Monday, August 31, 2015

IAF's Western Air Command Chief Hands Over Command

Air Marshal SS Soman PVSM AVSM VM ADC handed over the command of Western Air Command on 31st August 2015. He retired after more than 39 years of glorious service in the Indian Air Force. 

Commissioned into the Flying branch (Fighter Stream) in December 1976, the Air Marshal has more than 3400 hours of flying on fighter air craft and has held many important assignments at various stages of his career. 

Air Marshal Soman was presented an impressive ceremonial Guard of Honour in front of HQ Western Air Command. Thereafter, the Air Marshal was seen off by all air warriors of Western Air Command in a befitting manner. 

In his final address to all the air warriors of Western Air Command, Air Marshal Soman appreciated the efforts that everybody had put in and exhorted them to continue in their endeavour to ensure ‘Mission, Integrity and Excellence’. 

Air Marshal Soman is married to Mrs Rashmi Soman. She was actively involved in varied welfare activities for the air warriors and their families. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Indian Army Orders Inquiry Against Rajput Officers Giving Out ORBAT Of Formations Over Facebook, Whatsapp

Col R N Singh- Mech Inf (re-emp as Instrc at AWC, Mhow, maj D S Bisht - 2 Rajput, Lt Mohit Kumar - AOC (attached with 3 Rajput).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Delivers a Lecture At 55th Conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha delivered an inaugural address on the occasion of Air Marshal Subroto Memorial Oration organised at Institute of Aeronautical Medicines (IAM). In his address, the Air Chief highlighted the important components of IAF transformation in ‘HR development’. Earlier the Air Chief had addressed this forum on technological advances and the role of aero space medicines specialists in enhancing operational efficiency and flight safety. He found it heartening to know the field trials on various counter measures are under way and active work is being undertaken to find out objective methods of detecting and combating fatigue. 

Since this year’s theme is on Women in Aviation, Air Chief Marshal Raha said “women have already made significant contribution across the aerospace spectrum be it commercial, military or space related. Women aviators like Kalpana Chawla, Sunita William have left their mark in the history of aviation and are an inspiration to many. Going back in history he said – Flight Cadet Harita Kaur Deol was the country’s first women military pilot to do a solo. History was made then and it was a momentous occasion for women of India and the Indian Air Force. Ever since then we have come to a long way and today we have over 1500 women officers in the IAF and nearly 100 women pilots in the helicopter and transport fleet. They have flown IL-76, Mi-8 and one of them is a member of Sarang Aerobatic Team. All the other branches are closely associated with flying. All these officers have served the IAF with courage, professionalism, pride and enthusiasm that has made them very valuable members of ‘Team IAF’. In his concluding address to the distinguished audience of professionals from the field of medicine and aviation. He said that IAF’s mission is to build a modern, flexible and credible aerospace power with full spectrum capability to safeguard our national interest. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

50th Anniversary Of The 1965 Indo-Pak War

Army Releases Book on 1965 Indo Pak War 

The Indian Army has released a book on 1965 Indo Pak War today. The book, “1965 : Stories from the Second Indo-Pak War” by Rachna Bisht Rawat , is an authoritative narrative in collaboration with the Indian Army to mark fifty years of the historic Indo-Pak War of 1965. Lt Gen KJ Singh, Army Commander Western Command released the book and is published by Penguin Books India. The book includes five key battles from the 1965 war and is extensively researched, with interviews and profiles of war veterans. 

The book release is part of the celebrations being organized by the Army and the government to mark the occasion of fifty years of the war. Rare pictures of the battles from the Army archives add to the experience of reading the book. 

Indian Army Releases Amar Chitra Katha & Aan Comics on Inspirational Stories of War Heroes 

Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, Adjutant General of Indian Army released a new series of Amar Chitra Katha and Aan Comics today. 

Amar Chitra Katha, India’s favorite storyteller, is presenting a book on inspirational stories of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees, as a tribute to the recipients of the highest gallantry award in India. The new 248 page comic narrates inspirational stories of 21 of India’s brave sons who have been awarded India’s highest gallantry award. The all-colour, beautifully illustrated comic tells the story of each hero’s life from childhood to the battle in which they proved themselves victors over incredible odds. 

Four Aan Comics were also released today based on the heroics of four war heroes who fought in 1965 Indo Pak war and were awarded Maha Vir Chakra. They were Maj Asaram Tyagi, Maj Bhaskar Roy, Sub Ajit Singh and Sub Tika Bahadur Thapa. 

