Monday, December 29, 2014

“Make in India” Concept Dominates Acquisition Plans of MoD In 2014 Defence Ministry YEAR END REVIEW - 2014

2014 will go down in the history of the Ministry of Defence as a momentous and memorable year- a year which witnessed the country’s security policies being bolstered, new ideas being infused for acquisition and the much needed momentum being provided for the modernisation process of the Armed Forces. Three Defence Ministers- Shri AK Antony, Shri Arun Jaitley and the incumbent, Shri Manohar Parrikar led the Ministry in succession during the year.

“Make in India” became the buzzword in the corridors of MoD. The Defence Acquisition Council, the apex decision-making body of the Ministry,   triggered a scorching pace of acquisition by clearing proposals worth over Rs 1.50 lakh crores for the Services this year alone. Many of the equipment and platforms, cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council, will be manufactured in the country, either by the public or private sector entities, through collaborations and tie-ups with foreign manufacturing companies. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Defence Sector was encouraged by liberalising some of the policies.

One of the heartening feature of the year was the opening of the much awaited Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) – the nodal centre of the National Command Control Communications and Intelligence Network, a symbol of the paradigmatic change in our outlook towards coastal security, in the wake of the barbaric 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai in 2008.

It was also the year when Jammu & Kashmir, especially capital Srinagar, experienced hitherto unknown magnitude of flash floods. Although the Armed Forces and their families stationed in the valley were severely affected, the brave officers and men put behind their woes and carried out rescue and relief operations on a war footing, thereby, endearing themselves to the people of the state and the nation as a whole.


For speedy indigenization, the Government increased the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit from 26% to 49% through approval route. Above 49%, the proposal will go to Cabinet Committee on Security on case to case basis. The Government also lifted an earlier three year lock-in period for foreign investment in Defence sector.

Defence products list for the purpose of industrial licensing has been revised and the revised list has been notified vide Press Note no. 3(2014) dated 26/6/14 by DIPP. In the revised list most of the components/parts/raw materials, castings, forgings, production machinery, testing equipment etc. have been taken out of purview of industrial licensing. Besides, dual use items other than those specifically mentioned in the list would not require industrial license from defence angle. This will reduce the license requirement for many items, which were earlier required industrial license for manufacturing.

In order to give a boost to private sector participation in defence production, the Government has decided to replace the present fleet of 56 AVRO Transport of IAF by reserving the project for the private sector only.

The DAC also decided that all the 384 light-utility helicopters needed by the Army and Air Force to replace the existing Cheetah/Chetak fleets will be made in India with foreign collaboration.

What is more, in a landmark decision on 25 October 2014, the DAC cleared projects worth over Rs 80,000 crores. It was decided to build six submarines in India at a cost of about Rs. 50,000 crore and to purchase over 8,000 Israeli antitank guided missiles and 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft. Of the Rs. 80,000 crores, more than Rs. 65,000 crores is Make in India or Buy & Make.

For speeding up modernisation programmes, the Government has made a special allocation of Rs. 5000 crores in the current Union Budget. And to encourage research and development of new Defence systems that enhance cutting-edge technology capability in the country, the Government has allocated Rs 100 Crores to set up a Technology Development Board.


The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) decided that the acquisition of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the US will continue. The DAC cleared the revised offset proposals submitted by US Aviation major, Boeing, in this regard.

The Government approved the Navy’s proposal to buy 16 multi-role helicopters, which fly from warships and detect enemy submarines. The Defence Acquisition Council also approved the purchase of Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Suites (torpedo decoys and active towed array sonars) to be fitted on seven stealth frigates and four destroyers, which are to be built in India.

The DAC on 17 December 2014 approved proposals for Rs. 4,444 crore, including the purchase of four survey vessels at Rs. 2,324 crore. It also cleared the upgradation of the Mobile Integrated Electronic Warfare System, Samyukta, at a cost of Rs. 1,682 crore.

The Government also cleared a Rs. 900 crore dedicated mobile communications system for army troops deployed in Ladakh and the Eastern Command.


The Government allocated Rs. 1000 crore in this year’s budget for accelerating the development of railway system in border areas. This will facilitate quick mobilisation of troops and weapon systems in border areas and also expedite the modernisation process.

The Government also plans to embark on a major road building exercise to counter security threats both along the China borders as well as in Maoist-affected areas within the country. In order to facilitate this, government relaxed the environment norms to a great extent. Also more financial and operational powers have been delegated to DG, BRO and his officers for faster implementation of the projects. The Border Roads Organisation is developing roads along the 4056 Kms China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Jammu & Kashmir, including widening of some existing roads.


The year saw capacity building in the existing and new strategic areas which includes beginning of sea-trials of indigenously built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant and the much awaited test flying of LCA (Navy) prototype-I. The LCA programme witnessed yet another milestone on 8th November 2014 when Tejas trainer PV6, the two-seater version of Tejas LCA for Air Force, in its first flight took to the skies and became the 16th Tejas variant to have flown as part of the programme. Having absorbed all the major design modifications undertaken during the flights of earlier aircraft, PV6 is the final prototype leading to series of production of trainer and has the capability to deliver all ‘air-to-air’ and ‘air-to-ground’ weapons deliverable by the single seat counterpart.

In another landmark event, LCA (Navy) Prototype 1 (NP1), the first indigenously designed and developed 4th plus generation combat aircraft designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers, took-off majestically from Ski-Jump facility of Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa on 20th December 2014. The SBTF created to replicate the aircraft carrier with a Ski Jump for take-off and arresting gear cable for arrested landing, became operational for R&D as well as pilot training.

The Indian Navy has been a leader in the Nation’s quest to promote self-reliance and indigenisation. INS Kolkata, an indigenous destroyer built at Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai, the biggest warship ever to be built in India to date, was commissioned by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 16 August, 2014 which will usher new capability into the Indian Navy. INS Kamorta, an ASW corvette built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata, was commissioned on 23 August, 2014. In addition, Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumitra built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), was commissioned on 04 September, 2014. Other major warship construction programmes include six destroyers of P15A and P15B class and six submarines of P75 class at Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai. Fifteen other ships are under construction at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata. The third Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumedha was commissioned at Goa on 06 March, 2014. INS Sumedha is 200th ship indigenously built by GSL. GSL is the only yard which has delivered four classes of OPVs to both Navy and Coast Guard. INS `Sumedha` is the third of the new 105 meter class of NOPV and the largest ship constructed by GSL for the Indian Navy. This state-of-the-art ship will help meet the increasing requirement of the Indian Navy for undertaking ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations in order to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty.

