Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Development Contract For Eurofighter Typhoon

A major new Development Contract which will pave the way for continuous capability enhancements of the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed by Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA).

The package (known as Evolution Package 2) will be delivered by the end of 2015. The Contract signing was announced on Wednesday 30th October in South Korea at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition 2013.

Evolution Package 2 consists of a number of improvements including enhancements to the major avionics sensor such as the Radar and the Defensive Aids Sub Systems (DASS) of the Eurofighter Typhoon. It also includes enhancements designed to cater for the latest operational requests of Customers and important enhancements to the Multifunction Information and Distribution System (MIDS). In addition, the package will include further improvements to the Flight Control System (FCS) and the Utility Control System (UCS) that will allow the Eurofighter Typhoon to be more compatible with evolving requirements within the Commercial Aviation air space environment.

Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter GmbH, said: “The signature of this Contract represents a significant milestone for what is known as the Phase 2 Enhancement programme for the Eurofighter Typhoon. It brings with it a whole raft of enhancements designed to ensure the capability package we offer our customers is the best on offer anywhere in the world.”

Jesus Pinillos Prieto, General Manager of NETMA, said: “Eurofighter Typhoon was designed, from the outset, for capability growth, and this package of enhancements is further evidence that we are building on this fundamental strength. It is something we firmly believe sets us apart from the competition.”

This new Development Contract follows the Meteor Integration Contract signed at the Paris Air Show in June 2013. It secures the integration of the world’s most advanced next generation Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile on to the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Since entry into service of the first Eurofighter Typhoon at the end of 2003, more than 380 Eurofighter have been delivered to six countries: Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. As seventh customer, Oman ordered a total of 12 aircraft in December 2012. Up to now, the whole Eurofighter fleet has completed more than 200,000 flying hours.

DRDO Products At ADEX-2013, Seoul

Product Line-up at ADEX-2013, Seoul :

1. PRAGATI (Surface to Surface Tactical Missile System)

PRAGATI Tactical missile system a highly potent, accurate Pragati is a short range, battle field tactical missile system capable of neutralizing identified targets and providing an effective counter force weapon system. It has all weather Day and Night operational launch capability. The missile has quick reaction from command to launch in ripple firing mode of less than 5 sec from same launcher. The missile is capable of carrying various types of conventional warhead of approx. 200 Kgs. The missile system has capability of deployment in stand-alone mode or centralised mode.

2. AKASH (Surface to Air Missile System)

Akash is a medium range, surface to air missile system which provides area air defence to mobile, semi-
mobile and static vulnerable points/ areas against multi directional air threats. Weapon system can operate in autonomous or group mode of operation. State of the art real time OS and open system architecture of the weapon system provides fully automatic and network centric operation.

3. ASTRA (Beyond Visual Range Air –to-Air Missile)

Astra is a BVR Air-to-Air Missile having high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP), is very reliable. It is an all aspect, all weather missile with active Radar terminal guidance. It has excellent ECCM features,smokeless propulsion and process improved effectiveness in multi-target scenario. It can be launched in autonomous and buddy mode of operation with features for lock-on before launch (LOBL) and lock–on after launch (LOAL).

4. ABHYAS (High-speed Expendable Aerial Target)

High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) offers a realist threat scenario for practice of weapon systems. HEAT-ABHYAS is an expendable high-speed unmanned aerial target developed by DRDO. ABHYAS is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot. A lunberg lens in the nose cone improves the RCS of the target for weapon practice. It also has an Acoustic Miss Distance Indicator (AMDI) to indicate the miss distance.

5. LCA (Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas)

The Light Combat Aircraft(LCA) is an indigenous fighter aircraft developed by ADA with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited as its principal partner, in India. The air force variant christened as Tejas is the smallest, light weight, multi role, single engine, tactical fighter aircraft with compound delta wing. The LCA is being developed to the meet the versatile and stringent requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF), as its front line multi mission tactical aircraft. LCA fighter has take-off clean weight of 9800 Kg and can carry external stores upto 3500 kg. The special features of LCA fighter are compound delta Planform, Relaxed static stability, composite structure, fly-by-wire flight control system, glass cockpit, etc., LCA fighter can carry Air-to-Air missiles, Air-to-ground missiles, Anti-ship missiles, Laser guided Bombs, Drop Tanks, Night targeting pod, EW suite and bombs of various weights. LCA Tejas is amalgamation of contemporary concepts and technologies which makes the aircraft very agile and carefree maneuvering capabilities. LCA fighter has excellent handling qualities and performance characteristics. It rockets off the runway and into the air in mere 500 meters. It has control harmony and carefree handling characteristics. With efficient fuel consumption and in built air refueling capability LCA Tejas is contemporary fighter. Indian Air force has placed the production orders for LCA fighter.