From the numerous wars on India’s borders, to intervention in military crisis abroad, the soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces have displayed their bravery in the harshest and most alien of conditions. They have battled fearlessly with only one objective in their minds – to fight for their objective and not back down. The PVC is India’s highest military honour; awarded to those soldiers who display the greatest degree of valour and self-sacrifice on the battlefield. The MVC is the second highest gallantry award in India, given to those soldiers who display a very high level of valour & self sacrifice in the face of the enemy. The sensitively portrayed stories in the comics take the readers into the heart of the battles they fought and gives an insight into the lives and minds of some of the most courageous men our country has ever known. 

Two Indian Naval Ships Visit Iran

As part of a goodwill visit to strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Iran, two Indian Naval Warships, INS Betwa and INS Beas today entered Bandar-e-Abbas port. During their five day stay in Iran, the ships are scheduled to undertake various professional interactions with their counterparts in the Iranian Navy, including exercises at sea. The visit would also include training and sports events between the two navies. This deployment would add another chapter to the cordial relations and defence cooperation between India and Iran. 

INS Betwa and INS Beas, both are indigenously designed and built Guided Missile Frigates of the Brahmaputra Class. The ships are 125 metres (about 400 feet) in length, displacing 3,600 tonnes and are capable of operating at extended ranges, with speeds up to 30 knots. They have state-of-the-art sensor suites and an impressive weapon package, including long range surface-to-surface missiles and anti-missile defence systems. Their combat capability is further augmented by the capability to embark two multi-mission capable Seaking helicopters. 

The ships have completed over a decade of glorious service with the Indian Navy. INS Betwa is presently commanded by Captain KM Ramakrishnan and INS Beas is commanded by Captain Deepak Bhatia. 

Iran and India relationship is centuries old. There is a great deal of commonality in their language, culture and traditions. Contemporary relation is characterised by interactions in the fields of commerce, energy and education. Traditional close relations have also been further strengthened by regular cultural exchanges, commercial interactions as well as bilateral meetings and high profile visits between both countries. There are a number of Indian students in Iran. India also provides scholarships to Iranian students and presently about 8000 Iranian students are studying in India. India is also one of the favourite destinations for Iranian tourists; around 40,000 visitors come to India every year. 

It has been India’s national objective to ensure a secure and stable regional environment, which is conducive for economic and social development not just at home, but also in immediate and extended neighbourhood. The Indian Navy, while shouldering its security responsibilities, is committed to these objectives and has been contributing towards humanitarian assistance, capacity building and capability enhancement of friendly foreign countries when so needed. 

INS Trikand Visits Port Of Valencia, Spain

In continuation of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to West Asia, Africa and Europe, INS Trikand, entered port at Valencia today for a three-day visit. The ship will engage extensively with the Spanish Navy during its stay in the country. Apart from professional interactions, a number of sports and social engagements are also planned, which would go a long way in enhancing cooperation and understanding between the two navies. 

Indian naval assets are regularly deployed as part of the Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’ and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries as well as to address maritime concerns of the region including piracy in the Gulf of Aden. In addition, Indian Navy has also been involved in capacity building and capability enhancement of friendly navies in the Indian Ocean Region, besides providing assistance in hydrographic survey, search and rescue and improving maritime domain awareness. A notable recent employment of the Indian Navy was the evacuation of over 3000 Indians and citizens from 35 other countries from strife-ridden Yemen in April this year. 

India and Spain have enjoyed warm relations over the years. A number of bilateral arrangements for co-operation and cultural exchange exist between the two nations. The current visit seeks to underscore India’s willingness and ability to work closely with friendly countries on maritime issues of mutual concern and, in particular, to further strengthen the existing bonds between India and Spain. 

INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Vinay Kalia, is a state-of-the-art warship of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors capable of addressing threats in all the three dimensions – air, surface and sub-surface. The visiting ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, with its Headquarters at Mumbai. 

6th Indo-Maldives Joint Military Training Exercise Ekuverin – 2015

The Sixth Joint Military Training Exercise between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces (EXERCISE EKUVRIN – VI), will be conducted at Pangode Military Station, Trivandrum, Kerala from 31 Aug to 13 Sep 2015. A total of 45 soldiers each from the Maldivian National Defence Force and the Indian Army will take part in this exercise. 

