Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with CII representatives consisting of Indian companies and foreign OEMS at a round table on Energising 'Make in India' in defence sector.
The present government has taken a series of significant policy initiatives, including promulgation of DPP 2016 which gives highest priority to indigenous design and manufacture of defence equipment, introduction of Strategic Partnership model, liberalization of FDI norms and providing a level-playing to private industry.
In the round table, a wide range of issues relating to private participation in defence manufacturing, including matters relating to licensing, taxes and duties, speeding up of procurement processes, streamlining of the offsets regime and creation of a tiered defence industrial ecosystem with full integration and skilling of manpower in the MSME sector were discussed.
The present government is fully committed to removing all the stumbling blocks and facilitating private participation in defence manufacturing with the objective of bringing high value foreign investment into the defence sector, building indigenous capabilities, fostering absorption and assimilation of technologies, and ensuring self-reliance in meeting the country's defence needs by providing a level playing field.
Raksha Mantri issued directions to the team of officers headed by the Defence Secretary for time bound action on key issues raised at the round table, including the resolution of licensing with the Ministry of Home Affairs, tax related matters with the Ministry of Finance, commercialization of technologies developed by DRDO and timely conclusion of procurement proposals.
Maj Gen SS Mamak, the General Officer Commanding, HQ Jharkhand & Bihar Sub Area called on the Governor of Bihar Shri Satya Pal Malik on October 23, 2017.
The General Officer Commanding was very warmly welcomed by the Governor and they talked on varied issues during the 45 minute long meeting. Notable amongst these issues was the welfare of Ex Servicemen and Veterans of the State. The Governor gave a very patient hearing and assured the GOC of his continuous endeavour to work for the well being and welfare of the Veterans who have devoted their prime to the security and progress of the Nation. The Governor assured the GOC of getting an early CMLC conducted with the State Government so that many Civil-Military related issues could be resolved to the benefit of both.
In the recently concluded Asia Cup (Hockey) at Dhaka, Bangladesh, which the Indian team has won after a gap of 10 years, there were two outstanding players from the Indian Army namely Havildar Akash Chikte (Indian Goal Keeper No 1) and Recruit Suraj Karkera (Indian Goal Keeper No 2). Owing to the extra-ordinary performance, Havildar Akash Chikte was adjudged as the best Goal Keeper of the tournament. Both players were felicitated by General Bipin Rawat, COAS on October 31, 2017. Havildar Akash Chikte was also promoted to the rank of Naib Subedar by the COAS as per the existing provision.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat on November 7, 2017 with the successful test flight of 'Nirbhay' India's first indigenously designed and developed Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile which can be deployed from multiple platforms. It was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. The missile has the capability to loiter and cruise at 0.7 Mach, at altitudes as low as
100 m. The flight test achieved all the mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial.
The missile took-off in the programmed manner and all critical operations viz. launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment and other operational parameters demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation. The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around the indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with GPS system. The missile majestically cruised for a total time duration of 50 minutes, achieving the range of 647 km. The missile was tracked with the help of ground based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by DRDO.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, hailed the success of DRDO Scientists and complimented them for this inspired achievement. She was optimistic that this successful trial would take India to the select League of Nations for possessing this complex technology and sub-sonic cruise missile capability.
Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence (R&D), Dr S Christopher, DG (Aero) Dr CP Ramanarayanan, Director ADE, RCI, ITR and CEMILAC, along with other senior DRDO scientists and user representatives from Army witnessed the momentous launch and congratulated the team 'Nirbhay' for making DRDO proud for the long awaited achievement.
Indigenously developed light weight Glide Bomb, SAAW (Smart Anti Airfield Weapon) was successfully tested from Indian Air Force aircraft in the ranges at ITR, Chandipur, Odisha. The guided bomb released from the aircraft and guided through precision navigation system, reached the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies. A total of three tests with different release conditions and ranges were conducted and all were successful. The guided bomb is developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), DRDO along with other laboratories of DRDO and Indian Air Force.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO scientists and Indian Air Force for the successful tests. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr S Christopher congratulated the team and said SAAW will be inducted soon into the Armed Forces. Director General Missiles and Strategic System DG (MSS) Dr G Satheesh Reddy said it's a major milestone in the indigenous capabilities to develop guided bombs.
