Tuesday, April 19, 2016

IAF Seminar On “Make in India"

A one day seminar on “Make in India for Indian Air Force’ in collaboration with CII was held at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi today.

Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri (RRM), Sh Rao Inderjit Singh was the chief guest of the event and in his key note he said that “A number of measures have been taken by the Government of india to promote indigenous development and manufacture of defence equipment. The DPP 2016, revised offset policy and enhanced FDI in defence sector are some such measures which offer several; incentives to the private industry to participate in defence production. I am glad that this seminar is being held and the Indian Air Force and CII has come together to participate in the same platform.  The Indian Air Force has prepared its indigenization requirements for future technologies and new weapon system capabilities that they plan to induct, in the form of this form of a booklet”.  Before the release of the booklet on “Indigenisation Roadmap for the Indian Air Force” he said that “It would provide useful inputs to the industry to map their potential with the requirements of the Indian Air Force”.

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha gave the inaugural address.  While delivering the address the CAS that “IAF is in the process of modernizing and expanding its inventory to keep up with the changing geo-political scenario and emerging threat perception. There exists a huge potential for indigenization in the manufacturing of capital equipment and their maintenance spares.  Economical and optimal exploitation of such a potential by the Indian Industry would lead to greater self reliance”.

During the morning session - ‘Indigenisation of Capital Equipment’ followed by ‘Indigenisation for Maintenance and Sustenance of Aircraft Fleets and systems’ were covered.  In the afternoon session - ‘Quality Assurance and Certification of Indigenious Equipment’ and ‘MRO in Military Aviation : IAF perspective and Industry Capability’ were discussed.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Indian Naval Warships Visit Colombo, Sri Lanka

Indian Naval Ships Tir and Sujata, along with Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna, comprising the 1st Training Squadron, are scheduled to visit Colombo, Sri Lanka today and shall stay till 19 Apr 16 as part of their Overseas Deployment during Spring Term 16. The Senior Officer of the 1st Training Squadron, Captain SR Ayyar, would be embarked on board INS Tir.

India and Sri Lanka have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have strengthened over the years. The people of India and Sri Lanka have close cultural bonds and a shared vision of a democratic and pluralistic society. Visits by IN and SLN ships to each other’s countries as well as bilateral exercises such as SLINEX provide opportunities for extensive operational and training engagements and contribute to the maintenance of good order at sea. The present deployment of the Training Squadron to Colombo would further cement the close relations between the two nations and the two navies.       

The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises Indian Naval Ships Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training Ships Sudarshini and Tarangini, all of which have been built in India. The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees, with a 24 weeks ab-initio sea training being imparted. All the trainees are trained in Seamanship, Navigation, Ship Handling, Boat Work, Technical aspects, etc. whilst being exposed to the rigours of life at sea, so as to earn their ‘sea legs’.

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) is the Training Command of the Indian Navy, which provides both basic and advanced training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM is the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. The Indian Navy has also been providing training to personnel from friendly foreign countries for more than four decades, wherein more than 13,000 personnel from over 40 countries have been trained. The Indian Navy’s focused approach for providing high quality training by constantly adapting to evolving tactics and technologies, has gained it a reputation of being one of the finest training destinations.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Marshal Of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh To Turn 97

The IAF salutes the Marshal of the Indian Air Force 

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh DFC will turn Ninety Seven on15 April 2016.  The Indian Air Force has planned a grand function at Akash Officers’ Mess, New Delhi on 14 April 16 to celebrate the occasion.  A large number of dignitaries will be in attendance which will include the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the three Service Chiefs among others.

The Marshal has strongly believed in four simple principles throughout his life. Firstly, one should be thorough in his profession; secondly, one should complete the job at hand to the satisfaction of everyone; thirdly, one must have implicit faith in his subordinates; and fourthly, ones efforts should be honest and sincere. He feels that if one adheres to these four principles, one can never go wrong.

The IAF salutes the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, an iconic figure and wishes him all the best and grateful to him for guiding and inspiring through the years.

The Marshal of the Air Force was the first Indian Air Chief to lead a young Indian Air Force into war. He was Chief of the Air Staff when the IAF saw action in 1965. He was hardly 44 years of age when entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian Air Force.

The Marshal was born on 15 April 1919, in Lyalpur (now Faislabad, Pakistan), and completed his education at Montgomery (now Sahiwal, Pakistan). At the age of 19, he was selected to the Empire Pilot training course at RAF Cranwell. His first assignment on being commissioned was to fly Westland Wapiti biplanes in the North-Western Frontier Province as a member of the No.1 RIAF Squadron. After a brief stint with the newly formed No. 2 RIAF Squadron where the Marshal flew against the tribal forces, he later moved back to No.1 Sqn as a Flying Officer to fly the Hawker Hurricane. He was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader in 1944. The Marshal led the Squadron against the Japanese during the Arakan Campaign, flying Close Air Support missions during the crucial Imphal Campaign and later assisting the advance of the Allied Forces to Rangoon. For his role in successfully leading the Squadron in combat, the Marshal was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1944. On 15 August 1947, he achieved the unique honour of leading a fly-past of over a hundred IAF aircraft in Delhi, over the Red Fort.

After his promotion to the rank of Wing Commander, he attended the Royal Staff College at UK. Immediately after Indian independence, he commanded Ambala in the rank of Group Captain. In 1949, he was promoted to the rank of Air Commodore and took over as Air Officer Commanding of an operational command, which later came to be known as Western Air Command. Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, had the distinction of having the longest tenure as the AOC of an Operational base, initially from 1949-1952 and then again from 1957-1961. After his promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he was appointed as the AOC-in-C of an Operational Command. Towards the end of the 1962 war, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and he became the Vice Chief of the Air Staff in 1963. He was the overall commander of the joint air training exercise "Shiksha" held between the IAF, RAF and RAAF.

On 01 August 1964, in the rank of Air Marshal, the Marshal of the 
Air Force Arjan Singh took reins of the IAF, at a time when it was still rebuilding itself and was gearing up to meet new challenges. The Marshal was the first Air Chief to keep his flying currency till his CAS rank. Having flown over 60 different types of aircraft from Pre-WW-II era biplanes to the more contemporary, Gnats & Vampires, he has also flown in transport aircraft like the Super Constellation.

