Friday, September 28, 2012

Indian Army's Red Eagle Div Begins Platinum Celebrations

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It is a proud day for Indian Army as well as the nation as its oldest fighting formation, the 4 RAPID(Strike) division also known as the Red Eagle Division celebrates its 74th anniversary and steps into the year of Platinum Glory. The Celebrations started with the remembrance of the brave predecessors of the division at the War Memorial, who have made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division, Major General GS Chandel, Yudh Seva Medal laid wreath at the War Memorial and paid homage to the brave soldiers of the division in presence of Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and jawans.

The Wreath Laying ceremony was followed by a Sainik Sammelan. Maj Gen GS Chandel, YSM, spoke about the division and its exploits right from the time of Second World War upto its operations in the modern era. He brought out that it is the devotion to duty and sacrifice of each soldier that has earned the division a pinnacle position in the annals of military history. He emphasised on the endeavour of each individual to uphold this glorious history of the division with their utmost devotion and dedication to duty. This, he assured, will ensure even greater glory in the days to come.

A brief comparison of the times gone past, the present and the times to come was analysed by the GOC during his address. He enlightened the gathering on tackling the important personal and professional events in life requiring a thoughtful solution. The General was confident in promising that the division will always be prepared for any eventuality threatening the unity, integrity and sovernity of the nation. After the brief address, the GOC took the opportunity to felicitate the jawans who have shown exemplary dedication to their work by giving them prizes. The event culminated with a high tea in which the GOC had an informal interaction with the officers, JCOs and jawans.

All said and done, the celebration of the Red Eagle division as it steps into its 75th year was very well organised and co-ordinated, as can be expected from the oldest division of the Indian Army. The warmth of unity and bonding could be felt in the air throughout the celebrations.


Indian Army's Oldest Division Turns 75 !!

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Indian MoD To Get New Secretary Defence Production


Sec Def Prodn Shekhar Agarwal retires on Sep 30th.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Passing Out Parade Of Air Warriors, Air Force Station Avadi

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Saina Nehwal To Visit Indian Airforce Academy Tomorrow, To Fly In A Kiran Trainer !!!

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IAF Academy Dundigal, Hyderabad to host shuttler Saina Nehwal tomorrow, likely to get a sortie in a Kiran

Ms Saina Nehwal, the Olympic medal winner will be the guest of honour at Air Force Academy to witness the Autumn Term Inter Squadron Sports Meet to be held on 28 September 2012. The badminton icon, Saina will be arriving at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad by 1500 hrs. She will be taken to visit the Flying Faculty where she will be familiarised with the nuances of flying and will also fly the Trainer Jet Kiran. She will also visit Air Traffic Control Tower and Aero Medical Training Centre Simulator.

She will witness the closing ceremony of Inter Squadron Sports Championship which will be presided over by Commandant Air Force Academy Air Marshal PR Sharma, AVSM. She will thereafter interact with Officers and families of Air Force Academy.

Her visit to the Air Force Academy is being considered as a great encouragement to the Flight Cadets. She is keen to meet the Flight Cadets and interact with them sharing her experiences of victory at the highest level with them. She will also witness an exhibition match played by the Flight Cadets.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

India-Vietnam 7th Security Dialogue

Col. General Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy minister of national defence of Vietnam called on the defence minister A K Antony in New Delhi on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

In Line To Become Chief, Vice Adm Satish Soni Likely To Take Over As Vice Chief Of Naval Staff

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

'One Rank One Pension: Misleading Announcement By Govt' : Ex-servicemen Cry Foul, Write To PM

"Hon’ble Prime Minister,

1.  The grandiose announcement by the Govt that One Rank One Pension has been approved by the Cabinet was met with lot relief by the Ex servicemen who have been agitating for its acceptance for more than 30 years.  However, this sense of relief was short lived as the details of the decision unfolded and our fears brought before you vide our letter dated 18 Jul 2012 became a reality (Copy of the letter enclosed).  What has been given, albeit grudgingly, does not even meet the provision of the Armed Forces Tribunal Judgements in favour the Defence Personnel which is  effective from 01.01.2006. This decision is from a prospective date.

2.   Sir, OROP even at the risk of repetition, is “Defence Personnel with the same rank and same length of service must draw the same pension irrespective of the date of retirement and any future enhancement would be automatically granted to them”.  This also means that no senior defence person should ever draw pension less than his junior. Sir, It further means “Removal of the Gap” and not Bridging the Gap.  To illustrate, a Sepoy, Naik and Havlidar have been given an increase of only Rs 400 per month, whereas a Sepoy who retired on 31.01.2012 draws approx Rs 4000/- more than those retired prior to 2006.  Similarly, major disparity still exists in the officer ranks. This, we feel, is primarily due to non inclusion of members from Defence Personnel in the committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary, a request which the three Chiefs made to the Raksha Mantri but was not accepted.

