Thursday, November 29, 2012

CAG Slams Army For Illegal Sale Of Defence Land

Army authorities relinquished land measuring 5166 sqm valuing Rs 5.94 crore under their active occupation since 1942, to a private company based on irregular NOC issued by DEO Mumbai. Central Ordnance Depot failed to get land transferred in its favour from the State Govt authorities. Army HQ instead of investigating and defending its case allowed the company to go ahead with development work in the vicinity of military establishment thus compromising with defence security.

Video : Shenyang J-15 Lands On Liaoning

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Video : Interceptor Missile AAD Launch

Air Defence Interceptor Missile Successfully Destroys Ballistic Missile

AAD concept graphic by Chindits
AAD concept graphic, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
The Interceptor Missile AAD launched by the Scientists of DRDO from Wheeler’s Island, Odisha successfully destroyed the incoming Ballistic Missile at an altitude of 15 Kms. The interception took place at 12.52hrs. The target missile, a modified version of Prithvi, mimicking the enemy’s ballistic missile, was launched from Launch Complex III, Chandipur. Long Range Radar and MFC Radar located far away could detect the Missile from take-off and tracked it through its entire path. The total trajectory of the incoming Missile was continuously estimated by the guidance computer and subsequently the AAD Missile was launched at an appropriate time to counter and kill the ballistic missile.

The Ring Laser Gyro based Navigation System in Target, Fibre Optic Gyro based INS in Interceptor, Onboard computers, Guidance systems, Actuation Systems and the critical RF Seekers used for the terminal phase have performed excellently. The AAD Missile system initially guided by Inertial Navigation system was continuously getting update of the target position by the Radar through a data link. The Radio Frequency (RF) seeker tracked the Missile & Onboard computer guided the Missile towards the Target Missile and hit the target.
The Radio Proximity Fuse (RPF) exploded the warhead thereby destroying the target missile completely.

In this mission, a special feature of intercepting multiple target with multiple interceptor was demonstrated successfully. An electronic target with a range of 1500 Kms was launched and the Radars picked up the target missile, tracked the target missile subsequently & launched an electronic interceptor missile. This electronic interceptor missile destroyed the electronic target missile at an altitude of 120 Kms. All the four missiles were tracked by the Radars and all the guidance and launch computers operated in full operational mode for handling multiple targets with multiple interceptor. All the four missiles were in the sky simultaneously and both the interceptions took place near simultaneously. This has proved the capability of DRDO to handle multiple targets with multiple interceptors simultaneously. The complete Radar Systems, Communication Networks, Launch Computers, Target update Systems and state of the art Avionics have been completely proven in this Mission.

Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM congratulated all the DRDO Scientists for this successful demonstration of the Air Defence capabilities. Distinguished Scientists and Chief Controllers of DRDO, Sri Avinash Chander, Sri S.S. Sundaram, Sri Sundaresh, Director ITR Sri MVKV Prasad, & other top Scientists of DRDO were present. The whole operations were carried out under the guidance of Sri Adalat Ali, Programme Director ‘AD’. Honourable Defence Minister Sri A.K. Antony lauded the DRDO Scientists for this spectacular achievement.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Indian Defence Ministry Denies Allegation Of Non-Payment Of Pensionary Benefits To 26/11 NSG Commando

In a press conference today, retired Nk Surender Singh of 2 GRENADIERS and an ex NSG Commando expressed some grievances against the government. These pertained to alleged lack of adequate compensation and financial benefits to those who were killed/injured in the 26/11, Operation Black Tornado in Mumbai. Response with respect to the issues raised is enumerated in succeeding paragraphs.
In the 26/11 Mumbai operations, one Officer and one Non Commissioned Officer were martyred and 17 Officers and Other Ranks were injured. Both martyrs Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Havildar Gajender Singh were awarded the Ashok Chakra (Posthumous). The NOK of Major Unnikrishnan got a financial compensation of approximately Rs.1.3 Crores and a flat. Similarly, the wife of Havildar Gajender Singh received approximately Rs.1.27 Crore, a petrol pump and a flat. His mother too received Rs.15 Lakhs approximately. Both these personnel also received enhanced pension benefits as applicable in the Army.
As regards the injured, there were one Kirti Chakra, two Shourya Chakra, six Sena Medals, one Mention in Despatch and three Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Cards awarded. Four persons with grievous injuries received financial compensation of Rs.4.8 lakh each and others with lesser injuries received Rs.2.3 lakh each.
NSG is a deputation organization where personnel from the Army serve for three years and those from the CAPF, for 5 years.  Nk Surender Singh came to the NSG on 9 May 2007. He suffered Acoustic Trauma during the Mumbai operations and became a permanent Low Medical Category on account of Sensory Neural Deafness of the Left Ear. In the normal Course, he would have been reverted to his parent unit 2 GRENADIERS on completion of his three year tenure on 8 May 2010. However, on compassionate grounds, he was retained in the NSG till 15 October 2011, when he was boarded out by a Medical Board at Army Base Hospital Delhi under the aegis of HQ Delhi Area.

