Friday, November 28, 2014

Arnia Encounter : Indian Army Eliminates Four Terrorists

Indian Army today eliminated four heavily armed terrorists in proximity to Village Kathar, Arnia Sector in the Jammu region. The terrorists had possibly infiltrated across the International Border on night 26/27 Nov. They had changed into military fatigues and the civil clothes worn by them earlier were recovered near a Culvert which is about 1.5 km inside own territory from the International Border. There after they gunned down five civilians further inside and attempted to hijack a white Maruti 800 car. On 27 Nov at about 0800 hours the terrorists were challenged by own troops and initial contact was established. Quick Reaction Teams immediately established an initial cordon and additional troops were rushed in to strengthen the cordon. In the ensuring fire fight three terrorists were killed. An air tight cordon was established on the night of 27 Nov and the area kept under surveillance. The search operation recommenced at first light on 28 Nov and after a heavy engagement, the fourth terrorist was killed. Three army soldiers were martyred in the operation. 

Following were recovered from the slain terrorists : four AK 47 rifles, one pistol, one Improvised Explosive Device, one disposable rocket launcher and two fired disposable rocket launcher cases, three radio sets, hand grenades, large quantity of AK ammunition and food items. 

The timely action by the army helped in averting a likely terrorist action in the hinterland. The area continues to be sanitized by the Army. 

Dr Avinash Chander To Continue As DRDO Chief On Contract After Superannuation

Avinash Chander to Continue as DRDO Chief on Contract After Superannuation

The President is pleased to retire Dr. Avinash Chander, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (DOB: 06.11.1950), in the Ministry of Defence from Government Service with effect from 30.11.2014 (AN) on attaining the age of superannuation. 

The appointment of Dr. Avinash Chander beyond his date of retirement i.e. 30.11.2014 for 18 months would be on contract basis, with the same terms and conditions as he would be entitled to Secretary (DRD) before the date of retirement. His contractual term will end on 31 May 2016. 

IAF Chief Returns From Indonesia, Dedicates New Pilot Selection System for IAF To Nation

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force visited Indonesia from 23-26 November on an invitation from Air Chief Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, Chief of Staff Indonesian Air Force. This was the first visit by an Indian Air Chief to Indonesia in over a decade and happened against the backdrop of the summit meeting between President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the time of the East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw Myanmar, during which enhancement of defence cooperation was one of the key points of discussion. 

During this visit, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had a meeting with his counterpart Air Chief Marshal Putu Dunia and interacted with the Senior Staff of the Indonesian Air Force. The Indonesian Air Force expressed their keen interest to increase the scope of cooperatrion with the Indian Air Force through greater interaction in the future. Indian Air Chief was accompanied by the Indian Ambassador His Excellency Mr Gurjit Singh for his meeting with General (Retired) Ryamizard Ryacudu, the Minister of Defence, RI. The Indonesian Minister of Defence was appreciative of the ongoing initiatives in the field of Defence Cooperation and underlined the immense scope and potential to further the engagement between the two Armed Forces in the future. 

Air Chief Marshal Raha also visited PT Dirgantara at Bandung and saw the production and maintenance facilities. He complimented PTDI for their efforts at indigenisation and expressed India’s commitment to support the Indonesian Defence Industry. During his visit to training facilities at Yogyakarta, Indian Chief of Air Staff addressed the cadets at the Indonesian Air Force Academy and interacted with the Jupiter Aerobatics Team at the Flying School. 

The visit of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC,Chairman Chiefs Of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff Indian Air Force to Indonesia helped to reiterate the historic connect between the two Armed Forces since the early days on independence while reemphasising the congruence of strategic interests of the two countries in ensuring peace and stability in this region of common interest. 

Air Chief Dedicates New Pilot Selection System for IAF to the Nation 

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff today inaugurated the new Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) at No. 2 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Mysore. The new CPSS replaces the earlier Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) that has been in use for decades. 

The CPSS was conceived by the then Scientific Advisor to PM, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam with a vision to adopt better tools for Pilot Aptitude Test in consonance with modern aircraft being acquired by the IAF. The project was also aimed at addressing the issue of the alarming rate of flying accidents in the IAF attributed to pilot error. 

