Thursday, January 31, 2013

NAVARMS-2013 : Antony Asks Industry To Give Up Miserly Attitude Towards R&D

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NAVARMS-2013, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today called upon the Indian Industry belonging to both public and private sectors to forsake their “miserly attitude” towards spending on research and development. Inaugurating an International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Armament titled ‘NAVARMS-2013’ here today, Shri Antony said the Government has been keen to encourage the industry to realign its business processes for strategic alliances and joint ventures. He said the government is also encouraging the industry to step up the R&D efforts to remain globally competitive specially in critical technology areas.

Shri Antony said the Indian industry is at the threshold of becoming a global player in the field of information and communication technology, engineering and manufacturing. The introduction of Buy and Make (Indian category) is a significant step that has been design to enhance indigenization with the opening up of the defence sector in India to 100% Indian private sector in participation with foreign direct investment permissible up to 26%. Shri Antony hoped that the industry will gradually assume the role of system integrator and manufacturer of complete defence equipment and systems. “This provides a major shift in the role of private sector in India”, he said.

The Defence Minister said MoD is in the process of revising the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and the revised DPP will be operational from the next financial year. Describing offsets as an integrated part of our policy to promote indigenization, he said, the policy has enabled greater participation of the defence industry in the country.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

DRDO Successfully Launches Under-Water B05 (K-15) Missile

DRDO developed under Water launched Missile B05 was successfully flight tested on 27 Jan 2013 from Bay of Bengal off the coast off Visakhapatnam. The Missile launched from a pontoon, was tested for the full range and met all the mission objectives. All the parameters of the vehicle were monitored by the Radar all through the trajectory and terminal events have taken place exactly as expected.

Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri Dr VK Saraswat congratulated all the scientists, Technicians of DRDO on the successful flight test.

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony congratulated all the scientists for successful launch of B05.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

64th Republic Day Of India Celebrated At The Permanent Mission Of IndiaTo UN In New York

The 64th Republic Day of India was celebrated at the Permanent Mission of India to UN in New York today.

Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to UN unfurled the national tricolour at the Permanent Mission premises and read out salient excerpts from Hon'ble President's address to the nation.

The brief and impressive ceremony saw a well attended turn out of over 150 guests including prominent members of the Indian American community, senior Indian officials of the United Nations, Indian Army and Police officers on deputation to the UN, in addition to officials from PMI and the Consulate General of India, New York and their families. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, the special adviser on Myanmar to U.N. Secretary-General also graced the occasion.

Following the unfurling of the national flag, there was a rendition of the national anthem by all members of the Indian community and officials.

Earlier in the afternoon of 25th January, a national day reception was also hosted at the PMI premises, which witnessed an impressive turn out of more than 300 plus members of diplomatic corpse based at the United Nations, along with key legislators from New York, eminent members of the legal fraternity, in addition to several Permanent Representatives of member states accredited to the UN.


Army Contingent

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VKSL1451, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Naval Contingent

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VKSL1472, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

IAF Contingent

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VKSL1523, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Sukhois On Rajpath

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VKSL9994, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Aerial Display At Rajpath

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VKSL9959, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Pinaka At Rajpath

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VKSL1210, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Agni-V Debuts

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VKSL1566(1), a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Arjuns On Rajpath

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VKSL1157, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Nation Celebrates 64th Republic Day

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IMG_0095, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

President of India Approves 359 Republic Day Gallantry & Other Defence Decorations On 64th Republic Day

The President has approved awards of 359 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 64TH    Republic Day Celebrations.  This includes 01 Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 56 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 03 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 44 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal,  12 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 07 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 04 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 116 Vishisht Seva Medal.
In addition a total of ten Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak and Operation Rhino.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:



1.IC-67270F MAJOR Anup Joseph Manjali BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTAlION THE Rashtriya Rifles





5. IC-74882F Lieutenant Manish Singh 9th Battalion THE Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)

Indian Navy


On 11 Sep 2012, Lt Cdr Inderjeet Singh as the team leader of the HQWNC Emergency Fire Response Team boarded MV Amsterdam Bridge to combat a major fire onboard. A powerful explosion below the deck resulted in a spontaneous major fire with poisonous gases within compartment. Since, the container was containing highly inflammable liquid, which posed a great threat to maritime catastrophe. Despite being unaware of the Merchant ship layout in addition to a smoke filled compartment he courageously conducted his team below deck up to 200 feet in complete darkness. Despite hazardous condition of possible explosion he located the seat of fire and with the available limited fire fighting equipments he led his team to extinguish the fire.

The daring act performed by the officer was beyond the call of duty and not one that was performed in the normal course of work. The gallantry and leadership displayed by the officer at great personal risk and in the face of overwhelming odds are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Navy. Therefore, Lieutenant Commander Inderjeet Singh (05871-T) is awarded "Shaurya Chakra" for displaying exceptional courage and initiative in the face of great danger.