The bilateral annual exercise, which commenced in 2009 in Belgaum, India, is alternately held in India and Maldives with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries and increased understanding between both armies. 

The Exercise will commence with an opening ceremony on 31 Aug 2015 at Pangode Military Station. The concluding phase of the exercise will incorporate a tactical exercise which will be witnessed by senior military officers from both the countries, who will review the standards achieved by both the contingents. 

DRDO Collaborates With Patanjali Ayurved For Marketing Seabuckthorn Based Products

One of the Life Science laboratories of DRDO, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) has successfully developed technologies based on Seabuckthorn that has found to be having high nutritional values. It can be used as quality food supplements as they have very high anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. M/s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. has taken Transfer of Technologies (ToT) through a “Non Exclusive”license from DRDO for five of the Seabuckthorn based products namely: Seabuckthorn Beverage, Seapricot Beverage, herbal Tea, Seabuckthorn Oil Soft Gel Capsules and Seabuckthorn Jam.

M/s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, being a major well recognised Indian brand in Ayurved and natural health products and with its extensive network of distributors throughout India, can take these products to the market more effectively. Being one of the biggest manufacturers of Ayurveda products in the country with WHO-GMP certified, M/s Patanjali can further innovate and find more benefits for these products. These technologies were earlier given to 2 more companies on “Non Exclusive” basis namely: M/s Pravek kalp Pvt. Ltd & M/s Ambe Phytoextracts Ltd. As these Licenses are Non Exclusive in nature, DRDO can provide additional licenses, if required.

To ensure diffusion of DRDO developed spin off technologies to the civil society, DRDO has entered into an agreement with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry(FICCI) the premier Industry Chamber of the Country under a joint initiative DRDO-FICCI-ATAC (Accelerated Technology Assessment & Commercialisation) Program, the platform created to commercialise spin off technologies with special focus on social benefit technologies. Under this program FICCI facilitates bringing potential industries that can absorb the technologies from DRDO and helps it in licensing to industries to manufacture and market.

It is expected that such ToT to the industries will help the local population living in difficult terrains to derive the economic benefits through organised farming of local produce required for these products and the health products coming out from these industries will benefit the society at large.

The Leh based DIHAR has pioneered cold arid –agro animal technologies for augmenting local availability of fresh food in the region. The laboratory through its translational laboratory to land approach, develops technologies for fresh food cultivation, processed food, nutraceuticals, poultry, goat and dairy farming and green house cultivation in high altitudes where these are major challenges both for the local populations and for the Armed Forces. DIHAR through its pioneering R&D efforts over the years has brought about perceptible qualitative and quantitative changes in agriculture, animal husbandry and cold desert flora of Ladakh Region.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vice Admiral AR Karve Assumes Charge As Chief of Personnel Of Indian Navy

Vice Admiral AR Karve has assumed charge as the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters w.e.f 24 Aug 15. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 80. After his initial sea appointments, he completed his specialization in Anti-Submarine Warfare in 1986 and has served onboard various frontline fleet ships. He has been the commissioning crew of INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes, the aircraft carrier which he subsequently commanded) and has undergone training at UK. During his 35 years of distinguished service he has held various important operational and staff appointments, both ashore and afloat. 

As a Captain, he commanded the aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay. His other Commands at sea include INS Dunagiri (frigate) and INS Ajay (ASW patrol vessel). Other key operational appointments held by him include Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer (Western Fleet), Command Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer (Western Naval Command) and Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Western Naval Command. He has also served as an instructor in Anti-Submarine Warfare School, Kochi and as Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. A graduate of DSSC Wellington, he completed the Naval Higher Command Course from College of Naval Warfare at Mumbai, and did post-graduation in National Security and Strategy from the National Defence University, Washington DC (USA). 

He has also held other important assignments such as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Information Warfare & Operations) for three and half years at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy), New Delhi, the Flag Officer Commanding of Western Fleet for seventeen months and Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command for two years at Mumbai. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) on 26 Jan 13. 

Defence Secretary In Southern Naval Command

Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar, IAS being received by Rear Admiral RB Pandit Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command

Shri G Mohan Kumar, IAS, Defence Secretary   is on a two day visit to Kochi from 24 to 25 Aug 15. He had visited Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala on 24 Aug 15 prior to his arrival at Kochi.

