Wednesday, September 30, 2015

INS Kochi Enters Service

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today said the Government is fully committed to develop a real Blue Water Navy, a Navy which can dominate the Indian Ocean Region, but will be considered friendly by the neighbouring countries.

Commissioning INS Kochi, the second ship of the indigenously designed and constructed Project 15A (Kolkata-class) guided missile Destroyers, Shri Parrikar gave two examples to illustrate his point- that of transporting drinking water to Maldives when the latter’s water treatment plant was damaged last year, and the rescue and evacuation of nationals of over 20 countries from war-torn Yemen by the Indian Navy, without any damage to our platforms and personnel.

INS Kochi has been built by the Mazagon Dock Ltd., Mumbai.

Shri Parrikar said there has been a renewed enthusiasm among DPSUs and the Private Sector in the development and production of platforms and systems for the Defence Forces and the government has been consistently trying to indigenise and speed-up timely deliveries. He hoped that the next Destroyer in the series will be put into water by the end of the current financial year.

Shri Parrikar said while we have achieved significant indigenisation in ‘Float’ component of warships, we are lacking in the indigenization of the high-end Fight components. To that end, the Government is in the process of putting a policy in place to achieve high amount of self- reliance in the defence industry under the guidance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

The Defence Minister said the Government is seized of the Nation’s defence requirements and requisite financial support for the Armed Forces and defence industry will be made available, which includes the modernization and development plans of the Navy. Towards this the Government shall always remain committed to provide the necessary funds for the future expansion and growth of the Navy.

The commissioning ceremony was attended among others by the Chief of  Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema; and the Chairman and Managing Director of Mazagon Docks Limited, Rear Admiral RK Shrawat

Speaking on the occasion, Admiral RK Dhowan said that commissioning of INS Kochi is a milestone in the self-reliance programme of the Navy and stated that the indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through public as well as private sectors, will continue to remain a focus area of the Indian Navy. He emphasized that the 'Roadmap for the Navy's expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and indigenisation'.

“Induction of INS Kochi, with her multi-dimensional combat capability, adds more teeth to the sword arm of the Indian Navy in discharging her duties of safe-guarding national maritime interests. This further reaffirms our resolve and faith in indigenous ship building and “Make in India” programme”, he said.

The Project 15A Destroyers are the follow-on ships of the legendary Project 15 'Delhi' class Destroyers which entered service in the late 1990s. Conceived and designed by Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design, the P15A ships have been christened after major port cities of
India; Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai. The Keel of Kochi was laid on 25 Oct 05, and launched on 18 Sep 09. Kochi is the second of the Kolkata class and is of the most potent amongst the surface combatants that have been constructed in India. It measures 164 meters in length and approximately 17 meters in width, with a full load displacement of 7500 tonnes. The ship has a combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion system, comprising four powerful reversible gas turbines; and can
attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. The Ship's electric power is provided by four gas turbine generators and one diesel alternator, which together produce 4.5 Mega-Watts of electrical power. The ship has a complement of 40 officers and 350 sailors.

INS Kochi incorporates new design concepts for stealth and has many firsts to her credit, including a very large component of indigenous combat-suite. The ship is packed with the most sophisticated
state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including the vertically launched Long Range Surface to Air Missiles (LRSAM) and MF-STAR multi-function active phased array radar, which is fitted only on the Kolkata class of ships. She is equipped with the advanced supersonic and long range BrahMos Surface to Surface Missile – a joint Indo-Russian venture. The 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 CIWS, both manufactured indigenously, can take on air and surface targets. The entire anti-submarine weapon and sensor suite fitted onboard, consisting of Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL), Indigenous Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL) and a bow-mounted New Generation HUMSA Sonar are fine examples of India’s indigenous efforts in the field of underwater warfare. The sensor suite includes other advanced Surface to Air surveillance radars and an indigenous Electronic Warfare System. A state-of-the-art Combat Management System (CMS- 15A) has been integrated with the onboard weapons and sensors. The ship is equipped to operate two Seaking or Chetak Helicopters.

