Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nirbhay Debut Flight, Interceptor Missile Flight Test Of 5000 Km Range Targets, This Year : DRDO Outlines Future Goals


Scientific Advisor To Defence Minister Dr V K Sarwaswat's address at the Annual DRDO Awards-2012


"Honourable Pradhan Mantriji, Honourable Raksha Mantriji, National Security Adviser, Chiefs of the Armed Forces, Secretaries in the Ministry of Defence / Govt of India, distinguished invitees, Awardees & their families, members of the media my colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Annual Awards Function 2012. A special word of welcome goes out to Hon Prime Minister and our Raksha Mantriji who have by their presence today demonstrated their solidarity with DRDO.



2.This annual event held to celebrate the accomplishments of our dedicated work force is an occasion when we pay collective tribute to the work output of DRDO Scientists. Indeed the year 2011-12 was marked with major accomplishments in almost every technology domain, as DRDO worked to catapult itself as a technology leader in defence systems.


3.As always, our prowess in strategic systems led the way with a number of milestones achieved- including the spectacular maiden launch of India’s long range strategic missile Agni 5, successful launch of Agni IV and Prahar and  launch of the Endo-atmospheric interceptor missiles.



4.In the arena of tactical systems- major milestones included maiden flight of LCA Navy and the AEW&C platform with a number of DRDO developed systems and successful tests of long endurance UAV Rustom1 which will pave the way for development of Rustom II in full deliverable configuration. Two regiments of Arjun MkI  entered the proud possession of our Army; Arjun MK-II developed in record time of 2 years is now under trials. The induction of large number of PINAKA rocket launchers in the operational command of the Indian Army is a much needed boost to DRDO as it strives to establish its credentials with the Indian Army’s operational units.



5.DRDO’s efforts in development of Naval systems received a major boost with the successful trials of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, operationalization of a number of SONARs on respective platforms and extensive sea trials of heavy weight torpedo VARUNASTRA. The completion of DIVYA DRISHTHI signal intelligence program and trials of a number of Radars have given a major boost to self reliance in this critical area. The productionisation of DMR steel leading to production of about 30,000 tons; and Titanium from the newly established  KMML were other achievements. Bulk production orders were received for Submarine Escape Suite for Navy and Lightweight Helicopter Oxygen System for IAF.



6.      In the field of Cyber Security, notable achievement was the setting up of Cyber Defence & Forensic labs and the launch & preliminary design activities in the development of network hardware and software systems. DRDO has also initiated substantial development activity in the field of Space security viz. in Space based ELINT/COMINT, Satellite based communication & Navigation programs etc



7.      These were just a glimpse of achievements of DRDO in the past year which spans the entire gamut - from the Nation’s strategic deterrence capability to technology spin-offs for India’s civil sector. The production value of systems based on technologies developed by DRDO during the past one decade is well over 1, 48, 000 crores. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that the percentage of indigenous systems through the Acquisition route has significantly increased from the earlier 30% to almost 60% as of 2012(without accounting for strategic systems), thanks mainly to DRDO developed weapons & platforms.



8. Our major goals for the year ahead include:

·        flight test of Interceptor missile for targets of 5000 km Range class.

·        First flight of Nirbhay- our sub-sonic cruise missile

·        First flight of  AEW&C system in India with all systems integrated,



9. In the 12th Five year Plan, we will launch a number of major programs which will mark a paradigm change in force preparedness including:

·        SRSAM  for Tri Services

·        Pravira- for protection of Critical Infrastructure

·        Micro-Nano satellites with Launch-on-Demand capability

·        G-SAT6 based Communication system



10.Let me now highlight a few corporate initiatives & policy plans.


 In the year 2011 about 125 projects at a total outlay of about Rs 100 Crores was sanctioned to about 70 research/academic institutions. Based on our innovation patent portfolio DRDO has won the prestigious Thomson Reuters Innovation Award. The DRDO Innovation Centre at the IITMadras Research Park which was initiated last year is now ready for formal launch with specific areas and  teams identified to pursue Basic & applied research in close association with Academia, Industry and research scholars.