During the visit, the Defence Secretary interacted with Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and held discussions with senior officers of the Command. The Defence Secretary visited various training establishments and facilities at Kochi and also attended the Onam celebrations function organised by the Headquarters, Southern Naval Command. Prior to his departure the Defence Secretary visited the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant under construction at Cochin Shipyard Ltd, Kochi. This is the first visit of Shri G Mohan Kumar to Kochi as Defence Secretary.

US Ambassador Addresses Defence Services Staff College. Wellington

The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington is a premier Tri Services training institution of the Indian Armed Forces, which trains select officers in the ever evolving cardinals of joint war fighting and nurtures the future military leadership.

Curriculum at DSSC entails lectures by eminent speakers, which include Governors, Diplomats, Academicians, Economists, Corporate Leaders, Management Experts and Serving/ Retired Officers to share professional percepts on eclectic subjects conforming to College syllabi.  As part of this, HE Mr Richard Rahul Verma, US Ambassador to India visited the DSSC on 24 Aug 2015, along with Mr Phillip Minh, US Counsel General Chennai and Colonel Robert Capozella, US Air Attache.

The Ambassador witnessed the multispectral transformation that has taken shape in the pristine campus and development of infrastructure at DSSC.  The Ambassador interacted with Lieutenant General SK Gadeock, Commandant DSSC and addressed the Faculty and students of the 71st Staff Course and shared his perspective on ‘Emerging Indo-US Strategic Ties’. The Ambassador also met the two US student officers from the US Army and US Navy respectively, who are presently undergoing the Staff Course.

Later in the evening, a customary ‘Banquet Dinner’ was hosted in honour of the visiting dignitary at the Drona Officers’ Mess, Wellington.  The Commandant and members of the faculty highlighted the innovative, contemporary paradigmatic changes infused into the DSSC curriculum, the growth oriented development, asset creation, efficacious management, research & doctrinal synergy which is in vogue in a conducive hyper trajectory, seamless, well integrated and transcendental environment at DSSC.

TEXT: US Ambassador's Remarks at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, TN


Thank you for the warm introduction.  I would also like to thank Commandant Lieutenant General SK Gadeock, the Directing Staff, and the students here today.  The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is a testament to the deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India.  Over the last 65 years, the United States has sent 87 officers to DSSC.  In fact, the current 71st Serial Course has one U.S. Army and one U.S. Navy officer.  As an Air Force veteran myself, I feel a special connection to institutions like DSSC and their ability to mold thoughtful military leaders, ready to take on the challenges of this century.

We face a formidable set of international challenges, from the freedom of access to shared maritime and air routes, humanitarian crises in an increasingly interconnected world, and the continuing threat from non-state actors and extremist groups.  Moreover, as India rises and becomes more influential, a stable and just international system becomes more important for its prosperity than ever before.  Maintaining and expanding this global order will require our collective efforts and our resolve.  As I have said before, when India and the United States cooperate, we are stronger together.     

This idea of “stronger together” is not new to India—one could argue that it was in fact developed in India.  I am sure that many of you are familiar with the stories of the Panchatantra, which some scholars argue influenced Aesop’s Fables.  These amazing stories provide life lessons to young children, but also offer sound advice to sophisticated strategic thinkers.   One story, which I have recounted to my own kids, is “The Winning of Friends” from Book II of the Panchatantra. 

This story, as you know, is about a unique group of friends—a deer, turtle, mouse, and crow.  When they are alone, they are vulnerable to all sorts of threats.  However, when they work together, they are able to combine their skills and overcome adversity.  I firmly believe that by working together and harnessing our unique strengths, the United States and India will be able to address many of the challenges that both of our countries and the world face. 

U.S./India Defense Cooperation Built on Shared Values 

Our defense cooperation is not based on a limited set of strategic priorities, nor is it directed toward a particular country.  Rather, it is rooted in our shared values.  In 1953 President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Nehru noted that India and the United States are “bound together in strong ties of friendship deriving from…their adherence to the highest principles of free democracy” and the “need to improve the welfare of the individual.” 

In our 2015 U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, signed during  President Obama’s recent January visit, we stressed working “together to promote the shared values that have made our countries great.”  And the Declaration of Friendship, also from January, builds upon these long-standing values and specifically references our mutual respect for “an open, just, sustainable, and inclusive rule-based global order.” 