On 31 May 2012, 312(Vizag) flight was tasked to embark INS Satpura for casualty evacuation from INS Sindhuvir which was located approx 700 nm from Vishakhapatanam. The ship could reach the position by morning 01 Jun 12 and the weather was overwhelmed with strong south westerly wind and sea was choppy with swell of 1-1.5 mts. causing the ship/submarine to roll and pitch heavily and further it was impossible to evacuate the casualty through standard VERTREP.
Seeing the degrading condition of the casualty it was decided to evacuate from the conning tower of the submarine. Despite marginal weather condition and heavy seas Lt Cdr Dhirender Bisht, the first pilot took a brave and considered decision to go ahead with the CASEVAC. He exhibited excellent flying skills in carrying out a safe take off from the heaving condition, necessitated evacuation of casualty from conning tower. The prevailing sea condition made the task exceedingly difficult. With little or no visual cues the crew not only evacuated the casualty but also safe recovery on deck thereafter the casualty was successfully operated upon onboard. Have there been any delay it would have resulted in a fatality. 
The officer displayed dauntless courage, exceptional flying skills/ability and commitment to purpose in executing a daring CASEVAC in adverse conditions resulting in rendering critical medical assistance well in time. This is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Navy. Therefore, Lt Cdr Dhirender Bisht has been awarded "Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)" for displaying exceptional courage and initiative in the face of danger.


On 20 Aug 2012, while escorting a group of merchant ships through the internationally recommended transit corridor, an Indian registered Merchant Vessel Vishwa Viksa with was in the escort group requested INS Betwa for immediate medical assistance as one of its crew was experiencing excruciating pain in the abdomen and required immediate medical assistance.
The medical aid could only be provided to the patient only if a helicopter could land on the deck of the merchant vessel along with the ship’s medical officer. Since, it was a very adverse weather with lots of rolling and pitching. Further, the merchant vessel’s unfamiliar deck added more difficulty. In spite of all odd, Lt Harisanker being the first pilot took the challenge to undertake the mission, within 20 min he promptly got airborne. The landing spot was a cargo hatch top, in between two high cranes, inclement weather further endangered the approach. Sea conditions, deck movements and strong unfavourable wind made the task very extremely challenging. Despite all the Lt Hrisanker remained undeterred and displayed exceptional professional skill and great fortitude to safely land the aircraft on a hatch between two cranes of the merchant ship, not once but twice. First to transfer the ship’s medical officer and later to evacuate the patient after he was examined by the medical officer. The patient was diagnosed with acute appendicitis by the ship’s medical office which mandated an early surgical procedure in a hospital ashore at Salalah next day when INS Betwa reached.
The prompt action by the officer facilitated evacuation of the patient to INS Betwa followed by disembarkation at Salalah  for immediate operation of acute appendicitis which therby saved the life of the Indian national at sea.

 The action of Lt Harisanker in handling this urgent and critical medical evacuation as First pilot, Captain of the aircraft and Detachment commander were one of gallantry and valour. In recognition of his act of exceptional courage, leadership, shift action with professional skill and competence in undertaking a successful rescue in face of adverse conditions Lt Harisanker (06133-N) has been awarded "Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)" for displaying exceptional courage and initiative in the face of danger.



 On 01 Jun 2012, at about 1745 hrs on ship’s return passage post successful CASEVAC of patient ex Indian Naval submarine, a fire was reported in the ship’s forward DA compartment. Mukesh Kumar CHME was the first sailor who rushed to the compartment to undertake first aid fire fighting measure. Despite the presence of considerable smoke and heat, the sailor battled the fire with portable fire fighting equipments.

Despite withstanding intense heat, heavy smoke and no protective gear, he came out and donned a BAASCA set and re-entered the compartment to fight the fire. By this time the compartment was fully engulfed with smoke and caused zero visibility. Since, the sailor belongs to the engine department he had a fair idea of the seat of fire and his ability to move in the compartment without sight encouraged him to re-enter the compartment with fresh BA set and climbed on top of the G1 DA enclosure and fight the fire using firemain. Finally he decided to operate the CO2 fire fighting system and brought the fire under control. Mukesh Kumar CHME displayed extremely rare personal and physical courage by volunteering to enter the compartment repeatedly without care for personal safety.
The courage displayed by the sailor will always serve as an inspiration to the present and future crews. For his gallant act under face of personal danger, with only the safety of the ship as his guiding factor along with exceptional courage, action with professional skill and competence Mukesh Kumar (177091-F) has been awarded "Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)" for displaying exceptional courage and initiative in the face of danger.


On 14 Aug 2012, at about 1700 hrs HQWNC had directed INS Virrat to provide medical assistance to a patient on board German Naval Ship FRG Bremen. The officer being the First Pilot took off Seaking helicopter (SK 532) and landed on board German Naval Ship at about 1900 hrs with marginal condition of flying and having no experience of landing on that deck. The patient was evacuated and the chopper took off from the German ship, after 5 minute of return flying the main Transmission Oil pressure of the main Gear dropped to zero and emergency lubrication system becomes operative.

The pilot maintained his composure, reassured his crew, displayed a high level of professionalism and skill in handling the multiple emergencies of erratic stabilization and transmission oil pressure failure, in pitch dark night conditions, with marginal weather conditions he executed a safe landing on board INS Virrat.

In recognition of his act of exceptional courage, leadership, shift action with professional skill and competence in undertaking a successful rescue in face of adverse conditions Cdr Srivatsa Seshdri, NM (03717-Y) has been awarded "Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)" in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.

Address By President Pranab Mukherjee On 64th Republic Day Eve

"My Fellow Citizens:
On the eve of our 64th Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces.