The CPSS has been jointly developed by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) and the Air Defence Establishment (ADE), both premier organisations of the DRDO, through a decade long research. The new selection system places special emphasis on psychomotor skills and cognitive abilities of the candidates while screening them for selection into the flying branch of the IAF. The computerized pilot selection system ensures objectivity in results and uniformity in the degree of difficulty faced by the candidates. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Indo-Russian Joint Air Force Exercise “Avia-Indra I” At AF Station Halwara Concludes

Avia  Indra I, Phase II, a joint Indo – Russia Air Force exercise held at Air Force Station Halwara (Punjab) from 17 November successfully concluded today. The     Phase I of the ‘Avia Indra I’ was held at Astrakhan near Caspian Sea in Russia in August 2014.

Media from Punjab also had an opportunity to witness the exercise at SK (SidhwanKhas) Range. Such exercises, specially with Russia are of significance as the IAF has a large inventory of Russian equipment. For the diverse defence needs of the two Air Forces there is much to benefit from such engagements for both sides. The Russian team was touched by the warmth of their host and amongst other things, encashed on the opportunity to learn a few steps of ‘Bhangra’ dance.

 The joint Air Force exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) takes the historic and strategic military partnership between India and Russia to a new level. During the exercise, fighter, helicopter and missile crew of the two countries operated together. It included Air to Ground firing and fighter sorties over the mighty Himalayas. Select members of the team were taken to Bengaluru, where they were introduced to indigenous programs, including the LCA Tejas and Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv).

To commemorate the event, the two commanders Air Commodore PK Vohra VM and Major General Alexander N Lyapkin unveiled a hand carved stone and planted saplings next to the memorial stone to symbolize growth of this unique partnership etched in the stone for posterity.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

India Hands Over An ALH Dhruv Helicopter To Nepal Army

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi handing over the Dhruv ALH to Nepal Army, at Army Pavilion, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 25, 2014

Indo-China Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2014 Culminates

The fourth India China Joint Training Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 culminated on   25 November 2014 after a Joint Tactical Exercise and a closing ceremony held at Aundh Military Camp, Pune. Twelve days of joint training included understanding of transnational terrorism, developing interoperability and conduct of a joint tactical operation controlled by a Joint Command Post.

Lt General Ashok Singh, Army Commander, Southern Command of the Indian Army and Lt General Zhou Xiaozhou, Chief of Staff, Chengdu Military Command, People’s Liberation Army of China witnessed a Joint Tactical Exercise conducted at College of Military Engineering, Pune, on 25 Nov. The exercise involved insertion of troops by slithering from helicopters and destroying a terrorist hide out. It demonstrated the commitment of both Armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.

Later, Lt General K Surendranath, Chief of Staff of Southern Command of Indian Army & Lt General Zhou Xiaozhou, Chief of Staff, Chengdu Military Command, People’s Liberation Army of China jointly reviewed the parade commanded by Colonel MS Khan,  Commanding Officer of the 9 Rajputana Rifles.  Fly past by Sukhoi-30 aircrafts added colour to the impressive parade displayed by the joint contingent.

Lt General K Surendranath of the Indian Army after addressing the parade declared the joint training closed.  Observers of both the nations which included senior military officials complimented the participants on the professional conduct of training.

7 Indian Naval Officers Indicted In INS Sindhuratna Accident, Disciplinary Action Initiated Against Them At Western Naval Command

Two accidents occurred on-board Indian Navy Submarines during July 2013 to March 2014. On August 14, 2013 an explosion occurred on-board INS Sindhurakshak resulting in her submergence and loss of life of 18 service personnel. On February 26, 2014 there was fire on-board INS Sindhuratna resulting in loss of life of 02 officers. 

The investigation reports related to the accidents have been submitted to Naval Headquarters. The Board of Inquiry (BOI) report on both incidents have been submitted to the Naval Headquarters. The BOI report in case of INS Sindhuratna has found seven officers culpable of various acts of omissions and commissions. Disciplinary action against these officers has been initiated at the Western naval Command headquarters. Examination of BOI report in case of INS Sindhurakshak has not been completed. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Vijay Goel and Shri PrabhatJhain Rajya Sabha today. 

Indo-Russian Joint Airforce Exercise Avia-Indra At Sidhwan Khas Range Near Halwara

An eighteen member Russian Air Force team at Air Force Station Halwara in Punjab is participating in Phase II of the Indo-Russian bilateral exercise  ‘AVIA – INDRA I’. The Russian delegation headed by Major General Lyapkin Alexander N consists of Fighter and Helicopter aircrew among other members.

