Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tilted Indian Naval Frigate Resurrected At A Cost Of 20 Cr, To Become Operational By April

Indian Navy's 3850-ton guided missile frigate INS Betwa  (F-39), which got tilted and fell on the side on December 5, 2016, at Mumbai Dockyard, while undocking, killing 2 sailors was resurrected today upright and afloat on even keel. It has been done at an approximate cost of Rs 20 crore. She will become operational in April this year.

PLA Delegation Visits India

A 15 member delegation from Western Theatre Command of People’s Liberation Army, China is on a five day visit to India from 21 to 26 February 2017. The delegation is being led by Major General Zhao Jin Song, Vice Chief of Staff of Headquarter Western Theatre Command, Chengdu, China.

With New Delhi, Agra and Kolkata on the itinerary, the Chinese delegation called on senior Indian Army officers dealing with border issues at Army Headquarters on 21 February. The two sides exchanged views on wide ranging issues and agreed that peace and tranquility on the border is an important guarantor for development and continued growth of bilateral relations. The leaders of two delegations discussed the importance of having regular bilateral exchanges and additional Border Personnel Meeting points. This visit is continuation of the enhanced engagements between the two Armies which also saw Western Theatre Commander General Zhao Zongqi visit India in Dec 2016.

Ministry of Defence & NOVA Integrated Systems Limited Sign Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) for Indian Navy

Ministry of Defence and NOVA Integrated Systems Limited signs a contract for Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) for Indian Navy

Delhi, India (22nd February, 2017) – Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India today signed a contract with NOVA Integrated Systems Limited (NISL), a subsidiary of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to execute Indian Navy’s Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) project. The SSR programme is the first procurement by MoD under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The project involves delivery, installation and commissioning of the Radar Systems on Indian Navy vessels, as well as delivery of simulators, establishing depot level facilities, and integrated logistics support with deliveries spread over 10 years. The proposed radar is based on the latest solid state technology and also suited for coastal surveillance applications.

NOVA Integrated Systems Limited (NISL) is a strategic initiative of the Tata group in the aerospace and defence sector equipped to offer customised technical solutions to Indian defence, paramilitary forces, civilian requirements, international OEMs and system integrators.

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India has said, “Procurement of SSR is part of Indian Navy’s plan for modernisation of its fleets. It would also be installed on the ships under construction and is in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

Mr. Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Advanced Systems Limited said, “We are proud to be the first private sector Indian Company to bag the coveted contract of the SSR project. Undertaking the responsibility of complete manufacture and assembly of a radar for the Indian Navy gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase our prowess of development and assembly projects in high technology areas. We look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s first procurement under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the DPP.”

NISL has partnered with Terma A/S of Denmark on this project to undertake the manufacturing, integration and testing of the Radar system under transfer of technology in India.

Mr. Jens Maaløe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Terma A/S said, “We see this contract between MoD, Government of India and NOVA Integrated Systems Limited as a very important milestone for Terma as we strongly support the ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are happy to participate in this initiative that will further strengthen our well-established collaboration between the two companies.”

Facilities at TASL’s Combat Management Systems (CMS) development center will be utilised for the SSR project which involves integration of the radar with a variety of weapon and sensor systems on different class of vessels of the Indian Navy’s Battle Assets.

About Tata Advanced Systems Limited

Tata Advanced Systems Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In a short span of five years, Tata Advanced Systems Limited has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation. It has capabilities throughout the entire aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly, and is well positioned in other areas that include missiles, radars, unmanned aerial systems, command and control systems, optronics and homeland security. With facilities in Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore and has a total staff of approximate 1700 employees across the country.

About Terma A/S

Terma A/S, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark develops products and systems for defence, non-defence, and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for ships and aircraft, space technology, and advanced aerostructures for the international aircraft industry. The company has a total staff of 1250 people worldwide.

About the Tata group:

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission 'To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust'. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2015-16, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103 billion. These companies collectively employ over 660,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $116 billion (as on March 31, 2016). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.