The Ship can be truly classified as a 'Network of Networks' as it is equipped with sophisticated digital networks, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode based Integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS). The AISDN is the information highway on which data from all the sensors and weapon ride. The CMS is used to integrate information from other platforms using indigenous data-link system, to provide Maritime Domain Awareness. The intricate power supply management is done using APMS, and remote control and monitoring of machinery is achieved through the ACS.

The unique feature of the ship is the high level of indigenisation achieved with most of the systems onboard sourced from within the  country. Some of the other major indigenised systems onboard INS Kochi include the Electronic Warfare Suite, Foldable Hanger Doors, Helo Traversing System and Ship’s Stabilisers. Crew comfort is a significant feature of INS Kochi and has been ensured through
ergonomically designed accommodation and galley compartments based on modular concept.

INS Kochi derives her name from the vibrant port city of Kochi. This is a tribute to the city’s distinct maritime character and culture, and symbolises the special bond between the Indian Navy and the city of Kochi. The ship’s crest depicts a sword and a shield together with a Snake Boat riding on the blue and white ocean waves, which symbolise the Malabar region’s rich maritime heritage and martial traditions. The crew of the ship abides by the Sanskrit motto “Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho” which means “Oh mighty armed one… conquer the enemy”.

The Commanding Officer, Captain Gurcharan Singh, read out the Commissioning Warrant, prior to the hoisting of 'Colours' (the national flag and naval ensign) for the first time onboard the ship.
Following her commissioning, INS Kochi will be based at Mumbai, under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

Press Release

INS Kochi, the 25th warship built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) was today into the Indian Navy by the Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar

A state of the art naval platform, INS Kochi is a fine example of the outstanding work being carried out at the State owned Shipyard. The ship matches feature by feature with the best in the world. With this landmark step we move closer to our cherished dream of self sufficiency in

MDL has been abuzz with frantic activity during the last year since the commissioning of INS Kolkata in August 2014. The third and last in this series, Chennai is racing to completion and is expected to be delivered in this financial year. 2014-15 have been exciting years at Mazagon Dock, as the Company mops up landmark after landmark.

The first destroyer of the follow-on project 15B, Visakhapatnam, was launched in April this year and is expected to be delivered by 2018. This project comprises four ships and is expected to be completed by 2024.

Having spent over 800 crores in modernizing its facilities, Mazagon Dock is now ready to commence production of the futuristic 17A project. It will in fact show the way to other shipyards in modular construction which will bring down production time of a large platform, like this one, to around five years. MDL is now creating construction facilities for a second assembly

Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine, which was undocked by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri in April last, will shortly proceed for sea trials to meet its delivery deadline of September 2016. The remaining five boats in this class are scheduled for delivery, within nine months of each other.

Never has the yard seen such hectic activity in the past as it delivers platforms in a race against time to prove its capability to the world at large. The executives and operative of the Shipyard are fully seized of the challenges that lie ahead and are committed to meet them.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Defence Minister to Lay the Foundation Stone for Bel’s Defence Systems Integration Complex in AP

Navratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is setting up a Defence Systems Integration Complex at Palasamudram, Gorantala Mandal in Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh. It will be the largest such facility in the country once it is commissioned, covering an area of over 900 acres. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, will lay the foundation stone for this facility tomorrow in the august presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Science & Technology Shri Y S Chowdary. 

BEL have been continuously investing in modernisation and creation of special infrastructure to cater for emerging defence business opportunities. The upcoming facility at Palasamudram is one such initiative. Shri SK Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, said that BEL is also strengthening its infrastructure in areas like Night Vision technologies and elements of Multifunction Radars. Various new Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) programmes are proposed to be taken up by BEL, namely Quick Reaction SAM, Long Range SAM, Medium Range SAM, etc. in addition to Network Centric Communication and Electronic Warfare systems. 

