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Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday released radar images quashed Pakistan’s claim that it had not usd F-16 fighter jets against India on February 27, the day when the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) in a media briefing said that there was more credible evidence available that the PAF used the F-16 warplace, but due to security and confidentiality concerns the IAF is restricting the information being shared in public domain. The IAF said that Pakistani aircraft fired multiple AMRAAM missiles which were defeated. 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.

Radar images released by the IAF:

“In the aerial combat that followed one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down one F-16 of PAF. As shown in radar image on the slide. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC. The IAF lost one MiG21 in the aerial engagement and Abhinandan ejected safely but his parachute drifted across the Line of Control, and he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army,” said the Air Vice Marshal. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Media briefing of the IAF:

The AWACS radar image of the engagement area west of the Line of Control opposite Jhangar shows that there were a bunch of F-16s opposite Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Meanwhile, in a second image which was taken 10 seconds later, one of the F-16 fighter jets disappeared which is believed to be hit by the MIG-21 Bison piloted by Wg Cdr Vathaman. 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?

However, Pakistan claimed that it had not used F-16 jets during the aerial combat on February 27, a day after the IAF fighter jets destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot. In the dogfight the IAF pilot’s MIG-21 Bison was also hit which forced him to eject.His parachaute drifted across the Line of Control (LoC) and was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, the IAF pilot underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.

Dhanush, India’s First Ever Indigenously Designed & Developed Artillery Gun To be Inducted Into Indian Army on April 8

India’s fist ever indigenously designed and developed Dhanush gun to be inducted into the Indian Army. The 155mm/45 Calibre towed gun system will be handed over by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) on April 8, 2019. The Dhanush howitzer can be employed in all types of terrains. Its design is based on the Bofors Haubits FH77 which India acquired in the 1980s. According to reports, around 81 percent of the components of Dhanush are sourced indigenously. DEFEXPO 2018 – Government’s initiative to promote Defence Manufacturing Capabilities.

The gun completed development trials in 2018 and was approved for series production in 2019. The Indian Army has ordered 114 guns and the total order size could increase to 414 guns. The gun is capable of firing next generation ammunition and can accommodate Bi-Modular Charges as well as bag charges. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

Video of Dhanush Gun: 

The Dhanush is also equipped with Artillery gun aiming and positioning system consisting of inertial navigation system and encoders for positioning capability and muzzle velocity recorder. It has a strike range of 38 kilometres. Three Dhanush guns were handed over to the Indian Army for user trials on July 2016. Last month, the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Army had given clearance to OFB for the production of the guns. Indian Navy Trolls China Through Tweets Over Patrolling in Indian Ocean Region.

The efficiency of artillery gun system has been tested under severe cold conditions in Sikkim and Leh and in hot and humid weather in Balasore, Odisha, Babina in Jhansi. The gun was also tested in the desert of Pokhran in Rajasthan.

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Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopters to be Inducted Into Indian Air Force This July: Report

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon induct United States (US)-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, as the first batch of our choppers will arrive in July this year, reported Hindustan Times. India had inked a $ 1.1-billion deal with the US defence giant Boeing, in September 2015 for 22 Apaches.

According to the report, the first batch of choppers will be based at the Pathankot air base. He report further added that the choppers will be split into two squadrons, with the second one to be based in eastern part of India in Jorhat. Indian Air Force Soon to Get Boeing’s Apache And Chinook Helicopters.

Video of Apache helicopter in action:

 

The IAF is currently operating Soviet-origin Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopter gunships. Boeing is likely to deliver all the 22 helicopters through 2020. Meanwhile, on March 25, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa inducted the first batch of four Chinook helicopters into the IAF.

The Chinook heavy-lift helicopters had arrived in India from the US on February 10 this year. The multi-mission helicopters, which have been deployed in Chandigarh, will be used for transports artillery, troops, equipment, supplies to the battlefield. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

New Delhi signed a $ 3 billion deal to buy 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters in September 2015 with Boeing and the government of the United States. The Indian government signed a direct contract with the Boeing to procure Chinook helicopters, while the deal to buy Apache helicopters is a mixed one. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

A part of the deal was signed with the US aviation company and the other half is signed with the US government under foreign military sales route. Meanwhile, last year, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government signed another deal with the Boeing to acquire six Apache helicopters for the Indian Army. It will be the first fleet of attack helicopters of the army.

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Indian Army Recovers Wreckage of World War-II US Air Force Aircraft in Roing District of Arunachal Pradesh

A 12-member team of the Indian Army on March 30 discovered wreckage of a World War II US Air Force aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh’s Roing district. The patrol party successfully carried out the arduous task after receiving an information from local trekkers of Lower Dibang district. The patrol located the aircraft debris covered by thick undergrowth and deeply buried under five feet of snow. World War II Aircraft ‘Dakota DC-3’ Reaches India to Re-Join Indian Air Force.

Army troops moved cross country for 30 kilometers in thick jungles and snow covered areas for eight days to trace out the wreckage. The region had seldom been ventured by anyone in the past and is even obscured from air due to thick foliage. Indian Army Tests ‘Air Cavalry’ Using Attack Helicopters.

The Indian Army tweeted, “Troops from #IndianArmy discovered the wreckage of a World War II vintage US Air Force aircraft in Roing district #ArunachalPradesh. 12 member  patrol successfully carried out arduous task on 30 Mar 2019. The patrol located aircraft debris covered under deep snow @easterncomd.” United States Raises Concerns Over India’s Deal With Russia to Procure S-400 Triumf.
Indian Army’s Tweet:

The World War-II was fought from 1939 to 1945 between two opposing groups –Allies and Axis. The Allied powers comprised – the United Stated States, the United Kingdom and the then Soviet Union. Meanwhile, Germany, Italy and Japan formed the Axis group. The World War-II ended with the surrender of Japan.

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Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal

The United States on Tuesday approved the sale of 24 submarine-hunting MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission helicopters to India. The entire deal is of $2.6 billion. As per reports, the US’ (DSCA) received the approval from the State Department for the sale and the Congress was notified about it. The helicopters are nicknamed “Romeo”. These helicopters will give India the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions and also perform peacetime operations like search and rescue. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

According to reports, the deal is yet to be concluded. The negotiations on offset clause are still to take place. The DSCA said that the proposed sale would support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship. The agency further added that the deal would improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region. Defence Acquisition Committee Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Procurement Including Brahmos, ARVs For Arjun MBTs.

These helicopters are manufactured by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin, under the US foreign military sales programme. The Navy will replace the fleet of Sea King Mk 42B/C and Ka-28 helicopters. In November last year, India issued a ‘letter of request’ to the US. These helicopters will be armed with torpedoes and missiles for robust anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

Presently, the Navy operates 11 Kamov-28 and 17 Sea King ASW helicopters, but only four Kamove-28 and around five Sea King ASW are in flying condition. The MH-60 Seahawk helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.

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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.

Indian Navy’s tweet:

 

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh’s Profile:

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.