Friday, July 13, 2018

Shwet Ashwa Drass Expedition

Shwet Ashwa Drass Expedition

Shwet Ashwa, the elite motorcycle display team of the Corps of Military Police, commenced a motor cycle expedition from Bengaluru to Drass on 2nd July 2018 as a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives during the Kargil war. After a gruelling ride through the Western Ghats and encountering heavy rains at Mumbai and Jaipur, the expedition reached New Delhi on 13th Jul 2018 from where it will be flagged off for Drass on 16th July 2018 by the Adjutant General Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, AVSM, VSM.
The expedition is being undertaken by five highly experienced riders of the Army’s Shwet Ashwa Motor Cycle Display team and will travel a distance of more than 3250 km across eight states before they reach Drass on 24th July 2018.  At Drass, they will participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations to commemorate India’s Victory in the Kargil war and pay homage to the 527 brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives during this operation. The riders on their 200cc TVS Apache RTR bikes have already covered approximately 2500 km and will now commence the most treacherous phase of their ride while they pass through Manali, Sarchu, Leh and Drass.  They will face the most challenging terrain and weather and both man and machine will be put to the ultimate test of endurance during this phase.

DGNCC Flags-in NCC Boys Expedition team to Mt Saifee 

DGNCC Lt Gen PP Malhotra flagged-in the NCC Boys Expedition to Mt Saifee on 11 July 2018, here. He congratulated the boy cadets and the support staff for their splendid effort and demonstration of grit and courage to overcome the challenges of rugged terrain and hostile weather conditions in their bid to summit the peak. The expedition was launched on 01 June 2018.

The expedition team left for Mt Saifee Peak on 04 June 2018 from Delhi lead by Expedition Leader Col Dhirendra Singh, Dy Leader Major Neeraj Singh Mann alongwith 15 PI Staff and 20 boy cadets.  All the cadets were given mountaineering training in NIM, Uttarkashi for 10 days.

The Expedition Leader Col Dhirendra Singh shared his experience and the challenges faced by the expedition team during their difficult attempt. Mt Saifee is situated in the beautiful Gangotri National Park and the Garhwal Himalayas. The peak is knows as Mountaineers Paradise. The successful summit of the peak by 18 NCC Cadets on 30 Jun 2018 gave them an exposure to the mountainous conditions and hones their spirit of adventure.  

During the interaction, DG urged the cadets to encourage their colleagues also to experience the multitude of adventure and sports activities offered by NCC. He said the expedition will help them imbibe the qualities of courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership and a spirit of adventure amongst the NCC cadets.

Every year NCC conducts mountaineering expeditions for girls as well as boys to strengthen their spirit of adventure and imbibe in them the qualities of leadership, tenacity, discipline and courage.

INS Tarangini Visits Sunderland to Participate in Tall Ship Races – 2018 

INS Tarangini arrived at her seventh port, Sunderland in the UK, during her Lokayan-18 voyage and also to participate in the prestigious ‘tall ship races - 2018’. The ship is part of the first Training Squadron based at Kochi, under the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.  The name ‘Tarangini’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘Tarang’ meaning waves; thus, Tarangini means ‘the one that rides the waves’. INS Tarangini is the first ship of the #Indian Navy to have circumnavigated the globe in the year 2003-04 and has participated in tall ship races conducted around the world in 2007, 2011 and 2015. This beautiful ship, in her 21st year of service, is once again ready to create history with #Lokayan-18. Lokayan is a combination of two Sanskrit words: ‘Lokya’ meaning worldwide and ‘Yana’ meaning travel, thus literally meaning, ‘travel around the world’.

INS Tarangini is a three masted ‘barque,’ commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for the #Indian Navy. She was constructed in Goa, based on a design by a British naval architect, Colin Mudie, it is noteworthy to mention that she has two sister ships in the Royal Navy, STS Royalist and STS Lord Nelson, also designed by Colin Mudie. In fact, STS Lord Nelson will be participating in the Tall Ship Races-18, along with 13 other ships from UK. 

INS Tarangini commenced ‘Lokayan-18’ on 10 Apr 18 from Kochi, India and is set to cover a distance of over 20,000 nautical miles, with a crew of nine officers, 30 officer sea trainees and 43 sailors. The voyage will take seven months and Tarangini will have the honour of displaying the Indian flag at 15 ports across 13 countries.  

