Saturday, July 22, 2017

Defence Questions In Parliament

1. Protein-Rich Foods for Soldiers

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed various nutritious and protein-rich foods to cater the requirements of Service personnel deployed at high altitude and snow bound areas. The major food products developed by DRDO during last three years and the current year are: Chicken biscuits; Protein rich mutton bar; Composite cereals bars; Egg protein biscuits; Iron and protein rich food bar; Whey Protein based chocolate; Chicken Katti Rolls; Anti-fatigue Tulsi Bar.
There is no food production unit in DRDO. However, after developing these products, production technologies have been transferred to various industries for bulk production.

Development of nutritional food by DRDO for Armed Forces is an ongoing process based on their requirements and latest technological research in the area. Some of them are Processed Food Technologies / Products and Test Kits (Frozen Meat Test and Alfatoxin Detection Kits), etc.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Bharat Singh and Shri Manshankar Ninama in Lok Sabha today.

2. Crash of IAF Aircraft

During the last five financial years (2012-13 to 2016-17) and current year (upto 18.07.2017) 29 fighter aircraft including 5 Sukhoi-30 and 3 trainer aircraft have crashed. Technical Defects and Human Error were the main causes of the accidents.

Every aircraft accident in the IAF is investigated by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of accident and the recommendations of the completed Courts of Inquiry are implemented.
Training of pilots in the IAF is regularly reviewed to stay abreast of the latest teaching techniques utilising state of the art training aids. This is a continuous process.

Various preventive measures are being taken, including invigoration of Aviation Safety Organisation, streamlining of accident / incident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality audits of the aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas to avoid aircraft accidents. Accident prevention programmes have been given an added thrust to identify risk prone / hazardous areas specific to the aircraft fleets and operational environment, to ensure safe practices / procedures.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Om Birla and others in Lok Sabha today.

3.Housing Facilities to Defence Personnel

Government has sanctioned construction of 1,98,881 Dwelling Units (DUs) for the Married Military officers / soldiers. Apart from construction of DUs, hiring of houses is also undertaken for Defence personnel to meet the deficiency of housing. In addition, Service personnel are authorized to House Rent Allowance (HRA) / Compensation in Lieu of Quarter (CILQ) / Family Accommodation Allowance (FAA).

Married Accommodation Project (MAP) was approved in 2002 for providing 1,98,881 Dwelling Units (DUs) to serving defence personnel. Under this project DUs with improved specifications are being constructed. Besides, under Annual Major Works Programme (AMWP) residential accommodation projects are undertaken as per special needs from time to time.

Phase-I comprising 57875 DUs has been completed. Out of 69904 DUs meant for Phase-II, 38811 DUs have been constructed & balance 31093 DUs are under construction. Balance 71102 DUs are planned for phase-III projects. Provision exists for construction of Field Area Family Accommodation (FAFA) in peace stations for the families of Officers / soldiers serving in field areas. In view of shortfall of FAFA accommodations, Defence Personnel are provided HRA / CILQ / FAA at the rate of selected place of residence of family.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel in Lok Sabha today.

4. Defence Innovation Organisation

The Government has approved a Scheme of Defence Innovation Fund (DIF), aimed at creating an eco-system to foster innovation and technology development in defence by engaging R&D institutes, academia, industry including MSMEs, start-ups and even individual innovators and provide them award based grant/ funding to carry out innovative development, which has good potential for future commercialization. The Scheme is proposed to be implemented through a ‘not for profit’ company under section 8 of the Companies Act, namely Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO). DIO has been registered with Bengaluru as its headquarter. The DIO would be funded by two Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), namely Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

The maximum corpus fund raised by HAL and BEL for DIO shall be Rs. 100 crore, Rs. 50 crore each from HAL and BEL. To start with, HAL and BEL will contribute Rs. 5 crore each. Subsequently, public or private entities, which are ‘not for profit’ organisations and are ready to promote and fund innovation programmes of this nature, would be invited to join the organisation.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Prof. Richard Hay and others in Lok Sabha today.

5. Pension to IAF Veterans

Pension of pre-2006 retired Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks (JCOs / ORs) have been assessed on the basis of rank continuously held for 10 months or more. However, protection of minimum of fitment table under 6th Pay Commission for the last rank held has been provided.
A Junior Warrant Officer (JWO) who has not served for 10 months or more continuously in the rank is entitled to receive initial pension in the rank of Sergeant. However, where the revised pension as on 01.07.2014 worked out in terms of OROP order, happens to be less than the existing pension as on 01.07.2014, the pension has not been revised to the disadvantage of the pensioner.

