Friday, January 31, 2014

'To Restart The ULH M-777 Production Line Would Cost India More'

The ULH M-777 held up now for sometime, would cost a little more if the production line has to be restarted, Alan Garwood, Group Business Development Director, told Chindits recently at a BAE cocktails.

As of no movement on the deal, but BAE is hopeful. Watch this gun out at Defexpo-2014, along with other BAE stuff at Hall-9, Pragati Maidan.

Polaris India To Showcase Its Range Of Ultra- light All-Terrain Vehicles At Defexpo-2014

Polaris India to participate in 8th Defexpo India 2014, and showcase its range of Ultra- light All-Terrain vehicles

Display Models: The models on display at the Defexpo will be the RZR®SW, the Sportsman® MV 850 and the Widetrak LX (Snowmobile).
Side by Side: The RZR® SW comes with a powerful 800cc twin EFI engine which cranks out 55HP and a top speed of 109 KPH. An on-demand All Wheel Drive (AWD) engages all four tires when the rear wheel slips and forward traction is required, making it ideal for slippery and hard to manoeuvre terrains.
ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle): The Sportsman® MV comes with a powerful 850cc 4-stroke SOHC Twin Cylinder Gas Engine that cranks out 77 hp. It has the capacity to carry 91 kg of gear on the front rack and up to 181 kg of gear on the back. This makes it the only ATV in the world with the highest rack capacity.
Snowmobile: The Widetrak LX is purpose-built to tow, haul and get to where the work needs to be done. Full featured sleds with Hi-Low transmissions, cargo racks, reverse and of course, like the name says, an extra wide track — 20" of flotation to be exact.
Speaking about Polaris India participation in the Defexpo 2014, Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., said, “The Defexpo is an ideal opportunity for us to showcase our line of Defence vehicles. Our military vehicles over the years have received an overwhelming response all over the world. RZR®S 800 model, in India is currently being used by the Gujarat Police and we have received very positive feedback regarding the utility of our vehicles. Polaris vehicles are sturdy, reliable and effective over the toughest of terrains. Our vehicles can be used in beach patrolling, dense forest, marshy land, rocky and desert terrain. Defence Expo is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to key decision makers in Defence and other security forces, the range of Polaris ATVs & ORVs unmatched ruggedness and versatility in harsh, hostile and demanding conditions.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Eurofighter Typhoons Participate In Red Flag 2014

Eurofighter Typhoons Join Red Flag 2014

Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft  from the UK’s Royal Air Force are at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada this month to take part in one of the world’s leading air-to-air combat training exercises which begins this week.

Red Flag is the United States Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training event. Participants typically include both US and allied nations' combat air forces. The exercise gives pilots the experience of mulitple, intensive air sorties in the safety of a training environment.

This year, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4’s from 6 Squadron based art RAF Leuchars, there will also be Tornado GR-4s and an E-3D Sentry from the UK. The Royal Australian Air Force are expected to send F-18s and an E-7. The allied nations will augment and perform alongside a contingent of US aircraft.

In 2013, Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft acquitted themselves with flying colours at the event attracting widespread praise for their agility, flexibility and ability to deliver what was described as ‘high kinetic’ effect. The Eurofighter’s Defensive Aids Sub Systems (DASS) and the aircraft’s Mission Data were major contributors to the jet’s success. The RAF have placed significant emphasis on developing the aircraft’s mission data — populating the Eurofighter Typhoon’s  DASS and radar with vital information to enable peak performance in high-threat scenarios.

Nellis Air Force Base  is one of the largest fighter bases in the world. The aircraft will operate from the Nevada Test and Training Range, which offers more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 4,700 square miles of restricted land.

More than 125 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and aircraft may remain in the air for up to five hours. Flying times are scheduled to accommodate other flying missions at Nellis AFB and provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.

Photos : Jamie Hunter

Monday, January 27, 2014

Photos : Full Dress Rehearsal Beating Retreat-2014


BAE To Showcase World’s Lightest 155-mm 39-caliber Towed Howitzer, Fully Automated 127-mm 54-caliber Naval Gun System At Defexpo-2014

NEW DELHI, India: BAE Systems’ participation at the eighth edition of DefExpo, the country’s premiere Land, Naval and Security Systems exhibition taking place here from February 6 through 9, is anchored in a single mantra – the Company’s continued commitment to partner with the Government in its journey of military modernization through technology and capability sharing with the domestic defence industrial base.

The Company’s showcase this year is a broad span of state-of-the-art capabilities in towed and self-propelled Artillery and its Fire Control Systems, Naval Gun Systems, Ammunitions, Military Communications Systems, Geospatial Exploitation Products, Wheeled and Light Armoured Vehicles, and Helmet Mounted Displays.

Center stage in the BAE Systems stand are the M777 ultra-light field howitzer and Mk45 Naval Gun system. The Company has been supporting discussions between the Governments of India and the United States for a potential Foreign Military Sale of this revolutionary howitzer that is highly portable by land, sea and air and features a minimal logistical footprint alongside maximum reliability. The Mk45 is the most compact 5-inch (127-mm) fully automated naval gun in the world with a successful and proven track record of service in the naval fleets of Australia, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and Turkey and is co-produced indigenously in South Korea and Japan. 

Demonstrating the strength and expanse of our portfolio in artillery, the stand will have on display the Archer 155 mm FH 77 BW L52 self-propelled field howitzer that can operate autonomously in tandem with today’s command and control systems. Adding fire power will be the LEMUR Remotely-Controlled Weapon Systems (RCWS) and electro-optical sight for land and sea application. A wide range of munitions is on display including 120mm Tk HESH L31A7 and 120mm Tk Charge Propelling L3A2 amongst others.

The stand will have on display the Hawk 132 Advanced Jet Trainer, of which India is the largest operator with 123 aircraft ordered to date by the Indian Air Force (106) and the Indian Navy (17). The Indian Navy recently inducted the first batch of Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, becoming the third naval operator of the Hawk along with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy. BAeHAL, the engineering and business solutions services Joint Venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, will also be present.

Also on-stand will be the new Q-Warrior™ helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the dismounted soldier and Q-Sight™ HMD for the new-age pilot, both providing mission-critical situational awareness. Adding muscle will be the Striker Helmet for both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The display of the RG32 LTV and RG34 exhibits underlines BAE Systems’ flagship capabilities and technology in Light Armoured Vehicles for potential partnerships with the Indian industry.

Expert demonstration of Geospatial Exploitation Products (GXP) will be another highlight of our display.

Headquartered in New Delhi, BAE Systems has a six-decade long history in India.  The Company has worked closely with the Government to establish an indigenous production capability at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, which is in service with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.  In addition, the Company is developing a range of opportunities across the land, naval and the C4ISR sectors in collaboration with domestic industrial partners. The Company’s flagship Community Investment in Smile Foundation across eight rural and urban locations in seven states in India is commencing its second year of operations reaching primary education to 1,100 underprivileged children and delivering primary healthcare services to the doorsteps of over 20,000 underprivileged people in Bangalore.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems delivers advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a technological and performance edge. We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture and support the innovations that increase defence sovereignty, sustain economies and safeguard commercial interests in the physical and virtual world. With some 88,000 employees in six continents, our story is about talented people who are committed to serving our customers’ needs and creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations, commerce, communities and people. That’s work that inspires us. That’s BAE Systems.


Video : Making Of The World's Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier--INS Vikramaditya (Именно в Российской)

Shared by a Chindits follower- Vijoy VJ.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Images : Republic Day Parade-2014 Rehearsal


LCA Tejas To Lead Product Line Of DRDO Contingent At Republic Day Parade-2014

Tejas, the Indian ‘Light Combat Aircraft’, and a ‘game changer’ for India’s air defence preparedness, will be leading the products displayed as part of DRDO’s contingent that includes, besides Tejas,  ‘Arjun Mk-II’, the mark II version of Indian Main Battle Tank;  a tableau displaying “Astra” and “Helina” missiles and another tableau displaying a wide range of unmanned systems.  These products exemplify DRDO’s strength in the wide areas of defence technology, in terms of design, development and leading to production state-of-the-art weapon systems and platforms for India’s armed forces. Col Pankaj Chaturvedi, a qualified Ammunition Technical Officer from the ‘Army Ordnance Corps’, presently serving at DRDO’s ‘Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety’ will command DRDO’s contingent in RD parade 2014. Col Pankaj Chaturvedi was commissioned from Indian Military Academy on 17 December 1988.

