IAF Conducts Test-Firing of BrahMos Missile From Su-30MkI Aircraft on Eastern Seaboard

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday undertook live test-firing of a BrahMos missile from a Su30 MkI. The test-firing was conducted on the Eastern seaboard. The missile achieved a direct hit on the target, a decommissioned Indian Navy ship. The IAF said that the mission was undertaken in close coordination with the Indian Navy.

Last month also, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the successful test-firing of extended range surface to surface Brahmos missile. This test-firing was conducted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also Read: BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai

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Recently, reports surfaced that India was developing a new air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile would be able to strike enemy targets at more than 800 km. Earlier the missile had a striking range of 300 km after being released from Su-30MKI fighter jet. The IAF has equipped around 40 of its Su-30MKI jets with Brahmos missiles.

BrahMos is a medium-range stealthy ramjet supersonic cruise missile. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world and can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

Lt Gen Manoj Pande Appointed As 29th Indian Army Chief

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande has been appointed as the next chief of the Indian Army on Monday. Lt Gen Pande, the 29th Army Chief, will be the first Chief of Army Staff from the Corps of Engineers. He will succeed General Manoj Mukund Naravane. Gen Naravane is scheduled to retire on April 30 after completing 28-month tenure as the Army Chief. Meanwhile, the decision on the vacant Chief of Defence Staff post is still pending. Speculations are rife that Gen Naravane is likely to be the next CDS.

Lt Gen Pande is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers, one of the regiments in the Corps of Engineers in December 1982. During Operation Parakram in the Pallanwala sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Pande commanded an engineer regiment.

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Notably, operation Prakaram was carried out after the terror attack on Parliament in December 2001. During this operation, a large-scale of troops and weapons were mobilised to the western border.

Also Read: Lt Gen Manoj Pande to Take Charge as Eastern Command Chief Succeeding Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on June 1

After the Higher Command Course at the Army War College in Mhow, Lt Gen Pande was appointed Colonel Q at HQ 8 Mountain Division. He was then promoted to the rank of Brigadier and given command of an Engineer brigade as part of a Strike Corps in the western theatre.

Lt Gen Pande also commanded the 52 Infantry Brigade, positioned along the LOC. Pande was selected to attend the prestigious National Defence College. After completing the course, he was appointed Brigadier General Staff Operations (BGS-Ops) at HQ Eastern Command. Lt Gen Pande took command of the 8 Mountain Division after promotion to the rank of Major General.

Lt Gen Pande assumed Andaman and Nicobar Command on June 1, 2022. Last year in June, he took charge of the Eastern Command. Lt Gen Pande was appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff succeeding Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty in January this year.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2021: 367 GCs, Including 68 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise List of Cadets

This Day and Date of December 2021 will go down in the history of IMA as another landmark milestone, where a total of 387 Gentleman Cadets of 149 Regular Course and  132 Technical Graduate Course, including 68 Gentleman Cadets from ten friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of Indian Military Academy, overcoming all challenges of COVID-19. The solemn ceremony and events of this POP come in the backdrop of the homage and tributes that the academy is paying to its brave alumni Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, first Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier LS Lidder, SM, VSM, along with 11 other departed souls. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

This year 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 War and the year is being observed as Swarnim Vijay Varsh in Honour of the Indian Soldier who laid down their lives in the line of duty. The Gentleman Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’, `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection including those watching the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.

Here Is The Complete Passing Out Parade:

It was a matter of rare honour that Shri Ram Nath Kovind, The Honourable President of India, was present as the Reviewing Officer of the Parade. He congratulated the Gentleman Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA. He also, complimented the Instructors and Gentleman Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.

