Armed Forces
The Surface to Air Missile AKASH with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee, has been successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur on December 5, 2017. The Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile. The launch operations were witnessed by Director General (Missiles), DRDO and Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri (SA to RM) Dr. G Satheesh Reddy; Director DRDL, Shri MSR Prasad; Program Director, Shri G Chandra Mouli; Director ITR, Dr BK Das and other top DRDO scientists.
SA to RM congratulated all the DRDO scientists and Armed Forces for this success.
This missile is being inducted into Army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM). This is the first Surface to Air Missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired. With this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.
- Mattu JP Singh
Successful launch of Akash Missile
Seminar on Contemporary Challenges to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) due to Changing Nature of Conflict in Peacekeeping Operations.
As per Ministry of Defence (MoD) letter of September 2015, presently only those children who are dependent and meet other conditions of eligibility for family pension at the time of death of the Government servant or his/her spouse, whichever is later, are eligible for family pension. Accordingly, divorced daughters who fulfil other conditions are eligible for family pension if a decree of divorce had been issued by the competent court during the life time of at least one of the parents.
The Government has been receiving grievances from various quarters that the divorce proceedings are a long drawn procedure which take many years before attaining finality. There are many cases in which the divorce proceedings of a daughter of a Government employee/pensioner had been instituted in the competent court during the life time of one or both but none was alive by the time the decree of divorce was granted by the competent authority.
The matter has been examined and it has been decided vide Ministry of Defence letter dated November 17, 2017 to grant family pension to a divorced daughter of Armed Forces personnel in such cases where the divorce proceedings have been filed in a competent court during the life time of the employee/pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death – provided that the claimant fulfils all other conditions for grant of family pension. In such cases, the family pension will commence from the date of divorce.
- Mattu JP Singh
Eligibility of divorced daughter of Armed Forces personnel for grant of family pension
The seminar on Healthcare Strategy for Indian Army was organized by Army Medical Corps Centre & College at Army Medical Corps Centre & College, Lucknow on November 30, 2017 under the aegis of Army Training Command, Shimla.
Lt Gen Rajvir Singh, Commandant AMC Centre & College and OIC Records and Colonel Commandant addressed all speakers and delegates attending the seminar and expressed his confidence that the deliberations would be fruitful and definitive guidelines for healthcare strategy for Indian Army would emerge from the discussions. He emphasized on the relevance of needs of vision for strategic leadership in healthcare in Indian Army to dwell and evolve measures to utilize the best and contemporary practices of healthcare both during peace and war. He mentioned that decision to induct and implement newer healthcare delivery systems should be the Armed Forces Medical Services' Key Result Areas.
Maj Gen SD Behra, Commandant, Officers Training College delivered the Welcome Address. During the seminar Lt Gen G Ramdas (Retd), Dean, Oxford Medical College, Bengaluru, Surg Rear Admiral (Dr) VK Singh, (Retd), Managing Director, Innovatio Curis, New Delhi, Mr. Sartaj Singh, CAIR, (DRDO), Bangalore, Prof (Dr) Ajit Prasad, Director, IIM Lucknow, Prof Parikshit N Mahalle, Professor & HoD, Sinhgarh Medical College, Pune and senior officers from Armed Forces Medical Services were the eminent speakers who deliberated on issues of strategic leadership in healthcare & dimensions of newer healthcare delivery systems.
The event was attended by more than two hundred officers from AMC and from other arms and services, including those in high ranking decision making appointments, and from across the country.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
AMC Centre & College organises seminar on Healthcare Strategy for Indian Army
As part of its initiative to provide quality medical care to the populace of remote and backward areas of Poonch District, HQ Sector Rashrtiya Rifles under aegies of Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo) organised the conduct of Cataract surgeries for 70 patients from Surankot and adjoining villages. The surgeries were conducted by Dr Dinesh Gupta, HoD Opthalmology at Government Medical College, Jammu. The surgeries were conducted in four phases over the months of September and October 2017.
The Surgeries were conducted totally free of cost for the patients and the entire effort to include the transportation and lodging-boarding facilities for the patients at Jammu was coordinated by Rashtriya Rifles. This unique gesture by Army has not only given the gift of vision to these patients but also strengthened the bond between the Army and Awaam.