2.    India has changed more in last six decades than in six previous centuries. This is neither accidental nor providential; history shifts its pace when touched by vision. The great dream of raising a new India from the ashes of colonialism reached a historic denouement in 1947; more important, independence became a turning point for an equally dramatic narrative, nation-building. The foundations were laid through our Constitution, adopted on 26 January 1950, which we celebrate each year as Republic Day. Its driving principle was a compact between state and citizen, a powerful public-private partnership nourished by justice, liberty and equality.
India did not win freedom from the British in order to deny freedom to Indians. The Constitution represented a second liberation, this time from the stranglehold of traditional inequity in gender, caste, community, along with other fetters that had chained us for too long.

3.    This inspired a Cultural Evolution which put Indian society on the track to modernity: society changed in a gradual evolution, for violent revolution is not the Indian way. Change across the knotted weaves of the social fabric remains a work in progress, impelled by periodic reform in law and the momentum of popular will.

4.    In the last six decades there is much that we can be proud of. Our economic growth rate has more than tripled. The literacy rate has increased by over four times. After having attained self sufficiency, now we are net exporters of food-grain. Significant reduction in the incidence of poverty has been achieved. Among our other major achievements is the drive towards gender equality.

5.    No one suggested this would be easy. The difficulties that accompanied the first quantum leap, the Hindu code bill, enacted in 1955 tell their own story. It needed the unflinching commitment of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Babasaheb Ambedkar to push through this remarkable legislation. Jawaharlal Nehru would later describe this as perhaps the most important achievement of his life. The time has now come to ensure gender equality for every Indian woman. We can neither evade nor abandon this national commitment, for the price of neglect will be high. Vested interests do not surrender easily. The civil society and the government must work together to fulfill this national goal.

Fellow Citizens:
6.    I speak to you when a grave tragedy has shattered complacency. The brutal rape and murder of a young woman, a woman who was symbol of all that new India strives to be, has left our hearts empty and our minds in turmoil. We lost more than a valuable life; we lost a dream. If today young Indians feel outraged, can we blame our youth?

7.    There is a law of the land. But there is also a higher law. The sanctity of a woman is a directive principle of that larger edifice called Indian civilization. The Vedas say that there is more than one kind of mother: birth mother, a guru's wife, a king's wife, a priest's wife, she who nurses us, and our motherland. Mother is our protection from evil and oppression, our symbol of life and prosperity. When we brutalise a woman, we wound the soul of our civilization.

8.    It is time for the nation to reset its moral compass. Nothing should be allowed to spur cynicism, as cynicism is blind to morality. We must look deep into our conscience and find out where we have faltered. The solutions to problems have to be found through discussion and conciliation of views. People must believe that governance is an instrument for good and for that, we must ensure good governance.

Fellow Citizens:
9.    We are on the cusp of another generational change; the youth of India spread across villages and towns, are in the vanguard of change. The future belongs to them. They are today troubled by a range of existential doubts. Does the system offer due reward for merit? Have the powerful lost their Dharma in pursuit of greed? Has corruption overtaken morality in public life? Does our legislature reflect emerging India or does it need radical reforms? These doubts have to be set at rest. Elected representatives must win back the confidence of the people. The anxiety and restlessness of youth has to be channelized towards change with speed, dignity and order.

10.    The young cannot dream on an empty stomach. They must have jobs capable of serving their own as well as the nation's ambitions. It is true that we have come a long way from 1947, when our first Budget had a revenue of just over Rs.171 crore. The resource base of the Union government today is an ocean compared to that drop. But we must ensure that the fruits of economic growth do not become the monopoly of the privileged at the peak of a pyramid. The primary purpose of wealth creation must be to drive out the evil of hunger, deprivation and marginal subsistence from the base of our expanding population.

Fellow Citizens:
11.    Last year has been a testing time for us all. As we move ahead on the path of economic reforms, we must remain alive to the persisting problems of market-dependent economies. Many rich nations are now trapped by a culture of entitlement without social obligations; we must avoid this trap. The results of our policies should be seen in our villages, farms and factories, schools and hospitals.

Figures mean nothing to those who do not benefit from them. We must act immediately, otherwise the current pockets of conflict, often described as "Naxalite" violence, could acquire far more dangerous dimensions.
Fellow Citizens:

12.    In the recent past, we have seen serious atrocities on the Line of Control on our troops. Neighbours may have disagreements; tension can be a subtext of frontiers. But sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation. We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship. But this hand should not be taken for granted.
Fellow Citizens:

13.    India's most impregnable asset is self-belief. Each challenge becomes an opportunity to strengthen our resolve to achieve unprecedented economic growth and social stability. Such resolve must be nourished by an avalanche of investment, particularly in better and greater education. Education is the ladder that can help those at the bottom to rise to the pinnacles of professional and social status. Education is the mantra that can transform our economic fortunes and eliminate the gaps that have made our society unequal. So far education has not reached, to the extent desired, to those most in need of this ladder. India can double its growth rate by turning today's disadvantaged into multiple engines of economic development.

14.    On our 64th Republic Day, there may be some reason for concern, but none for despair. If India has changed more in six decades than six previous centuries, then I promise you that it will change more in the next ten years than in the previous sixty. India’s enduring vitality is at work.

15.  Even the British sensed that they were leaving a land which was very different from the one they had occupied. At the base of the Jaipur Column in Rashtrapati Bhavan there is an inscription:
    “In thought faith…
    In word wisdom…
    In deed courage…
    In life service…
    So may India be great”   
The spirit of India is written in stone.

Padma Awards For DRDO Scientists

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VKSaraswat, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D has been honoured with a Padma Bhushan.