Anyone who aspires to become a seaman must begin by acquiring a first-hand knowledge of the wind and waves. It has long been recognised by the #Indian Navy that – even in an age of technological complexity – sail training still provides the best possible foundation for a seaman. A sailing ship teaches trainees to work together as a team, and to take decisions under challenging and physically demanding circumstances. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring seagoing officers and men to develop and exhibit confidence, courage, and sound judgment; precisely the qualities that the #Indian Navy needs. The Commanding Officer of Tarangini is privileged to be commanding a ship where he has been a sea trainee in his cadet’s time.

‘Sail Training International’ organises tall ship races and regattas, which promote international friendship and understanding between young sailors and the thousands of visitors. Sunderland, by virtue of its location and rich sailing culture, is aptly placed to host the tall ship races.

When a sail training international event visits a host port, it is invariably a major attraction for visitors. Tall ship races and regattas bring together, not just thousands of visitors, but also hundreds of young participants from all backgrounds and nationalities. Each event generates keen competition and committed effort from the participants, while the visitors are also caught up in the excitement and atmosphere of the regatta.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

MoU on Defence Salary Package signed between Indian Army and State Bank of India

MoU on Defence Salary Package signed between Indian Army and State Bank of India

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and SBI on the Defence Salary Package on 12 July 2018. The signing-in ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar and was attended by top officials of SBI headed by Shri PK Gupta, Managing Director (Retail and Development Banking), SBI.

The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed on 23 Feb 2015. The revised MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. A number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU which include free personal accident death cover, free permanent total disablement cover and other accidental benefits to the deceased soldier and family. This MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with SBI. The MoU will be valid till 03 Jan 2019 and continuation thereafter will be subject to review/renewal.

Russian Helicopters and Lao Ministry of Defense negotiate after-sales servicing plans Vientiane

During their business trip to Laos, the delegation from Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) conducted negotiations with the executives of the Lao Ministry of Defense regarding further cooperation in after-sales support of the previously supplied helicopters.

During the negotiations, the Lao party expressed their interest in the timely restoration of the airworthiness of three Mi-17V-5 helicopters, the TBO of which expires in 2019. Moreover, the parties discussed the possibility of repairing Ka-32 helicopters, which are also in service with the Lao Air Force.  

The official ceremony had taken place earlier at the air base in Vientiane dedicated to the transfer of four Mi-17 helicopters repaired by the mobile group of specialists of JSC "356 ARP" to the Lao Ministry of Defense. The event was attended by Lao Deputy of Minister of Defence, Phouvong Vongphom.

"The Asia-Pacific Region is a priority market for the Holding Company in the area of after-sales services. As of today, the APR uses over 500 helicopters produced in Russia and in the Soviet Union. We are ready to offer to all our partners, including our colleagues from Laos, the best solutions for repairing and upgrading their current fleet of helicopters," noted Sergey Gusev, Director for After-Sales Services of Russian Helicopters.

Another priority area for cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, he added, is the consistent work aimed at explaining the consequences of performing repair activities at non-certified repair bases of third countries, since many helicopter operators only go by price parameters, when concluding contracts for the supply of spare parts and components, ignoring international quality standards.

To prevent the use of counterfeited products, the Holding Company is working on introducing identification markings on the aviation inventory at the manufacturing stage. The products will be automatically registered in the system for tracking the movement of the components and spare parts along the product supply networks and in operation. 

The Lao Air Fleet comprises over 20 civil and military helicopters produced by the Holding Company's enterprises. In addition to Mi-8/17, the country operates medium utility Ka-32T helicopters.

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) fulfilled the first service contract in the interests of the Lao Ministry of Defense, having transferred a batch of four Mi-17 helicopters at the official ceremony. The helicopters were repaired by a mobile group of specialists of JSC “356 ARP”, which is part of the Holding Company.

The transfer ceremony took place at the air base in Vientiane. The Lao Deputy of Minister of Defence, Phouvong Vongphom inspected the repaired Mi-17 helicopters. During the official event, a crew of the Lao Air Force performed a demonstration flight in a repaired helicopter.

"The Holding Company is always ready to offer the most comfortable conditions for its customers in terms of both supplying helicopters and rendering after-sales services. Upon the request of the Lao party, we prepared a proposal for the repair of another batch of Mi-17 type helicopters. We hope the decision will be made in the near future," noted Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters.

At the end of the event, the parties held negotiations related to the supplies of new helicopters and further cooperation in the area of service support of the earlier supplied rotorcraft.