He adds, to achieve self-reliance in defence, there is need for a very strong indigenous R&D. In this direction, BEL has not only maintained a consistent policy of R&D investments but also has launched collaborative R&D with private SME firms in the country. On an average, 80% of BEL’s Sales turnover is from indigenous R&D every year. BEL has now launched a Product Development & Innovation Centre at Bangalore to give further thrust towards indigenous R&D. 

The Palasamudram facility will enable BEL to expand its Missile systems business and will carry out manufacturing and integration for the ongoing and upcoming projects. It will have state-of-the-art infrastructure such as Assembly Hangars and Hard Stands for Radars and Weapon integration, RF radiation sources for target simulation, Automatic Test Equipment, Clean Rooms for electronic assembly, Non-Explosive & Explosive Integration Buildings, Missile Storage buildings, Environmental Test Chambers, Fire Stations, Solar Power Plant, Estate and Admin buildings. 

The facility is about 80 Km from the Bengaluru International Airport on NH7. The proposed Complex will be a world-class facility with Automated Guided Vehicles and Industrial Robots for material movement and handling. The facility will be built in stages as the various projects mature and the estimated investment will be about Rs. 500 Crores over a period of 3 to 4 years. 

BEL also plans to expand this facility for the creation of a Military Industrial Complex to set up the necessary ecosystem for manufacture of electronic components and equipment for various upcoming Defence projects in collaboration with SMEs as part of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. 

Indian Navy To Commission Guided Missile Destroyer 'Kochi'

Ship ‘Kochi’ is scheduled to be commissioned by the Hon'ble Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar, at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, on 30 September 2015. The ship is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as follow-on of the legendary Delhi Class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Indian Navy more than a decade ago.

Designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai the ship is christened after the vibrant port city of Kochi. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping, and manoeuvrability.

With a displacement of 7500 tons, the majestic ship spanning 164 meters in length and 17 meters at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has a complement of about 40 Officers and 350 Sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar-transparent deck fittings. A bow mounted Sonar Dome, the second of its kind in an indigenous naval platform, has been introduced to enhance sonar acoustic performance.

Kochi is packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, with a significant indigenous component. The ship thus has many lethal weapons to her credit which include the successful fitment of vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea based targets. The ship is one of the few warships of the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system. The MF STAR and LR SAM systems are jointly developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.  To protect against incoming air borne and surface threats, at medium and close in range, the ship has 76 mm and 30 mm gun mounts.  

The ship can truly be classified as a ‘Network of Networks’ as it is equipped with Ship Data Network (SDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS). The SDN is the information highway on which data from all the sensors and weapons ride. The CMS performs threat evaluation and resource allocation based on the tactical picture compiled and ammunition available onboard. While propulsion and power management is done using the APMS, remote control and monitoring of machinery is achieved through the ACS. 

The ship is equipped to store and operate two helicopters (Seaking 42B or Chetak). In consonance with the national vision of achieving Maritime Security through Self-Reliance, the ships have significantly higher level of indigenization as compared to the Delhi class. Some of the major equipment/systems developed indigenously and fitted onboard include; Ship’s Data Network (M/s BEL, Bangalore), Combat Management System (M/s BEL, Ghaziabad), Bow Mounted Sonar (M/s BEL, Bangalore), Electronic Warfare Suite (M/s BEL, Hyderabad), Close-in weapon System (Gun Shell Factory and M/s BEL, Chennai), Indigenous Rocket Launcher (M/s L&T), Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launcher for ASW (M/s L&T) Boat Davits (M/s L&T) and Automated Power Management System (M/s L&T).

Indian Navy To Commission Immediate Support Vessels

Commissioning of Indian Navy To Commission Immediate Support Vessels scheduled on 29 Sep 15
Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) are scheduled to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in presence of Vice Adm SPS Cheema, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command as T-48, T-49 and T-50 on 29 September 2015.  This will take up the total number of such vessels to 23 of which 17 will be based at Mumbai. In keeping with the Prime Minister's call to 'Make in India', 14 of the ISVs were built indigenously by M/s SHM Shipcare, Thane while four were built by M/s ADSB and five by M/s Rodman Polyships.

