The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by the Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met and accorded approval to Capital Acquisition Proposals of the Services valued at over Rs 3,687 crore.
In a boost to indigenisation and in realisation of India's growing technological prowess, the DAC approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night. This will give a quantum boost to the Army's capability against enemy armour.
The DAC also approved procurement of thirteen 127 mm calibre guns for the Navy. These guns will be fitted on-board new construction ships for undertaking surface engagements including Naval Gunfire Support Operations. The guns will enable Naval ships to provide fire support and engagement of targets on the land. These guns have engagement range of 24 kilometres, which could be extended further by using Extended Range Gun Munitions (ERGM). These guns, a long outstanding requirement of the Navy would be procured from BAE Systems of the United States of America under the categorisation of Buy (Global) at an approximate cost of over Rs 3,000 crore.
The DAC also reviewed the progress of the DRDO programme to develop indigenous Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
Dr KV Ramana Reddy, Principal of ACDS (left) and Prof Dr M Srinivas, Dean, ESI College and Super Speciality Hospital exchanging the MoU in the presence of Major General N Srinivas Rao, Chairman, ACDS and GOC, Telangana & Andhra Sub Area at HQ TASA.
A two-day Coastal Security Exercise 'Sagar Kavach' was conducted from April 24 - 26 off the coast of Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep and Minicoy (L&M) Islands to assess the preparedness of all agencies towards dealing with an asymmetric threat emanating from the sea. The Headquarters Coast Guard District No 4 (Kerala) and the Headquarters Coast Guard District No 12 (L&M) conducted the exercise.
The exercise Sagar Kavach is aimed at enhancing synergy between various stake holders through sharing of information and resources of various agencies involved in the field of coastal security. The exercise helped in validating the standard operating procedures to strengthen the coastal security mechanism.
Four Ships and three Fast Interceptor Craft (FICs) of Indian Navy (IN), five Ships of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and also Dornier Aircraft from IN and ICG each were deployed off Kerala and L&M coast. Boats and personnel from Coastal Police , Marine Enforcement Wing(MEW), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Customs, Fisheries department and Port authorities also actively participated in the Exercise.
Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile to expand the firing envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios. The missile was launched from LCA Tejas piloted by Wg Cdr Siddharth Singh on April 27, 2018 from the firing range off the Goa coast after exhaustive study of the missile separation characteristics and plume envelope. LCA Tejas has been designed & developed by DRDO's autonomous society – Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
Integration of Derby, a BVR class missile is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas.
The aircraft was tracked by two other Tejas aircraft in close formation to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detailed analysis and comparison with the simulation model for validation. The entire planning, practice sorties and final firing was carried out by ADA and it's National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) officials Cmde JA Maolankar and Gp Capt A Kabadwal, IAF, DG(AQA), HAL & INS HANSA.
Based on the successful integration and demonstration, Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), a unit of DRDO has cleared the series production aircraft of Squadron 45, to be equipped with Derby operational capability. LCA Tejas has successfully completed a series of captive flight trials to clear Derby for the full operational capability in the entire FOC envelope. In the past, Tejas has qualified for the armaments and missile release related trials.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has complimented DRDO and other agencies involved for making LCA Tejas fighter jet, a world class aircraft platform.
Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr S Christopher, congratulated and said that with this firing, LCA Tejas achieved another major milestone towards FOC certification.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, along with his wife Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association(AFWWA)visited Air Force Technical College, Jalahalli in Bengaluru on May 2, 2018. On their arrival at the AFTC, they were received by Air Commodore CR Mohan Commandant and Mrs Usha Mohan, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local).
During his visit the Air Chief laid the foundation stone for 'Subroto Mukherjee Academic Block' and Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association inaugurated the 'College Shopping Arcade'.
The Air Chief Marshal inspected various faculties and interacted with Senior Officers, Directing Staff, Trainee Officers and Air warriors of the College. In his address he emphasized that Engineers of Indian Air Force play a vital role in the generation of Air Power and should be ready to make any sacrifice required for the mission. He called upon the young officers to keep on upgrading their knowledge and skill as per ever changing technological environment, to lead from the front, to build strong teams, exhibit highest degree of professionalism and maintain impeccable integrity with unwavering commitment towards the service and the nation.