DGMS (Army) Visits Military Hospital Secunderabad

Lieutenant General Velu Nair, Director General Medical Services (Army) and Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps visited Military Hospital Secunderabad today. During his visit the General Officer spoke about the relevance of communication and soft skills in military hospitals. He stressed on the need for the staff to empathise with the patients and their family members. He urged that a series of workshops on Soft Skills needs to be conducted for all the medical and nursing staff to provide state of the art Comprehensive Medical Care to the Dependent clientele.

He is an avid researcher with interests in tropical medicine, Haematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation. He has pioneered research on stem cell and thrombosis in high altitude. He was Co-Chairperson of Task Force for ‘Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine’ of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and member of various important National agencies including ICMR, DBT and DRDO connected with research on Stem Cells, Haematological disorders and Military medicine.

He is a Hematologist of International repute and a highly regarded teacher and is also an examiner at the post-doctoral level. He is a Fellow & Member of the prestigious Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), American College of Physicians (FACP), National Academy of Medical Science (FAMS) and Indian College of Physicians (FICP).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

INS Sunayna at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for IDEX 2017 and NAVDEX 2017

The Indian Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna, a state-of-the-art front line platform of the Indian Navy is on an Overseas Deployment to Abu Dhabi to participate in the International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition 2017 (NAVDEX 17) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The ship entered Mina Zayad port, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 18th Feburary 2017. INS Sunayna will be participating in various events as part of IDEX 17 and will also utilise this opportunity to foster stronger relations with other friendly navies participating in IDEX 17 / NAVDEX 17. Built is Goa Shipyard Limited, INS Sunayna, is a fine example of India’s warship building capability and the promotes ‘Make in India’ concepts in the international exhibitions.

The ship was given a warm welcome and was greeted with a ceremonial reception by Brig Salem Al Maherzi, UAE Navy Fleet Commander and UAE Military delegation. Later in the day, Commander Vikas Guleria, the Commanding Officer of the ship, attended International Defence Conference at National Archives’ building hosted by IDEX /NAVDEX Chairman HE Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bawardi, the Minister of Defence of UAE. The conference had many luminaries from the academic and defence world who spoke on aspects of disruptive emerging technology and innovation, Cyber warfare and defence and security control to mitigate multiple disruptions.

Commissioing Of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Shaunak

Indian Coast Guard Ship “Shaunak” the fourth ship in the series of six Off Shore Patrol Vessels(OPV) was commissioned at Goa by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways on 21 Feb 17 in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.‘Shaunak’ meaning ‘Wise’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation.

This 105 meters OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of- the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery
Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting
System. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats
including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law
enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment
to contain oil spill at sea.

The ship draws 2500 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 Knots and has an endurance of 6500 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.

The ship on joining Coast Guard Fleet will be based at Visakhapatnam and deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a Fleet of 127 Ships/boats, 85Ships/boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards. With the commissioning of this vessel and other assets, the Indian Coast Guard will emerge as a stronger and potent force to address the emerging security challenges in maritime zone of India.

ICGS Shaunak will be commanded by Deputy Inspector General T Sashi Kumar and manned by 14 Officers & 98 men. The ship will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

The commissioning of ICGS Shaunak will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of a sophisticated and state-of-
the-art Offshore Patrol Vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of
Eastern Seaboard in general and the Maritime States of Eastern Region viz Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in particular.

Madras Sappers Wins Best Marching Contingent Trophy

Defence Minister Presents best Marching Contingent Trophies

The Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar today presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies to the Madras Sappers and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who participated at the Republic Day Parade 2017 at the historic Rajpath, New Delhi. Commandant Madras Engineer Group Brigadier RK Sachdeva received the Trophy on behalf of the Madras Sappers while Director General CISF Shri OP Singh received the trophy on behalf of CISF.

The function was attended by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar and other senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, the three Services and Ministry of Home Affairs. 

True to their motto of ‘SARVATRA’, the Madras Engineer Group has always distinguished themselves in full spectrum of professional activities ranging from operations to ceremonial events throughout the glorious history of 236 years, be it supporting fighting troops during operations or claiming the Best Marching Contingent every time they participated.