Russian aircrew have flown IAF Su-30 MKI, Mi-35 & Mi-17 along with our aircrew. Earlier, members of the Russian delegation visited Bengaluru, where they were exposed to indigenous projects such as Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), Light Combat Helicopter and Advance Light Helicopter (Dhruv).

Today, the media witnessed ‘air to ground’ firing by aircraft and helicopters jointly flown by pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) at Sidhwan Khas range near Halwara. The joint exercise will further strengthen the relations between the two Air Forces taking forward the India – Russia strategic partnership. The Russian team will be in India till 28 November 14.

Chindits Turns 6 !!

Chindits is 6 today !

Monday, November 24, 2014

Avia Indra Joint Indo-Russia Exercise Enters Operational Phase

Avia Indra I, Phase II, joint Indo-Russian exercise, underway at Air Force Station Halwara (Punjab), entered its action phase today. A formal inauguration ceremony was held at the Air Force Station to mark the occasion. 

The Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) contingent that arrived here on November 17, 2014 underwent a week long orientation and adaptation phase – familiarising themselves with the operational environment and procedures. They will now jointly exercise with the IAF crew. 

During the inauguration ceremony, both commanders, Air Commodore PV Vohra Vayusena Medal (VM), Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Halwara and Major General Alexander N Lyapkin of RFAF addressed the contingents. They reiterated the historic and strategic partnership between the two nations. A hand-carved stone was unveiled and saplings were planted next to it to symbolize the growth of this unique partnership, etched in stone for posterity. A traditional flypast by helicopters and fighters marked the occasion. 

The visiting aircrew will also have an opportunity to fly over the Himalayas over the next few days. The exercise will culminate on November 27, 2014. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Air Chief to Visit Indonesia

Towards consolidating the already robust bilateral military to military ties between India and Indonesia, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) will be on a four day Counter Part visit (CPV) to Indonesia from November 23, 2014. 

During his visit CAS will meet Air Chief Marshal Bagus Putu Dunia, Chief of Staff Indonesian Air Force at the Air Headquarters where he will be extended a ceremonial reception. 

During the visit, the CAS will call on the Minister of Defence, General (Retd) Ryamizard Ryacudu and discuss bilateral issues. 

The Chief of Air Staff will be visiting Air Force bases at Halim, Bandung and Bali. A visit is planned to PT Dirgantara, which is one of the indigenous aerospace companies in Asia with core competence in aircraft Design and Development, aircraft structure manufacturing, aircraft assembly and aircraft services for both civilian and military of light and medium aircraft. A visit to the Air Force Academy is also scheduled where he will interact with the instructors and cadets. An interaction with the pilots of Jupiter Aerobatic Team is also planned during the visit. 

The visit plans in seizing the opportunity to bridge gaps in laying a foundation for a long lasting defence relations between India and Indonesia. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

President of India Awards Standards to IAF's 115 Helicopter Unit & 26 Squadron

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron of Indian Air Force, at Tezpur, in Assam on November 21, 2014. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha is also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron of Indian Air Force at Tezpur, Assam today (November 21, 2014).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it gave him immense pleasure to be there at Air Force Station Tezpur, one of the premier Air Bases of the Indian Air Force in the Eastern Sector, to award Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron. These distinguished flying Units have a glorious past and a rich tradition of professional excellence. Since their inception, they have rendered illustrious service to the Nation and done us proud. He stated that their rich heritage and stellar efforts in the pursuit of excellence have set a benchmark for others to emulate. For their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity, the Nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation.

The President said that to preserve peace and harmony and promote all round development, it is imperative for us to have an effective deterrence and a strong defence. Though as a Nation we are firmly committed to peace, we must be prepared to use our might to safeguard the sovereignty of our Nation, should the need ever arise. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Annual Logistics Conference 2014

The Annual Logistics Conference was inaugurated by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM AVSM NM, Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command at Kochi today. Under the Chairmanship of Vice Admiral Jaywant Korde VSM, Controller of Logistics, IHQ MOD(N), the two day conference (18-19 Nov) will review and discuss aspects pertaining to future logistics infrastructure requirements, re-structuring of logistics and refinement of processes to provide responsive logistics for higher Operational tempo. 