Our key strategic planning documents of the past year, in particular, envisage an essential role for U.S./India cooperation at all levels.  Take, for example, this passage in the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy: 

“In South Asia, we continue to strengthen our strategic and economic partnership with India.  As the world’s largest democracies, we share inherent values and mutual interests that form the cornerstone of our cooperation, particularly in the areas of security, energy, and the environment.  We support India’s role as a regional provider of security and its expanded participation in critical regional institutions.  We see a strategic convergence with India’s Act East policy and our continued implementation of the rebalance to Asia and the Pacific.” 

This position was also strongly reaffirmed in the Defense Department’s Asia Pacific Maritime Strategy, which was released last Thursday.  India plays a pivotal role in that strategy and I would commend that report to you.  Furthermore, in A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower and The National Military Strategy of 2015, we clearly state that our forces are stronger when we operate jointly and together with allies and partners.  More specifically, by working together more closely, we can help safeguard an open international system, improve global responses during humanitarian crises, disrupt transnational terrorist and criminal networks, and tackle new and emerging threats.

Fundamental to our readiness to respond to future crises are our regular engagements including bilateral and joint exercises, International Military Education & Training (IMET), subject matter expert exchanges, and national agreements.  Our success in these endeavors will have profound, positive effects for the entire world and will help ensure our mutual prosperity.  I’m pleased that joint U.S. and Indian defense exercises and training continue to set a very high bar.  We are jointly preparing the military leaders of tomorrow and ensuring their respective units are the best equipped and best trained.  We have moved to a phase in our defense relationship where we discuss and explore jointness of operations and interoperability.  We are building a premier defense partnership for the future.  

Defending Our Shared Spaces

In the U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, both of our countries affirmed that our belief in regional prosperity depends on ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.  This affirmation is relevant because the world is connected by shared spaces—the skies, space, rivers and oceans, and cyberspace—that enable and promote the free flow of people, goods, services, and ideas. 

For example, in today’s dynamic and globally connected world, a deeper understanding of the maritime domain and the readiness to protect critical trade routes has never been more important.  The United States and India have been increasing cooperation in these areas over the past several years.  For example, our Exercise MALABAR 2015 is to be the most complex naval exercise we’ve executed together, with a U.S. Carrier Strike Group, a submarine, and a P-8 exercising together with an Indian destroyer, frigate, oiler, and its own P-8. 

Through the Joint Working Group for Aircraft Carrier Technology, we have also forged a path that seeks to cooperatively improve India’s burgeoning aircraft carrier development program and develop its carrier aviation expertise.  This program is one of the success stories borne of our Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, and is also symbolic of how far U.S. – India defense cooperation has advanced as it wasn’t too long ago that the American aircraft carrier was a symbol that divided the U.S. from India.    Today it is a topic of cooperation that has brought us closer together.

Moving further, and in accordance with the 2015 Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship, which calls for increased intelligence exchanges, one can foresee a range of possible cooperation in the area of maritime security.  We have recently had important discussions with the Government of India, for example, on sharing information on so-called “white shipping” – what we each know about the location and movements of non-military, commercial, and fishing vessels at sea. 

This represents a step in the right direction to what could grow into an ability to more broadly share elements of national intelligence.  By improving our mutual visibility of legitimate traffic in the sea lanes, we could also improve our ability to discern vessels and routes used by transnational terrorist and criminal organizations, pirates, and human traffickers.  The simple act of sharing white shipping data helps build stronger relationships between our governments, links our navies and coast guards more closely, provides improved safety for our citizens, and enhances the security of our coastlines. 

In a similar vein, we are working to enhance cooperation and security of the skies.  We recently did an exchange on air defense where our two Air Forces brought together their experts to share best practices and ideas on defending critical areas like the skies over our national capitals.  It is through training and exercising together that we can practice these and other shared tactics, to hone our skills.  The Indian Air Force participating in RED FLAG this coming April is the perfect environment for this and we welcome their return after a six-year hiatus. 

However, it is not just well trained pilots and well-executed tactics and procedures that will ensure the security of the skies.  To both our Air Forces advanced technology is a critical component, which is why under the DTTI we have set up the Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group, where we will jointly be exploring and sharing the latest technology on jet engines and exploring possible co-production and co-development opportunities together. 

