Friday, March 24, 2017

'Can You Give us What We Need’ Asks Army Chief


General Bipin Rawat chaired a combined session of ‘the user and the provider’ attended by renowned industrialists, academicians as well as the decision making hierarchy of the Army and released the ‘Compendium of Problem Statements Vol II’, which has been prepared by Army Design Bureau (ADB) after detailed interaction with all stake holders including soldiers deployed in field.

The first volume, with 50 problem statements released on 5th December 2016, was received with tremendous amount of enthusiasm, 28 new problem statements have now been added which will enable industry and academia to understand the ‘Felt Needs’ and come up with indigenous solutions incorporating the latest technology trends for India’s military power.

Giving feedback on the first vol, industrialists and academicians expressed keenness to step up R&D for solutions to Army’s problems and deeply appreciated Army’s efforts calling the raising of ADB as a path breaking step. Mr RS Bhatia pointed that India is probably the only great nation where Industrial might of the country is not yet reflected in its Defence Forces.

General Rawat took the opportunity to challenge the industry and academia by asking them to align the solutions to the stated problems. ‘We want to fight next war with technology on our side and not like the past’, he said. He sought efforts towards the most important need to bring in transparency of the battlefield to allow better decision making. Pointing out the drawbacks in trial equipment, he asked the industry and academia to focus on the fact that Indian Army will fight its wars in varied terrain and weather conditions seeking them to come up with robust, rugged, miniaturised yet technologically compatible solutions. He further nudged them to come up with a ‘Society for Defence Manufacture’ as the next step.

Industry leaders and the academicians who seemed greatly ‘fired up’ committed to work towards ensuring that ‘Indian Army Will Win India’s Wars with Indian Solutions’.
 

Defence Minister Hands Over Indigenous DRDO Naval Systems








The Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley handed over three Naval Systems indigenously developedby Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba here today. The Minister also released two other products developed by DRDO namelyIP-based Secure Phone and the Gallium Nitride Technology. Speaking on the occasion Shri Jaitley remarked that DRDO is becoming an important instrument for self-reliance of the nation. He stated that some of the best innovations have come from the pool of scientists of DRDO.  The Defence Minister also said that great societies and nations are made through people working on important tasks in anonymity, like the DRDO scientists who were honoured today.  Shri Jaitley also said that in the modern world, societies that invent and innovate will make faster progress.

The Minister gave away the annual DRDO awards in various categories during the function. Apart from the scientists and teams who won awards in various vistas of technological excellence, the Advanced Systems Laboratory, Hyderabad and the Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre, Bangalore won the coveted Silicon Trophy and Titanium Trophy respectively.

The Naval Systems handed over to the Indian Navy are USHUS-II Submarine Sonar, Directing Gear for Hull Mounted Sonar Array, and RLG based Inertial Navigation System for Ship Applications (INS-SA). The export potential of DRDO technologies also received due recognition during the function, with the announcement of the bagging of export order for DRDO-developed torpedo to Myanmar.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence said DRDO is playing an important role in self-reliance of Defence Forces and the export potential of the Organisation is finding a place in the global Defence market. He congratulated all the awardees and their families. 

Chairman, DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D)Dr. S Christopher in his address said the Defence Acquisition Council cleared order value of DRDO products has gone uptoRs. 2.56 lakh crore out of which about Rs. 1 lakh crore was in the last two years alone.

Sonars are the eyes and ears of a submarine under water. DRDO has developed the State-of-the-Art submarine sonar suite, USHUS-II, a highly evolved compendium of multiple sensors. The constituent sonars in the suite include passive sonar, active sonar, intercept sonar, obstacle avoidance sonar and underwater telephony.

Directing Gear is an electro-mechanical system that supports the transducer array of hull-mounted ship sonar systems and rotates it at a controlled speed for in-situ acoustic calibration at Harbour and Sea.

The Inertial Navigation System, based on indigenous Ring Laser Gyroscopes, provides vital information on the ship's position coordinates and heading for steering it to its destination accurately. It features high speed processor, multi-constellation Sat Nav receiver, ship specific interfaces and innovative algorithms.

With the emergence of Gallium Nitride as a state-of-the-art material for MMIC applications, DRDO has established this futuristic technology, which will substantially help in the development of next generation radars, seekers and communication systems, for application in Light Combat Aircraft.
The Secure IP Phone incorporates an indigenous encryption algorithm on a trustworthy hardware platform to provide a high level of secrecy to voice and data, for communication of strategic and tactical plans of the Armed Forces. 