3.   Sir, the Ex servicemen expect the Govt to do Justice to them. This announcement has further disillusioned the Ex Servicemen fraternity who have decided to intensify their protest in a dignified manner on All India basis.

With Regards,                                                       
Yours Sincerely,

Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM"

Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh,Vice Chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement has written to the PM, Defence Minister, and the three service Chiefs. He has been spearheading the movement for the past 6 years plus.

Induction Ceremony: Su-30 MKI At Air Force Station Halwara

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SU-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into Western Air Command in a formal ceremony at Air Force Station Halwara on 25 Sep 12. Air Marshal Arup Raha AVSM VM AOC-in-C Western Air Command IAF was the chief guest for the induction ceremony. He was accompanied by Mrs Lily Raha President AFWWA (Regional).

While the first batch of SU-30 MKI was inducted into IAF in Sep 2002, the 220 Squadron at Halwara known as ‘Desert Tigers’, which flew the MiG-23 aircraft till 2005 is now resurrected with the latest SU-30 MKI Squadron in Western Air Command. The SU-30 MKI is a frontline all-weather air-dominance fighter with multi-role capability, which can undertake varied air combat and ground attack missions. Air Force Station Halwara is one of the oldest frontline Airbases of the IAF. The base has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception as a forward airfield in 1942. Halwara, due to its strategic location was actively involved in both 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. Halwara has been home to Spitfires in early 1950s to being the hub of Mig-23 operations till 2009. It was later chosen to base the first SU-30 MKI Squadron in the Western Air Command in 2011.

The ‘Desert Tigers’ were formed as an offensive fighter Squadron on 09 Feb 1963. The Squadron was initially names as ‘Fighting Tigers’ and flew the first jet aircraft of the IAF, the Vampire. The squadron has changed many bases during its forty years long journey and has taken part in 1965, 1971 and Kargil Operations. While the Squadron flew Vampires during 1965 war, it flew HF-24 Marut in 1971 war from Jodhpur where the Squadron was rechristened as’ Desert Tigers’, the name it is known by till date. The Squadron later went on to fly Mig-23 BN, the supersonic strike fighter till 2009. Having been inactive for two years the ‘Desert Tigers’ were resurrected with state of the art air-dominance fighter SU-30 MKI in Sep 2011. The Squadron has a glorious past and it looks forward to bright future as it readies to spread its wings across the Indian landscape.

Air Force Station Halwara witnessed a well coordinated ceremony on this occasion. Guests from Western Air Command graced the event. The chief Guest was received by Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Halwara, Air Commodore RGK Kapoor VM. An impressive parade contingent presented a general salute to the AOC-in-C. Later the Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Wing Commander Sharad Aneja took permission from the Air marshal to get airborne in a SU-30 MKI aircraft. The ceremony included an impressive flypast by the SU-30 s of 220 Squadron. The pilots of the Squadron executed the characteristic ‘Trishul’ formation in a spectacular manner signifying their formal induction into the premier Air Command of the IAF. The Air Force personnel and their families witnessed the momentous occasion at Air Force Station Halwara.

Air Marshal Arup Raha AVSM VM in his address congratulated the air warriors of Halwara air base for successful induction fo SU-30 MKI. He appreciated the tireless efforts put in by all personnel in operationalising the Squadron within a very short period. The Squadron has enhanced the operational capability of Western Air Command in a substantial manner. The Air Marshal and his wife interacted with the officers and their spouses during social evening organised at the Officers’ Mess.

Mrs Lily Raha interactd with the spouses of air warriors (Sanginis) during the customary welfare meeting held at CV Gole auditorium. She also visited various welfare ventures run by President AFWWA (Local), Mrs. (Dr.) Suneeta Kapoor.

Air Marshal Arup Raha AoC-in-C Western air command exchanging memento with commanding officer ‘Desert tigers’ Wing commander Sharad Aneja at air force station halwara during su 30 mki induction ceremony on 25 sep 2012


Minister of State-Defence Inaugurates ECHS Polyclinic


Monday, September 24, 2012

No Talk Of 197 In CCS Today, No One-Rank-One-Pension, Cabinet Clears Marginal Increase For Pre-2006 Pensioners

Indian Army's 4 Corps Carries Out Flood Relief Ops In Assam

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‘Gajraj Corps’ is continuing with its flood relief operation to provide relief and aid to flood affected people of Assam. 21 specialized flood relief task force of Army with engineer equipments and rescue boats are carrying out flood relief operations in Sootia Sub Division of Sonitpur District. Army helicopters have also been pressed into service and large numbers of sorties were carried out distributing 2.5 tons of food packets. Army has rescued more than 6000 flood-affected people and evacuated them to relief camps established by the civil administration and NGOs.

