Budgam Mi-17 V5 Crash: Indian Missile Mistakenly Hit Chopper After Air Defence Alert Sounded Following Air Space Violation by Pakistani Fighter Jets?

An investigation into the Budgam Mi17 V5 helicopter crash revealed that an Indian air defence missile was fired shortly before the chopper crashed near Srinagar on February 27, reported The Economic Times. In the crash, six Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, including two officers lost their lives. A civilian was also killed in the incident. The investigators are probing the final moments of the crash to find out whether the IFF (Identity, Friend or Foe) system was off or on.

The detailed investigation will be carried out to determine whether the IFF system failed in spite of multiple layers of safeguards meant to protect assets from friendly fire. If any discrepancy is found out then measures will be taken to improve the system. According to the report, on February 27, when over 25 Pakistani air force jets were detected along the Indian border, an Israeli origin missile was activated after an air defence alert was sounded over Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the border. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

According to the report, there were also concerns that armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) would also try to enter the Indian Territory along with the fighter jets. It might be possible that a slow moving target like the Mi 17 V 5 helicopter could potentially be mistaken for a low flying armed UAV, reported ET. When an air defence alert is sounded, there are a set of rules that transport aircraft and helicopters need to follow, and also aircraft need to switch on their IFF systems. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

Six IAF personnel – Wing Commander Sidharth Sharma, Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane, Sergeant Vikrant Sherawat, Corporal Deepak Pandey, Corporal Pankaj Kumar and engineer Vishal Kumar Pandey were killed in the crash. A civilian also lost his life in the incident. The 20-year-old Kifayat Hussain, was caught in the explosion after the crashed helicopter landed in fields in Budgam. The accident occurred at 10:10 am in the morning on February 27.

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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh Appointed as Next Indian Navy Chief; Admiral Sunil Lanba Retires on May 31

Eastern Naval Command Chief, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday was appointed as the new chief of the Indian Navy. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who is retiring from the service on May 31. “The government of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31,” an Indian Navy spokesman said in a tweet. President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards 2019 to Indian Army, Paramilitary Personnel, General Bipin Rawat Receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

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Vice Admiral Singh is currently serving Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.  Born on November 03, 1959, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was commissioned on July 01, 1980 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Singh’s Sea Command includes Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

He also served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and was Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat area. Before taking over as FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command in October 2017, he was Director General Project Seabird, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

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Meet Lt Garima Yadav: A Journey From Beauty Queen To Indian Army Officer

Lt. Garima Yadav has broken all the stereotypes, and chose to serve the country over a beauty pageant. The lady officer commissioned into the Indian Army on March 9, 2019, after undergoing 11 months of rigorous training at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. She completed her schooling from Army Public School, Shimla and later pursued her graduations with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi. Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army.

In the year 2017, Lt. Yadav won a beauty pageant called ‘India’s Miss Charming Face’. After winning this pageant, she was invited to participate in the next beauty pageant at an international level in Italy, reported SSB Crack. But she chose to serve the country. Lt. Yadav also wanted to be an IAS officer, but failed to crack the exam. Without losing hope she attempted the Combine Defence Services (CDS) exam. Lady Officers in Indian Army to Get Permanent Commission.

Not only she passed the written exam, but also cleared the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. Initially the lady officer found difficult to cope up with the weather, but she did not give up and actively participated in all the activities. Speaking to media, Lt Yadav said, “The weather was also unfavorable, I did not have very good physical standards but somehow I managed for the first few months, I didn’t give up and improved drastically.” Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.

On March 9, a total on 172 Gentlemen and Lady Cadets, including those belong to Bhutan and Afghanistan passed out from the OTA. Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer, Commander-in-Chief, reviewed the parade.

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President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards 2019 to Indian Army, Paramilitary Personnel, General Bipin Rawat Receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday conferred gallantry awards to defence personnel at at the Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He also presented Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) to General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff at the ceremony. The PVSM is the highest military medal awarded in recognition of peace-time services but not related to gallantry. Apart from Gen Rawat Fifteen lieutenant generals and three major generals have the PVSM.

President  Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying bravery. Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously. Major Tushar Gauba, 20th Batallion, Jat Regiment received the Kirti Chakra for eliminating three hardcore terrorists across the Line of Control in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. Naik Buta Singh Martyred While Serving at 2nd Highest Post in Sikkim, Air India Staff, Passengers Stand Up to Honour Indian Army Soldier, Watch Video.

Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh was also conferred with the second highest gallantry award (Posthumously). He laid down his life in a fierce counter-insurgency operation in which three terrorists were killed at Pulwama in J&K in November, 2017. The mother and wife of late Rajendra Kumar Nain, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, received Kirti Chakra (Posthumous) during Defence Investiture Ceremony. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.

Among the defence personnel who received Shaurya Chakra are Captain Varma Jayesh Rajesh, Major Aditya Kumar, Major Pawan Gautam, Captain Abhinav Kumar Choudhary, Captain Kaninder Paul Singh, Gunner Ranjit Singh, Sapper Mahesh HN and Lance Naik Ayyub Ali. Indian Navy officer, Captain (TS) P Rajkumar received the third highest gallantry award for saving lives during Cyclone Ochki in the southern coast of India.

President Kovind also presented the Shaurya Chakra to CRPF personnel including Head Constable A S Krishna, Constable K Dinesh Raja and Constable Prafulla Kumar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the ceremony.

Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army

Lt. Sangeeta Mall, the wife of martyred Gorkha Rifles jawan Shishir Mall was commissioned into the Indian Army after passing out from the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai on March 9. She is a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Sangeeta worked as a teacher before she got married to Shishir in 2013. After his death, she quit her job to take care of her mother-in-law. Lady Officers in Indian Army to Get Permanent Commission.

Sangeeta’s brother-in-law Sushant Mall told The Times of India, “Our family had to face several challenges, but now, it is a matter of pride for us that she has become a commissioned officer. We are planning a grand welcome for her once she returns home.” The lady officer got the motivation to join the Army after she attended an investiture ceremony in Ranikhet in 2016. In the ceremony, the martyred soldier was awarded Sena Medal posthumously.

Shishir was a rifleman in the India Army. He was martyred on September 2, 2015 while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during the Operation Rakshak. After his death, Sangeeta also had a miscarriage. Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Bhagyashree Patil, wife of Colonel Viswas Kumar, who died of a cardiac arrest a year ago also commissioned into the Army. Last year in September, Neeru Sambyal, an army man’s widow was also commissioned as Lieutenant in the Army after completing 11 months training from the OTA. Lt. Neeru is a widow of Rifleman Ravinder Sambyal.

On March 9, A total on 172 Gentlemen and Lady Cadets, including those belong to Bhutan and Afghanistan passed out from the OTA. Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer, Commander-in-Chief, reviewed the parade.

Inspired by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Over 2,000 Kashmiri Youths Take Part in Indian Army Recruitment Drive

Pakistan is trying its best to create disturbance in the Kashmir valley, but Kashmiri youths unaffected by such wicked tactics of the neighbouring country lined up for the Indian Army recruitment drive. On Saturday over 2000 Kashmiri youths took part in a recruitment rally of the Territorial Army in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. Amongst the youths appeared for the recruitment rally told the media that they were inspired by Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s bravery. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

According to reports, there were 59 vacant posts for four districts — Udhapmur, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar. Earlier on February 19 also, Several Kashmiri youths took part in an army recruitment drive in Baramulla district. The recruitment was done for the 111 vacant posts in Indian Army. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

Meanwhile, on March 9, 152 Kashmiri youths after clering the rigorous training got recruited in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Regiment of the Indian Army. According to areport of India Today, One of the young soldiers Ishfaq Rasool hails from Pulwama, where the dastardly attack took place.

Addressing the soldiers of JKLI and their family, Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, appealed to Kashmiri youths not to join terrorism. He said, “”I request all the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream. Anyone who has picked up the gun in Kashmir will be eliminated, unless he surrenders.” Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

On February 14, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred in a suicide attack arried out by Jaish-E-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. After the attack, relations touched he rock bottom. On February 26, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror camps of JeM in Pakistan’s Balakot. In retaliation, the very next day, fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. The IAF fighter jets intercepted PAF aircraft.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprising of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, apart from Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1.

 

India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease

India on Thursday signed a $3 billion deal with Russia to get lease of another nuclear attack submarine. The Akula 2 class submarine – Chakra-III will be customised and fitted with indigenous communications systems and sensors. The vessel will be ready by 2025. Chakra-III  is a nuclear attack submarine powered by a nuclear reactor but will armed with conventional weapons. The ship is currently mothballed at a Russian naval shipyard in Severodvinsk. Indian Government Signs Contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd For Construction of Two ‘Project 1135.6’ Frigates For Indian Navy.