“It is DRDO that has got the award and it is a recognition of DRDOs contribution towards nation building” said Dr. Saraswat as the first reaction to the news of three DRDO scientists getting honoured with Padma awards this year.

Dr. Sivathanu Pillai, DS & CCR&D and CEO BrahMos and Shri Avinash Chander, Distinguished Scientiist and Chief Control Research & Development (Missiles & Strategic Systems) are the other two eminent scientists of DRDO who have been honoured with Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri respectively.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

130 Helicopter Unit Pressed Into Service To Rescue 203 Snow Trapped Civilians In J&K

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rescue2, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Joint efforts by the Govt of J&K and 130 Helicopter Unit of Air Force Station Jammu rescued 203 civilians from the remotest part of Kishtwar region in J&K under the Captainship of Wg Cdr Sandeep Singh of Air Force Station Jammu.

The synergized rescue operation between Civil Administration and Air Force was supervised by Air Commodore PE Patange, AOC Air Force Station Jammu and Divisional Commissioner Jammu.
On the request from J&K Govt for airlift of stranded civilians in these region, the Jammu based Helicopter unit quickly react on the requisition.


Austrian EF Typhoon To Secure Airspace During World Economic Forum InDavos

Agni-V Debuts On Republic Day This Year !!

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IMG_0253, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Full Dress Rehearsal On Rajpath For R D Parade

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IMG_0233, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

India, Myanmar Should Work Together To Address Common Concerns : Antony

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Defence Minister Shri AK Antony recently called on the President of Myanmar U Thein Sein in NayPyiTaw. Shri Antony conveyed the importance placed by India on enhancement of bilateral ties in all fields, including defence. He noted that the recent exchanges of visits between both countries at political and other levels had imparted a new momentum to the bilateral relationship.

In the case of defence in particular, the defence minister noted that the two sides were working to consolidate ties, in mutual interest of both. He informed that the visit of all three Service Chiefs of India to Myanmar in the last 18 months reflected the desire of the Indian government to strengthen ties. These visits and other exchanges in the recent times had provided each side a better understanding of mutual concerns, needs and strengths. Shri Antony stated that as neighbours which share a land and maritime boundary, both sides should work together to address common concerns.

The Myanmar President welcomed the enhancement of bilateral ties between both countries in all fields. He stated that Myanmar can also play the role of a bridge between India and South-East Asia.

The President also assured that Myanmar will not allow its territory to be used by anti-India insurgent groups. He welcomed the development of cooperation between the Armed Forces of both sides to deal with challenges along the land and maritime boundaries between both countries.

Earlier, Defence Minister met the C-in-C Defence Services of Myanmar Armed Forces Vice Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who also hosted a lunch in his honour. The C-in-C welcomed the enhancement of exchanges and interactions between the Armed Forces of both countries. In particular, he stated that such exchanges would be useful in maintaining stability in border areas. He also looked forward to enhancement of exchanges between the Navies and Air Forces of both countries.

During these meetings, both sides discussed various issues of mutual interest and also discussed measures to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the Armed Forces of both sides. Enhancement of measures of closer and regular contacts between border forces were also discussed.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DRDO Contingent At The Republic Day Parade-2013 To Showcase Agni-V, As Its Star Attraction !!

Agni 5, India’s state of the art long range ballistic missile termed as “the game changer”, will be star attraction in DRDO (Defence R&D Organisation) contingent in the Republic Day Parade this year.  Displaying state of the art military systems developed by it, the DRDO contingent is commanded by Lt. Col Jagvir Singh Jaglan and consists of Agni 5, Armoured Amphibious Dozer (AAD) and two tableaus, one depicting the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System and the other one depicting advanced Sonars developed for the Indian Navy. Lt. Col Jaglan, presently posted to a premier DRDO laboratory, VRDE (Vehicle Research and Development laboratory), Ahmednagar, was commissioned from the Officers Training Academy on 11 Mar 1995 and belongs to the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME).

The Agni 5 missile is an advanced long range surface to surface ballistic missile capable of being launched within minutes, from a self-contained road mobile launcher, to deliver payloads to distances in excess of 5000 km.  In terms of technologies, it is country’s most advanced strategic missile and incorporates many new indigenously developed technologies.  Some of these technologies are composite rocket motors, novel conical composite rocket motor, highly accurate Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) further supported by the most modern Micro Inertial Navigation System (MINS),
a high speed on-board computer combined with fault tolerant software, fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics.  The new technologies incorporated in the missile system have ensured a very high level of accuracy, high reliability and light weight. The successful flight test of Agni 5 on 19th April, 2012,” has brought India at par with the elite group of advanced countries possessing such deterrence capability.