Senior officers of the Army are personally supervising the relief efforts in conjunction with the civil administration. Prior preparation and risk assessment of likely flood prone areas helped Army to reach affected areas at the earliest for carrying out flood relief operations. Based on the experience of recent flood relief operations Army has established medical camps in the flood affected areas as containment of post flood health hazards and prevention of epidemic breakout is a serious concern.

The additional specialized flood relief task force of Army equipped with mechanized boats, life jackets, medical aid and other relief material have been kept on high alert to be deployed immediately should situation further deteriorate.


Expert Committee On HAL Restructuring Recommends More Pvt Industry Participation

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Offsets in MMRCA to Be Sorted By This Year End

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National Comand Post Further Delayed With Change in Finance Minister

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

IAF Mi-17 In Assam For Flood Relief And Rescue Mission

A Mi-17 helicopter from the ‘Siachen Tigers’ unit got airborne from Mohanbari and landed on a makeshift helipad which was made by marking ‘H’ on the national highway by-pass of Tinsukia town road after blocking the road from both sides as excessive rain throughout the past week had caused flooding of the regularly used helipad. After switch off, a total of 2.4 Tonnes of relief material was loaded in the aircraft. The crew located the flooded villages in Chapakhowa area and carried out drops of relief material at soft grounds easily accessible by the villagers. In the process of drop, while flying over ‘Panch mile’ village, many people were found stranded on a road and were indicating for help. The crew carried out an orbit of the area to check the feasibility of landing since winching would have wasted a lot of time and the number of people was in excess of 50 and also the area around the road was heavily flooded.

After taking all the safety aspects into considerations, picked up the stranded people. A second shuttle was also carried out to rescue the leftover people. There after they were taken to the helipad at Chapakhowa

A total of 2.4 Tonnes load comprising of relief material was dropped and  60 people including 10 children were rescued.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

LCA Tejas Mk-II To Have Indigenous AESA Radar

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Only been hearing about the E F414 that will power the LCA Tejas Mk-II, never heard anything about the radar, but at the recently concluded International Conference on Energising Aerospace Industry, got to know that the AESA will be on the Mk-II, indigenously built, making the Mk-II a full-fledged multirole fighter, besides other stuff like new avionics and airframe.

Right now under design and conception stage, the radar will have some help from outside, but largely home-built.

Indigenous content on the Mk-II will be 75 per cent. First flightof Mk-II expected in 2013 and induction into the IAF approximately by 2015.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Su-30SM Multirole For Russian Airforce Makes Debut

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_MG_6993, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
On September 21, at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant – branch of JSC Irkut Corporation (a part of United Aircraft Corporation) Su-30SM fighter, developed by JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau and designed for the Russian Ministry of Defence, performed its maiden flight. The aircraft was piloted by JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau’ test-pilot Sergey Kostin.

JSC Irkutsk

Su-30SM -- An Advanced Further Developed Su-30MK Emerges!!

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JSC Irkut

India's First Indigenously Built Catamaran Hull Hydrographic Survey Vessel Of The Indian Navy Commissioned As INS Makar At Karwar Naval Base

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The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha commissioned INS Makar into the Indian Navy today. Makar is a Catamaran Hydrographic Survey Vessel and is the first of its kind to be inducted in the Indian Navy. The Vessel is indigenously built by Alcock Ashdown Gujarat Ltd. INS Makar is another statement of the potential of the indigenous Warship Building Industry.

INS Makar also marks a new chapter in the annals of Hydrography in our country. The primary role of the ship is to undertake Hydrographic surveys, required for production of nautical charts and publications aimed at improving navigational safety at sea. She is equipped with an array of modern surveying equipment and also undertake limited oceanographic surveys towards providing marine environmental data.

The ship is propelled by four engines of M/s Cummins make as well as two bow thrusters. The ship has two Survey Motor Boats. The entire propulsion, navigational and power management packages of the Vessel are integrated in a single state-of-art system called Integrated Platform Management System.

Her impressive equipment outfit for hydrographic survey includes Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for closer investigations, advanced Electronic Positioning System, Multibeam Swath Sounding Systems and Sub Bottom Profiler. She also has a full range of latest oceanographic and land survey equipment.

The accommodation for the six officers and 44 sailors incorporates advanced ergonomic design and ensures crew comfort and space management. The ship has enhanced Indian Navy’s already existing world class sea/ocean survey capability.

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India's First Indiginously Built Catamaran Hull Survey Ship Of Indian Navy -- INS Makar

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INS Makar, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
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Strategic Forces Command Tests Agni-3

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Agni 3 ballistic missile was successfully launched by India's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from wheeler island, off the coast of Odisha at around 1320 hrs. All mission objectives have been achieved. The missile was developed by DRDO and has been inducted into the Armed Forces.


