Showing posts with label DEFENCE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DEFENCE. Show all posts

Nirmala Sitharaman meets IAF pilot Abhinandan

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returns home. A special plane will fly him from Amritsar to Delhi, sources said

Abhinandan Varthaman is mentally strong and remains in high spirits despite the mental harassment he suffered in Pakistan, official sources told agencies

Is Abdul Jabbar: New Chief of Jaish - e - Mohammad ?

Abdul Jabbar has been appointed as the new chief of Jaish – e – Mohammed (JeM), one of the most deadly terror outfits of the world. The death of Masood Azhar has necessitated the appointment of new head. Pakistan Government is yet to accept that Masood Azhar is dead to deny even an iota of ‘moral victory’ to Narendra Modi. They have only said that Azhar is on dialysis because of kidney failure to make it a natural death after few months.

CAG report flagging ammunition shortage factually wrong: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dismissed as "factually wrong" a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces.

Pathankot Attacks - Latest news !!!

As the operation against the terrorists entered the third day, NSG, IAF and Army officers said there was no collateral damage to the strategic Air Force assets. At least two terrorists are believed to be holed up in a two-storey building in the complex.

Forty hours into the operation against the terrorists who stormed the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, investigating agencies have not yet made any significant recoveries that could give a clue to their identity or the route they took to enter India.

A top intelligence officer told reporters they were not sure whether the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Their initial presumption was based on a piece of paper recovered from SP Salwinder Singh’s vehicle, which was snatched by the terrorists and abandoned later. “It is all a presumption till now that they belonged to JeM. We have not recovered any GPS sets yet that could have given clues about their location. It could be LeT as well… we don’t know yet,” said the intelligence official.

A senior government official said the Border Security Force (BSF) had scanned footages from the surveillance cameras installed along Punjab’s and Jammu’s border with Pakistan. “There has been no breach along the fences…. For the past three days, we have also checked the border areas for some kind of tunnel, but haven’t found anything yet,” the official said.

The mortal remains of slain NSG commando Lt. Col. Niranjan E Kumar who was killed in an accidental explosion during combing operations at Pathankot air base on Sunday was bought to Bengaluru. From here he will now be taken to Jalahalli Air Force Base from where the body will be airlifted to Palakkad, Kerala, along with 15 family members. The body is expected to reach the native village by Monday evening and the last rites would be conducted on Tuesday morning. Seven security personnel have died -- Garud Commando Gursevak Singh, Subehdar Major (Retd) Fateh Singh, Havildar Kulwant Singh, IAF commando Kartar Singh, Jawan Jagdish Singh, Jawan Sanjiv Kumar. The funerals of three martyrs were held on Monday.

The terrorists are believed to have crossed over into India on the intervening night of December 30-31. They entered the air force base sometime between January 1 and 2, the firing began early on Saturday morning.

Army Colonel killed in Kupwara encounter !!!

A Colonel with the Army’s elite Para Commando unit was on Tuesday killed in an encounter with militants in the forests of Kupwara.

Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, received injuries in a gunfight with militants near the Line of Control.  His parent unit is 21 Para, a special forces unit that traces its roots to the Maratha regiment called Wagnakhas (tiger claws). Wagnakhas were named so in tribute to the assassination of Afzal Khan, the Adil Shahi dynasty general, by Shivaji the Great using a tiger claw that is now kept in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Colonel was airlifted to 15 Corps base hospital in Srinagar but succumbed to his injuries.Another soldier from the Territorial Army battalion was injured in the exchange of gunfire. The colonel had been awarded the Sena Medal for displaying gallantry and leadership in Operation Rhino, the counter-insurgency operation in Assam.

Col Mahadik, who hailed from Satara in Maharashtra, is survived by his wife and two children, aged 11 and four years.

OROP Row : Veterans returning metals, protests at Jantar Mantar !!!

Over 2,000 ex-servicemen protesting against the government's "diluted" one-pension-one rank scheme today returned their medals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, the organizations spearheading the movement claimed today as they hit back at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his "unlike soldiers behaviour" remark aimed at them.  "The veterans had threatened to leave the medals on the road if we didn't accept it. Hence, we accepted those," District Collector Sanjay Kumar told reporters. Colonel retd) Anil Kaul, spokesman of the protesters in Delhi, said 2,000 ex-servicemen's medals were deposited at the district collector's office. Our people from Mumbai, Pune, Vadodara and Bangalore will return their medals next. By the way, this is just the trailer," he added.  