The Lao aviation fleet comprises over 20 civil and military helicopters produced by the Holding Company's enterprises. In addition to Mi-8/17 type helicopters, the country operates medium utility Ka-32T helicopters.

Monday, July 9, 2018

L&T Defence Opens New Production Line for Transport Launch Canister for BRAHMOS Missiles

L&T Defence, one of the leading industry partners of BrahMos Aerospace, today on 7 th of July 2018 opened a new production line for Transport Launch Canister (TLC) at Ranoli, Vadodara to cater to the serial production requirements of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system. Dr. Sudhir K Mishra, DS & Director General (BrahMos) and CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace, inaugurated the second production line in the state of Gujarat to manufacture the indigenous canisters which are designed for storage, transportation and launch of the state-of-the-art BRAHMOS Weapon System. The canister for the missile serves the dual purpose of a container and that of a launching tube.

Mr. Jayant Patil, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice-President – Defence Business, L&T, was also present during the official event.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sudhir K Mishra said, “The highly successful BRAHMOS missile programme has taken a remarkable lead under the flagship ‘Make In India’ initiative of our Government. Today, BrahMos has created a robust ecosystem of indigenous defence manufacturing and integration, thus reinforcing and realising the long-cherished dream of self-reliance in this critical sector. And the immense contribution of each of our defence industry partner in this direction is highly commendable.”

Mr. Jayant Patil of L&T Defence in his remarks said, “We have been associated with the development of BRAHMOS missile programme for close to two decades. Our journey started under the guidance of DRDO to develop indigenous capabilities and facilities for realization of composite airframes, canisters and allied sub-systems for BRAHMOS missile. Our products have successfully passed applicable qualification tests, and L&T has already started delivering these articles under serial production mode.”

The versatile, multi-role, multi-platform BRAHMOS has been integrated with L&T-manufactured Composite Airframes and two different versions of Transport Launch Canister (TLC). L&T Defence has successfully completed the realisation of Composite Airframes for the tactical missile.

L&T Defence’s Advanced Composites Manufacturing Facility at Ranoli, Vadodara, will now take up the serial production of BRAHMOS TLC. The unit has the accreditation of National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) towards manufacturing of Aerospace Products. The Advanced Composites Laboratory at Ranoli, in its efforts towards quality compliance for the ongoing BRAHMOS programme, has received the Accreditation Certification from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

As a leading Industry partner of BrahMos Aerospace, L&T Defence is augmenting the infrastructure at its Precision Manufacturing & Systems Complex, Coimbatore by adding a Composites Facility which will also cater to the serial production requirements.

L&T Defence has also been closely involved in the design, development and production of Launchers and Fire Control Systems (FCS) for the formidable BRAHMOS missiles for naval platforms.

President  of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind Vists Goa

The Hon'ble President of India visited  Goa from  07 to 08 July 2018. The President was received at Naval Air Station, Hansa on 07 July 2018  by Mridula Sinha, the
Governor of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister and the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area, Rear Admiral P Pynamuttil. A 150 man Naval Guard along with the Navy  band was paraded on the Occasion.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

High Level Chinese Military Delegation Arrives at Sukna

 High Level Chinese Military Delegation Arrives at Sukna

In consonance with the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese President Xi Jinping during Wuhan summit, where both leaders reaffirmed the need to strengthen bilateral ties, a high level Chinese Army delegation led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, Deputy Commander of Western Theatre Command arrived at Sukna yesterday afternoon.   This visit is seen as a major initiative to strengthen relationship between the militaries of both nations. The delegation comprising 10 senior military officials from China will interact with their military counterparts at HQ 33 Corps. The delegation before arriving at Sukna, has visited Delhi and Agra. India and China had endorsed the need to resume military ties when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Chinese President Xi Jinping for an informal summit at Wuhan in China in April this year. Towards that end, this visit by the military delegation to local military headquarters is a significant step forward towards increasing interactions at military commander’s level and implementation of various agreements to maintain peace and tranquility on the borders.

During their stay at Sukna, the visiting dignitaries will hold delegation level talks, besides interaction at various levels for better understanding of each other and exchange of ideas.  The Indian delegation will be led by Lt Gen Pradeep M Bali, GOC Trishakti Corps.  The delegation level talks will be followed by a cultural programme showcasing Indian traditional dances and a banquet in the honour of visiting delegation. The PLA delegation will depart on 05 July for their onward visit to Kolkata.

Powers to allot/allow retention of accommodation for Armed Forces Personnel with differently abled children delegated.