Maldivian Boat Rescued By Indian Naval Ship Shardul

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'RANKURI', a 95 feet long Maldivian mechanical boat, with four personnel onboard, reported missing at sea off the Southern cost of Maldives since 17 Sep 12 was rescued by Indian Naval Ship 'INS Shardul' on 20 sep 12.

On a request from the Maldivian authorities on 19 Sep 12, the Indian Navy diverted INS Shardul deployed for EEZ surveillance off West Coast of India. The missing boat 'Rankuri' was estimated to be around 200 NM south of Male. The ship launched an intensive search operation with its integral helicopter and located the boat.

The boat was provided necessary assistance and escorted her safely to Maldives.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

India’s First Indigenous AEW&C System Formally Recieved

Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Defence R&D and DG DRDO, at a function organised to commemorate the formal receipt of the AEW&C India aircraft by Centre for Airborne System (CABS) the DRDO laboratory spear heading the AEW&C programme, congratulated the AEW&C team from DRDO, IAF, CEMILAC, DGAQA, and the EMBRAER team for this significant achievement, and said, “The programme involves installation of the systems on the aircraft, integration of these systems and & make the system perform to its fullest capability meeting the user aspirations” said Dr Saraswat.  He further stated, “The ultimate milestone – the delivery of the fleet of AEW&C System to the Indian Air Force is not only our goal but also a dream for DRDO. The indigenous AEW&C System based on projections by the IAF and built on the EMB-145I by DRDO has incorporated more operational capabilities than contemporary systems of its class”.
Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force was the chief guest in the function in which the aircraft was formally received in CABS. Speaking on the occasion, he said he was personally very satisfied with this significant milestone in the programme which was not, and still is not, an easy programme. He said the AEW&C programme is the starting point for much larger, more complex projects such as AWACS India programme.

Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System the India’s Indigenous programme got a boost with one major milestone achievement when the first aircraft fully modified by M/s EMBRAER with more than 300 mission system items supplied by Centre for Airborne System [CABS], landed in Bangalore HAL Airport on 22 Aug 2012. The indigenous AEW&C System is a multi-sensor system providing for all aspects of Airborne early Warning & Control in today’s defence scenario.

Earlier, while welcoming the gathering Dr S Christopher, Distinguished Scientist, Programme Director AEW&C System & Director CABS informed that after the operational requirements were firmed up between DRDO & IAF in 2007, the contract for three modified aircraft was finalized in August 2008 with M/s EMBRAER, Brazil. The present air craft is scheduled to go for 'shake down' trials in the coming week. It will take about a year for completing the integration and development flight trials. Shri G Elangovan, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller R&D (Avionics & Aeronautics), Air Marshal Rajendra Singh CinC HQ Training Command, AVM Nambiar Commandant ASTE, Directors of other DRDO Labs & DRDO HQ, Senior Officials of M/s EMBRAER Brazil, other dignitaries from DRDO,  IAF & Former Directors of CABS were present on this occasion.


Antony : Role Of Fishing Community Vital In Strengthening Coastal Security

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has said that the role of fishing community is vital in strengthening of coastal security mechanism. Inaugurating the three-day long, 31st Annual Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference here today, he said that community interaction programme is to be given impetus in order to sensitize the fishing community on the prevailing security situation and to develop them to be the “eyes and ears” for intelligence gathering.

Highlighting the expansion and strengthening of the Coast Guard, he said, the Coast Guard Development Plan have been approved and adequate funds have been provided. Shri Antony said, “The service is on course to double its assets and capacity building in the next four-five years. A Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (North East) and five Coast Guard Stations have been established. By the end of the current financial year, another six sanctioned stations are also likely to be established”. Adding further, he said that the phase-I of the Coastal Surveillance Network project is nearing completion. He said the system will indeed provide additional measures towards electronic surveillance.

“We aim to achieve near-gap-free electronic surveillance along our coasts and towards this end, Phase-II of the project will be started soon after the completion of the first phase”, he remarked. He commended all the Coast Guard personnel for their commitment, courage and involvement while discharging their duties and said “maritime security infrastructure, as it stands today, is quite robust and capable of handling various security challenges at sea”.

The Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, in his address highlighted the progress made by the Coast Guard in acquisition cases of various types of ships and aircrafts, development of infrastructure, induction of manpower in the service and enhanced efforts for surveillance of the coast and the sea areas. 01 Pollution Control Vessel, 04 Inshore Patrol Vessels, 02 Air Cushion Vessels, 01 Interceptor Boat and 04 Interceptor Crafts have been inducted into the service. He said that the Coast Guard aims to achieve a force level of 150 surface platforms by the year 2018.