6. LCA Navy (Naval Light Combat Aircraft)

The Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Navy) is being developed to meet the requirements of Indian Navy. LCA Navy will operate from an Aircraft Carrier with a concept of Ski-jump and lands in 90 meters using an arrester hook engaging an arrestor wire on the ship. Derived from the Air force version it is longitudinally unstable, fly-by-wire aircraft making it an agile war machine. Flight control system of LCA Navy is augmented with Leading Edge Vortex Controller (LEVCON) aiding reduction in approach speed for landing. Auto throttle function incorporated in LCA Navy reduces pilot load by maintaining constant angle of attack during the critical phase of flaw-less carrier landing. Fuel dump system is an additional feature in LCA Navy to enable safe landing by reducing weight in the event of an emergency immediately after launch from a carrier. Landing gear of LCA Navy has been adequately strengthened to withstand increased landing loads in carrier operations. LCA Navy is supersonic at all altitudes and has roles of Air-to-Air, Air-to-Sea and Air-to-Ground roles.

7. LCA Trainer 

LCA Trainer is the two seat tandem configuration Air Force Trainer derived from the fighter version. It is mainly used for training purpose, even though it has capability to launch weapons. It has been endeavored to maintain maximum commonality amongst all the LCA variants i.e LCA fighter, LCA Trainer, Navy Trainer and Navy fighter. Front fuselage is modified to accommodate the second cockpit. Both front and rear cockpits of trainer are configured to replicate the Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI) as in the fighter version. The trainer version has drooped nose for better cockpit vision and larger canopy to accommodate rear cockpit with additional vision for rear cockpit. It has mechanical interconnected control stick, Rudder pedal and throttle. LCA Trainer has been designed not only as a trainer but also as precision weapon launch platform for Air-to-Air, Air-to-Ground, Air-to-Sea missions with effective stores management system capable of handling a wide range of weapons and stores. It can also be equipped with variety of sensors like Multi Mode Radar, Litening Pod and Helmet Mounted Display and Sight (HMDS).

8. AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control)

AEW&C system detect, identify and classify threats present in the surveillance area and act as a command and control center to support different air operations. The system with its multiple Communication and data links alert and direct fighters against threats while providing “Recognizable Air Surface Picture” to the Commanders at the Ground Exploitation Stations. It also comprises electronic and communication support measures that interrupt and classify unfriendly radar transmissions and communication signals. 

9. AAAU (Active Antenna Array Unit for Surveillance)

The AAAU houses primary Radar (PR) and Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) electronics. The PR is the active electronically steered array Radar with a normal detection range and an extended range against RCS of fighter class of aircraft. Two radiating planar arrays assembled back to back and mounted on top of the aircraft fuselage provide 240 deg Coverage on either side of AAAU. The SSR emits a message querying the target in a particular sector. Replies from the target are automatically associated with the primary radar detections.

10. TRMM (Active Antenna Array Module)

TRMM is the state-of-the-art technology for active array radar which is indigenously developed and productionized with a private sector industry. It has undergone severe environmental qualifications for Airborne application. An extensive study on thermal aspects carried out and optimized.

11. IFF Interrogator (Identification Friend or Foe System)

The IFF Interrogator is a compact, light weight system using state-of-the-art technology and can be used for ground/ surface as well as airborne application. It operates as per the recommendation of Annecture-X of ICAO and STANAG 4193. It is designed using VME architecture that provides complete flexibility for futuristic upgrades. Operation in Mode S-level 2 gives capability of selective addressing and data link features which is very critical in dense air-traffic.

12. IFF Transponder (Aid Platform Identification)

The Airborne/surface IFF Mk XII(S) transponder is a compact and light weight system and can be tailor made into different form factor depending upon the platform requirement. It is designed using CPCI/SBC based architecture that provides complete flexibility for futuristic upgrades with all the system features as per standard laid down by ICAO/STANAG 4913. It has MIL 1533 and ARNIC 429 interface for integration with mission controller and data computer/ aircraft system. 