Ministry of Defence in its recent order has decided to decentralise the powers for priority allotment of married accommodation to the personnel having differently abled children. Allotment or retention of an accommodation, on the grounds of a differently abled child by Armed Forces personnel, for an initial period of three years has now been delegated to the Local Military Authorities at the level of GOC Sub Area. This can be extended for a further period of two years by the same authorities. The delegation of powers is equally applicable to all the three services. In case of Command Hospital (CH) the competent authority to give such priority allotment would be Commandant of the CH.

This measure is likely to mitigate the difficulties expressed by Armed Forces personnel having differently abled children as they are called upon to move to different locations at short notices.

 MOD approves construction of 17 New Baffle Firing Ranges 

Ministry of Defence has given a go ahead sanction for construction of 17 new baffle firing ranges in Military Stations/Cantonments/Training Establishments at an approximate cost of Rs. 238 crores.  This will add seven ranges to the Southern Command, Three to the Eastern Command, Two to the Northern Command, one each to the South Western and Central Commands. The one at Central Command is proposed for the Officers Training Academy, Gaya. These 17 will be in addition to the 60 similar firing ranges existing all over the country. The proposed baffle shooting ranges can facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters.

Baffle firing ranges are covered shooting practice areas which prevent possible accidents due to stray bullet injuries. The possibility of such mishap has increased many folds in recent times due to growth of civilian population around the cantonments. To prevent such casualties without affecting the training requirements of the Armed Forces, MOD has approved additional baffle ranges. 

 Indian Army Motorcycle Expedition to Commemorate Kargil Vijay Diwas
A motorcycle expedition comprising of ‘SHWET ASHW’ the elite Motorcycle Display Team of the Corps of Military Police, was flagged off’ on 02 July 2018 to commemorate the victory of Indian Army in Operation Vijay 1999. The expedition will traverse a distance of more than 3250 Kms from Bangalore to Dras, Jammu and Kashmir over a period of 24 days across eight states of the country, reaching Kargil War Memorial, Dras on 26 July 2018. 

The ‘SHWET ASHW’ was raised in the year 1952 at CMP Centre & School, Faizabad. Since its raising the team has performed at various National and International events and holds Three Guinness Book World Records in its name.  The expedition will be flagged in on 26 July 2018 at Kargil War Memorial, Dras as a part of the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations. The aim of the expedition is to strengthen the brotherhood, pay homage to the supreme sacrifices made by our martyrs during the Kargil War and motivate the youth to join Indian Army.

 Cabinet approves transfer of 4 acres of Defence land on lease basis to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 at Kandhar Lines, Delhi Cantt.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the transfer of 4 acres of Defence land in perpetuity basis to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for the construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 at Kandhar Lines, Delhi Cantt. at a nominal rent of one rupee per annum.


At present, Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 at Delhi Cantt has been functioning from a temporary re-appropriated building in Survey No. 14, Delhi Cantt., since its establishment in 1994. Presently, 956 children are studying in the school. Construction of own permanent school building by KVS will provide proper and comfortable academic environment with all required amenities for the school going children of serving personnel families, ex-servicemen families and children of civilians in and around Delhi Cantt.

 Cabinet approves transfer of 7.5 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the construction of Kendriya Vidvalaya in Survey No. 408, Jalandhar Cantt.

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has approved the transfer of 7.5 acres of A-1 Defence land on lease in perpetuity basis at a nominal rent of Re 1/- per annum to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 in Survey No. 408, Jalandhar Cantt.


At present, Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 at Jalandhar Cantt. has been functioning since 1987 in a temporary re-appropriated MES building opposite Kalwant Hall in Survey No. 408, Jalandhar Cantt. It is spread over 26 acres of A-1 Defence land. Presently, a total of 1346 children are studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4, Jalandhar Cantt. Construction of own permanent school building by KVS will enable the school authorities to build optimal infrastructure to meet the educational requirements of the serving personnel. The remaining 18.5 acres of land will be handed over to the Army on completion of construction of the school building.

 Cabinet approves transfer of 7.118 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2 Dhar Road in District Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the transfer of 56 kanals and 19 marlas (7.118 acres) of Defence land on lease on long term basis for 30 years renewable for two like terms of 30 years each to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for construction of KendriyaVidyalaya No. 2 at Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir at a nominal rent of one rupee per annum.


At present, Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2, Dhar Road, Udhampur has been functioning in temporary buildings ever since its inception in 1985. Presently, a total of 851 students are studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2, Dhar Road, Udhampur. Construction of own permanent school building by KVS will enable the school authorities to build optimal infrastructure to meet the educational requirements of the children of serving personnel.