The function was also attended by senior functionaries of the Ministry of Defence, Indian Navy, DRDO and industry partners.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Govt's 7th CPC Letter To Armed Forces Appears 'Fake', Contains Errors

1.  Service No 4 is missing.
2.  No stamp.
3.  Signature block unusual...... no letter will repeat MOD again if it is typed above.
4.  Letter not added to AHQ ..... not even for info. How can CDA achieve implementation without directions from AGs branch?
5.  No reference to anomalies or acceptance or resolution etc

12th Indian Navy - Republic of Singapore Navy Staff Talks




12th Indian Navy - Republic of Singapore Navy Staff Talks 21-23 March 2017, New Delhi, India
The 12th ‘Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks’ between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) were held at Kota House, New Delhi, India, from 21 to 23 March 2017.

The Staff Talks were co-chaired by Rear Admiral Dhiren Vig, ACNS (FCI) from the IN side and Rear Admiral Timothy Lo, Head Naval Operations from the RSN side. Seeking to broaden the scope of constructive engagement, the staff talks resulted in meaningful discussions and an exchange of ideas on a number of issues which included IN participation in the MSP, Inclusion of Maritime aspect in Joint Military training (JMT), RSN 50 & IMDEX 17, SIMBEX 17, Training Cooperation, Exchange of White Shipping information and SME exchanges in the field of Special Forces.

In addition to the Staff Talks, the RSN delegation also called on the DCNS on 21 March 2017 and held discussions on the future of Navy-to-Navy cooperation between the IN and RSN.

Indian Navy 'Coast to Coast' Rally Team Arrives at Indian Naval Academy









A 5-car rally team of Indian Navy’s Social Outreach Programme “Coast to Coast”, arrived at Indian Naval Academy on 21 March 2017. The rally is part of celebrations to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of INS Valsura. The team was formally received by Captain Sumeet Kapoor, NM, Training Captain (Coord), Indian Naval Academy.

INS Valsura is a 75 year old establishment of the Indian Navy located at Jamnagar, Gujarat. The establishment is a premier training institute for the Electrical Engineers of the Indian Navy. The establishment boasts of a rich maritime heritage, dating back to pre-Independence India of 1942, when the British Navy set up a Torpedo School on 15 December 1942 and named it Val-Sura from the Tamil words Val – “Sword” and Surah – “Fish"

As a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of INS Valsura, the Indian Navy is commemorating the event with a unique ‘Coast to Coast’ social outreach programme to connect with the children and youth of the country along both coasts. A mega road trip in five cars will cover a distance of more than 6000 km, touching all major naval establishments and places of maritime heritage enroute. The rally team will interact with local populace, war veterans and naval widows during the course of their road trip and also visit schools and colleges to spread awareness about the Indian Navy.

The participants was flagged off at 0700 h today, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 from Indian Naval Academy by Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy. The crew would reach Headquarters Southern Naval Command, Kochi after visiting Kozhikode enroute.

DefCom-2017

Govt to consider creating a separate category of Fast Track procurement for ICT equipment : Dr Subhash Bhamre

Dr Subhash Bhamre , Raksha Rajya Mantri,  stressed the need to evolve ‘Indianised’ technological solutions in line with the Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives. He was inaugurating the DEFCOM India 2017 conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today.

The Minister complimented Corps of Signals for its yeoman service to the nation and for the astute understanding of the transformation required to realize a ‘Digital Army’ for modern battlefield. He also called for a separate category of fast track procurement for ICT equipment due to faulty technological obsolescence. 

General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff, highlighted need for indigenisation in ICT through innovation and focused development in key technologies. He called for ‘Indian Solutions’ to modernization of Armed Forces for promotion of self-reliance.

Lieutenant General Ashish Ranjan Prasad , AVSM, VSM, ADC, Signal Officer-in-Chief and senior colonel commandment, Corps of Signals, stated that infrastructure of operational communications systems requires collaboration of Armed Forces, Indian Industry, Academia and R&D Organisations.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, lauded the Government and Indian Army for reaching out to Indian industry through road shows and interactions across the country. He requested the Ministry to consider fast tracking of decision on “Strategic Partner”; strengthening the Offset implementation team at the MoD and removing bottlenecks in discharging offsets; and greater participation of SMEs in defence programmes by making required changes in the procurement procedures.  He also highlighted the need to translate the these policy initiatives into concrete business proposals by expediting the acquisition process and awarding contracts to Industry which in turn will further boost manufacturing and further investments in technology or capacity.