11 Under the Technology Transfer program, about 40 MoUs  have been signed and business development for another 20 technologies is in the advanced stage of Commercialisation. A significant initiative under the DRDO-FICCI collaboration was our contribution to the Aahar program using DRDO developed food products, thus providing employment to women for the benefit of the lowest economic strata of society. The acceptance of DRDO developed bio-digesters for the Railways, in turn has resulted in the Min. of Environment requesting DRDO assistance and the first set of bio digesters was installed in the Dhamra coast, with plans to extend the installation to 2.4 lakh Gram Panchayats in phases.


12.DRDO-Industry interaction received fresh impetus in 2011, with participation in major defence exhibitions including the Indo-Africa Business Partnership Summit at Hyderabad, the Aerospace and Defence exhibition(AAD) at S. Africa, Defence Expo at Rio-de-Janiero Brazil, MSPO at Poland and DSEi at London, wherein interest was evinced for joint collaboration with DRDO. At the Def Expo 2012 held in March-April at Delhi, we have proudly showcased our products & systems in competition with the best in the world.


13.Appreciating the benefits of International Cooperation DRDO in the past year has interacted with a number of countries including UK, Canada, Germany etc which have yielded fruitful results- one of which was the establishment of a Kyrygyz-Indian mountain Biomedical research Centre.



14.In a departure from our traditional role of prototype development, DRDO has over the recent production cycle of our major programs, realised that a substantial amount of hand holding is required in the post development phase. There are problems related to capacity & capability build up viz. Requirement of Exclusive assembly line for DRDO systems, augmentation & modernisation of existing production infrastructure, induction of trained skilled manpower in DPSUs & OFB – all of which are critical to enable DRDO systems to be produced in required numbers, with requisite quality- and we look to the Govt for efforts in this direction.



15.    Yet another issue which I would like to highlight is the need to augment the capability of India’s manufacturing sector: This is an area of concern- as use of modern manufacturing techniques can provide a big boost to both defence products and the Indian economy in the long run. DRDO proposes:

a.    Specific manufacturing facilities (for e.g CMTI/HMT) to be dedicated to futuristic technology development projects .

b.   Creation of National centres for aeroengine structures and Naval structures which are currently a big lacuna in the country and is hampering indigenous capability.

c.   Investments in establishment of Silicon and MEMS foundry, GaN foundry and photonics-required for technology dominance.

d.   Establishment of Electronic hardware sanitisation centres- to counter cyber threats

For each of the above, substantial funding will be a prime requirement.



16.Yet another area of concern is the need for Policy decisions on more JVs with DRDO: As you are aware Brahmos was an outstanding example of Indo Russian joint venture which saw quick success . Guidelines have been recently issued for JVs for DPSUs. We feel the need for such mechanisms to be evolved for DRDO JVs too- so that an efficient workable system can be put in place to enable quick returns in technology areas with complementary work share.



17.The paper on establishment of Empowered Defence Technology Commission has been moved by DRDO and is under protracted discussion at various levels of Govt. We hope that it will be approved soon and the Commission on lines of Space & Atomic Energy Commission will be setup with suitable empowerment so as to enforce Self Reliance - which is of critical importance for India to become a world leader in Defence Systems.



18. The final issue which I would like to highlight is the DRDO Budget which has remained more or less same. In tune with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s announcement at the 99th Indian Science congress held in January this year and in view of major programs which are on the anvil viz. SRSAM, LCA MKII, ATVP etc we look forward to getting higher allocation of funds at the review stage- which is essential to bring in next generation technology maturity.



19.As is evident, we have set for ourselves an ambitious roadmap, armed with the desire to dream big and propel our nation to an elevated position on the world stage. For this to become a reality we look forward to the collective efforts, co-operation and support from all stake holders.



20. would like to conclude with a word of thanks to the Honourable Prime Minister for having accepted our invitation to Address the DRDO community and honour the awardees. We also thank the Hon. RM, RRM and other dignitaries for their presence & continued support to our endevours. DRDO is committed to fulfilling its mandate of providing cutting edge defence technologies of world class standards to serve the operational requirements of the Indian Armed Forces and achieve higher level of self reliance in defence technologies.

                                    

Thank you, Jai Hind."

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Indian Defence Minister Visits Kilo Force



On the second day of his visit to Jammu & Kashmir,  Defence Minister  AK Antony on Sunday (29 July 2012) visited a forward post in the Kupwara sector, accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh, Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen KT Parnaik and other senior military and civil officials. Antony was briefed about the infiltration pattern of militants in the sector and the measures being taken by the Army to prevent such attempts. Antony spent some time with the troops and asked about their welfare. He asked them about the quality of rations, clothing and shoes  they were getting and whether they were satisfied with it. The Ministry of Defence has taken several measures in the last few years to improve the quality of supplies to the jawans posted in remote locations. The minister has since returned to New Delhi.
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Video : BrahMos Crosses 32nd Milestone

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32nd Flight Test Of BrahMos

The 32nd flight test of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was carried out at 1030 hrs from a test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast as part of development trials, today on the 29th of July 2012.

The objective of the mission was to evaluate some of the newer subsystems which are produced from the Indian industry as part of production stabilization. More than 25 such systems were incorporated in
the development missile

The 32nd launch was primarily aimed at testing the new power systems, materials for airframe components, guidance scheme and various electric systems.

The data obtained from multiple telemetry stations of ITR are being analysed for large scale production by the Indian industries.
 
BrahMos

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Defence Minister Reviews Security Situation in J&K On 2-Day Visit



Expressing satisfaction at the improved level of coordination among various security agencies in Jammu & Kashmir, leading to significant reduction in infiltration from across the border in recent times, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today called upon the top brass of the Army, para military forces, state police and intelligence agencies to bring more synergy in their efforts  to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the state. 

Addressing a joint security review meeting, here, Shri Antony said, the coordination mechanism should be made perfect to thwart any attempt from enemies to disturb the peace in the state. “ Enemies from across the border will continue their efforts; however, if the security and intelligence agencies understand each other better, the efforts of the enemies will not succeed,” he said. Shri Antony is on a two day visit to the state.
The meeting was attended among others by  the Chief Minister Shri Omar Abdullah, the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Tara Chand, the Minister of state for Home Shri Nasir Aslam Wani, the Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, the GOC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen KT Parnaik and other senior officials of the state government and Central Agencies.

Shri Antony had a note of caution for the security forces. He said, in a democratic set up, like ours, there can be no justification for the violation of Human Rights. He also said that efforts should be made to reduce the visibility of the Armed Forces as much as possible without compromising efficacy.

Extending  the Centre’s whole hearted support to the state government for  their development programmes, the Defence Minister announced that the rate of rent of private land under occupation of armed forces will be revised next year by MoD, ground work  for which has already started. It may be recalled that in a salutary move MoD had revised the rates in 2008.

Earlier in the day, shortly after his arrival in Srinagar, Shri Antony, accompanied by Gen Bikram Singh, Shri Shashi Kant Sharma  and Lt Gen KT Parnaik flew into the Uri Sector to interact with the army personnel deployed there. Shri Antony was briefed by Lt Gen Parnaik on the security situation in the state at Srinagar. He also called on the Governor Shri NN Vohra.

DPR Sitanshu Kar

Friday, July 27, 2012

DRDO's Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle Reaches Final Stage

Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) 's Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (ARRV) has reached the final stage of the 'complete specification'

The new ARRV, a variant of the Arjun Main Battle Tank, is being developed for the Indian Army at the DRDO lab here. CVRDE will develop two prototypes in the next three years. The hull, including the chassis automative system, will almost be the same as Arjun Mark II and slight modifications will be made to accommodate a crane and a winch since it will be a recovery vehicle.

The Army is expected to order 30 units if the Chennai-based DRDO lab satisfies its specifications in the first two units. The new ARRV will weigh around 65 tons and function as a recovery vehicle for the Army in tough terrain as well as in extreme climatic conditions.
 
PTI

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Commissioning Of ICGS Karaikal

Coast Guard Station Karaikal, the fifth CG station on the Puducherry - Tamil Nadu coastline was commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, Director General Indian Coast Guard at Karaikal today. Inspector General SP Sharma, PTM, TM, the Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and senior officials from the Puducherry Administration witnessed the commissioning ceremony.

The station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security along the Indian coastline.  The station at Karaikal will help augment patrolling along the east coast and prevent illicit activity such as infiltration and smuggling.

Coast Guard Station Karaikal will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East) through the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarter- 5 located at Chennai. Commandant PR Lochen has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the station.

ICG

Assam Burns, Army Moves In

13 columns comprising 1000 troops, ready in aid of civil authorities. Six columns comprising 400 troops carrying out flag marches at Gosaigaon, Bodo Bazaar and Gaurang Nagar.
 
@ 11.30 am today, Indian Army's 12 columns carry out flag marches. Railway line cleared from Bongaigaon to Kokrajhar. Only an 8 km stretch left between Fakiragram and Kokrajhar. 

@ 10-15 am today : Two more columns doing flag marches between Agamani, Dhubri, Kajalgaon and Chirang comprising approx 150 troops.

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13th Supreme Commander Of The Indian Armed Forces Takes Oath



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

XIth National Maritime Search And Rescue Board Meeting

The XIth National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) Meeting under the Chairmanship of Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, Director General Indian Coast Guard was held at Chennai on 24 Jul 12.  The Board meets annually to discuss policy issues, formulate guidelines and procedures, and considers recommendations on updating the National Search and Rescue plan.  For the first time in the history of the NMSAR Board, all 13 Coastal States/Union Territories participated in the meeting, besides members from 15 other organisations.

ICG

Monday, July 23, 2012

DAC Clears 56 Transport Aircraft Proposal Worth 12,000 Cr, To Replace Avros

Defence Acquisition Council today cleared the 56 transport IAF aircraft proposal worth 12,000 crore to replace its Avros. After the DAC, chaired by Defence Minister A K Antony, nod a global RFP will be issued. The first 16 transport planes will be bought off-the-shelf, and the next 16 will have 30 per cent indigenous element, and the remaining 24 will have 60 % locally-procured and produced items. These planes will be able to carry 7-8 tonnes worth of load.

Agencies.

Armed Forces Tribunal To Get Act In Parliament Passed For Civil Contempt Of Court


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Indian Coast Guard Pollution Control Ship 'Samudra Paheredar' Commissioned

Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Samudra Paheredar', the second of the series of three Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs) being built by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat was commissioned here today by Admiral Nirmal Verma PVSM, AVSM, ADC Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff, in presence of Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Deputy Inspector General BS Yadav, PTM, TM, Commander, Coast Guard Region (North-West), and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Govt.

The 95 m long indigenous PCV displaces 4300 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 20.5 knots, with an endurance of 6500 nautical miles. The ship’s primary role is pollution response at sea and is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated pollution response and control equipment for mitigating oil spills, which include containment equipment like hi-sprint booms and river booms, recovery devices like skimmers and side sweeping arms. The ship is capable of unhindered oil recovery operations with storage tank capacity of 500 KL in addition to inflatable barges.

The ship is installed with modern Integrated Platform Management System and Power Management System, which makes it unique for unmanned machinery operations. It is also fitted with Dynamic Positioning System for fire fighting and pollution response operations and an infra-red surveillance system for night surveillance. The PCV is armed with a 30 mm CRN 91 Gun with fire control system and capable of operating one twin engine ALH/ Chetak helicopter. In addition to its designed role, the ship can be deployed for multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, Search & Rescue and medical evacuation.

In his address during the commissioning ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff stated that the PCV would go a long way in addressing the critical requirement of capacity building in the area of pollution response. He further stated that several far-reaching initiatives towards augmentation of manpower and force levels were underway that would provide the requisite fillip to the Coast Guard’s capabilities.