One Dornier Squadron has been established at Porbandar since the last Commanders' Conference. Establishing of 02 Air Stations, 05 Air Enclaves and 04 Dornier Squadrons has also been prioritized.

The conference will help the Coast Guard Commanders in analysis of the operational capabilities, deployment of forces and preparations for the future challenges. It will also provide an opportunity to the Commanders to introspect the standards achieved in the wide spectrum of Coast Guard responsibilities.


Antony Inaugurates 31st Indian Coast Guard Commanders Conference

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The 31st Annual Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony at 0900 hrs on 20 Sep 12 at New Delhi. The conference has been scheduled for three days and will help the Coast Guard Commanders in analysis of the operational capabilities, deployment of forces and preparations for the future challenges. The Commanders will introspect the standards achieved in the wide spectrum of Coast Guard responsibilities.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony complimented all the Coast Guard personnel for their commitment, courage and involvement while discharging their duties. He highlighted that issue of coastal security will continue to occupy a prominent position in our national security matrix. The role of fishing community is vital in strengthening of coastal security mechanism. Community interaction programmes to be given impetus in order to sensitize the fishing community on the prevailing security situation and to develop them to be the “eyes and ears” for intelligence gathering.

The Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM in his address highlighted the progress made by the Coast Guard in acquisition cases of various types of ships and aircrafts, development of infrastructure, induction of manpower in the service and enhanced efforts for surveillance of the coast and the sea areas. 01 PCV, 04 IPVs, 02 ACVs, 01 IB and 04 ICs have been inducted into the service. The Coast Guard aims to achieve a force level of 150 surface platforms by the year 2018.

01 RHQ (North East) and 05 Stations (ICGS Dahanu, Androth, Krishnapatnam, Karaikal & Kolkata) have been established till date. The remaining 06 sanctioned stations at Pipavav, Nizampatnam, Gopalpur, Frazerganj, Mayabunder & Kamorta are slated to be established by Mar 2013. One Dornier Squadron has been established at Porbandar since the last Commanders' Conference. Establishing of 02 Air Stations, 05 Air Enclaves and 04 Dornier Squadrons has also been prioritized.

Coast Guard has been putting up concentrated efforts towards setting up of Coastal Surveillace Network (CSN) and as a part of this CSN network Maharashtra cluster, Gujarat cluster and Kerala cluster has been commissioned. The setting up of CSN will enhance the electronic surveillance capability of the Coast Guard. The surveillace Network is an important component of coastal security mechanism, which will ensure identification and monitoring of maritime traffic. The phase – I of project is envisaged to be completed on Mainland and Islands by end Oct 12 and Mar 13 respectively.

During the last one year, a total of 348 precious lives were saved, out of which 210 lives were rescued by Indian Coast Guard independently and remaining 138 lives were saved in coordination with various maritime agencies. The coastal security mechanism has been fine tuned for optimum response to maritime threats through regular exercises & operations. 67 Coastal Security exercises and 58 Coastal Security operations have been conducted in consultation with Central/State agencies.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rheinmetall Air Defence Challenges Blacklisting In Delhi High Court

Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD), Zurich, is seeking legal recourse against the order debarring the company from doing business with India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for ten years. RAD had filed a writ petition to this effect in the Delhi High Court, which came up for hearing yesterday.

The company is determined to prove in India’s courts that allegations which led to RAD’s blacklisting in March 2012 are false and that RAD and its employees acted in full compliance with the law.

Notwithstanding its decision to seek redress through India’s legal system, RAD remains committed to a close dialogue with Indian authorities and is ready to cooperate with them in order to clear its name with regard to the blacklisting.

As a matter of principle, RAD binds itself and its employees to strict compliance standards. The company enjoys an excellent track record in meeting these standards in all markets where it operates.

Army Chief Says 'We Wont Allow Repeat Of 1962' --As If We Have A Choice !!

Sir, such statements look good only in luncheons , like the one held by you today for losers. Its China's prerogative whether to attack or not, its not what you think or want. Your job is to be the Yes-man to the Govt, and make the press happy by such statements.

Sir, since you haven't read my Open cover story on China's war-plans  , here it is for you info :



Video : Agni-IV Strategic Missile Launch From Wheeler Island

Long Range Strategic Missile Agni-IV Successfully Test-Fired

India today test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic missile Agni-IV with a strike range of about 4000 km from a test range off Odisha coast.

It was test launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch complex-4 of ITR at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from Balasore Odisha, at about 1145 hours, defence sources said.