DEFCOM Journal, a compendium of technical articles from industry, academia and Services personnel was released at the DEFCOM 2017.

During the two days, DEFCOM 2017 will have technical sessions on ‘Trends for India’s Digital Army – An Operational Perspective’, ‘Global Trends in Communications – A Technology Perspective’; ‘Satellite and Space Applications and Trends in Enhancement of Operation Security’ and ‘Skilling Human Capital and Re-orienting Organisational structures for Contemporary Battlefied Domain’. 

DEFCOM 2017 is focusing on ‘Digital Army’ including Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4I2SR) structure at Tri-Services and national levels. This will be a major leap in enabling augmentation of operational capabilities of Indian Army at strategic as well as operational and tactical levels.


Increasing Infrastructure for Digital Army Top Priority of Government: Dr Bhamre

The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre said here today that increasing of infrastructure for the Digital Army based on State-of-the-Art technologies is a top priority of the Government. In his inaugural address at the DEFCOM INDIA 2017 with the theme ‘Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource for Digital Army’, Dr. Bhamre said that this initiative for creation of operational information networks and systems should be expedited at all levels. He stated that the robust, secure, high capacity data networks and information systems are an urgent necessity for Operational Commanders. ‘They are also a critical facet of the force modernisation plans of the Indian Army, which will further form a fulcrum for Tri-services integration in times to come’, he added. The Minister however, said that the creation of infrastructure for the Digital Army will need indigenous Indian solutions and systems from security point of view. Dr. Bhamre emphasized that the creation of indigenous capabilities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the Defence sector will give a major fillip to the ‘Make in India’ programme.

Speaking at the function, the Chief of the Army Staff General BipinRawat said that in the present complex environment, technology is imbibed by the Armed Forces in a manner that will rapidly keep pace with the changing technologies before they become obsolete. “But for that to happen it is important that we are able to identify the correct type of technology and equipment that is to be inducted into the Armed Forces”, he stated. Gen. Rawat further emphasized that the Army has to keep pace with the digitized world and ensure that most of its systems are digitised as early as possible. At the same time it has to be remembered that war will be fought on the border and therefore the technology to be incorporated into the Army’s communication system has to be ruggedized and light weight.

The two-day event organised jointly by the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was also addressed by Signal Officer-in-Chief and Senior Col. Commandant, Corps of Signals Lt. Gen. AshishRanjan Prasad and Director General, CII Shri Chandrajit Banerjee. It was attended by senior officers from the Armed Forces, Indian industry, academia and R&D organisations.

First Nine Gorkhas Celebrates 200 Years

First Battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’ and it celebrated 200 years of its raising on the 16th of March 2017 at Secunderabad. Ninth Gorkha Rifles has a unique honour that all its battalions have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Citation for exceptional performance in the line of duty. The Regiment has been awarded three Victoria Crosses, five Mahavir Chakras and seventeen Vir Chakras in the two centuries of its existence. Some of the Regiments battle honours are Afghanistan, France and Flanders, Mesopotamia, North Africa, Chindits, Burma, Phillora, Kumarkhalli, Dera Baba Nanak and Jammu & Kashmir.

As a prelude to the Bicentenary Celebrations, a team scaled Mount Stok Kangri (6153 meters) highest peak of the Stok Ranges in the Ladakh Region on 30 September 2016. This was followed by a Motorcycle Rally flagged of by the Chief of Army Staff, General Rawat and covering traditional recruiting areas in Western Nepal. Their arrival in Pokhra in Nepal on the 4th of February coincided with a massive rally where almost 3,500 ex-servicemen and widows had gathered to celebrate the bicentenary of the Regiment. The event was attended by General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, and Lt General AK Bhatt, Colonel, Ninth Gorkhas.

India and Nepal share a unique bond through 32,000 Nepali citizens who serve in the Indian Army and approximately 90,000 veterans drawing their pensions in Nepal. The celebrations culminated with a special dinner which was attended by serving and retired soldiers, including former Governor of Punjab, Gen B K N Chibber. More than 500 veterans from remote areas in Nepal graced the occasion with their families to reaffirm their regimental bonds.