The ship is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Iqbal Singh Chauhan and has a complement by 11 Officers and 100 Enrolled Personnel. Post commissioning, ICGS Samudra Paheredar will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
DPR

8th Defence Information Technology Consultative Committee

8TH Defence Information Technology Consultative Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju was held in New Delhi on friday, 20 July, 2012.
DPR

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Alenia Aermacchi Signs Contract With Israeli MoD For 30 M-346






Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, has signed a contract with Israeli Ministry of Defence to supply 30 M-346 advanced trainer aircraft.

The deal is part of a larger Government-to-Government agreement between Israel and Italy that includes aircraft, engines, maintenance, logistics, simulators and training, provided also by other Israeli and international companies.

The new aircraft will replace the A-4 Skyhawks currently in service and will make up the new trainer fleet of the Israeli Air Force. Delivery of the first M-346 is expected in the middle of 2014.
Alenia

New Delhi To Host Working Level Meeting Of 8th Heads Of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting

The first ever Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) in South Asia is scheduled to be conducted in October 2012 in New Delhi.  HACGAM is an apex level forum facilitating congregation of all the major Coast Guard Agencies of Asian region.  This initiative was developed initially in 2004 to discuss cooperation among the member organizations to combat piracy in the region.  However, the scope of discussions has been expanded to include law enforcement, maritime security, disaster prevention and relief and capacity building.  Presently, there are more than 20 member organizations from 17 countries that are part of the initiative.

The 8th HACGAM is the first meeting being held in South Asian region and is being co-hosted by Indian Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard under the auspices of Nippon Foundation, Japan.  The Working Level Meeting (WLM) is being conducted from 18 to 19 Jul 2012 to discuss the agenda and prepare the documents for the 8th HACGAM scheduled to be conducted from 01 to 04 Oct 12 at New Delhi.  The Nippon Foundation had also hosted “Conference on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships” and HACGAM until 2008.  Since 2009, the Foundation has been  co-sponsoring HACGAM. 
ICG

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RAC MiG Wins “European Quality Award”



JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG received the “European quality award”.The awarding ceremony was held in Dublin, Ireland, and was attended by Deputy Director General of RAC MiG Mikhail Globenko.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Russian Dy. Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin Visits BrahMos Aerospace


BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries – Mr. Dmitry Rogozin.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Dmitry Rogozin with a high level defence delegation visited BrahMos Aerospace Headquarters today on the 17th of July 2012.

He was shown the BrahMos Mobile Autonomous Launcher with explanation of the full weapon complex by Dr. A.Sivathanu Pillai, CEO & MD BrahMos. During the visit the minister was briefed on the achievements and progress the JV has made in the recent years including a futuristic  vision plan -2050 for developing newer technologies  to remain  a market leader in its field.

Mr. Rogozin on completion of his visit remarked “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm of Indian and Russian specialists who have made the project BrahMos a success. I believe in its bright future as I believe in the future of friendship between our two nations.

Earlier addressing young scientists of BrahMos Aerospace  he said “Latest technologies can be shared with close friends only , which has been seen in our cooperation in BrahMos, both  India and Russia are great countries and working together we can do wonders. I wish you all the best and success in the development of futuristic technologies for both our nations.

During the visit Dr. Pillai highlighted the importance of the Joint Venture product getting into the Naval fleet of Russia and undertaking of faster developments of new products including hypersonic BrahMos to maintain technological edge over other countries and maintain its First in the World status.

The Minister was accompanied by The Ambassador of Russian Federation to India Mr. Alexander Kadakin, Head of Federal Services for Military Technical Cooperation Mr. Fomin Alexander, Head of Military Industrial Consortium NPOM Dr.Alexander Leonov, Head of Tactical Missile Armament Cooperation Mr. Obnocov Boris, Head of  United Aircraft Cooperation Mr. Pogosyn Mikhail , Head of  Rosoboronexport Mr. Isykin Anatoli and other high profile members.