Induction of the nuclear submarine INS Chakra on lease from Russia has heralded an important chapter in the history of Indian Navy. In addition, INS Vikramaditya, including its Mig 29K integral fighter aircraft has been inducted into the Navy. Maritime Surveillance Capability of the Navy has been bolstered with the recent induction of Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P81.

Indian Navy’s ability to communicate with deployed ships and submarines on an uninterrupted basis throughout the year got a shot in the arm when a new state of the art “Very Low Frequency (VLF) Transmitting Station” was inaugurated on 31 July, 2014 at INS Kattaboman, Tirunelvelli, Tamil Nadu. India is among a handful of nations in the world that has such a capability.

Two Advanced Early Warning and Combat (AEW&C) aircraft having  fitted with the indigenous radars and other equipment such as data links, mission system controller, data handling and display system have been flying. A wheeled version of Nishant UAV named “Panchi” has been realized and had performed its maiden flight on 24th December 2014 after series of high speed taxi trials. An expandable 450 Kg thrust class Gas Turbine engine ‘Manik’ was developed for 1000 km class subsonic cruise missile and is undergoing endurance tests.


Successful test trials of surface-to-air Akash missile and induction of its Air Force version into IAF, successful launching of 5000 Km range Agni-5, long range cruise missile Nirbhay, user trials of  Prithvi-II, supersonic BrahMos and beyond visual range missile Astra were the hallmarks of this year’s achievement.


Indian Air Force is now on a high trajectory of modernisation and in transforming with full spectrum capability. While induction of C -130J and C-17 has given the Force the long desire strategic and special operations capability, the induction of a fairly large MI-17V5 helicopter fleet has filled the gap in the medium heli-lift capability. The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) developed by HAL is also on the anvil. The IAF is likely to induct one squadron of limited series production version of this platform very soon.

The air defence system in IAF is in the process of transformation to state-of-the-art Network Centric System. All ground based and airborne sensors are being networked to provide a composite picture of the entire airspace. IAF has successfully inducted the Rohini Radars, modern generation Medium Power Radars and Low Level Transportable Radars. Mountain Radars are planned to boost our capability in the north and north eastern regions.


The year also saw spectacular progress in strengthening coastal security network with the successful commissioning of Information Management & Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurgaon.

Set up by BEL with American software, IMAC will be the nodal centre of the National Command Control Communications and Intelligence Network (NC3I Network), with the aim of improving coastal surveillance and tightening coastal security so as to pre-empt/prevent sea-borne terrorist attacks like 26/11 on Mumbai.

The Government’s decision to allocate a sum of Rs. 150 crore for construction of marine police stations and jetties along the vast coast lines is also a positive step in this direction.


Welfare and all round well -being of ex-servicemen and war widows have been the cornerstone of our rehabilitation policy since independence.

Acceding to the long pending demand of One Rank One Pension for retired defence personnel, the Government has, in principle, decided to implement it in the current financial year itself. Accordingly a sum of Rs. 1000 crore has been allocated in the Union Budget 2014-15.

The modalities for its implementation were recently discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under active consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

Campaigns to implement Aadhar based Life Certificate for defence pensioners have been carried out on pilot basis at two locations, namely, Chandi Mandir near Chandigarh and Delhi Cantonment from 26 to 29 November, 2014. The response of Ex-Servicemen during the pilot project was encouraging and a total of 2605 Life Certificates were generated during that period. Further, all the Services have been instructed to launch Aadhaar Card Registration Campaign throughout the country especially at such locations where number of ex-servicemen is large.

The Indian Army  launched the Army Veteran Grievance Handling Portal in Delhi on 05 June, 2014. It has also formally opened a separate Directorate for veterans in August 2014.

The Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated 80 new residential houses under Married Accommodation Project (MAP) for naval sailors at Palam on 15 August, 2014.

Indian Air Force organised a big placement fair for air veterans on 13 November, 2014 at Delhi which was attended by a number of MNCs and Indian Defence Manufacturing and Security Organisations.



Floods in J&K

The year saw unprecedented floods in Jammu & Kashmir in the month of September which submerged the entire Kashmir valley under 15 to 20 ft deep water in some areas for almost three weeks resulting in widespread loss of human lives and public property. As the devastating floods threw the entire public life out of control, acting upon the request of the state Government, the Indian Armed Forces with NDRF launched a joint-rescue & relief operation, which witnessed the involvement of nearly 330 Army columns in rescuing the marooned people to safer areas. The Army through its “Operations Sahayata” pressed into service innumerable Army speed boats and inflatable rafts and rescued nearly 2.4 lakh people. Indian Air Force also chipped-in through its ‘Operation Leher’ wherein they pressed into service 79 helicopters & aircraft and winched up 360 victims and later relocated them to safer areas. In some cases ‘Garudas’ dismantled the roofs and evacuated the people trapped in the top floors of their houses. Helicopters operating from six centres including Srinagar launched this rescue operations while relief materials from various parts of the country were airlifted to Srinagar, Jammu, Awantipur and other affected areas which included blankets, tents, medical supplies, readymade foods, drinking water, communication equipment etc.

Forest Fire

The IAF engaged some MI-17 V5 helicopters to douse a massive forest fire that originated near Visakhapatnam city on 07 November, 2014. It managed to control the situation by launching a sustained fire fighting operation.  

Cyclone ‘Hudhud’

The Armed Forces’ laudable role and conduct of swift rescue and relief operations to minimise the effects of cyclone ‘Hudhud’ which struck Andhra and Odisha coast on 12 October, 2014 also came for universal praise and commendation from all quarters.


The sudden and unprovoked attacks from the Pakistan side in the guise of armed infiltration in the Line of Control in Samba and later in Arnia & Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir brought disquiet into the region as it resulted in civil casualties and martyrdom of some of our brave hearts. Though our soldiers retaliated these recurrent attacks with full force at their command, yet there was no stopping of ceasefire violations from the Pakistan side. This year, it seemed, the attacks were timed to derail the smooth and peaceful assembly polls in J&K, where people of the State came forward in large numbers to exercise their right to franchise.

The situation on the India- China border remained mostly peaceful with the Armed Forces keeping a constant watch on all developments having bearing on India’s security and took necessary measures to safeguard it.


The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) continued on the path of building self-reliance. The production value of DRDO developed systems inducted or cleared for acquisition (excluding strategic systems) crossed Rs 1,70,000 crores. The year 2014 witnessed yet another series of accomplishments with enormous potential to further enhance the level of self-reliance in defence technologies.