In 1965, when Pakistan launched its Operation Grand Slam, with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnur, the Marshal led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill. He inspired the IAF to victory, despite the constraints imposed on the full-scale use of the Air Force combat power. Then Defence Minister YB Chavan wrote about him, “Air Marshal Arjan Singh is a jewel of a person, quiet efficient and firm; unexcitable but a very able leader.”

The Marshal was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his astute leadership of the Air Force during the war.  Subsequently in recognition of the Air Force's contribution during the war, the rank of the CAS was upgraded and Arjan Singh became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force. He remained a flyer to the end of his tenure in the IAF, visiting forward Bases & units and flying with the Squadrons. He retired in August 1969, thereupon accepting Ambassadorship to Switzerland. He was Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi from Dec 1989 to Dec 1990.  Having been a source of inspiration to all personnel of the Armed Forces through the years, the Government of India conferred the rank of the Marshal of the Air Force upon Arjan Singh in January 2002 making him the first and the only 'Five Star' rank officer with the Indian Air Force.

Chief of Naval Staff Honours Naval Gallantry and Non Gallantry Award Winners at Naval Investiture Ceremony

Chief of Naval Staff Honours Naval Gallantry and Non Gallantry Award Winners at Naval Investiture Ceremony

Naval Investiture Ceremony, an annual event for the Indian Navy, was held on board Indian Naval Ship Viraat at Naval Dockyard Mumbai on 13 Apr 16.  Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, conferred Gallantry and non Gallantry Awards  awards to their recipients on behalf of the President of India at a ceremonial parade.

Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Dhowan complemented the awardees for their dedication and for bringing laurels to the Indian Navy by their actions and service. He said that the emphasis of the Navy today is on continuous training so that the professional standards are maintained in the force.  Admiral said that the economic development of the country is anchored on its independence at sea. He said that men and women of the Navy remain alert round the clock at sea so that the citizens of the country can lead peaceful lives on land. While complimenting the families of the awardees for their unstinting support he said that the Officers and men of the Indian Navy cannot discharge their duty at sea with worries about the well being of their families. He apprised the personnel on parade that the Indian Navy has built 6000 houses as a part of Married Accommodation Project (MAP) Phase I and II. To ease the housing problems in various Naval Stations proposals for 12000 houses are also being raised. Of these, 4000 dwellings are proposed to be built in Mumbai for improving the availability to officers and men here.  

Indian Navy played a vital role in evacuation of over 3000 people including Indian diaspora and foreign nationals of 30 countries from war-torn Yemen during Operation Rahat in Apr 2015. Navy has also contributed immensely to the crisis situation of water shortage at Maldives by Operation Neer and Operation Leher during the cyclone Hudhud at Vishakapatinam. For their meticulous planning, conduct and successful accomplishment of various missions such as Operation Rahat, Operation  Neer and other search and rescue operations Rear Adm B Dasgupta, Chief Staff Officer Operations and Capt Alok Anand, Director Naval Operations, were awarded the Yudh Seva Medal. For their service, bravery and valor at war-torn Yemen during the Operation Rahat, while serving onboard Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Tarkash and Sumitra, Inder Singh Ojha MCPOII RC1, Satya Ranjan Mandal, MCPOII ASWI(S) and Keshar Singh Chaudhary, PO RCI have been conferred with Yudh Seva Medal. For their Gallant action and impeccable execution of operations at Yemen, Capt Rajesh Dhankar, Commanding Officer, INS Mumbai and Captain Pradeep Singh, Commanding Officer, INS Tarkash have been conferred with Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).

Navy also plays an important role in rescue operations of ships and aircraft in distress situations at sea. Cdr Sanjay Shukla, a helicopter pilot, Anil Kumar POA(ACMD) and Thongbam Prakash Singh NAI(ACMD) both divers have been honoured with Nao Sena Medal (Gallantary) for rescue of 19 men from MV Jindal Kamakshi and MV Coastal Pride which were in distress off the Mumbai coast in most challenging weather conditions. Cdr Ashok Kumar has been awarded the Nao Sena Medal (Gallantary) for recovery of bodies and salvage of wreckage of Dornier IN-240 that had ditched off Karwar at a depth of 58 Meters.

The other awards included eight Nao Sena Medals for Devotion to Duty, sixteen Vishisht Seva Medals, one Jeeven Rakshak Padak. Captain Ravi Dhir Medal was awarded to Commander Binu Kumar Bhaskaran and Lieutenant VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal, was awarded to Lieutenant Commander HKS Chauhan for outstanding innovativeness in promoting Flight Safety and for outstanding applied research in the technical field respectively.
The CNS also presented unit citation to six operational afloat units and four shore establishments who have delivered exceptional performance over the past one year. These are afloat units IN Ships Mumbai, Tarkash, Sumitra and Tarangini, IN Air Squadron 315 and IN Submarine Sindhudhvaj and establishments INHS Asvini at Mumbai, INS Circars at Visakhapatnam, INS India at Delhi, INS Valsura at Jamnagar. Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and INS Kalinga, Vishakapatinam were awarded with the, newly instituted, Best Green Practices Trophy for the environment friendly / green initiatives.

The Naval Investiture Ceremony was also attended by families of the award winners, Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of ships and submarines and their families.   

French Naval Ships Visit Kochi

French Naval Ship Tonnerre

French Naval Ships Tonnerre and are on a visit to Kochi from 12-16 Apr 16. Captain Laurent Sudrat and Commander Claire Pothier are the Commanding Officers of Tonnerre and Guepratte respectively. During the visit, various interactions with Southern Naval Command have been planned. On 12 Apr 16, Colonel Frederic Ugo, Resident, Defence Attache and Commander Loic Bizot, Resident Naval Attache, Embassy of France, New Delhi accompanied by the Commanding Officers of French Naval Ships called on the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. Other planned interactions during the stay of the French ships include exchange of visits by specialist officers and personnel from both the navies with Indian Navy personnel visiting the French Naval ships and vice-versa.