13. IFF CIT (Identification System for Fighter class)

The Combined Interrogator Transponder is state-of-the-art compact light weight system that can be used in either interrogator mode or transponder mode specially designed for airborne application to avoid fracticide while using BVR weapons. It has Gigabit Ethernet/ MIL 1553/ ARINC 429 interface that are mostly available interfaces for integration with mission controller and other aircraft systems. 

14. WLR (Weapon Locating Radar)

WLR is a coherent, electronically scanned pulse doppler radar. The radar automatically locates hostile artillery, mortars and rocket launchers and tracks friendly fire to locate the impact point of friendly artillery fire to issue necessary corrections. The radar is designed to detect projectiles with small cross section across the battle space horizon. The radar uses advanced signal processing techniques for detection and tracking projectiles in the presence of ground, weather clutter and other forms of interference in EW scenario. Vehicle based physical profile of the radar is designed for high mobility, quick deployment and decamp. System is designed to survive physical rigors of battlefield and soft hostile electronic warfare. The radar comes with an advanced navigation system that provides accurate position information. Software advanced solutions compensate for terrain variants like slope. 

15. ROHINI (3D Medium Range Surveillance Radar)

3D Medium Range Surveillance Radar, Rohini is a ground based mechanically scanning Pulse Doppler radar for air space surveillance to detect and track air targets with reliability, even under hostile EW operational environment. The flexible architecture is a reliable and adaptable technology for multiple applications – early warning for air defence weapon system, air defence sensor at airbases. The radar has advanced technologies like digital receiver, programmable signal processor providing high resolution, accuracy, response and information availability. The radar, packaged on two vehicles, is easy  to operate, mobile, transportable by air, rail and road, can be deployed and decamped in less than 30 minutes.

16. BFSR-SR (Battle Field Surveillance Radar - Short Range)

BFSR-SR is a battery powered, light weight, man-portable surveillance radar. It can search a specified sector, simultaneously perform track while scan on multiple targets and carry out doppler based classification of various ground surface targets.

17. ABHAY (Compact Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS) System)

ABHAY is an advanced integrated active cum passive sonar system designed for shallow water ASW platforms. It is specifically targeted for installation on smaller platforms such as ASW corvettes, coastal surveillance and patrol vessels. It employs advanced adaptive signal and information processing techniques for detection, tracking & classification of targets. The hardware architecture is based on state of the art open-architecture processor technologies that will enable smooth up-grade of the system capabilities in the future. A compact transducer array, modular front-end signal conditioning hardware and high efficiency switched mode power amplifiers make up the rest of the system.

18. 3G UWACS (Underwater Acoustic Communication System)

3G UWACS is a state-of-the-art Underwater Wireless Acoustic Communication System based on SDR Architecture. This system incorporates advanced modulation and coding techniques in addition to data recording and analysis features. The system offers the user a tunable wideband communication capability over multiple bands in voice and data communication modes. In addition to the enormous flexibility in operation through a comprehensive GUI, it also supports remote operation and monitoring through standard networking technologies.

19. CTD Logger

CTD Logger is a state-of-the-art sensor for measuring the three important oceanographic parameters - salinity, temperature and depth. These parameters form the regional description of ocean. Salinity is determined through conductivity measurement, and depth through pressure measurement. Speed of sound in ocean depends to a large extent on salinity, temperature and depth, thereby necessitating the accurate profiling of these parameters for sound profiling and characterization. As the conventional surveillance systems onboard ships and submarines use the acoustic method of detection and ranging, CTD logger finds immense applications for use in maritime or homeland port security, apart from its use in ocean research.


7th South Asia Conference

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today said, the media and think tanks have a major role to bring about changes in perception about countries of South Asia. Inaugurating the 7th South Asia Conference here, Shri Antony said, “Perceptions of neighbours about India and the region are quiet important. We hope that the perception about India will change gradually, as we make earnest efforts to build trust and mutual confidence. The issue that we need to focus on is how to make perceptions favourable to bring about a positive change in the region. In this context, think tanks, civil societies, intelligentsia and media have a crucial and responsible role to play”.

Elaborating further, Shri Antony said, “In international relations, perceptions often prove to be as important as reality. In regions plagued by conflict and under development, mistrust has an impact on the behavior amongst States. In such a scenario, perceptions often get divorced from the reality”.  He said the perception of countries about each other in South Asian regions are not too favourable for regional cooperation. He also highlighted the unique role played by India in furthering regional cooperation.