Further, the issue whether in the case of JCOs / ORs, the pension is to be paid on the basis of the last rank held instead of last rank pensioned under OROP was referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP. The Committee has submitted its report to the Ministry which is under examination.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. P. Venugopal in Lok Sabha today.

6. Combat Role for Women in Indian Army

The induction of Women Officers is based on the organizational requirement, fighting efficiency, combat effectiveness and functionality of the Army.

Presently, women are inducted in Indian Army as Officers through Short Service Commission (SSC). Women Officers are inducted in Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Education Corps, Judge Advocate General Branch including Engineers, Signals, Intelligence and Electrical & Mechanical Engineering branches. They have also been granted option for Permanent Commission in Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and in Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army. There has been a progressive enhancement in the induction of women in the Army. There is no proposal to raise all women battalion in the Army.

In the Army, women officers are being employed in the above streams and are being tasked which is commensurate to the rank and service on equal footing as male officers. In Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, women officers are inducted on same terms as male officers. For Indian Navy, the Government has approved induction of Women SSC officers as Pilots and in Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre with effect from 2017. As such, it is the endeavour of the Government to bring gender parity in all three wings of defence forces.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to T Radhakrishnan and others in Lok Sabha today.

7. Implementation of Seventh Pay Commission Report

Based on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission and due consultation and examination by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries and consideration by the Government, the following notifications have been issued and published on the website of Department of Defence:

• Issue of Armed Forces Pay Rules / Regulations, 2017 (for both Officers & JCOs / ORs) dated 3rd May 2017 and amendments thereto dated 6th July 2017 and 14th July 2017 respectively.
• Issue of Non-Combatant (Enrolled) of Air Force Pay Rules, 2017 dated 30th June 2017.
• Issue of Military Nursing Service Pay Rules, 2017 dated 14th July 2017.

Orders for revision of pension / family pension with a multiplication factor of 2.57 to existing pension of pre-2016 retirees Defence Pensioners have been issued and all Pension Disbursing Agencies have implemented the order and released the arrears to pre-2016 Defence pensioners / family pensioners. This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Arvind Sawant and Shrimati Rekha Verma in Lok Sabha today.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

UK Chief of Defence Staff On India Visit , Meets Military Leadership

The Chief of Defence Staff, United Kingdom, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach meeting the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, & IAF Vice Chief Air Marshal S.B. Deo, in New Delhi on July 20, 2017.

Indian Director General of Military Operations Raises Issue of Specific Targeting of Civilians by Pakistan

Indian Director General of Military Operations Raises Issue of Specific Targeting of Civilians by Pakistan

Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhatt spoke to his Pakistani counterpart at 1530h today. Consequent to unprovoked and coordinated ceasefire violations onto Indian civilians along the Line of Control, Pak DGMO was informed of action by Pakistani troops wherein they had deliberately targeted civilian villages and then fired at school children while they were being evacuated. This, he was told does not behove of any Army. The Indian Army as professional force takes due care to avoid targeting of civilians and Pak Army was expected to do the same.

Pakistani DGMO was also informed about the spate of Ceasefire Violations which also included caliber escalation coupled with incidents of sniping and attempted infiltration bids. Pakistani DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on his troops and instruct them to refrain from any nefarious activities.

Indian Army has been taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of live and property of Indian citizens and avoided targeting Pakistani citizens.


Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad is organizing 148th Defence Pension Adalat at Secunderabad on 27th and 28th July 2017 under the aegis of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence Pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing their pension from Public Sector Banks and Treasury offices in the State of Telangana.

Smt. Veena Prasad, IDAS, CGDA, Head of the Department of Defence Accounts, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi will inaugurate the two-day Defence Pension Adalat at MCEME Auditorium in Secunderabad Cantonment on 27th July 2017.

The forum of Adalat will serve as a platform from where the pensioner’s grievances relating to pension will be examined comprehensively with a view to prompt finalisation of cases. Every effort will be made to settle the complaints.

In addition to above, Adalat will also be marked by the gracious presence of number of officers from Ministry of Defence, All Service Headquarters viz., Army, Air Force and Navy, Defence Accounts Department as well as dignitaries from Public Sector Banks and Rajya Sainik Board.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MoUs Between Ministry Of Defence & Defence Public Sector Units

1. MoU Signed Between Department of Defence Production and GSL

Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), a miniratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financial year 2017-18, here today. The annual MoU was signed between Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), GSL Rear Adm (Retd) Shekhar Mital.