Armoured Amphibious Dozer (AAD) is an indigenously developed versatile Combat Engineer support equipment with excellent earth moving and amphibious capabilities in varied terrain. Based on BMP-II vehicle, It is useful for bund reduction on near and far banks and it can swim across water obstacles. It is designed to provide Combat Engineer support in earth moving and allied tasks in support of the operations of mechanized formations in plains, deserts and riverine terrain.
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System, India’s Indigenous system with all weather, all terrain, all environment capable surveillance system is the simplest, most cost effective airborne early warning system in its class. This system is indigenously designed and developed keeping current and future operational requirements of IAF in the view. The system is mounted on an Embraer Aircraft of Brazil which has been extensively modified for installation of DRDO developed Mission System, such as active array Radar system, identification of friend or foe system and several other sensors. A mission computer on board focuses the information from all the sensors and presents it to several operators simultaneously. Multiple line of sight and satellite communications link on board are used to communicate the data to ground command and control antennas. Aircraft has an
Air-to-Air Refueling Probe to increase the endurance. AEW&C System will be a major command and control node in the network centric warfare. This is capable of playing a strategic as well as tactical role in the battlefield environment. Apart from surveillance, which is its primary role, AEW&C systems can act as a communication beacon, guide our fighter aircraft for interception. This can play a measure role in both defensive as well as offensive operations.
Naval Sonars Tableau: This tableau highlights the contributions of Naval Laboratories of DRDO towards self-reliance in the field of SONAR and anti-submarine warfare technologies. Sound Navigation & Ranging (SONAR) is the technique for Detection & Ranging of underwater targets. The tableau depicts a New Generation Hull Mounted Ship Sonar (HUMSA-NG) fitted onboard many Naval Frigate Ships, capable of detecting targets in 3600 Azimuth. It also depicts the Air-borne Low Frequency Dunking SONAR and the Ship borne Towed Array SONAR which can be operated at variable depths for surveillance through acoustic transmission techniques in the sea. The reflected acoustic signal from targets/submarines is received by towed array SONAR and processed using advanced electronic processors. Positions of targets are displayed for the operators to identify, classify and track them.  The weapon systems are deployed to destroy hostile targets by firing torpedoes completing the Naval action. These SONAR systems are indigenously developed by Naval laboratories under DRDO, and productionised through Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and other industrial partners within the country.

DRDO is the R&D wing of the Ministry of Defence, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies by achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems, while equipping the armed forces with state-of-the-art weapon systems and equipment. Dr DS Kothari, the eminent scientist and educationist was the first to head the Organization which has been led over the years by illuminati of the caliber of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The current head of the organisation is Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat. Fifty two DRDO laboratories, based on their core-competence, are classified into to technology clusters namely, Aeronautics, Armaments, Combat Vehicles and Engineering, Electronics and Computer Sciences, Materials, Missiles and Strategic Systems, Micro Electronics & Devices, Naval Research and Development, and Life Sciences. Devoted to innovation and excellence, the DRDO remains committed to make India strong and self-reliant.

DRDO has led to the design, development and productionization of world class weapon systems, equipment, and complex technologies associated with such systems.
The production value of systems (excluding the strategic systems) based on technologies developed by DRDO (inducted/accepted/orders placed) during the past one decade is well over Rs 1, 50, 000 crores. Today, over 55% of the requirements for our defence forces are being met indigenously, largely with the technologies developed by DRDO, besides range of spin-offs for societal benefits,  contributing greatly to our nation’s economy as well as civil society.


Monday, January 21, 2013

INS Saryu - First Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Commissioned

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INS SARYU, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Air Marshal PK Roy, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, commissioned INS Saryu into the Indian Navy at Goa today. INS Saryu is the lead ship of the indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project to be inducted into the Indian Navy. Designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited, the ship aptly demonstrates the immense potential of the country’s indigenous designing and ship building capabilities.
Induction of INS Saryu is aimed at meeting the increasing ocean surveillance and patrolling requirements of the Indian Navy. The primary role of the ship is to undertake EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, provide maritime security to off shore assets and carry out escort operations for high value assets.

Capable of carrying a helicopter (ALH) onboard, the ship’s weapon and sensor outfit includes a SRGM 76.2 mm gun with an electro-optic fire control system, two 30mm guns as close in weapon systems, latest navigational and early warning radars, chaff launchers for self protection and an integrated ESM system to undertake all assigned missions. She is also equipped with two rigid inflatable fast motor boats.

The ship is propelled by two SEMT diesel engines which are the largest engines of its type to be inducted in the Indian Navy, enabling the ship to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots. The entire propulsion and power management of the ship is controlled electronically by means of a Remote Control System which incorporates the Automatic Power Management System also. A fully integrated LAN system onboard along with a CCTV management system ensures optimal utilization of onboard equipment and better crew efficiency.

The ship has a complement of 8 officers and 105 sailors who are accommodated in advance ergonomic cabins, which provide improved crew comfort with enhanced space management.

PRO Navy

Devotee Of Lord Shiva, Indian Army Chief Fasts On Mondays, Studied 300 Pages To Prepare For Maiden Presser!!

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Story2, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

2011 & 2013, Both Be-headings of Indian Soldiers Took Place During Change Of Command !!

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Tigermoth Returns Over Jodhpur Skies After 81 Years

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The De Havilland DH82 Tigermoth was a two seat, single bay biplane powered by a 145 hp GYPSY MAJOR four cylinder inverted air-cooled engine. The primary trainer for the Royal Air Force during the second world war, it was the basic trainer in the Indian Air Force right from 1940. Training schools in the IAF operated the Tigermoth and later it was replaced by the HT-2.

Jodhpur Flying Club was the first institution to induct Tigermoth aircraft in year 1932. The vintage aircraft has been fully restored by an aircraft restoration company in UK. It will showcase IAF's golden past at IRON FIST-2013 at Pokhran on 22 Feb..


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Indian Defence And Foreign Ministers Brief Cabinet On LoC Situation

Pakistan has climbed down from its demand for a UN probe into killing of Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) last week and the tension has eased since the talks between top military officials of the two sides.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Defence Minister A K Antony said this today at a meeting of the Union Cabinet while briefing on the situation arising out of the January 8 incident in which two Indian soldiers were killed, one of them beheaded by Pakistani troops.