Keeping their rich traditions alive, Madras Sappers once again claimed the ‘Best Marching Contingent Trophy’ both in Army Day and Republic Day Parades 2017.

COAS felicitates best Marching Contingent 2017

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff, felicitated MADRAS Engineer Group (MEG) Contingent on 21 Feb 2017 at South Block, New Delhi. MADRAS Sappers was once again adjudged best marching contingent among all the Service contingents during this year's Republic Day Parade.

The Contingent, with every soldier of the height 193 cm and above, had toiled hard over many months to earn the coveted honour.

Monday, February 20, 2017

INSV Tarini Inducted - All Woman Crew Scheduled to Sail her around The Globe Commencing August 2017

INSV Tarini Inducted – All Woman Crew Scheduled to Sail her around the Globe Commencing August 2017

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini was inducted, in presence of host of dignitaries at a glittering ceremony at INS Mandovi Boat Pool. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff along with other senior Naval Officers was also present on this historic occasion to wish the boat and her crew success in their endeavors.  INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy.

During the ceremony, Admiral Sunil Lanba announced that the extremely challenging expedition by her All Women Crew is slated to commence in August 2017. Talking about the women crew, he said that the team has logged over 10,000 Nautical Miles on INSV Mhadei, including a voyage from India to Mauritius and back and Goa to Cape Town braving through rough monsoon seas and heavy wind.

The dignitaries had a visit to the boat and were briefed on its advanced features, including improvements, based on experience of operating INSV Mhadei, which have been incorporated.   On completion of the ceremony, the crew sailed the boat out of harbour displaying its agile handling capabilities.

The keel of the vessel was laid on 27 March 2016 at the Aquarius Shipyard. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa and the vessel is being delivered before the scheduled date of delivery by the boat builder. Extensive trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 17.  The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

Indian Navy will is operating four sailing vessels capable of open ocean deployments, that is, Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini, all four of which have been built in shipyards at Goa. Indian Navy is attempting to revitalise open ocean sailing and will also be inducting four 40 feet, state of the art open ocean racing sail boats. 

Admiral Sunil Lanba pays Homage to Martyrs at Noida Shaheed Smarak, Noida

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff paid homage and laid wreath at the ‘Shaheed Smarak’ this morning at a solemn function organized by the Noida Sanstha. While speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Naval Staff stated that it was indeed an honour for him to pay tributes to these soldiers, airmen and sailors. He also took the opportunity to assure the families of these brave souls that the Armed Forces shall continue to steer firmly on the path shown by them in ensuring security of our seaward and landward frontiers.
The function was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries, IAS and IPS officers, ex-servicemen, school children and common citizens who came together to pay homage to our immortal martyrs.

The greatness of any nation is reflected by the tribute its citizens pay to the Valiant Armed Forces Personnel who had made the supreme sacrifice for the safety and security of our Motherland. The ‘Noida Shaheed Smarak’ is one such unique Tri- service memorial raised by the Noida township which is keeping the memories and spirit of our martyrs alive.

The idea of setting up such a War Memorial to honour Martyrs was conceived in 1998.The existing Memorial is an eloquent tribute and homage to all those armed forces personnel whose ultimate sacrifice led to several decisive victories since independence. Today Noida Shaheed Smarak (NSS) is an iconic landmark, which not only keeps the memories of these brave hearts alive and serves as a source of inspiration for coming generation but is also for expressing of our eternal gratitude to those who made the supreme sacrifice so that we may see a better a tomorrow. Every year NSS Sanstha organizes Annual Wreath Laying ceremony in the month of February to pay homage to our Martyrs.
The apt tribute to the war Heroes truly instilled great sense of pride in the hearts of all those present on the occasion.