This year’s MoU target for ‘Revenue from Operations’ has been set at     ₹ 1150 crore, which is 43 percent higher than the financial year 2016-17 target of ₹ 800 crore. Notably in financial year 2016-17, the Shipyard achieved historical high VoP of ₹ 1030 crore and PBT of ₹ 177 crore. GSL was adjudged as ‘Best Performing Shipyard’ by MoD. Target for PAT to Networth ratio has been set at 13.30 percent.

Export target has been set at 28 percent of ‘Revenue from Operations’, which is highest among DPSU Shipyards.

2. Mou Signed between Department of Defence Production and HSL

Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), a Schedule ‘B’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the administrative control of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financial year 2017-18 with the Ministry, here today. The annual MoU was signed between Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Chairman and Managing Director HSL Rear Adm (Retd) LV Sarat Babu.

The MoU, outlines targets on various performance parameters for the company during the year. The revenue from operations has been targeted at Rs 600 Crore.

3. MoU Signed Between Department Of Defence Production And GRSE

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) Rear Adm (Retd) VK Saxena, here today. The MoU details the targets and achievements expected on various MoU performance indicators of the company during 2017-18.

The company has targeted to achieve a turnover of ₹ 1350 crore which is about 40 percent more than actual achievements of last financial year (2016-17).

During the current year, the company planned to spend ₹ 50 crore as CAPEX for further strengthening the infrastructure facilities including improving the design capabilities for construction of P-17A ships.

As part of ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government, GRSE has set a target to develop Indigenous Capability and Infrastructure for Assembly, Test & Trial of Marine Diesel Engines, at its Engine Plant at Ranchi, during the current financial year.

4. Mou Signed between Department of Defence Production and BDL

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a miniratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Defence for the financial year 2017-18.

The MoU, which was signed between Secretary (Defence Production) Shri AK Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), BDL Shri V Udaya Bhaskar, here today, outlines targets and various performance parameters for BDL for the year 2017-18.

The revenue from operations, as per the MoU, has been targeted at Rs 5300 crore, which is an increase of 20 percent over the previous year. BDL has planned to spend an amount of Rs 140 crore for modernization and Capital expenditure.

BDL has also drawn a roadmap to meet its scheduled delivery of ATGM and SAM to its customer for the year 2017-18. Continuing with its green initiative, BDL has planned 5 MW Solar Plant at its upcoming unit at lbrahimpatnam in Telangana.

A substantial emphasis has been made on R&D by the company in pursuit of its self-reliance. Design and development of Advanced Data Field Loader is planned for the year 2017-18.

Defence Questions In Parliament

1. Production of HTT-40 Trainer Aircraft

The maiden flight of 2nd Prototype (PT-2) of Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) has been successfully completed on 19th May 2017 without any glitch.  The aircraft flew for one hour carrying out important manoeuvres, touching altitude of 20000 ft and maximum speed of 185 kmph.

Presently, the project is in advanced stage of development.  Two prototypes have been developed and produced till date and both prototypes are under flight trials.  Additionally, one more prototype will be manufactured to further speed up the development process.  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aims to get the aircraft certified by December 2018 which will be followed by series production.

In February 2015, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft from HAL.  Considering this, HAL has planned to set up facility for manufacturing of 15-20 aircraft per annum. HTT-40 is funded by HAL with its own resources.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri K Rahman Khan in Rajya Sabha today.

2. Private Sector Participation in Defence Production

The Government has finalized the policy on Strategic Partnerships in the Defence Sector. The Policy on Strategic Partnerships is intended to institutionalize a transparent, objective and functional mechanism to encourage broader participation of the private sector, in addition to DPSUs / OFB, in manufacture of major defence platforms and equipment, such as aircraft, submarines, helicopters and armoured vehicles.  It is expected that the implementation of the Policy will enhance competition, increase efficiencies, facilitate faster and more significant absorption of technology, create a tiered industrial ecosystem, ensure development of a wider skill base, trigger innovation, promote participation in global value chains as well as exports, leading to reduction in dependence on imports and greater self-reliance and dependability of supplies essential to meet national security objectives.  The policy has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Defence ( as Chapter VII of DPP-2016.