Khurshid told the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, that Pakistan has indicated scaling down of its stand by wanting bilateral talks instead of its earlier demand for a UN probe into the incident, sources said. He is understood to have referred to statements made by Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to this effect and said a view on the matter can be taken after receiving communication through the formal diplomatic channels.

Antony said tensions have eased on the LoC since the talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan yesterday. He is learnt to have told the meeting that the ceasefire has been holding since yesterday and there has been de-escalation of tensions.

The DGMO's of India and Pakistan had yesterday agreed not to allow escalation of tensions along the LoC. Pakistan's DGMO conveyed that orders have been passed to the troops to strictly observe the ceasefire and exercise restraint, according to the Army Headquarters. 


Photo : Suman Sharma at LoC in PoK

Naval Chief Visits DG NCC Republic Day Camp-2013

DG NCC REPUBLIC DAY CAMP-2013, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi visited the DG NCC Republic Day Camp-2013 here today. Speaking on the occasion, he praised the Cadets for presenting an impressive 'Guard of Honour'. He said that NCC was a premier youth organization single mindedly engaged in grooming Nation's Future leaders, empowering them to don the mantle of Country's leadership as well as excel in all walks of life.

The Naval Chief also highlighted the noble contributions of NCC Cadets towards Nation Building and also for their indomitable spirits and empathy during Disaster Management. He also urged the NCC Cadets to join the armed forces and serve the motherland to the best of their abilities. He congratulated the Guard for impeccable turnout and spectacular drill and the band for an outstanding melodic rendition.

Earlier on his arrival, the admiral was received by Director General, National Cadet Corps, Lieutenant General P.S. Bhalla. The Admiral reviewed an impressive ‘Guard of Honour’ by smartly turned out Cadets drawn from all the three Wings namely Army, Navy and Air Force followed, by a brilliant, Band Display by Cadets from Scindia School Gwalior led by Band Major Cadet Anand Prakash, playing enchanting Marital tunes like Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja, Sam Manekshaw, and Waven Flag. The ‘Scindia School Band’ enthralled the audiences by their spectacular display with 43 musical instruments played by 44 Band artists.

This was followed by a dazzling Lazium display by NCC Cadets from Maharashtra Directorate dressed in various hues and infusing the environs with verve and enthusiasm. Later the CNS, visited the Flag Area to witness the colourful display of Tableaux by States Contingents on various contemporary socio- economic themes.
The Naval Chief thereafter visited the NCC 'Hall of Fame' where he was briefed by Cadets. The Admiral was then driven around the NCC Camp 'Rajpath', the road lined with structures on either side for accommodating Cadets of different State Contingents. On display at Rajpath were myriad structures beautifully draped and decorated with motiffs, Banters, Statues, Banners, Models, and Flags depicting "Unity in Diversity' of our Great Nation. The Naval Chief later witnessed a sterling cultural performance by multi talented Cadets based on rich Indian Culture in the NCC Auditorium.


Textron Systems Marks Aero India 2013 With Program Successes, Product Innovations

Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its participation in Aero India 2013, which will take place from February 6-10 at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The company will exhibit at booth E1.6.

Textron Systems will showcase a variety of innovative solutions at the show, including unmanned aircraft systems and command and control technologies, precision smart air-delivered and ground-delivered weapons, as well as unattended ground sensors. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Governor Of Chhatisgarh Pays Homage To Martyrs

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Photo 1, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
On the occasion of Army Day Shri Shekhar Dutt, Hon’ble Governor, Chhattisgarh placed wreath at the Shaheed Vatika, Rajiv Smriti Vana as a mark of respect to the supreme sacrifice and indomitable valour and courage shown by the Indian soldiers during war in India and abroad in various campaigns. He was accompanied by Brig Balraj Mehta, Commander Chhattisgarh and Odisha Sub-Area, Raipur and Capt (Retd) SS Chauhan, Rajputana Rifles who also paid their respects. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Dutt stressed that we must rededicate ourselves to face the challenges of our country and continue the glorious tradition of Indian Army to keep our nation flag high. He also highlighted the presence of army in the state of Chhattisgarh and various programmmes undertaken for the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and the youth.

The occasion was also used to pay special homage to late L/Nk Hemraj and late L/Nk Sudhakar Singh both of Rajputana Rifles who made the supreme sacrifice on the night of 08 Jan 2013 in the Mendhar Sector at Line of Control. The Governor stressed upon the fact that the sacrifice of the brave souls will never be forgotten.


Officers Trianing Academy, Chennai, Turns 50 !!

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001(1), a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Officers Training Academy completed its 50 years of existence and celebrated its Raising day on 15 Jan 2013. Fifty years before on this day the Academy was established by Brig Ram Singh, the then Commandant alongwith Shri C Subramanian, the then Union Minister of Steel and Heavy Industries.