The 4,000 km range road mobile ballistic missile AGNI-4, was successfully flight tested twice. Among the development flights, the flight test on 20 January 2014  paved the way for flight test on 02 December, 2014 by the armed forces. Agni 4 is equipped with the state-of-the-art avionics, 5th Generation On board Computer and Distributed Architecture. It is also  equipped with the latest features to correct and guide it for inflight disturbances. With Agni 1, 2, 3 and Prithvi already in India’s arsenal, Agni 4 further extends the reach and enhances effective deterrence capability. Besides, practice cum training launches of strategic missiles which are already inducted, such as Agni-1, Agni-2, P-II and Dhanush were carried out by the armed forces.

Nirbhay, the 1000 km class long range sub-sonic cruise missile was successfully flight tested on 17 October, 2014. The flight lasted over one hour and met all the mission objectives with the missile following the predefined trajectory with very high accuracy throughout its path. The maiden flight of PDV exo-atmospheric interceptor on 27 April 2014 was a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two layered Ballistic Missile Defence System. In addition to the interceptor itself, the two stage target for mimicking a "hostile Ballistic Missile approaching from more than 2000 km away" too was specially developed for the mission.

Productionisation and induction of Akash, the medium range air defence system with multi-target, multi directional capability was another remarkable achievement. Several squadrons of Akash (Air Force) have been inducted, with specified number of missiles from each production lot undergoing comprehensive flight tests in various operational modes before acceptance of the lot.  Akash (Army) has been accepted and is undergoing its induction process. LRSAM, the Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile was successfully tested against a flying target in Israel on 10 November 2014. Successful trials of Helina, a “Lock-On Before Launch (Fire & Forget)” third generation Anti-tank Guided missile that can attack in both direct and top attack mode was integrated with Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). The missile with capability to defeat futuristic armors underwent successful field trials on 27 June 2014. ASTRA-BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Air-to-Air missile was successfully tested from a Su-30 MKI by the Indian Air Force, demonstrating interception of an electronically simulated target at long range. The series of tests conducted have demonstrated the aerodynamic characteristics of the missiles and its repeatability, robustness and endurance capability as a weapon system. A 1,000 kg class Guided Glide Bomb was designed, developed and successfully tested. The bomb, after getting released by the aircraft and guided by onboard navigation system is capable of gliding accurately to its target even 100 km away. Over thirty missions such as launches of strategic and tactical guided missiles kept the Integrated Test Range, the only one in the country, heavily engaged with activities throughout the year.

A four km long Rail Track Rocket Sled (RTRS) Penta Rail Supersonic Track, a national test facility was established and made operational, bringing India among a handful of countries in the world now possessing this unique test facility. The RTRS will facilitate testing and evaluation of a wide range of critical systems such as payload for manned missions of ISRO, the navigation system for missiles and aircrafts, proximity fuses for advanced warheads, fuses for armament systems parachutes for payload delivery and arrester systems for aircraft such as LCA.

An Advanced Parachute System meeting stringent requirements of Human Space Program (HSP-II) was designed, developed and successfully evaluated by DRDO. The system developed for India’s manned space missions was successfully proven with the recovery of Moon Mission Crew Capsule flown into space by the GSLV Mk-III on 18 December 2014. The parachute deployment system functioned perfectly and achieved the required descent rate. A Heavy Drop System (P-16) for dropping from IL 76 heavy lift aircraft was developed and is undergoing user assisted trials. The system consisting of a platform system suitably designed for harnessing and mounting of variety of payloads of 16 tones class and a highly advanced parachute system to drop loads. The load typically consists of military stores such as vehicles (including BMP class), supplies and ammunition. The first indigenously designed and developed Inflatable Radom to serve as a shelter to provide controlled environment for effective and continuous 24x7 functioning of sensitive systems such as RADARs for civil and military applications was installed. The inflatable structure consists of hemispherical envelope of coated fabrics with airlock tunnel, centrifugal air blowers, packaged air conditioners, electrical control system and emergency generator. 

Phase-IV of user trials of Arjun Main Battle Tank Mk-II, that included trench crossing and step climbing capabilities, were successfully completed. Development of Arjun Catapult 130mm Self-Propelled Artillery Gun, a blend of 130 mm SP Art Gun with Arjun chassis has been completed as per GSQR. DRDO internal trial validation has been completed and the Arjun Catapult is ready for user trials. User demo trials of Pinaka Mk- II rockets with enhanced range were successfully conducted.

Successful User Assisted Technical Trials (UATT) of CBRN Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and Multi-Purpose Decontamination System (MPDS) were carried out. User and DGQA trials of BMCS (Bi-Modular Charge System) using both Soltam and Bofors guns were completed and the trials included validation of manufacturing process. Dynamic trials of 120mm Penetration-cum-Blast (PCB) ammunition for MBT Arjun Mk II were conducted successfully.

A man-portable modular military bridging system suitable for rapid deployment in mountainous regions and capable of bridging gaps up to 35m successfully completed user assisted technical trials. The modules weighing less than 18 kg each allow the bridge to be constructed from near-bank without any access to far-bank. A 35m bridge can be launched in about one hour.

 “NABHRATHNA”, a Flying Test Bed (FTB) based on a Dornier aircraft acquired from HAL was realized. The FTB serves as a test bed platform for evaluation of airborne Radars. FTB sorties with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar (MPAR) have been taken up successfully.

Dhruva-3, the latest in a series of indigenous High Performance Computing Systems designed for solving mission critical Defence R&D applications and one of the fastest computing facilities in the country became operational.

ALTAS was realized with establishment of Towed array SONAR technology with 100% indigenous capabilities with two production centres. The system is designed to detect and identify submarines and underwater weapons. First technical trial on ALTAS has been conducted with satisfactory results. ABHAY and HUMSA-UG compact sonars, ideal for fitment on smaller platforms for surveillance purposes and having advantages of reduced installation and maintenance load on the technical personnel were installed on two platforms and are undergoing technical trials. The hull mounted sonar HUMSA-NG has been installed onboard INS Kolkata and INS Komorta. Varunastra, the heavy weight torpedo and Maareech, the decoy system for defence against torpedo attacks successfully completed 10 and 12 sets of user evaluation trials respectively.

The life sciences labs of DRDO continued its efforts with full vigour to develop soldier support systems and processes to help the soldiers perform effectively in diverse and harsh terrain and climatic conditions in the country.  Submarine Escape Set 120 M to assist safe escape from underwater vessels from depths up to 120m is undergoing trials. Mark I version is already in production. ‘Telemedicine System’ has been accepted for induction in Indian Navy. The system capable of exchange of vital medical information and advice in a secure manner through multiple channels (including Satcom) will be installed in various Indian Navy ships as well as remote naval units.

Operation Hand-in-Hand

The 4th India-China Joint Training Exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand -2014’ culminated on 25 November 2014 after a joint tactical exercise near Pune. This 12-day joint training included understanding of trans-national terrorism, developing inter-operability and conduct of a joint tactical operation controlled by a joint command post. The aim of the exercise was to acquaint both the armies with each other’s operating procedure in the backdrop of counter-terrorism environment.