Here Is The State-Wise List Of Cadets:

SERNOSTATE / UNION TERRITORY149 REG132 TGCTOTAL
1ANDHRA PRADESH505
2ANDAMAN NICOBAR000
3ARUNACHAL PRADESH000
4ASSAM202
5BIHAR26026
6CHANDIGARH505
7CHHATTISGARH202
8DELHI10111
9GUJARAT112
10GOA000
11HARYANA34034
12HIMACHAL PRADESH12113
13JAMMU & KASHMIR11011
14JHARKHAND404
15KARNATAKA516
16LADAKH000
17KERALA505
18INDIANS WITH NEPAL DOMICILE101
19MADHYA PRADESH19120
20MAHARASHTRA17320
21MANIPUR202
22MEGHALAYA000
23MIZORAM202
24NAGALAND000
25ODISHA112
26PUNJAB22022
27PONDICHERRY000
28RAJASTHAN20323
29SIKKIM000
30TAMIL NADU617
31TELANGANA303
32TRIPURA000
33UTTAR PRADESH43245
34UTTARAKHAND42143
35WEST BENGAL303
 TOTAL30316319

The Honourable President of India, complimented the Foreign Gentleman Cadets and said “We cherish the special bond between our Nations, and it is a matter of great pride for India to train such fine officers and gentlemen. I am positive that you shall preserve the unique relationship forged with your colleagues and instructors during your training at IMA”.

The IMA takes pride in its rich legacy and the saga of valour & sacrifice etched by its brave alumni. This premier institution of international repute has in recent past undertaken major transformational initiatives to produce future ready warrior leaders well versed with realities of a technology intensive battlefield and its challenges. Leadership development programme, modern infrastructure supporting blended learning and establishment of innovation lab have been at the core of comprehensive reviews recently progressed to ensure a dynamic training regime.

While addressing the Passing out Course, the Reviewing Officer, exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He told the Gentlemen Cadets about, the challenges that our great Nation is facing today at the regional and global level. He emphasised that physical and mental toughness alone are not enough to tackle modern day threats of the country, but as military leaders, officers will have to develop a strategic mindset, cultivate an adaptive temperament and acquire the mental resilience essential to hone the skills for military leadership. He exhorted that the advancement in technology has often been driven by military dynamics and that modern day military leader, must embrace this technological drift and understand the seamless synergy required between men and machines.

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA Anmol Gurung.

Gold Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to ACA Anmol Gurung.

Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to BUO Tushar Sapra.

Bronze Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to BCA Ayush Ranjan.

Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to GC Kunal Choubisa.

Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Keren Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2021.

Bangladesh Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to BUO Sangay Phendhen Dorjee (BHUTAN). This medal and the Bangladesh Trophy have been instituted from this term to commemorate the Swarnim Vijay Varsh.

The Passing Out Parade was also witnessed by the Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand and the Honourable Chief Minister. It was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial wherein Lieutenant General Raj Shukla, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal,  Sena Medal, ADC, GOC-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC) along with Commandant and officers of IMA and the Academy Under Officer laid wreaths and offered floral tributes to the 898 gallant alumni who have made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation through the years. All trainees committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2021: President Ram Nath Kovind To Be The Reviewing Officer Of The Parade On December 11; Multi-Display Events To Take Place On Dec 9 & 10

The Passing out Parade (POP) of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) for the autumn term 2021 is scheduled to take place on December 11. This time, President Ram Nath Kovind will be the reviewing officer. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Uttarakhand Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Gurmit Singh and the Uttarkhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will also be present at the event.

Before the main event, the IMA will be showcasing its rich legacy and saga of bravery and sacrifice through a first of its kind spectacular Sound and Light Show. A mega Multi Activity display shall reflect the adventure and thrill of various aspects of the stellar IMA Training. While final events are on December 10 and 11 , prior runs are also being conducted on December 8 and 9 2021 for maximum audience including school children. IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Multi Display Activity Held at Somnath Stadium of Indian Military Academy (View Pics and Videos).

