President Ram Nath Kovind Approves 132 Gallantry Award For Armed Forces Personnel and Members of Paramilitary Forces, Check Full List

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Tuesday approved 132 Awards to Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces. The awards include two Kirti Chakras, one Vir Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, eight Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 90 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), seven Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Yudh Seva Medals.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved four Mention-in-Despatches to the Army Personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations which include one posthumous for ‘Operation Anantnag Town’. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal.

Indian Army sapper Prakash Jadhav was awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award of peacetime. Jadhav was martyred while fighting terrorists in Kulgham area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in November last year. Deputy Commandant, CRPF, Harshpal Singh has also been awarded the Kirti Chakra. Apart from Jadhav, eight other army personnel including Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal and Lance Naik Sandeep Singh will be conferred Shaurya Chakra posthumously.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was also conferred Vir Chakra on Independence day for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace.

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal who intercepted PAF aircraft on February 27 will also be conferred Yudh Seva Medal. The five IAF pilots – Wing Commander Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy and Shashank Singh are being awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for carrying out airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge February 14 Pulwama attack.

Here is the list of gallantry award winners:

Sl. No. RANK AND NAME Service
KIRTI CHAKRA
  1. SAPPER PRAKASH JADHAV
  1. CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
ARMY

 

  1. HARSHPAL SINGH, DY COMMANDANT, CRPF
MHA
VIR CHAKRA
WING COMMANDER VARTHAMAN ABHINANDAN (27981) FLYING (PILOT) AIR

FORCE

SHAURYA CHAKRA

 

IC-64585A Lieutenant Colonel AJAY SINGH KUSHWAH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44986N MAJOR VIBHUTI SHANKAR DHOUNDIYAL

THE CORPS OF ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS/55THBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
IC-79501Y CAPTAIN MAHESHKUMAR BHURE

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
19000555M LANCE NAIK SANDEEP SINGH

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2498034F SEPOY BRAJESH KUMAR

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
  1. SEPOY HARI SINGH
  1. GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
ARMY
4101010K RIFLEMAN AJVEER SINGH CHAUHAN

6TH BATTALION THE GARHWAL RIFLES

ARMY
9112648L RIFLEMAN SHIVE KUMAR

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA
RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
AMIT SINGH RANA, LME (231243-B) NAVY
SHRI SABLE DNYANESHWAR SHRIRAM, CONSTABLE, 53 Bn CRPF MHA
SHRI ZAKER HUSSAIN, CONSTABLE, CRPF MHA
SHRI ASHIQ HUSSAIN MALIK, SPECIAL POLICE OFFICIAL (POSTHUMOUS) MHA
SHRI SUBASH CHANDER, HEAD CONSTABLE, J&K MHA
SHRI IMRAN HUSSAIN TAK, SUB INSPECTOR (POSTHUMOUS) MHA
BAR TO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

IC-65402L COLONEL ASHUTOSH SHARMA, SENA MEDAL

BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/21ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75775M MAJOR K NAVEEN REDDY, SENA MEDAL

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75898Y MAJOR SAGAR PRAKASH PARDESHI, SENA MEDAL

THE ARMOURED CORPS/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-76440F MAJOR TASOU PRAO, SENA MEDAL

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-78870K MAJOR MD SAHWAJ ALAM, SENA MEDAL

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44861W MAJOR KAUSTUBH PRAKASHKUMAR RANE, SENA MEDAL

THE GARHWAL RIFLES/36TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
SS-45438H MAJOR MANISH KUMAR SINGH, SENA MEDAL

THE ENGINEER REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
3206908Y SEPOY SUNIL KUMAR, SENA MEDAL

20TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT

ARMY
 

SENA MEDAL(GALLANTRY)

IC-63135W LIEUTENANT COLONEL RAJESH CHOUDHARY

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY

 

IC-63390H LIEUTENANT COLONEL BHAGWAN SINGH BISHT

THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-63780L LIEUTENANT COLONEL PUNYABACHI MOHANTY

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-64702A LIEUTENANT COLONEL MOHAMMAD RAZA ISRAIL

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY

 

IC-66127H LIEUTENANT COLONEL AMRENDRA PRASAD DWIVEDI

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-66194N LIEUTENANT THAIBA SIMON

FIRST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-67429F MAJOR SANDEEP WASHISHT

THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-69616Y MAJOR JASWINDER SINGH

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-71076K MAJOR VIKAS KATOCH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/52NDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-71121L MAJOR REVINDER BHAKHER