Transparency and fair competition will be ensured through a rigorous implementation of the processes as contained in the extant Defence procurement procedures.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Sanjay Sinh in Rajya Sabha today.

3. Bomb Explosion at Jabalpur Ordnance Factory

An incident of bomb explosion occurred, involving old ammunition awaiting disposal, on 25th March, 2017 at one of the buildings of F-3 Section of Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), in Jabalpur.  A Board of Enquiry (BOE) has been constituted at OFK to enquire the incident and assess the extent of damage / loss.  No casualty occurred due to the incident.

Ordnance Factories have been directed to conduct a thorough review of safety systems and procedures and following steps have been taken:

•Before storing the unserviceable explosives / ammunition in the Magazines, ensure compatibility of the explosives.
•Ammunition to be stored on wooden dunnages in properly stacked manner.
•Periodical opening of the magazines for sufficient ventilation for passing of the air and the record thereof should be maintained.
•Windows for ventilation should be made of wire mesh glass.
•Unauthorized / rejected / unserviceable ammunition / explosives should not be stored in the magazines.
•Rejected / obsolete ammunition to be disposed of periodically and record should be maintained.
•The surrounding of the building should be cleaned of dry grass, fallen leaves, wild growth, etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Motilal Vora in Rajya Sabha today.
4. Ex-Servicemen Status for Ex-NDA Cadets

26 cadets were declared medically unfit and withdrawn from training due to injuries during the last three years and the current year as per details given below:-

Spring Term 2014   -   05
Autumn Term 2014  – 01
Spring Term 2015   – 07
Autumn Term 2015 – 04
Spring Term 2016    –  01
Autumn Term 2016  – 06
Spring Term 2017    – 02
Autumn Term 2017 – NIL

NDA cadets who are medically boarded out are not being granted Ex-servicemen (ESM) status as the NDA cadets are not yet commissioned as officers and are therefore not counted as “Servicemen”.

Government is implementing schemes for the welfare of NDA cadets .  The following schemes are being implemented:

•Ex-Gratia Awards in cases of Disablement:- The cadet on being medically boarded out is entitled for following benefits:-
oEx-gratia amount -  Rs. 3,500/- p.m.
oEx-gratia disability award – Rs. 6,300/- p.m. (100% disability).
oConstant Attendance Allowance – Rs. 3,000/- p.m. (100% disability as recommended in invaliding medical board).

•AGIF Insurance Cover for NDA Cadets:-
oDisability:-  Rs. 7.5 Lakhs for 100 percent disability proportionately reduced to Rs.1.5 lakhs for 20 % disability.
oEx-gratia Grant:-   Rs. 50,000/- per   cadet   being invalided out with less than 20% of   disability   in the first two years of training and Rs. 1 lakh for cadets if invalided   out   with   less  than  20%  of disability during the last year of training.

Preference in Employment in the Government Jobs: Cadets who are invalidated out on medical grounds attributable to military training are accorded Priority-1 for the purpose of employment in Government service.

The cadet consequent to his injury is provided free medical treatment in Military Hospital, Command Hospital and Research & Referral Hospital, Delhi. The cadet is only invalidated out in the medical board if he does not recover from the injury and is found unfit for further military training with the aforesaid treatment.  The data on expenditure incurred on such treatment is not maintained.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Parimal Nathwani in Rajya Sabha today.

5. Designing of Indigenous Bullet-Proof Jacket

Dr. Shantanu Bhaumik, Amrita University, Coimbatore has claimed that he has developed Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) which is based on thermoplastic composite materials using carbon as a reinforcement for making Hard Armour Panels of BPJ. However, in his claim he has not submitted any kind of trial result for the authentication of technology developed for BPJ.

Larsen & Toubro Limited Coimbatore has submitted proposal for development of Light Weight Bullet Proof Material in association with Amrita University Coimbatore. Prof Shantanu Bhaumik of Amrita University is the academic support for the project. The project is yet to sanction under Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme which focuses on funding the development of defence and dual use technologies that are currently not available with the Indian defence industry or have not been developed so far and inculcate Research and Development (R&D) culture in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for defence applications.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in Rajya Sabha today.

6. Defence agreements with Russia

Details of defence agreements signed with Russia over the past five years is as under:

•Agreement for training of Indian armed forces personnel in the military educational establishments of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. (Date of signing 11.12.2014).

•Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on cooperation in Aircraft flight safety. (Date of signing 21.01.2015).

•Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of Helicopter Engineering. (Date of signing 24.12.2015).

•Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India on supply of S-400 Triumph Air Defence Missile systems to the Republic of India. (Date of signing 15.10.2016).

•Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India for construction of follow-on-ships of project 11356 in Russia and in India (Date of signing 15.10.2016).

The Government makes all efforts to encourage greater manufacturing of defence equipment in India through the ‘Make in India’ framework, including through transfer of technology arrangements.  Several licensed production agreements have been implemented with Russian companies in India, such as for Sukhoi-30 aircraft, T-90 tanks, BMP-2 armoured personnel carriers etc. Divulging the texts of such Agreements will not be in the interest of national security.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Shantaram Naik in Rajya Sabha today.


During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in Zhukovsky, Irkut

Corporation (UAC member) and Angara Airlines signed the agreement of intent to purchase
three MC-21- 300 aircraft.

From Irkut Corporation the document was signed by the President Oleg Demchenko, from the side of Angara Airlines - Director Anatoly Yurtaev.

MoU Signed between Department of Defence Production and BEL

MoU Signed between Department of Defence Production and BEL

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Navratna Schedule ‘A’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financial year 2017-18 with the Ministry. The annual MoU was signed between Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Chairman and Managing Director, BEL Shri MV Gowtama.

The revenue from operations has been targeted at Rs. 9000 crore. The Operating Profit to Revenue from Operations target has been set at 14 percent and PAT to Average Networth has been set at 15 percent.

Turnover from exports and increase in indigenous content are given additional focus during the year, along with other parameters like CAPEX investment and Monitoring of CAPEX projects, Reduction in Trade Receivables, and HR related parameters.

United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP-02) Commences at Manekshaw Centre

The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) is conducting jointly with the US, the second edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP-02) in New Delhi from 17 July to 04 Aug 2017.

The opening session for this course was conducted on 17 July at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi. Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs chaired the inaugural session and welcomed the officers while briefing the audience on the commitment of India towards the UN. Other eminent speakers to speak on the occasion included Lt Gen JS Cheema, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (IS&T), Lt Gen Vijay Singh, Director General Staff Duties  and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. MaryKay L Carlson of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

The course is aimed to build and enhance the capacity of the African Troop Contributing Countries to the UN and to further train the trainers from these countries. The course, which revolves around the concept of training the trainers, as stated by the UN, is one of the many steps that India has initiated towards active contribution to peace support activities. Course is being attended by officers from 19 countries including India. The students include officers who are currently employed in their respective peacekeeping training centres in African peacekeeping training institutions.

The training incorporates topics on operational and logistical matters, humanitarian issues, thematic topics, Blackboard and table Top exercises and mission briefs. The course is also targeted to assist the student officers to further train officers in their respective countries on the nuances of peacekeeping. Internationally the course is already being seen as a milestone in many ways.
Pakistan calls for DGMO talks
DGMO level talks on behest of Pakistan’s DGMO was held on 17 Jul 17.

During the talks the Pak DGMO raised the issues of targeting of Pak Army troops which resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in Athmuqam Sector of Pakistan occupied Kashmir opposite Indian Keren Sector, Kupwara District.

Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all Cease Fire Violations were initiated by Pakistan Army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them. Apart from these, firing by Indian troops was initiated against armed intruders when attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control (LC).

DGMO also put across emphatically that the trend of infiltration along the LC continued with active support of Pak forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LC and also the internal security situation. This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani Army troops.

DGMO made it implicit that Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident of violation of ceasefire but is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LC provided there was reciprocity.

IAF Flies A Rafale In France

Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to France

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff is on an official visit to France from 17-20 Jul 17. The visit is intended to further strengthen the existing defence cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries. The areas of cooperation presently include exchanges in military training courses, mutual visits by subject matter experts and joint air exercises.

During his stay at France the Chief of the Air Staff is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the senior military officials of the French Armed Forces. The challenges faced by the Armed Forces of both the countries in the current geo-political scenario are expected to be discussed during these meetings. The main focus of the visit will be on improving bilateral relations, promote Defence ties, and outline further areas of  defence cooperation between the two countries. The CAS will visit Headquarters of French Air Force and a few operational Air Bases. The CAS would interact with representatives of Military Aviation Industry in France and visit Indian Rafale PMT Infrastructure. The CAS is also planned to fly a sortie in Rafale.