These vessels provide protection to the Offshore Development Area, Bombay High oil platforms as they are commonly known as, which accounts for approximately 70% of the indigenous hydrocarbon production in the country.

Built to international standards, by adopting state of art material and production technologies, these ships, armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) and propelled by Water Jet propulsion, can operate at maximum speeds of 40 Knots, economical speeds of 20 Knots with an endurance at sea of 500 nautical miles. These ships are also equipped with advanced sensors and navigational aids. A day/ night surveillance capability coupled with speed, excellent maneuverability and advanced communication enables these ships to protect the ODA against asymmetric threat from anti national elements. These ships can also rapidly insert and extract MARCOS from oil Platforms, should the need arise. ISVs are also being tasked for search and rescue and law enforcement around these critical national assets.

True to their mettle and trust espoused in them by the nation, since their induction in Jan 2013, ships of this class have undertaken 231 deployments and logged 67,000 nm on patrol in the ODA. These ships are thus fulfilling the mandate for presence, surveillance and reliable response capability by creating a niche in the maritime security domain.  

Visit of HMS Richmond to Goa

HMS Richmond is visiting Goa from 27 Sep to 01 Oct 15. HMS Richmond is a Frigate of the UK Navy and is the seventh Royal Navy ship to proudly bear the name and enjoys strong links to several affiliations in both Richmond upon Thames and Richmond, North Yorkshire. The ship has been operating in the Arabian Sea to counter heroin smuggling, which passes through the African countries and reach the western shores.

The ship has been on deployment for the last nine months. The ship will depart from Goa and will be under taking Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations during its transit back to England. The ship is commanded by Commander Mark Anderson and is currently berthed at MPT.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Corps Of Artillery Celebrates 188th Gunners’ Day

28th Sep has a special significance in the annals of the history of the Regiment of Artillery as the first Indian Artillery Unit, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery equipped with 2.5 inch RML Gun, was raised on this day in 1827. The Regiment celebrates the occasion every year as Gunners’ Day. The Indian Artillery celebrated the 188th Gunners’ Day on 28 Sep 2015.

The Regiment proved its mettle during the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, 1971 and 1999. In addition, since the mid 1980s, gunners have been fighting shoulder to shoulder with the infantry in counter insurgency operations in Punjab, J&K and the North Eastern States.

The Indian Artillery is modernising rapidly with acquisition of 155 mm calibre gun systems in the towed, self propelled and air portable versions. The introduction of long range weapon locating and surveillance radars and unmanned aerial vehicles have increased the reach and enhanced the ambit of battle field transparency. The latest addition to the armoury is a supersonic land cruising missile capable of destroying pin point targets deep inside the enemy territory. 

XXXIV Indian Coast Guard Commanders Conference

Hon’ble  Raksha Mantri,  Sh Manohar Parrikar, inaugurated  the 34th Coast Guard Commanders Conference at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi on 28 Sep 15. The conference was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Defence, and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) which included the Director General and the Additional Director General.  The conference is held annually, where all Regional Commanders put forth the roadmap for future and discuss various policy and strategic issues with respect to operations, acquisitions, human resources, training etc. A brain storming session which lasts for 3 days, carves out a futuristic vision for the service and also determines the means to overcome the challenges by best utilisation of the available resources at disposal. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri said that India’s unique geographical disposition affords us a unique leverage in the Indian Ocean, one that must be pursued for our national objectives and more importantly one that needs to be safeguarded diligently.         

Conveying   appreciation to all personnel of the ICG for serving the nation with utmost professionalism, courage and dedication the Hon’ble RM said that he was pleased to know that since its inception in 1978, the Indian Coast Guard has rendered yeoman service and has played a pivotal role in safeguarding the maritime interests by ensuring safe and secure seas for the safety of the seafaring community.

The Raksha Mantri promised all help from his ministry while pursuing the critical cases of the service effecting the growth and operational efficiency be it the manpower or new acquisitions.

The three day annual conference will also be attended by The Chief Of Naval Staff.