It is the second biggest deal with Russia after $5.5 billion contract to procure S-400 advanced air defence system which was finalised in October 2018. In 1988, the Indian Navy inducted a Project 670 Skat-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine which was rechristened as INS Chakra on a three-year lease. While, in 2012, a second INS Chakra, the retrofitted K-152 Project 971 Akula-class Nerpa, was leased for 10 years. The Chakra-II is currently serving with the Eastern Naval Command. India is also planning to extend the lease of Chakra-II another five years to 2027. The discussions are going on with Russia to extend the lease. Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair.

Last in October, India also signed a $500 million contract to build two stealth frigates in Goa that are expected to be delivered by 2027. The deal came just weeks after the two countries inked a $950 million deal to import two other such warships from Russia. The Follow-on P 1135.6 series of frigates, customised to meet the Indian Navy’s specific requirements, are potent platforms, with a mission span covering the entire spectrum of Naval warfare; Air, Surface and Sub-surface.

Lady Officers in Indian Army to Get Permanent Commission

In a landmark move, lady officers will now be granted permanent commission (PC) in all 10 branches of the Indian Army. The defence ministry in a statement on Tuesday said, “Women officers will be granted permanent commission in the Indian Army in all the ten branches where women are inducted for short service commission.” The statement further added that Short Service Commission (SSC) lady officers would give their option for PC before completion of four years of commissioned service and they would exercise option for grant of PC and their choice of specialisation. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

SSC lady officers will be considered for grant of PC based on suitability, merit and will be employed in various staff appointment. The ministry had earlier approved the the same for the Indian Air Force. All the branches of the IAF including fighter pilots are open to Lady officers. Whereas, in the Indian Navy, all non-sea going branches/cadre/specialisation have been opened for induction of lady officers through SSC. “In addition to education, Law & Naval Constructor branch/cadre, lady SSC officers have been made eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in the Naval Armament branch, at par with the male officers,” the ministry said. History created: Lady Cadets secure top honours at OTA.

Meanwhile, in Januaru this year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced to induct women in the Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) of the military police corps for the first time ever. Terming the decision ‘historic’, Nirmala Sitharaman said induction of women in the military police would enhance their representation in the armed forces.

 

Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda

Pakistan today claimed that its navy chased away the Indian Naval submarine after it entered its waters on March 4. A Pakistani Navy spokesperson said that they used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters. The spokesperson further added that the Indian submarine was not targeted keeping in view Pakistan’s policy of peace. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

The Pakistani Navy also released a video allegedly of the Indian submarine. The video, shot from air, shows the mast of a submarine above water. However sources in the Indian Navy rejected the Pakistan’s claims. The navy said that it remain deployed as necessary to protect National Maritime Interests. The Indian Navy further added that over the past several days have witnessed Pakistan indulging in false propaganda and it do not take cognisance of such propaganda. Its deployment remains undeterred, added the Navy. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Today’s development came amid the increasing tensions between both the countries following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the February 14 Pulwama attack. JeM claimed responsibility of the attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred.

IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday during a press conference in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) only focussed on whether targets were hit or not and didn’t count the number of casualties suffered by terrorists. He further added the number of casualties at the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp would be released by the government. The Air Chief Marshal said, “The IAF is not in a position to clarify the number of casualties. The government will clarify that. We don’t count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not.” ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Speaking on the targets being hit, he said, “The target has been clearly amplified by the Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale in his statement. If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target, otherwise why would he (Pakistan PM Imran Khan) have responded. If we dropped bombs in the jungles, why would he respond.” When asked about why Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying Mig-21 Bison which is considered to be an ageing fighter jet, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa termed it a capable aircraft. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

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He further stated, “It has been upgraded, has better radar, air-to air missiles and better weapons system.” Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also made it clear that the Wg Cdr Varthaman would be flying fighter jets only after being declared fit. Lockheed Martin Busts Pakistan’s Lie; American Aircraft Manufacturer Not to Sue India For Claiming IAF’s MiG-21 Bison Shot Down PAF F-16 Fighter Jet.

Yesterday, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah during  a rally in Gujarat claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed in the strike. On February 26, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror camps of JeM in Pakistan’s Balakot. In retaliation, the very next day, fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. The IAF fighter jets intercepted PAF aircraft. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprising of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, apart from Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1.