Wednesday, May 23, 2018

IAF Helicopter Crash Landed at Natha Top

Today at 0951 a Cheetah Helicopter of the IAF on a routine sortie from Jammu to Natha Top carrying two passengers and two aircrew crashed landed at Natha Top Helipad.   All aircrew and passengers are safe.   A court of Inquiry has been order to ascertain the cause of the crash landing.

Successive test firing of Brahmos Missile to validate Critical Indigenous Components

BrahMos, supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired at 1145 hours today from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore, Odisha. The missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) and successfully flew in its pre-set trajectory fulfilling its mission objectives.

In today’s launch the major subsystems manufactured indigenously under “Make in India” campaign were tested. “Through this launch the critical indigenous components including fuel management system and other non-metallic airframe components have qualified to form part of the missile” said DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos, Dr Sudhir Mishra after witnessing the launch.

SA to RM & DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems) Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the Scientists for successfully developing the multiple sections of BrahMos and proving them in the mission.

Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr S Christopher congratulated Team DRDO and BrahMos on the successive successful flight test and said that a major milestone has been achieved in the indigenisation of BrahMos.

BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia. The highly versatile BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
BRAHMOS has established itself as a major force multiplier in modern-day complex battlefields with its impeccable land-attack, anti-ship capabilities with multi-role and multi-platform abilities.
DAC Approves Measures to Simplify Defence Procurement Procedure

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met here.

In continuation of its efforts to streamline defence procurement procedures and to reduce timelines so as to ensure timely delivery of equipment to the Armed Forces, the DAC discussed and approved various measures to simplify the defence procurement procedure. These measures will be incorporated in the DPP-16, the manual governing the defence procurement procedure. The significant changes inter-alia include devolution of powers within the Ministry of Defence and the Service Headquarters, concurrent running of the acquisition process instead of sequential stage clearance, deletion of repetitive processes, aligning of various documents with revised financial guidelines, amongst others. These measures will go a long way in obviating undue procedural delays and will hasten activities besides shrinking procurement timelines. 

These amendments form part of the ongoing Business Process Re-engineering in Defence Capital procurements.

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