Nk Surender Singh has been sanctioned pensionary and terminal benefits viz-a-viz retirement gratuity Rs.2,11,458/-, Commutation of pension Rs.11,35,809/-, Armed Forces PF Rs.6,48,195/-, Army Group Insurance Rs.1,13,849/- and Army Group Disability Cover Rs.10 lakhs, Final settlement of accounts Rs.89,705/- and ex-gratia from welfare fund Rs.10,000/-.  He is also entitled to an ex-gratia compensation of Rs.9 lakhs for 100% disability which will be processed separately.   He has been sanctioned a pension of Rs.25,254/- per month which includes service elements and war injury elements.
 His Ex Servicemen Health Scheme Card has also been dispatched to the Zila Sainik Board, Jhajjar District on 05 October 2012 for handing over to the individual.
As regards, financial donations received from various private entities, in accordance with the Service Rules, only contributions to the NSG Central Welfare Fund were accepted.  For financial contributions on individual names, only amounts received for the NOK of the deceased were accepted and paid to the NOK.  Other contributions were returned to the donors in accordance with rules with the proviso that the same be remitted to the NSG Central Welfare Fund.  Therefore, the Cheque of Rs.7 lakh received from Mr. MS Dhoni was for the NSG Central Welfare Fund and was credited accordingly.
The Government has taken all care to pay all entitled terminal benefits due to Nk Surender Singh.  In case, he still has any grievance, the Ministry of Defence is prepared to look into it.


South Western Air Command Commanders Conference

Annual Commanders' Conference of all Air Force units under Sounth Wesstern Air Command (SWAC) was inauguraated by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of Air Staff, today at Gandhinagar. All Commanders of the Air Force Units in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are attending the conference, which will continue till tomorrow .

Earlier on his arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, the Chief of Air Staff and Mrs Kiran Browne, President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) were received by Air Marshal AK Gogoi, AOC-in-C, SWAC and Mrs Leena Gogoi, President AFWWA (Regional). A Guard of Honour was presented to the Air Chief upon his arrival at HQ SWAC.

In his inaugural address, the Air Chief Marshal highlighted the need for operational preparednes with optimal utilisation of resources. He acknowledged the high degree of professionalism and hard work displayed by the Air Warriors in achieving the goals and targets. He emphasised the need to keep abreast with the latest technoloties. He highlight4ed the exacting demands that the latest technology places while the IAF marches through a transition phase of large scale upgradation of capabilities and infrastructure. He underlined the abiding qualities of discipline & integrity in every Air Warrior.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Singapore Defence Minister Visits India

India and Singapore have agreed to further enhance the bilateral defence relationship in the mutual interest of both countries as it would contribute to regional peace and stability. The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the visiting Minister of Defence of Singapore Dr. Ng Eng Hen, after the bilateral delegation level talks here today, expressed satisfaction over the wide ranging comprehensive defence exchanges between both the countries.

Both the Ministers also agreed that the on-going interactions between the defence establishments of the two countries, including through regular joint military training and exercises, had been useful. They also agreed to continue such interactions.

They also exchanged views on the global and regional security scenario. In the context of the security situation in the Asia Pacific region, both Ministers acknowledged the role of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus framework in promoting dialogue and consensus in the region. Defence Minister reiterated India’s commitment to remain constructively engaged in activities under the ADMM Plus framework.

Both Ministers noted the commonalities in the security concerns of India and Singapore and acknowledged that there was scope for both countries to continue to work together for regional peace and stability. To this end, it was decided that there should be regular meetings at the level of both Defence Ministers to facilitate exchanges of views on important issues and common security concerns.