- Col NN Joshi
Army gives gift of vision to needy persons of Poonch
RSAPPS School celebrated the Annual Sports Day 2017-18 on December 4, 2017 organized by the Red Shield Eagles at Leimakhong. A total of 170 school children participated with 300 parents & guests. The RSAPPS School is an apt model of 'Unity in Diversity' as it has students from the civilian population and the Armed Forces studying together in total harmony and camaraderie. Mrs Suja Suresh, chief guest declared the sports meet open. The sports day commenced with an immaculate march past by the children followed by pledge of sportsmanship that, it's not the victory but the fight, not to have won but to have fought well echoing in environs of the school. Deputy General Officer Commanding, Red Shield Division was also present to boost the morale of the participants. The young ones of the RSAPPS School put up a multi disciplined display of exercise, dancer Aerobics, Yoga, Manipuri Dance & Zumba.
General Officer commanding, Red Shield Division interacted with all the parents and urged them to encourage children to take up sports as a career and bring laurels to the state and the country.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
Red Shield Primary School(RSAPPS), Leimakhong Celebrates Annual Sports Day 2017-18
The Indian Navy, on November 28, 2017, successfully conducted trial firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) from its front-line destroyer INS Kochi, the second ship of the Kolkata Class destroyers. The ship successfully tracked and intercepted the aerial target at enhanced ranges with pinpoint accuracy.
This firing marks a significant milestone in proving the successful integration of these missiles with the ship-borne systems including the endogenously developed Combat Management System.
- Narendrakumar Vispute
INS Kochi Conducts Successful Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile Firing
Two new Interceptor Boats (IBs) C-435&C-436 built by M/s L&T Ship Building have been inducted into Indian Coast Guard on December 1, 2017. The boats were launched on August 23, 2017 post extensive trials on equipment and machineries. These boats are part of the 36 IBs project contracted between MoD and L&T shipyard. The inducted boats will be based at Karaikal and Krishnapatnam in Eastern Seabed and their presence will further strengthen the coastal security mechanism.
C-435 and C-436 boats would be utilized for day and night close coast patrol & surveillance, SAR, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and fisheries protection and monitoring. The boats are equipped with state of the art sensors including sophisticated navigational and communication system and are capable of operating in tropical conditions with expected life span of more than 15 years. IBs can achieve speed of 40 Knots. Each IB would be manned by 12 crews, including 01 officer and 2 subordinate officers.
- T Shanmugam
Induction of Coast Guard Interceptor Boats C-435& C-436
A team of 18 members from Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru (CHAFB) embarked on a cycle expedition on December 1, 2017 from Bengaluru to Secunderabad. The event was organized under the aegis of Adventure Cell, HQ Training Command Indian Air Force Bengaluru to commemorate the golden jubilee year of CHAFB.
The cycling squad comprising of seven doctors including one lady doctor, nine paramedics and two other support staff was flagged off by Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force. The cyclists will pass through three states viz Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana via Madanapalle, Kadapa, Komuarolu, Dormala, Srisalam, Kalwakutty and will reach Secunderabad on December 7, 2017 covering a distance of 800 km. The team, on the way, will interact with school children and general public to spread awareness about physical fitness and prevention of life style diseases. At the end of their expedition, they formally will exchange mementoes in true Armed Force culture on December 8, with Commandant, Military Hospital Secunderabad.
CHAFB which is a 800 bedded super-speciality hospital with all modern facilities was originally formed at Secunderabad as No. 8 Air Force Hospital and moved to Bangalore on May 1, 1968. On completion of 50 years of its existence, the expedition named "Back to Roots" has been organized to revisit the origin and history of the hospital.
- Guruprasad HL
Healers become Wheelers
A Joint seminar between ICRC and CUNPK on "Contemporary Challenges to IHL due to Changing Nature of Conflict in Peacekeeping Operations" was conducted at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi from November 30 to December 1, 2017. The seminar focused on identifying the Global flashpoints around changing nature of armed conflicts and its implications on IHL and peacekeeping; implications of armed conflict on vulnerable populations and strategies to address these challenges; understanding how technology can provide solutions to ongoing challenges.