French Naval Ship Guepratte

The French side had shown interest in learning Kabbadi and training for it was conducted on the beach front of INS Dronacharya at Fort Kochi on 13 Apr16 . The defence industries of France viz; Zodiac, Nexture, DCNS,MBDA, SAGM and Thales have put up display onboard FN ship Tonnerre. Specialist medical officers from Indian Armed forces visited the France Naval ship Tonnerre for Professional interaction. On departure a Joint exercise “PASSEX” is planned between IN - FN ships. IN ship Sunayna and Sharda will be participating in PASSEX.

Progress of Theera Veta Being Monitored at Joint Operation Centre, Naval Base, Kochi

Progress of Theera Veta being monitored at joint Operation Centre, Naval Base, Kochi

A comprehensive coastal security exercise ‘Theera Veta’ involving multiple security agencies was conducted along the entire coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and the Union Territory of Mahe from 6 to 8 April 2016.  

During the exercise, Attack and Security groups were formed with the Attack group simulating attacks on important locations called as Vital areas or points (VA/VP) along the Kerala Coast, L & M Islands and UT of Mahe. The task of the Coastal Security Group was to thwart any such attack during exercise. All fishing harbours, Fish Landing centers and other entry/exit points were being monitored for the purpose. Higher security state was maintained in all minor ports using boat patrols and link with respective Coastal Security Operation Centre.

State and U/T administration, Police and IRBN, Fisheries Department, Intelligence Bureau, Customs, Cochin Port Trust, Director General Light House and Light Ships, Department of Port, Shipping and Aviation at Lakshadweep Islands and fishermen association as well as fishing communities of the state of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and the U/T of Mahe besides the Navy and Coast Guard participated in the exercise.

The entire exercise was coordinated by the Coast Guard and monitored the at the JOC (Joint Operation Centre), located at naval base, Kochi.

"Theera Veta" is a bi-annual exercise aimed to assess the effectiveness of the coastal fishing community in serving as ‘eyes and ears’ for early warning of any threats from sea and also to evaluate interoperability and coordination between integrated maritime security agencies in intelligence gathering, surveillance and provide anti terrorism defence and counter insurgency. This exercise was earlier conducted last year from 17-19 Nov 15.

Indian Navy Collaborates With Jamia Millia Islamia For Recognition Of In-service Training of Naval Personnel

Indian Navy Collaborates with Jamia Millia Islamia for recognition of in-service training of Naval Personnel 

Adding a new dimension to educational profile of sailors of the Indian Navy,Jamia Millia Islamia (Jamia), a Central University by an Act of Parliament has recognized in-service training of naval personnel for award of Graduation Degree. 

The Indian Navy conducts training programmes for its sailors at training centres across the country. A Joint-Equivalence Committee with members both from Jamia and Navy was constituted for credit determination for all theoretical and practical components of academic-cum-training programmes in the Indian Navy. The admission to Jamia courses would be through the Centre for Distance and Open Learning that will lead to award of degrees on fulfilment of statutory requirements. 

The recommendations of JEC were approved by Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia in the presence of Vice Admiral A R Karve, Chief of Personnel, Indian Navy today (13 Apr 16) in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. The eligible naval sailors would now be able to enrol in the programmes from July 16 for academic year 2016-17. 

Elaborating on the need for such an arrangement Vice Admiral A R Karve observed that it was a historic moment for the Indian Navy to enter into collaboration with Jamia and emphasised that this MoU would benefit the sailors immensely besides establishing a long term relationship with Jamia. 

Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia stated that it was a proud moment for the university to be associated with Indian Navy that offers selfless service to the country by safeguarding its boundaries and providing critical support in the domain of defence. He felt that both the institutions could work together to mutually benefit both Naval personnel and Jamia students. He expressed his desire to support Indian Navy in all possible ways for strengthening their academic and training programmes through university generated knowledge and research. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Para SF Commando Dagger Martyred In Manipur, Fighting Militants

Maj Deswal .. 21 SF was leading an op in 59 Bde AOR .... Contact with terrorists wherein 01 killed and one suspected killed in action ... He sustained 02 gun shot wounds in stomach and right thigh.. And succumbed to his injuries ... Was a commando dagger

Maj Amit Deswal was commissioned on 10 Jun 2006 into Regt Of Arty. After his basic service he recognised that his calling is somewhere more adventurous.. He opted for Special Group at first but finally opted and was selected and marooned into the coveted Special Forces. .

He joined the elite unit in Jan 2011.He was physically robust which was reflected in his performance at the 'Ghatak Course ', where he secured ' Commando Dagger - Best Student'   at 8 yrs of service .

He got inducted in Manipur for Op Hifazat II in Jan 2016.

After relentless hard work combined with a superior tactical acumen, the officer homed on to eliminate the leadership of NSCN K and ZNF cadres. With his Cdo spirit at helm he followed them and in an ensuing gunfight on 13 April 2016, he sustained two GSW in stomach. Despite grieviously injured the offr shot down the top militant Cadres at last Light in Tamenglong District. The Bravegeart breathed his last in the true traditions of a Warrior, a Commando , fighting till the End.

In his early thirties, was married and leaves a three-year old son.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

US Secretary Of Defense Ashton Carter's India Visit - India , US Agree On LSA 'In Principle'

Raksha Mantri’s Statement at the Joint Press Conference with Dr Ashton Carter, United States Defence Secretary 

The following is the full text of Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar’s speech delivered at the Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defence of the United States Dr. Ashton Carter:- 

Your Excellency Dr Ashton Carter, Defence Secretary of the United States, Distinguished Members of the Media, 

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to receive Dr Carter in India. This is his second visit in less than a year, reflecting his continued interest in expanding bilateral defence relations between our two countries. We in India regard Dr Carter as a great friend and advocate of a stronger India-US partnership. We appreciate his personal commitment and guidance in deepening the strategic partnership between India and the United States. 

Our discussions, spread over the past three days, have been marked by characteristic warmth, candour and a sense of mutual purpose. I am confident that the India-US relationship will be one of the key global partnerships of this Century. Defence cooperation is a central pillar of India’s multi-faceted relationship with the US. A stronger India-US partnership will promote peace, stability and progress in our region and the world. 

