Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brig Mohammad Usman Centenary Celebrations Commence

To commemorate the martyrdom a special function is being organized by HQ Central Command Lucknow  and another function at Delhi besides several other functions  at Varanasi and Agra the base for partroopers, to remember and pay tributes to Brig Mohammed Usman whose courage and leadership continue to inspire men-in-uniform, generation after generations. Lt Gen Anil Chait, GOC-IN- C Central Command and Lt Gen AK Mishra, Chief of Staff will be presiding over important functions.

Brigadier Mohammad Usman was the highest rank officer of Indian Army killed in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, who as a Muslim became a 'Symbol of India's Inclusive Secularism'. At the time of partition of India he with many other officers declined to move to the Pakistan Army and continued to serve the Indian Army. He was awarded a posthumous Maha Vir Chakra for his role in the 1947-48 operations. He was in command of 50 Independent Para Brigade when he defeated a numerically superior enemy force in Naushera effecting a virtual turn-around in the J & K campaign. He met a heroic death when he was only 36.

Brig Usman was born on July 15, 1912 at Bibipur which is a part of today's Azamgarh District in Uttar Pradesh. Young Usman was educated at Harish Chandra Bhai School in Varanasi. An alumina of the prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he was commissioned in the Baluch Regiment.

Despite the bait of becoming the Pakistan Army Chief and intense pressure from the Pakistani leadership to join the Army of the new nation, Brig Usman remained committed to the ideals of his motherland.

When the Baluch Regiment was allotted to Pakistan, Brig Usman was transferred to the Dogra Regiment. At the time of Indo-Pakistani War of 1947-48 , Brig Usman, Commander of 77 Para Brigade was side stepped to command 50 Para Brigade, deployed at Jhangar in December 1947. However, with odds heavily against him, Jhangar was wrested by the Pakistanis on December 25, 1947. The Brigadier vowed to recapture Jhangar - a feat he accomplished three months later.

With the fall of Jhangar, the emboldened Pakistanis seized Naushera and the situation looked grim indeed. In the face of overwhelming odds, he affected the defence of Naushera during the crucial battle by February of 1948. This proved to be the turning point in the campaign that earned Brig Usman two titles of endearment - ‘Hero of Naushera, and ‘Saviour of Naushera’. His fiery leadership resulted in major defeat of the enemy at and around Naushera with 2000 casualties (about 1000 dead and 1000 wounded) while he suffered only 33 dead and 102 wounded.

Jhangar, however loomed large in his mind, and the liberation of which became his obsession. After a month's planning, he was able to put into motion his operation to free Jhangar, and on March 18, the Para Brigade achieved its objective. Jhangar was once again in Indian hands. But it was Jhangar that cost Brig Usman’s life. On July 3, during a lull in shelling, Brig Usman came out of his tent. In no time, a single shell caught him killing him instantly.

Brigadier Mohammed Usman set an example of personal courage, exceptional qualities of leadership and devotion to duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Army and was thus rightfully honoured with the Maha Vir Chakra.
Group Captain Amit Mahajan
PRO Defence Allahabad & Lucknow

Friday, June 29, 2012


364 Air Warriors were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a Combined Passing Out Parade today at Air Force Station, Tambaram.   The Air Warriors went through rigorous and intensive training
at the two premier institutes of the base, namely Mechanical Training Institute and Workshop Training Institute, before passing out.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

German Eurofighter Typhoons Participate In ‘Red Flag – Alaska 2012’

Eight Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from German Air Force Jagdgeschwader 74 (JG 74) took part in a two week ‘Red Flag’ exercise in Alaska alongside American, Polish, Japanese and Australian air forces. 


Monday, June 25, 2012

Pakistan Plays Environment Card To Make India Withdraw From Siachen, India Quotes International Environment Rules

MoD Challenges Disabled Pensioners In Court, Despite Antony Asking Them Not To Do So!!

2406_Page_06L by Chindits
2406_Page_06L, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

DRDO Bio-Digestible Project Pioneered For High Altitude Soldiers

An evolved DRDO technology to treat biological wastes of soldiers serving in high altitudes of Ladakh and Siachen, is set to radically alter the rural sanitation and decomposition woes of fecal wastes in the plains across the country.