Allaying the fears of suspicion of some neighbouring countries, Shri Antony said “India’s natural predominance is viewed with concern by some states. Such concerns about Indian intentions are far from real and often misplaced”. He also said that “over the years, India has assumed a responsibility to improve its relationship with neighbours. This policy has paid off at bilateral level. However its relationship with some other countries continues to be problematic”. He reiterated India’s commitment to further and maintain peace and friendly relations with all its neighbours. Since, India accounts for 80% of the regional GDP and 70% of South Asia’s population, it has an important role to play in making regional cooperation possible, he remarked.

The two-day long conference organised by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) is being attended by delegates from South Asian Countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Pakistan.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

В Хабаровском крае протестировали истребитель пятого поколе

Fifth Prototype Of PAK-FA (T-50) Flies !!

Govt Announces Next Air Chief- Air Marshal Arup Raha To Become The Next CAS

The Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, at present the Vice Chief of Air Staff, as the next Chief of the Air Staff after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC on December 31, 2013.

Air Marshal Raha was commissioned into the IAF on December 14, 1974 in the Fighter Stream of the Flying Branch. 

During a career spanning over nearly 39 years, he has held various command, staff and instructional appointments.  He has served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India, Ukraine.  Besides various technical courses, Air Marshal Raha has done National Defence College, Staff College, Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course and Junior Commanders’ Course.  He has commanded Central Air Command and Western Air Command.  He is one of the Honorary ADCs to the Supreme Commander.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Closing Ceremony Of Indo-Russian Joint Army Exercise Indra-2013

Indian Army's Infantry Day Celebrated

27 October is a historic day, not only for the Infantry but for the entire Indian Army. It was on this day, 65 years ago, that the first Infantryman from the FIRST battalion of The SIKH Regiment landed at Srinagar air field in Kashmir Valley to chase away Pakistani invaders.  The enemy was thrown back and the valley was saved.  It was the first glorious action undertaken by the Indian Army in the post independence era.  Therefore, 27 October is celebrated as Infantry Day throughout India.
 “The least spectacular of all arms, but without which you can do nothing, nothing at all”.  This was the comment of the legendry Field Marshal Montgomery.  True to these words, Infantry has been the basic fighting arm from the very beginning.  Technological developments in the battle field have changed tactical concepts but the barometer of victory has remained unchanged.

Operation VIJAY, after 1971, was witness to heroic deeds of Infantry in adverse climatic and terrain conditions.  The Kargil conflict witnessed an exemplary performance of officers and men of Infantry.  Besides, Infantry undertakes numerous civic action projects for our citizens in remote and inaccessible parts of India.  It is the first one to reach the location, be it an earthquake, floods, avalanche or a train accident.  For their valour and supreme sacrifice, the Infantrymen have earned 17 PARAM VIR CHAKRA and 30 ASHOK CHAKRA besides numerous other gallantry awards.

Lt Gen Rajan Bakhshi, GOC-in-C Central Command conveyed his felicitations to all infantrymen and extended his good wishes to the Infantry fraternity on the occasion.  Earlier in the day, senior officers of Infantry’s serving and retired fraternity paid rich floral tributes at Central Command War Memorial to the fallen heroes of our Army.  To mark the occasion, a ‘Barakhana’ was organized for all the soldiers of infantry.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

M-777 ULH Production Line Suspended, 200 Workers Lose Jobs, Non-Communication From Indian MoD !!

The production line of the BAE Systems' M-777 ULH has been suspended in the UK, with approximately 200 workers becoming jobless, due to the non-communication from the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the 209 million dollar deal for the 145 guns for the Indian army, for their artillery modernisation programme.. Dean McCumisky-Managing Director &; Chief Executive-India, just said at the BAE cocktails, that the last communication recieved from MoD was a month ago, where BAE was asked about some changes and revisions in the offset programme, (there are 30% offsets here) which was replied to by BAE within 48 hours. After that BAE has not heard anything. The commercial bid expired on October 15, 2013. 