Indian Army has always been the torch bearers towards the nation building and in the finest of its traditions, a maiden project "Manipur Super 30" was taken up by Senapati Brigade in Manipur. The project was first of its kind in the North East and was a joint venture of Red Shield Division and Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) to provide quality coaching and guidance to meritorious and deserving students of Manipur for IIT/JEE with an aim to give an opportunity and an apt platform to the economically deprived in the society.
The pioneer batch of 18 selected students was flagged off to Guwahati in mid-August 2017 after a detailed selection process comprising of a competitive written test followed by personal interview by the CSRL faculty at Leimakhong. The students were provided with exclusive coaching for IIT/JEE along with free boarding and lodging facility at Guwahati. The guidance by the CSRL faculty, hard work and dedication of the students has been duly reflected in the IIT/JEE mains result declared on April 30, 2018, wherein a total of 16 students have passed the same. The selected students will further be adequately coached and guided by the faculty of CSRL for IIT/JEE Advance Exams to be held on May 20, 2018. The project has contributed immensely in moulding the youth of Manipur manifolds towards a better and bright future and furtherance to a well settled life.
A Ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) on the occasion of "International Labour Day" was held on May 1, 2018 at Chinese BPM Hut at Moldo Garrison opposite Eastern Ladakh.
The Meeting commenced with saluting the National flag of both Nations by the delegation members. This was followed by a ceremonial address by both delegation leaders. Greetings were exchanged and vote of thanks marking the mutual desire for maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders were conveyed.
Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment. The delegation parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations between the two forces. Both sides also sought to build on the existing framework upholding the treaties and agreements signed between the Governments of the two Nations.
Indian Coast Guard Region North-East conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) workshop-cum-interactive session involving important maritime and aeronautical stakeholders. Inspector General KS Sheoran, Commander Coast Guard Region (NE) inaugurated the day-long workshop. Expert speakers from Director General of Shipping, Indian Mission Control Centre, Airport Authority of India, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Chennai and Indian Coast Guard delivered presentations on various relevant maritime and aeronautical subjects.
Delegates from maritime and aeronautical stakeholders deliberated on search and rescue issues, shared best practices including discussion on building up capacity resources, SAR coordination, response and prevention mechanism, nurturing partnership with marine agencies and sensitizing fishermen.
Indian Coast Guard has been proactive in instituting the measures for prompt SAR response and has created a well established network of Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCC) and Sub Centres (MRSC) all along its coastline and island territories. This has ensured seamless coverage of the entire Indian search and rescue region. New age technologies in the form of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Long Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT), Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) are in place firmly all along the Indian coast keeping the ships' tracks updated thereby enhancing SAR efficiency.
Formations of South Western Command are carrying out Exercise VIJAY PRAHAR employing more than 20000 troops, cutting edge equipment and state of the art force multipliers in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The exercise is aimed to orchestrate wide spectrum of threats which are planned to be tackled through high tempo joint air and land operation involving hundreds of aircrafts, thousands of tanks and artillery pieces supported by real time intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and just in time logistic support.
The month-long exercise is essentially to practice the troops in penetrative manoeuvres across the obstacle ridden terrain under a nuclear umbrella.
During the exercise, the formations of South Western Command are practising and operationalising certain innovative concepts of operating in the network centric environment, integrated employment of modern day sensors with the weapon platforms, employment of attack helicopters in the air cavalry role and bold offensive of application of the Special Forces. The formations will refine their drills and procedures for fighting in the nuclear environment during the course of the exercise.
Khuga Battalion under 'Self Observed and Initiated Little (SOIL) projects' launched Project Roshini for the population residing in the remote and far flung areas near Indo-Myanmar border having Limited access to main stream development Schemes.
Project Roshini was aimed at providing Lighting arrangements to village Tuingamjang and village Sekken where electricity has not reached yet. The initiative was undertaken by Khuga Battalion, utilizing own limited resources and where with all by providing solar lights to the villagers as an interim measure. These solar lights would not only aid the villagers to enhance their working hours but also assist school children to study till late hours and strive for a better future. Project Roshini has not only increased the light hours at such remote areas but also the productive labour.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Headquarters, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area between two noted welfare oriented Institutions, the ESIC Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad and Army College of Dental Sciences (ACDS), Secunderabd in medical and dental care for the benefit of patients and students of both the institutions.