Senior Multi Class Sailing Championship Inaugurated


Shri KT Rama Rao, Honourable Minister for IT & Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Telangana State was the Chief Guest for the opening Ceremony and inaugurated the “Multi Class Sailing Championship” at Sailing Annexe in Hyderabad today. The event is being jointly organised by the EME Sailing Association (EMESA) and Secunderabad Sailing Club under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India supported by Sports Authority of Telangana State.

Lieutenant General AS Bhinder, Director General of Military Training and Shri Shashidhar Batchu, President, Secunderabad Club were among other dignitaries who attended the Ceremony.

Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commodore EME Sailing Association, in his opening address, said “the response this year had been tremendous. A total of 170 entries from different associated clubs have been received, out of which 15 are in the women’s category. A total of 28 participants are from Telangana”. He mentioned that there would surely be a healthy competition in the highest traditions of sportsmanship and he was sanguine that there would be fair Sailing all through the Sailing week. Many trophies are at stake at the event including Late Lieutenant Commander Kelly S Rao Trophy, Rolling Trophy by Secunderabad Club, YAI Katari Bowl and number of individual medals to be won.

Shri KT Rama Rao in his address said, “the Government of Telangana had been giving many incentives for the sport of sailing and the vast expanse of Hussain Sagar Lake in the twin cities had proved to be a nursery for Champion sailors, many of whom have achieved National and International acclaim. He appreciated the efforts being put in by the Laser Class Association of India (LCAI), Sports Authority of Telangana State and the host clubs in making the event a grand success over the years”.

As the event enters its 33rd year, participants are expected to compete in races including a sizeable number of women sailors. Major General TSA Narayanan, Vice Commodore, EMESA, said “this is a landmark year for the EME Sailing Association as this year the event has been accredited as the YAI National Ranking Event where in the performance of the sailors will be ranked, which will give them points for selection into National team.

EME Sailing Association was formed in the year 1964. The sailing association has produced a number of medal winners both at National and International level. In the year 1986 LCAI was founded with a view to promote sailing in the Country. Since then, the event has been conducted continuously for the last 33 years and is popularly known as “Hyderabad Sailing week”.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Task Force Hands Over Final Report to Defence Minister

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to have transformative impact on national security. It is also seen that AI is essentially a dual use technology. While it can fuel technology driven economic growth, it also has potential to provide military superiority. India has strong IT industry and huge talent pool of engineers which are advantages which need to be leveraged. Ministry of Defence has already initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in their use of AI and how these capabilities can be increasingly developed within the country.

To study the whole gamut of issues surrounding strategic implications of AI in national security perspective, in global context, a multi-stakeholder Task Force represented by members from the Government, Services, Academia, Industry Professionals and Start-ups was constituted in February 2018, under the Chairmanship of Shri N Chandrasekharan, Chairman, Tata Sons. The Task Force, on June 30, 2018 has handed over its Final Report with recommendations. The Task Force in its report has, inter alia studied the level of AI/ML development in India in general and specific in the context of defence needs.

Made recommendations of making India a significant power of AI in defence specifically in the area of aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear, and biological warfare;

Made recommendations for policy and institutional interventions that are required to regulate and encourage a robust AI based technologies for defence sector in the country. 

Considering that most AI work is happening in private sector, made recommendations to work with start-ups/commercial industry in the field of use of AI for defence purposes.

As part of its deliberations, the Task Force had an intensive deliberations with all stakeholder representatives, including officers from Army, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, representatives of all Defence PSUs, namely BEL, HAL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI, MDL, GRSE, GSL and HSL and OFB. Senior representatives from these organizations participated in the day long workshop to deliberate in-depth the various use-cases which are relevant from their respective needs. These discussions had led the Task Force to understand the potential military and civilian applications in AI domain.

Raksha Mantri is the main promoter and patron of the AI Task Force of the Ministry of Defence. The Task Force handed over the Final Report to Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, today, for the Government to accept it and to implement its recommendations.

J&K Students Meet Army Chief

A group of 25 students comprising of 20 boys & 05 Girls, accompanied by 05 teachers from Jammu and Kashmir on National Integration Tour, visited Delhi and interacted with General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on 29 June 2018. The COAS shared his experiences while serving in these areas with the students and motivated them to work hard and contribute actively in the Nation Building process. He also exhorted them to join the Indian Armed Forces and serve the cause of the Nation.

