Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Indian Air Force Receives 6th C-17 Globemaster III

The IAF received its Sixth C-17 Globemaster III when it touched down at 1205 hrs at Palam Airbase today.  On its arrival, the Hon’ble Defence Minister Shri  Arun Jaitley visited the Airbase and familiarized himself with the aircraft. The Chief of the Air Staff,  Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha conducted the Hon’ble minister through the aircraft and briefed him on  the Strategic Capability and Role of the aircraft.The Hon’ble minister  was  also given a detailed brief  by the Commanding Officer Group Captain  BS Reddy.

The government accorded approval to buy 10 C-17 Globemaster III along with associated equipment for the IAF in June 2011.  The first of the 10 aircraft touched down in India on 18th June 2013 and the delivery of all 10 is expected to be completed by December 2014.  This aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance (about 75 Tones) and would augment the strategic reach (about 4500 Kms) of the nation during Operations, Disaster Relief or any similar mission. 

The ceremony was attended by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command (WAC) Air Marshal SS Soman and other senior IAF  and MoD Officials. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vintage Harvard Loaded In An IAF C-17 Globemaster, Accompanied By Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire & Hurricane

R.I.P. : Homage Paid To Deceased Air Warriors Of The Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv Mk-III Crash

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM  AVSM VM ADC arrived at Air Force Station Bareilly on 27 Jul 14 to pay homage to the deceased air warriors of IAF helicopter crash. He was accompanied by Mrs Lily Raha President Air Force Wives Welfare Association. The bodies of Wing Commander TNB Singh, Junior Warrant Officer P Mukherjee and Corporal Manoj Yadav were brought from Lucknow to Air Force Station Bareilly. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Squadron Leader R Manu, Sergeant D Panda, Corporal RK Singh and Leading Air Craftsman DL Naidu were escorted to their respective home towns.

The other high ranking Air Force and Army officers to visit Air Force Station Bareilly for sharing the grief with families of helicopter mishap victims were Lt Gen RN Nair AVSM SM General Officer Commanding UB Area,  Air Marshal J Chauhan PVSM AVSM VSM ADC Air Officer Commanding-in-chief Central Air Command and Air Marshal RK Sharma PVSM AVSM VM ADC Vice Chief of Air Staff. The dignitaries met the grieving families and relatives of late Wing Commander TNB Singh, late Junior Warrant Offiicer P Mukherjee and late Corporal Manoj Yadav.  Mrs Lily Raha and  Mrs Harminder Chauhan also met and consoled the families of the air warriors.

Wreath laying ceremony was held at the aircraft hangar of helicopter unit. The Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Bareilly, Air Commodore Jitendra Mishra VSM and Mrs Vatsala Mishra President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local) along with officers, personnel and families paid homage to the air warriors. Funeral Parade with complete Military honours was held at crematorium in Bareilly.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Visit Of UN Delegation

A four member UN delegation led by Mr Herve Ladsous, Under Secretary General of United Nations at the Department of Peace Keeping Operations called on the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh,  Shri RK Mathur , Defence Secretary and VCOAS on 25 July.

The delegation appreciated India’s contribution to Global peacekeeping efforts. Mr Ladsous commended the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Indian Peace Peepers. The discussions covered a wide range of issues related to current UN peace keeping efforts including emerging trends and associated challenges. Discussions were also held on enhancing the effectiveness of UN lead peace efforts in future.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrated

Indian Army Celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas At Dras

The ‘KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS’ was celebrated at Dras (J&K) today.  Earlier in the day, the proceedings opened with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Dras War Memorial led by Lt Gen D S Hooda, Army Commander Northern Command of the Indian Army. Gallantry award winners of the Kargil Conflict and next of kins of martyrs, Veer Naris, senior army officers and civil dignitaries also paid tributes to the martyrs. This was followed by a pledge taken by all present at the function to rededicate themselves to the cause of the Nation.
The sombre mood at the ceremony brought home memories of the losses borne so proudly by the martyrs’ families in the bloody summer of 1999. Many in the audience were moved to tears when the buglers played the poignant tune of “The Last Post” after the wreath laying.

The event was celebrated with full military decorum and solemnity. Lt Gen D S Hooda while talking informally to the media thanked them and the families of martyrs for their presence at Dras for the Event.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Indian Army Chief Pays Homage To Martyrs Of Op Vijay (Kargil) , At Drass

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay Diwas’, General Bikram Singh, the Chief of Army Staff arrived at Drass on 25 July 2014.  The Army Chief was received by Lieutenant General DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command and Lieutenant General BS Negi, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps.

The visit started with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial by the Chief, who also interacted with the ‘Next of Kin’ of those who sacrificed their lives, Veer Naris and the gallantry award winners.  In the sombre mood at the event, all present remembered the sacrifices made during Kargil War in 1999.