Six twin bio-digester toilets based on the technology was launched by DRDO in a tie-up with FICCI on Sunday, at Dhamra, Odisha, more famously known for the recent launches of various DRDO-developed missiles such as Agni, Akash, Prithvi among several others, from its nearby Wheeler Island test site.


Ex-Alumnus Chhattisgarh Governor Visits OTA On Golden Jubillee

Shri Shekhar Dutt, SM, Governor of Chhattisgarh visited the Officers Training Academy, Chennai on 23 Jun 2012. The visit was on wake of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations being conducted at OTA wef Jan 2012 onwards.
Shri Shekhar Dutt is an alumnus of Officers Training Academy, Chennai and passed out from this prestigious institution on 06 Aug 1967 into the Regiment of Artillery as part of Short Service Commission Course-03


Friday, June 22, 2012

INS Teg Arrives In Western Naval Command, Mumbai, From Russia

A new stealth frigate built for the Indian navy by Russia arrived in the port of Mumbai on Friday, a diplomat said.
The ceremony for the arrival of INS Teg involved senior Indian navy officers as well as Russian officials and diplomats, said a spokesman for the Russian consulate in Mumbai.
INS Teg is the first of three modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates being built at the Yantar Shipyard under a $1.6 billion deal signed in 2006.
The other two vessels will follow in about a year, a Yantar spokesman said in April.
The 3,970-ton frigate incorporates stealth technologies and is armed with eight 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
The Indian navy already has three Russian-built Talwar class frigates.

Photo & Text : Ria Novosti

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Six C-130Js Fly Together Testing Skills, Capabilities

At the break of dawn early this week the Veiled Vipers (C-130J Squadron) flew six of their aircraft in a tactical formation thereby displaying the operational capability and potential of the Indian Air Force in combat airlift operations.
The six aircraft Viper formation also displayed the skills of the aircrew and maintenance potential of the IAF.
The C-130J, Super Hercules is the most newly inducted aircraft in the IAF inventory. It is a medium lift tactical transport aircraft capable of flying  low levels undetected and landing at assault strips.

Indian Navy's Nuclear Air Defence Shield In INS Shivaji, Lonavala, To Be Directly Under PMO!!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Conference On Clothing Management Begins At HQ Maintenance Command Nagpur

A large scale conference on clothing management has commenced today at HQs Maintenance Command, IAF at Nagpur. The two days long conference (to be held on18 and 19 Jun 2012) was inaugurated by AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra.
The conference is being held under the auspices of the Logistics Management Branch of HQ MC to improve the clothing and uniform of all the Air Warriors of IAF. The Indian Air Force has, for the coming years identified, ‘clothing management’ as a key result area. Uniforms are a matter of pride for all the Air Warriors and play a major role in operational, day-to-day and ceremonial functioning of the force.
The focus of the conference is to improve the quality of the uniforms (in terms of fabric, suitability to weather conditions etc.), timely availability and mass production. Assistance of National Institute of Fashion Technology(NIFT) and Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) on design of various uniforms and quality of fabric has already been sought.
The uniforms are manufactured by various ordnance factories(OFs), namely the OFs at Kanpur, Shahjahanpur, Avadi (near Chennai) whose representatives are also attending the conference. Efforts would be put towards synergising the functioning of the ordnance factories production and the IAF’s supply chain management system.
Representatives of Army’s ordnance corps and Naval HQs logistics branch are also attending the conference to make suggestions on production of the uniforms and supply chain system.
Addressing the inaugural session of the conference Air Mshl Jagdish Chandra said “The IAF personnel operate in varied conditions of weather and terrain. Their uniforms are not only a matter of great pride but also protects them from extremities of weather and enhances their operational efficiency. Our efforts should be to improve on the quality, quantity and biometrics of production of various uniforms that we wear. New technology on fabric production and tailoring is available and is improving consistently. You should make full use of it to provide the best to our Air Warriors. Make full use the just-in-time aspect of production and prevent stock outs at all costs.”
The conference would synergize all agencies that provide clothing to IAF and would conclude on 19 Jun 2012.

