Friday, September 30, 2016

84TH Air Force Day: Air Display

The Indian Air Force proudly celebrates its 84TH anniversary on 08 Oct 2016.     A scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).  Rehearsals for the air display will commence from 01st October 2016 (Saturday).  The general area over which aircraft will be flying at low levels are Wazirpur bridge – Karwalnagar – Afjalpur -  Hindan, Shamili – Jiwana – Chandinagar – Hindan, Hapur – Philkua – Ghaziabad – Hindan.


The air display will commence with flag bearing sky divers of famous AKASH GANGA Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies, at 0800 hours.
The flypast would include the vintage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. The ceremony will conclude at 1130 hours with a scintillating aerobatic display.
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Director General Border Roads Visits Arunachal Pradesh

Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Suresh Sharma concluded his five day visit to Arunachal Pradesh, today. He reviewed progress on all important strategic roads in Tawang sector and in Subansari valley. He also inspected the Bailey Bridge at Genensiniak, which is an extremely difficult launch and the first single span Bailey Bridge over Subansari River. He informed all concerned that the Ministry of Defence is considering higher budget and special powers for construction of these strategic roads. BRO is working under extremely difficult constraints including terrain and weather. DGBR travelled extensively by roads to see the effect of renewed efforts and energy of his organization.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indian Navy's Footwear Design Workshop

Indian Navy, council for Leather Exports and Footwear Design and Development Institute conduct maiden workshop at new Delhi

Indian Navy in association with Council for Leather Exports (CLE) and Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) organised a maiden workshop on Footwear under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce. The Workshop conducted today on (29 Sep 16) at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi was yet another effort by the Indian Navy to propel the cause of “Make in India”.

The Chief Guest Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff during his address emphasised upon the importance of this workshop both for the Indian Navy and footwear industry and optimal utilisation of available technology to deliver in-house quality products to the Indian Navy. Vice Admiral Jaywant Korde, AVSM, VSM Controller of Logistics during the welcome address stated that, “By virtue of environment under which defence forces of our country and Indian Navy in specific operate, it makes the defence forces one of the largest consumers of normal and technical footwear. It makes it more pertinent to interact with industry and open up a two way dialogue which will serve the purpose of both Indian Navy as well as footwear industry. This will eventually help in furthering the efforts of Indian Government in boosting the economy of the country”.

CLE Chairman Mr Rafiq Ahmad delivered the keynote address on this occasion. The workshop was attended by some of the most prominent name in the field of footwear industry. Approximately 30 firms from footwear and associated industry participated in the event. The event also saw a large participation by personnel from sister services and paramilitary forces. Some of the most well-known personalities from the industry spoke on variety of topics related to footwear technology. The exhibition conducted during the event saw Indian Navy showcasing its entire range of Footwear inventory and addressed the concerns and queries of industry. Participating firms showcased their products and offerings which could be of immense use to defence as well as paramilitary forces.

Indian Army Conducts Surgical Strike In PoK

Transcript of Joint Briefing by MEA and MoD (September 29, 2016)
September 29, 2016

Official Spokesperson, Shri Vikas Swarup: Good afternoon friends. Welcome to this joint briefing and thank you for coming at such short notice. As you can see, I have with me the Director General Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh. He will read out a statement to you in English, as well as in Hindi. I would now handover the floor to DGMO.

Director General Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh: Ladies and gentlemen, Jai Hind and a very good afternoon to all of you. It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing and increasing infiltration by terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir.

 This is reflected in the terrorist attacks at Poonch and Uri on 11 and 18th of September respectively. Almost 20 infiltration attempts have been foiled by the Indian army successfully during this year. During these terrorist attacks and infiltration attempts we have recovered items including Global Positioning Systems and stores which have had Pakistani markings.

 Further, captured terrorists hailing from Pakistan or Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have confessed to their training and arming in Pakistan or territory under the control of Pakistan.
 The matter has been taken up at the highest diplomatic levels and the military levels at regular times. India has also offered consular access to the apprehended terrorists to Pakistan to verify their confessions.

 Furthermore, we have proposed that finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists who have been killed in Uri and Poonch encounters can also be made available to Pakistan for their investigations.
 Despite our persistent urging that Pakistan respect its commitment made in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, there have been no letup in infiltrations or terrorist actions inside our territory.
 If the damage has been limited it has been primarily due the efforts of soldiers of Indian army who are deployed in a multi-tier counter infiltration grid and most of the infiltration bids have been foiled at those locations. The Indian armed forces have been extremely vigilant in the face of continuing threat.

Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and in various other metros in our country, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads.

 The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country.
 During these counter terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them. The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for continuation of further operations. However the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise.

I have just spoken to the Pakistani Director General of Military Operations and explained our concerns and also shared with him the operations we had conducted last night.
 It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquility in the region, but we can certainly not allow the terrorists to operate across the Line of Control with impunity and attack the citizens of our country.

In line with Pakistan’s commitment made in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control for any terrorist activities against India, we expect the Pakistani army to cooperate with us with a view to erase this menace of terrorism from our region. Thank you very much.

Official Spokesperson, Shri Vikas Swarup: We will not be taking any questions at the moment, but during the course of the day we will be providing more information to you as more information becomes available to us.

Thank you all.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IAF's Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenence Command Visits Ordnance Clothing Factory

Air Marshal Pankaj Aneja, AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, accompanied by Air Cmde A Ahuja, AOC, 23ED Avadi, Group Capitan MM Binu and Senior Officers of Air Force Station, Avadi paid a maiden visit to Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi on 27 Sep 2016. Dr. Rajib Chakraborty, General Manager and other Senior Officers of the factory received the dignitaries and shown them the product exhibit room, the production facilities and quality control lab etc., A brief presentation about factory’s production activities with special thrust on the innovative practices adopted to improve the quality, design & packaging of the uniforms being supplied especially to Indian Air Force was made in the conference room of the factory.  Air Marshal Pankaj Aneja, AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, expressed his admiration and appreciation for the outstanding efforts made by the Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi under the leadership of Dr. Rajib Chakraborty, General Manager, Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi to fulfill in supplying clothing items to Indian Air Force in the most satisfactory manner.

189th Gunners Day Celebrated

Regiment of Artillery, the second largest Arm of the Indian Army celebrated 189th Gunners’ Day on 28 September 2016. Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at Amar Jawan Jyoti by Lt Gen PR Shankar, Director General of Artillery and Senior Colonel Commandant, decorated war veterans, senior veteran officers and serving officers. The day 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 Guns, was raised on this momentous day in 1827.

The Regiment proved its mettle during the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, 1971 Wars. More recently, the role of Artillery, in the victory of Kargil Conflict, is well etched in the Indian Military History. The regiment of Artillery has also undertaken major steps towards modernisation, both in terms of equipment and support systems under “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India.
On the occasion of the 189th Gunners Day, all ranks of Regiment of Artillery resolved to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the Army and the Nation.

Raksha Mantri Inaugurates 35th Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference

Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, inaugurated the 35th Coast Guard Commanders Conference at Coast Guard Headquarters here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Defence Minister appreciated the efforts of the ICG in augmenting Maritime and Coastal security not only by deployment of assets but also by efficient exploitation of Coastal Security Network Phase I and expressed hope that CSN Phase II would also be implemented on time. Due to current security scenario, he exhorted ICG to further bolster Coastal Security mechanism by increasing patrolling so as to avoid infiltration by anti-national elements through Sea.

While complimenting the officers and men of the Indian Coast Guard for displaying utmost dedication and professionalism in discharging their duties to endow credible maritime safety and security, the Hon’ble RM stated that the Coast Guard since inception has rendered yeoman service to the sea farers by ensuring their safety and security.

He also congratulated the ICG on their protracted efforts with Pakistan and Sri Lankan security agencies which resulted in reduced apprehension of Indian fishing boats. He was also glad to know that no Indian fishermen is under detention at Sri Lanka and requested ICG to also negotiate release of detained Indian fishing boats.

The Defence Minister promised all assistance of the Ministry of Defence for cases relating to the operational efficiency and those pertaining to the growth of the service, be it the manpower or new acquisitions. He welcomed the endeavour of the ICG to promote inclusiveness of all ranks by way of conduct of the Sub-ordinate officers’ Conference and efforts at realising the “Make in India” policy of the Govt. of India by ordering indigenous ships to strengthen the fleet. He wished the Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference a grand success and meaningful deliberations.

