Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Indian Air Force SU-30 MKI Aircraft Goes Missing

A two seater Su-30 MKI aircraft of IAF, which got airborne from Tezpur Airbase today morning on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation, lost Radar and Radio contact with controlling station at around 1110h. The last reported position was 60 Km North-West of Tezpur. The aircraft was declared overdue and Search and Rescue operations have been activated to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities has also been sought for the search and rescue effort.

For Peace, Indian Army Destroys Pak Army Posts In Naushera Sector


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IAF & CII Seminar On Make In India



Government Working towards Developing Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Capability

The Government is working towards progressively reducing dependency on foreign manufacturers and developing the defence capabilities indigenously. This was informed by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre while addressing a seminar, jointly organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today.

Dr Bhamre further said, “We have included a new procurement category called the Buy Indian – IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) category in the DPP [Defence Procurement Procedure]. This would be the most preferred category for procurement and it is expected to promote indigenously designed products and bring significant investment in defence R&D.”

Speaking of partnership with defence industry, Dr Bhamre informed that “The Government of India has been working on formulating a ‘Strategic Partnership’ model for creating capacity in the private industry on a long term basis.” The Government had constituted a task force with experts from various fields to recommend criteria and prescribe methodology for selection of Strategic Partners. The report submitted by the task force has been examined at length and Government shall be issuing the policy for selection of strategic partners shortly.

Alleviating concerns of the industry, the Minister said, the exchange rate variation protection has been made applicable for the Indian private sector at par with public sector undertakings for all categories of capital acquisitions. The preferential treatment given to DPSUs in excise duty/custom duty has been discontinued, as per the revised policy; all Indian industries (public and private) are subject to the same kind of exercise and custom duty levies. This would ensure a level playing field between the private and public sector. Another step that the Government has taken is to remove the custom duty exemption on import of defence equipment to encourage ‘Make in India’.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, while giving keynote address, said, “The modernisation plan of the IAF is being pursued with an aim to give impetus to ‘Make in India’ and to beef up the defence manufacturing base. We in IAF are keen to see that ‘Make in India’ initiative gets converted to a reality.”

Speaking about self-reliance the Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said, a high degree of indigenisation has been achieved in the field of radars and all the radars planned for induction in future are from Indian firms. The IAF is completely self-reliant in the field of software applications and a number of projects are functioning successfully on software developed by Indian firms.

The CII National Defence Committee member, Shri Pratyush Kumar also addressed the gathering. Senior officials of Ministry of Defence and the IAF were present at the seminar.


Focus Needed on Indigenisation in Air Force: Dr Subhash Bhamre

Indigenous design and manufacturing has been promoted for self-reliance in the defence sector through the Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufacturing (IDDM) program, said Dr Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence while inaugurating the seminar on ‘Make in India in Indian Air Force’ organized by the Indian Air Force and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

DrBhamreoutlined the initiatives taken by the Government as part of the Make in India initiative under the Defence Procurement Program (DPP) 2016 including IDDM and ‘Make’ category. These would also bring significant investments in the Defence R&D by the private sector.  He also outlined the other major initiatives such as Strategic Partnership, Technology Development Fund and mandatory outsourcing by DPSUs / OFBs, which are aimed at facilitating Indian private industry investments indefencemanufacturing. 

DrBhamre also informed that the Ministry of Defence is reviewing the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 which deals with procurement  through revenue budget to make it user friendly and effective. The seminar was organized to enhance engagement of Indian Air Force with private industry for local manufacturing.

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, stressed that Indian industry has taken long strides by manufacturing indigenously designed helicopters and fighter planes. 

Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma, AVSM, Air Officer In-charge Maintenance, Indian Air Force, stressed that the operational capability of any Air Force depends largely upon reliable and timely maintenance support for its combat assets.  He also mentioned that procurement of new equipment, its maintenance and the need to sustain existing assets offer huge scope and opportunity for indigenization. Base Repair Depots (BRDs) with active support from DRDO and CEMILAC, have indigenized more than 47,000 lines of spares for maintenance and sustenance of our aircraft fleets and systems.

MrPratyush Kumar, Member, CII Defence Committee and President, Boeing India focused on four pillars in taking the Make in India initiative to be more effective i.e. create a roadmap for future, developspecial skills to achieveZero Defect in aerospace manufacturing, define scope of manufacturing regarding limiting to ‘Build to Print’ or move towards IDDM and, finally,to develop know-how by creating tier III vendors for sourcing and provide hand holding to MSMEs.