DPR Nagpur--Wg Cdr Mahesh Upasani

Commissioning Of ICGS Krishnapatnam

Coast Guard Station Krishnapatnam, the third Coast Guard Station in Andhra Pradesh, was commissioned in Andhra Pradesh today by Dr MM Pallam Raju, Raksha Rajya Mantri, in the presence of Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Inspector General Satya Prakash Sharma, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and a host of senior officials of the state/central government and Indian Coast Guard.
The establishment of a Station at Krishnapatnam is part of the ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security in the coastal states of the nation.
In his address during the Commissioning Ceremony, Raksha Rajya Mantri stated that the coast of Andhra Pradesh, being cyclone prone, had witnessed a number of incidents in the past resulting in loss of life and property at sea. This newly commissioned Coast Guard Station at Krishnapatnam would facilitate Search and Rescue operations towards saving lives.
The Station will function under the administrative and operational control of Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) through the Commander, Coast Guard District HQ-6 located at Visakhapatnam. Comdt (JG) TRK Rao has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Station.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Pakistan Fires Unprovoked in 25 Div, Leaves 2 Jawans Dead, India Protests, Army Chief Rushes To J&K

Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked and heavy arms firing on the post along LoC in Krishna Ghati sector, 25 Div-Nangi Tekri, since 2 PM on June 13 leaving an Army jawan dead and three others injured
The Indian Army has lodged a strong protest with its Pakistan counterpart over firing on Indian posts along the line of control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The LC unit was 3 Grenadiers, which lost two jawans.Some BSF personnel also killed by Pak snipers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Stand-Off Continues On Siachen, 13th Round Ends Without Any Breakthrough, Amid Cordial, Friendly Atmosphere, They Only Agree To Meet For 14th Round Again!!

1. The Defence Secretary level talks between Pakistan and India on Siachen were held at the Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi from 11 – 12 June 2012. The Pakistan delegation was headed by Ms. Nargis Sethi, Secretary Defence. The Indian delegation was headed by Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma, Defence Secretary of India.

2. The Defence Secretary of India called on the Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar.

3. The talks were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to make serious, sustained and result oriented efforts for seeking an amicable resolution of Siachen. It was agreed to continue dialogue on Siachen in keeping with the desire of the leaders of both countries for early resolution of all outstanding issues. Both sides acknowledged that the ceasefire was holding since 2003.

4. It was agreed that the next round of talks on Siachen will be held in New Delhi on mutually convenient dates, to be fixed through diplomatic channels.

Monday, June 11, 2012

DCNS, Pipavav Team-Up To Address India’s Naval Needs

Indian Coast Guard Hovercraft H-187 Commissioned

Indian Coast Guard Hovercraft H-187, the first of the series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) designed and built by Griffon Hoverwork Limited (GHL), UK, was commissioned at Okha by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, the Director General Indian Coast Guard. The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Inspector General BS Yadav, PTM, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) and other dignitaries from Central and State Government.

The 21 meters long Air Cushion Vehicle displaces 31 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The ACV is capable of undertaking multi-farious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea.

The Air Cushion Vehicle H-187 will be based at Okha under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West).

The hovercraft is commanded by Commandant Anurag Kaushik, who is a Communication specialist. The hovercraft has a crew of two Officers and 11 Enrolled Personnel (EPs).

MoD Suspends BEML Chairman VRS Natarajan

The Government has put the CMD of BEML Shri VRS Natarajan under suspension following a recommendation by the CBI that he should be kept away from the post to ensure fair investigation.    The charge of CMD has been given to Shri P Dwarkanath, the senior most functional Director in BEML.  The CBI is currently investigating into various charges against Shri Natarajan.