The Indian Navy is a potent, multidimensional and professional force whose role in protecting and promoting National security in the maritime domain remains pivotal. The Chief of Naval Staff vision document 2014 mandates a need to constantly review and refine its logistics support structures to ensure that its combat units and formations receive quality logistics support while maintaining a high operational tempo. Through smooth and effective budget-management, it should endeavor to stretch every rupee to the maximum in ensuring the frontline operations are backed robustly by a responsive and efficient operational logistics structure. 

Towards achieving the stated objectives and demands of an ever evolving force, the Indian Navy holds Annual Logistics Conference (ALC) which is attended by senior Logistics Officers in addition to Operational and Maintenance fraternity. The annual event provides an important forum to take stock of past performances and also study proposals that have future relevance. 

Indo-Russian Joint Exercise- Avia Indra I, Phase II

Monday, November 17, 2014

Indian Naval Ship Teg Visits Nacala, Mozambique

Indian Naval Ship Teg, a stealth frigate of the Indian Navy, made a port call at Nacala, Mozambique today. The goodwill visit is aimed at strengthening the existing bonds of friendship between the two nations. During the stay in harbour, various activities are planned including official calls and a reception onboard the ship. 

India and Mozambique have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations. The two countries are also members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing information and co-operation on maritime issues. This visit seeks to underscore India’s solidarity with countries of the Indian Ocean Region. 

INS Teg sailed from her base port Mumbai on 1st October 2014 as part of a four-ship Task Group headed by Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. Thereafter, the ship participated in IBSAMAR IV, a tri-nation maritime exercise between the navies of India, South Africa and Brazil before the port call at Nacala. 

INS Teg, built at Kaliningrad, Russia was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 27th April 2012. The ship is a guided missile Stealth Frigate with formidable arsenal. The ship is commanded by Captain Anand Yeshwant Sardesai and is manned by a crew of 25 officers and 220 sailors. 

Defence Communication Seminar (DEFCOM) 2014

DEFCOM 2014 is being conducted over a period of two days i.e. on 17 & 18 Nov 2014 at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi. Eminent speakers from Defence Forces, Industry and Academia as also R & D Organisations are participating in the various technical sessions.

The Seminar was inaugurated by the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Philip Campose. The Seminar is an annual event jointly organised by Corps of Signals (Indian Army) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is aimed at fostering synergy between the Armed Forces and the practitioners of Information Communication Technology Electronics and Cyber (ICTEC) in Industry. The 2014 edition of DEFCOM was themed on “Adapting Commercial Technologies for Unifying Information, Communication Technologies, Electronic and Cyber (ICTEC) in Battle Space”.

The Indian Army has been in the forefront of adapting commercial technologies for delivering state of the art ICTEC infrastructure to its field formations. Corps of Signals has been stimulating meaningful and focused discussions through the forum of DEFCOM over the years. The Seminar presents an ideal platform for all participants to understand each other’s capabilities and needs in the ICTEC field, synergise their efforts and emerge with a pragmatic way forward.

The Seminar comprises of four scheduled sessions. The seminar-cum-exhibition is also providing a unique opportunity for display of latest State of the Art Communication Systems by the National and International Industry. In the past, this Seminar has led to absorption of latest technologies by Indian Army in terms of its Communication and IT projects.

Russian Delegation Meets Defence Minister, Army Chief

Bilateral ties of India and Russia are a key pillar of Indian foreign policy, since the signing of the “Declaration on the India-Russian Strategic Partnership’’ in 2000, Regular high level interactions have taken place in the recent past. 

Colonel Gen Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, Commander-in-Chief of Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) called on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Air Headquarters(Vayu Bhavan), and Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, today. 

Some of the major procurement contracts signed with Russia for the Indian Air Force in the last decade have been IJT Engines, MiG-29 Upgrades, Mi-17 V5 and Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH). Besides these, contracts for Joint Production of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and Multi Role Transport Aircraft have been signed. 

In the next three days, the Chief of RFAF Colonel General Nikolaevich Bondarev will be visiting the National Defence Academy followed by a visit to the Su-30 Squadron. The RFAF Chief is planned to visit the Air Force Academy (AFA) at Hyderabad to get a first hand account of the training being carried out on the PC-7 Simulator and the Virtual Tower Simulator. He would also be interacting with Instructors and trainees at AFA. 

This visit aims to enhance Air Force to Air Force ties between both the countries. This visit also coincides with the commencement of the Phase II of Avia Indra Exercise at Halwara (Punjab). 