All ESIC beneficiaries can now avail all basic and advanced dental services at ACDS. Medical and surgical patients of ACDS will now be referred to ESIC for management. There will be mutual exchange of faculty, students, access to training Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Dental Education (CDE) programmes and mutual cooperation and undertaking of national level research projects.
The MoU was signed by Dr KV Ramana Reddy, Principal of ACDS and Prof Dr M Srinivas, Dean, ESI College and Super Speciality Hospital in the presence of Major General N Srinivas Rao, Chairman, ACDS and GOC, Telangana & Andhra Sub Area. Prof Dr Pradeep Reddy, Prof ESIC Medical College also an Ex-serviceman took keen initiative in preparation and completion of the MoU. The faculties of ACDS and ESIC Medical College were in attendance.
Naoshera Brigade celebrated its 76th Raising Day on April 29, 2018. The celebrations were marked by military ceremonies which commenced with paying of homage to the martyrs and laying wreaths at the War Memorial.
Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, GOC White Knight Corps, complimented all ranks of Naoshera Brigade for displaying undaunted professionalism and unwavering commitment towards ensuring the sanctity of the Line of Control. The Commander, Naoshera Brigade also thanked the Awaam of Naoshera for their unflinching support to the Armed Forces and assured them that the Brigade shall continue to work towards ensuring safety, security and all round development of the region.
With an aim of strengthening the newly raised Coastal police stations of Kerala, the Southern Naval Command (SNC) commenced a one month On the Job Training Capsule for 30 personnel of Coastal Police Kerala, from April 30, 2018 to May 30, 2018. The training is being carried out by the Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) at Naval Base, Kochi, under the aegis of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (NOIC), Kerala.
During the training, the coastal police personnel will be trained on survival at sea, boat handling and maintenance onboard Fast Interceptor Craft of the Indian Navy, firing in harbour and at sea, boarding exercises to investigate other vessels, fire-fighting, patrolling at sea, assistance to fishing boats, navigational safety, Rules of Engagement and Force Protection Measures, Rescue of Life at sea as well as First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The capsule includes both lectures as well as practical training, with focus on the practical aspects of coastal security so as to enable these personnel to gain requisite experience and skills and be confident to handle emergencies at sea related to coastal security, survival at sea and maritime rescue operations. These personnel will also be embarked onboard Indian Naval warships proceeding to sea for familiarisation.
This is a maiden course and subsequent training capsules will also be undertaken on monthly basis, with active participation and coordination between the Indian Navy and the Coastal Police.
The Rising Star Crops celebrated its 14th Raising Day with military elan & traditional gaiety.
In order to commemorate this occasion, Lt Gen YVK Mohan General Officer Commanding the Rising Star Corps laid wreath at Shraddha Tara, the Corps War Memorial, to pay homage to the Martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the motherland. The Raising Day celebration was also attended by many civilian dignitaries and veterans.
The Corps Commander, in his message, urged all ranks to rededicate themselves to the Nation and exhorted them to keep the Nation above all.
All ranks of the Rising Star Corps have always displayed devotion to duty, exemplary courage and always maintained very congenial relations with the people in its area of responsibility.
Army Sports Institute conducted the Senior National Archery Championship on behalf of Archery Association of India from April 5 to 12, 2018. The competition involved participation of 750 Archers in Men & Women categories from 38 teams of various State/Units or equivalent Archery Associations. The venue was Archery Outdoor Range, Army Sports Institute, Mundwa Road, Ghorpadi Pune.
This Championship was conducted for three events i.e Indian Round, Recurve & Compound events. This Championship was designated as selection trial event for selection of Archers in Men, Women & Mixed Category for Asian Games 2018 in Recurve & Compound Events. More than 90 International Archers including 10 Olympians namely Subedar Tarundeep Rai, Mr Jayanta Talukdar, Mr Rahul Banerjee, Mr Mangal Singh Champia, Mr Atanu Dass, Ms Deepika Kumari, Ms L Bombela Devi, Ms Laxmi Rani Majhi, Ms Rimel Beruly and Ms V Preneta participated in the event.