Mr Satish Kaura, Chairman, CII Northern Region Defence Committee and Chairman, Samtel Group, requested that the Strategic Partnership modelpolicy must be implemented soon. Mr Kaura also highlighted CII’s efforts to facilitate private investments in the defence and aerospace sector through training as well as ‘hand holding’ guidance in theDefence Acquisition Management Course (DAMC). CII has also set up aDefence& Aerospace Consultancy Service and recently launched Aero Cluster Development Program.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Farewell To The Martyrs





Srinagar, BB Cantt, 22 May 2017.  The Army today paid homage to three of its gallant soldiers who embraced martyrdom in a major counter infiltration operation launched over two days on 20-21 May 2017 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector in North Kashmir during which four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated.

Joined by top officials from Civil Administration and other Security Forces operating in the Valley, the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu paid rich tributes to Havaldar Giris Gurung, Havaldar Damar Bahadur Pun and Rifleman Rabin Sharma in a solemn ceremony in BB Cantt, Srinagar.

Hailing from Nepal, the three intrepid Gorkha soldiers were part of the team that had intercepted a group of terrorists along LoC in the morning of 20 May thus preventing them from infiltrating into own territory. In a relentless operation by the Army, which continued for two days, four terrorists were killed with four weapons and other war like stores recovered from them.

Havaldar Giris Gurung, 38, who hailed from village Nagidhar in Kaski Nepal, had a distinguished service spanning 19 years and had been a part of many counter terrorist operations earlier. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Panch Maya Gurung and two young children.

Hav Damar Bahadur Pun, 40 who hails from village Karaing Tun in Gulmi, Nepal was an experienced soldier with 21 years of selfless service. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Kalpana Pun  and two young children.

 Young brave heart   Rifleman Rabin Sharma, 23, had joined the Army in 2013. Hailing from Nepal’s Chuwa village in Parbat district, the martyr is survived by his wife Smt Sabita Sharma.

The mortal remains of the martyrs will be taken by Service aircraft to Subathu in Himachal Pradesh for their last rites with full military honours.    The Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their honour and wellbeing.

3rd Defence – ITTA Joint Seminar and Exhibition: 2017



The 3rd Defence – ITTA (Indian Technical Textile Association) Joint Seminar cum Exhibition was inaugurated by Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Govt of India, on 22 May at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. Gen Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief and senior officials from the Defence Services, MoD, MHA and Industry were present at the function.

The seminar is being conducted over 22 & 23 May and will include topics related to developments in personal and protective clothing as also building, medical and geo textiles. Items like Special Snow Socks, HAPO Chambers, Snow Goggles, Thermal Insoles and Ruck Sacks being used in Siachen Glacier and other super high altitude areas which were being imported till recently will now be manufactured in India of matching quality and at a much cheaper price.

The Hon’ble Minister of Textiles highlighted the need for exploiting the advanced R&D facilities for improving the existing inventory of the Army. While assuring all assistance from her Ministry, she reiterated the need for the industry to explore various business models and joint ventures. She said that there is a distinction between ‘supplying’ and ‘serving’ and the industry should strive to ‘serve our defence forces’. She also highlighted the scope of NTC (National Technical Cooperation) supplying their vast product range to the Army.

Gen Bipin Rawat reiterated that joint initiatives between the Textile Ministry, MoD and industry assume great significance given the fact that many of the principal items of Ordnance Equipment Factory (OEF) are going to be offered to the Trade on a permanent basis over the next 3 to 5 years. He highlighted that the Government is supporting the industry and the onus is on the Defence forces to take the advantage of the same.

Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar, Master General of Ordnance (MGO) apprised the delegates of specific areas where improvements were needed. He urged the industry for early indigenisation of the three layered Special Suits, Sleeping Bags, Boot Mufti-Purpose and Modular Gloves that are being used in the super high altitude areas besides products improvement for Extreme Cold Clothing (ECC), Mattress Kapok, Face Mask, etc. The MGO reiterated that the industry has a lot of scope for participating in the Rs 3000 crore General Stores and Clothing requirements.

From the Industry side, Mr Pramod Khosla, Chairman ITTA and         Dr KS Sundararajan, Vice Chairman, ITTA assured the Army officials of constant support. Exhibitions stalls from various Business Houses dealing with technical textiles and Army’s present clothing and general stores inventory were laid for the delegates to see.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Defence Acquisition Council Clears Strategic Partnership In DPP

Defence Acquisition Council Finalises Broad Contours of Policy to Engage Indian Private Sector in Manufacture of High-Tech Defence Equipment in India
Defence Acquisition Council Finalises Broad Contours of Policy to Engage Indian Private Sector in Manufacture of High-Tech Defence Equipment in India

Breaking new ground, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley, today finalised the broad contours of a policy aimed at engaging the Indian private sector in the manufacture of high-tech defence equipment in India.  The policy is aimed at developing the defence industrial eco-system in the country through the involvement of both the major Indian corporates as well as the MSME sector.