The conference was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) which included the Director General Rajendra Singh, Additional Director Generals and Coast Guard Regional Commanders. The conference is held annually, where all regional commanders put forth the roadmap for future; discuss various policy and strategic issues. The three-days conference aims to carve out a futuristic vision for the service and to determine the modalities to overcome the challenges efficiently.

MICA Missile Successfully Fired by 'TIGER' Squadron of IAF

'Tigers' the first squadron of Indian Air Force, successfully fired the recently acquired long range 'Beyond Visual Range' Air-to-Air MICA missile on a manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade aircraft. The missile achieved a Direct Hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at low altitude. The target was destroyed on missile impact validating the launch envelope of the missile. With the success of this mission, the IAF has become one of the few Air Forces in the world with the capability of such long range Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile. The operational success of this mission confirms a critical capability of Indian Air Force

Ex Yudh Abhyas - 2016 Concludes

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 16 : Validation Exercise Completed

The combined exercise was undoubtedly, an unprecedented success. Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, it further helped in strengthening ties between India and USA.             Major General Thomas James of US Army in his address stated that our army to army relationship has never been stronger and this exercise provides us a great way to build upon that strong relationship between our armies, by enhancing interoperability, strengthening cooperation and increasing readiness. He also stated that this strong bond between the armies is important to regional growth and stability. Getting to know each other creates the trust that is critical to bilateral combined operations.  Major General RK Raina in his address congratulated both contingents on successful conduct of exercise. He stated that Indo – US friendship is steadily rising. The bonhomie shown by both contingents further reinforces it and paves the way for a strong and irrevokable strategic partnership. He also stated that both countries are faced with similar challenges from the divisive forces of extremism and international terrorism. The synergy achieved would enable us to operate together, if the need arises. Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise and Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2016 has witnessed a Brigade Headquarter  based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry company carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries. The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations, especially in the mountainous terrain.            The exercise was the twelfth in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and US armies. It is the third Indo-US Army exercise at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand and complements number of other exchanges and exercise between the forces.                         Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 has been conducted at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand today. The two week exercise included a Company Group from an Infantry Battalion of Indian Army and 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment of the US Army.Termination of the Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016

Over the duration of past two weeks, Armies of India and USA have participated in Exercise Yudh Abhyas at Chaubattia. The exercise aimed at building positive military relations between the two countries and allowed the two armies to understand each other’s tactical and operational methodologies.The training culminated in a 48 hours consolidation and validation exercise in which troops carried out a daring rescue and destroy mission in the general area of Pilkholi near Chaubattia.

The exercise was conducted with focus on counter Insurgency and counter terrorism operations under UN Mandate. During final validation, troops were inducted by helicopters into a notional hostile area in the heavily forested areas of Chaubattia, at heights ranging from 6000 feet to 7800 feet. It involved the complete spectrum of operations to include planning, preparation and execution of tactical drills to neutralize terrorists.

The exercise began with a march of approx 6 kilometers with complete battle loads of almost 30 kilograms on each soldier; where in the physical fitness of the soldiers of both nations is put to acid test. The tactical picture painted required both the contingents to carry out various tactical operations to include Raid and Cordon & Search operations. Emphasis is also laid on use of state of the art equipment for surveillance, tracking and identification of terrorists, use of specialist weapons for close quarter battles, sensing & neutralizing IEDs and establishing effective communication.

The validation exercise was reviewed by Major General RK Raina, General Officer Commanding of a Division of the Indian Army and Major General Thomas James, Commanding General, 7 Infantry Division of the US Army. A host of dignitaries and number of Senior Officers of both the armies observedthe validation exercise.

The exercise was concluded with de-briefing by the contingent commanders and valuable suggestions by the senior reviewing officers of both sides, which would be recorded for implementation in the training by both armies.

Closing ceremony of exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 is scheduled on 27 Sep.

The prestigious Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas - 2016 is being conducted at Chaubattia Military Station, Ranikhet, Uttarakhandwef 14 Sep 2016

The prestigious Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas - 2016 is being conducted at Chaubattia Military Station, Ranikhet, Uttarakhandwef 14 Sep 2016.The exercise was the twelfth in the YudhAbhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program. It strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and US armies. It is the third Indo-US Army exercise at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand and complements number of other exchanges and exercise between the forces.

Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined exercise and Exercise YudhAbhyas 2016 has witnessed a Brigade Headquarter  based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry company carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries. The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations, especially in the mountainous terrain.