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-71381W MAJOR UDAYAN THAKUR

THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72222L MAJOR VIJESH KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72379L MAJOR SACHIN KUMAR AGARWAL

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/30TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72667X MAJOR CHITRESH BISHT

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/55TH ENGINEER REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
IC-73715Y MAJOR KH SHEM

THE JAT REGIMENT/5TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75222W MAJOR ASHISH KUMAR

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-75470M MAJOR HAPPY CHARAK

9TH BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-77566N MAJOR YOGESH PANDEY

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44375Y MAJOR LAXMAN SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45385P MAJOR PATHARKAR ANAND SHARAD

BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45698N MAJOR JAVALKAR VAIBHAV PRAMOD

THE ARMOURED CORPS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45948K MAJOR SOHAM BHATTACHARJEE

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-46325M MAJOR SHAKTI SINGH

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
SS-46982W MAJOR INDER PREET SINGH

THE ARMOURED CORPS/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-78335 CAPTAIN SHIV KUMAR SHARMA

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-78363W CAPTAIN KUNAL KUMAR

21ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-78430W CAPTAIN PRATEEK RANJANGAONKAR

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-79380H CAPTAIN SAURABH PATNI

THE CORPS OF SIGNALS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-47877M CAPTAIN ASHISH GEDION PAUDEL

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
JC-581558P SUBEDAR TRILOK SINGH

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
JC-163472A NAIB SUBEDAR TARA CHAND

16TH BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES

ARMY
JC-414326P NAIB SUBEDAR RAVINDER SINGH

FIRST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
JC-414347P NAIB SUBEDAR JAI DEV

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
15135254X BATTERY HAVILDAR MAJOR HANS RAJ

THE COPRS OF ARTILLERY/66TH MEDIUM REGIMENT

ARMY
13627211K HAVILDAR SANDEEP MALIK

12TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
  1. HAVILDAR BALINDER SINGH
  2. TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
ARMY
14930228X HAVILDAR BALJEET

THE MECHANISED INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16011842N HAVILDAR BHUPENDRA SINGH

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
2491094N HAVILDAR AJAY KUMAR RANA

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2696528W HAVILDAR SHEO RAM

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

(POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
3193710Y HAVILDAR RAKESH KUMAR

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
9108495 HAVILDAR JAVID AHMAD CHOPAN

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
13624481N LANCE HAVILDAR VIJAY KUMAR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
16018379A LANCE HAVILDAR SANDEEP KUMAR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
13625785X NAIK ASHWANI KUMAR

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
13763245X NAIK JANKAR SINGH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14936964M NAIK SUNNY THAKUR

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION MECHANISHED

ARMY
3199522N NAIK RAMESH KUMAR

20TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT

ARMY
3202050W NAIK NARENDRA KUMAR

THE JAT REGIMENT/5TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4199767A NAIK SANTOSH SINGH

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
16022429X LANCE NAIK SOMBIR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
2498145Y LANCE NAIK JAGTAR SINGH

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4091346N LANCE NAIK SURENDRA SINGH

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4577919 LANCE NAIK ANUJ KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14941288M SEPOY KULWINDER SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14943136K SEPOY JAGMOHAN SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14943610M SEPOY SAMARESH DEY

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14945629K SEPOY SUHAIL SINGH SAINI

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2621863 Y SEPOY S VIGI BHASKAR

12TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT

ARMY
2706086Y GRENADIER TAWSEEF YOUSUF

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2708496N GRENADIER AJAY KUMAR

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

(POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2817903 SEPOY PENTA NITHIN PAUL

24TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY

ARMY
3206464A SEPOY SUNIL

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
3207037W SEPOY RINKU

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4201892L SEPOY SUSHIL SINGH KALAKOTI

THE KUMAON REGIMENT/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4204572F SEPOY RAJVEER SINGH YADAV

THE KUMAON REGIMENT/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4381857H SEPOY PANKAJ BORO

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4381860H SEPOY RAHUL DAS

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4487854A SEPOY GULSHAN SINGH

THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY/19TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4491112X SEPOY HAPPY SINGH

THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY/19TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
4582015N SEPOY YOGENDRA KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
13775303H RIFLEMAN RAMESH SINGH DHAMI

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
13776050L RIFLEMAN RUPEN PRADHAN

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
13776291L RIFLEMAN SURINDER KUMAR

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16021892M RIFLEMAN PRADEEP KUMAR

THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4094438L RIFLEMAN MANDEEP SINGH RAWAT