The deal is govt-to-govt (FMS) totally. BAE has apparently spent approximately 50 millions in the past year to keep the line afloat, whose sole customer was India.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Video : My Sukhoi Flight, MAKC-2009, Zhukhovsky, Russia

Video shot by Narendra Gudavalli, NDTV

INS Vikramaditya To Be Based at Karwar, Karwar Likely To Become Indian Navy's 3rd Op Command

The Indian Navy will base its so far largest ever, in its inventory, warship, the INS Vikramaditya-to be commissioned on November 16th in Russia, in Karwar. Karwar is likely to be upgraded to a full-fledged Command, thereby making it the Navy's 3rd operational Command.

All photos by Suman Sharma in Karwar

Thursday, October 17, 2013

LCA-Navy Debuts Abroad, To Be Shown At International Defence Exhibition, For First Time India To Participate In ADEX-2013, Seoul

India will for the first time display during an international event its latest, state-of-the-art weapon systems, platforms, sensors, communication systems and equipment designed and developed by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization). DRDO, along with its production partners will prominently display India’s strength and expertise in design, development and production of such items at the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition ADEX-2013 schedule to be held at KINTEX, Seoul, South Korea from 29 Oct – 3 Nov 2013, where more than 30 countries are participating. The DRDO’s pavilion at ADEX will be inaugurated by Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh on 29thoctober 2013. The DRDO team will be led by its chief Shri Avinash Chander, the Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D and DG DRDO.

The indigenously developed systems planned to be displayed include Akash-Air Defence System, Tejas-Light Combat Aircraft and its variants, expandable high speed aerial target-Abhyas, Airborne Early Warning and Control system – AEW&C, advanced radars, sonar and communication system among others.  A large number of products developed by DRDO and produced by Indian Industry including those being displayed at ADEX-2013, have immense export potential. Recently, in August 2013, the Explosive Detection Kit (EDK) developed by DRDO and already being produced in India, was launched in USA after the technology for its manufacture was transferred to a US firm. DRDO’s participation in the event will go a long way in promoting international collaboration and generating fruitful interactions with leading global leaders from industry and Defence R&D institution especially those from South Korea.


MMRCA Deal Will Be Inked Within This Financial Year: Air Marshal S Sukumar, Deputy Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal S Sukumar, Deputy Chief of Air Staff said that MMRCA Deal Will Be Inked Within This Financial Year while speaking at Brochure Release of 8th International Conference on Energising Indian Aerospace Conference jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry, Indian Air Force & Centre for Air Power Studies at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. He further said that the response to AVRO replacement RFP has been extended by two months. He also elaborated on the Air Force Plans for the larger involvement in the Electronics Warfare Systems and Weapons Programmes.

Mr HJ Kamath, member CII National Committee on Defence & Aerospace & CEO, Mahindra Telephonics said the effective implementation of such an offset policy can facilitate the absorption and indigenisation of foreign aeronautic technologies that accrue to the country by way of offset deals. There is a need to combine the strengths of the private and public sector to take advantage of the surging domestic demand and become self-reliant in the defence sector particularly.  According to a report, there will be a $40 billion opportunity for the offshore engineering industry worldwide by 2020. India is expected to have a 2-3 per cent share in the aerospace offshored engineering service. This amounts to nearly USD 4 billion worth opportunities coming to India in the near future as far as offshore engineering industry is concerned.

Air Marshal Vinod Patney, Director, Centre for Air Power Studies said that we want Indian Aerospace industry to flourish. However, all the stakeholders should sit together to discuss priorities to arrive at a common blue print. We should also look into the R&D and technology which impacts all the fields.

Mr Anjan Das, Executive Director Confederation of Indian Industry said that we should take lessons from the success stories created in the non-strategic sector. These lessons will be useful in strengthening Indian defence & aerospace sector.

BEL, Pilatus Aircraft launch Offset Project In India

BEL - Bangalore to have electrical harness manufacturing capability

New Delhi, October 17, 2013: Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Switzerland, have announced the launch of an offset project to establish an electrical harness manufacturing capability at BEL’s Bangalore Complex. The project will enable BEL to manufacture electrical harnesses for the Pilatus global supply chain.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd entered into a contract with the Government of India in 2012 for the supply of 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop basic trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force. The contract includes an integrated ground based training system, a comprehensive logistics support package and a 30 per cent offset obligation. Pilatus has taken the offset obligation as a major opportunity to expand its footprint in India.

The partnership between BEL and Pilatus dates back to 2010 when both the companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on an offset-related basic trainer aircraft requirement for the Indian Air Force. It culminated in BEL and Pilatus concluding an agreement for the production of certain aircraft electrical cable looms in 2013.  