The Singapore Defence Minister, who is on a three-day visit to India, was accompanied by the High Commissioner of Singapore in India, Ms. Karen Tan and other officials of the Singapore Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces. The Indian delegation included Defence Secretary and CISC as well as other senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces. 

Prior to the meeting, the Singapore Defence Minister laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. He was also accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Indian Coast Guard Ship H-189 Commissioned

DSC_0135 by Chindits
DSC_0135, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Indian Coast Guard Ship H-189, the third of the series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) designed and built by M/s Griffon Hoverworks Limited (GHL), UK was commissioned today at Mumbai by Vice Admiral SK Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

The 21 metres long Air Cushion Vehicle with 31 tonnes displacement 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. With the commissioning of H-189, the force level of ICG has gone up to 77 ships & boats and with the planned inductions the force level would be doubling by 2018.

The Air Cushion Vehicle H-189 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 Yogesh Dutta and has a crew of 02 Officers and 11 Enrolled Personnel.

The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General SPS Basara, Commander Coast Guard Region (West), DIG BS Yadav, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) and other dignitaries from Central and State Government

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 Debuts In 9th China International Airshow, Zhuhai

russian-sukhoi-superjet-100 by Chindits
russian-sukhoi-superjet-100, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

At the on-going China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China), for the first time the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) in painted Russian airline Yakutia colors is being demonstrated to an international audience.

Its a state-of-the-art 100-seat new generation jet. Designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), a Sukhoi and Alenia Aermacchi company. 

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) along with the leading Russian companies within United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) are participating in the 9th China International Aviation; Aerospace Exhibition - Airshow China (Zhuhai, China).

China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China) is on in Zhuhai. Its has been held every alternate year since 1996. More than 600 companies are representing 35 countries and visitors have exceeded 300 thousand.

Pak Seeks Clarity, Consistency From Obama-Govt On Policy TowardsPakistan

1111_Page_09_CHD by Chindits
1111_Page_09_CHD, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

48th Foundation Day Of IDSA

Defence Minister AK Antony delivered the presidential address at the 48th Foundation Day of IDSA here today.

Following is his speech:

”It is a real pleasure to be amongst the distinguished members of the strategic community. At the outset, I extend my congratulations to all of you on the occasion of the 48th Foundation Day of the IDSA.Foundation Day is a time for introspection as well as planning for the future. Today, as we celebrate our achievements and successes, we must also reflect over how to strive for further excellence.Before proceeding any further, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the winners of the K Subrahmanyam Award and the President's Award. Today, we are honouring the memory of Late Shri K. Subrahmanyam, whose contribution to the establishment and development of the IDSA is well-known. 

It is a pleasure to confer this year's K. Subrahmanyam Award for Excellence in research and strategic security issues on Prof. Kanti Bajpai. Over the last three decades, Prof Bajpai has through his writings and commentaries, contributed immensely to the growth of Indian strategic thinking. He has been an academic, a respected analyst and a thinker on international affairs. He has also been an outstanding teacher, having taught at several leading institutions of the world. He is widely respected by his students and peers alike. His research has touched upon key issues pertaining to Indian security. I extend my heartiest congratutations to him on being selected for this year's K. Subrahmanyam Award and hope that he will continue to enrich us with his insights in future too.