The exercise curriculum was planned progressively where the participants were initially made to get familiar with each other’s organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills. Subsequently, the training advanced to joint tactical exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies are being coherently practiced. The Joint Drills include Room Intervention, Cordon and Search in Counter Terrorist Operations, Jungle Lane Shooting, Reflex Shooting, Long Range Firing and Cliff Assault Techniques.The commanders and staff officers of both sides were also exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who executed these orders on ground in simulated realistic situation, in the Command Post Exercise covering all the planning aspects.
The bilateral training would be brought to a meaningful culmination by conduct of a final validation exercise on 26 Sep in which all the learning mutually imparted by both armies will be put to test on ground. Troops would be inducted by helicopters into a notional hostile area to neutralize terrorists, as part of the exercise.

The exercise is being conducted within the scope of Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism Operations under the charter of the United Nations.

Rescue & Relief By Armed Forces In Flood-Hit Telangana

Four columns of Army have been deployed in areas of Begumpet, Nizampet, Hakimpet and Alwal of the Greater Hyderabad. The Army has also setup a control room at GHMC office and in coordination with the GHMC and NDRF officials are closely monitoring the situation in ground round the clock. Army columns are already on track to provide relief material and medical aid in the slum areas of Alwal. Other columns of the Army have been kept on standby, to be deployed when required.

Indian Air Force Standby For Relief Operations At Hyderabad

The Indian Air Force has been standby to assist the Civil Administration at short notice. The Telangana Government has approached Indian Air Force to rescue 21 civilians who are stranded in the Edupayala village of Medak district. 03 Chetak helicopters of the Indian air force have been assigned the task to rescue the stranded people. Two rescue attempts were made, but unfortunately aborted due to heavy rains in the area. However, further attempts to rescue will be carried out.  

23 Persons Rescued by Indian Air Force at Edupalaya in Medak District of Telangana

Two Chetak helicopters of the Indian Air Force got airborne at 0709h today for carrying out rescue operations at flood hit Edupalaya village in Medak district. The operation lasted for more than an hour wherein the Indian Air Force successfully airlifted 23 construction workers trapped on an island amidst strong currents and moved them to safer places. The helicopters landed back at 0851h after successful completion of the rescue despite inclement weather in the area. The operation was undertaken from Air Force Station Hakimpet in Hyderabad and was coordinated by Wg Cdr P Surendran, the Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Begumpet. Indian Air Force had been standing by for last two days and yesterday two attempts were made at rescuing the marooned workers, which did not fructify due to heavy rain and low clouds. However, with the persistent efforts of IAF, the mission was successfully accomplished today. IAF is further standing by to undertake rescue operations in view of forecast of more rain in the next couple of days.

Coast Guard To Conduct Joint Coastal Security Exercise ‘Sagar Kavach' For The State of Tamilnadu & Puducherry

Joint Coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ for coast of Tamilnadu and Union Territory State of Pondicherry is planned to be conducted from 28-29 Sep 16. The two day joint exercise will have the active participation of all agencies such as the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Coastal Police, State and U/T administration, State/UT police, Fisheries Department including Marine Enforcement Wing Intelligence Bureau, Customs, Chennai Port Trust, Director General Light House and Light Ships and Department of Port, Shipping and besides the fisherman association and fishing communities of the state of Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

The exercise will be conducted by the Coast Guard from its ROC (Chennai) Operations room at Regional Headquarters and monitored from the Joint Operation Centre (JOC), at Naval base, Vizag. During the exercise, participating units will be formed into two groups with one group simulating as an attack force and the other group defending the coasts. Maximum coastal security assets consisting of the Naval and Coast Guard ships, interceptor crafts, helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), boats of the Coastal Police, Customs, CISF will be deployed for carrying out comprehensive surveillance of the coastal waters to prevent any infiltrations. The ROC/ROS Chennai in tandem with JOC, Vizag and Coast Guard operations rooms will be manned by representatives of all coastal security stake holders during the exercise.

This exercise is held periodically to test the security apparatus along the coast and to revalidate the standard operating procedures by way of carrying out during attacks, with a focus on protecting the vital installations located coast to coast.  All the local Police authorities / State Govt. authorities have been to appraised by way of Initial Planning Committee meeting chaired by the Principal Home Secretary with all the stake holders for smooth conduct of the exercise. 