'I am first an Indian, a secular son of my country, didnt set up line of succession in Army' : Arunachal Governor Releases Autobiography

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Helicopter Pilots Passing Out Parade At INS Rajali, Arakkonam, 78th Helicopter Conversion Course

An impressive passing out parade was held today to mark the graduation of the 78th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station, INS Rajali, Arakkonam wherein 04 Navy and 05 Coast Guard Pilots including two women pilots were awarded “Wings” by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command.   The Pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School INAS 561 (HTS).   The school has graduated 558 pilots for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard till date and is commanded by Commander Ashish Bhargava.  Very recently the unit was also awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification.   The School was based at Kochi till 1992 and thereafter shifted to INS Rajali at Arakkonam which is the largest operational air base of the Navy.   The base is commanded by Commodore Puneet Kumar Bahl.

The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot was awarded to Sub Lieutenant Himanshu Choudhary.   The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying was awarded to Sub Lieutenant Sachin Thakur.   A book prize for standing first in ground subjects was awarded to Sub Lieutenant Himanshu Choudhary.

The graduated pilots would be joining operational flights at Mumbai, Port Blair, Goa Kochi Vizag and Daman.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Sunday Guardian Impact : Antony Felicitates Services Sportspersons

In a brief ceremony here today, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony felicitated the Armed Forces sportspersons who won medals during the Commonwealth Games 2010. He also felicitated the Services Football team that recently won the Santosh Trophy-2012 after a gap of over 50 years.
The ceremony was attended by senior officers from the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. The Defence Minister lauded the contribution of Armed Forces athletes by contributing an impressive tally of 10 Gold, 07 Silver and 08 Bronze medals which is more than 25% of the total medals won by the country that included 38 Gold, 27 Silver and 34 Bronze medals. 60 Armed Forces athletes had participated in 10 events of the total 17 events of the Commonwealth Games which amounted to 30% of the Men’s contingent strength in these events.
Shri Antony also expressed his appreciation of the Services Football team that has won the Santosh Trophy with LAC VV Farhad of the Air Force being declared the Man of the Tournament. While addressing the winners, he felt that this cash award was not just a recognition of their achievements but more importantly it would serve to motivate others.  Shri Antony exhorted the Services personnel to excel in fields other than sports as well and called upon the officers to encourage participation in cultural activities.
Services players have traditionally been in the forefront of evolution of the various sports disciplines in India. Though sportspersons have emerged from other walks of life and backgrounds, Services players have retained a major share in the overall national medal tally. The Services are also proactively undertaking talent scouting and grooming deserving sportsmen using the state-of-art infrastructure.
The Defence Minister presented cash prizes on the occasion individual Gold winners at the Commonwealth Games received Rs.12 lakhs each while the Silver and Bronze Medallists received Rs.7 lakhs and Rs.5 lakhs respectively.  Chief Petty Officer Omkar Singh, who won 2 Gold, 1 team Gold and 1 team Silver in the Shooting events, was awarded the highest cash prize of Rs.38.25 lakhs while another shooter Sub Vijay Kumar bagged Rs.37 lakhs, winning 1 Gold, 2 team Gold and 1 Silver medal.   Besides each of the 20 players of the Services Football team which won the 66th Santosh Trophy National Football Championship-2012 recently, were awarded Rs.1 lakh each.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

'To Realize Full Potential Of Defence Trade Relations, We Need To Cut Through Bureaucratic Red Tape On Both Sides' : Panetta

"Thank you, Dr. . Gupta, for inviting me to the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, and for your leadership of this distinguished organization. It’s a special honor to have this opportunity on my first visit to India as Secretary of Defense. 

This trip has taken me from Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii, to the Shangri­La Dialogue in Singapore, to Cam Ranh Bay and Hanoi in Vietnam. It’s appropriate that as I have defined our new defense strategy for the 21St Century, I am here with a key partner in this important region.
Over the past two days, I held excellent meetings with Prime Minister Singh, Defense Minister Antony, National Security Advisor Menon, and I Want to thank them for welcoming me back to this great country. 

I also want to thank Ambassador Chandra for convening and moderating today’s discussion, and for the contributions he has made to advancing U.S.-India relations during his career in public service.
Ambassador Chandra’s first year in Washington as India’s Ambassador to the United States overlapped with the end of my tenure as President Clinton’s Chief of Staff in the 1990s. It was a time when the legacy of Cold War suspicion still loomed large. Though we shared many values and common interests, our bilateral relationship suffered from such suspicions. 