Assistance To Naga Girl By Indian Army

Miss Muwala Sangtam, 25 yrs old lady resident of Vill Changchor, Distt Kiphire, Nagaland lost both her upper limbs on 8 Oct 2012 in an unfortunate incident. She was initially managed at Civil hosp, Dimapur where revision surgery of both upper limbs was carried out. Artificial limbs which were provided initially were very heavy and non functional which she discarded after a short course of time.

Field Hosp at Dimapur, Nagaland was given the responsibility by Spear Corps to provide her with artificial prosthesis for both upper limbs under Op Sadbhavana in the yr 2014-15. The task was difficult as her limbs were amputated from the shoulder joints.  The aim was to provide light weight artificial prosthesis with partial functionality and good cosmetic look. The artificial limbs were procured and fitted on 26 Mar 2015. This was followed by intensive rehabilitation regime. She has now been using the artificial limbs for approx 6 months. Partial functionality has been achieved which is likely to improve further with continuous use. Her parents have been  her major source of support.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, GOC Spear Corps interacted with the lady on 26 Sep 2015 and appreciated the quality of the limbs provided to the girl and the efforts put in by the unit and specialist doctors. He further reiterated that the Army would continue all efforts to help and aid the Naga people and Naga society with various welfare activities.  

Indo Sri Lanka Joint Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015

In continuation with the series of Joint Exercise between India and Sri Lanka to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability, Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2015 will be conducted shortly at Pune with the scheduled arrival of the Sri Lankan contingent at Aundh Camp on 29 September 2015. This will be the third joint training exercise between the two Armies. 

The aim of the joint training is to share the best military practices and promoting healthy military to military relations between the two Armies and developing joint strategies by sharing expertise of conducting operations. The idea is to tap the rich repository of experience of each other and extract maximum learning value from the joint training. Forming part of different levels of the military to military engagement across the entire spectrum of operations, this exercise will enrich the two contingents in further honing basic military skills. 

The exercise is planned for a duration of 14 days with the basic objective of enhancing confidence and trust between the two militaries, which are often called upon to engage in anti terrorism operations including those under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercise is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region. Senior military observers of both the countries will be attending the Final Tactical Exercise scheduled to be held at Aundh Military Station on 10 and 11 Oct 2015. 

Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2015 will contribute immensely in developing mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Visit Of INS Trikand To Toulon, France

In continuation of Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to West Asia, Africa and Europe, INS Trikand entered Toulon today for a three day visit. The ship will engage extensively with the French Navy during its stay in the country. Apart from professional interaction, a number of sports and social engagements are also planned, which would go a long way in enhancing cooperation and understanding towards mutually beneficial issues of maritime interest. The Indian and French Navies routinely undertake bilateral maritime exercises known as VARUNA which is the fulcrum of maritime engagement 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.

Relations between India and France have traditionally been close and friendly. With the establishment of the strategic partnership in 1998, there has been significant progress in all areas of bilateral co-operation including defence, nuclear energy and space. Both countries conduct a high-level annual exercise code-named ‘Varuna’, the last edition of which was conducted off Goa this year with the participation of the French aircraft carrier, Charles De Gaulle. India and France are also collaborating in the Scorpene submarine programme, under which six submarines are being built in India with French assistance.

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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru Takes Over As Flag Officer Submarines

Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, NM has assumed the duties of Flag Officer Submarines from Rear Admiral SV Bokhare, today, 25 September 2015. Rear Admiral Mahindru was commissioned on  01 January 85, and has served 27 years in the Submarine Arm.  He has commanded a conventional submarine, frigate and a destroyer prior assuming Command of nuclear submarine Arihant. Whilst serving ashore, the officer commanded the Navy's Submarine Training Establishment and been a
Director at Naval Headquarters.  He is an alumnus of prestigious College of Naval Warfare and has also completed the Staff Course in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Defence Minister Asks DRDO To Focus On Core Defence Technology Areas

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today asked DRDO scientists to concentrate on core activities factoring the defence technology requirements of the Armed Forces. He asked DRDO to involve the Industry in producing the technologies which they have developed. “Hand- hold the Industry to make some products which you may have developed”, he said. 