The National Integration Tours are educational and motivational tours for youth of Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern States, with an aim to provide an insight into the rich heritage of the country as well as various developmental and industry initiatives that are underway. This initiative will expose them to various career options and enable them to interact with renowned personalities.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat with the Officers of the Indian Defence Accounts Service, in New Delhi .

The UN Peacekeeping delegation led by the Under Secretary General, UN DPKO, Mr. Jean Pierre Lacroix meeting the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi .

Russian Helicopters overhauled 6 helicopters of the Indian Border Security Force

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) delivered six Mi-17-1V helicopters to the Border Security Force of the Republic of India. The helicopters were overhauled at Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP).

“NARP performs activities associated with the repair and overhaul of Mi-8/17 type helicopters for the whole range of foreign operators, however, the contract with the Border Security Force has been implemented for the first time. During the acceptance the customer’s delegation got familiarized with the results of performed activities and technologies applied at the enterprise. The plant has been highly praised by the Indian military specialists and now further cooperation is being discussed,” - stated Igor Chechikov, Deputy Director General for After-Sales Support Services of Russian Helicopters Holding Company. 

The specialists of NARP carried out a complete cycle of activities related to the overhaul of the Indian helicopters. In the short term the batch of Mi-17-1V will get off to the permanent home base, where the final acceptance report will be signed after check flight procedure.

“Currently the Border Security Force is an independent military unit in the Ministry of Home Affairs of India with the sole command and it is considered as the largest border security force in the world, that is why this cooperation means high quality evaluation of our activities and huge experience,” - noted Alexey Belikh, Managing Director of JSC "NARP”.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Governor Of AP & TS Confers Engineering Degrees To Army Officers

Shri ESL Narasimhan, Honourable Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State conferred Engineering Degrees to 20 Officers of Technical Entry Scheme Course (TES-29), in a smartly conducted Convocation Ceremony at Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME), Secunderabad today. Speaking on the occasion Shri ESL Narasimhan said “Rapid advances in technology are relentlessly fuelling changes at a rate that is both awesome and exhilarating. Your challenge is to harness these technologies for the Army and ensure that each and every one is touched by this change”. The impressive Ceremony was attended by a host of senior dignitaries from military and civil administration and an august gathering of more than 300 Service personnel and their families.

While delivering the inaugural address Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant, MCEME said, “This Premier institution has not only excelled in the field of technology and training but has also left its indelible mark in the field of sports and Adventure activities”.
GOC-in-C ARTRAC Trophy, Best student book prize and DGEME Gold medal were awarded to Lieutenant Siddharth Siwal for standing best all round student officer of the course. Lieutenant Aayush Vatsal (Electronics) and Lieutenant Nitin Dabas (Mechanical) were awarded Commandant’s silver medals. The chief guest appreciated the Best project “Vehicle mounted wind turbine” designed by Lieutenant Nitin Dabas, Lieutenant Bhupendra Singh Rathore, Lieutenant Jai Prakash Saraswat and Lieutenant Gaurav Chaudhary.

Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad was established in 1953. Over the years, the College has developed into a premier training institution of the Indian Army. The training standards of the College have been recognised and College has been rewarded with Prime Minister’s Awards for various Students Projects. The MCEME trains technical capital for providing sustainment and engineering support to the complete equipment of the Indian Army.

Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba Visits Bangladesh

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff is on a goodwill visit to Bangladesh from 24 to 29 June 2018. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. During the visit, Admiral Sunil Lanba called on the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina. The Admiral also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

HAL Sukhoi Crashes, Pilots Safe

Sukhoi Crash In Nashik 

A Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter crashed in Nashik, Maharashtra. Both pilots - Wing Commander Prashant Nair and pilot LS Biswal , ejected out safely. Wing Commander Nair is a test pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF). The aircraft was still under production at the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautical Limited) production facility and was therefore not yet part of the IAF. An investigation has been ordered.

Launch of MES Website
Military Engineer Services (MES), which is the dedicated Engineering Department to provide infrastructure (development and maintenance) support to Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and DRDO, launched its newly designed website on 28 June 2018. The website was launched by Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra in the presence of Engineer-in-Chief Lt Gen SK Shrivastava. The website is bilingual and has been developed in line with aspirations of 3500 officers and approximately 1.2 Lacs subordinate staff of MES. Policies and advisories related to Recruitment, Promotions, Postings and other personnel matters of MES civilian employees would be easily accessed through the Website.