My former boss, President Bill Clinton, got it right at the time, twelve years ago here in New Delhi when he said that “India and America are natural allies, two nations conceived in liberty, each finding strength in its diversity, each seeing in the other a reñection of its own aspiration for a more humane and just World.” 

Thanks to the efforts of past presidents, Republican and Democrat, our two nations have finally and irreversibly started a new chapter of our history. 

So it was that when I returned to government in 2009 to serve as Director of the CIA, I found a transformed U.S.-India relationship. We had acted together to get past our differences and reestablish better cooperation. It required that we get beyond our outdated notions about one another. 

And today, thanks to President Obama and Prime Minister Singh - along with Indian leaders from across this country’s political spectrum - our two nations now engage actively and effectively as partners on a host of bilateral, regional, and global issues. 

President Obama has said that the United States and India will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21St century. I believe that to be true. Today, We have growing economic, social and diplomatic ties that benefit both of our nations. But for this relationship to truly provide security for this region and for the world, we will need to deepen our defense and security cooperation. This is why I have come to India. 

America is at a turning point. After a decade of war, we are developing a new defense strategy - a central feature of which is a “rebalancing” toward the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, We will expand our military partnerships and our presence in the arc extending from the Western Pacific and East Asia into the Indian Ocean region and South Asia.

Defense cooperation with India is a linchpin in this strategy. India is one of the largest and most dynamic countries in the region and the world, with one of the most capable militaries. India also shares with the United States a strong commitment to a set of principles that help maintain international security and prosperity. 

We share a commitment to open and free commerce; to open access by all to our shared domains of sea, air, space, and cyberspace; and to resolving disputes Without coercion or the use of force, in accordance with international law. We share a commitment to abide by international standards and norms - “rules of the road,” if you Will, which promote international peace and stability.
One of the ways We will advance these principles is to help develop the capabilities of countries who share these values. India is one of those countries. 

Our two nations face many of the same security challenges - from violent extremism and terrorism to piracy on the high seas and from the proliferation of Weapons of mass destruction to regional instability. Handling these challenges requires a forward-looking vision for our defense partnership, and a plan for advancing it month-by­month and year-by­year. 

We have built a strong foundation, and we will enhance this partnership over time in the spirit of equality, common interest, and mutual respect. 

In particular, I believe our relationship can and should become more strategic, more practical, and more collaborative.

Our defense cooperation is strategic in that we consult and share Views on all major regional and international security developments. Our defense policy exchanges are now regular, candid, and invaluable.
Our partnership is practical because we take concrete steps through military exercises and exchanges to improve our ability to operate together and with other nations to meet a range of challenges.
And our defense relationship is growing ever more collaborative as we seek to do more advanced research and development, share new technologies, and enter into joint production of defense articles. 

I Want to share my views on the progress We have made in each of these areas and outline additional steps I think we should take in the coming years.
We have built a strong strategic relationship. In my own experience, including during my visits here as Director of the CIA, my Indian counterparts always offer clear strategic analysis and recommendations. We are transparent and honest in our discussions, something that has come to define the strength of our relationship. 

During my two days here, we discussed the new defense strategy that is guiding the United States military’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. We discussed the value of the ASEAN “regional architecture” in promoting international norms and in guaranteeing freedom of navigation.
We discussed Afghanistan, where we have embarked on a transition to Afghan responsibility for security, governance, and economic affairs. India has supported this process through its own significant investments in Afghan reconstruction and has signed a 1ong­term partnership agreement with Afghanistan.
We are making significant progress with transition. The United States now has an enduring partnership agreement with Afghanistan. I urged India’s leaders to continue with additional support to Afghanistan through trade and investment, reconstruction, and help for Afghanistan’s security forces.
We also discussed lndia’s immediate neighborhood. In particular, I welcomed the initial steps India and Pakistan have taken to normalize trade relations, a process that We believe is key to resolving their differences and to helping Pakistan turn around its economy and counter extremism within its borders. Pakistan is a complicated relationship for both of our countries but one that we must Work to improve.
Finally, we exchanged views about other key issues like piracy and terrorism, tensions in the South China Sea, our concerns about lran and North Korea’s destabilizing activities, and new challenges like cyber intrusions and cyber warfare. 