Army Ordnance Corps Centre Organises Guided Tour For Students

As part of the Southern Star Info Campaign, Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) Centre organised a guided tour for the students to the various institutions, here today. Around 100 students from various Schools from twin cities enjoyed the trip. The aim of the event was to familiarize and motivate the young students to join an exciting and challenging carreer in the Indian Army. The event was inaugurated by the Commandant, AOC Centre, Brigadier Pramod Kumar Sharma.  

During the guided tour, the students visited the Motivation Hall of the AOC Centre which has received the prestigious Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage Citation, Sand Model Room depicting various regions like Plains, Plateous, Mountains, desert etc and the instructors briefied the students about the general conduct of various Military drills. They also visited the obstacle training area, Parade ground and witnessed the Passing out Parade. The students got an opportunity to see the simulator room where they were exposed to various simulators which are used for training of recruits. The display by AOC Centre Pipe Band completely memerized the visitors. Students got an opportunity to meet and interact with the Indian Army’s Body Building Team and Other National / International Sportsmen. The event concluded with informal but informative interactions of Students with Army Officers on various entry schemes and opportunities in the Armed Forces. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016 Begins in Vladivostok

India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016 Begins in Vladivostok

The eighth edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ has begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. Main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is on ‘Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate’. To achieve interoperability in joint operations, troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such operations. A comprehensive training programme spanning eleven days has been drawn up for the purpose.

The troops of Indian Army marched smartly alongside the Russian Army in an impressive opening ceremony of Exercise Indra 2016. Both Contingents marched in unison, past the saluting dais, exhibiting their resolve to further the Indo-Russian friendship. Brigadier Sukrit Chadah, Indian Contingent Commander addressed the two contingents and highlighted the need for jointness between the two nations to defeat terrorism. Mr Loz, Vice Governer Primosski krai Province and Maj Gen Andrei Ivanovich Sichevoe, COS 5th Army from the Russian Army also addressed the contingents.

250 soldiers of the KUMAON Regiment are representing the Indian Contingent and the Russian army is being represented by 250 soldiers from the 59th Motorized Infantry Brigade. Indra series of bilateral exercises is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003. The Indian contingent is scheduled to return to India on termination of the Exercise in the first week of October ‘16.

India , France Sign Deal For 36 Rafales

France and India have signed the contract for the acquisition of 36 Rafale by India.  The Rafale is a twin-engine, canard delta-wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air defence, air superiority, reconnaissance, close air support, dynamic targeting, air-to-ground precision strike, interdiction, anti-ship, nuclear deterrence and buddy-buddy refuelling missions.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chief of Defence Force, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Visit to Kochi

Major General Ahmed Shiyam, Chief of Defence Force(CDF), Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) accompanied by his spouse Mrs Khateeja Naeem and MNDF delegation is visiting  Kochi from 20 to 22 Sep 16.

At Kochi, the Chief of Defence Force, MNDF interacted with Rear Admiral RB Pandit, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command (SNC) and was briefed on IN training activities conducted by SNC. The delegation visited training facilities at Observer School, Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 322 which has Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA),  Naval Aircraft Yard facilites, Joint Operation Center and Indian Coast Guard ship  C- 421. The CDF also had occassion to interact with the MNDF trainees who are undergoing training at the IN training facilities.

Mrs Khateeja Naeem had an elaborate interaction with members of Navy Wife Welfare Association, Southern Region {NWWA (SR)}. She also visited Kerala Folklore Museum and appreciated the cultural heritage of Kerala. Maj Gen Ahmad Shiyam, Mrs Khateeja Naeem and MNDF delegation took the opportunity to have glimpse of Kerala backwater at Kumarakoram, during the current visit. The delegation would be departing Kochi on 22 Sep 16.

The Chief of Defence Force, MNDF is on an official visit to India from 18 to 23 Sep 16. His visit is intended to consolidate bilateral relationship between India and Maldives.

Visit of Bangladesh Naval Ships to Port Blair

BNS Somudra Avijan and BNS Somudra Joy entering Port Blair Harbour. Commanding Officers of BNS Somudra Avijan and BNS Somudra Joy, along with Defence Attaché, Bangladesh Brig Gen Mohammed Hamid, calling on the Naval Component Commander (A&N)

Kashmir Valley's Ongoing Unrest Adversly Affecting Border Roads Organisation Activities

The ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley has adversely affected the Road construction activities undertaken by Border Road Organisation.