A total of 17 participants from 14 different countries and 50 Indian Officers attended the seminar to derive benefit from it and to be available to the United Nations for deployment in field areas. The seminar was conducted by some of the most experienced and seasoned speakers from across the globe including those from CUNPK and ICRC. Participation from all the continents including instructors and facilitators ensured a balanced mix towards training, focus and direction.
The seminar is an outcome of a successful association between the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, CUNPK and ICRC in India. The inaugural session was held on November 30, 2017. Maj Gen Sandeep Sharma, ADG SD General Staff Duties, Indian Army was the Chief guest for the occasion and delivered the Inaugural address. Mr Jeremy England, Head of Regional Delegation, ICRC, Delhi and other senior officers/ dignitaries of the Army and ICRC were also present during the inauguration.
- Col Aman Anand
Seminar on "Contemporary Challenges to IHL due to changing nature of conflict in peacekeeping operations"
Twenty-two Sarpanchs of Kishwar district of Jammu & Kashmir visited Delhi as part of a Capacity Building Tour organised by the Army. During their two days' visit to Delhi, the Sarpanchs visited the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, PUSA where they were introduced to the latest developments in the field of agriculture. They were also introduced to techniques of polyfarming and Bio gas plants implementation by Dr Nafees Ahmed, officiating Head, CATAT, IARI.
These 22 Sarpanchs who are farmers by profession and are mostly senior citizens, were also provided an opportunity to get insight into the rich heritage of the country through visits to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Jamia Masjid and Red Fort.
- Manoj Tuli
Sarpanchs of Kishtwar on Capacity Building Tour in Delhi
An Indian Air Force Embraer transport aircraft specialised to conduct Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) function, successfully carried out Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), to fly a long duration flight beyond the aircraft's stated endurance. It is also the first time that AAR has been carried out on the Embraer platform.
The "Probe and Drogue" air-to-air refuelling methodology practiced by IAF pilots requires exceptional flying skills as the receiving aircraft has to accurately insert the receptacle probe into the basket shaped drogue trailing behind the fuel tanker aircraft. During the process of Air-to-Air Refuelling both aircraft have to maintain extremely accurate flying parameters. IAF is one of the few Air Forces in the world to demonstrate this capability and the Embraer AEW&C has also proved its prowess in the category. A mere 10 minute in-flight refuelling can generate additional four hours of flying endurance. The achievement has given a tremendous boost to Indian Air Force's operational capability.
- Wg Cdr Anupam Banerjee
IAF Achieves Milestone in AAR on Transport Aircraft
Project Pushpak of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) celebrated its historical existence of 50 years from November 29 to December 1, 2017. To commemorate this momentous occasion, a Special Postal Cover was released by the Chief Minister of Mizoram, Shri Lal Thanhawla along with Brig Birender Singh, Chief Engineer, Project Pushpak, in presence of a large number of local people at Assam Rifles Ground, Aizawl. It was followed by a breath-taking performance by Gymnastic & Gatka Team of Bombay Sappers and theme dance by Rashtrapati award winner Shri Kamlesh Patel. A Medical and Blood donation camp was also organized on the occasion at Lunglei which was well subscribed and appreciated by the local population, thus, further reinforcing the association of Project Pushpak with the people of Mizoram.
Project Pushpak was raised in the year 1967 at Aizawl to accelerate and intensify road development activities in the autonomous hill district of Mizo hills. Project Pushpak has constructed over 3600 km all-weather roads to connect all towns with the state capital Aizawl, all districts and sub-divisional headquarters right up to the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. During Eighties & Nineties, it was the largest and the most prestigious project of BRO, having five BRTF, namely, 23 BRTF, 24 BRTF, 36 BRTF, 42 BRTF and 755 BRTF functioning under command and having its jurisdiction in the states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam in addition to its home-state Mizoram.
During the last 50 years, Project Pushpak has earned four Kirti Chakras, one Padma Shri and 23 Shaurya Chakras amongst many other awards and displayed exemplary devotion to duty and resilience to adjust to all adversities. The Project is continuing to work relentlessly to meet the strategic requirement of the nation and keep pace with the infrastructure development in the state of Mizoram and A&N Islands.
- Manoj Tuli
Project Pushpak celebrates its golden jubilee