At a practical level, our defense partnership is coming of age. Expanded military exercises, defense sales, and intelligence sharing are key examples of the relationship’s maturation. Last year alone We held more than 50 cooperative defense events. 

Some of the most significant include our military exercises, which enhance our ability to prepare for real-World challenges. The annual “MALABAR” naval exercise has grown from a “passing exercise” for our ships into a full-scale engagement across all functional areas of naval Warfare. In March, U.S. Army soldiers joined their counterparts in India to rehearse scenarios involving United Nations Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in a post-conflict setting. U.S. soldiers even had the chance to participate in a Holi celebration, which I gather is a very colorful experience. 

One month later, the SHATRUJEET exercise took place at Camp Pendleton in California, with amphibious operations and other exercises between U.S. Marines and Indian soldiers.
These engagements and exercises provide opportunities for our rnilitaries to learn from each other. This will sharpen our skills the next time we are called upon to interdict a WMD shipment, break up a terrorist plot, or respond to a future tsunami. 

We have also increased our defense sales relationship - from virtually nothing early in the last decade to sales worth over $8 billion today. Our sales are growing rapidly. For example, India and the US have agreed to sales of maritime surveillance and transport aircraft. India will soon have the second largest fleet of inthe World, expanding the reach and strength of India’s forces and their ability to rapidly deploy. 

Your C-1301 transport aircraft and P8-I maritime surveillance aircraft purchases are also historic. In fact, India and the United States will be the only countries operating the P8-I aircraft.
In providing such capabilities to the Indian armed forces, we also enabled new training and exchange opportunities between our militaries. For example, our sales of transport aircraft included U.S. Air Force training of Indian pilots, loadmasters and maintenance staff. 

Finally, in terms of building collaboration, we have some early successes and are poised to embark on technology sharing, co-production and other initiatives that will be a great value to each of our nations. Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and India’s Tata Group are already jointly manufacturing spare parts for transport aircraft in Hyderabad. This proj ect benefits each of our nations by creating jobs in India and America and strengthening our defense industries. 

Our shared goal should beto solidify progress and deepen defense engagement and cooperation in all of these areas. So now let me turn to the ñlture. 

At a strategic level, we have worked together to counter piracy and terrorism, and now We should join forces to tackle new and ever more complex threats. We can do more to drive the creation of a rules-based order that protects our common interests in new areas like cyber security and space. We need to develop “rules of the road” in these domains to help confront dangerous activities by states and non-state actors alike. 

In terms of regional security, our vision is a peaceful Indian Ocean region supported by growing Indian capabilities. America will do its part through the rotational presence of Marines in Australia, Littoral Combat Ships rotating through Singapore, and other U.S. military deployments in the region. 

The United States supports Southeast Asian multilateral forums such as the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, or “ADMM Plus.” These mechanisms will prevent and manage regional tensions. As I have told my Indian colleagues over the past two days, lndia’s voice and involvement in these international forums will be critical. 

As the United States and India deepen our defense partnership with each other, both of us will also seek to strengthen our relations with China. We recognize that China has a critical role to play advancing security and prosperity in this region. The United States welcomes the rise of a strong, prosperous and a successful China that plays a greater role in global affairs - and respects and enforces the international norms that have governed this region for six decades. 

And again with regard to Pakistan, India and the United States will need to continue to engage Pakistan, overcoming our respective - and often deep - differences with Pakistan to make all of South Asia peaceful and prosperous. _ 

To improve our practical cooperation, l believe US-India military exercises which are already strong must continue to be more regular and complex. And We must move beyond a focus on individual arms sales to regular cooperation that increases the quantity and quality of our defense trade. 

I want to stress that the United States is firmly committed to providing the best defense technology possible to India. We are both leaders in technology development and we can do incredible work together. Indeed, I think close partnership with America will be key to meeting India’s own stated aims of a modern and effective defense force. 

The Obama administration is hard at work on Export Control reform in cooperation with Congress in order to improve our ability to deliver the best technologies even more quickly. Meanwhile, we look to India to modernize its own regulations in areas like defense procurement and nuclear liability legislation. 