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) Cooperation

Our humanitarian assistance and disaster response cooperation is also increasing.   In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, India’s Air Force, Army, and National Disaster Relief Force carried out vital rescue and relief operations, including searching for a U.S. helicopter that crashed while attempting to rescue Nepali citizens.  In Yemen, India organized land and sea evacuations of more than 5,600 civilians that included nationals from the United States.  And just this month the Indian Air Force led the relief efforts in flood-hit Myanmar where it delivered some 60 tons of food and medical supplies. This effort was executed all the while India’s both eastern and northeast regions were facing floods and landslides.  It was also a reassuring sign of our partnership to see the critical role that United States made C-130s and C-17s played in these relief efforts.

As global leaders, the United States and India have a responsibility to help those in dire circumstances when we can -- it is the right thing to do.  Moreover, regional instability, refugee crises, or water shortages, for example, are not conducive to the sustainable, interconnected global order to which I referred to earlier.  Building advanced HADR regional and global capabilities is critical to defusing crises, responding to those in need, and helping to maintain order.  It’s also an important soft power tool.

Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

The United States and India have committed to making counter-terrorism cooperation a key component of our bilateral relationship.  In recent years, the United States has led a global coalition to degrade, disrupt and dismantle terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL.  President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have also called for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing, and stopping their cross-border movement.  Our leaders have also affirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt and degrade entities such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue and the U.S.-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism. 

We are also working on efforts to improve cooperation on UN terrorist designations and expand the sharing of information on known or suspected terrorists no matter where they may be located.  Our counter-terrorism cooperation can become a model for the region and potentially for the world, and it is another factor that makes me genuinely optimistic about our future defense and security partnership together. 

The Road Ahead

Both of our nations will continue to confront traditional threats in the years ahead, but increasingly we will have to confront the non-traditional as well.  Global warming, rising sea-levels and record drought will put new stressors on governance, could wreak havoc in already weak states, and cause mass migrations within and beyond borders.  Confronting violent extremism and combating the spread of dangerous ideologies will also require us to align our efforts, using a whole of government approach and all of our available tools.    A future global economic crisis, rapid urbanization and even the spread of another Ebola-like disease all can have potentially destabilizing impacts with ramifications to peace and security. 

Our two countries are well equipped to combat these non-traditional threats in the years ahead.  Aligned and joined by common values, drawn together over decades of people to people ties, and now brought together by our governments and military establishments, we are in a strong position to help deliver greater peace and prosperity to the world. 

But this pursuit will continue to take leadership.  We need your help and continued involvement in supporting this worthy U.S./India partnership.  You have my commitment that we will be joined together in this noble cause.  In closing, perhaps we can add an elephant and an eagle to the group of friends from the Panchatantra.  I’m glad our leaders and our people have opted to work together closely to confront tomorrow’s challenges and seize new opportunities.  We are indeed stronger together.  Thank you and I look forward to your questions.   

MiG-29 & MiG-35 Rehearse For MAKS-2015 Airshow

Ria Novosti

Press release of JSC "RAC "MIG" takes part in the international airshow - MAKS-2015

The company Russian aircraft corporation "MIG" opened its exhibit at the MAKS-2015 airshow in the framework of the first day of the exhibition. The aircraft participating in the show are Mig-29SMT, Mig- 29 M/M2, Mig-29K/KUB and forward-looking military aircraft MIG-35. "Having inherited an excellent aerodynamic concept of MIG-29, a forward-looking fighter MIG-35 is a new aircraft. Today, it continues to evolve", said the MiG spokesperson.

Also the aircraft for the first time will be submitted to the adjustable fitness complex MIG-29 with manganites imaging. This complex is a fully domestic development. It creates an effect deep immersion student. Cab simulator is attached to the moving platform, which allows you to the smallest nuances play position pilot in accordance with the workload. Today, this is the only domestic training simulator, capable to such an extent simulate flight to graduating.

"The Development design bureau, the conservation микояновскои school is a priority direction of our strategy. In the future the "MIGA" I have no doubt. I cannot say that we have solved all the problems, but the difficulties that we are experiencing,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inauguration of Jaisalmer War Museum and Laungewala War Memorial

‘Jaisalmer War Museum’ has been established in the Military Station of Jaisalmer to commemorate the sacrifice of war heroes. The museum was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, today. A large number of service officers and civil dignitaries graced this historic occasion. The War Museum is located 10 km short of Jaisalmer on the Jaisalmer - Jodhpur Highway. The inauguration of the museum in the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Year of 1965 Indo Pak War is also a tribute to all soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the defence of the motherland.