The event and venue is of a special significance to the COAS who has not only been the Corps Commander of the Srinagar Corps but was also the official spokesmen of the Army during the Kargil war. Addressing the media on the occasion, the Chief complimented them on their patriotic fervour and thanked them and the countrymen for participating in the Kargil Vijay Diwas Celebrations year after year. He stated that paying homage to the brave men who laid down their life for the nation’s cause was the most befitting way for him to mark the culmination of his career in the Army.  The Chief reassured all present that the Nation’s defence preparedness was much better today than it was fifteen years ago. He reiterated that the Indian Army was fully geared up for safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Indian Air Force Advanced Light Helicopter Crashes

One Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Indian Air Force crashed near Sitapur of Lucknow area at about 1657 hrs on 25 Jul 2014. The Helicopter was airborne from Bareilly at 1553 hrs and was on a mission to Allahabad. The Pilot gave a ‘may-day’ (emergency) call and soon after that there was a loss of contact on radar and on radio. A total of seven air warriors including two pilots were on board. It is feared that there are no survivors. There is no reported damage on ground.

India Myanmar Delegation Holds 5th Regional Border Committee Meeting

The Vth Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee meeting between India and Myanmar was held on 25 Jul 14 at Imphal. The purpose of the meeting was to further enhance the understanding and cooperation between both the countries.

The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen SL Narasimhan, AVSM, VSM, GOC 3 Corps & comprised of members from Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs and External Affairs. 

The Myanmar delegation was headed by Maj Gen Min Naung, Commander North West Command. “It is matter of great pride and delight to host the Vth RBC meeting,” said Lt Gen Narasimhan while addressing the delegates.

Indian delegation leader added that, “India and Myanmar with their rich historical and cultural ties have developed a unique close relationship over the years. The MoU signed between both the Governments on Border Cooperation Agreement on 08 May 14 amplifies the close relationship and resolves to carry forward bilateral relations. Therefore, such meetings contribute immensely in strengthening our friendly bonds, mutual trust and cooperation”. 

In his address, Maj Gen Min Naung thanked Indian delegation as well as friendly people of Manipur state for a warm welcome and wished for continued progress and prosperity in years to come. He added that, “we share a long common border and have close affinity with historical, cultural and religious background. We always think of India as a true friend.

During the course of meeting a number of issues of common interest were discussed. The forthright and frank discussions reflected a high degree of commitment by delegates of both the sides which is bound to further cement the friendly ties.

“I am confident that together we will be able to bring peace, prosperity and also a better future to this region,” said Indian delegate leader Lt Gen SL Narasimhan, AVSM, VSM in his closing remarks. He added that, “these fruitful discussions will further synergise our efforts of achieving higher cooperation and understanding in time to come”.


Exercise Malabar is a complex, high-end operational exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2014 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to enhance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.

The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. Whilst ashore at Port Sasebo, Japan from 24 to 26 Jul, the interactions will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on Carrier Strike Group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, anti piracy operations and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations.
Three ships of Indian Navy viz. INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer), INS Shivalik (stealth frigate) and INS Shakti (fleet tanker) have already entered Port Sasebo, Japan on 23 Jul 14 for participating in the exercise.
The sea phase of the exercise is scheduled from 27 to 30 Jul 14 and will be conducted in the Western Pacific Ocean. Exercises planned during this phase include search and rescue exercises, helicopter cross-deck landings, underway replenishments, gunnery and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Visit, Board, Search and Seize operations (VBSS) and Liaison officer exchange and embarkation. Designed to enhance maritime cooperation among the navies of the participating nations, these exercises further hone individual capacity to conduct operations in a multi-national environment.
The Indian, Japanese and U.S. navies have a common understanding and knowledge of a shared working environment at sea. This exercise would further help advance the level of understanding among the navies.
Two destroyers along with a P3C Orion and a sea-plane (US-2) are participating from the Japanese Navy. From the US Navy one submarine (SSN), two destroyers, one tanker along with one MR aircraft would be participating. One US Carrier Strike group (CSG) is likely to join for the sea phase of the exercise.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Search & Rescue Ops By IAF's Siachen Pioneers In J&K

On 11 Jul 14, a motorcade of 10 motorcycles enroute Kargil to Padum turned into a nightmare when the last biker of the motorcade Mr Jonathan Durham, a British national, met with a serious accident. After crossing a place called Ringdom, while riding on an unpaved road full of slush and water, Mr Jonathan Durham’s motorcycle had an accident and he severely fractured his Tibiafibula and had severe internal bleeding. This caused the tour to be stranded at that lonely place. Since the only mode of rescue in this treacherous terrain is by airlift, on 17 Jul 14, an IAF helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force was tasked to undertake the rescue.