The policy, which was developed through extensive stakeholder consultations with Indian industry, envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with qualified Indian industry majors through a transparent and competitive process wherein the Indian industry partners would tie up with global OEMs to seek technology transfers and manufacturing know-how to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains.  The policy will give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ policy in the Defence sector and set Indian industry on the path to acquiring cutting-edge capabilities which will contribute to the building of self-reliance in the vital sector of national security requirements.

The policy is expected to be implemented in a few selected segments to begin with, namely, fighter aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles.  In future, additional segments may be added.  Appropriate institutional mechanisms will be set in place to implement the policy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Valedictory Function For IAF's 142nd Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC)

142  Qualified Flying Instructors Course Valedictory Function:

The Flying Instructors’ School (FIS), which is based at Air Force Station, Tambaram, is a unique institution that has established a niche for itself in the field of aviation training. It has rich experience of more than 60 years as an established unit of the Indian Air Force. At the international level, several professional pilots from friendly foreign countries have graduated from this School.
           
The Valedictory Function for the 142nd Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on 18 May 17. The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal RK Dhir  Param, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Air Command.  Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Commodore S Shrinivas , was the Chief Host.
         
Group Captain Vivek Gupta, Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors’ School, under whose supervision all the training is done, summed up the achievements of the course. The Chief Guest stressed on the invaluable role played by FIS in training Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) who are instrumental in producing pilots who meet the desired standards for their organization. These QFIs would thereafter carry the responsibility of guiding newly inducted trainee pilots in consonance with the long term vision of the Indian Air Force.
           
The QFIC is a gruelling 25-weeks package. It encompasses nine phases of flying training and over 190 hours of ground training. The training of 142nd QFIC commenced on 28 Nov 2016. A total of 26 officers graduated on 18 May 2017. These included 17 officers of the Indian Air Force, 02 from Indian Army, 04 from Indian Navy, 01 from Indian Coast Guard, 01 foreign officer from Bangladesh and 01 foreign officer from Myanmar. The Valedictory Function marked the culmination of the efforts of the trainees and staff of FIS. Graduates of the Course were awarded the coveted symbol of ‘Qualified Flying Instructor’ which they can now wear proudly on their uniforms. The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded trophies:-

         (a)     The prestigious Majithia Trophy for the officer standing first in Overall
         Order of Merit was awarded to : Sqn Ldr Sumit Kumar.
         (b)    The Chief of Air Staff’s Trophy for Best in Fixed Wing Flying was
         awarded to : Lt Cdr Karan Batura
         (c)   The Chief of Air Staff’s Trophy for Best in Rotary Wing Flying was
          awarded to : Lt Cdr Prashant Chaudhari

Indian Navy's Western Naval Commander Reviews Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Ex at Naval Base Karwar

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command reviewed the Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise at Naval Base Karwar. The exercise which has been conducted by the Western Naval Command of India Navy required large scale mobilization of resources and coordination with various agencies.

The exercise on a Tsunami scenario is being used to validate the resources available with various organizations and bring out common standard operating procedures. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, witnessed an operational demonstration and inspected the Camp site at RT Beach, Karwar and Static Display. He will also review the results of the exercise tomorrow, 20 May 2017.

The series of actions undertaken in the operational display were structured around how relief activities are organised. In a calamity like a Tsunami, the available infrastructure is expected to be disrupted. Therefore the operational demonstration started with the aerial reconnaissance mission over land and sea conducted by a Naval Dornier Aircraft. The Aircraft also demonstrated the capability of deploying life-rafts to save people who have been washed into the sea due to a tsunami. With the information available from the Dornier mission, rescue of survivors were exercised by Chetak helicopters and boats.

Harbours play an important role in providing relief to areas affected by disaster as road and rail networks are invariably disrupted. Moreover ships provide the highest cargo lift capability over other modes of transportation. The demonstration thus focused on how a harbor is restored. The process involves underwater survey by survey boats, clearing of underwater debris by divers and firefighting and pollution control capability by coast guard ships. Once the harbor was cleared, two ships simulated relief material being landed ashore.

The static display focused on type of relief material provided ashore by various organizations. Stalls by Army, Navy, Air Force, Armed Forces Medical Corps, National Disaster Relief Force, State and district administration, BSNL and Red Cross provided a glimpse of what to expect from other organizations to the participants of the exercise.