Earlier on Tuesday, the Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor’s (DC&CI) parade was conducted on 07 Dec 2021 at the historic Chetwode drill square, wherein 319 Indian and 68 Foreign Gentleman Cadets displayed their immaculate turnout and precision marching. This marks preparation for the grand finale. The Parade was reviewed by Maj Gen Alok Joshi, Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy. He complimented the Gentleman cadets and encouraged them to be the finest officers of Indian Army.

IAF Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman Conferred Vir Chakra For Shooting Down Pakistan’s F-16 Fighter Jet

Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet in February 2019, was awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. The Defence Investiture Ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday, November 22. Notably, the Vir Chakra is the third-highest Indian military honour during wartime.

Then Wing Commander, Abhinandan shot down F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. In the aerial dogfight, Wg Cdr Varthaman’s Mig-21 Bison was also shot down. Though he ejected safely but his parachute drifted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was then captured by the Pakistani Army. He was later released on March 1. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flies Joint Sortie With IAF Chief BS Dhanoa From Pathankot Airbase.

Here Is The Video Of Group Captain Abhinandan Receiving Vir Chakra:

In August 2019, the Vir Chakra to Abhinandan had been announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also present at the ceremony. President Kovind, conferred two Kirti Chakras, including one posthumous, one Vir Chakra and 10 Shaurya Chakras, including two posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces during Defence Investiture Ceremony

The Gallantry awards were given to the personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty. The President also conferred 13 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service of exceptional order.

India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Agni-5

India on Wednesday successfully test a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5. The missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha at 7:50 pm on October 27. The missile uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine. Agni-5 is an Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’, said the Ministry of Defence. The missile was first test-fired in in 2012 from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast. Till now, eight tests have been conducted so far. India test-fired the missile amid standoff with China in the Eastern Ladakh sector. India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials.

Here Is The Video Of India Test-Firing Agni-5 Missile:

The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile can strike targets up to 5,000 km away. The missile will allow India to strike targets across Asia and into Europe. Till now, the longest range missile India had was Agni-III, with a range of 3000–3500 km.

In June this year, India had successfully test-fired Agni Prime (Agni-P) missile. It is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 Km.

Indian Military Academy Celebrates Its 89th Raising Day

The Indian Military Academy celebrated its 89th Raising Day on October 1, 2021. On this momentous occasion, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy, conveyed his appreciation to the IMA fraternity for their dedication and contribution towards transforming the Academy into a world class military institution.

He reminded that the IMA had rendered outstanding service to the Nation by nurturing thousands of well trained, all rounded officers. He urged the Service and Civilian employees to work with the same zeal and synergy to bring even greater laurels to the Academy. MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt Visits Indian Military Academy, Interacts With GCs Undergoing Pre-Commissioning Training At IMA.

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IMA 89th Raising Day (Picture Courtesy: IMA)
IMA 89th Raising Day (Picture Courtesy: IMA)

The IMA came into existence on October 1, 1932. In the last 88 years, the Academy has grown in its training capacity from 40 GCs to 1650 GCs. Till date, 63,381 Gentlemen Cadets have passed out from the proud portals of the Academy as officers, including 2656 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from 34 Friendly Foreign countries.

The Academy has a rich history and its Alumni have excelled in all spheres of military and sports activities. They have etched stories of heroic valour and outstanding leadership in numerous battlefields, winning many gallantry awards. 889 brave alumni have made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation.

On this special day, all members of the staff, Gentlemen Cadets, Service and civilian employees rededicated themselves to uphold the glorious legacy of this great institution… ‘Veerta aur Vivek’.

(Article Source: IMA Press Release)

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari Takes Over Command Of IAF As 27th Chief

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari took over as The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) at a ceremony at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) on Thursday. An alumnus of NDA, the CAS was commissioned in December 1982 in the fighter stream of the IAF. He has flown more than 3800 hours on multiple fighter and trainer aircraft.

During his career spanning almost four decades, the CAS has tenanted many significant command and staff appointments. He has commanded a MiG-29 Squadron, two Air Force Stations and Western Air Command. His staff appointments include Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers), Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy and Air Assistant to Chief of the Air Staff. IAF To Acquire 24 Second Hand Mirage 2000 Fighter Jets: Report.

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A Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor, he has served as an instructor at Flying Training Establishments and has also been an Air Force Examiner. He was a pioneer member of the Suryakiran Aerobatic Display Team. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has served as a Directing Staff there. He has also served as Directing Staff at DSCSC in Zambia. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.

The CAS is a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM) and is honorary ADC to the President of India.  In his address to the IAF, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said that he was honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian Air Force. Extending greetings to all Air Warriors, Non Combatants (Enrolled), DSC personnel, civilians and their families, CAS expressed absolute faith and confidence in their ability to accomplish all assigned tasks with resolute dedication while maintaining IAF’s operational capability at an all-time high.

Outlining the focus areas for Commanders and personnel, CAS said, “Protection of our Nation’s sovereignty and integrity is to be ensured at any cost”.  He added that enhancement of operational capability through integration of newly inducted platforms, weapons and equipment with existing assets and dovetailing the same in concepts of operations would remain a priority area. He spoke on aspects of acquisition of new technology, promotion of indigenization and innovation, strengthening of cyber security, rapid adaptation of training methods to meet future demands and sustained work to nurture human resources. CAS urged all to “always uphold the ethos and credo of the ‘Air Warrior’, and strive to be an asset to the IAF in any role tasked for”.

Defence Ministry Places Order For 118 Indigenous Main Battle Tanks Arjun Mk-1A for Indian Army

Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army on September 23, 2021. The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in defence sector and is a big step towards achieving ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had handed over the MBT Arjun Mk-1A to Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane in Chennai on February 14, 2021.

The state–of-the-art MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability. Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant, the tank would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night. It has been designed and developed by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) by incorporating numerous upgrades on Arjun MBT, the in-service main battle tank with the Indian Army.

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The MK-1A is equipped with accurate & superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and an invincible multi-layered protection provided by an array of advanced technology systems. It can take on the enemy during day & night conditions and in both static & dynamic modes. By virtue of these capabilities, this indigenous MBT proves to be at par with any contemporary in its class across the globe. This tank is particularly configured and designed for Indian conditions and hence it is suitable for deployment to protect the frontiers in an effective manner.

This production order to HVF, Avadi opens up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian vendors including MSMEs, with employment opportunities to around 8,000 people. This will be a flagship project showcasing the indigenous capability in cutting edge defence technologies. IAF Signs Rs 300 Crore Emergency Contract With Russia To Procure 70,000 AK-103 Assault Rifles.

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The MBT Arjun Mk-1A has been designed & developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), along with other laboratories of DRDO within two years (2010-12). The development activities commenced from June 2010 and the tank was fielded for user trials in June 2012. It took only two years to develop and field the MBT Arjun Mk-1A for user trials from the user requirement. Extensive trial evaluation was conducted in various phases covering 7000+ kms (both in DRDO and user trials) of automotive and substantial firing of various ammunitions during 2012-2015.

(Article Source: PIB)

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari Appointed Next Chief of Indian Air Force, Will Take Charge on October 1

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been named as the next Chief of Air Staff. Air Marshal VR Chaudhari is currently serving as the Vice Chief of Air Staff. He will take charge as the IAF chief on October 1, 2021. Notably, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will retire on September 30, 2021.

Air Marshal Chaudhari is an alumnus of National Defence Academy. He is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. Air Marshal Chaudhari has earlier served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Western Air Command. Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari Assumes Charge As Vice Chief Of The Air Staff.

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He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot on December 29, 1982. He is a qualified flight instructor, and Instrument Rating Instructor and examiner. He has a flying experience of over 3800 hours on various fighter aircraft including MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Su-30MKI.

He served as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) and later as Deputy Chief of Air Staff at air headquarters, VayuSena Bhawan in New Delhi. He also served as Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command from October 2019 to July 2020.