A high performance on-board computer with distributed avionics architecture and high speed reliable communication bus and a full Digital Control System were used to control and guide the missile to the target.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Antony Lays Foundation Stone Of Maritime Training Academy Of Maldives

Defence Minister Mr AK Antony today called on the President  Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik In Male’
The 30-minute meeting was attended among others by the Vice President Mohamed Waheeduddeen and the Defence Minister Col (Retd) Mohamed Nazim.

The Indian side included Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and  High Commissioner DN Mulay.

President Waheed appreciated  the visit of Mr Antony to the island nation and said that it had ‘increased the confidence level in the relations of the two countries’. He also appreciated India’s support in facilitating a way forward in the political process in Maldives.

Mr Antony briefed the President on the discussions he had with his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim yesterday and the decisions taken to further cement the defence relationship. The President expressed happiness over the developments and assured full cooperation of Maldivian side in implementing the decisions. He said the security of the Indian Ocean Region is of vital importance to both the countries and the two countries should strive to enhance cooperation in myriad ways to thwart any threats. President Waheed noted that there are no inhibitions on either side as each treated the other side as a close and trusted friend.
The meeting ended with the two Defence Ministers exchanging the agreement, in the presence of the President, to station the Indian Coast Guard Advanced Light Helicopter in Maldives for a further period of two years.

Last evening, Mr Antony, accompanied by his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim, flew down to the picturesque Maafilaafushi island in a sea plane and laid there the foundation stone of the Composite Maritime Training Academy of Maldives. The Academy, to be built in three phases, with assistance from India, will train personnel from  Maldives Coast Guard and Marine Police.

India Maldives Agree To Boost Defence Cooperation, Military Hospital Built With Indian Assistance Opened

India and Maldives today agreed on a slew of measures to step up their cooperation in defence and security related issues. The two sides also agreed to work closely towards stability in the region and ensure maritime security in the Indian Ocean. At a high level meeting between the Defence Minister Mr AK Antony and his Maldivian counterpart, Col (Retd) Mohamed Nazim in Male’, the two sides decided to ‘maintain close cooperation in unitedly fighting against challenges of terrorists and non- state actors.

“The Maldives will stand side - by- side with India to ensure that maritime security of Indian Ocean is ensured; that the stability in the region is maintained; and above all, that the threats that our two countries face, particularly from terrorist groups andother non-state actors are eliminated”, said Mohamed Nazim. He also said the change of governments will not affect the traditional friendship between the two countries. “Governments will change both in the Maldives and India. Yet, the enduring friendship thatexists between the two countries will only improve and expand.”

Shri Antony is accompanied by a high level delegation, comprising the Defence Secretary Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Cammand Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha , Director General Military Training Lt Gen SP Tanwar and DG AFMS Air Marshal DP Joshi.

Mr Antony conveyed the government’s decision to position the ALH Dhruv helicopter, handed over by India in 2010, for a further period of two years beyond April 2012. He also informed that the helicopter had been upgraded with night flying capabilities during the recent overhaul at HAL Bangalore. It may be recalled that the handing over of the helicopter to the Maldives in April 2010, was a major milestone in the defence cooperation between the two countries. Mr Antony said that a team of Qualified Flying Instructors will now be deputed to train Maldivian Air Wing personnel. In addition, India will also provide simulator training to Maldivian helicopter pilots at HAL, Bangalore. To a request from Mr Nazim for an additional ALH for deployment in the Northern Province for Medical evacuation purposes, Mr Antony assured him that he would try to fulfill this request at the earliest.

Marking a new high in the defence cooperation between the two countries, New Delhi has decided to station a Defence Attache at Male’. The gesture was appreciated by Mr Nazim who said that the move will help in enhancing and streamlining the dialogue process. Mr Antony also conveyed India’s support for the construction of the Maldivian National Defence Force Building.

The two sides appreciated the current efforts of the Indian Navy ships and aircraft in providing surveillance of the EEZ, on a monthly basis, in view of the incidents of piracy occurring close to Maldives and Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands. Apart from the mutually agreed schedule, India is also providing EEZ surveillance assistance on specific requests from the Maldives national Defence Force (MNDF) in case of special incidents like piracy attacks, threat to coastal security etc. Mr Antony assured his Maldivian counterpart of India’s continued support for these operations.

Moreover, on a request from the Male’, India has decided to position an Indian Navy Afloat Support Team at Maldives for a period of one year to help in smooth functioning and operations of the latter’s fleet and help in training their personnel for future maintenance operations.