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra thereafter inspected the sample relief camp site. The relief camp site which was open to pubic over the last two days displayed all the facilities which will be required to provide succor and relief to the people and distribute the relief material provided from the ship. The camp was also used to validate the multi agency coordination and support work.

An annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise is being conducted by the Indian Navy at Karwar from 18-20 May 2017, under the aegis of the Western Naval Command.

IAF's Air Marshal PN Pradhan Is New Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS

Air Marshal PN Pradhan AVSM Took Over as DCIDS (OPS), HQ IDS on 12 May 17

Air Marshal PN Pradhan AVSM took over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Transport stream of the Indian Air Force in 1981. Whilst posted at transport squadrons, he qualified on all operational roles, especially in forward areas and ALGs in the North-East and J&K. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a pilot examiner on the Boeing and AN-32 aircraft. He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135, BBJ and C-130 fleets in the IAF. 

He has had four command tenures including command of two operational bases & an Air Force Selection Board. He has held several important appointments at Command and Air Headquarters which include Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personal Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters and served as the Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command.

For his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2014.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Visit Of Australian Border Force Cutter 'Ocean Shield'










Australian Border Force (ABF) Cutter ‘Ocean Shield’ has arrived at Chennai Port today (18 May 2017) as part of International Co-operation.  The ship will be at Chennai till AM 20 May 2017.  During the visit at Chennai, various events are planned by the Indian Coast Guard for mutual interaction to develop Inter-Operability between the two maritime forces.

The ship was constructed as an Offshore Support Vessel by STK OSV, Tulcea, Romania and was later inducted as ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’, an Offshore Patrol Vessel on   30 Jun 2012. The ship has 110.9 mtr LOA with 22.05 mtr beam width. The ship achieves maximum speed of 16 kts with a displacement of 8,500 tons and draws 6.6 mtr draught. A medium size helipad is available atop the bow of the ship. The ship also has 1,000 Sq mtrs deck area for cargo and equipment. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, ‘Ocean Shield’ was one of the several Australian Vessels that took part in the extensive search of the ill-fated MH 370.

The Australian Cutter is commanded by ABF Superintendent Alan Champkin. The ship has a complement of 16 Officers and 36 sailors. Indian Coast Guard organized a warm welcome ceremony to ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’ in the traditional way on her arrival at Chennai port AM 18 May 17. During the welcome ceremony, ABF Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg interacted with the Indian media personnel.

As part of the official programme, ICG headed by ADG VSR Murthy and ABF headed by Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg held deliberations for mutual cooperation on various issues concerning co-operation on SAR, mutual sharing of information on maritime challenges and joint efforts.
         
During the period of stay, the Commanding officer of the ship called on the Coast Guard Regional Commander, Inspector General Rajan Bargotra and other important dignitaries in Chennai.  As part of cross training and exposure, Australian team will be briefed about the functions of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Remote Operation Station at Chennai which will be reciprocated by visit of ICG crew onboard ABFC Ocean Shield.  A friendly volleyball match between Indian Coast Guard and Australian Border Force will also be organized on 19 May 2017.

Australian Ship while departing Chennai port will carry out coordinated exercise with ICG Ship AM 20 May 2017 prior being seen off.

Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg visits Mumbai







After the successful visit of the Canadian Defence Minister, the Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan in April 2017, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg is visiting Mumbai from 13 to 17 May 2017

HMCS Winnipeg is commanded by Commander Jeff Hutchinson and has a complement of 260 personnel (30 officers and 230 sailors). During the visit, Commander Jeff Hutchinson, interacted with Rear Admiral S Mahindru, Flag Officer Maharashtra Naval Area and other senior officers of the Western Naval Command. The crew of HMCS Winnipeg also visited Indian Naval Ship (INS) Teg. HCMS Winnipeg will also carry out joint exercises at sea with INS Teg. Professional sports and social events/ interactions are also being organised for the crew of HMCS Winnipeg during the ship’s visit to Mumbai.

India and Canada have come a long way towards nurturing a strategic relationship. Defence relationship between the two countries is gradually maturing into one of mutual trust and confidence.

Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy Simbex-17 Commences

As part of "SIMBEX-17’, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating. While INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta are at Singapore since 12 May 2017, INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti would be joining directly for the sea phase of the exercise. The ships are under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

SIMBEX is an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 being held in the South China Sea would be the 24th in the series and is aimed to increase interoperability between the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the current exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase scheduled from 18 May to 20 May and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase to be held from 21 May to 24 May. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), integrated operations with Surface, Air and Sub-surface forces, Air Defence and Surface Encounter Exercises.

During SlMBEX-17, the Singapore Navy is represented by RSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft.