Since its inception, the Academy has commissioned more than 30000 officers in varied areas of the Indian Army. In the year 1992, the academy added one more feather to its cap, when it started commissioning Lady Officers. Other than the Lady Officers of the Army Medical Corps (AMC), this academy remains the only institution commissioning lady officers in Indian Army.
Over the years, OTA has produced valiant and dynamic officers for Indian Army. The alumni of this institution have made supreme sacrifice displaying the most conspicuous gallantry. These include 01 Param Vir Chakra, 07 Ashok Chakra, 10 Maha Vir Chakra, 18 Kirti Chakra, 60 Vir Chakra, 101 Shaurya Chakra and 491 Sena Medal.
The credibility of Officers Training Academy as a training institution has grown over the last fifty years. The Officers who have passed out from this academy have brought laurels to this academy and to the nation in various fields. They have done extremely well in the forces and after retirement. Hence, considering the wonderful opportunities the Officers Training Academy offers the youth today including women are joining this illustrious institution for a carrier in the prestigious Indian Army.

Lieutenant General SS Jog, SM, VSM, Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Chennai, addressed the officers, cadets and staff at Chanakya Auditorium on 15 Jan 2013. He appreciated the staff especially the Civilian Staff of the institution for their dedicated service. Commandant honoured the award winners by distributing prizes for their exemplary performance.

The credibility of Officers Training Academy as a training institution has grown over the last fifty years. The Officers who have passed out from this academy have brought laurels to this academy and to the nation in various fields. They have done extremely well in the forces and after retirement. Hence, considering the wonderful opportunities the Officers Training Academy offers the youth today including women are joining this illustrious institution for a carrier in the prestigious Indian Army.

Lieutenant General SS Jog, SM, VSM, Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Chennai, addressed the officers, cadets and staff at Chanakya Auditorium on 15 Jan 2013. He appreciated the staff especially the Civilian Staff of the institution for their dedicated service. Commandant honoured the award winners by distributing prizes for their exemplary performance.

B Satheesh Kumar

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

India China Annual Defence Dialogue In Beijing

INDIA-CHINA DEFENCE DIALOGUE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Army Day Celebration At Army Chief's House

External Affairs Minister Speaks On Mendhar LC Killings

Salman_Khurshid_portrait by Chindits
Salman_Khurshid_portrait, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
"The recent incident of the killing of two Indian soldiers in the Mendhar sector and the barbaric mutilation of their bodies has been condemned in the strongest possible terms. Government has deplored this grave provocation and repugnant act of the Pakistan army and called on the Government of Pakistan to carry out a proper investigation of this unacceptable action and ensure that this does not recur. This was immediately conveyed by our Director General Military Operations to his Pakistani counterpart after this incident and reiterated during the Brigadier level Flag Meeting held at Chakan da Bagh yesterday. Foreign Secretary had summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner on January 09, a day after this heinous incident and lodged a strong protest on the actions of the Pakistan army.

It should not be felt that the brazen denial and the lack of a proper response from the Government of Pakistan to our repeated demarches on this incident will be ignored and that bilateral relations could be unaffected or that there will be business as usual. Such actions by the Pakistan army, which are in contravention of all norms of international conduct, not only constitute a grave provocation but lead us to draw appropriate conclusions about Pakistan’s seriousness in pursuing normalisation of relations with India."


Mute PM Finally Speaks On Mendhar LC Killings !!

On Army Day, at Army Chief's house, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh broke his silence and gave a tough message to Pakistan that it cannot be business as usual in the aftermath of the beheading of an Indian soldier on the line of control last week.

He emphasised that those responsible for the "barbaric act" of beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj will have to be brought to book and hoped "Pakistan realises this".

"After this barbaric act there cannot be business as usual (with Pakistan)," the PM said.


Lt Gen R S Panwar Takes Over As General Officer Commanding 101 Area

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., a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Lieutenant General RS Panwar, Vishist Seva Medal assumed the command of 101 Area on 14 January 2013. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy and the prestigious National Defence College. In his 37 years of military career, he has held various important instructional, staff and command appointments.

He commissioned into Corps of Signals on 13 Jun 1976. He has commanded a Signal Regiment and has been Commander of a Signal Group as well as a Sub Area. He has held important appointments at HQ Northern Command and at .Army headquarters He was head of a Department at Military college of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow.

Lt Gen Panwar has been awarded M Tech and Ph D degrees, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay as well as a degree in Master of Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He was Major General In charge Administration at HQ Central command before taking over this appointment.

A highly accomplished officer has many firsts to his credit. For his achievements he awarded the Vishist Seva Medal. He has also been awarded the Chief of Army Staff and GOC-in-C Northern Command Commendation Cards.

He is married to Mrs Anupam Panwar and has two sons, Squadron Leader Yakshendra Singh Panwar and Nityendra Panwar.


SSG (Pakistan's Special Services Group) Did It !!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Brigade Commander Level Flag Meeting At Chakan–Da– Bagh

A flag meeting was held at Chakan - da – Bagh in Poonch on 14 Jan 13 at 1300h.        It was attended by Brigadier level officers from both sides.

Our representative expressed our grave concern over the barbaric act by Pakistani troops in the recent ambush of our patrol in the Mendhar Sector. Indian Army raised a strong protest against the heinous mutilation of our deceased soldier’s bodies, pointing out that it was against the tenets of the Geneva Convention as also in contravention to all established norms of soldierly behaviour. It was conveyed to the Pakistan delegation that such a dastardly and cowardly act is totally unacceptable and is a premeditated attempt to undermine the Cease Fire Agreement of 2003, which can lead to further escalation.   It was conveyed in no uncertain terms that repetition of such acts will not be tolerated and the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate at the place and time of our own choosing in case they recur.