Senior Mission Leaders Train at Manekshaw Centre

Senior Mission Leaders (SML) Course started in the year 2005 and is the highest recognised course in the UN system. Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) under MEA is conducting present course from 20-31 Mar 2017.

The purpose of the course is to strengthen the senior leadership’s capacity on effective planning and conducting of integrated peace support operations. It provides a forum to interact on diverse issues related to peace and security; and challenges faced by them in UN missions. Participants in this course are high ranking military officials (Brigadiers and above), their equivalent in Police and Administration (including Ambassadors of countries).

A total of 25 participants from 18 countries are attending the course and there are 21 UN officials, senior mentors, facilitators and presenters for the conduct of the course. The inaugural session saw opening remarks by Lieutenant General J S Cheema, DCOAS (IS&T) followed by remarks from Mr Jack Christofides, Director, Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Ms Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, was the Chief Guest and delivered the Inaugural Address to the participants during the occasion. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Russian Knights At LIMA'17



LIMA’17 exhibition, “Russian Knights” pilots praised Su-30MKM fighters manufactured by Irkut Corporation. Commander of the Air Force - Deputy Commander-in- Chief of the Aerospace Forces of Russia LtGen Andrey Yudin, President of the Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko.

For the first time at the exhibition, “Russian Knights” pilots perform the new demonstration program flying Su-30MKM fighters produced by Irkut Corporation (UAC member).

In the opening of the press conference, LtGen Andrey Yudin stated that Su-30MKM fighters, which were flown by the “Russian Knights” aerobatic team in Malaysia, featured essentially new
piloting and combat capabilities.

The lead pilot of “Russian Knight” Col Andrey Alekseev stressed: “It is the great honour for us to represent Russian Air Force with the best-in- the-world Su-30SM fighters, here in Malaysia.

He also claimed that the new aircraft are completely comfortable for pilots. “All pilots of our aerobatic team have mastered Su-30SM, so we will start to demonstrate aerobatics of six-aircraft
formation soon,” he added.

While speaking at the press conference, President of the Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko, named “Russian Knights” pilots as the national treasure of Russia.

Defence Investiture Ceremony






Indo - Nepal Joint Exercise Surya Kiran Terminates

Indo - Nepal Joint Military Training was held at Pithoragarh from 07 March to 20 March 2017. EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab Regiment of Indian Army and DURGA BAHSH Battalion of Nepalese Army participated in the joint exercise named Surya Kiran - XI, which was the 11th iteration aimed at training troops in counter insurgency operations and enhancing defence cooperation and military relations between the two countries. It provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two armies to share their experiences.

The training was conducted in the hills adjoining Pithoragarh giving realistic environ to the contingents to practice and rehearse drills. The training culminated with a 48 hours outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a cordon and search operation in a mock village.

Besides training, troops also rubbed shoulders in friendly matches, spent spare time in local sightseeing and engaged in other traditional military activities. A customary exchange of mementoes marked the successful completion of this momentous 11th Indo - Nepal Joint Army Training.

Russian Firms Show Keen Interest in Furthering ‘Make In India’ by Involving Indian Firms

The Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence organised the ‘India-Russia Military Industrial Conference’ from March 17 to 18, 2017. The aim of the conference was to primarily address issues related to lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian origin equipment/platforms such as SU-30 MKI aircraft, Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K jets, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

The conference was attended by more than 100 Russian and over 150 Indian industry representatives. Russian firms showed keen interest in taking ‘Make in India’ further by involving Indian firms in the process of providing after sales support of Russian origin equipment to the Indian Armed Forces through long term supply agreements, repair, overhaul and manufacturing of some spare parts and components. Some other major Russian companies, such as United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), United Engines Corporation (UEC), United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod made detailed presentations on the possibilities of cooperation and the way forward in this regard.

During the conference, the Department of Defence Production outlined opportunities under ‘Make in India’ and recent initiatives by the Government of India, facilitating co-development, co-production, license production, Long Term Service Agreement between Indian and Russian companies. The Russian side presented the framework for interaction between Federal Services for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) and Indian partners in the field of After Sales Support of Russian origin Military equipment.

The conference also had three breakout sessions on Aero System, Land System and Naval System where the Indian side expressed their requirements and the way forward to improve serviceability of Russian origin platforms. A large number of Indian and Russian companies were present during these breakout sessions.