This visit of the Air Chief would provide further impetus towards increasing defence cooperation between the two Air Forces and pave the way for greater interaction and cooperation in the future.

Casualty Evacuation by Indian Air Force Helicopters

Air Force Station Jammu was tasked today for casualty evacuation of passengers on board the passenger bus which accidentally tripped down in the valley between Ramban and Banihal.
The task was assigned to AF Stn Jammu and AF Stn Udhampur at 1515 hrs to launch MLH fleet helicopters for transporting the injured (20) and the dead (14) to Jammu. Immediately the first Mi-17V5 was launched from Udhampur at 1534 hrs which carried 12 injured persons to Jammu. The second Mi-17 1V was launched at 1657 hrs from AF Stn Jammu which carried eight injured persons to Jammu.
The third helicopter Mi-17V5 was launched from Udhampur at 1730 hrs and landed at Jammu at 1835 hrs carrying 16 dead bodies (14 Males + 02 Females) to Jammu. The State Govt responded to the situation in time with dedicated effort and sufficient number of ambulances to carry the injured promptly to the hospital and the dead bodies to the mortuary.

Videos: Malabar 2017 Concludes


Malabar-2017 Concludes

Eastern Fleet Support ship INS Jyoti undertaking Replenishment at Sea operations with JS Sazanami and USS_Shoup

Aircraft formation of three MiG 29K of IN  & F 18 of USN overfly INS Vikramaditya and USS_Nimitz

 Seaking helicopter of IN being launched for transfer of JMSDF personnel to INS Vikramaditya
The Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and US Navy commenced the sea phase of the mutilateral naval exercise, MALABAR-17 in the Bay of Bengal. The exercise saw the ships of the three navies participating in the naval manouvres at sea. The movement of ships swiftly and smartly, at close quarters, is as an essential aspect fleet work. The manouevering was aimed at streamlining procedure in ship handling and communications.

On 15 July, the exercise also saw cross deck flying operations, wherein wherein helicopter from USS Shoup landed onboard INS Sahyadri and JN Sazanami. The helicopter from JN Sazanami undertook flying operations from INS Sahyadri and USS Shoup. The cross deck flying operations require a high degree of interoperability and knowledge of procedures of participating ships and helicopters.

Despite the rough seas and challenging weather, the ships and aircraft of the three navies carried out their assigned tasks in a cohesive manner. An Indian Navy Seaking helicopter undertook transfer Japanese personnel to INS Vikramaditya as part of crew exchange programme during the exercise. It was followed by flying operations undertaken by the helicopters of the US Navy ships.

On 16 July, INS Jyoti, a tanker ship undertook Replenishment at Sea with US Navy ship Shoup and Japanese navy ship Sazanami. During this operation, INS Jyoti passed the oil hoses to the US and Japanese Navies to exercise transfer of fuel.

INS Vikramaditya, India’s aircraft carrier participating in the exercise launched MiG 29K fighter aircraft to undertake combat missions against the US Navy F-18 fighter aircraft launched from USS Nimitz, the USN aircraft carrier, for combined crew training. In addition to the combat operations, the fighter aircraft from both navies undertook composite formation flying, thereby demonstrating another step in the interoperability aimed through this exercise.

Haritha Haram At Army College Of Dental Sciences

As part of Haritha Haram, the flagship programme of Telangana Government, a tree plantation drive was conducted at Army College of Dental Sciences (ACDS) in Secunderabad today.

Commissioner of Police Shri Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, IPS was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Malkajgiri Shri Ch R Uma Maheshwara Sarma and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Malkajgiri Shri Syed Rafeeq were the guest of honors for the event.

Around 500 saplings were planted in ACDS campus by the Chief Guest, guest of honors, faculty, students of ACDS, and also by the students of Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS), Jawahar Nagar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest said that increasing the green cover is a collective responsibility. Saplings were also planted by the Principal of ACDS, Dr. K.V. Ramana Reddy and the Registrar Colonel (Retd) K.G. Menon.

DCP Shri Ch R Uma Maheshwara Sarma administered an oath to all who were present at the programme to protect the saplings.

BDL Signs MoU With Ministry Of Defence

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a ‘Mini-Ratna’ Defence PSU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Defence for the Financial Year 2017-18.

The MoU, which was signed by Shri V Udaya Bhaskar, CMD, BDL  and Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, IAS, Secretary (Defence Production), at New Delhi on 18 Jul 2017 outlines targets and various performance parameters for BDL for the Financial Year 2017-18.