The two navies share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses. Singapore Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Lai Chung Han had earlier visited ENC and participated in lFR-16 held in February last year in the City of Destiny, Visakhapatnam. RSS Formidable and a Fokker F 50 aircraft participated in SlMBEX-16 which was held at Visakhapatnam and in Bay of Bengal.

INS Sahyadri, and INS Shivalik-both multi-role stealth frigates - are commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi and Captain R Vinod Kumar respectively while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta. lNS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

Joint HADR Exercise Commences At Naval Station Karwar

The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command commenced at Naval Station Karwar this morning with an inaugural session. Named as "KARAVALI KARUNYA", the exercise, which involves both professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms is set on a Tsunami disaster scenario and will continue till 20 May 2017. In his Key Note address Rear Admiral KJ Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area, welcomed the delegates who have come from India and abroad and stressed on the requirements of coordination and synergy between civil-military agencies in the event of a disaster. Highlighting the requirements for preparations to tackle a Tsunami Disaster he apprised the audience of the Tsunamis in the Indian Sub-continent with the last recorded on the west coast of India on 27 November 1945. He also highlighted the reduction in number of causalities during disasters post enactment of Disaster Management Act 2005.

Two first-hand accounts of actual Tsunami relief operations, in 2004, were presented by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry and Colonel Vikram Sharma, both from Integrated Headquarter Ministry of Defence (Navy), bringing out the real scenario of 2004 Tsunami Hit areas in Sri Lanka; and Andaman and Nicobar Islands respectively.

Speaking on the occasion Lieutenant General NC Marwah (Retd), from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) apprised the delegates on the role of NDMA and developments in the field of Disaster Management. He stressed on the importance of general knowledge among the citizens on basic Natural Disasters and first aid. He also apprised the audience of available SOPs already laid out for the various contingencies.

The proceedings of the day also included setting up of Internally Displaced People camp and static display. The Camp at Rabindranath Tagore Beach will be open to public from 3:00 PM on 19 May 17.

Two M 777 A-2 (Indian) ULH Arrive In India



Two M 777 A-2 (Indian) ULH arrived today for preparation of firing tables. During this event, the guns will fire 155 mm indigenous ammunition.

The weapon system was contracted on 30 November 16. As per the contract agreement firing tables are being prepared by the contracted agency i.e. US Government and BAE GCS Ltd with support of Indian Army. After firing tables are ready, three more guns will be received in the second stage in September 2018 for training. Thereafter, induction will commence from March 2019 onwards at the rate of five guns per month till complete consignment is received by mid 2021.

Facts: The 39 calibre M777 sets the standard for modern, reliable fire support in the most hostile environments. lightweight and portable, it is Battle proven through five years of continuous operations in the South WestAsian theatre.Mobile forces require quality systems that are quick and easy to transport. Through the innovative use of titanium and aluminium alloys, the M777 is rapidly deployable and consistently accurate.

Highly portable by land, sea and air, the system features a minimal logistical footprint alongside maximum reliability. This means that it can be frequently moved and re-deployed, maximising survivability, without encountering the IED risks that self-propelled systems face.
The weapon can strike over extended distances, regardless of terrain and obstacles. It is compatible with all standard ammo types, as well as advanced rounds such as BONUS and EXCALIBUR.
Its strengths have been proven in battle, particularly in Afghanistan where it has been in service since 2006. Over 40,000 rounds fired have proven its simple, dependable operation, even in harsh desert climates.

Development and Production

Selected by the US Marine Corps and the US Army as their next generation Medium Force weapon, the M777 was fully developed through an intensive Engineering and Manufacturing
Development (EMD) programme in the USA.

This led to an initial contract in 2002 and current requirements in excess of 1,200 systems.

Technical Data

Range

– Maximum unassisted: 24.7 km
– Maximum assisted: 30+ km

Rate of fire

– Intense: 5 rounds per minute for up to 2 minutes
– Sustained: 2 rounds per minute
Into/out of action
– Emplacement: < 3 minutes
– Displacement: < 2 minutes

Pointing limits

– Elevation: +1,275 mm
– Depression: -43 mm
– Traverse (on carriage): 400 mm left and right
(6,400 mm through quickswitch)

Ammunition

– All current and developmental US and NATO
standard 155 mm projectiles and charges
including Modular Artillery Charge System

Mobility

– Maximum road speed: 88 kph/55 mph
– Cross country speed: 24 kph/15 mph
– Towing vehicles: MTVR, FMTV, M800 and M900
5 tonne trucks, any 2.5 tonne truck, HMMWV in
local area
– Fixed wing: C130, C141, C17, C5,
Roll-on roll-off/LVAD
– Rotary wing: CH53E, CH47D, MV22

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cabinet Approves Faculty Exchange Agreement between National Defence College, New Delhi and National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Cabinet approves Faculty Exchange Agreement between National Defence College, New Delhi and National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Faculty Exchange Agreement signed between the National Defence College, New Delhi and National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The objective of the Agreement is to institutionalize regular exchange programs and establish sustainable mechanisms between the two National Defence Colleges with an aim to enhancing mutual cooperation in the field of national security, development and strategic studies.