THE GARHWAL RIFLES/36TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
4101212L RIFLEMAN PREETAM SINGH

6TH BATTALION THE GARHWAL RIFLES

ARMY
9112892L RIFLEMAN RAYEES AH LONE

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
G/3101952K RIFLEMAN NINGTHOUJAM SUBHACHANDRA SINGH

31ST BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2707701X GRENADIER KARAM CHAND

5TH BATTALION THE GRENADIERS

ARMY
13631345A PARATROOPER VIKRAM SINGH MEHTA

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
14705438H PARATROOPER RAJENDRA SINGH

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIUMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
14940756P PARATROOPER NASEEB KUMAR

10TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4091609F PARATROOPER GOPAL SINGH

10TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4377529X PARATROOPER TARUNG SITANG

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
15505841F SOWAR KISHAN SINGH

THE ARMOURED CORPS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
15715720X SIGNALMAN MANVENDRA SINGH

THE CORPS OF SIGNALS/3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
15332020M SAPPER P MADHU

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16119562K SAPPER P BABU

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16123299F SAPPER RAHUL CHAVAN

THE ENGINEER REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY

NAO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

CAPTAIN NAVEEN THAPA, (03644-F) NAVY
LT CDR RUCHIR RAKESH KHAJURIA (06279-W) NAVY
SHRI NIWASH, SEA I (UW) (234830-F) NAVY
SHAMINDER SINGH, PO PT (222345F) NAVY
TAKHELLAMBAM RAKHESH SINGH, POCD (215876-B) NAVY

VAYU SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

GROUP CAPTAIN SAUMITRA TAMASKAR (25297) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
WING COMMANDER PRANAV RAJ (27193)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
WING COMMANDER AMIT RANJAN (28005)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER RAHUL BASOYA (29178)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER PANKAJ ARVIND BHUJADE (29682) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER B KARTHIK NARAYAN REDDY (30202) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER SHASHANK SINGH (32108)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
YUDH SEVA MEDAL
AIR COMMODORE SUNIL KASHINATH VIDHATE AVSM VM (18825) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN YESHPAL SINGH NEGI VM VSM (23735) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN HEMANT KUMAR (25615) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN HANSEL JOSEPH SEQUEIRA (26081) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER MINTY AGGARWAL (31874)

ADMINISTRATION/FIGHTER CONTROLLER

AIR FORCE

 

In addition, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind has also awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service), five Tatrakshak Medals (Gallantry) and two Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service) to the following Indian Coast Guard personnel for their act of conspicuous gallantry and distinguished/meritorious service. The detailed list of the awardees are as follows:

 

(a)        President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service)

(i)         IG Thekkumpurath Prabhakaran Sadanandan, TM (4017-D)

 

(b)       Tatrakshak Medal (Gallantry)

(i)         DIG Yoginder Dhaka (0420-D)

(ii)        Comdt Anurup Singh (0620-J)

(iii)       Dy Comdt Utkersh Sharma (1189-C)

(iv)       Satish, P/Adh(RP), 2816-Z

(v)       Trinatha Behera, U/Adh(R), 03608-Z

 

(c)        Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service)

(i)         IG Maneesh Vishal Pathak (0241-V)

(ii)        DIG Neeraj Tiwari (0269-L)

These awards are being given to the personnel of Indian Coast Guard on Republic Day and Independence Day every year, since January 26, 1990 onwards.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Sumit Kumar Clears SSB Interview in 19th Attempt to Join Indian Army

“Some are destined to succeed, and some are determined to succeed.”

Lt Sumit Kumar with his determination achieved his dream of becoming an officer in the Indian Army. Lt Kumar who hails from Ghaziabad cracked Services Selection Board (SSB) in the 19th attempt. He gave his first attempt on January 8, 2012, but had to wait for five years to achieve success. Lt Kumar cleared his SSB interview on July 15 2017. He gave interviews for all the entries to join the defence forces. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army.

Talking to media he said, “His family members, friends and teachers supported all these years when was giving his SSB interviews. He pursued graduation in Economics from Sri Ram College, Delhi. Lt Kumar was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On June 08 the Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square. a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Multi Activity Display And ‘Son-Et-Lumiere’ Show Held at India Military Academy

Indian Military Academy is the premium training institute imparting military training to the future leaders of Indian Army. Showcasing the high standards of the training and physical excellence achieved by  the Gentlemen Cadets of Indian Military Academy, a Multi Activity Display was conducted at Somnath Stadium on 07 Jun 2019 as a prelude to the Passing Out Parade. The Display was witnessed by a large gathering of spectators, which included the Passing Out Course, their parents and relatives. The show was graced by Lieutenant  General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, SM, VSM GOC-IN-C, South Western Command, the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Commandant Parade Held at Chetwode Drill Square; 382 GCs to Join Indian Army on June 8.