The project includes transfer of technology in the form of tooling, jigs and training of BEL’s personnel at Pilatus in Switzerland and India. The first phase of training in Switzerland was successfully completed in June 2013. The training at BEL’s facilities in Bangalore is scheduled to be completed by this year end. Pilatus will continue to provide support as and when required until the capability is established at BEL.

Building on the synergy between the two companies, BEL and Pilatus are also reviewing additional potential offset project opportunities to be launched in the near future.


MBDA’s VL MICA Successfully Fired By Royal Navy Of Oman From Al Shamikh OPV

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has recently conducted an operational naval VL MICA missile firing from the Al Shamikh Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), a Khareef class constructed by BAE Systems.
This live firing took place at the French MoD’s test range off the coast of the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean Sea under the supervision and control of the French DGA – EM (Direction Générale de l’Armement - Essais de Missiles).

The VL MICA missile successfully intercepted and destroyed at very low altitude the target which was simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile.

The success of this firing is evidence of the operational capability of the RNO with its new vessel and weapon system.

VL MICA is the latest generation of air defence systems and deploys the MICA missile vertically launched from a canister which serves for both storage and launch purposes.  In its naval version, VL MICA provides both area air defence as well as self-defence of the host vessel. MICA fire-and-forget missiles can be equipped with either IR or radar seekers and are capable of dealing with the full range of airborne threats as well as saturating attacks.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

R.I.P. Family Mourns Loss On Eid As Soldier Dies In 7th Ceasefire Violation At Indo-Pak Border

Mohammad Firoz Khan R.I.P

Mohammad Firoz Khan, 31, died on spot when the mortar fell close to Tekri post of Bhimbar Gali, in Mendhar, where two Indian soldiers had been killed in the current year's first major offensive in January. At 5:30 p.m, an hour before his wife and two young children would have delivered their Eid Mubarak to him, Lance Naik Khan lost his life for the country.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Defence Minister Pays Homage to Vietnamese Hero Gen Giap

DPR_7583 by Chindits
DPR_7583, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
In his first public engagement in a month, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony drove down to the Vietnamese Embassy here in the capital today and paid homage on behalf of the nation to Gen Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant commander who brought victory for Vietnam in many wars. Gen Giap passed away in Hanoi on 04 October at the age of 102.

The Indian defence delegation members led by Shri Antony were the last foreign visitors who were received by Gen Giap and his wife at their modest residence in Hanoi on 17 December 2007.

Offering the deepest condolences on behalf of Government of India, Shri Antony said India shares the grief of the people of Vietnam on the passing of one of their most respected national heroes. He said Gen Giap’s leadership of Vietnam’s national liberation had evoked the admiration of the Indian people. ‘He shall remain an inspiration to people all over the world’, Shri Antony said.

Sitanshu Kar

Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna Commissioned Into Indian Navy

Pix3 by Chindits
Pix3, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

INS Sunayna, the second of the NOPV (Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel) class of ship was commissioned at Kochi today by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command. INSSunayna, to be based here under Southern Naval Command is built at Goa Shipyard Limited, and will meet the increasing ocean surveillance and patrolling requirements of the Indian Navy. The warship is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communications and offshore assets, and escort duties. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Soni said that the shipbuilding process continues to be one of the most challenging tasks starting from design to integration of diverse equipment prior final setting to work and delivery of a seaworthy combat platform. The Admiral complimented Goa Shipyard Limited and all agencies who contributed to the building of INS Sunayna. He also reminded the audience that India’s location makes the country a pivot around which activities of the strategically important Indian Ocean would unfold. Platforms such as Sunanyna would enable the Indian Navy to secure the national interests in the region.

Two KOEL/Pielstick Diesel engines propel INS Sunayna and enable it to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots. The ship also has an automatic power management system installed by M/s Larsen and Toubro. She is fitted with the latest Navigation, Communication and Electronic Support Systems. The armament fit include one 76 mm Gun with an electro optic fire control system, Close in Weapon Systems (CIWS) and CHAFF launchers. INS Sunayna can also carry a helicopter. Commander Aftab Ahmed Khan, the Commanding Officer of the ship leads a crew of 8 officers and 108 sailors who are accommodated in ergonomic cabins, which provide greater crew comfort with improved management of space.