The OROP row had escalated with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar terming attempts by veterans to burn medals as an insult to the nation and asked the protesting ex-servicemen to prove there was no political motive behind their stir even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal voiced support to them.

"If I say something, it will become an allegation. Let them prove that it is not political," Parrikar told reporters in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu when asked if he saw a political link to continuing agitation despite the government's response and notification on One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. 

He said the medals are a recognition of the nation for the sacrifice done by the armed forces. "Burning and returning them is an insult to the nation and the defence forces," Parrikar said. The minister's comments come in the wake of a section of the ex-service personnel expressing dissatisfaction on the ground that the OROP notification has not fully met their demands. The government had this month formally notified the OROP scheme for over 24 lakh ex-servicemen and six lakh war widows in the country.

"Medals are a recognition of bravery, for the service to the nation. It has nothing to do with service conditions whereas OROP is about service conditions. It does not say you are entitled for medals, it talks about service conditions like your pay and entitlement," Parrikar said.

On the issue of grievances of protesting ex-servicemen, he said, "Let them put the demands before the judicial committee, they will address it. "He said implementing OROP was BJP's electoral promise and it had been fulfilled. 

Earlier, he unveiled the first phase of the commissioning of Boeing P8i Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft fleet at Naval Air Station "INS Rajali" in Arakkonam, about 85 kms from Chennai. 

His comments came on a day when Kejriwal visited the protesting ex-servicemen at Jantar Mantar wearing a cap and T-shirt with OROP slogans. He asked the Centre to implement OROP for the veterans in its "true spirit" rejecting its recent notification in this regard. 

Kejiriwal also tweeted his support for the ex- servicemen saying all their demands are "logical" and that the BJP-led Centre has been "unjust" to them. "Centre shud immediately accept their demands." The protesting ex-servicemen had earlier met Kejriwal and briefed him about the "shortcomings" in the OROP notification. 

Kejriwal, who spoke to the media near the makeshift stage of the protesting veterans, however, he did not address the gathering as he was asked not to make any "political statement" by Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, who is spearheading the movement. "The government notification is a farce because it is not in its true spirit. Please don't fool the veterans. Implement OROP as per its definition. They are not begging but asking for their rights. It is unfortunate that the country's soldiers are fighting for their rights on the streets," Kejriwal said.

Indian Army Releases Amar Chitra Katha & Aan Comics on War Heroes

In a latest defence news, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, Adjutant General of Indian Army released a new series of Amar Chitra Katha and Aan Comics. Amar Chitra Katha, India’s favorite storyteller, is presenting a book on inspirational stories of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees, as a tribute to the recipients of the highest gallantry award in India. The new 248 page comic narrates inspirational stories of 21 of India’s brave sons who have been awarded India’s highest gallantry award. The all-colour, beautifully illustrated comic tells the story of each hero’s life from childhood to the battle in which they proved themselves victors over incredible odds.

Four Aan Comics were also released today based on the heroics of four war heroes who fought in 1965 Indo Pak war and were awarded Maha Vir Chakra. They were Maj Asaram Tyagi, Maj Bhaskar Roy, Sub Ajit Singh and Sub Tika Bahadur Thapa.

From the numerous wars on India’s borders, to intervention in military crisis abroad, the soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces have displayed their bravery in the harshest and most alien of conditions. They have battled fearlessly with only one objective in their minds – to fight for their objective and not back down. The PVC is India’s highest military honour; awarded to those soldiers who display the greatest degree of valour and self-sacrifice on the battlefield. The MVC is the second highest gallantry award in India, given to those soldiers who display a very high level of valour & self sacrifice in the face of the enemy. The sensitively portrayed stories in the comics take the readers into the heart of the battles they fought and gives an insight into the lives and minds of some of the most courageous men our country has ever known.