As many of you are aware, Secretary Carter is the architect of the India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative. DTTI has provided an unprecedented platform for our two countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation in cutting-edge technologies and to address procedural delays in decision-making. We have decided to take forward discussions under DTTI more aggressively on key areas such as Jet Engine technology. We will also continue our very useful and productive discussions on cooperation in the framework of the Joint Working Group on aircraft carriers. We also agreed to expand DTTI by introducing new and more ambitious projects for mutual collaboration. Both of us noted the strong complementarities between DTTI and the Make in India initiative. I hope to work together with Secretary Carter over the coming weeks and months to facilitate synergies between Indian and US companies in high technology areas, and in particular to promote participation of Indian companies in global supply chains. 

I was deeply honoured by Secretary Carter’s acceptance of my invitation to visit Goa as well as the Indian naval base in Karwar and INS Vikramaditya, which showcase the finest capabilities of the Indian Navy. We also visited the USS Blue Ridge, which is currently on a goodwill visit to India. 

These visits underline the growing importance of the maritime dimension of our relationship, as manifested in the Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean region. It was entirely appropriate that we visited India’s western shores. Even as we work with the United States to realize the full potential of India’s Act East policy, we also seek a closer partnership with the United States to promote our shared interests in India’s West, especially in the context of the emerging situation in West Asia. 

With a view to taking our cooperation forward, Secretary Carter and I have agreed to set up a new bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue between officials from our respective Defence and External Affairs Ministries. We have also decided to enhance our on-going Navy-to-Navy discussions to cover submarine-related issues. Both countries will also deepen cooperation in Maritime Domain Awareness by finalizing a ‘White Shipping’ Agreement. 

The growing interaction between our armed forces is another significant aspect of our bilateral partnership. Today, India has more joint exercises with the United States than with any other country in the world. After a few years, we are taking part in multilateral exercises such as the Red Flag Air Force exercise and the RIMPAC Naval Exercise. As our engagement deepens, we need to develop practical mechanisms to facilitate such exchanges. In this context, Secretary Carter and I agreed in principle to conclude a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement in the coming months. 

We also discussed the regional security environment. I underlined India’s continuing concern at terrorism in the region directed against us. Secretary Carter emphasised that eliminating terrorism, and the ideology and infrastructure that supports it, is a common objective the United States shares with India. We look forward to even closer bilateral cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism. 

Ladies and gentlemen, 

India and the United States are both strongly committed to a rule-based international order. We will continue to work together to maintain peace and stability and to maintain an enabling framework for progress and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. It is the convergence of our core democratic values and deeply shared interests that drives our relationship forward. Secretary Carter’s visit has elevated our strategic partnership to a higher level. I look forward to working together with him in the days ahead to implement the decisions that we have reached during this visit. 

India-United States Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India from April 10-13, 2016 

Following is the text of the Indo-US Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter to India from April 10-13, 2016: 

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter is on an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar from April 10-13, 2016. Raksha Mantri hosted Secretary Carter in Goa. They visited the Indian Naval Base in Karwar and the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. They also visited the USS Blue Ridge which was conducting a port call in Goa during the Secretary’s visit. Secretary Carter then traveled to New Delhi for official talks with Raksha Mantri. He will also meet the National Security Advisor and the Prime Minister. 

The United States and India share a deep and abiding interest in global peace, prosperity, and stability. Bilateral Defence cooperation is a key component of the strategic partnership between India and the United States.Secretary Carter’s visit marked the fourth meeting between him and Raksha Mantri Parrikar within a year, demonstrating the regular Ministerial-level oversight of the robust and deepening bilateral Defence relationship. 

During their meeting, Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter reviewed the important steps taken since the signing of the new Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship last June to deepen bilateral defence ties. They discussed the priorities for the coming year in defence ties, as well as specific steps both sides will take to pursue those priorities. These included expanding collaboration under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI); Make in India efforts of Government of India; new opportunities to deepen cooperation in maritime security and Maritime Domain Awareness; military-to-military relations; the knowledge partnership in the field of defence; and regional and international security matters of mutual interest. 

Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter welcomed the efforts by the Indian and U.S. Armed Forces to further expand collaboration in the years to come. They welcomed plans across our Services for greater complexity in their military engagements and exercises, including developing plans for more advanced maritime exercises. Both sides acknowledged India's participation in the Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral naval exercise in 2016 as well as participation by the Indian Air Force in the multilateral Red Flag exercise in April-May 2016 in Alaska and U.S. participation in the International Fleet Review of the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam in February 2016.They expressed their desire to explore agreements which would facilitate further expansion of bilateral defence cooperation in practical ways. In this regard, they announced their in principle agreement to conclude a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, and to continue working toward other facilitating agreements to enhance military cooperation and technology transfer. 

In support of the India-U.S. Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region and the maritime security objectives therein, both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of maritime security. In this context, they reaffirmed their desire to expeditiously conclude a “white shipping” technical arrangement to improve data sharing on commercial shipping traffic. They agreed to commence Navy-to-Navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare. They also agreed to launch a bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue, co-chaired by officials at the Joint Secretary/Assistant Secretary-level of the Indian Ministries of Defence and External Affairs and the U.S. Departments of Defense and State. 

Secretary Carter and Raksha Mantri Parrikar reaffirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, including in the South China Sea. They vowed their support for a rules-based order and regional security architecture conducive to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, and emphasized their commitment to working together and with other nations to ensure the security and stability that have been beneficial to the Asia-Pacific for decades. 

Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter reviewed the progress and reiterated their commitment to pursue co-development and co-production of advanced defence articles under the DTTI. In this context, they agreed to initiate two new DTTI pathfinder projects on Digital Helmet Mounted Displays and the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System. They commended the on-going discussions at the Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group (JETJWG)and the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC). They agreed to work towards greater cooperation in the field of cutting-edge defence technologies, including deepening consultations on aircraft carrier design and operations, and jet engine technology. They noted the understanding reached to conclude an information exchange annex (IEA) to enhance data and information sharing specific to aircraft carriers. 

With the aim of encouraging greater participation of U.S. Defence Industries in the Make In India program of the Government of India, Raksha Mantri Parrikar informed Secretary Carter about the recently announced Defence Procurement Policy and other reforms in the Indian defence sector. Both sides agreed to encourage their respective defence industries to develop new partnerships in the pursuit of a range of cutting-edge projects. In support of Make in India, the United States shared two proposals to bolster India's suite of fighter aircraft for consideration of the Government of India. 