The revenue from operations, as per the MoU, has been targeted at Rs 5300 Cr., which is an increase of 20% over the previous year.

Continuing with its green energy initiative, BDL has planned 5 MW Solar Plant at its upcoming Unit at Ibrahimpatnam in Telangana.

A substantial emphasis has been made on R&D by the company in pursuit of its self-reliance. Design and development of Advanced Data Field Loader is planned for the Financial Year 2017-18.

Indian Navy Seaking Choppers Assist In Odisha Flood Relief Operations

Odisha Flood Relief Operation- A Seaking helicopter was deployed for distribution of 4 tons of relief material in flood effected areas in Odisha.  District Collector, Rayagada had requested assistance of Indian Navy.

The helicopter got air borne from naval air station INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and landed Rayagada where relief material was loaded.  Relief material for drop at affected areas in liaison with local administration representative.

Tributes Paid To Martyr

Army today paid befitting tribute to its comrade who had attained martyrdom on 18 July 17 in Naugam Sector of Kupwara. In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, officials of other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyr.
Late Rifleman Bimal Sinjali sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the Line of Control while he was deployed at a forward post in Naugam Sector. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated from the post but unfortunately succumbed to the injuries.

Martyr Rifleman Bimal Sinjali , 21 years of age, had joined Army in 2015 and hailed from Village Sirukhark in Baglung, Nepal. He is survived by his wife Smt. Yashoda Sinjali and a one year old son. The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to Subathu, HP, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well being.

Indian Army Officer Killed By Jawan  

Maj Shikhar Thapa, of 71 Armoured regiment killed by a jawan of 19 Madras battalion-Naik Kathi Resan, who fired two bursts from his service AK-47 assault rifle after the officer scolded the jawan for use of mobile phone in a sensitive area. They were part of 8 Rashtriya Rifles unit deployed in the Uri sector . The Major was commissioned into Shatrunash faternity on 10 Dec 2011. He was an avid sportsman, extremely jovial and an active member of Team 71. He was posted to 8RR Bn on 27 Sep 2015. He hails from Dharamshala and son of Mr Arvinder Kumar Thapa. He got married to Mrs Suvidha Tapa on 24 July 15. The officer leaves behind him young master Suvir Thapa who was born on 09 Apr 2017.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Video: Day-6, Malabar-2017, Cross Deck Landing Of Helicopters


Day 6 : Malabar-2017 , Cross Deck Landing of Helicopters

Pics : Sat Basani

Cross Deck Landing of Helicopters. Chetak of Indian Navy landing on JS Sazanami, USN Helicopter landing on INS Shivalik and SH60K helicopter of JMSDF land and take off from INS Sahyadri  during sea-phase of Exercise Malabar-17 in Bay of Bengal

Friday, July 14, 2017

Video-2 : Malabar-2017 Medical Evacuation Drills


Video : Day 5 Malabar 2017


Day-5 , Ex Malabar-17 Medical Evacuation Drills

Medical Evacuation Drills are in progress as part sea phase of Ex Malabar-17 in the Bay of Bengal. Demonstration of a sailor with medical emergency from JS Sazanami being evacuated by Chetak helicopter to INS Sahyadri

Successful live firing of Brimstone missile from Eurofighter Typhoon

Successful live firing of Brimstone missile from Eurofighter Typhoon completed as aircraft enhancements move forward

The first live firing of MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon has been successfully completed as part of ongoing development work to significantly upgrade the capability of the aircraft. The trial is part of work to integrate the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package for Typhoon, which will also deliver further sensor and mission system upgrades.
The P3E package forms part of Project Centurion – the programme to ensure a smooth transition of Tornado GR4 capabilities on to Typhoon for the Royal Air Force.

The UK’s IPA (Instrumented Production Aircraft) 6 Typhoon conducted the firing with support from the UK Ministry of Defence, MBDA, QinetiQ, Eurofighter GmbH and the Eurofighter Partner Companies – Airbus and Leonardo.
It was designed to test the separation of the low-collateral, high-precision Brimstone weapon when it is released. In total, nine firings will take place to expand the launch and range capabilities.

The initial firing follows completion of a series of around 40 flight trials earlier this year, some of them conducted alongside pilots from the Royal Air Force’s 41(R) Squadron –
the Test and Evaluation Squadron - in a Combined Test Team approach.