Earlier on arrival, Vice Admiral Satish Soni inspected a Guard and was then introduced to the ship’s crew. Vice Admiral KR Nair, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition, Indian Navy, Commodore (Retd) PK Shrivastava Director , Goa Shipyard Limited and a host of dignitaries attended the event.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Defence Ministry Issues Notice To AgustaWestland For Cancellation Of VVIP Chopper Deal : Agencies

Armed with fresh details on the alleged kickbacks, India has initiated steps to cancel the Rs. 3,600 crore chopper deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland by issuing a show cause notice to it in this regard.

The latest initiative by the defence ministry comes soon after the attorney general gave his opinion that there was breach of contractual obligations and the integrity pact by the firm, sources said in New Delhi.

The defence ministry has issued a show cause notice to the firm for cancellation of the deal and given it four weeks time to respond to it, they said.

The ministry has also gathered important details during the ongoing investigations in the deal in both India and Italy since February.

The government has already frozen the contract for supply of 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF after allegations that Rs. 360 crore were paid as bribe in which two top officials of the company were accused.

The IAF has already received three helicopters and delivery of the rest has been put on hold.

Last week, the company said it has invoked arbitration proceedings against the defence ministry for "unilaterally" freezing the deal.

The law ministry has also told the defence ministry that the arbitration proceedings initiated by AgustaWestland are also not binding on it.

The sources claimed that the government had been preparing to issue the notice for cancellation much before AgustaWestland took the step.

The defence ministry had earlier issued a show cause notice to AgustaWestland on February 15 asking it to explain within seven days the bribery allegations against it after the alleged scam was exposed in Italy.

In the notice, the company was asked why the Rs. 3,600 crore deal of 2010 should not be scrapped. In its reply, AgustaWestland had denied the allegations.

Former IAF chief SP Tyagi is among those under cloud in connection with the kickback charges. The CAG also recently highlighted loopholes in the deal.

Soon after the arrest of the firm's former CEO, Guiseppe Orsi, in Italy in connection with the case, defence minister AK Antony had suspended the payments to be made to it along with the delivery it was due to make to IAF of the remaining nine choppers.


IAF & Indian Navy Air Efforts In Relief & Rescue In Cyclone Hit Areas

The Indian Air Force (IAF) today, launched four Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Barrackpore, an Eastern Air Command (EAC) airbase, towards relief and rescue operations in areas adjoining Balasore and Chandipur in Odisha, affected by floods following torrential overnight rains.

The areas affected include Remuna, Dharampur and Badapal. Nearly 15,000 food packets provided by the State administration were dropped in these areas. A total of 5.5 tonnes of load was dropped in four sorties.

Indian Navy divers were also additionally flown by the Mi-17 V5 helicopters for rescue efforts in areas badly inundated by water. The navy divers were airlifted to some of the worst affected areas north of Balasore and Chandipur.

The army has also mobilised a column at Balasore for similar efforts. Another army engineering task force operating from Gopalpur also proceeded towards Pithal village in Chattrapur, in the early hours on Monday, about 100 kms west of Ganjam, for relief work.

As the Cyclone Phailin entered into the second day after its landfall, heavy rains were experienced in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Bihar and West Bengal as anticipated.

The Defence Forces, fully geared up to meet with this contingency,   immediately pressed four Medium Lift helicopters into service to extricate the marooned local population as well as to drop food packages and relief materials in Balasore.  The composite Army columns comprising Engineer and Infantry elements have also relocated and moved towards Balasore, Ganjam and Jamshedpur to assist the State Governments in flood relief operations. 

The Navy has moved two aircrafts from Kochi to Bhubaneswar carrying rations and also moved 12 Tons of rations from Visakhapatnam to Behrampur. The Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters are patrolling the Coast regularly and their four patrol vessels are on standby. The Medical teams of the three Services and Coast Guard which have been deployed are providing medical assistance to the local population. 

The Overall Force Commander at Bhubaneswar along with his Task Force Commanders for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are in constant liaison with the State Governments.  Necessary coordination on allocation of resources is being carried out at the Defence Crisis Management Group (DCMG) at Delhi.  The representatives of the State Governments, NDMA and NDRF who are attending the DCMG meetings are giving regular updates.  This is facilitating the decision making body to coordinate the operations without any loss of time.

The focus having shifted from response to the disaster mitigation of Cyclone to flood relief, the Defence Forces remain ready to assist the State Governments in restoring normalcy.

DPR/Wg Cdr TK Singha/SN Acharya