Secretary Carter and Raksha Mantri Parrikar welcomed the finalization of four government-to-government project agreements in the area of science and technology cooperation: Atmospheric Sciences for High Energy Lasers, Cognitive Tools for Target Detection, Small Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Blast and Blunt Traumatic Brain Injury. 

Before departing India, Secretary Carter will oversee a repatriation ceremony of U.S. World War II remains from India to the United States. Secretary Carter expressed his gratitude to Raksha Mantri Parrikar and the Government of India for their support in facilitating the recovery effort. The Indian Government agreed to support America’s commitment to bringing its fallen personnel home and providing their families the fullest possible accounting, and looks forward to further humanitarian missions of this kind over the next few years to return the remains of these U.S. heroes to their families. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Min Of State For Def's Interaction With IAF Commanders During Air Force Commanders’ Conference – April 2016

The bi-annual conference Air Force Commanders’ Conference commenced at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 11 Apr 16. Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri inaugurated the conference. 

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri G Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and Shri AK Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production). He also introduced the Air Force Commanders to the Hon’ble RRM. 

The aim of this bi-annual conference is to enhance the operational capability of the IAF. The CAS updated the Hon’ble RRM on operational status of the IAF, security measures in vogue and the progress on infrastructure development. He highlighted the efforts made to increase the aircraft serviceability and the corresponding increase in flying task of the IAF as compared to the previous years. Achievements of the IAF during recently conducted Air Force level and international exercises were also covered by the CAS. He further elaborated on the IAF’s Focus Areas and the future road-map for the IAF. He dwelt upon the efforts initiated for the well-being, morale and enhancement of physical fitness of air-warriors. 

The Hon’ble RRM complemented the IAF for professional conduct during various exercises like Ex Livewire & Ex Iron Fist and for its contribution towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. He emphasised on aviation safety, infrastructure development and the IAF’s role towards indigenisation. 

During this conference, senior leadership of the IAF would deliberate on issues pertaining to air operations, maintenance, human resources and administration. Aspects of support provided by Defence PSUs through indigenised production of prime equipment would also be discussed in a daylong session on 13 April 2016 with high level delegation from HAL, BEL and BDL. The CAS presented trophies to various Command Headquarters for excellence in sports and welfare activities. 

Photographs Of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Shoor

Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard's Efforts Of Assistance In Kollam Tragedy

Southern Naval Command 

A major fire was reported at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kollam in the early hours of Sunday, 10 Apr 16 following which the Southern Naval Command at Kochi pressed into action medical team along with equipment and materials using ships and aircraft. 

Six Aircraft (Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft, two ALH helicopters and two Chetak helicopters) and three IN ships namely Kabra, Kalpeni and Sunayna were earmarked for the requirement. Two ALH with a nine member medical team along with three doctors, paramedics, supplies and equipment was rushed to the scene at 1130 hrs. The helicopters landed at the Ashramam Ground, Kollam at 1200 hrs. One Dornier aircraft from Kochi was positioned at AF Stn Trivandrum since noon. The rest of aircraft were stand by at Kochi foe any emergent need.

IN ships Sunayna, Kabra and Kalpeni were sailed immediately from Kochi with 200 KGs of medical supplies and medical team. INS Kabra and Kalpeni reached alongside Kollam jetty at 1600 hrs while INS Sunayna is off Kollam awaiting instructions as per situation. The medical supplies have been handed over to the local administration. Ships have kept blood donors ready to meet emerging requirements of Blood. 

A relief camp has been set up at Kollam to co-ordinate all relief activities by the Navy, which was visited by the Hon’ble CM of Kerala. 

Regular contact is being maintained with state officials. Ships as well as medical teams have been directed to remain at Kollam for rendering assistance. 

Indian Coast Guard

A fire incident occurred in the wee hours on 10 Apr 2016 at Kerala’s Puttingal Temple, Kollam.  The Coast Guard District Headquarters No.4 at Kochi in coordination with District administration immediately responded for rendering assistance. 

The Coast Guard Disaster Management Team was activated at Kochi and Vizhinjam.  The situation was carefully monitored to render assistance for saving precious lives.

The Coast Guard interceptor Boat C-427 and interceptor craft from Vizhinjam harbour was instantaneously sailed out with maximum Coast Guard personnel and entered Thangassery harbour (Kollam District) for rendering assistance and support to the Dist. Administration. 

The CG Medical Team alongwith medical kit was sent to the disaster site from Coast Guard Station Vizhinjam,  Trivandrum.  The medical team has started providing all possible assistance to the Dist. Administration. 

The Coast Guard helicopter based at Kochi was immediately converted into ambulance mode and positioned at Trivandrum with experience service doctor alongwith medical supplies for medical evacuation. 

Maximum Coast Guard personnel from Vizhinjam have reached Govt. hospital at Trivandrum for donating blood.  The Coast Guard team is also providing assistance to the hospital staff on the request by the Dist. Collector, Trivandrum to manage the civil blood donors in the Govt. hospital. 

Coast Guard ambulance from Coast Guard station Kochi along with additional medical team and support staff also proceeded to the disaster site by road for rendering assistance. Coast Guard District headquarters (Kerala) is in communication with Dist collector, Trivandrum for mobilising additional support to the administration.  The Coast Guard Ship Abhinav at Kochi is kept standby along with medical relief material for immediate deployment.

Repatriation Of 9 Sri Lankan Fishermen From Karaikal & 96 Indian Fisherm From Sri Lanka

Karaikal 09 Apr 16. Consequent to the mutual agreement between India and Srilanka, 96 Indian fishermen from Srilanka and 09 Srilankan fishermen from India were repatriated to their respective country wherein, the fishermen were handed over and taken over at IMBL between Indian Coast Guard ships and Sri Lankan Naval ships.

Indian Coast Guard Ships Rani Durgavati today repatriated 09 Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested for poaching activities in Indian waters by Indian Coast Guard Ship Sagar on 24 Feb 16.  Repatriation of Sri Lankan fishermen was facilitated post their release by Hon’ble Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (I/C), Egmore. 

In addition, repatriation of 96 Indian fishermen was also effected at Karaikal today.  