With its impressive look, the website has been made more user friendly and in conformity with GIGW guidelines. Online Registration of Contractors, approved list of contractors and consultants, product approvals and enlistment procedures are the additional facilities which have been added to the website. Certain Technical Drawings of unclassified nature will also form part of the website. MES publications like MES Regulations, Standard Schedule of Rates and scales of Accommodation have also been made accessible to the authenticated registered users.

The website contains information about MES to be published in compliance with section 4(1) of RTI Act 2005. With its clutter free design, improved functionality and user friendliness, the website will serve the purpose of increasing the visibility of MES and its contribution towards Nation building.

The website will be located at the address

MoD Enhances Financial Powers of DRDO

To enhance efficiency and effectiveness of Defence Research establishments, Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has decided to delegate greater financial powers to various authorities. This wind of change in Defence Research and Development (R&D) is intended to neutralise the ill-effects of over-centralisation and facilitate quicker decision making. This is in line with similar financial delegations made to Armed Forces in the last one year. The delegated powers now stands enhanced as under:-

Powers of Secretary, Defence R&D to sanction projects and for procurements enhanced from Rs. 75 Crore to Rs. 150 Crore and for the Directors General (DG) enhanced from Rs. 50 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore

Enhancement of powers for Proprietary Article Certificate (PAC) cases
From Rs. 50 Crore. to Rs. 150 Crore for Secretary Defence (R&D);
From Rs. 25 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore to DGs;
From Rs. 2 Crore to Rs. 5 Crore for Lab Directors.
Enhancement of powers for Single Tender cases
From Rs. 50 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore for Secretary Defence (R&D);
From Rs. 25 Crore to Rs. 37.5 Crore for DGs;
From Rs. 1 Crore to Rs. 2.5 Crore for Lab Directors.

All Competent Financial Authority empowered to reallocate funds, reduce and enhance costs of projects/programmes within their delegated powers.

The powers of Director General (DG) have been enhanced from Rs. 3 Crore to Rs. 5 Crore for sanctioning Research projects to Universities, Technological Institutions and to Indigenous Defence Industry under the Technology Development Fund Scheme of DRDO.

Powers of post-contract management and maintenance support in respect of contracts for which CFA is the Ministry of Defence, have been delegated to Directors General of DRDO in line with the delegations already made to the Armed Forces.

Delegations for Hygiene and Maintenance Contracts, training expenses, miscellaneous and contingent activities have been rationalized and enhanced to ensure that sanctions are given at the Director and DG levels with minimal flow of files to DRDO HQ.

Consequently, the powers for sanctioning of projects and for procurements that were hitherto with the Secretary Defence R&D have now been delegated to the Directors General of DRDO and the delegation to the Secretary, Defence R&D has been doubled, A number of powers relating to day-to-day functioning that were centralized at DRDO HQ have now been delegated to the DGs and Lab Directors. The delegations also bring flexibility in Universities and by indigenous defence industry. All the  delegations that had been made in respect of the services have also been extended to the DRDO.

The Director Generals of DRDO has expressed their satisfaction at this major initiative by the Government and have opined that these forward-looking measures would ensure that majority of the decisions relating to  implementation and functioning would largely be taken within the technology clusters whereas policy issues would primarily come to the Government. Given the geographically dispersed Clusters and Laboratories, this will be greatly reduce file movements to and from the DRDO HQ at New Delhi and facilitate faster decision-making.


In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri is presently at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii to participate in the 26th edition of Exercise Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC). As part of harbour activities Vice Admiral John D Alexander, Commander, US Third Fleet and also the Commander Combined Task Force for RIMPAC 18 visited INS Sahyadri at Pearl Harbour on 27 June 2018.

lndo-Bangladesh CORPAT - 2018

Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt Visit Chittagong, Bangladesh. Visit of Special Children from Ashar (ALO) School Onboard INS Satpura.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

India Gifts HAL Do -228 Aircraft to Seychelles; Aircraft to Fly on Seychelles Independence Day

India Gifts HAL Do -228 Aircraft to Seychelles; Aircraft to Fly on Seychelles Independence Day

The External Affairs Minister Mrs Sushma Swaraj handed over HAL Do- 228 aircraft to the President, Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Danny Faure at a ceremony in New Delhi today. With this, the Maritime surveillance of the island nation received the much needed boost.