The museum has two large Information Display Halls, an Audio Visual Room and a souvenir shop.  There are a large number of captured war trophies and own vintage equipment on display to include tanks, guns and military vehicles. The Indian Air Force has presented a Hunter aircraft for the museum, which was used during the Battle for Laungewala in 1971 Indo Pak War.  The entry to the war museum is free for all visitors.

In addition, to commemorate Battle of Laungewala which was fought on 04-05 Dec 1971, a War Memorial has been constructed and inaugurated at the very site where the Pakistani offensive was blunted, with over 179 Pakistani soldiers  killed / wounded and 37 Pakistani tanks destroyed. 

The murals of the soldiers, whose supreme sacrifice led to victory in the Laungewala battle and the 106 mm Recoilless Gun (main anti tank weapon) employed to destroy a number of Pakistani tanks occupy a place of pride in the memorial. The memorial also has a state of art audio visual theatre for screening the movies on the Battle of Laungewala. Located just two hours away from Jaisalmer, the memorial is open seven days a week and the entry is free for  visitors. 

Commander-In-Chief Of Israeli Navy Calls-on Indian Naval Chief

Vice Admiral Ram Rutberg, Commander-In-Chief of Israeli Navy is on an official visit to India from 24 to 27 Aug 15. The Admiral paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti earlier in the day and was thereafter received by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff at South Block lawns, New Delhi and accorded a 50 men Guard of Honour. 

. During the day, Vice Admiral Ram Rutberg had discussions with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan to explore avenues for greater cooperation between the two navies. Vice Admiral Ram Rutberg also met the Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff in addition to other MoD officials. 

Vice Admiral Rutberg is also scheduled to travel to Mumbai and Kochi to visit various ships and shore establishments in Headquarters, Western and Southern Naval Command respectively. The visit by Vice Admiral Ram Rutberg will further consolidate Indian Navy – Israeli Navy cooperation especially with respect to India acquiring high end technology through the recently launched ‘Make in India’ initiative. Both the countries can benefit and reap strategic advantages through such cooperation. 

India-Israel relations date back to 17 Sep 1950, when India recognised formation of Israel. Since the up-gradation of relations in 1992, the defence cooperation has been one of the main pillars of bilateral engagement between the two nations. 

India imports critical defence technologies from Israel. In addition, there are regular exchanges between the Armed Forces and defence personnel. The visit to India by Vice Admiral Ram Rutberg is in continuation of such high level defence exchanges. 

Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison Aircraft Crashes

One MiG-21 (Bison) aircraft of IAF crashed at Budgam in J&K at 1100 hrs, today. The pilot got airborne from Srinagar Air Base on a routine training sortie and ejected. A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident. 

Martyr Subedar Annamalai Cremated With Full Military Honours

The brave son of Tamilnadu Subedar G Annamalai (201 Engineers Regiment), who died while evacuating landslide victims on 18 August 2015 in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, was cremated with full military honours at his native village Periyapalambakkam in Vellore District today.

Family members and villagers paid tributes to the martyr, whose body was draped in the national tricolour. Army Officers from Dakshin Bharat Area and State administrative officials paid the floral tributes to the valiant Junior Commissioned officer at the cremation ceremony. The buglers sounded the last post and gun salute was accorded to the gallant officer in his honour.

The body of martyr Subedar Annamalai was received at Chennai Airport last night and a Wreath laying ceremony was organised on arrival. Brigadier KS Selvan, Commander, Station Headquarters Chennai laid the wreath on behalf of Southern Army Commander and Colonel AS Paul, Adm Commandant laid Wreath on behalf of GOC, Dakshin Bharat Area. On behalf of 201 Engineers Regiment, 4th Battalion of Madras Regiment and Ex-Servicemen welfare board were also laid the wreaths.

ICG Sarang Visit To East Asia (Hong Kong & Korea)

Golden Jubilee Commemoration Of 1965 War – Indian Army Conducts Desert Safari

A Desert Safari (Gypsy Rally) is being undertaken by Mathura based Strike 1 on behalf of the Sapta Shakti Command from 16 to 28 August 2015 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of 1965 Indo-Pak War. The Desert Safari will commence from Varanasi on 16 Aug 2015. Varanasi is the location where Strike 1 was raised initially. The Desert Safari will cover total distance of 3500 Km while traversing through UP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana before terminating at New Delhi. 