The aim of training at the Academy includes developing physical fitness and a robust mind with a sense of adventure amongst the Gentlemen Cadets. The Gentlemen Cadets showcased dare devil acts on horse back, which included tent pegging, trick riding and show jumping. Further, a scintillating performance was put up by the Gentleman Cadets showcasing their physical prowess through their gymnastic agility and acrobatic skills. “DARE DEVILS” Motor Cycle Display Team of Indian Army led by Lady Officer Capt Shikha Surbhi surprised the audience by the Display of their extraordinary skills on Motor Cycle. The spectacular show of physical agility, quality horsemanship, riding and gymnastics  mesmerized the august gathering.

The second event of the day was the Continuity Drill and “Son-et-Lumiere’’ (Sound and Light show) for the parents of the passing out course and the visiting dignitaries. Held at the historic Chetwode Drill Square which provided the pristine environment for the conduct of the event, the spectacular show commenced with exquisite drill movements of Continuity Drill by the Gentlemen Cadets. A contingent comprised of sixty four Gentlemen Cadets bidding farewell to the senior colleagues, conducted a masterly display of drill movements synchronized with an accompanying band. IMA Award Ceremony Spring Term 2019: Lt Gen SK Jha Bestows Recognition & Awards on Outstanding GCs.

Following the continuity drill was the spectacular “Son-et-Lumiere” show, a multimedia, audio-visual presentation on the theme “Indian Military Academy Through the Ages” which took the audience on a nostalgic journey of the Academy from its inception to its present status. The spectacular show combined with the effects of brilliant light and sound mesmerized the august gathering.

Indian Army to Get Russian-Origin T-90MS Tanks Under ‘Make in India’ Program

The Indian Army will induct 464 Russian-origin T-90 MS battle tanks between 2022 and 2026, at the cost of Rs 13,448, reported The Times of India.  The T-90MS are upgraded version of T-90 family. Soon, an order to produce these tanks will be placed on the Avadhi Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) under Ordnance Factory Board. The cabinet committee on security had already cleared the licence acquisition from Russia last month. Arjun Mark 2 – The Beast with upgraded technology, 3rd Generation Tank.

The entire process will be a part of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ programme. After the procurement, the new T-90 regiments will be increased by 10 more units. These tanks will be equipped with thermal imaging night sights which will be of great help for tank commander during the night battles. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army already has 18 regiments of T-90 tanks. Currently, T-90 are deployed in Rajasthan and Punjab on the western front with Pakistan. The India Army has over 4,000 tanks including over 1,000 T-90 tanks. The Army also has 2,400 older T-72 tanks in its 67 armoured regiments and 124 Arjun Mark-1 tanks. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Last year, India also signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to procure S-400 advanced air defence system. The deal was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India to take part in the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. Meanwhile, in 2018, India also finalised two deals of $500 and $950 million with Russia for procurement of four advanced stealth frigates. Out of these four, two frigates will be procured directly from Russia, while other two will be built at a shipyard in Goa with the transfer of technology.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter)

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.

Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers

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The Indian Army lost a brave officer, Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur last week. Col Gudur, Commanding officer of the Sikh Li Regiment was born on October 23, 1977 in Bangaluru. He cleared his 10th and 12th boards from Kendriya Vidylaya (KV) Kanpur and KV Chandigarh. Even after clearing IIT Entrance Exam he preferred to join the National Defence Academy (NDA). He joined the 96th Course of the academy in Kilo Squadron and passed out from the Mike Squadron as Battalion Cadet Captain.

On May 13, 2000 Col Gudur commissioned into the Sikh Li Regiment as Lieutenant. He immediately became Ghatak Platoon Commander. With his hard work and dedication he lifted the Divison Trophy as platoon commander. He also achieved top 10 position in the JC course at Infantry School Mhow. He also held the prestigious appointment in Armoured Brigade at Jaisalmer.

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Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal

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Kargil War Memorial

Exactly nineteen years back India defeated Pakistan in a war which was fought on the mountains of Kashmir in Kargil at an altitude more than 15,000 feet. The Kargil war was fought from May-July 99. It was generally an untold tradition that the armies of both the sides leave their bunkers at high altitude places move downwards and later during summers they reoccupy their bunkers. But in 1999, Pakistan took undue advantage of India’s trust and when Indian soldiers vacated their bunkers during the winters, mujahideens and Pakistan army soldiers occupied the bunkers.