BrahMos

Russian Deputy PM Calls On Indian Minister

DPR

Lockheed To Pitch MR-60S & R For Additional MRHs After Dropping Out From The 16 MRH Deal Owing To Non-FMS

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1507_Page_04L, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sea Hercules--Lockheed's Answer To Indian Navy's MRMR (Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft), Responds To RFI

The Indian Navy has long been deliberating augmenting its aviation arm.

Lockheed Martin has responded with the Sea Hercules to the Indian Navy's Request for Information (RFI) for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

Lockheed unveiled the maritime version of its successful C-130 Hercules medium airlifter at the Singapore Air Show in February 2012.

Lockheed Martin has built a Maritime configuration for the C-130 that the US Coast Guard currently operates.  
The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) capability is also being enhanced at the request of several international customers to include full Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW).  The highly successful Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion MPRA operated by the US Navy and twenty domestic and international operators provides the modern mission system and sensors which can be palletized and transferred to the SC-130J Sea Herc. 

The C-130J operates in many different configurations in addition to its primary role as a combat delivery vehicle.  Adding full ASW capability to the C-130J  is a logical response to meet an international demand for a long range, long time on station, turbo prop multi-role aircraft.   

Friday, July 13, 2012

Agni-1 Successfully User-Tested


India’s 700 km range ballistic missile, ‘AGNI I’ was successfully launched today from the wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. It was a textbook launch meeting all mission objectives and the missile reached the target point in the Bay of Bengal following the prescribed trajectory.  The missile was launched from Road Mobile Launcher System and was tracked by Radar and Telemetry stations located along the coastline. Two Naval Ships located near the target point tracked the missile in the terminal phase of the Flight.

Indigenously developed by DRDO the missile is already in the arsenal of Indian Armed Forces and was launched by the Strategic Forces Command as part of training exercise to ensure preparedness.

The Launch was witnessed by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Department of Defence Research & Development & DG DRDO, Shri Avinash Chander, Scientist & CC R&D (Missiles & Strategic Systems) and Programme Director AGNI, Dr. J Chattopadhyaya, Project Director and Shri MVKV Prasad, Director ITR and senior officials from DRDO and the armed forces.

 Dr Saraswat congratulated all the Scientists and employees of DRDO and the Armed forces for the successful launch.

Defence Minister Shri A K Antony has congratulated the DRDO team on the successful launch of Agni I.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DG-ICG Accepts Invitation To Visit Pakistan, Post ICG-MSA Talks In Delhi


The India-Pakistan Joint Working Group Meeting for working out a mechanism for release of fishermen and their boats who cross maritime borders inadvertently was held here today. The Indian delegation was led by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard while the Pakistan delegation was led by Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, Director General, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).

The meeting was held in pursuance of the decision taken during the India-Pakistan Home/Interior Secretary Level Talks held on 28-29 Mar 2011, where both sides agreed to task the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and PMSA to work on setting up a mechanism for release of fishermen and their boats who cross maritime borders inadvertently.

The group held preliminary discussions on the issue and recognised the need for addressing the humanitarian aspect of inadvertent crossing of maritime borders by legitimate fishermen.  The discussions were fruitful in mutual exchange of ideas and deliberating way ahead in evolving a suitable mechanism for release of such fishermen and their boats. It was also acknowledged that focused approach and sustained efforts of the group needs to be continued.

DPR/TheSundayGuardian

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Successful Firing Of Operational Dual Mode Brimstone Missile Against Fast In-Shore Attack Craft

The first firing of an operational Dual Mode Brimstone missile (Monday 25th June) against a Fast In-Shore Attack Craft (FIAC) proved to be a resounding success and a clear demonstration of the unmatched operational flexibility that the weapon provides for air, naval and land based platforms.

During the trial, which took place at the QinetiQ Aberporth range in Wales, a RAF Tornado GR4 targeted a fast moving FIAC RT (realistic target), successfully engaging and sinking it.