Given the geographical and cultural closeness between the two countries, there are many common challenges like countering terrorism that needs joint action. Hence, there is a need for better coordination and cooperation among the armed forces. The exchange of faculty members of the premier institutes will help to bring symmetry in the capacities of the armed forces and contribute to countering and managing common threats and challenges much better.

The Agreement establishes the framework for enhanced cooperation in the field of military education concerning strategic and operational studies.

INS Sharda Foils Piracy Attempt in the Gulf of Aden


INS Sharda is deployed for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since 06 Apr 17. On 16 May 17, at about 1645 hrs, the ship received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten (a Liberian registered ship), in position 230 nm South-West of Salalah (in the Gulf of Aden). The vessel had reported an incident of attempted piracy by two suspicious mother vessels alongwith 7-8 skiffs. Sharda, which was at that time 30 Nm East of the reported position, immediately responded to the distress call and proceeded at best speed to investigate the incident. 

On arriving in the area by about 1900 hrs, Sharda detected two dhows alongwith eight skiffs in vicinity, three of which fled the area at high speeds on sighting the warship. Indian Navy’s MARCOS, with support of the armed helicopter from the ship investigated the dhows and their skiffs by conducting board and search operations. The absence of any fishing gear onboard the two dhows/ remaining five skiffs indicated malicious intent and possible piracy-linked intentions. One high calibre AKM rifle alongwith one filled magazine (28 rounds) was found hidden onboard one of the dhows. The weapon and ammunition has been confiscated to prevent future illegal misuse. 

Eastern Fleet Ships on Deployment to Malaysia


INS Shivalik entering Kuantan Malaysia

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Jyoti are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. The ships would be on a port visit to Kuantan from 14 May  to 19 May , 2017. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Malaysia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in a various spheres.

During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. In April this year, Prime Minister, Najib Razak visited India and called on the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for bilateral talks and enhance the partnership between the two countries. In July last year, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulazaman, the Chief of Royal Malaysia Navy visited India to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two navies which have witnessed a steady rise in their cooperation. INS Kora, an indigenously built corvette had recently participated in LIMA-17.

Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.

Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Shivalik, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain R Vinod Kumar while INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Visit Of Australian Border Force Cutter Ocean Shield

Australian Border Force Cutter ‘Ocean Shield’ is arriving at Chennai Port AM 18 May 17 as part of International Co-operation. The ship will be at Chennai till AM 20 May 17. During the visit at Chennai, various events are planned by the Indian Coast Guard for mutual interaction to develop  Inter-Operability between the two maritime forces.

The ship was constructed as an Offshore Support Vessel by STK OSV, Tulcea, Romania and was later inducted as ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’, an Offshore Patrol Vessel on   30 Jun 2012. The ship has 110.9 mtr LOA with 22.05 mtr beam width. The ship achieves maximum speed of 16 kts with a displacement of 8,500 tons and draws 6.6 mtr draught. A medium size helipad is available atop the bow of the ship. The ship also has 1,000 Sq mtrs deck area for cargo and equipment. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, ‘Ocean Shield’ was one of the several Australian Vessels that took part in the extensive search of the ill-fated MH 370.

The Australian Cutter is commanded by ABF Superintendent Alan Champkin. The ship has a complement of 16 Officers and 36 sailors. Indian Coast Guard is organisinga welcome ceremony to ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’ in the traditional way on her arrival at Chennai port AM 18 May 17. During the welcome ceremony, ABF Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg will be interacting with the Indian media personnel.

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Indian Warships Visit Jeddah, Saudi Arabia




As part of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to the West Coast of Africa  and the Mediterranean Sea, three Indian warships, INS Mumbai, INS Trishul and INS Aditya, arrived at Jeddah today (16 May 17) for a three-day visit. The warships will engage extensively with the Saudi Arabian Navy during their stay in the country. Apart from professional interactions, sports and social engagements are also planned, which would go a long way in enhancing co-operation and understanding between these important navies of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The visiting ships, headed by Rear Admiral RB Pandit, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF), who is flying his flag on the guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command and are based at Mumbai.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations, reflecting centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. Bilateral trade between the countries has shown remarkable growth and has registered a three-fold increase in the last five years. The 1.8 million–strong Indian community in Saudi-Arabia is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom and is the ‘most preferred community’ due to their expertise, sense of discipline, and law abiding nature. The Haj pilgrimage is another important component of the bilateral relations with over 1,65,000 Indians performing Haj every year.

Building upon the rich and longstanding relations that have existed between India and Saudi Arabia, both nations have developed warm relations in several spheres. The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the Indian Ocean and, in particular, to strengthen the existing bonds between India and Saudi Arabia.

Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region, including piracy off the coast of Somalia. In addition, the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Hydrographic Survey, Search and Rescue and other such capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment into the Mediterranean will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate Inter Operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Indian Navy and Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad Sign Memorandum of Understanding




Indian Navy and Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, AVSM, NM, Director General Naval Operations and Mr Tapan Misra, Director, Space Application Centre (SAC) signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Oceanology’ on 15 May 2017 at SAC, Ahmedabad. With this initiative, both the organisations have embarked on a common platform of mutual cooperation, wherein the scientific advancements and expertise achieved by SAC would be synergised into the Indian Naval efforts to keep the Nation’s Defence Forces in step with rapid development in the field of Environment Sciences and Satellite Data acquisition technology. This has further boosted the already established collaboration between the two organisations.

The broad areas of cooperation include, sharing of non-confidential observational data for pre-launch sensor calibration and post launch satellite data validation, operational use of SAC generated weather products, provisioning expertise for installation of various satellite data processing modules at Naval METOC organisations, carrying out calibration and validation for ocean models, transfer of technology to generate weather information, training on latest technology and sharing of subject matter experts between the organisations for effective knowledge transfer.

This historic event was witnessed by various scientists from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Group/ SAC, Principal Director Naval Oceanology and Meteorology and Chief Staff Officer, Gujarat Naval Area.

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Industry Consultations on Revitalising Defence Industrial Ecosystem Through Strategic Partnerships

Industry Consultations on Revitalising Defence Industrial Ecosystem Through Strategic Partnerships
Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley, accompanied by senior MoD officials, held consultations with representatives of chambers of commerce and industry on the proposed Strategic Partnership model here today.

The Ministry is working towards institutionalising a transparent, objective and functional mechanism to encourage broader participation of the private sector in defence manufacturing under the ‘Make in India’ framework.

The proposed strategic partner model is intended to enhance competition, increase efficiencies, facilitate faster and more significant absorption of technology, create a tiered industrial ecosystem, ensure development of a wider skill base, trigger innovation and enable participation in global value chains as well as promote exports. This would gradually ensure greater self-reliance and dependability of supplies essential to meet national security objectives.

Industry representatives welcomed efforts of the Ministry to put in place such a framework and offered several positive and constructive suggestions. The Ministry has taken due note of these proposals, which would be considered while finalising the policy in this regard.

Eastern Fleet’s Overseas Deployment to Singapore

In pursuance of India’s Act East policy, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta are on an Overseas Deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Kamorta are on a port visit to Singapore from May 12 to May 21, 2017 during which the ships will participate in the International Maritime Review and lMDEX-17. Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy would also be attending the events ashore. During the port visit, various calls by the visiting Fleet would be organised in addition to those scheduled as part of IMR and IMDEX-17. Thereafter the four Indian Naval Ships and an Indian Navy Long Range Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft P-8l would exercise with the RSN and RSAF as part of SIMBEX-17. Held since 1994, this year would be the 24th edition of the annual maritime bilateral exercise between the two countries which aims to further cement the defence cooperation between the two countries.

The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in various spheres. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain. Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.

Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta. Both ships are indigenously designed and built. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. The last visit by an Indian Naval Ship to Singapore was by INS Satpura in September 2016.

Tejas Successfully Test Fires Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile

Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft today successfully demonstrated an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability by releasing Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode. The missile launch was performed in Lock ON after Launch mode for a BVR target in the look down mode and the target was destroyed.

The objective of the test was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and to verify its performance.

The test was conducted on a Manoeuvrable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. The sensors at ITR also tracked the target and missile.

A safe separation was followed by missile guidance towards RADAR acquired target. The flawless launch was demonstrated with all on-board systems performing satisfactorily and the missile scored a direct hit on the target with complete destruction of it.

The test firing achieved all its planned objectives. The Derby firing is a major step towards clearing BVR capabilities on LCA aircraft for FOC.

Tejas Successfully Test Fires Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile

Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft today successfully demonstrated an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability by releasing Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode. The missile launch was performed in Lock ON after Launch mode for a BVR target in the look down mode and the target was destroyed.

The objective of the test was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and to verify its performance.

The test was conducted on a Manoeuvrable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. The sensors at ITR also tracked the target and missile.

A safe separation was followed by missile guidance towards RADAR acquired target. The flawless launch was demonstrated with all on-board systems performing satisfactorily and the missile scored a direct hit on the target with complete destruction of it.

The test firing achieved all its planned objectives. The Derby firing is a major step towards clearing BVR capabilities on LCA aircraft for FOC.

INS Darshak Completes Hydrographic Surveys in Sri Lanka

INS Darshak of the Eastern Naval Command which has been on a two month deployment to Sri Lanka has successfully completed surveys of Weligama Bay and Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The result of the surveys were formally handed over by Captain Peush Pawsey, Commanding Officer, INS Darshak to Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP & Bar, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psn, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, in a ceremony held at Colombo on 12 May 17.

The survey operations were undertaken in three phases and ship also visited Colombo and Galle harbour. The ship and ship’s survey motor boats fitted with multi beam systems were extensively deployed and the hydrographic survey data for more than 7000 nautical miles was collected. Ship’s integral Chetak helicopter also participated in the operations.

The Officers and sailors of Sri Lanka Navy had embarked ship during the conduct of joint survey operations and were also imparted training on various aspects of hydrographic surveying. In addition, the sailors of both the navies interacted during ship’s stay at Colombo and Galle and played friendly football, volleyball and basketball matches. Beach cleaning drives were also conducted as part of interaction.

INS Darshak has the unique distinction of having surveyed in Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar, Mozambique and Tanzania in the last few years. The successful completion of the maiden Joint Hydrographic survey with Sri Lanka Navy marks a new beginning in the bilateral relations.

INS Rajput on a 3-day visit to Yangon

INS Rajput, Indian Navy's front line guided missile destroyer entered Yangon, Myanmar for an Operational Turn around (OTR) from 11-13 May 17. The ship was given a traditional welcome and received by Commodore Thant Sin Lay Deputy Commander Naval Dockyard. Captain RA Shah, Commanding Officer INS Rajput called on Commodore Nay Win , Commander, Ayeyarwady Naval Regional Command.

Later, Capt RA Shah, Commanding Officer, INS Rajput laid wreath for the Martyrs of the First and Second World War at Yangon War cemetery. He also called on His Excellence V Misra, the Indian Ambassador of Myanmar.

During the visit, 35 Indian Naval officers visited the Myanmar Naval Training Command and 35 Myanmar Navy officers and 160 under trainee sea cadets visited the ship and were given a guided tour of the ship. The sea cadets interacted with the junior officers of the ship during the visit. A friendly volleyball match was also with Myanmar navy personnel.

Team Rajput comprising 05 officers and 05 sailors also visited Thanlyin Orphanage School and distributed notebooks, stationary and food packets to the students of the orphanage as a good will gesture.

Indian Navy Conducts Mock Anti Hijack Exercise At Navy's Visakhapatnam Airport - INS Dega







With an objective to test the efficacy of contingency plan and streamline procedures to deal with a hijack threat, an anti hijack mock drill was conducted at Visakhapatnam airport by INS Dega on 05 May 2017. The hijack exercise involved actions by various stake holders and allied agencies including Marine Commandos, Central Industrial Security Force, National Security Guard, Airport Authority of India and State Government agencies.

29th India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (Corpat) Commences





The 29th series of India–Indonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 09 – 25 May 17 with the opening ceremony being conducted from 09 -12 May 17 at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived at Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to mark the commencement of the 29th series of IND–INDO CORPAT today. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft also flew in with the Indonesian Naval delegation led by First Admiral Bambang Irwanto to INS Utkrosh, Port Blair. First Admiral Bambang Irwanto called on Maj Gen PS Sai, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command and the delegation also interacted with Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, the Naval Component Commander.

Apart from securing the trade sea route, the Coordinated Patrol also serves to enhance mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies. The CORPAT thus reflects the shared concerns between the two countries for a peaceful Indian Ocean for the benefit of international community.

During the stay at Port Blair from 09 – 12 May 17, the visiting crew shall be engaged in interactions at various strata, including sports fixtures, ship visits, professional interactions and visits to places of historical and tourist interests. The closing ceremony of the CORPAT is scheduled at Belawan, Indonesia from 22 – 25 May 17.

The close defence relations between India and Indonesia have been growing steadily with regular joint activities and exchanges of personnel between the Armed Forces of the two countries. Under the broad ambit of this strategic partnership, Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) and the Indian Navy have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice a year since 2002 near the International Maritime Boundary Line to keep this part of the Indian Ocean region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.