Russian Airforce Delegation Arrives In India For Indo-Russian Exercise- 'Avia-Indra'

The Commander in Chief, Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF), Col. Gen. Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev reviewing the Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on November 17, 2014.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Chairman COSC, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha presenting a memento to the Commander in Chief of Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) Col. Gen. Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, in New Delhi on November 17, 2014.

An eighteen member Russian Air Force team arrived today at Air Force Station Halwara in Punjab to participate in Phase II of the Indo-Russian bilateral exercise "AVIA-INDRA". Phase I of the exercise was held at Russia for two weeks during August-September 2014.

The Russian delegation is headed by Major General Alexander N Lyapkin and consists of Fighter and Helicopter aircrew as well as Air Defence crew among other members. Russian team will be in India up to 28 November 2014.

During the exercise, Russian aircrew would be flying the Su-30 MKI, Mi-17 & Mi-35 aircraft with the IAF, at Air Force Station Halwara. The joint exercise will further strengthen the relations between the two Air Forces taking forward the India – Russia strategic partnership. Commencement of this exercise also coincides with the visit of Commander-in-Chief of Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF), Colonel General Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, who called on Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) today.

Austere Defence Minister !!

The newly appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, has gone one step ahead in austerity than Antony.

The day he was to land in Delhi, an entire entourage from Ministry of Defence, headed by Defence Secretary, was waiting for him at the airport, and for security reasons, had a special vehicle for Parrikar. Even before oath-taking, everyone knew what portfolio he would get, so MoD babus were there in full force.

Parrikar landed, came out of the airport, took an auto-rickshaw, and left for his Goa Sadan guesthouse, without bothering about the vehicles waiting there.

There is a joke in the services that he comes to office in his own old scooter!! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wreath Laying Ceremony At Teen Murti Memorial By Cavalry

A wreath laying ceremony was organised today at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officer’s Association to honour the sacrifice and contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I. Teen Murti memorial was instituted in memory of the Cavalry personel of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of Cavalry Regiments from the Indian States of Hyderabad, Mysore and Jodhpur and with detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1919 in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria. 

The memorial service included wreaths being placed by serving and retired officers of the Cavalry. Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Aditya Singh(Retd), President Cavalry Officers Association, pointed out the great contribution of the Indian Armoured Corps in protecting the Nation’s sovereignty. This is aptly reflected by the gallantry awards earned by the Corps since independence which includes Two Param Vir Chakras, 15 Mahavir Chakras, One Kirti Chakra, 60 Vir Chakras and 23 Shaurya Chakras. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nuclear-Capable Prithvi II Missile Successfully Test Fired

India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur as part of a user trial by Army.

Defence sources said the state-of-the-art missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads, was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range at about 10.40 hrs.

It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. Describing the trial as "fully successful," ITR director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command.

The sophisticated missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by SFC and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, defence sources said.

"The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha.

"The downrange teams onboard the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown," the sources said.

Prithvi II, which was inducted into the SFC in 2003, is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and is now a proven technology.

Friday's launch was part of a regular training exercise of SFC and was monitored by DRDO scientists, the sources said. Such training launches clearly indicate India's operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India's Strategic arsenal, the sources said.

The last user trials of Prithvi-II in 2014 were successfully carried out from the same base on January 7, 2014 and March 28, 2014, they added.

Indian army Chief Conferred Title Of Honorary Rank Of General Of Nepal Army

The Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh was conferred the title of Honorary Rank of General of Nepal Army by Hon’ble President Ram Baran Yadav, at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Sheetal Niwas in Kathmandu on 13 Nov. As part of a long-standing tradition between Nepal and India, both the countries confer the honorary title on each other’s army chiefs. The President also felicitated the COAS with the insignia of the Nepal Army. 

The Indian Army Chief also called on Hon’ble Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at his office at Singhdurbar. They discussed Nepal-India military cooperation and matters of mutual interest. The COAS praised the contributions made by Gorkha soldiers of Nepal in the Indian military service. 

The COAS visited the Mountain Warfare School and interacted with the Ex- Servicemen in Pokhara and also visited Headquarters Western Division on 14 Nov. 

General Dalbir Singh is in Nepal on a four-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, General Guarav Sumsher Rana.

French Naval Chief Meets IAF Chief

The Chief of Naval Staff, French Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel calling on the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, in New Delhi on November 14, 2014. 