Aero India 2017 Draws to a Close

Aero India 2017 draws to a close

Aerobatic display teams mark the conclusion of Aero India 2017

To mark the successful conclusion of the Aero India 2017 and to serve as a token of remembrance of fruitful association over the last few days during the airshow, the aerobatic display teams got together today. Posing in front of the Grumman G-164 A of the Scandinavian team and the Yak-50 of the Yakovlev team, stunt pilots of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team (SKAT), the Yakovlevs and the Scandinavian along with their three ‘skycats’ provided for a visual treat. The SKAT pilots, led by Wg Cdr Ajit Kulkarni, looked resplendent in their red flying overalls. The Scandinvan leader Jacob Hollander’s flying suit matched the colour of his flying machine while the skycats placed themselves atop the yellow and blue airplane for photographs. The Yakovlev pilots, led by Jez, in their black flying suits gave a very professional look. After the ‘photo session’ the SKAT daredevils met up with the spectators to shake hands and distribute memorabilia.

Curtains came down on the Aero India – 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. Having evolved over the years, the 11th edition of the event went through smoothly without a glitch drawing unprecedented crowds that bear testimony to the premier Air Show of Asia having come of age. 

The highlights of this year’s show have been:

(a)        Participation from 270 Indian Companies and 279 foreign companies. That is a total of 549 companies.
(b)        The gross area grew from 2,50,000 Sq Mtrs last time to 2,60,000 Sq Mtrs in this edition.
(c)        A total of 72 aircraft participated in the show.
(d)      Several seminars were conducted by State Governments.

The first three days at the show, earmarked exclusively for business visitors saw a foot fall of approximately 1.5 lakh. The air show saw a lot of activity from business point of view and witnessed several round table meets. The show was a success.  

The push that the show gives to the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the Government of India by virtue of its sheer magnitude and presence of stake holders from across the globe cannot be over emphasized.  

The awe-inspiring manoeuvres by various types of aircraft and formations enthralled the audience – young and old alike, every single day.  The flying displays went smoothly with immaculate precision painting a colourful aerial symphony in the clear Bengaluru skies twice every day. 

The last two days at the event saw an unprecedented foot fall of approximately four lakh people swarming in to the venue   to catch a glimpse of their heroes in their magnificent flying machines. 

The Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, empowered by their recent forays into the social media, with their consistent efforts ensured timely updates and wide outreach to enthusiasts around the globe. 

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S.B. Deo and the Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh after a sortie of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), during the Aero India 2017, at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru on February 18, 2017.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Indian Navy Concludes First Contract Under Buy and Make (Indian) Category

Indian Navy Concludes First Contract Under Buy and Make (Indian) Category

A contract between Nova Integrated Systems Ltd and Indian Navy for procurement of Surface Surveillance Radars (SSR) has been concluded today. This is the first contract concluded under the Buy and Make (Indian) Category, in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Nova Integrated Systems Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Advanced System Ltd, would indigenously manufacture these state-of-the-art radars in collaboration with Terma, Denmark. This contract marks the entry of Indian Private Industry in production of hi-tech sensors for the Indian Navy. Procurement of SSR is a part of Indian Navy’s Plan for modernisation of its Fleets, and these radars would also be installed onboard the ships under construction. The government’s drive to modernise the Armed Forces and build an Indian Defence Industrial Base with participation of Private Industry gets a major boost with the signing of this contract today.

Indian Navy’s Second Ocean Going Sailboat Tarini To Be Inducted In The Navy On Feb 18th

Tarini to be Inducted into Indian Navy on 18 February 17

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017.  Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff will also be present on the occasion.  INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy.

 The boat has been built to a stock design by Van de Stadt, Netherlands called Tonga 56. The hull is made of wooden core fiberglass sandwich construction for a better performance than aluminum and steel.  INSV Tarini carries a suite of six sails including a Main sail, Head sails (Genoa and stay sails), Downwind sails and Storm sail. Her mast is 25 meters tall and has been custom built by M/s Southern Spars, Cape Town, for sailing in extreme conditions. She boasts a Raymarine navigation suite and an array of latest satellite communication systems through which she can be contacted anywhere in the world.
The trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 17 and all the learning experience from INSV Mhadei has been incorporated in this vessel right from the start. The keel of the vessel was laid by the Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar on 27 March 2016 at the Aquarius Shipyard. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa and the vessel is being delivered before the scheduled date of delivery by the boat builder. The successful construction of both the Mhadei andTarini in Goa are a tribute to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy.
INSV Tarini is almost identical to her illustrious predecessor, the iconic Mhadei which has sailed over 115000 nautical miles in the past eight years. This includes path breaking voyages like the first Indian solo circumnavigation undertaken by Capt Dilip Donde (Retd) in 2009 and first solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation by Cdr Abhilash Tomy in 2013.
The boat draws her origin from the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Orissa’s Ganjam district. The word Tarinimeans a Boat and is also a Sanskrit word for Saviour. Tara-Tarini is a patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshipped for safety and success at sea. Tara-Tarini of Orissa is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei- the exclusive boat deity of the Mhadei river of Goa. Both the deities Tariniand Mhadei have sculptural similarities.
In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. A team of six women Officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for this project. These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meterology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi. After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back. Following that, they sailed the boat on a grueling voyage to Cape Town in Dec 16.

The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

Raytheon, Tata Advanced Systems to Co-produce Stinger Missile Components

BANGALORE, India (Feb. 17, 2017) — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Tata Advanced Systems Limited to engage in co-production of Stinger air defense missile components.

“Our agreement with Tata Advanced Systems deepens our industrial partnership in India with a global technology leader and will expand the range of options and capabilities for U.S. and coalition forces to achieve their missions,” said Duane Gooden, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president.

As part of the new pact, TASL could produce components of the Stinger missile in India. Stinger has both surface-to-air and air-to-air applications against a variety of airborne targets.
“This collaboration with Raytheon is in keeping with other partnerships that TASL has with global leaders in the defense and aerospace sector. We look forward to becoming a key contributor to the Stinger missile for India,” said Sukaran Singh, chief executive officer and managing director of TASL.

“We will seek to expand our relationship to other missile systems and technologies, and contribute to the progressive implementation of the ‘Make in India’ initiative to address multiple objectives of the government, such as value addition, employment, and control over key technologies,” added Singh.
In 2016, India was one of three international customers to order Stinger missiles. India will equip its AH-64 Apache helicopters soon to enter service with the Indian Air Force.

About Stinger

The combination of supersonic speed, agility, highly accurate guidance and control system and lethal warhead gives Stinger the operational edge against all classes of helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, and fixed-wing aircraft. Stinger not only has a surface-to-air capability from land and sea, but also an air-to-air capability that can be integrated into most fixed- or rotary-wing platforms.
About Tata Advanced Systems Limited

Tata Advanced Systems Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In a short span of five years, Tata Advanced Systems Limited has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation. It has capabilities throughout the entire aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly, and is well positioned in other areas that include missiles, radars, unmanned aerial systems, command and control systems, optronics and homeland security.

About Raytheon                                                                                                                     

Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

Day-4 Aero India-2017 : AXISCADES & E2M Technologies B.V. To Collaborate For Flight Simulators

AXISCADES and Dutch company E2M Technologies B.V. today announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), at the Aero India 2017 to jointly address the growing market for flight simulators in the Indian aerospace and defence sector. Under the MoU, both companies will evaluate and explore opportunities to address the requirements for full flight and full mission simulators.

Mr Sudhakar Gande, Vice-Chairman of AXISCADES said, “This partnership with E2M will provide us access to established and state-of- the-art electric motion systems required for India's aerospace and defence needs. This is another milestone for AXISCADES as one of the premier aerospace and defence companies of India. It is in line with the company's strategy of building strong partnerships with global leaders in their respective businesses.”