BRO has suffered loss of working season, loss of more than three months of working season during summers is of serious concern, while endeavours are being made to execute work whenever and wherever possible. But owing to restrictions on movement of vehicles and persons, desired progress could not be made and as a result many appreciated targets perforce will have to be revised. Four-laning works on Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri scheduled for completion by Jul 2016 has been delayed. Handing over of Road Sinathan Pass- Anantnag to NHAI will be postponed as the pending work on this Road will now go beyond the planned PDC of Sep 2016. In addition, many vehicles/ equipment have been damaged, non-availability of which will directly affect the work efficiency. The most affected locations where delay/ loss of work has been seen are Tangdhar, Anantnag, Kupwara and Bandipur Sectors.

Majority of the non-local labours from the valley have moved out of State for search of their daily livelihood due to continuous disturbance in the State. Movement and shifting of the material to forward areas have also hampered the work in Ladakh region which will severely impinge on the completion of strategic Roads and spending of allotted funds.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cabinet Clears Purchase Of 36 Rafales From France, Deal To Be Signed On Sept 23rd

Pics Sat Basani

The Cabinet today approved the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault Aviation for the Indian Airforce. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow - September 22, 2016 and the deal will be signed on Sept 23rd, after which  he will address a joint press conference along with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar

Role Model Leadership : Essence Of Organizational Excellence

The Department of Defence and Strategic studies, University of Madras organized a public lecture on “Role Model leadership: Essence of organizational Excellence” at the S.M.Diaz Hall Chepauk Campus University of Madras.
Dr.S.Utham Kumar Jamadhagni, Associate professor & Head i/c,                 Department of Defence and Strategic Studies welcomed the speaker  Lt Gen S K Gadeock, Commandant, DSSC Wellington and the audience.
Lt Gen S K Gadeock addressed the gathering. He spoke about the role of importance of leadership in organizational setup in which he emphasized values, honour, ambitious & pursuit of innovations for excellence in a realistic time frame.  He also touched upon the need for SWOT analysis, professional honesty, intellectual probates and paradigmatic outlook for the formulation of vibrant policies. Highlighting his own achievement as commandant of  DSSC, Wellington he said that he has been personally supporting school education of 44 girl students, besides initiating construction of 100 Bed hospital in  Coonoor for the needy & downtrodden as well as engaging in imparting training in vegetable gardening & farming to the hill tribes of Nilgiris district.

 The lecture ended with a presentation of a momento by Dr M Venkatraman, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies to Lt Gen S K Gadeock.  Dr E Prabhakaran Department of Defence and Strategic Studies thanked the audience.

Successful Flight Tests of LRSAM Barak-8

Long Range Surface to Air Missile System (LRSAM) for Indian Navy successfully flight tested against Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) on 20th Sept 2016 at 10:10 hrs and again at 14:25 hrs from Interim Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha, yesterday. The LRSAM has been developed through a joint venture between DRDO India and IAI of Israel. The naval version of the SAM system, this time was tested from land and the earlier was flight tested from Naval Ships, at ITR. Both missiles directly hit their respective targets at different ranges and altitudes. The trajectory of the flight of missiles was throughout tracked and monitored by the radars and electro-optical systems installed at ITR.
Many industries viz. BDL, MIDHANI, TATA, GODREJ, SEC, PEL, ADITYA and others have contributed towards the development of Missile systems. Both Israel and Indian scientists and technicians have been involved in the launch campaign. The Israel team was led by Mr. Boyes Levy, Vice President, IAI of Israel, whereas the Indian Team by Mr Patrick D’Silva, Project Director, Mr. MSR Prasad, Director DRDL and Dr. BK Das, Director ITR. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, DG (MSS) & SA to RM witnessed the launches.

President of India congratulates DRDO on the successful test-firing of the surface to Air Missile – ‘BARAK-8’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the Surface to Air Missile – ‘Barak-8’.

In a message to Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Director General, DRDO, the President has said, "I extend hearty congratulations to you and all those associated with the successful test-firing of the Surface to Air Missile – ‘Barak-8’ developed jointly with Israel.

The nation is proud of this achievement. I am sure that this success will further boost India’s defence capabilities in technologically challenging areas.