First Stop Of New Defence Minister - His Own State, Visits Naval Air Station INS Hansa, Goa

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar inspecting the Guard of Honour, during his visit to the Naval Air Station INS Hansa, at Goa on November 14, 2014.

The FOC-in-C West, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra presenting a memento to the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar, during his visit to the Naval Air Station INS Hansa, at Goa on November 14, 2014.

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar being briefed by Capt. Theophilis, Commanding Officer INAS 303 about Mig 29K fighter aircraft, during his visit to the Naval Air Station INS Hansa, at Goa on November 14, 2014.

Shri Manohar Parrikar, honourable Defence Minister visited Naval Air Station INS Hansa at 1100 hrs on 14 nov 14. He was received by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding In Chief, Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral BS Parhar, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area. 

An impressive guard was paraded in honour of the Defence Minister of India. He was apprised of naval operations, progress and issues pertaining to coastal security and future development plans of Indian Navy at Goa by the Commander-in- Chief. 

On taking over as the 36th Defence Minister of the country, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar had said, he would maintain the fast pace of acquisition set in motion by the government for the defence forces while ensuring transparency at every stage. 

Before being inducted into the union council of ministers on Nov 09, 2014 Shri Manohar Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 and later from march 2012 to Nov 2014. He is the first IIT graduate to become a chief minister of any Indian state. 

Terminally Ill Boy Earns His Wings On Children's Day

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha meeting Chandan, the 14 year old terminally ill boy along with his father Shri Girish Mandal, the boy ‘earned’ his wings, at Air Force Station Ambala after having gone through ‘special training’ at the flight simulator followed by a ‘Familiarisation with the aircraft cockpit’, on November 13, 2014. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

India China Joint Army Training-Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 From 16 November 2014 At Pune

India China Joint Training-Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 to Commence from 16 November 2014 at Pune 

 In continuation of the series of Joint Exercises between India and China, the  Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 is all set to commence shortly at Aundh Camp, Pune on      16 Nov 14. This will be the fourth joint training exercise by the Indian Army with People’s Liberation Army of China. While the second edition of the exercise was held at Belgaum in 2008, it has been conducted twice in China in 2007 & 2013. 

The aim of the joint training is to share the drills and practices learnt while tackling insurgency and terrorism, thereby promoting healthy military to military relations between the two Armies and developing joint strategies of conducting operations in a counter terrorism environment. Forming part of the different levels of the military to military engagement across the entire spectrum of operations, this exercise will enrich the two contingents in further honing basic military skills.

The exercise is planned at the company level with respective battalion headquarters controlling the training. The training and manoeuvres, to be conducted at Aundh Military Cantonment, College of Military Engineering and firing ranges at Dighi, Pune are to be supervised by a Joint Directing Panel comprising senior officials of both the nations. Helicopters of Indian Air Force will also be taking active part in the various maneuvers planned in the exercise.

Senior military observers of both the countries will be attending the Opening Ceremony scheduled to be held at Aundh Military Station on 17 November 2014.

Military Nursing Service Graduation Ceremony

30 budding nursing students of College of Nursing attached to Army Hospital (R&R) adorn the uniform to begin their journey in the noble profession of Nursing. 

A special lamp lighting ceremony was heldhere today, in which the lit lamp was passed from AddlDGMNS Maj Gen Sunita Kapoor to Maj Gen SushilaShahi, PM AH(R&R) which in turn was passed from the teachersto the taught emphasizing that the passing of knowledge & soft skill from one generation to the next. 

Chief Guest for the ceremony, Lt Gen MK Unni, Commandant Army Hospital (R&R) gave away the prizes to the meritorious students. He stressed that the students should not only enhance their knowledge, skill and competence but also learn the techniques of soft skills. 

Maj Gen SushilaShahidelivered the Florence Nightingale pledge to the new entrants in this profession. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

'Defence Deals To Be Transparent, Faster' - New Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's First Day In Office

Shri Manohar Parrikar holding a meeting with the senior officials of the Ministry and Armed Forces after taking charge as new Defence Minister, in New Delhi on November 10, 2014. The Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, the Defence Secretary, Shri R.K. Mathur, the Secretary (Defence Production), Shri G Mohan Kumar, the Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Shri Prabhudayal Meena, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh are also seen. 
Shri Manohar Parrikar interacting with the media after taking charge as new Defence Minister, in New Delhi on November 10, 2014. The DG (Media & Communication), Ministry of Defence, Shri Sitanshu Kar is also seen