Integrated Quarter Master Package (IQMP) software application was formally released to the Indian Army by the Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand in an event organised at South Block on November 2, 2017. IQMP is web based software developed by Army Software Development Centre in association with M/s TCS Ltd. The application automates various logistics related functions of an Army Unit. The application will replace numerous legacy applications such as 'Vastra' and 'Quarter Master Package'.
The package comprises thirteen modules to automate all the logistics functions at unit level. The application can be dynamically configured to meet the specific requirements of various types of Army units and is capable of sharing information and data with other software applications in the domain of logistics management.
The software has been developed with the aim of bringing speed, accuracy and transparency in handing logistics aspects in the unit. It will help in effective logistics management and decision making, thereby assisting Army units to be battle ready all the time. It will also play an important role in achieving automation of Indian Army and prove to be a significant milestone towards 'Digital Army' in consonance with the 'Digital India Initiative' of the Government.
On October 30, 2017, Lieutenant General PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command and Colonel of the Regiment of Mechanised Infantry paid a visit to their affiliated Indian Navy Ship, INS Ghariyal. He complimented all on board for their commitment and professional excellence. He urged them to continue the cooperation and further build on it to achieve greater synergy.
The case for affiliation of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment with INS Ghariyal was initiated in January 1999 by late Lieutenant General PS Joshi and was approved on February 24, 1999. INS Ghariyal is the second Landing Ship Tank (Large) of Indian Navy, which was built indigenously and was commissioned on February 14, 1997. The ship can carry troops and vehicles and hence is ideally suited for amphibious operations. Due to the above it is closely associated with the Mechanised Infantry where both compliment each other evenly.
To spread awareness regarding Flight safety, a Cycling Expedition was conducted by Army Aviation units of Surya Command from Bareilly to Dehradun and back to commemorate its third reunion. The expedition team was flagged in by Brig Ajoy Sharma, Chief Signal Officer, HQ Uttar Bharat Area at Bareilly on November 1, 2017. The team was complemented and praised for successful completion of expedition.
Expedition team of one Officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and four other ranks led by Captain Kritarth Kala of 39 (I) R&O Flight was flagged off from Bareilly on October 23, 2017.
The expedition team covered a total distance of 950 kilometer from Bareilly to Dehradun and back via Haldwani, Dhampur and Raiwala. During the course of the expedition to Dehradun and back the team interacted with officials of civil airfields at Pantnagar, Dehradun and also motivated school children and NCC cadets to join the Indian Army. Pamphlets on Flight Safety were also distributed enroute to create general awareness on the subject. The expedition team returned to Bareilly via Baguwala, Raiwala and Kashipur.
Since it's raising in the year 1986, Army Aviation Corps of Indian Army has proved its mettle in various operations across the country and abroad including rescue and relief during natural calamities and maintenance of troops at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world. Flight safety is one of the important aspects in successful execution of such missions.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff and Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa President AFWWA, visited Air Force Station Halwara on October 26, October 17-27, 2017. They were received by Air Commodore Dhananjay Vasant Khot, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Halwara and Mrs Sanyukta Dhananjay Khot, President AFWWA(Local).
The Air Chief on his arrival was presented with a Guard of Honour by the Air Warriors of Halwara Air Base. He inspected the Station for its operational preparedness and war waging capabilities and visited the upcoming new projects at the air base.
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa while interacting with the station personnel appreciated their selfless devotion to duty and encouraged them to continue with their efforts in taking the Indian Air Force to greater glory.