Exercise Yudh- Abhyas

The Indo-US Combined Military Training Exercise “Yudh Abhyas- 2014”, which commenced on 17 September, 2014 at Ranikhet and Chaubattia, concluded on 30 September, 2014. The focus of the exercise was to carryout Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist Operations in mountainous terrain under United Nations (UN) Charter.  The exercise brought troops together of a mountain brigade of Indian Army and Company and brigade headquarters of the US Army. The exercise was the 10th in Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Programme.

Exercise Garuda V

The fifth edition of Indo-French joint Air Exercise “Garuda V” began at Air Force Station Jodhpur on 02 June, 2014 and concluded on 13 June, 2014.

Exercise Avia Indra

Indo-Russia Joint Air Force Exercise ‘Avia Indra – 2014’, Phase – I commenced at Astrakhan, Russia in fourth week of August 2014. The Phase – II of the exercise was conducted at Air Force Station, Halwara, Punjab in November 2014.

SIMBEX - 2014

The 2014 edition of the ‘SIMBEX-14’ series of annual bilateral naval exercises between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), was conducted in the Andaman Sea from 22 May to 28 May 2014. 

Exercise Komodo

The Indian Navy participated in the multilateral, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) exercise, dubbed “Komodo -2014”, which was held at Indonesia from 28 March to 03 April 2014. The exercise was conducted at Batam Bay, Natuna Islands and Anambas Islands. The exercise involved participants from Indonesia, the US, China, Russia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Laos.


The Indian Navy’s major annual exercise ‘TROPEX’ (Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise) concluded on 28 February 2014. The exercise involved large scale naval manoeuvres in all three dimensions viz. surface, air and underwater, across the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.  The exercise also provided the Indian Navy with an opportunity to validate its network centric warfare capabilities, with effective utilisation of the recently launched Indian Navy’s Satellite, GSAT.

Covering a distance of over five thousand nautical miles, Indian Naval ship Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate reached at Pearl Harbour, USA on 01 July, 2014 to participate in the multilateral maritime exercise called RIMPAC (Rim of Pacific). The exercise was concluded on 02 August,2014. INS Sahyadri’s participation in the RIMPAC-14 reinforced naval ties with USA and other participating countries. It also contributed immensely towards enhancing interoperability with friendly Navies.

INS Shivalik was deployed for participation in International Fleet Review and Multilateral Maritime Exercise at Qingdao, China from 20-25 April, 2014. Though the IFR was cancelled in view of the Search and Rescue mission for the missing Malaysian Airplane Flight MH370, the Multilateral Maritime Exercise was conducted as scheduled on 23-24 April, 2014. Ships from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei participated in the exercise.

Exercise INDRA

Ships of the eastern fleet of the Indian Navy, viz. Shivalik, Ranvijay and Shakti reached at Vladivostok, Russia to participate in the joint Indo-Russia Naval Exercise- “INDRA-2014”. In the exercise the Russian Navy was represented by guided missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, large landing craft Peresvet along with supply vessels. Air assets of the Russian Pacific fleet and Indian Navy were also actively involved in the exercise. The six day long exercise comprising harbour and sea phases helped in strengthening the friendly relations between the navies of the two countries.

Exercise MALABAR

Exercise Malabar is a complex high end operational exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2014 was the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to enhance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. It featured both ashore and at sea training. During the ashore training at Port Sasebo, Japan from July 24-26, 2014 the interactions included 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 operations. This exercise helped Indian, Japanese and US navies to have a common understanding and knowledge of a shared working environment at sea.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, embarked on the newly inducted India’s largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, off the coast of Goa, on 13 June 2014, which incidentally was his first visit to an operational military formation after assuming office as the Prime Minister. He dedicated the aircraft carrier to the Nation.

DEFEXPO – 2014

The eighth edition of International Land, Naval and International Security Systems Exhibition started on 06 February 2014 at New Delhi. The exhibition saw the participation of 624 companies from 30 countries. It was concluded on 10 February 2014.


Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Abhiraj was commissioned at Tuticorin on 02 September, 2014 which will strengthen our Coastal Surveillance initiatives.

As a gesture of good bilateral relations between the Coast Guards of India and Seychelles, India handed over one Fast Attack Craft INS Tarasa to Seychelles Coast Guard on 06 November 2014 and it was renamed as PS Constant by Seychelles Coast Guard.

During the year Indian Navy Warships, INS Sahyadri, INS Shivalik, INS Teg, INS Ranvijay and INS Satpura, on request from friendly foreign countries, visited different ports of China, Australia, South Africa, Mozambique, Bahrain, UAE, Russia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Bangladesh at different times which greatly helped in cementing the bond of friendship with foreign countries. It also displayed our projection of force in foreign shores, thereby, strengthening the much needed defence diplomacy. 


Responding to the Prime Minister’s clarion call to the people of India to realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of “Swachh Bharat” (Clean India) by 2nd October 2019, Ministry of Defence has undertaken in right earnest an intensive national cleanliness campaign w.e.f. 25th September 2014.  Directorate of Defence Estates, Ministry of Defence has prepared an elaborate plan to implement, “Clean India - Clean Cantonments” programme. The mission will comprise a collective and sustained effort to clean our homes, workplaces, streets, roads, pavements, schools, hospitals, markets and all other public places within our purview and keeping them clean for all times to come.  For this Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) had directed all Defence Estate Officers and Cantonment Boards to undertake “Swachh Shapath” drive from October 02, 2014 onwards, involving all officers and staff in Directorates as well as offices of DEO’s.  The DGDE has accordingly prepared an action plan for each Command Directorate and offices under it for a period of five years where a systemic cleanliness drive has been undertaken by a Corps of Swachh Bharat Volunteers. This Corps of volunteers will be tasked to create mass awareness about how to develop clean habits and keep our surroundings neat and clean. Since Clean India-Clean Cantonments campaign cannot be successful without public participation, the action plan for the same has devised a number of steps to make it happen in a coordinated manner.


Services contribution in putting India in the sports map of the world can never be ignored. Sportsmen from services have always brought laurels for the country. In the recently held Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, India bagged 57 medals which include 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze. Out of this sportsmen from Indian Armed Forces got 18 medals. In the Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 03 August, 2014, Services sportsmen bagged 08 medals which include 02 gold, and 05 silver out of the country’s medal tally which stood at 64.


The famous Corps of Signals Dare Devils Team once again did the Army and the Nation proud when it added yet another feather to its cap by establishing a new world record of performing maximum number of Yoga Asans on a moving motorcycle. This is the eight Guinness World Record title being conferred on the Dare Devils Team by the Guinness Book of Records.