AXISCADES, which works with global OEMs like Airbus and Thales, is a licensed defence manufacturer and a preferred Indian Offset Partner (IOP) for high-end strategic technologies for aerospace and defence solutions. This partnership will help AXISCADES increase its contribution in the Make in India business and become an integral part of global OEMs’ supply chain delivering simulation solutions. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Images : Day 3 Aero India-2017, Free-Fall US Airforce C-130J

Basani Satheesh Kumar

Seychelles Coast Guard Patrol Ship Topaz Completes Refit at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam

Seychelles Coast Guard Patrol Ship (SCGPS) Topaz has completed her Medium Refit and has been handed over to Colonel Simone A Dine, Commander Seychelles Coast Guard by Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on 16 February 2017. The ship underwent a Medium Refit at Naval Dockyard from March 2016 to January 2017. The event was held at Naval Jetty inside INS Circars and was attended by other dignitaries from Seychelles Coast Guard and Indian Navy.

The event commenced with the introduction of the Officers and Crew of SCGPS Topaz to Colonel Simone A Dine Commander Seychelles Coast Guard and Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad ASD(V). Commodore IB Uthaiah, General Manager (Refit) gave a brief account on the progress of refit which was followed by an address by Lieutenant Lyndon Lablache Commanding Officer SCGPS Topaz. The event concluded with customary exchange of crests between the dignitaries and a walk around of the ship. This event marked the culmination of the refit of SCGPS Topaz undertaken by the Indian Navy as a diplomatic courtesy to strengthen relations between India and the island nation of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

SCGPS Topaz arrived in India last year during the International Fleet Review at Visakhapatnam and subsequently commenced her refit programme. Various upgrades in machinery, equipment and habitability were undertaken as part of the refit. The ship is now fitted with latest navigation, communication and weaponry to enhance performance of the ship in the years to come. The refit spanned over 11 months with Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam upgrading the equipment of the ship in every aspect to make it a potent force in the arsenal of Seychelles Coast Guard.

SCGPS Topaz, former INS Tarmugli was gifted to the Govt. of Seychelles by India in 2005 to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations and work together to ensure the safety of the Indian Ocean Region. The ship, used as a patrol vessel by Seychelles Coast Guard is a Fast Attack Craft which served the Indian Navy from 2001 to 2005 before being handed over to Seychelles.

Naval Chief's Address on 'Indo-Pacific: Possibilities and Portents'

As a part of The Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff, made a Special Address on the subject ‘Indo-Pacific: Possibilities and Portents’ on 14th Febuary 2017. The Geoeconomic Dialogue was organised by Gateway House, a think tank, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. In his address, he outlined the significance of Indo-Pacific region by laying out the peculiarity of the region in terms of conflict, population density (60% of the world population), peculiarity of maritime trade routes, availability of natural resources, and economic rise of the region (fastest growing economic region in the world).

Admiral Sunil Lanba on stage with Vice Admiral Anil Chopra (Retd), Distinguished fellow at Gateway House

Admiral Sunil Lanba said that the region is confronted with both traditional and non-traditional maritime challenges. Unresolved sovereignty issues, territorial disputes, contradicting positions on international norms, maritime muscle flexing and general militarization are issues of traditional challenges in the region, he added. Speaking on non-traditional threats such as piracy and maritime terrorism, he said that any disruption of trade in the region will have an adverse effect on both regional as well as global economy.

Laying out the country’s viewpoint as far as the region is concerned, Admiral Sunil Lanba said that the country is charting its course of economic growth using a civilizational ethos of Realism, Co-existence, Cooperation and Partnership. In achieving this role, he said that, Indian Navy will continue to be ‘Net security provider’ in the Indian Ocean Region. He elaborated that, to achieve these goals Indian Navy has taken a number of initiatives, such as Humanitarian Assistance And Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, anti-piracy operations, Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and resource sharing with other navies in Indian Ocean.

In his concluding remarks, he said that India’s economic growth and our aspirations of empowerment of our masses would be adversely effected by any disruption of peace and stability in the region. Thus, India’s and Indian Navy’s Maritime Strategy is built on strategic deterrence, maritime cooperation and capacity building.

He hoped that the Indo-Pacific region emerges as a ‘region of opportunities’ and assured the audience that the Indian Navy will do its utmost to play its role as India’s maritime power and over come the portents to the extent feasible.

Images: Day 3 Aero India-2017 Light Combat Helicopter & Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team

Basani Satheesh Kumar