This year marks the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965 in which most of the action was witnessed along the Western borders. The aim of the Desert Safari is to honour and memorialise the heroes of the Nation who had made supreme sacrifice during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 and also to foster spirit of adventure, team work and camaraderie. The Desert Safari Team will pay homage and respect to the Martyrs of 1965 War at various War Memorials in the respective formations. The Desert Safari Team will also interact with the students and local youth at schools/colleges enroute to make them aware of the achievements of the Indian Army during the 1965 War. 

Ex-Yudh Abhyas 2015

The India-US Combined Military Training Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015, will commence from 09 to 23 Sep 2015 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, USA. 

The exercise will bring together troops of an Infantry sub unit and a Formation Headquarter of Indian Army and similar participation from the US Army for the joint training. This will be the eleventh exercise in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. This exercise will strengthen and broaden interoperability and cooperation between both the Armies and complement a number of other exchanges between the two forces. Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015 will witness a Formation Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry sub unit carrying out Field Training Exercise, Expert Academic Discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and Combined Training between detachments of Infantry of both armies. The exercise will provide an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on Military Operations in Urban Terrain, under the UN mandate. 

Commanders and Staff Officers of both sides will work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who in turn will execute these orders on ground. The exercise curriculum has been planned progressively where the participants will initially be made to get familiar with each others organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills. Subsequently, under Joint Tactical Exercises battle drills of both the armies will be rehearsed. 

As the concluding part of the exercise a Consolidation and Validation exercise will be witnessed by senior officers and observers of both Armies, in which troops of both nations will carry out sub unit level operations in Urban Insurgency and Military Operations in Urban Terrain. 


Independence Day

“Know Your Army - Weapon and Band display” programme was organized under the aegis of Headquarters Dakshin Bharat Area as a part of Independence Day celebrations at St Stephens Matriculation School at Pallavaram here today.

Brass Band of Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai displayed its skills for students and general public. A 26 member team of musicians of OTA played a number of tunes to include Martial Music, tunes portraying Quick March, Slow March and Echo. Various musical instruments like Oboe, Clarinet, Cornet etc., were melodiously played by the Band and the same were also shown to the huge gathering of children in the school. The children and others present in the premises were highly fascinated and impressed by the standards of the OTA Band Display. Indian Army is conducting various events for the general public as part of “Know Your Army” Campaign across the country on the eve of Independence Day 2015 and OTA Brass Band Team was part of the same campaign.

The event was commenced with a magnificent performance by the Pipe band of 4th Battalion of Madras Regiment followed by a display latest weapons and equipment of the unit were displayed, demonstrating the might of the Army. About 1400 children from various schools witnessed the event and enthralled by the display.

The prime focus of the initiative was to reach out to the masses, especially youths, and motivate them to join the Indian Army.

INS Sumitra was open to school children and NCC cadets on the occasion of Independence day celebrations. The programme was organised by the Indian Navy at Chennai on 14 Aug 2015.

Independence Day Bonhomie Between Indian and Chinese Border Troops in Eastern Ladakh on 15 August 2015 

Independence Day Bonhomie Between Indian and Chinese Border Troops in Eastern Ladakh on 15 August 2015 

On the occasion of the 69th Independence Day, the Indian Army hosted the Chinese PLA to a special Border Personnel Meeting at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh. Addressing both delegations during the function, the Indian side extolled the virtues of maintaining peace and stability on the Line of Actual Control. The Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Liu Geping. The celebration showcased the Indian culture and traditions wherein apart from traditional dances and songs, an old form of martial art called ‘Gatka’ was performed by the troops and the ‘Dare Devils’ of the Indian Army Signal Regiment performed acrobatics on their motorcycle. The world record holder team, popularly called “THE DARE DEVILS” for their death defying stunts, comprised of one officer, two Junior Commissioned Officers and 38 other ranks. The stunts were carried out at an altitude of over 14000 feet.  This was the first performance of the team to a joint audience of India and China. A Volley ball match was also organised fielding mixed team of both Indian and Chinese troops. The Chinese delegation participated in all the events with equal zeal and enthusiasm.

The day also marked a momentous occasion in India-China relations as the new Border Personal Meeting Point on the Indian Side was also operationalised in line with the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2013 and would go a long way in ensuring peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.  This will be the Northern-most meeting point between armies of both countries on the Line of Actual Control near Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) on the Indian side. In the inaugural Border Personnel Meeting at DBO on the occasion of Indian Independence Day, a PLA delegation took part in the celebrations hosted by the Indian side.