Mr Antony said the joint exercises between our Armed Forces are also contributing to better understanding and cooperation. He said, the next Joint Army Exercise, Ekuverin, is planned for November 2012.
Referring to the maintenance of peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, Mr Antony said the maritime forces of both countries should work together not only for the sake of safety for maritime trade but also to prevent disruptive forces from engaging in activities which may threaten peace in our countries.
Military Hospital Opened

Earlier in the morning Mr Antony and Mr Nazim inaugurated a military hospital ‘Senahiya’ in Male. Describing it as a ‘shining model of how two friendly neighbouring countries can collaborate and cooperate to create facilities aimed at benefitting their people, Mr Antony said it’s another milestone symbolizing the bonds of the close friendship between both our nations and in particular, between the Armed Forces of both countries.

He said a team of two medical officers and four para medical staff from the Indian Armed Forces Medical Services will be stationed at the hospital to work with the Maldivian authorities in setting up the services. He assured of India’s continuing support and partnership in this project.
Guard of Honour

Shri Antony was given an inter-services guard of honour, prior to the talks. He was also accorded the rare honour of being ushered into the Ministry of Defence building with honour guards holding a ceremonial umbrella over him.


Defence Minister In Maldives

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SRKL5358-edited, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

MS Branch To Be More HR-Like Professional

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1609_Page_04, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Flight Refused Due To Bad Weather

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1609_Page_05, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Eurofighter Mark Stand-Up Of New Typhoon Squadron

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GLD-122475, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
The RAF have become the latest air force to establish a new Eurofighter Typhoon squadron with the standing up of 1 (Fighter) Squadron today. To mark the occasion, Eurofighter joined the ceremony held at RAF Leuchars Air Base to present them with an honorary squadron sword.

Friday, September 14, 2012

BAE Systems Recieves RFP From HAL For 20 More Hawks

BAE Systems has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for a potential order to supply products and services for the manufacture of 20 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft. The aircraft, to be built by HAL in Bengaluru, will fulfill the Indian Air Force’s requirement for its prestigious aerobatic team.

Upon successful conclusion, this would be the third contract placed on BAE Systems for supply of materials and equipment for the Hawk Mk132, building upon previous orders of 66 aircraft in 2004, comprising supply of 24 Hawk aircrafts in fly-away condition and 42 aircraft built under license by HAL, and a further 57 aircraft in 2010. Under these contracts, BAE Systems has worked closely with the Indian MOD and HAL to establish a production line in India where the aircraft are now assembled. Hawk trainers already in service with the Indian Air Force are performing well.

Guy Griffiths, Group MD, International, said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to build on the success of Hawk in India and demonstrates the progress we are making in capturing significant opportunities to address the defence modernization requirements of the Indian Government. Together with HAL, we look forward to giving the Indian Air Force’s display team a fantastic aircraft.” Together, BAE Systems and HAL are committed to strengthen their relationship through ongoing discussions on exploring long-term sustainable business opportunities, globally.

The potential addition to the Indian fleet, one of the largest fleets of Hawk anywhere in the world, would take the number of Hawk aircraft ordered worldwide to over 1,000. The Hawk aircraft has been widely exported. Customers include Australia, Canada, South Africa, Bahrain, India, the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UK Royal Air Force. The UK Royal Air Force aerobatics team Red Arrows has used the BAE Systems Hawk since 1979.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Antony To Flag Off INS Sudarshini For ASEAN Voyage

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INS Sudarshini, the sail training ship of Indian Navy will set sail from Kochi on an historical mission to celebrate India’s warm ties with ASEAN countries. The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony will flag off the six month voyage- a unique collaborative venture of Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs- from the Naval Base at Kochi on Saturday.

During the course of the expedition, INS Sudarshini will visit 13 ports in 9 countries in South East Asia. The voyage commemorates 20 years of dialogue partnership and 10 years of summit level partnership with countries of ASEAN.

INS Sudarshini, a three masted barque, is part of the First Training squadron of the Southern Naval Command and is commanded by Commander N Shyamsunder. She has a crew of 31 in addition to 30 cadets who will learn the ropes of life at sea during the voyage. The ship will visit the ports of Padang, Bali, Manado (Indonesia), Port Muara (Brunei),Cebu, Manila (Philippines), Da Nang (Vietnam), Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Port Klang,(Malaysia) Phuket (Thailand), and Sittwe (Myanmar). Various events – cultural and business- are scheduled at these Ports in addition to people to people interactions. International trainees are also expected to be embarked on board in different legs of the voyage from countries of ASEAN to strengthen Navy to Navy ties. The ship will return to Kochi on 29 March 2013.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ICG's Remote Operating Station, Coastal Radar Network To Be Inaugurated By Def Min

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony will inaugurate on Saturday (15 Sep 2012), a Remote Operating Station (ROS) at Kochi as part of the Coastal Radar Network, developed by Defence Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the Indian Coast Guard.
The Defence Minister had on August 25, 2012, inaugurated a Regional Operating Centre (ROC) at Mumbai and Remote Operating Station (ROS) at Porbandar as part of the Coastal Radar Network.
The Chain of Static Sensors project being steered by the Indian Coast Guard, finds it's origin in the recommendations made by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on reforming the National Security system post Kargil conflict. After detailed Inter Ministerial Deliberations it was decided that the Indian Coast Guard would implement this ambitious project. In order to define the project requirement for the Phase-I of the project, a detailed vulnerability Gap analysis and feasibility study was undertaken by the Indian Coast Guard along with other stake holders, viz. DGLL, Indian Navy, concerned State Governments etc. Accordingly, the phase-I was conceptualized to provide real­ time surveillance cover upto 25 nautical miles around the areas of high sensitivity and traffic density along our coast line.