Defence ministry clears projects worth Rs 25,000 crore

NEW DELHI: The defence ministry on Wednesday night cleared several major long-pending stalled projects worth over Rs 25,000 crore, including the Rs 11,929 crore one for 56 medium transport aircraft by the Tata-Airbus consortium, Rs 2,900 crore for 145 American M-777 ultralight howizers and Rs 3,000 crore for around 200 Russian Kamov light utility helicopters

The defence acquisitions council, chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, also cleared the acquisition of two Boeing 777-300 (extended range) aircraft from Air India for the dedicated use by President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi as the Desi Air Force One, as was first reported by TOI earlier this week. The two wide-bodied aircraft will now be reconfigured for the VVIPs, which will include a an executive office and bedroom, and then fitted with advanced self-protection suites to jam and defeat hostile incoming missiles and encrypted satellite communication facilities by Boeing.

The DAC also cleared the initial construction planning process for the country's second aircraft carrier, the 65,000-tonne INS Vishal, as well as the Rs 2,700 crore acqusition of nine systems of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for three Talwar-class stealth frigates and three Delhi-class destroyers. Developed jointly by India and Russia, the missile flies at Mach 2.8 or almost three times the speed of sound. The Army and Navy already have the BrahMos missiles, which are also to be soon tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter.

Army Institute of Management Technology(AIMT) Pitches for Make in India in Defence Sector

Based on ‘Make in India’ campaign conceptualised by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at facilitating investments and fostering innovations for the manufacturing sector in India, the AIMT at Greater Noida organised a day-long Seminar at its campus on 9th May 2015. AIMT is an esteemed and premier management institute situated in Greater NOIDA conducting a two year full time residential MBA course for the wards of Army personnel. The theme of seminar was ‘Make in India Made Easy- Opportunities and Challenges in Defence Sector’.

Lt Gen Philip Campose, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, inaugurated the seminar and emphasised on the need for a synergised approach by all stakeholders to ensure success of the campaign in full measure. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production delivered the Thematic Address at the Seminar and highlighted the need for a concerted effort on part of Defence Industry to leverage on the Government initiative and give a fillip to defence production. Shri Mohan Kumar assured full cooperation of the MoD in providing requisite environment and impetus to facilitate defence production.

The deliberations spread over three technical sessions covered in detail all the facets of the ‘Make in India’ campaign to include concerns of the services, perspective of the major arms players as well as the MSMEs and the DPSUs. Ease of doing business in India vis a vis its competitors in SE Asia, encouraging R&D in defence sector and incentivising innovation, HR challenges for Make in India were some of the topics that were deliberated during the seminar. A special address on likelihood of Defence Economic Zones on the lines of the existing Special Economic Zones transforming India’s defence acquisition was also fielded. Senior representatives from think tanks in NCR, academia, industry and the government of India attended the seminar.

The seminar proceedings also included review of equipment displayed on the lawns of the AIMT. The display included Defence Equipment procured from Special Financial Power’s of the Army Commander’s Fund, product improvements and products under development by DRDO and Department of Indigenisation.

Nitin Gadkari visited Iran

Tehran: The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari calling on the President of Iran, Dr. Mohsen Rouhani, in Tehran, during his visit to Iran from May 5-7

Radha Krishna Mathur IAS has been granted an extension of Secretary, DRDO


It seems that the Government of India has a massive shortage of competent bureaucrats. Perhaps, this is the reason why a number of officers are being given extended tenures of the additional responsibilities they are handling. Days after Rajan S Katoch IAS MP 1979 was granted another extension to shoulder the additional responsibility of Director, Enforcement.

Radha Krishna Mathur IAS MT:1977 too has been granted an extension. He will continue to hold the additional charge of Secretary, Defence Research and Development Organization, apart from his responsibility as Secretary, Defence. His tenure has been extended till May 24.


No report of defence sector networks being attacked: Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that there are no reports of defence sector networks being attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies.Parrikar further said said the government has taken a number of steps to protect confidential information pertaining to the defence sector from cyber attack.

"There are no reports of defence sector networks being attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies,” Parrikar said.

"However, cyber attacks are faced by Internet connected personal computers and these relate to unauthorised data access, denial of service, compromise of logic credentials," he added.

He was replying to a query on whether reports of defence networks being continuously attacked by cyber hackers and foreign intelligence agencies have come to the notice of the government.

"To protect important and confidential data from cyber attack, the operational networks of the Armed Forces are air gapped from Internet.

"Further, Defence Services have established Cyber Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to prevent and react to cyber attacks," Parrikar said.

The Minister also said that safeguards have been instituted in the form of audits and physical checks.

"Policies, guidelines and procedures are laid down and cyber security advisories are issued from time to time," he noted.