Kindly convey my greetings and felicitations to all members of the team of scientists, engineers, and others involved in this Mission”.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Indian Navy's Western Fleet Ships Visit South Africa

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with South Africa and to the maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and Aditya under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, NM have arrived at Durban on 20 Sep 16 for a three day visit. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command and are on a two month long deployment to the Western Indian Ocean. INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale, INS Trikand is commanded by Captain Arjun Dev Nair and INS Aditya is commanded by Captain Vidyanshu Srivastava.

During the visit, the warships will have professional interactions with the South African Naval Forces (SAN) for enhancing co-operation and sharing the nuances of naval operations including combating maritime threats of terrorism and piracy. Calls on senior Government and military authorities, training and technical cooperation measures with SAN, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two forces, are also planned.

India and South Africa have very close and cordial political and diplomatic relations with a sizeable settlement of people of Indian origin in South Africa. The frequent cross visits by high level delegations including the Heads of State have further strengthened the bilateral relations. The recently concluded visit of India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi provided fresh impetus to the relationship between the two countries. Co-operation in the field of defence, especially maritime security and training has been identified as a key avenue for promoting such ties. The last visit by an Indian Naval ship to South Africa was in November 2014, when Indian Naval Ship Teg made port call at Simon’s Town and Cape Town as part of Exercise IBSAMAR, a trilateral maritime exercise involving navies of Brazil, India and South Africa. SAN also participated in International Fleet Review hosted by India in February 2016 and was represented by SAN ship Spioenkop. The current visit seeks to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and South Africa and underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the region.

Tata-Lockheed Martin Joint Venture Delivers 50th C-130J Super Hercules Empennage

HYDERABAD, India, Sept. 19, 2016 - The 50th C-130J Super Hercules empennage assembly was delivered by Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) on Sept. 16. TLMAL is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Aeroframe Corporation located here.

TLMAL was established in 2010, with production of C-130J Super Hercules airframe components beginning in late 2011. TLMAL not only exemplifies the Government of India's "Make in India" objectives, but it has the distinction of being the single global source of C-130J empennage assemblies included on all new Super Hercules aircraft produced in Marietta, Georgia, in the United States of America.

Empennage assemblies produced by TLMAL include the aircraft's horizontal and vertical stabilizers along with leading edges and tip assemblies. The TLMAL team also has manufactured 28 sets of C-130J center wing box components that include the front and rear beam assemblies, formers and trailing edge sections.

"It is a moment of great pride and honor for TLMAL, our joint venture with Lockheed Martin, as it delivers the 50th empennage. The joint venture has been a great example of successful U.S. ? India Industrial partnership and a testimony to Lockheed Martin's and Tata's intent of developing aerospace manufacturing in India," said S. Ramadorai, TASL chairman. "I congratulate the Operations team that has ensured all deliveries ahead of schedule to our customer and partner. I am certain that this performance will go a long way in extending our partnership to a new level and help TASL achieve its vision to become the partner of choice for global original equipment manufacturers."

The C-130J Super Hercules is the proven standard in tactical airlift, providing a unique mix of versatility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere. It is the current variant of the C-130 Hercules, which has been in production for more than 60 years. More than 2,500 C-130s (legacy models and C-130Js) have been delivered to 63 customers currently operating out of 68 countries. The Indian Air Force operates a fleet of five C-130J-30s and has ordered an additional six Super Hercules.

"As the world's workhorse, the C-130J Super Hercules is counted on to support missions other airlifters simply cannot do. Quality and reliability are the C-130J's hallmark and we rely on our suppliers to maintain those attributes. The TLMAL team does exactly this with the empennages and center wing components it manufactures," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. "Every empennage we receive from TLMAL is a direct reflection of its team's dedication to and focus on quality. This milestone is one of many we plan to celebrate with TLMAL and its employees, who literally help the C-130J soar to great heights."

To date, all 50 empennages and 28 center wing box components have been delivered on or ahead of schedule.

"Our team continues to demonstrate outstanding performance against all of our safety, quality, and schedule and cost metrics," said Bob Owenby, Lockheed Martin's Chief Operating Officer for TLMAL. "We could not ask for a better Indian partner in this venture. TASL's unwavering commitment to success and world-class vision is very impressive and the core of our joint venture success."

The C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 1.5 million flight hours to its credit and is flown by 19 different operators. For additional information,

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