The repatriation was carried out by two Coast Guard Ships, namely Abheek and Rani Durgavati. The ships took over the fishermen from Sri Lankan Navy at 1330 hrs on  09 Apr 16. Coast Guard Ship Abheek and Rani Durgavati combinedly took over 96 Indian fishermen and were brought to Karaikal.  The repatriated Indian fishermen belongs to Nagapattinam (08), Pudukkottai (19), Ramanathapuram (49) and Tuticorin (20) districts of Tamil Nadu. 

Both the ships reached Karaikal at 1700 hrs on 09 Apr 16.  After due investigation/documentation, the fishermen were handed over to fisheries department as per information received from Commandant, Coast Guard Station Karaikal.  The fishermen were received at Karaikal Port by Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station Karaikal, Joint Director of Fisheries, Nagapattinam and Assistant Director of Fisheries viz., Nagapattinam (South)/ Pudukkottai/ Ramanathapuram/ Tuticorin.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Army Chief's US Visit

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, met Gen Mark A Milley, the Chief of Staff of the US Army (CSA), the Chief Host for the ongoing four day visit to the USA on 07 April 2016. He was given the Guard of Honour in an Army Full Honour Arrival Ceremony.

Earlier in the day, he paid homage at Arlington National Cemetery in the Army Full Honour Wreath Ceremony at the ‘Tomb of Unknown Soldiers’.

Later in the day, the COAS also visited the Pentagon and called on the Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS) and Commandant, US Marine Corps. The military & security leaders of both the nations discussed a range of strategic and security issues of mutual interest. 

The Army Chief of the Indian Army will also visit one of the Regiments of the US Army Rangers and the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Indian Coast Guard Undertakes Medical Evacuation Off Mumbai

In yet another life saving mission. Indian Coast Guard undertook medical evacuation in the dark hours from an SCI ship MV Goa off Mumbai at. 0300  Hrs.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, MRCC Mumbai received a telephonic message at  1927 hrs on April 06, 2016 from the master of the SCI vessel MV Goa stating immediate medical evacuation of Binood Kumar who was profusely bleeding from ear and hand with first degree burn on right wrist with blisters as he got struck in pantry bulkhead.  24 years old Binood Kumar is fourth engineer of the Merchant Vessel. The vessel was about 22 NM (Approximately 40 kms) North West of Mumbai.

Considering the patient’s condition, the mission was undertaken in shortest possible time by diverting the Indian Coast Guard ship, Agrim, which was on patrol off Mumbai, to provide assistance to the wounded person.  ICGS Agrim, a Coast Guard patrol vessel reached MV Goa in the dark hours and after examining the patient, evacuated him from MV to the ICG Ship. The patient was brought to Mumbai harbour and was handed over to the civil boat Arbas at about 0240 AM todate 07 April for  hospitalisation. MRCC Mumbai coordinated the mission, giving update to the Ship as well as arrangements ashore through the Ship's agents.

The patient was  later transferred to the Shah clinic, marine lines for further medical care and his condition is now stable.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kuwait Signs Contract for the Delivery of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons

The contract signature for 22 single-seat and six twin-seat follows the announcement of an agreement between the State of Kuwait and the Italian Government for the procurement of the aircraft on 11th September 2015. The aircraft will be of Tranche 3 standard and will be equipped with the E-Scan radar.

The contract confirms the State of Kuwait as the eighth customer in the programme and as the third customer in the Gulf Region next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.

Speaking on behalf of the consortium and its Eurofighter Partner Companies (EPC) the CEO of Eurofighter, Volker Paltzo, said: “We are delighted to officially welcome the State of Kuwait as a new member of the Eurofighter family.

“The confirmation of this order is further testament of the growing interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Gulf Region. It will enable Kuwait to benefit from the critical mass being developed in the Gulf and the many advantages that it brings to an Air Force in terms of interoperability, training and in-service support.”

Since entry into service of the first Eurofighter Typhoon at the end of 2003, more than 470 aircraft have been delivered to six nations: Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. The Kuwait order follows an order by Oman in December 2012 for twelve aircraft. Eurofighter Typhoon is currently in service at 22 operational units and up to now, the whole fleet has completed more than 330,000 flying hours worldwide.

IAF Woman Officer Saves Three Civilian Lives

Memaura, Lucknow. On 02 Apr 2016 at about 1000h, three passengers (Mr. Vinod, Mr. Sarvesh and Mr. Kishan of Khatola Village) on their Passion Pro Bike bearing registration no. UP 32 FQ 3445 met with a road traffic accident on highway near Air Force Station Memaura. All three sustained injuries which were life threatening in nature. Flying Officer Neha Gurnani, an Indian Air Force officer undergoing Basic Course in Air Defence College, Air Force Station Memaura, on her way back from Lucknow town found these three injured personnel lying in pool of blood with no assistance extended by any passing vehicle or people gathered around. On her initiative, assessing the gravity of situation, she persuaded the owner of a Scorpio (Reg No. UP 32 FT 3968) parked nearby to take these mortally injured personnel to nearby medical post within Air Force Station Memaura. They were attended by Senior Medical Officer Flight Lieutenant Mitul Sinh. On preliminary examination, it was found that Mr. Sarvesh, one of the injured, had severe head injury, dropping BP and no pulse. Due to timely medical support provided in the form of first aid and critical basic life support in first golden hour of injury, three lives could be saved. After stabilizing, Flt Lt Mitul Sinh and two Indian Air Force medical personnel moved the patients in their state of the art ambulance to King George Medical College. Enroute one of the patients suffered two seizures, was given Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and revived. Due to timely and prompt action by Flying Officer Neha Gurnani and Flight Lieutenant Mitul Sinh, these three precious lives could be saved.

Implementation of One Rank One Pension

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). The details are as follows: 

1. The benefit will be given with effect from 1st July, 2014. 

2. Pension will be re-fixed for pre 1.7.2014 pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension drawn by the retirees in the year 2013. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected. 

3. The benefit would also be extended to family pensioners including war widows and disabled pensioners. 

4. Personnel who opt to get discharged henceforth on their own request under Rule 13(3) 1(i)(b), 13(3) 1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule. 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively. 

5. Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments. However, all the family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pension and Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment. 