Post 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, there was an emergent need to strengthen our Coastal Security apparatus. Accordingly, this project was progressed on a fast track. Considering the Strategic Nature of the Project and with an aim to develop indigenous capabilities in the field, it was decided to implement this project through BEL. The contract for this turnkey project was concluded with BEL, Bangalore in Sep 2011 at a cost of Rs.601.75 Crores with an implementation schedule of 12 months and 18 months for the mainland and the island sites, respectively.

The project envisages fitment of high end surveillance gadgets viz. Frequency Diversity Radar, Electro Optic sensors (CCD Day Camera, LLTV and Thermal Imagers), VHF sets and Met equipment on lighthouses and masts erected on DGLL land at 36 locations in mainland, 06 locations in Lakshadweep & Minicoy Islands and 04 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The data generated by the Static Sensors will flow over a robust hierarchal network architecture, connecting Coast Guard District Headquarters (Regional Operating Stations) and Regional Headquarters (Remote Operating Centers) to Coast Guard Headquarters (Control Center) at New Delhi. The sensor data generated from this network would be further supplemented with the AIS data from the National Automatic Identification System (NAIS) Chain of DGLL/MoS and interfaced with the Vessel Traffic Management Systems of the major ports, Fishing Vessel Monitoring System, Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) and National Command Communication Control and intelligence Network (NC3I) of Indian Navy.

The project of Chain of Static Sensors aims at preventing undetected intrusion by monitoring the movement of vessels plying along our coastline. The project would also aid in enhancing the efficacy of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations coordinated by the Coast Guard. The sensor data generated by the Coastal Surveillance Network would also be shared with other maritime agencies via the National Command Communication Control and intelligence Network NC3I network to generate a comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).  The project of Chain of Static Sensors, is the first of its kind both in terms of expanse and strategic implications. Despite the inherent complexities of the project, involving multi agency coordination at all levels, the project has progressed as per the stipulated time lines.

Upon completion of the Phase-I, it is planned to take up Phase-II of the project, wherein, 38 additional Remote Radar sites would be established. 21 sites of the VTMS Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambhat would also be integrated during the Phase II.

During the Phase-II, the Static Radar Chain is also proposed to be supplemented by 08 Mobile Surveillance Systems. Upon integration of the Phase-I and Phase-II, the Chain of Static Sensors would provide near gap free electronic surveillance of the entire Indian coast line upto the 25 nautical miles from the Coast.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gaz West Wins Eurofighter Amateur Contest-2012

The second annual Eurofighter Amateur Photography Competition has been won by Gaz West following a record number of entries in 2012.

Monday, September 10, 2012

ATLAS North America SeaFox Participates In U.S. Navy Fleet Experiment--Trident Warrior 2012

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1_SeaFox, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
The SeaFox mine neutralization system, delivered by ATLAS North America (ATLAS NA), a subsidiary of the German-based ATLASELEKTRONIK GmbH, performed unmanned mine counter measure missions,  in Trident Warrior 2012 U.S. Navy Fleet Experiment, on July 9-20.

AWHO Moving Towards Becoming Another Adarsh !!

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Page_05, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

AFT To Be Removed From Under MoD To Avoid Biased Judgments

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page-04, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wreath Laying By Chief Of Integrated Defence Staff To Chairman Chiefs Of Staff Committee (CISC)

Vice admiral SPS Cheema, chief of integrated defence staff to the chairman, chiefs of staff committee (Cisc) Laid wreath at amar jawan jyoti in new delhi on wednesday september 05, 2012.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012



Guard Of Honour To Chinese Defence Minister


Antony To Visit China

Defence minister A K Antony welcoming the state councillor and minister of national defence of China General Liang Guanglie, who is on a four-day official visit to india, at south block in new delhi on tuesday, september 04, 2012.

Sino-Indian Mil Ties To Resume

The state councillor and minister of national defence of China General Liang Guanglie, who is on a four-day visit to india, called on the defence minister A K Antony at south block in new delhi on tuesday, september 04, 2012. Also seen in the picture is defence secretary Shashikant Sharma.