Air Marshal Harpal Singh Is The New Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air Headquarters

Air Mshl s Harpal Singh AVSM VM assumes the office of Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air Headquarters

Air Marshal S Harpal Singh AVSM VM has assumed office of Director General (Inspection and Safety) on 21 March 17.

Air Marshal S Harpal Singh graduated with 56th course of National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 15 Jun 1980. He has over 2400 hrs of flying on various aircrafts. The Air Officer has commanded a fighter squadron, was Chief Operations Officer of a major Fighter Base in the western sector, commanded a radar base and was Air Officer Commanding of a major Fighter Station in the Eastern sector. He has served in various staff appointments at Air Headquarters, Tri Services Organisations and was the Senior Air Staff Officer of South Western Air Command prior to assuming the present assignment.

He is a Fighter Combat Leader, a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, and has undergone the General Course for Senior Officers at National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan. For his distinguished services of an exceptionally high order he was awarded ‘Ati Vashist Seva Medal’ and ‘Vayu Sena Medal’.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaunak Commissioned









Coast Guard Ship ICGS Shaunak was commissioned on 21 Feb 2017 at Goa by Honorable Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu.  ICGS Shaunak is a new Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) class ship with a length of 105 Mts, speed 23 Knots/hrs and endurance of 20 days. The ship has joined the Eastern Region fleet and is based at Visakhapatnam. Coast Guard Region (East) organized a ceremonial welcome to ICGS Shaunak at 0900 hrs on 19 Mar 2017 at Chennai port.  Shri C Sylendra Babu ADGP Coastal Security Group was the Chief Guest for the welcome Ceremony.
         
ICGS Shaunak is commanded by Deputy Inspector General T Sashi Kumar, and manned by 14 Officers and 98 Men.  The ship will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

The services 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 OPV 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.

India-Russia Military Industrial Conference

Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley while inaugurating the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference here today said relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy and Russia has been India’s long standing time-tested strategic partner since the last 70 years. The Minister stated that since the signing of the India-Russia Strategic Partnership in 2000, ties between the two sides have acquired new heights with enhanced level of cooperation in almost all areas including defence. Shri Jaitley further added that India-Russia Military Technical Cooperation has graduated from a simple buyer-seller relation to one involving joint research, development and production of advanced defence systems. The Brahmos Missile System as well as the licensed production of SU-30 in India are examples of such flagship cooperation, he emphasised. He called upon Russian companies to come forward for technology transfer to Indian companies and facilitate manufacturing of components/ parts and sub-systems at least for those cases where the requirement is in large numbers and is recurring in nature. The Minister was of the opinion that there is tremendous potential for collaboration between Indian and Russian companies for export, so as to become part of the global supply chain.

The Minister for Industry and Trade of Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Manturov who jointly inaugurated the conference also addressed the gathering. About 150 representatives from Russia are participating in the conference which includes over 100 representatives from its defence industry. Major Russian companies include United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, RAC MiG, Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod. From the Indian side over 100 private companies including several SMEs are participating.

Organised by the Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence, the conference primarily aims at addressing issues related to life-cycle support and maintenance of major Russian-origin equipments/ platforms such as SU-30 MKI aircraft, Mi-17 Helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

The conference also assumes greater significance in the backdrop of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. Apart from deliberations on various policy issues, break-out sessions on Aerospace, Naval Systems and Land Systems are also planned. The conference will provide an opportunity to Indian industry to explore possibilities of manufacturing of parts/ components of Russian equipment in India through partnerships with Russian companies.

A beginning was made at the Conference by signing of two agreements between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation of Russia, for general terms and conditions governing long term supply of spares and rendering technical assistance over five years for the Su -30 MKI aircraft.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Officers Training Academy, Chennai, Passing Out Parade













Media should come forward to create awareness among people of Tamil Nadu to join Indian army as Officers cadre said General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lieutenant General D Anbu after witnessing the Passing out Parade held in OTA Chennai today. While speaking to the reporters the General said that during the World War II a few OTA was commenced and Chennai Being one among them which is still imparting training to Officers twice a year while the other OTA’s has stopped functioning. He further highlighted that Indian Army not only safe guards the Indian border but also actively involves in Sports, safe guarding people during the natural calamity and their tremendous job in UN force. He called up on the budding Officers to dedicate themselves to serve the Nation at any eventuality.