Tejas, India’s first indigenously designed and developed multirole Light Combat Aircraft is a 4th plus generation supersonic, highly maneuverable and contemporary combat aircraft. Highly maneuverable ‘Tejas’ is the smallest and lightest combat aircraft in its class and has been designed for the Indian Air force. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies like advanced composites, digital flight control, advanced digital avionics, glass cockpit, helmet mounted display & sight, lightning pod, radar warning receiver, multimode radar, and so on, making Tejas sorties a fighter pilot’s delight. It can deliver air to air missiles, air to ground conventional bombs as well as laser guided bombs. ‘Tejas’ can effectively perform under all weather conditions including night. To extend its range of operation, Tejas can also carry external fuel tanks.
 The aircraft on display in the Republic Day Parade 2014 is the historic aircraft that took to skies for the maiden LCA flight on 04 January 2001. Since then, various LCAs have together completed more than 2500 safe flights. Tejas, having received the Initial Operational Clearance certificate has been cleared for induction in Air force and is under production at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The LCA program that has led to the development of ‘Tejas’ is spearheaded by Aeronautical Development Agency of the Department of Defence R&D, with HAL as its principal design and production partner and has participation of a number of DRDO laboratories, the Indian Air Force, Industries and academic institutions, making Tejas a truly Indian Aircraft.
            Mark two version of Arjun the Indian Main Battle Tank, incorporating over seventy improvements over Arjun Mark I, has been developed  by DRDO in a record time of just under three years. Arjun Mark I the 1st indigenous main battle tank, designed and developed to suit the Indian soldier and to perform in the toughest of Indian conditions of environment and terrain is fondly called a desert Ferrari for its excellent mobility. Two regiments of Arjun Mark I are already pride possession of Indian Army while Arjun Mark II is in final phase of user trials. Arjun Mark II incorporates enhanced firepower with Automated Target Tracking and greater variety of ammunition including “Gun-fired anti-tank missile” and the devastating “Thermo-baric ammunition”; enhanced protection that include “Explosive Reactive Armor”, “Laser Warning cum Countermeasure System”, a “Mine Plough”, a “Remotely operable Anti-Aircraft weapon”, “a Roof mounted driving seat”; “Advanced Land Navigation System” and “Enhanced night vision capabilities”. The swift development of Arjun Mark II is a testimony to the skills and capabilities of India’s DRDO scientists, technicians and maturity of industry.
‘Astra’, the first ‘Beyond Visual Range’ air to air missile developed in India, is a state-of-the-art weapon system comparable with the best. Capable of engaging targets decisively upto 100 km range, ‘Astra’ will go to arm Su30 and LCA Tejas aircraft of the IAF.
‘Helina’ is a third generation air launched anti tank missile, that can be fired in direct and top attack mode with capability to defeat even futuristic armours. Helina missiles are attached to helicopters with the aid of tube launchers.
The future battlefields on land, in skies and in water, are going to be dominated by unmanned systems deployed for offensive, defensive, and logistic roles, as well as for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.  DRDO has been engaged  in developing such technologies and robotic systems for present and future. Some of these are already employed by India’s security forces. On the tableau titled “Unmanned Systems”, ‘DAKSH’ a Remotely Operated Vehicle will be seen defusing an Explosive Device and aiding a Bomb Disposal Squad. The tableau will also depict models of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), mini UAV ‘NETRA’, ‘Wheeled Surveillance Vehicle’, Tracked Surveillance Vehicle Muntra S, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ’NISHANT’, Mini Remotely Operated Vehicle, Confine Space Remotely Operated Vehicle and Gun Mounted Remotely Operated Vehicle. 