The Pakistani delegation leader denied their involvement in the incident, denying any Ceasefire violations  by their troops and reiterated the false and fabricated allegations  that our troops crossed over the Line of Control and killed one Pakistani Soldier and injured another. Their response was on expected lines wherein they stated that no ceasefire violation has been initiated by their troops.

The situation along the Line of Control is being closely monitored and necessary vigil is being maintained by own troops.

Army Chief Talks Tough At Maiden Presser, Says Formation Commanders Have Right To Be Aggressive, Offensive & Can Retaliate If Provoked with Firing, Says LC Incident Tactical & Localised, Reply Will Be Given At Place, Time Of Our Choosing !!

At his maiden presser ahead of Army Day, General Bikram Singh said the 8th Jan incident at line of control in Mendhar sector was localized and tactical in nature, and a befitting reply will be given at a time and place of our choosing, he said local formation commanders have the right to be aggressive and offensive and retaliate if provoked with firing. He said he was the head of the family and totally sympathises with the two slain soldiers' families, plus the families of the 91 personnel lost in action in the past one year. After Army Day is over, he'll go and meet Hemraj's family.

About getting Hemraj's head, he said the govt is working on it through appropriate channels.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Indian Air Force Chief Warns Pakistan !!

Asserting that repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan are "unacceptable", IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne today warned that India may have to look at "some other options for compliance" if such incidents continue.

"We have a Line of Control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain structures and mechanisms which are sacrosanct and any violation of these with impunity especially what has been happening in the last few months is totally unacceptable. "We are monitoring the situation carefully because if these things continue to be the way they are and these violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance," he told reporters here on the sidelines of an NCC function.

The IAF Chief, who is the senior most armed forces officer in the country, was asked about the suggestions he has given to the political leadership on the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army.

Refusing to divulge the options being looked at by the Government, he said, "Options are options. We do not discuss these options openly. If the violations continue, we may have  to look at the whole issue all over again." Asked how would the military leadership uphold the honour of soldiers such as the two jawans killed by Pakistan Army, he said, "When you join the armed forces, you hold certain ethos, values and certain traditions of the country which you have to uphold."

Courtesy : PTI

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Def Min Antony To Inaugurate IAF Married Accommodation Project (MAP)PH-II On Jan 11th

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Picture1, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
Indian Air Force Married Accommodation Project (MAP) Phase-ll at Vayu Sena Vatika, Gurgaon is a modern complex is ready to move-in that would house 593 Air Warriors and their families including 131 Warranted Ranks.

It is a major milestone towards elevating the living standards of the Defence Personnel. MAP Projects are an initiative towards providing adequate and better housing for defence personnel across the country. It is a significant achievement that the current project at Vayu Sena Vatika has been completed in record time. The first slab of the project was cast on 11 Jan 2011 exactly two years ago from the day of its inauguration.

The modern design and enhanced features of the project would provide the residents with improved comfort and utility. The residential colony, named as 'TEJAS' Complex, boasts of many new features like - 100% Rain Water Harvesting, Solar Water Heating, use of Recycled water for Arboriculture and energy efficient lighting.

The residential complex that has been designed by the architectural firm Premnath & Associates has large open spaces for use as playgrounds and parks. The thermal insulation of the buildings with glass fagade makes them more comfortable for living during extreme summers as well as cold weather, apart from enhancing the overall appearance of the residential complex.

On the occasion of inauguration a sample flat would be made ready for preview by the visitors. Besides offering more modern living space, the dwelling units would end the woes of a majority of Air Warriors who had to hunt for rental accommodation, frequently shift and live in marginal conditions at dispersed locations in the city so far. On the other hand, it would bring far more improved administrative services to the residents at their doorstep with enhance security. It would improve the conditions for the families and children who would receive the benefit of community living in a camp area, thus boosting the morale of the Air Warriors.

The MAP Apex Steering Committee is headed by the Defence Secretary and Directorate General of MAP implements the housing projects all over the country. The MAP Project Monitoring Team (PMT) for NCR is headed by AOC AF Station New Delhi and oversees the construction of 1487 houses at eight different locations. The project with an estimated cost of Rs 426.12 Crores has been completed with no escalation. Such timely completion of capital projects without cost over-runs showcases the ability of the administration to deliver milestones that are true signposts of our progress and prowess. For the Indian Air Force, it is yet another step towards its motto 'People First Mission Always'.

The Married Accommodation Project Phase II will be formally inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony on 11 Jan 2013 at Gurgaon.


Insensitive National Security Advisor Shrugs Off LoC Incident,Discusses In Detail Terrorism In Syria But Ducks Questions On Pak, Says Look At Over-all Game, Not Stand Alone Incidents, Reacts Rudely !!

NSA Shiv Shankar Menon just held a briefing on BRICS NSAs, but obviously we all had the LoC incident in mind and why not, afterall he's the NSA. Firstly Mr Menon dodged all questions on Pak, later said its unfortunate, though not happened for the first time and he hopes it wouldn't happen again.

Sir, if it has happened before also, and then now, what makes you sure it wont happen again?

Menon spoke in detail about how BRICS NSAs discussed in detail cyber crime, plus Syrian terrorism, but when someone asked him about Pak terrorism on Indian soil, and if there was a shift in policy in Indian CBMs on LoC ceasfire, he said "Dont put words into my mouth, if you want to make a statement, come in my chair and do it."

Categorically denied discussing it with BRICS leaders. Shame !!