I also congratulate Shri Laxman Behera, the winner of this year's President's Award. Despite his young age, Shri Behera has through his writings, been promoting a better understanding of India and the various challenges it faces. It is a matter of great satisfaction that IDSA's work through such scholars is increasingly being recognized internationally. I once again extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to the award winners. '
Today, think-tanks are playing an increasingly important role the world over, in creating more awareness about the changing geopolitical environment and generating alternate policy options. They provide a platform for a candid and constructive exchange of views amongst experts. Through Track II dialogues, reports, research articles, high profile conferences and seminars, think tanks can enrich and inform poticy debate. It is a matter of satisfaction that the I DSA is performing all these functions. The conferences organized by IDSA, for instance, the Asian Security Conference and the South Asia Conference have been well-established and have been well-attended by .scholars from across the world. Its publications too have been well- received.
Over the centuries, Indian civilization has influenced other cultures and has in turn, been enriched by them. Today, India seeks to cement its place in the comity of nations. India has had a splendid record as a vibrant, functioning democracy. Its economic strength, its capable military, its positive role in maintaining global peace & security has naturally attracted the attention of the outside world. Naturally, the external world would
like to know more about our nation, what we think, what our policies are and how we propose to meet with the growing challenges on the political, economic and security front. Due to these factors, the IDSA has been sought out by interlocutors and the people in general around the world, for a better understanding of India and its place in the world. The IDSA's research agenda, as well as its national and international outreach has expanded. Young interns and visiting fellows want to spend quality time at the Institute. Such interactions have made the place all the more vibrant. .
IDSA is focusing on important policy issues. It is a matter of satisfaction that there is growing interest in the various departments of the government in IDSA's research. Today, IDSA has excellent research facilities. A particularly heartening trend is that students from various colleges and universities are benefiting from IDSA's research. This must be built upon in the days to come. All over the world, standards of volume and quality of research are going up. You must ensure that research undertaken by the Institute matches the global standards and the research output does not lag behind international standards. The Institute brings under one roof, a large number of scholars, security experts, academics, diplomats, military personnel, media persons for a variety of programmes. The Institute's academic output, which is peer-reviewed and published, has also
increased. The Institute's website registered over 5 million hits last month, showing that it is becoming a vibrant portal.

While traditional issues continue to remain in IDSA's focus, the Institute has sought to expand its research agenda by tackling new themes. In the recent past, it has brought out several publications on contemporary issues such as energy security, cyber security, space security, maritime issues, climate change, India's procurement policies and out-of-area contingency operations. It has also taken an initiative to investigate the origins of India's strategic culture in a systematic manner.
However, in doing so, there is a risk that the Institute's limited resources might be stretched too thin. Prioritization is therefore, of paramount importance. The Institute should not only be responsive to the changes that are taking place in and around India, its research output must be authentic, credible and of high quality. The Institute must also be accessible to the outsiders. The Institute must also make an effort to encourage young talent and train them in strategic thinking.Friends, I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the IDSA's Executive Council in supporting the activities of the Institute. Under the guidance of the Executive Council, the IDSA has sought to achieve high-quality in its work, while maintaining
the standards of independent and objective research. However, there is no room for complacency. The challenges before the institute are varied in nature. Over the years, it will face more and more competition. As it spreads its wings, there will always be resource constraints. The IDSA must strive to function within the framework of its core values of integrity and honesty, professionalism, pursuit of excellence, team work, innovation and creativity.

The Institute has a rich history and tradition. It must live up to its creditable past. The IDSA has reached the premier position in the country as a result of tireless efforts of the previous directors, research scholars and supporters of the Institute. This must never be lost sight of.
Friends, India will have to build and invest judiciously in its research institutions, as strategic thinking is crucial for planning for the future. The IDSA has traditionally played a major part in promoting a culture of strategic thinking. The IDSA is not merely a research institution, it is an institution which has contributed to nation-building. This is a role it must continue to play more substantially.
Our scholars must remain alive to the emerging trends in a rapidly changing world. The Institute faces a major challenge of ensuring that it continues to deal with new subjects, new issues and new methodologies. At the same time, it must not neglect its traditional areas of core competence. For this, it is important that you do not fritter away your energy and efforts and lose sight of the focus areas and must therefore, prioritize and concentrate on core areas discriminately. The human resource available with the Institute will have to play a critical role in this regard.As President of the Institute, it has been my endeavour to ensure that the IDSA continues to develop and achieve greater heights. I would like to acknowledge the help provided by all of
you in supporting the Institute. I am confident that you will continue to provide your support in future also.
I wish the IDSA, its members and the strategic community all the best in their endeavours.”


Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Indian Coast Guard In Rescue Ops Of Cauvery Missing Crew By Cyclone Nilam

Coast Guard helicopter in a rescue operation of the missing crew members of the oil tanker Paritbha Cauvery ran aground near Eliots beach of Chennai by Cyclone Nilam photographed on 01 Nov 2012.  General public witnessing the rescue operations.

Photos : BK Satish

IAF Chief Meets Singaporean Air Chief

PHOTO by Chindits
PHOTO, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Major General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of the Air Force, Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 31 October 2012.