Appreciating India’s support, Mr.  Faure described the `momentous occasion’ as historical day and said the inclusion of HAL Do-228 aircraft would bolster the coastal surveillance of Seychelles and provide strategic depth to policing its extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The aircraft has come at the right time and would be flown on the forthcoming 42nd Independence Day of Seychelles on June 29, signifying the strong relations between the two countries.

Describing the event yet another milestone in furthering bilateral defence cooperation between India and Seychelles, Mrs Swaraj said, “The handing over of HAL Do 228 to Seychelles reflects the firm commitment and continued engagement of the Government of India in further developing, consolidating and expanding the comprehensive multifaceted cooperation between India and Seychelles”. Mrs Swaraj also handed over airworthiness certificate of the aircraft to the President of Seychelles.

General (Dr) V K Singh (Retd) Union Minister of State for External Affairs, who was present on the occasion, handed over the symbolic key to the President of Seychelles.

Mr. T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL in his welcome address hailed the event as `proud moment’ for HAL as the aircraft  has been delivered ahead of schedule and accepted by the Seychelles Air Force. “We have provided hands-on training to the pilots and technical staff from Seychelles.  We are committed to extend full-fledged support to the teams involved with its maintenance and operations of the aircraft”, he added.

Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, DCNS, Senior officials from Seychelles, MEA, MOD and HAL were present on the occasion.    

About the aircraft:  The Do- 228, manufactured by HAL is equipped with combination of 360 deg Surveillance Radar, Forward Looking Infra-Red System, Satellite Communication, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and host of other customer specified sensors.  

The first such aircraft was handed over to Seychelles on January 31, 2013 much ahead of contractual delivery schedule.  Significantly, Prime Minister of India,       Mr. Narendra Modi during his visit to Seychelles in March 2015, announced one additional Do-228 aircraft to Seychelles. Accordingly, the contract for Supply of Do-228 to Seychelles was signed between HAL and MEA on March 16, 2017 followed by another contract between Government of Seychelles and HAL on March 29, 2017.

The HAL Do-228 aircraft is a high wing monoplane with a cantilevered wing and two turboprop engines in wing-mounted pod designed for multipurpose utility like EEZ Monitoring, Maritime Surveillance, Pollution Monitoring and Control, Search and Rescue and commuter services.  The cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicate controls. The cabin can accommodate 19 passengers in commuter configuration.

It is noteworthy that HAL Do-228 has found wide acceptability in Maritime Surveillance and Patrol roles. It scores over larger aircraft for such applications due to similar endurance and range with full mission equipment, low operating cost, ease of maintenance, STOL (short take off- landing) capability – all at much less acquisition cost offering an optimum solution for Maritime applications.
Currently, the Dornier aircraft is produced at HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur. They are proven workhorse of Indian Armed Forces for maritime related roles and have established their versatility in variety of roles.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff Visits Bangladesh

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff will be proceeding on a goodwill visit to Bangladesh from 24 to 29 Jun 18. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

During the visit, the Chief of the Naval Staff, will hold bilateral discussions with the Chiefs of the three Armed Forces of Bangladesh and other senior officials of the Bangladesh Government and Military. The Chief of the Naval Staff is also scheduled to call on the Hon’ble President H E Mr Md Abdul Hamid and Hon’ble Prime Minister H E Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh as part of his official meetings during the visit.
In addition to Dhaka, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to Chittagong and Khulna where he will be visiting various Bangladesh Naval establishments. The Chief of the Naval Staff is also scheduled to inaugurate the first edition of Indian Navy - Bangladesh Navy Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) which is being instituted as an annual feature between the navies of both countries. The commencement of CORPAT is major step towards enhanced operational interaction between both navies.
Naval cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through Port Calls, Passage Exercises along with Capacity Building, Capability Enhancement and Training initiatives. Bangladesh Navy was also the Chair of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) from 2016 to 2018. IONS is a Multilateral Maritime Cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy in 2008. The Goodwill visit of Chief of the Naval Staff will further strengthen the strong bonds of friendship between the navies of both countries.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kenyan Defence Minister Visits Western Naval Command

Ms Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Defence (Defence Minister), Kenya, accompanied by a high level military delegation visited Headquarters, Western Naval Command today.

The Defence Minister interacted with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and other senior officers of the  Command. Issues of mutual interest including maritime security and stability in the Indian Ocean Region, strengthening of defence cooperation, and enhancing training interaction were discussed. The delegation was also briefed about the Western Naval Command.

The Defence Minister also had an interaction with a few women officers, posted at the Command, and visited the indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, and  Mazagon Docks Ltd.