The Government has decided to build a National War Memorial to honour Defence Forces’ personnel who were martyred in wars after Independence in 1947. A War Museum will also be constructed. Rs. 200 crore has been allocated in the Defence Service Estimates for the year 2014-15 for this purpose.


Digitization of records in History Division, Ministry of Defence is in progress. The work is likely to be completed by December, 2016. Likewise digitization of files/records relating to Defence land is also in progress and the same is likely to be completed by March, 2015.


An on-line system, e-Samiksha for monitoring of follow-up action on the decisions taken during the presentations made by different Ministries/Departments to the Prime Minister, decisions taken during Committee of Secretaries meetings, Center-State coordination issues, progress of Court cases pending before various Courts/Tribunals in which Cabinet Secretary is a respondent either directly or in the form of a pro-forma party etc. has been launched by Cabinet Secretariat. The same is being monitored regularly for issues related to this Ministry.

Tribute Paid To Heroes Of Battle Of Nagi On 43rd Sand Dune Day (27-28 Dec 2014)

The battlefield of 1971 and the action at Nagi Sand Dune came alive in Sriganganagar District when veterans, serving soldiers as well as local populace stood today at the very sand dune, that 43 years ago saw and felt the roars of war. The nefarious act of Pakistan Army who captured Indian territory in village Nagi ten days after the ceasefire of 1971 war was put to naught by the brave action of soldiers of Indian Army who reclaimed the post. 

To commemorate the occasion a number of events were held at Sriganganagar Military Station and Nagi Memorial on 27-28 December 14 by Amogh Division. Wreath laying ceremony was held at Shaurya Sthal on 27 Dec 14 and a Sand Art show was organised at Sriganganagar Cantonment which depicted the heroism of the martyrs of 4 PARA Battalion and 9 PARA Field Regiment. On 28 Dec 14, a Para Motor display and wreath laying ceremony was held at the War memorial at Nagi. It was followed by interaction with veterans and civilians of Nagi village present during the war. 

In addition to other military dignitaries, the event was also graced by Major General TS Handa (Retd) of 4 PARA Battalion, Col Ranjeet Singh of 9 PARA Field Regiment and Lt Col Shailesh Bansal of 410 Field Company representing the units of the Parachute Brigade which launched the operation on 28 Dec 1971. During the functions, the war veterans were felicitated by General Officer Commanding, Chetak Corps, Lt Gen PM Hariz. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Book Release By IAF Chief On Tenth Anniversary Of Tsunami

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha addressing at the release of a book titled ‘A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea’ written by Air Commodore Nitin Sathe, in New Delhi on December 26, 2014.

Book Release by Chief of Air Staff on Tenth Anniversary of Tsunami

In a book release function organized at the Air Headquarters today on the tenth anniversary of the infamous tsunami of 2004, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha released ‘A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea’ – a book penned by Air Commodore Nitin Sathe. The book is a recollection of memoirs of the author who, as a Wing Commander, was posted to Air Force Station Carnicobar following the tsunami. Amongst other dignitaries who attended the function was Air Cmde BS Krishna Kumar, who, as a Wing Commander had been posted in as Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit at Carnicobar, just about seven weeks prior to the horrific event.

When the earthquake struck, little did people of Carnicobar realize that they would soon be facing the wrath of the seas. People ran out of their houses in their night suits and those were the clothes that many were finally left with- rest of their belongings having been consumed by the sea. Dressed only in his pyjamas and vest, then Wing Commander BS Krishna Kumar took off in his helicopter and rescued about 300 people on 26 Dec 2004. Air Cmde BS Krishna Kumar quoted from the diary of a survivor: “The wail of the grieved ones was strong enough to rip apart the strongest of hearts while the joy of people reuniting with their families was also beyond imagination. The ones who wept did not do so for (loss of) their homes or belongings and the ones who rejoiced did so inspite of it.”

Following the tsunami, Indian Air Force posted 11 officers and a bunch of dedicated men, including Wg Cdr N Sathe who had volunteered to go there, to take charge of bringing up the operational fitness of the Air Force base within 100 days. In his book the author has provided detailed accounts of heroism and leadership on the part of men of his own team as well as ones that arrived later on and how all teams worked together towards the deadline of 100 days to make Carnic operational.

Speaking at the function, the Air Chief lauded the efforts of the transport and helicopter fleets employed in the rescue and relief operations at Carnic. He said that the Air Force has contingency plans in place to deal with any such situation/ calamity in the future. He said,”Rest assured any time such a contingency comes up the Indian Air Force will always look after its people and also the people of the Nation. We are a very specialized service and very proud as professionals to say that we are exclusive by our profession but are totally inclusive in serving the Nation.”

Sunday, December 21, 2014

LCA Tejas Navy Successfully Ski-Jumps From Shore-Based Test Facility

Small Leap for LCA (Navy) – A Giant Leap for Indian Naval Aviation 

It was a defining moment when LCA (Navy) Prototype 1 (NP1), the first indigenously designed and developed 4th plus generation combat aircraft designed to operate from the decks of air-craft carriers, took-off majestically from Ski-Jump facility of Shore Based Test Facility at INS Hansa in Goa yesterday. Piloted by Commodore Jaideep Maolankar, the Chief Test Pilot of National Flight Test Centre, the aircraft had a perfect flight with results matching the predicted ones to the letter. The launch was orchestrated by the Test Director Cdr J D Raturi and Safety Pilot CaptShivnathDahiya supported by GpCapt AnoopKabadwal, GpCapt RR Tyagi and Lt CdrVivek Pandey. The readiness and availability of aircraft for the event was made possible through the relentless effort of HAL, ARDC under the aegis of Mr P S Roy the Executive Director. 

DrAvinashChander, SA to RM, Secretary DDR&D DG DRDO congratulated the LCA Navy program team and said, "With today's copybook flight of LCA-Navy from the land based ski-jump facility we see our own indigenous combat aircrafts soon flying from the decks of our aircraft carriers.” Congratulating the team DrTamilmani, DS & DG Aeronautics, said “A complex task of Ski Jump of NP1 Executed beautifully”. 

LCA (Navy) is designed with stronger landing gears to absorb forces exerted by the ski jump ramp during take-off, to be airborne within 200 m as against 1000m required for normal runways. It’s special flight control law mode allows hands-free take-off relieving the pilot workload, as the aircraft leaps from the ramp and automatically puts the aircraft in an ascending trajectory. The maiden successful, picture perfect launch of NP1 from ski jump at Shore Based Test Facility at Goa is a testimony to the tremendous efforts put in by scientists and engineers to design the Naval aircraft, its simulator (that helps pilots to know well in advance how the aircraft will behave on ski jump) and the flight test team that timed the whole event to near perfection. It can be stated with conviction “The indigenous Indian Naval Carrier Borne Aviation program has been launched, literally from the Ski-Jump” 

The LCA Navy program team of ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) is jubilant on achieving the remarkable feat that is the culmination of several years of design, flight test, simulation and management effort with significant contributions from a number of DRDO laboratories. The teams were ably supported by the certification agency, CEMILAC and the quality assurance agency, CRI (LCA). INS Hansa, the Naval Air Station played the perfect host to achieve this significant milestone. The design teams guided by Program Director ADA Shri P S Subramanyam have ensured that all systems meet the stringent requirements of Carrier borne aircraft. Cmde C D Balaji (Retd) as Project Director LCA (Navy) and it’s Chief Designer has been at the helm of affairs right from the concept phase. The team led by Dr Amitabh Saraf indigenously achieved the flight control laws that take care of the problems encountered by a fly by wire aircraft undertaking a Ski Jump Launch. 

The Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) has been created to replicate the aircraft carrier with a Ski Jump for take-off and arresting gear cable for arrested landing; by ADA with the participation of the Indian Navy, Goa shipyard, CCE (R&D) West, Pune, R&D Engg (E) Pune and the Russian agencies providing the design support and specialized equipment. 

Role Of IAF During Assembly Elections In J&K

From braving bullets in the Maoist infested Chhattisgarh, the IAF helicopters played a key role in facilitating the democratic process during the J&K elections. Western Air Command pressed its helicopter fleet into action from 25 November in aid of the J&K election undertaking nearly 300 sorties in over 160 hours. Acceding to request of the Election Commission to fly electoral officers, security personnel & EVMs to far flung & remote regions and back, IAF helicopters have operated to over 25 helipads at altitudes ranging from 6000 feet to 14000 feet above mean sea level.

The Assembly elections were planned in five phases. The first phase was conducted on 25 November while the last phase was on 20 December. The state comprises of high mountainous terrain that poses difficulty for the authorities while conducting polls. IAF plays a major role in reaching these far flung and inaccessible areas. Taking EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines), electoral staff and also transporting the security forces, in time, is a herculean challenge that is overcome by employing the IAF transport and helicopter fleet. Helicopters were utilised for inducting and de-inducting personnel and equipment during the conduct of polls at remote locations at Inshan, Nawapanchi and Sondar, Kargil and the high altitude and remote locations in Zanskar and Laddakh ranges.

The IAF Mi 17V5, ALH and Cheetah helicopters were engaged in this task.  For aircrew who undertook these flights, the task provided an opportunity to hone their flying skills. These missions were planned well in advance and pose a lesser challenge than the rescue and relief missions undertaken barely a weeks before the election in the same region. One junior pilot remarked “election task provided us with an opportunity to observe the valleys and the lay of the land which we generally miss out during high pressure tasks that we undertake otherwise”.

Planning, coordination and execution of the election task, spread over five weeks, was undertaken by Advance HQ, AOC J&K “ The planning and execution was flawless and without any hiccups”, remarked a senior officer of HQ WAC who coordinates helicopter operations.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mauritius Gets Offshore Patrol Vessel Built By Indian PSU

The Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) and Defence, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh at the handing over ceremony of the Mauritius Offshore Patrol Vessel (MOPV) “Barracuda” built by the Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) to the Government of Mauritius, in Kolkata on December 20, 2014. The High Commissioner of Mauritius, Dr. Arya Kumar Jagessur, the Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE Ltd., Rear Admiral A.K. Verma, VSM, IN (Retd.), Commanding Officer of the Ship Cdr Rajneesh Dalal are also seen.

Passing Out parade At INS Rajali

An impressive passing out parade was held here today to mark the graduation of the 83rd Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station, INS Rajali, Arakkonam wherein 08 Naval and 02 Coast Guard Pilots were awarded “Wings” by Vice Admiral RK Patnaik, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. The pilots underwent rigorous training for 22 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School, Indian Naval Air Squadron 651 (HTS). The school has graduated 616 pilots for the India Navay and Coast Guard till date and is commanded by Commander Paul Mathew. Helicopter Training School was based at Kochi till 1992 and thereafter shifted to INS Rajali at Arakkonam which is the largest operational Air Base of the Navy. The school has recently obtained ISO 9001:2008 certification and has also been awarded the “Best Training Squadron” trophy for the year 2013-14. Incidentally, this is the second trophy to be awarded to the squadron in successive years. The squadron was also awarded the “Best Naval Air Squadron” trophy for the previous Financial Year 2012-13 for first time in its history of 42 years. The base is commanded by Commodore Puneet Kumar Bahl.
The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot has been awarded to Sub Lieutenant Himanshu Kukreja. The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying has been awarded to Sub Lieutenant Prafful Kishor Itape. A book prize for standing first in ground subject was awarded to Sub Lieutenant Himanshu Kukreja.
The graduated pilots would be joining operational flights at Mumbai, Port Blair, Goa, Kochi, Vizag, Daman and Chennai

Thursday, December 18, 2014

IAF Leadership Seminar 2014

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha delivering his inaugural address at the Indian Air Force Leadership Seminar- 2014, at Air Force Auditorium, in New Delhi on December 18, 2014.

DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Arrives for Annual Dialog With DG Indian Coast Guard

As part of MoU between Governments of India and Pakistan on safety and security of fishermen and exchange of information on maritime SAR and environment, a high level delegation, lead by Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has arrived Delhi for annual dialog with Indian Coast Guard. Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General Indian Coast Guard will meet the Pakistani delegation headed by Rear Admiral Ather Mukthar on 19 December at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi. 

Other senior officials from GoI and Pakistan High Commission will also be part of this dialogue. Last year’s meeting was hosted by Pakistan in Karachi on 24 June 2013.This annual meeting is a significant link between two maritime agencies, for exchange of information on maritime boundary violations by fishermen and discussions on coordination issues on maritime search and rescue and marine environment pollution. The two service heads from Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan MSA also have a hotline link between them for regular exchange of information on non-military maritime issues as per the MoU between the two governments.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pakistan Postpones Indo-Pak Coast Guard DG Meet , Post Peshawar Attack

DG Indian Coast Guard Vice Admiral A Thapliyal was supposed to meet his Pakistani counterpart Rear Admiral Athar Mukhtar- DG Maritime Security Agency (MSA) in a Coast Guard delegation-level meet , to be held in New Delhi from Dec 17-19.

After today's terror attack in Peshawar, the talks have got postponed, reason being given by Islamabad that DG-MSA is required to be inside country and that there is alert there in various other places, plus its not safe for him to travel out of the country.

Its being called a re-schedule, but what needs to be seen whether its a postponement or a cancellation.

Vijay Diwas Wreath Laying To Martyrs Of 1971 War, At Amar Jawan Jyoti

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar and three Services Chiefs the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha laying wreath to the Martyrs of 1971 War, at Amar Jawan Jyoti, to mark Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on December 16, 2014.

PM Meets 1971 War Hero Lt Gen JFR Jacob , On Vijay Diwas

The Lt. General (Retd.) JFR Jacob presenting his book "An Odyssey in War & Peace" and "Surrender at Dacca" to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on December 16, 2014. The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha are also seen

Monday, December 15, 2014

Indian Coast Guard's Air Enclave in Bhubaneswar Commissioned & 743 SQN(CG)

In a befitting ceremony, the Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar and743 Dornier Squadron have been commissioned by Vice AdmiralAnurag G Thapliyal, Director General, Indian Coast Guard, today at BijuPatnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar. Various defence and civil dignitaries attended the function. 

The Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar is commanded by Commandant Rajeev Saini and 743 Squadron is commanded by Commandant Pradeep Sundriyal. 

The units will operate under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (North East) through the Commander, Coast Guard District No 7 (Odisha). 

The Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar was formerly activated on 10 April 2013 and since then it has been engaged in undertaking air surveillancein the area. This has augmented the Coast Guard Operations along the northern Bay of Bengal with area of responsibility of over 1.5 lakh square kms of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The 743 Squadron (CG) will be operating with 02 Dornier Aircraft. 

In his address, Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyalhighlighted the maritime challenges in Odisha and significance of maritime and coastal security. Recalling the maritime traditions of Odisha as ancient Kalinga, the DGICG highlighted that numerous measures have been initiated by the Government of India for enhancing coastal security and with the setting up of Coast Guard Air Enclave at Bhubaneswar, strategic air operations will be streamlined and synergized for the protection of the sea areas off the Coast of Odisha. 

The commissioning of the Air Enclave will provide the required fillip for protection of sensitive marine environment and vital assets thronging on the shores of coastal Odisha. Further, Odisha coast being hub of shipping traffic emerging to east and Far East, the coordination of search and rescue efforts will certainly get the required boost. As Odisha is also periodically affected by natural calamities; the availability of Coast Guard maritime air assets will enhance the capability of disaster response. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

IAF Chief Reviews PoP At OTA Gaya Bihar

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha with Commandant OTA and Awardees, in Gaya, Bihar on December 13, 2014.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha awarding medal to prize winners, in Gaya, Bihar on December 13, 2014.

Indian Navy Wins Admiral's Cup 2014 Sixteen International Navies Participate

The fifth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta concluded on 13 Decemberat the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. Indian Navy (Team INA), with their consistent performance won the Admiral'sCup. Bahrain and United Kingdom teams camesecond and third respectively. CadetEbrahim Bin Sameer Al Shuwaitar of SaudiArabia stood first in the individual position of open category followed by Cadet Ahmed Abdullah of Bahrain and Lieutenant Anke Dahlmann of Germany at second and third position respectively.Lieutenant Anke Dahlmann also stood first in the individual positionfor women’s category. Vice Admiral AjitKumar P, Commandant, INA was the chief guest for the closing ceremony.

The Regatta put to test notonly the mettle, grit and skills of the participants, but also their physicalfitness, endurance and mental robustness against the elements of the naturei.e. Water and Wind. The picturesque EttikulamBay, at Ezhimala witnessed a total ofnine races, run from 11 to 13 December. A total of 36 participants includingthree lady participants from Australia and Germany displayed their utmost zeal,hard work and determination to give their best in the keenly contested racesover the past three days. The event has become very popular since its inceptionin 2010. Teams from various parts of the world participated. In all,participants from sixteen different navies including Australia,Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Fiji, Germany, Mauritius, Oman,Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, USA, United Kingdom, apart from India. A total of 18 teamsparticipated, with each team fielding two boats. As hosts, the Indian Navy fieldedtwo teams, one each from INA and NationalDefence Academy, Khadakwasla.

ViceAdmiral Ajit Kumar P presented the “Admiral’sCup” and individual prizes to the winners. Speaking at the closing ceremony, he emphasized the importance of continuing to build bridges of friendship through events such as the Regatta. He added that Indian Naval Academy looks forward to participation by a larger number of maritime nations and Naval Academies in the coming years, especially enhanced participation by women trainees. Students from local schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya and NCC cadets were also witnessed the event.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Indian Coast Guard Heightens Surveillance Off Sunderbans For Oil Pollution From Bangladesh Spill

Oil tanker Southern Star 7 with 350 tons of furnace oil was collided by empty tanker Total at 5 a.m. on 10 December 2014 when anchored in Sela River, Bangladesh in the course of her voyage from Khulna to Gopalganj, due to dense fog. The collision resulted in sinking of forward portion of the tanker and an oil spill reportedly spread over 80 kilometers in the Sunderbans. The stricken tanker has been salvaged and towed ashore. The villagers and Bangladesh Navy are using locally available resources to respond to the spill.

The rivers on the Bangladesh side are contiguous with those in India, especially at the confluence in the Bay of Bengal. However, prevailing sea currents are unlikely to carry the spill into the India side of the Sundebans. Considering the impact in the event of pollution which is unlikely, the creek areas and shallow water area is under surveillance by Coast Guard Hovercraft and aerial surveillance is being maintained by Coast Guard Dornier aircraft. Additionally, on Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Coast Guard in oil spill response configuration is being positioned in the area for immediate response. The Indian Coast Guard is also standby for providing any advice and assistance to Bangladesh for oil spill response.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2014

The opening ceremony of the Admiral’s Cup Sailing Regatta 2014 was conducted at the picturesque Ettikulum Bay at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala on 10 Dec 14. The event, with participation of teams from the Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Fiji, Germany, Mauritius, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, USA, United Kingdom, apart from India, was inaugurated by Rear Admiral MD Suresh, Deputy Commandant, INA in an impressive ceremony. Special invitees and senior naval officers were present on the occasion, in addition to participants and their country coaches/officials. 

The Regatta is being sailed under the aegis of the Indian Naval Sailing Association and conducted by the Marakkar Waterman-ship Training Centre, INA. The races, in Laser (Radial) class sailing boats, have been scheduled over three days commencing from 11 December. The course laid out is in keeping with the international standards. The event has become very popular since its inception in 2010. A total of 36 participants including three lady participants from Australia and Germany will fiercely compete for the coveted ‘Admiral’s Cup’. 

The ‘Admiral’s Cup’ would be awarded to the best team winning the championship on the basis of their combined performance. In addition, individual medals will also be awarded in the men’s and women’s category. The Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2013 was won by United Arab Emirates. The Closing Ceremony of the event, along with the prize distribution, is scheduled on 13 December. This year’s regatta is expected to be more exciting and challenging with the first time participation from countries like China, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and USA. Local schools, colleges and NCC cadets have been invited to witness the event. On the side-lines of the Admiral’s Cup, at the venue, a kids zone, beach volleyball facility, 3-hole golf course, merchandising shop and refreshment counter, etc., have also been setup for the spectators. 

Indian Army Order On Social Media Usage By All Ranks

India , Russia Agree On Joint Development

Looking ahead, the cooperation in strategic sectors like defence and nuclear energy is already sturdy and will get a renewed momentum at the forthcoming summit talks. Russia accounts for over 60 per cent of India’s imports of military hardware, and looks set to retain this unassailable position in years to come despite New Delhi diversifying its arms supply. The defence-relations -- the bedrock of the India-Russia relationship –- has acquired a new dynamic with the shift from the buyer-seller framework to the ongoing programmes for joint research, development and production of cutting-edge defence technologies and weaponry systems. Joint development is the new mantra, which is epitomised in Brahmos missiles, the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, the Multi Transport Aircraft, and the licensed production in India of SU-30 aircraft and T-90 tanks. 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Defence Minister Visits 15 'Chinar' Corps In Srinagar

The Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar, visited the Chinar Corps today to review the overall security situation prevailing in the Valley.

On arrival at Srinagar, the Raksha Mantri was received by Gen Dalbir Singh, the COAS, Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen Subrata Saha, the Chinar Corps Commander. The Minister visited the War Memorial of the Chinar Corps and paid tributes to the martyrs by laying the wreath at the Memorial. The Raksha Mantri was briefed on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister was apprised about the robust Counter Infiltration grid along the Line of Control and the Counter Terrorist grid in the hinterland established by Army. The Raksha Mantri was also given an overview of the Counter Infiltration and Counter Terrorist Operations undertaken by the Corps in the recent past. He appreciated the effectiveness of the intelligence and operational grid and the much higher success rate this year, in neutralizing infiltration attempts, which had contributed significantly towards a secure environment in the State. The Raksha Mantri inspected the weapons, ammunition and war like stores recovered during the recent operations and complimented the commanders for the high level of integration achieved with the JKP and CAPF, the manner in which Army coordinated the application of security resources during elections and assisted the CAPF that were inducted into the Valley.

After addressing all ranks of the Corps, the Raksha Mantri interacted at length with the soldiers and complimented them on the high state of morale and operational preparedness. He lauded the Army personnel for their selfless service towards the National Security. He assured that the Nation stood behind them and would support them in all their endeavors.

Chief of General Staff, Afghan National Army, Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi To Review Indian Military Academy Passing Out Parade

The Chief of General Staff, Afghan National Army, General Sher Mohammad Karimi paying homage, at Amar Jawan Jyoti, in New Delhi on December 11, 2014.

First Storm Shadow Missile Release From A Eurofighter Typhoon Is A Success

The Italian aerospace and defence company Alenia Aermacchi, working closely with its Eurofighter partners, has successfully conducted the first release of a Storm Shadow missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft as part of its missile integration programme.

The trials took place in November and saw the missile being released from the aircraft and tracked by radar up to impact.

Storm Shadow provides a significant leap in the Eurofighter Typhoon’s operational capabilities, enabling the platform to deploy multiple weapons at a very long range well clear of danger from air defences.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indian Air Force (IAF) to launch Phase II of the 3d Air Combat Mobile Game ‘Guardians of the Skies’

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to release  Phase II of its 3D Mobile  Air Combat game, ‘Guardians of the Skies’ (GOTS) on the android, iOS and windows mobile app stores on December 11, 2014 at  the Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park.  

GOTS   takes the player to a simulated world, wherein the player becomes the part of Air Force engaging in air combat operations against a fictitious country called Zaruzia.  The player undergoes flying  training and subsequently gets engaged in combat  missions in various aircraft types of the IAF fighters, transport and helicopter fleet .  Many of the missions featured in the game will be seen for the first time on a mobile based game anywhere in the world.  The game will also have a multiplayer feature in which players will be able to carry out simulated combat against each other using their mobiles and WiFi network.  IAF has vastly focused on getting a realistic portrayal of its flying operations, which is also a first of its kind effort by any Air Force in the world on a mobile based platform.  The game is optimized to run on devices with as less as 512 MB RAM. 

The first phase of the game with the two ‘teaser’ missions was released in July, this year.   The game received an enthusiastic response from gamers in the age group of fifteen to twenty five years and has been acclaimed for its realistic graphics and game play.  The game has won the prestigious ‘Best Indian Game’ award from Microsoft on its windows application store, proving the gamming worth of the game and popularity amongst gamers.  The game was historically designed as a tool to engross players in the world of IAF operational missions and give them a chance to role play life as a combat pilot.  IAF recognizes the widespread acceptance of smart phones all over India and sees the worth of a mobile based gaming tool to propagate its ethos, which reaches out to far greater targeted audience than traditional print and video media outreach efforts.  With over a million downloads till date, the phase two release featuring the complete range of one training and ten combat missions, will propel the game to greater stature and downloads in excess of five million by the end of 2015.  This will effectively mean reaching out to millions of individuals and engaging them with snippets of operational life in the IAF as a combat pilot and motivate them to pursue a challenging and exciting career in the Indian Air Force. 

The game has been developed by ‘Threye’ Interactive in accordance with the strict concept and guidelines laid down by the IAF.    With accolades rolling for its mobile games, the IAF has successfully taken of on its maiden virtual sortie in July, this year and now aims to ‘touch the sky with glory’ in the mobile gaming field.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

IAF Chief Inaugurates State-of-the-Art BrahMos Technical Position

The Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee & Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM  AVSM  VM  ADC inaugurated on 09th December, 2014, the state-of-the-art BRAHMOS Technical Position at BrahMos HQs, New Delhi.

The BRAHMOS missile system was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2005 after a series of successful test launches starting from 2001. The commencement of deliveries of the land-attack BRAHMOS in Indian Army started from 2007. With the induction of the land based weapon complex for the Indian Air Force, BRAHMOS has now been successfully inducted into all the three wings of the Armed Forces.

The Su-30 MKI armed with BRAHMOS missile is a combination of lethal strike with the ability of air fighting within and beyond the visibility range. It will provide IAF with the capability of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets, including aircraft carriers.

Jointly developed by India and Russia, BRAHMOS is a precision strike weapon for Army, Navy & Air Force. This universal missile can be fitted in ships, Mobile Launchers, Submarines and Aircraft against land and sea targets.