Volker Paltzo, CEO for Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “The successful completion of this trial is an important step towards integration of the weapon on to the aircraft. Brimstone will provide the Typhoon pilot with the ability to precisely attack fast-moving targets at range, further enhancing the aircraft’s already highly potent air-to-surface capabilities.”

Andy Flynn, BAE Systems Eurofighter Capability Delivery Director, added: “Through the dedicated work of our teams, and with support from our partners, we have been able to reach this milestone in a short space of time.

We will now continue to work alongside the Royal Air Force and our partner companies in a joint approach to ensure we successfully deliver this package of enhancements into service.”

Andy Bradford, MBDA Director of Typhoon Integration, said: “This first firing is a major milestone for both the Brimstone and Typhoon programmes. Together Brimstone and Typhoon will provide the Royal Air Force and other Eurofighter nations with a world-beating strike capability to beyond 2040.”

The successful trial follows completion earlier this year of the flight trials programme for the MBDA Storm Shadow deep strike air-to-surface weapon and the MBDA Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile. Operational testing and evaluation of those capabilities is currently ongoing with the Royal Air Force ahead of entry into service in 2018.

Myanmar Defence Chief Meets Defence Minister & Indian Army Chief

The Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hliang meets Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley releasing a Coffee Table Book titled ‘Ganga Avahan – The Epic Tale of a Historic Swim’, in New Delhi on July 14, 2017. The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and other dignitaries are also seen.

Defence Minister Releases a Book on Historic 2800 Kms Expedition – ‘Ganga Avahan’

The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley released a Coffee Table Book titled ‘Ganga Avahan – The Epic Tale of a Historic Swim’, here today. The ‘Ganga Avahan’ was a pioneering and historic exploratory open-water swim expedition on the Ganga River. This was the first ever human effort to swim down the entire stretch of the river and also the longest ever social campaign undertaken through an adventure sporting activity for the Swachh Bharat National Mission, Clean Ganga project and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative.

A nine-member team of three swimmers and the rest rafters from the three Services of the Indian Armed Forces, led by acclaimed international open-water swimmer Wg Cdr Paramvir Singh was flagged-off in New Delhi by Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting Shri M Venkaiah Naidu on first anniversary of Swachh Bharat, on 01 October 2015.

The expedition commenced on 08 October 2015, at Devprayag, where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda merge and the Ganga begins. Wg Cdr Paramvir began the expedition which continued for 43 days, through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and culminating on 19 November 2015 at Bakkhali Beach, Frazerganj covering a total distance of 2,800 kms. Throughout the swim, the team campaigned extensively for Swachh Bharat, Clean Ganga and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, reaching out to the villagers, townsfolk, civic authorities and NGOs, managing to interact with tens of lakhs of people all along the route as they undertook their extraordinary and highly challenging odyssey.

The former Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar had flagged-in the expedition on 23 October 2015. This expedition was a landmark exploration of the river as this was first time in the history of human exploration that any individual had attempted to swim down the entire stretch of the river and succeeded, making it a world record. Their other achievements included the first ever Manual Rafting of the entire river in the World and the longest ever social campaigning through an adventure activity in the World.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had lauded Wg Cdr Paramvir Singh and his social outreach, during his address to the nation in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast.

The Coffee Table Book chronicles their entire extraordinary and indeed fascinating journey, detailing experiences, outreach and challenges along the vast civilizational cradle that is the Ganga. The Foreword of this epic expedition is written by the Prime Minister.

The function was attended by Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua besides other senior officers from the Tri- Services.

Indo-Sri Lankan Joint Exercise

The IAF has recently participated in a joint exercise with Sri Lankan forces. A transport aircraft of IAF had ferried a contingent of 65 members of IAF personnel on 09 Jul 17 to Sri Lanka with an aim of carrying out joint training. The contingent included a sky diving team along with the Air Warrior Drill Team. While at Colombo, joint para drops were carried out along with Sri Lankan troops.

This exercise offered an opportunity to both, the IAF and SLAF contingent members, to observe each others’ Standard Operating Procedures as well as exchange ideas on joint operations. The Air Warrior Drill Team also displayed its immaculate coordinated weapons drill at Colombo. The team would arrive at Trivandrum on 14 Jul 17 after a very satisfying joint exercise.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 4 Malabar-2017 : Sea Phase Begins

Professional interaction between operational teams of United State Navy (USN), Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and Indian Navy at Chennai.  This exchanging practices prior to the sea phase.