DRDO, the R&D wing of Ministry of Defence, has a mission to empower India with self-reliance in defence technologies. Since its creation in 1958, DRDO’s research, design and development efforts have led to production hundreds of products that include state-of-the-art weapons, platforms, equipment and life support systems for the Indian armed forces. Today, the production value of systems already approved for induction exceeds Rupees one lakh sixty thousand crore. Currently headed by Shri Avinash Chander, DRDO has been led over the years by illustrious scientists including Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr V S Arunachalam, Dr Raja Ramanna and Prof. DS Kothari. DRDO’s pursuit of self-reliance and indigenous development of strategic systems have given quantum jump to India’s military might, generating effective deterrence and providing crucial leverage.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Textron Systems Returns to Defexpo India with Comprehensive, Affordable Solutions for Border Security, Intelligence

Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that it will participate in Defexpo India 2014, scheduled for 6-9 February at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. The company will be located in the U.S. Pavilion at booth #14.8.

Featured at this year’s exhibition will be Textron Systems’ end-to-end solutions addressing the border security and intelligence requirements faced by regional customers. Unmanned aircraft, including the proven Shadow® and Aerosonde® platforms, are complemented by a range of maritime capabilities from the agile Common Unmanned Surface Vessel to the next-generation Ship-to-Shore Connector amphibious landing craft, as well as flexible and rugged MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensors. Tying these assets together are robust Remote Video Terminal configurations and software solutions, including the company’s RemoteView™ and ELT® geospatial intelligence analysis packages.

“These and other technologies enable an interoperable network of real-time situational awareness that can be applied across the air, land, sea and cyber domains,” says Ian Walsh of Textron Systems’ executive leadership team, who will be in attendance at Defexpo India 2014. “We complete the cycle with reliable, proven weapon systems, from the Sensor Fuzed Weapon we are delivering to the Indian armed forces to our Scorpion ground-based networked munition system. Together, Textron Systems brings a powerful, affordable mix of technologies to bear against our customers’ most challenging needs.”

Army Commander Reviews Operations Under Tri-Shakti Corps

Eastern Army Commander, Lt Gen MMS Rai who is on a two-day visit to Sikkim and North Bengal sector after assuming charge of Eastern Command earlier this month, reviewed the preparedness and the security situation of the operational areas in these sectors at the Sukna-based Trishakti Corps Headquarters, today.

Over the next two days, the Army Commander along with the Trishakti Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJ Singh will visit the troops in forward areas and take a first-hand report on all the activities undertaken by the Corps along the borders.

Gen Singh briefed the Army Commander on various operational and administrative issues and the ongoing efforts in maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders with China as per Border Peace & Tranquility Agreement (BPTA) and the recently concluded Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA).

The Army Commander appreciated the efforts of troops in maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders and commended their high morale despite being deployed in tough and physically demanding conditions.

During his maiden visit to the Corps HQ, the Army Commander also paid homage to the martyrs of the Trishakti Corps by laying a wreath at the war memorial before flying out to the forward areas.

The Army Commander is also expected to call on the Chief Minister and Governor of Sikkim at Gangtok.

Gr Capt T K Singha

Monday, January 20, 2014

India Successfully Test Fires Agni-IV

AGNI-IV, the 4000 kms range Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile was successfully launched today at 1052 hrs today i.e. 20th January 2014 from the wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. This was the third consecutively successful trial and the last one in the series of development launches. The missile took off majestically, rose to a height of over 850 km, covered the intended range in about 20 minutes, hit the target with two digit accuracy; meeting all mission objectives and proving the capabilities of the missile. The AGNI-IV missile propelled by composite solid fuel rocket motor technology was launched from its road mobile launcher indigenously developed by DRDO. The long range Radars and Electro-Optical Tracking systems (EOTS) located all along the coast have tracked and monitored all the parameters throughout the flight.  Two ships located near the target point tracked the vehicle and witnessed the final event. Hon'ble Defence Minister, Shri AK Antony congratulated the DRDO Chief and his team on the success.