Addressing the 39th Directors’ Conference here today, Shri Parrikar said the close interface of DRDO with Navy in developing technology products is well matured. DRDO should now develop similar level of interface with Army and IAF. 

Appreciating the large scale technical manpower that DRDO has developed over the years, Shri Parrikar said DRDO can play an inspirational role in skill-development in the country across several fields, leading to job creation for the ever expanding youth population of the country. 

Shri Parrikar directed the top brass of DRDO to avoid duplication or overlapping of activities by Laboratories for greater economic efficiency. In this regard, the Cluster Heads have a major role to play. He asked the scientists not to rest on laurels but seek greater heights in innovation and technology. 

Shri Parrikar said there is a potential of one billion dollar worth of exports of technology products developed by DRDO in 2-3 years. 

The Meeting was attended among others by the Chief of Air Staff and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan and Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Dr G Satheesh Reddy. 

Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said our visionary forefathers had conceptualized DRDO as the prime instrument for gaining strategic independence for India through indigenisation and development of core/critical technologies. He said DRDO has been able to achieve the objectives of self reliance to a great extent in the past seven decades. While he touched upon the success stories of missiles and Radars, he urged the scientists to treat disappointments as challenges and convert them into greater opportunities. 

ACM Raha said Scientists should be driven by passion that does not allow them to rest till the task is achieved. 

The CAS said DRDO has a great role to play in transformation process of the Armed Forces and mentioned that key issues should be jointly addressed by all the stakeholders. There should be a greater involvement of the three services and production agencies and a joint development road map. 

ACM Raha said the transformation of Armed Forces into a strategic Force with a multi spectrum capability will need to ride on the shoulders of DRDO. They will need to work together in a mission mode with result orientation bringing in more indigenization through state of art equipment. 

The DG, DRDO Dr S Christopher said the year 2014-15 was marked by a number of achievements in every technology cluster. 

He said the current value of production orders or DAC cleared systems from the DRDO stable stands at 1.79 Lakhs Crores, which does not include strategic systems. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PM Pays Homage On Golden Jubilee To Commemorate Victory Of Indian Soldiers In 1965 war

PM pays homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the Golden Jubilee to commemorate the victory and sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the 1965 war

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi, on the Golden Jubilee to commemorate the victory and sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the India-Pak War of 1965. The Prime Minister laid a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti. 

The Prime Minister wrote in the Visitor’s Book. He met war veterans and their families.

Indian Fishermen Fired Upon

At about 0930 h on 18 Sp 15 Indian Coast Guard Ship Vijit intercepted a VHF call seeking Indian Coast Guard (IC) assistance for an Indian fishing boat being fired upon by an unidentified boat 10 nm across notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).  Simultaneously Indian Coast Guard Station Okha received information from the owner of the fishing boat “Premraj” that the boat was fired upon whilst fishing along the notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

On receipt of information two Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) namely Vijit and Meera Behn on patrol were immediately diverted towards the position of the incident to investigate and render assistance.  In addition, Coast Guard Dornier aircraft was also launched from Porbandar to undertake aerial surveillance of the area along the notional IMBL.

ICGS Vijit effected rendezvous with the boat and ascertained that the firing incident had resulted in a death of a fisherman named Iqbal (Age 40 Yrs) who succumbed due to the bullet injury (On Right Collar Bone) sustained during the firing.  The remaining crew is safe and the fishing boat is under escort of Indian Coast Guard Ship Meera Behn.  The boat is likely to enter Okha at 2300 hrs todate 18 Sep 15.

INS Adyar Observes Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup day was observed by INS Adyar, the Navy Office Chennai on 19 September 2015 at the sea shore, adjacent to the Navy Office.  More than 1000 Naval personnel comprising of Officers, Sailors and their families and school students participated in the coastal cleanup activity. A large quantity of non-bio degradable material was removed from the beach.  Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, Naval Officer-in-Charge  (Tamilnadu & Puducherry) inaugurated the Coastal Cleanup day programme and took part in the cleaning activity along with the Naval personnel and their families.

International Coastal Cleanup day was observed by Coast Guard Region today (19 Sep 2015). Shri Saidai Duraisamy, Mayor of Chennai Corporation inaugurated the International Coastal cleanup day in presence of Inspector General SP Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East), IG (Coastal Security Group) Tamil Nadu and senior Coast Guard Officers from various Coast Guard Ships and establishments.  The event was organized by the Indian Coast Guard as a part of United Nations Environment programme along the Chennai Coastline off Marina Beach and Elliot Beach.  The event is also to support the “Swachh Bharath” mission launched by the Honourable Prime Minister.

About 3000 personnel including families from the units of Coast Guard, Student volunteers from various Schools, Colleges, National Cadet Corps, NSS and NGOs were participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Day programme at Marina beach in Chennai.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest highlighted and stressed the need to keep the Beaches and Sea area clean and free from all kinds of litter and pollution.  He also requested the general public to ensure safe, hygienic and secure beaches to enjoy its beauty as Marina Beach is the second largest Beach in the World. International Coastal Cleanup day is organized on the third Saturday of September every year towards maintaining the Beaches `Safe, Clean and Green’.

Officers Training Academy Passing Out Parade

The Passing Out Parade of the Officers Training Academy was held at Chennai, today.  A total of 279 Gentlemen and Lady Cadets (230 Gentleman Cadets, 33 Lady Cadets and 16 Foreign Cadets out of which fifteen from Afghanistan and one from Lesohoto) were commissioned as Officers after the completion of vigorous training at the Academy.

Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command reviewed the spectacular parade, which was commanded by Academy Under Officer Ankush Kumar Sharma.

The cadets marched out with precision from the hallowed precincts of the Parameshwaran Drill Square to the tune of `Auld Lang Syne’, taking the `Final Step’, thus symbolising the end of their training, which infact is the `First Step’ towards a demanding and stimulating career as the custodians of the Nation’s integrity and honour.  The proud parents of the cadets, dignitaries and members of the diplomatic fraternity witnessed the mesmerizing parade.

Addressing the Parade, the Reviewing Officer said “The Indian Army has a formidable image at home and abroad for its professionalism, patriotism and discipline.  Indeed the Army is admired for the exemplary service it renders in the face of external and internal challenges, peacekeeping operations or while providing relief and rehabilitation in time of the nations need.  I call upon each one of you to correctly comprehend the fine qualities expected of you and urge you to constantly endeavour to be fully equipped to meet your responsibilities and expectations head on.  Remember the troops you will command are the finest in the world and you must treat them decently and with respect.  In addition to leading them well in operations, it is your duty to look after their welfare and ensure a good quality of life for them.  The power of leading by example continues to be pre-eminent”.    
During the Parade, the Reviewing Officer presented various awards.  The most coveted “Sword of Honour” for Best All Round Gentlemen/Lady Cadet of the Passing Out Course was presented to Senior Under Officer  Pragun Bali.  The Gold Medal for standing first in Order of Merit was awarded to Battalion Cadet Adjutant Vishwaraj Singh.  The Silver Medal for standing second in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Under Officer Ankush Kumar Sharma and the Bronze Medal for standing third in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Battalion Cadet Adjutant Arjun Sharma.

 The cadets were pipped as officers, by their parents in front of the Parameshwaran Drill Square.  The event was followed by an oath taking ceremony and National Anthem.  Apart from the President’s Commission to lead the world’s second largest Army, each of the newly commissioned Lieutenants would also be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies by the Madras University.

 The parade was witnessed by the Military and Civil Dignitaries, the family members, relatives, friends of the newly commissioned officers, alongwith the Officers and families of OTA and the officers of Headquarters, Dakshin Bharat Area.  The Reviewing Officer was accompanied by Lieutenant General RP Sahi, Commandant, Officers Training Academy and Lieutenant General Jagbir Singh, General Officer Commanding, Dakshin Bharat Area.