6. In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 year. 

7. Constitution of Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, Retd. Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 14.12.2015 which will give its report in six months on the references made by the Government of India. 

The implementation of OROP will result in enhanced pension for the pensioners/family pensioners of Defence Forces. The setting up of the Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy will help in the removal of anomalies that may arise in the implementation of OROP order dated 7.11.2015. 

Financial implications on account of grant of OROP including Pre-Matured Retirees (PMR) cases would be Rs. 10925.11 crore for payment of arrears and annual financial implication would be Rs. 7488.7 crore. Till 31st March, 2016, 15.91 lakh pensioners have been given the first instalment of OROP, which amounts to Rs. 2,861 crore. Information is being gathered for processing on priority basis, the cases of 1.15 lakh pensioners after filling in the gaps of information such as the length of service being assessed, etc. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

IAF Contingent Ready For Ex Red Flag: Departed from India

The US Air Force (USAF) has invited the Indian Air Force to take part in the Air Exercise, “Ex-Red Flag-16-1” which is scheduled from 28 Apr 16 to 13 May 2016 at Eielson AFB Alaska. The Exercise Red Flag is a multinational air exercise, originally conceived in 1975 by USAF to provide operational exposure and mutual exchange of Op capability of friendly Air Forces. 

The IAF contingent along with the aircraft departed from Jamnagar on 03 Apr 2016 for Eielson Air Force Base Alaska in USA. The contingent led by Group Captain H Assudani would aim to demonstrate its ability to project air power in transcontinental deployment of a task force comprising Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, IL-78 tankers and C-17 strategic airlift aircraft. 

During the exercise, Su-30 MKI and Jaguars along with USAF fighters will be operating in composite formations under various near realistic scenarios. The exercise will provide ample opportunity for exchange of ideas relating to concept of operations in a dynamic warfare environment. This multinational air exercise assumes importance in view of the continued engagement of the IAF with Foreign friendly countries. 

Women Naval Officers Undertake Trek To Pindari Glacier

An all women high altitude trek to Pindari Glacier was organized by the Indian Navy from 24 Mar – 02 Apr 16 with an aim to introduce the women officers to the extreme adventure sport of mountaineering. Accordingly, the trek was planned at the beginning of the trekking season to add the elements of thrill and chill. The team led by Cdr Priya Khurana comprised 24 women officers. 

The event, flagged off from New Delhi on 22 Mar 16 by VAdm AR Karve, AVSM, Chief of Personnel reached Loharkhet on 26 Mar 16 from where they commenced their high altitude trek to Pindari Glacier through Dhakuri, Khati and Dwali. The team reached the Pindari Glacier zero point (3353 mtrs) on 30 Mar 16. 

The team had to face treacherous terrain of gravel and boulders and snow blocks thereby making personnel movement a difficult task. A total of six landslide zones were encountered enroute. The original trek route has been damaged in 2013 owing to natural calamity in Uttarakhand and hence the team opened an alternate route along the Pindari river to reach its destination. The team started its descent on 30 Mar and reached back at Loharkhet on 31 Mar and in Delhi on 02 Apr 16, thereby successfully completing the trek. The services of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd (KMVNL), Govt of Uttarakhand were hired to provide logistics and administrative support. 

Army Chief Meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff along with Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to UN met Mr Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations on 04 Apr 2016. The Secretary General appreciated the strong support of India to UN Peacekeeping, which is the second largest at 7695 troops among all UN troop contributors. He admired the commitment, discipline and quality of Indian Peacekeepers in the United Nations. 

The Chief of the Army Staff assured the Secretary General of the continued commitment of Indian Peacekeepers to global peace, with the highest standards of training, discipline and dedication. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sri Lankan Chief Of Defence Staff On Visit To India

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha in a one-to-one meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka, Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Aravinda Gunatilleke, in New Delhi on April 04, 2016.

Army Chief On Visit To US

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Dalbir Singh, is embarking on a four day goodwill visit to USA from 05 to 08 Apr 2016. The visit assumes special significance in light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries. The visit is a part of the ongoing High Level Exchanges between India & USA. 

India-U.S. ties have been transformed in recent years with a renewed Defence Framework Agreement, supply of defence equipment, sharing of technology and military-to-military exchanges. 

During his four days visit, the COAS is scheduled to meet the UNSG at the UN HQ to strengthen Indian Army’s commitment towards UN Missions. He will also visit CENTCOM, SOCOM & HQ 1 Corps & Maneuver Centre of Excellence (MCoE) where he will meet the Commanders & have extensive discussions. In Washington he will meet US Secretary of Army, Chairman Jt Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the US Army & Commander US Marine Corps, along with other officials. 

Ships of First Training Squadron (1 TS) Visit Thailand

Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata, Sail Training Ship (STS) Sudarshini alongwith Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna, comprising the 1st Training Squadron entered Phuket, Thailand today and shall stay till 08 Apr 16 as part of Overseas Deployment during Spring Term 16. The Senior Officer of the 1st Training Squadron, Captain SR Ayyar, would be embarked on board INS Tir. 

The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises Indian Naval Ships Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training Ships Sudarshini and Tarangini, all of which have been built in India. The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees, with a 24 weeks ab-initio sea training being imparted. All the trainees are trained in Seamanship, Navigation, Ship Handling, Boat Work, Technical aspects, etc. whilst being exposed to the rigours of life at sea, so as to earn their ‘sea legs’. 

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) is the Training Command of the Indian Navy, which provides both basic and advanced training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM is the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. The Indian Navy has also been providing training to personnel from friendly foreign countries for more than four decades, wherein more than 13,000 personnel from over 40 countries have been trained. The Indian Navy’s focused approach for providing high quality training by constantly adapting to evolving tactics and technologies, has gained it a reputation of being one of the finest training destinations. 

India and Thailand have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have strengthened over the years. The present deployment of the Training Squadron to Phuket provides opportunities for extensive maritime engagement, contributes to the maintenance of good order at sea and further cements the close relations between the two nations and the two navies. 


Defence Minister Inaugurates Defexpo-2016

The 9th edition of Defexpo India, a biennial exhibition on Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems was inaugurated today by the Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar at Naqueri Quitol, Quepem Taluka, South Goa, Goa. The four-day event is being organised by the Defence Exhibition Organisation of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.

At the outset Shri Parrikar announced that the Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP-2016) has been uploaded on the website of Ministry of Defence, commenting that it will provide a push to the ‘Make in India’ campaign.  He said the Government has been proactive in its ‘Make in India’ initiative and desires to also include ‘Startup India’ which will find opportunities in Defence sector. The Defence Minister stated that the Government has tweaked the policies to address the concerns of defence manufacturers and suppliers and enhanced transparency. The new procurement policy being promulgated by DPP-2016 will ensure faster pace in procurement especially through newly introduced categories under Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) provisions. Such provisions will encourage Indian Industry in Defence Sector, he added. He acknowledged the contributions of the Small and Medium Scale Industries in Defence Sector, quoting that many innovative ideas have come from these sectors. He further added that, while Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence Sector is capped at 49%, cases for higher FDI can be considered on case to case basis. He commended the organisers and the delegates present for the overwhelming response to Defexpo 2016 with record participation of companies in the event.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, the Chief Minister of Goa, welcomed the delegates from all over the world to the State of Goa. He said that Goa is an industrially advanced state in the country, and there are many steps taken by the Government to enhance the ease of business within the state. These steps include Investment Promotion Board which provides a single window for obtaining all clearances required for setting up new industries. He hoped that an exhibition of this scale should give adequate stimulus to the local economy.

The Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, who also spoke on the occasion, said that over the last 70 years India has created a robust industrial base and the aim of the government is to transform India from being a net importer to a net exporter of defence equipment through its ‘Make in India’ campaign.

The inaugural ceremony saw live demonstrations of military equipment including Main Battle Tank Arjun Mk I and II, various types of heavy bridging equipment, Wheeled Armoured Vehicle, Sarang Aerobatic team and Naval LCA. MBT Arjun Mk II and Wheeled Armoured Vehicle were being displayed for the first time in any exhibition.

The function was also attended by the Union Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Naik, MP from South Goa Shri Narendra Keshav Sawaikar, Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) Shri AK Gupta and Senior Officials from the three Services and Ministry of Defence, Government of Goa as well as from the participating countries.

47 countries from different continents are taking part in the exhibition against 30 countries which participated in Defexpo 2014. In comparison to Defexpo 2014 where 624 companies participated; over 1000 companies, both foreign and Indian, are taking part this year. The net exhibition area sold during this edition is 40,725 square meters against 27,515 Square Meters in 2014.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, Seminars will provide a platform to showcase developments and opportunities in the defence sector.  The topics of the Seminars being conducted on 29 and 30 March 2016 are Global Defence Supply Chain, advances in shipbuilding technology, Make in India for defence sector, India – Korea Defence Cooperation, Modernisation Programme of Indian Army and Challenges and opportunities of Defence Offset.

The event will be open to public on 31 March 2016 and by prior registration on other days. People who wish to visit the site on other days may do so by registering on the website www.defexpoindia.in.

First Indigenous Composites Sonar Dome Flagged off of by Raksha Mantri Shri Mahohar Parrikar

The first indigenous composites sonar dome was flagged off today by Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar, during DEFEXPO 2016 today.  Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary Dept. of Defence (R&D) and DG DRDO, Vice Admiral P Murgesan, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Dr. S Guru Prasad, Chief Controller R&D (PC&SI) and Rear Admiral (Retd) RK Shrawat, CMD MDL were present on the occasion.
The sonar dome has been designed by R&DE(E), a DRDO lab based in Pune and manufactured by composites manufacturing company M/s Kineco Ltd, Pilerne, Goa.  Thus India joins a select group of nations which have the capability of realizing large composites structure with multi-functional requirements, complex geometry and high structural rigidity with acoustic transparency.  This was possible due to the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process technology with built-in process monitoring capability, to ensure manufacture of a quality product, developed at R&DE(E), DRDO, Pune.  In this process, manufacturing technology was successfully transferred to M/s Kineco, Goa, who have now joined a select band of companies worldwide with this capability.
This is the first This will now pave the way for realizing more ambitious naval structures such as entire ship hulls as well as land based and aerospace applications.


Leading from front, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) participated in the Defexpo 2016 in full strength.  The largest Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition of India is aimed at promoting exports in the Defence Sector in the country.   During a press conference in the exhibition site Shri Manohar Parrikar said that the Government aims at increasing the exports of Defence equipment by 3 to 4 times in the coming 5 to 7 years.  He said that new policy initiative will permit Defence PSUs to export up to 10% of defence equipment.  As export sales generate higher revenue the profit accrued will be plowed back into capacity enhancement for improving supply to the Armed forces in the long run. Export from DPSUs will be subject to clearances from the partner concerns and Ministry of External Affairs. 

DRDO had booked largest area in the exhibition which included indoor and outdoor display.  This year the design theme of DRDO Pavilion is “Rise of Futurism”. DRDO Futurism emphasises its vision to make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services a decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions. 

The DPSUs Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), BrahMos Aerospace, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) and Ordinance Factory Board (OFB), showcased latest products and cutting edge technology.

 A very large crowd turned up on the concluding day of Defexpo 2016 making the event a grand success.  While many visitors travelled from far reaches of Goa and adjoining districts, the largest response to the exhibition was received from the local population who visited in large family groups. Enthusiasm was also evident among organized groups from schools and colleges and visiting youth who were curious and showing keen interest in defence technology.

Live demonstration of Sarang Aerobatic Display team of the Indain Air Force, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (being developed by Aeronautical Development Agency), Main Battle Tanks Arjun Mark I and II, Wheeled Armoured Platform and display by Scandinavian Aerobatics Team enthralled the spectators.   

The Defexpo 2016 held outside New Delhi for the first time at Naqueri Quitol, Quepem Taluka, South Goa, concluded today after four days of hectic activities.   The Exhibition was the largest exhibition of its kind in the country with an underlined theme of ‘Make in India’ with 1055 (with Indian companies outnumbering foreign once) companies, over 900 delegation visits and 47 countries participating in the event.  An event of this scale was made possible by the whole hearted support of people and various agencies and availability of tourist / business infrastructure, such as hotels and connectivity, in the host state of Goa. The people of Goa lived up to the reputation of being excellent hosts.