three Services. “No doubt, there may be a few legitimate reasons for the delay, but we must make every effort to strictly adhere to timelines. DRDO can win the confidence and trust of the Users, i.e., our Armed Forces, only if it meets timelines and delivers the best and the latest equipment and weapon systems,” he said.

The Defence Minister underlined the need for synergy between the DRDO and the Services. “The single most important facet of your operations must be the DRDO-User relation. Both the Services and DRDO must increase their synergy, while finalizing developmental projects and strategies. Secondly, I would like our Armed Forces to actively participate in development programmes, both in management, as well as implementation to ensure that more indigenous systems are inducted,” he said.

Shri Antony said the government recently approved technology acquisition through offsets. “We must leverage offsets to bring in critical technologies to provide a further boost to our existing capability. Today, there is enough space in our defence industry for both the Public and Private sectors to do business. We must ensure active participation of all stakeholders, including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in defence production,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Defence Shri Satpal Maharaj noted with satisfaction that the share of R&D in the Defence Budget has risen to 6 per cent from 1 per cent in the 1960s. The Standing Committee had recommended 10 per cent as compared to 15 per cent being invested by certain countries in our neighbourhood, he added.

The National Security Adviser Shri Shivshankar Menon asked the DRDO scientists to “avoid reinventing the wheel” and instead focus on reducing critical dependency on foreign suppliers in specialized sectors like defence electronics.

The Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Nirmal Verma noted that self-reliance in defence industry still remained elusive. “Achievement of total self-reliance in a globalised world is neither affordable nor practicable. To my mind it could be far better to aim for optimum self-reliance”, he added.

Voicing concern on delays, the Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma said that it has resulted in lag in technology with the role of self-reliance taking a severe beating. He said that in a bid to give boost to R&D, the Transfer of Technology (ToT) will soon be a part of the offset component of defence contracts.

The Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Deptt of Defence R&D and DG DRDO, Dr. VK Saraswat called for the setting up of the Defence Technology Commission and a bigger role for DRDO in picking up the production partner post-development stage of products developed by the DRDO. He said that the first flight of the Agni-V missile is likely to take place next month.


Indian Navy Bans Pen Drives As Gifts


Friday, March 16, 2012

IRKUT Corpn Presents The MC-21 Program In India

Representatives of airlines and the Government aviation services of India were provided with detailed information on the MC-21 program, features and advantages of the prospective MC-21-300 and MC-21-200 aircraft.

The full-size mock-up of the passenger cabin and the cockpit of the MC-21 were of particular interest for the presentation participants.

The cabin and the cockpit were highly appreciated by the other participants of the event.

Summing up the presentations, Kirill Budaev said that due to the Su-30MK program IRKUT in India has a reputation of an advanced aircraft manufacturer and a reliable business partner. "The interest shown at the air show to the MC-21 program, indicates the possibility of expanding cooperation with Indian companies on civil projects", - said the Vice-President of JSC IRKUT Corporation.