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa visited GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar. The Air Chief was received and accorded a Guard of Honour by NCC Cadets. He inaugurated the newly built Sardar Bhaktawar Singh Central Library of the college named after the late President of the college governing council. The students of college displayed their talent in a spirited cultural presentation showcasing the heritage of Punjab. In his address to the staff and students of college, the Air Chief encouraged their wider participation and contribution in nation building.
Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association visited various schools including the 'Umeed Asha Kiran', school for special children, other AFWWA ventures and interacted with the wives of the Air Force personnel.
In it's sustained endeavours for peace and welfare of local Awam in the region, the Dagger Division put concerted efforts to rehabilitate the villagers of Kalgai village where four houses were completely damaged during elimination of four terrorists on September 24-25, 2017. Sharing concerns of the villagers, the prompt and forthcoming actions from the army authorities in coordination with civil NGO's has been instrumental in provision of much needed assistance to the distressed villagers.
Continuing the efforts, a ceremony was organised on October 31, 2017 to hand over the immediate relief material provided by NHPC, Uri to the villagers. The event was attended by Army officials from Dagger Division including Commander Dagger Artillery Brigade, Dr Naqash, DC Baramulla and Mr JR Choudhary, General Manager, NHPC Uri-2 and the village headmen.
The villagers were very appreciative of the initiative by the Army and expressed their sincere gratitude to the Army. The event had profound impact and will strengthen the bond between 'Awam' and 'Jawan'.
In a solemn and poignant ceremony held at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar, all ranks of the Public Relations Office, Srinagar paid rich tributes to Late Major P Purushottam and five brave soldiers who attained martyrdom in a fidayeen attack on November 3, 1999.
Late Major P Purushottam, who was posted as Public Relations Officer (Defence) alongwith five of his comrades bravely fought terrorists who had launched a fidayeen attack on his office in the evening of November 3, 1999. Having been engaged in a hand to hand fight with the terrorists, he and his colleagues made the supreme sacrifice of their lives while trying to save media persons.
On this occasion wreaths were laid on behalf of Ms Mattu JP Singh, Addl Director General (Media and Communication), Directorate of Public Relations (DPR), Ministry of Defence and media fraternity at the memorial in Public Relations Office, Srinagar.
An impressive Attestation Parade, in which 152 recruits passed out from the Parachute Regiment Training Centre after successful completion of 34 weeks training and joined the folds of the Parachute Regiment as Paratroopers was held in Bengaluru. The parade was reviewed by Major General VPS Bhakuni, Commandant Selection Centre (South).
In his address, Major General Bhakuni urged the new recruits to standby the basic soldierly ethos namely "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri"
The Parade was commanded by Recruit Sorathiya Hardik Kumar Himmat Bhai. He was also awarded the Sayaji Chettri Medal for Best Recruit in drill. Recruit Preet Kumar won the Gill Medal for overall Best Recruit, the best in Endurance Medal went to Recruit Jagwinder Saini. The Ghadge Medal for best in firing and weapon training was won by Recruit Hadiya Ramesh Vallabh Bhai and the Cheema Medal for best Recruit in Physical Training and over all best PARA (TA) Recruit was awarded to Recruit Patil Sagar.
A delegation representing Coastal Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) from United Arab Emirates (UAE) visited Indian Coast Guard Headquarters (North West) at Gandhinagar for establishing bonds amongst the two organisations. The three member delegation led by Lt Col Omran Ali Sulaiman Al Shehhi visited the capital city. The visiting delegation were extended a traditional welcome. The delegates later interacted with Indian counterparts over a Table top exercise on Coastal Security.
The piracy prone western periphery of Indian Ocean has been cause of concern for all developing nations that trade through these waters. With an aim for limiting the extent or curbing this menace, a joint exercise was conducted for two successive days under the heading "Building Bonds Across Oceans". While the country per-se, in a process of strengthening its existing Coastal Security mechanism, this learning exposure shall bring together both the nations on the grounds of strategy and policy making. The exercise was inaugurated by Inspector General Rakesh Pal, Commander Coast Guard Region (North West) and was held under the aegis of a specialist panel from both surface and aviation backgrounds.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman