Indian Army Rescues 2,500 Tourists Stuck in Snowfall Near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La

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Indian Army rescued more than 2,500 tourist near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

The Indian Army not only defends our borders or fights insurgency in forward areas, it also puts its foot forward during various rescue operations in times of natural disaster. Continuing its tradition of ‘country before self’, the Indian Army has rescued around 2500 tourists who were stuck in around 400 vehicles near the India-China border in Sikkim’s Nathu La due to heavy snowfall. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.

The tourist including women were stranded between the 17 Mile area and Nathu La in Sikkim. The army has provided them food, shelter and warm clothes. Medical treatment was also given to the tourists. As per reports around 1500 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile.

 

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The Indian Army has also provided two sets of JCBs and Dozers of BRO for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity, reported news agency ANI. The army will continue the rescue operation till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Earlier this year, the Indian Army along with the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard rescued 23,000 people during Operation ‘Madad’ in flood-hit areas of Kerala. The medical teams of the armed forces provided free treatment to the people stuck in the floods. People were airlifted from the roofs of their houses with help of choppers to safe locations.

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Rafale Deal: Narendra Modi Led BJP Government Made 25 Percent Payment to France

Amidst the political controversy over the Rafale deal, the Indian government has made 25 percent payment to the French government for purchasing the Rafale fighter jets. The entire deal is worth Rs 59,000 dollars (Approx). In September 2016, the Indian government signed a government to government deal with the French Government to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France.

The Indian Air Force is expected to get the delivery of the first aircraft by September 2019. Meanwhile, the sources told news agency, ANI that the first batch of four aircraft will be delivered in 2020 fully equipped with weaponry.

The opposition is alleging corruption in the deal. The opposition parties are targeting the government for procuring the aircraft at higher prices as compared to the price of each fighter jet in the proposed deal of the previous UPA government. The Congress is also raising questions over the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 given to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited ignoring Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL).

After coming to power in 2014, the NDA government signed a deal to procure 36 fighter jets in ready to fly condition scrapping the proposed deal of the UPA government to acquire 126 fighter jets, out of which 108 were to be made in India.

Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents

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Col Ranveer SIngh Jamwal (Picture Courtesy: Instagram/@indianarmy.adgpi)

Indian Army is a profession where one ‘leads a life less ordinary’. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is showcasing a true spirit of an army man. He is the first Army personnel to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on today, 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be from January 6-9, 2019, depending on the weather. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India.

Till now, the officer has scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World and Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. Col Jamwal is the only person in India to lead ‘back-to-back three Everest Expeditions’. Apart from this, a total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

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Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is the first Army man to attempt the seven summits. Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is on a mission to climb the highest mountain of all seven continents. His final Frontier is Mt Vinson in Antarctica for which he is scheduled to depart on 25 December 2018. The probable date of summit will be between 6-9 January 2019, depending on the weather. The officer has already scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World & Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents. He is the only person in India to lead 'back-to-back three Everest Expeditions' & total 51 climbers have climbed Everest under his dynamic leadership. He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India (Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award). He was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 & was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats. #IndianArmy #Proud #SagaOfChampions

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He is the proud recipient of Highest Adventure Award of India, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The army officer was declared the best mountaineer of India by Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 2017 and was awarded the IMF Gold Medal duly recognising his feats.

Meanwhile, in July this year, Major General VD Dogra completed an exhausting ‘Ironman’ competition held in Austria. After achieving this feat, he became the first serving Indian Army officer and the only General across the world to have completed this competition.

Big Boost to Indian Defence Forces! India Successfully Test Fires Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Agni-IV Missile; Here You Need to Know All About The Missile

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Agni-IV Missile (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@SharmaKhemchand)

India on Sunday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV. The missile was launched from complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, at about 8.35 am. The surface-to-surface ballastic missile if deployed in Northeast India, can cover entire China. The missile met all the objectives during the test-fire. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial of the missile was conducted on January 2, 2018.

Here some key features of Agni-IV:

  • The missile has a striking range of 4,000 Km.
  • It has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
  • Agni-IV is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability and precision.
  • The missile is indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
  • It can correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
  • The missile is also equipped with Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System (RINS), supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS) which ensures that it hits its target with great precision.
  • Its length is 20 meters and launch weight 17 tonnes.
  • Agni-IV can withstand temperatures in the range of 4000 degrees centigrade as it has re-entry heat shield which also makes sure that the weapon functions normally under 50 degrees centigrade.

India has also varied range of ballistic Missiles like Agni-I and Agni-II missiles, Prithvi series missiles, Shaurya missile and Sagrika missile. In addition to this we have Anti-Tank Guided missile – Nag. India also possesses Akash and Astra Missiles. If we talk about cruise missiles, India possesses deadly rahmos supersonic cruise missile. BrahMos can travel at three times the speed of sound,  attaining maximum speed of Mach 3.0. Nirbhaya is another cruise missile which India is looking forward to. It is still under trial phase. Once developed Nirbahaya is said to supplement the role played by BrahMos missile.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 Culminates; Indian Army Troops Return to India

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Indian and Chinese troops during Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

Troops of the Indian army returned to India after successful completion of seventh edition of Hand-in-Hand exercise with China at Chengdu. Yesterday, the joint military drill culminated on a high note with troops of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) displaying synergy of actions and achieving interoperability. Dignitaries from both the nations witnessed the closing ceremony. Before culmination of the exercise, both Indian and Chinese troops carried out Reflex shooting practices to enhance interoperability during counter terrorist operations.

The opening ceremony of the joint military drill was held on December 11. The military exercise was scheduled from December 10 to 23. Company size contingents of 11 SIKHLI from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army participated in the exercise. Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

The exercise consisted of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise was to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries. The exercise also involved tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate. The seventh edition of the exercise was conducted after a gap of one year. The last edition of ‘Hand-in-Hand’ took place in 2016. The drill was not held in 2017 due to the Doklam stand-off in Bhutan between Indian and Chinese troops.

Indian Army’s Three Battalions Carrying Out Operation Kibungu During in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo

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Indian peacekeepers carrying out operation in Congo (Picture Courtesy: Facebook)

India is one of the largest contributors to the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping missions. It has provided around 2,00,000 troops in almost 50 UN peacekeeping missions in the last seven decades since 1950. Currently, India soldiers are serving in 13 out of 16 missions. One such operation is being carried out in Kibungu area of Democratic Republic of India. The operation is known as Operation Kibungu.

There are three Indian Battalions participation in the operation. These battalions are designated as INDBATT-I, INDBATT-II and INDBATT-III. Earlier in December, INDBATT-I launched a Standing Combat Deployement (SCD) to Kibungu in North Kivu province with total strength of two officers, three JCOs and forty other ranks. Considering the impending elections and dynamic security situation, it is imperative upon MONUSCO to conduct operations under ‘Protection by Projection’.

To address the security threats and to interact with the locals and administration, INDBATT-I launched Op Kibungu from 05 Dec 2018. During the Operation, Force Newsletters were also distributed to the locals for information dissemination about MONUSCO’s activities. This initiative was lauded by locals as it continues to assure about the dedication of MONUSCO towards their safety.

Troops of INDBATT I project the presence of Blue Helmets at Kibungu in North Kivu to gauge the security situation at remote locations in the volatile pre-election phase of strife torn DR Congo assuring people about their safety and unflinching security from the peacekeepers.

Till now, India has lost the highest number of its peacekeepers in various UN peacekeeping operations in the last 70 years. A total of 163 military, police and civilian personnel from India has lost their lives in the various UN missions. India is also considering to double the number of women peacekeepers in UN missions by 2019. Till now India has provided 11 force commanders, five deputy commanders and three military advisers in the missions.

Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Perform Bhangra During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video

During the ongoing joint military exercise Hand-in-Hand with China at Chengdu, troops of both the nations actively took part in the cultural activities. There was a magnificent display of their cultures by the contingents of Indian and Chinese armies. The Indian contingent of 11 SikhLi stole the show by performing bhangra in colourful attires. The joint exercise had promoted understanding and inter-operability between both the armies.

Last week, a video of Indian Army troops teaching bhangra to People’s Liberation Army of China went viral on social media. The joint military drill is being conducted in China’s Chengdu from December 10 to 23. The opening ceremony of the exercise was held on December 11. More than 100 personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise. Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun.

The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Exchange Gifts With PLA Soldiers During The Military Drill.

The seventh edition of the exercise is being conducted after a gap of one year. The last edition of ‘Hand-in-Hand’ took place in 2016. The drill was not held in 2017 due to the Doklam stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Bhutan. Indian troops entered the Doklam plateau to stop the Chinese military from building a new road as it would have given strategic advantage to China. India considered it as a serious security concern.

AVIAINDRA-2018: IAF’s Special Forces ‘Garud’ Undertake Air-Borne Assault Operation in Anti-Terrorist Scenario

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa with Indian nd Russian pilots at Air Force Station Jodhpur (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

During the ongoing exercise Aviaindra-2018 between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF), the IAF’s Special Forces ‘GARUD’ undertook an airborne assault operation in an anti-terrorist scenario at Air Force Station Jodhpur. The An-32 aircraft of the IAF was piloted by a mix crew of IAF and RFASF. Indian and Russian pilots also flew Sukhoi-30MKI during the exercise. The second leg of the joint exercise started from December 10 and is scheduled to continue till December 21. The first phase was held in at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28.

Yesterday, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacted with pilots of both the air forces. Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Commodore Philip Thomas, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jodhpur. The second edition of Ex AVIAINDRA is aimed at exposing RFASF and IAF pilots to single/multi aircraft missions in a Counter Terrorism Scenario within the predefined scope.  The 30 member RFASF contingent comprises of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots.

During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed RFASF team and emphasised the importance of joint exercises, as they create an environment of camaraderie and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Meanwhile, earlier in December, the IAF also conducted the fourth edition of the Cope India exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station. Both the IAF and the USAF practiced airborne assaults on ‘enemy’ territory.

AVIAINDRA 2018: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Interacts With IAF And RFASF Pilots at Jodhpur Air Force Station

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacts with Russian and Indian Air Force Pilots during AVIAINDRA 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff visited Air Force Station Jodhpur on December 2018 to interact with the participating forces of ongoing second leg of Exercise AVIAINDRA 2018 between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF). Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Commodore Philip Thomas, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jodhpur. The second edition of Ex AVIAINDRA is aimed at exposing RFASF and IAF pilots to single/multi aircraft missions in a Counter Terrorism Scenario within the predefined scope.  The 30 member RFASF contingent comprises of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots. India, China Resume Joint Military Training ‘Hand-in-Hand’; Indian Army’s 11 SikhLi Participates in The Exercise.

The Chief of the Air Staff was briefed in detail about various phases of the exercise and was apprised of its progress. Post briefing, Chief of the Air Staff visited the RFASF and IAF detachment, wherein he interacted with the personnel of both the Air Forces. During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed RFASF team and emphasised the importance of joint exercises, as they create an environment of camaraderie and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

 

He spoke about the long standing military partnership between RFASF and IAF and the common equipment that both the nations operate. He complimented the efficacy of Russian equipment, as it has played a pivotal role during various IAF air campaigns. Ex AVIAINDRA is a testimony of the Indo-Russian Military relationship and would enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between IAF and RFASF.

The second leg of the joint exercise started from December 10 and is scheduled to continue till December 21. The first phase was held in at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28. Meanwhile, earlier in December, the IAF also conducted the fourth edition of the Cope India exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station. Both the IAF and the USAF practiced airborne assaults on ‘enemy’ territory using their C-130 aircraft and fighter jets including the F-15s from the US and the SU-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar fighters from India.

ISRO Launches Satellite GSAT-7A to Enhance Communication Capabilities of Indian Air Force

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ISRO launched communication satellite GSAT-7A from Sriharikota (Picture Courtesy: http://www.isro.gov.in)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today launched its military communication satellite GSAT-7A from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It is the 35th Indian communication satellite. The weight of GSAT-7A is 2,250 kg. The satellite is expected to enhance the efficiency of the Indian Air Force (IAF) by adding a new space-based dimension to the way it interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft.

With the aim to expand the communication capabilities of the IAF, the GSAT-7A will be the first satellite built primarily designed to improve combined, common intelligence during operations. It will connect many of the ground radar stations, airbases and aircrafts operated by the force. The satellite is also expected to boost network-dependant warfare and drone capabilities. Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa hailed the launch. He said that the communication to aircraft through the satellite will be made possible with this launch.

The satellite is using Ku-band which can enable superior real time aircraft-to-aircraft communication between fighter jets while in flight and their commanders on the ground. He satellite will be released into geostationary orbit equipped with solar panels and reflectors by the GSLV-F11 space vehicle. GSLV-F11 is the 13th flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and its 7th flight with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS).The launch vehicle will release the satellite around 36,000 Km away from the earth. The GSAT-7A is the 17th successful space mission of the ISRO in 2018.