But to realize the full potential of defense trade relations, we need to cut through the bureaucratic red tape on both sides. For that reason, I have asked my Deputy Secretary Ash Carter to lead an effort at the Pentagon to engage with Indian leaders on a new initiative to streamline our bureaucratic processes and make our defense trade more simple, responsive, and effective. 

Believe me, I know this will be hard. But that’s the nature of the democratic systems that we share. Your leaders understand the challenges I face and we understand the obstacles you face. But we both need to persevere to support our defense needs and our strategic interests. Over the long term, I am certain that We will transition our defense trade beyond the “buyer-seller” relationship to substantial co-production and, eventually, high-technology joint research and development. 

During my visit to Asia this week, I have sought to bring closure to some of the past chapters of US involvement in this region. The government of Vietnam opened three new areas to search for MIAS for the Vietnam War. 

And here in India, I am pleased to announce that the Indian government will allow a team to return to India to continue the Search for US service members lost here during World War Il.
This is a humanitarian gesture by a government, with whom we share so many values. The ability to return heroes to their loved ones is something that America deeply, deeply appreciates.
America’s involvement in Asia has an important past- but a more important future. India is at the crossroads of Asia, at the crossroads ofthe new global economy, and at the crossroads of regional security. We will stand with India at those crossroads. 

I began my trip across the Asia-Pacific eight days ago. Along the way, I have laid out how the United States military plans to rebalance towards this region. As I come to the end of my trip, I’rn struck by the opportunities for closer cooperation, the strong support throughout this region for the rebalance, and the hope that this cooperation can help forge a brighter future for the region and the world. 

The United States and India have built a strong foundation for defense cooperation in this new century. My country is committed to an even greater role in the Asia Pacific, extending all the way to the India Ocean, and our attention and resources will advance partnerships throughout the region, including with India. 

Our two nations may not agree on the solution to every challenge facing us, and we both face the challenge of political gridlock at home that sometimes prohibits advancing our broader strategic objectives. But I am sure that we Will continue to draw closer together because We share the same values, the same challenges and threats, and the same vision of a just, stable, and peaceful regional order. 

Our people, our businesses, our militaries and our governments will all be partners in this effort to serve the dream that guides both of our great democracies the dream of building a better, more prosperous future for our children. Together as partners, we will help one another realize that dream in the 21St century."

India, US Hold Defence Talks : Asia-Pacific Countries Should Settle Bilateral Disputes As Per International Law: Antony

The US Secretary of Defence Mr. Leon Panetta met the Defence Minister Mr. AK Antony here today.  Mr. Panetta was accompanied by a ten member delegation, including the US Ambassador to India and other senior officers from the US Department of Defence.  The Indian delegation included the Defence Secretary Mr. Shashikant Sharma, Secretary (Defence Production) Mr. Shekhar Agarwal and the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Dr. VK Saraswat.

            During the delegation level talks which lasted about an hour, both sides took note of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between India and the US in the area of defence.  They agreed that there were opportunities for enhancing bilateral ties in area of mutual interest and concern.

            During the discussion of the defence trade, Mr. Antony emphasized that the priority for India is to move beyond the buyer-seller transactions and to focus on transfer of technologies and partnerships to build indigenous capabilities.

            The US Secretary of Defence assured the Indian side that the US Government will initiate measures to facilitate technology access and sharing.

            Both sides also exchanged views on the security situation in South Asia, West Asia and the Asia-Pacific and on various global security challenges, including in the area of cyber security.

            With regard to the security concerns the Asia-Pacific, Mr. Antony conveyed that India supports unhindered freedom of navigation in international waters for all.  At the same time, with regard to bilateral issues between countries, he stressed that it is desirable that the parties concerned themselves should settle contentious matters in accordance with the international law.  Mr. Antony emphasized the need to strengthen the multilateral security architecture in the Asia-Pacific and to move at a pace comfortable to all countries concerned.

            Earlier on his arrival at South Block, Mr. Panetta was accorded a traditional tri-Service Guard of Honour and laid wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.