“The event is of greater significance since the system was tested in its deliverable configuration with the active participation of SFC personnel. The missile is now ready for induction and its serial production will now begin” said Shri Avinash Chander, SA to RM, Secretary Dept of Defence R&D and DG DRDO, who commanded the launch sequence. He congratulated all the team members from DRDO and SFC. ‘Today’s launch takes India’s level of deterrence and its preparedness and effectiveness to newer heights. Seen together with recent momentous events: the second launch of Agni 5, operational clearance of Tejas – Light Combat Aircraft, achieving the criticality of nuclear rector of India’s first nuclear powered submarine ‘Arihant’, completion of development phase of underwater launched missile BO5 and development of mark II version of ‘Arjun – Main battle tank’,  it also reflects the high maturity level of India’s capabilities in design development and leading to production, contemporary weapons and platforms for strengthening its deterrence and defence capabilities”, stated Shri Avinash Chander.

Agni 4 is equipped with state of the art Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for inflight disturbances. The most accurate Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS), ensured the vehicle reach the target within two digit accuracy. The re-entry heat shield withstood temperatures in the range of 4000 degree centigrade and made sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degree centigrade. Agni 1, 2, 3 and Prithvi are already in the arsenal of armed forces, giving them reach of over 3000 km, giving India an effective deterrence capability.

Dr V.G. Sekaran, DS & DG (MSS) reviewed the launch activities and guided the team. Smt Tessy Thomas, Project Director AGNI-IV led the team of scientists during the operation. Dr DN Reddy, Chairman, RAC, Shri S Sundaresh, DS and DG ACE & CCR&D (SI&PC), Shri Sibnath Som, Director DRDL, Dr Jayaraman, Director ASL, Shri MVKV Prasad, Director ITR, Dr Manmohan Singh, Directior VRDE, Dr Manjeet Singh, Director TBRL witnessed the launch. Shri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Chief Secretary and Shri Vipin Saxena, Principal Home Secretary, Odisha also witnessed the launch.    


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

India-Japan Coast Guard Joint Exercise Held Off Kochi

13th edition of India- Japan Coast Guard joint exercise was held off Kochi today. JCG (Japan Coast Guard Ship) Mizuho and its integral helicopter, Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS)  Samrat, Chetak helicopter, Dornier aircraft, and  ICGS C-404 took part in the exercise tiltled Sahayog- Kaijin 2014, and held approximately 20 nautical miles off Kochi. Admiral Yuji Sato, Commandant of Japan Coast Guard, and Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General of Indian Coast Guard who were  embarked on board ICGS Samrat witnessed the exercise. The exercises included cross deck landings, anti piracy drills, search and rescue demonstration and a fire fighting demonstration. Addressing the media jointly on board ICGS Samrat, on completion of the exercise, both Admirals expressed satisfaction at successful conduct of the exercise. Such exercises improved inter operability and confidence in operating together, and are aimed at capacity building they said. In reply to a specific question, Vice Admiral Thapliyal  pointed out the fact that threat of piracy has been wiped out of India’s west coast through joint efforts of Indian Navy and Coast Guard and underscored the fact that this area needs  to be removed from the definition of high risk area for piracy. The joint exercise between Coast Guards of India and Japan held annually since 1999, focuses on anti piracy procedures, pollution control measures and other areas of common professional interest. Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region West and senior officials of Japan Coast Guard delegation also witnessed the exercise.


'Mountain Strike Corps Is Not Just For War-Waging, But For War Prevention Also' : Army Chief

The Mountain Strike Corps, headquartered in Panagarh, will not just be for war-waging but for war prevention as well.It will have two Divs, one in eastern Command and one in Northern Command, with 22 minor and major units under them.The equipment will take another 2-3 years to be put in place. The Corps is basically to enhance combat power, says Army Chief.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

She Is In...Vikramaditya Reaches Home !! Navy's Priority Is Getting Her On Day/Night Ops !!

Karwar : Have been camping in Karwar for some time, waiting for Her Majesty to arrive at home base. She entered late last night. She starts flying training immediately on arrival. Only after some naval pilots are Ops on her, will there be a formal reception with a VIP, maybe by mid/end February 2014. Getting her minimum Ops capability with MiGs is Navy's first priority.