On receiving the distress call, pilots promptly gathered relevant information and planned the mission. Two helicopters flown by four pilots of the Unit were launched, the marginal weather conditions made this task even more difficult. Inspite of these odds, the skillful and determined pilots were able to reach the destination of Padum, located in the Zanskar valley, West of Leh and air evacuate him back to Leh. The casualty was received by Air Officer Commanding   Air Force Station Leh, Air Commodore B Manikantan and Commanding Officer,  Wing Commander BS Sehrawat. Mr Jonathan Durham was then shifted to SNM Hospital Leh, where medical assistance was provided. This timely air- evacuation by Siachen Pioneers prevented Mr Durham’s leg from amputation.

The formation leader Wing Commander Huvey Upadhyaya along with other pilots of the formation, Squadron Leader Selva Kumar, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Pandey and Flying Officer Ashish Hungund, felt extremely proud to have saved the stranded biker. It is worthwhile to mention that Siachen Pioneers have saved more than 6000 lives till date and is the sentinel of humanitarian operations in the entire Ladakh region.


A mountaineering expedition to Mt Stok Kangri turned into a disaster when an individual from the mountaineering group had a severe fall during the climb.  The list 19 year old Delhite became incapacitated due to injuries to his spine and pelvis fractured ribs and dislocated shoulder during the fall.

The Indian Air Force helicopter Unit at Leh, also known as the Siachen Pioneers was tasked with the Search and Rescue (SAR) mission of the injured mountaineer.On receiving the task, daring pilots of Siachen Pioneers immediately began planning for the mission.  Having made the required preparations, within no time two helicopters, led by Wing Commander Amit Jain and Flying Officer Ashish Hungund with Wing Commander H Upadhyaya and Squadron Leader Sameet Bhopi as their No 2 got airborne for the SAR mission.

The incapacitated mountaineers along with his team were stranded just below the Summit of Mt Stok Kangri.  This area had a very steep gradient of almost 70-75 degrees and extremely sharp rocky terrain.  A series of landing attempts from different angles and at different places were made to pick up the casualty. After careful analysis both aircraft landed at a site 100 feet below the position of the casualty at a density altitude of 21000 feet and found this site closest and most suitable for the rescue. It took high level skill and extreme concentration to carry out the landing at this site, as selected site was on a ledge on the mountain slope which had just enough space to accommodate the helicopter and the rotor blades had very little clearance from the mountain terrain.

The casualty was prompted to come down to the selected landing site, by means of a placard from the helicopter. The restricted space and the critical condition of the casualty made the process of emplaning the casualty extremely difficult. With careful attention and handling of the aircraft, the casualty was safely emplaned into the helicopter.  Having ensured the comfort of the casualty, both the aircraft got airborne from accident site for Leh. The formation landed at Leh where the casualty was transferred to a medical facility. The successful casevac added another feather in the cap of the coveted ‘SIACHEN PIONEERS’

The formation leader Wing Commander Amit Jain along with the other pilots of the formation felt extremely proud to have saved the precious life of this young mountaineer. Wing Commander Jain said “success of their mission was clearly visible from the expression of extreme relief and joy on the face of the rescued mountaineer.”  The pilots also mentioned that they were proud to part of Indian Air Force and SIACHEN PIONEERS which has the honour of saving more than 6000 lives till date and is the sentinel of carrying out humanitarian operations in the entire Ladakh region.

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Farewell !!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eurofighter Typhoon At Farnborough

Eurofighter world-premiered its new Captor-E AESA radar system on a development aircraft at the Show – a powerful new electronic radar which offers instantaneous performance and the widest field of view of any fighter jet radar currently on the market.

It also signed a contract to integrate the Storm Shadow long-range stand-off missile onto the fighter jet – something which, when combined with the new radar capability and the Typhoon’s overall performance will give the Eurofighter a significant competitive advantage.

Key Points:

· New Radar Unveiled

· New Missile Integration Contract Signed

Monday, July 21, 2014

Captor-E AESA Radar Installed On Eurofighter Typhoon For Flight Testing

Eurofighter GmbH and Euroradar, together with BAE Systems, have delivered and installed the latest generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Captor-E radar on an operating Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) for flight testing. 

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports) spoke in support of the Programme and its capability growth plans just 24 hours after Eurofighter unveiled a Captor-E AESA radar system on an Instrumented Production Aircraft for the first time.

The integration of this new radar comes hot on the heels of the delivery of the Phase 1 Enhancement (P1E) package and underlines what Eurofighter are calling a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in capability as the platform secures its place as the most effective, capable and powerful swing role aircraft currently available.

The endorsement comes as the Programme celebrates 250,000 Flying Hours and one of its core customers, the UK RAF, 100,000 Flying Hours with the Eurofighter Typhoon. Across the 20 operational units using the Eurofighter Typhoon the EJ200 Eurojet engine has also notched up a milestone - half a million hours without a single engine fire or uncontained failure - an unique record of reliability in service.