The Kargil war was an example of betrayal of Pakistan as just three months before in February, the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Yajpayee visited Pakistan with a message of peace and with a firm determination to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully. A bus service was also started between New Delhi and Lahore. According to reports, the then Pakistani Army chief General Parvez MUsharaf without any consultation with the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif started the infiltration into the Indian Side along the Line of Control.

India came to know about the Pakistan’s plan in May, when the Indian Army’s patrol party led by Captain Saurabh Kalia, who went to the area did not report back to headquarters. The army realized the gravity of the situation launched ‘Operation Vijay’ to wipe out the infiltrators. Later, Pakistan sent back mutilated bodies of the captain and his four soldiers. The Indian Army then launched a massive operation to wipe out the Pakistani army soldiers of 12 Northern Light Infantry and terrorists. The war was fought at regimental and battalion level. The main aim of Pakistan was to cut the connectivity of Leh with rest of India by controlling NH 1 D highway, which connects Srinagar and Leh.

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Shaheed Captain Saurabh Kalia (Picture Courtesy: www,indiatimes.com)

The Indian Air Force also launched ‘Operation Safed Sagar’ in the war zone to provide a support to the Indian Army. The army captured the highest and the most significant peak, Tiger Hill on the morning of July 8. Later in the war, the army also used Bofors artillery guns to provide cover fire to the troops. On July 26, The Indian government declared Operation Vijay a success and from then on, every year it is celebrated as ‘Vijay Diwas’.

Heroes of Kargil War:

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Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, PVC (Picture Courtesy: www,indiatvnews.com)

Shaheed Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War. Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, in June 1996 in the Manekshaw Battalion. The brave officer captured the Peak 5140 in Drass sector, without any casualties. He sacrificed his life while capturing the Point 4875 on July 7.

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Shaheed Captain Manoj Pandey, PVC

Shaheed Lt. Manoj Pandey, PVC (25 June 1975 – 3 July 1999): He was also posthumously awarded with the Param Veer Chakra. On the night of 3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Captain Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted. He got a fatal burst on his forehead while achieving his objective.

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Subedar Major Yoginder Singh, PVC (Picture Courtesy: http://www.quora.com)

Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav, PVC: Yadav was awarded with Param Veer Chakra for his 4 July 1999 action during the Kargil War. He was part of the Ghatak team of 18 Grenadiers who launched an offensive after climbing the Tiger Hill from the rear side, taking the enemy by surprise. In spite of being grievously injured he kept on fighting.

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Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC

Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC: On 4 July 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, he was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away. He kept advancing towards te enemy and in a close fight killed three enemy soldiers. He was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his bravery.

Captain Anuj Nayyar, Captain Vijayant Thapar, Major Rajesh Adhikari also fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for the Mother India. As per official data India lost 537 soldiers during this war and 1363 wounded.

S-400 Triumf deal is expected to conclude by 31st March

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India and Russia are on the verge of signing Rs 40,000 crore defence deal. Senior Defence official told The Hindu that the two countries could be just weeks away of signing one of the biggest defence deals.

The deal for the purchase of S-400 Triumf, long range air defence systems is expected to get closed by 31st March.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an intergovernmental agreement for the acquisition of five regiments of S-400s in October 2016 during the eighth BRICS summit.

According to the report published in The Hindu, Russia is not in favour of any offset clause because S-400 Triumf air defence System is very strategic in nature.

Acquiring S-400 will boost India’s air defence system as it can track and shoot down the incoming enemy aircraft  upto the range of 400 km. Indian Air Force will operate this system.

China is the first country to procure six battalions of S-400 air defence systems.

Naval Exercise ‘MILAN – 2018’ Begins

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The much awaited naval exercise ‘Milan – 2018’ hosted by the Indian Navy begins in Port Blair on Tuesday. In this week long naval exercise 38 contingents from 16 navies will display their skills. The theme of ‘Milan- 2018’ is ‘In Pursuit of Maritime Good Order – Need for Comprehensive Information Sharing Apparatus’, so the main focus will be to create a cordial environment in the region to  check unlawful activities and to strengthen the ties

For the first time Oman is taking part in this exercise.  The main aim of this exercise is to enhance regional cooperation and to check unlawful activities.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will visit Port Blair for this international event.