Indian Military Academy Gives 383 officers to Indian Army; 74 Foreign GC’s Also Completed Training

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457 GCs of 142 Regular Course, 125 Technical Graduate Course and 25 UES Course, including 74 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets (GC’s) from seven friendly foreign countries passed out from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on 09 Jun 2018. General Rajendra Chhetri, AWC, CGSC, MSS, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, reviewed the parade. The GOC-in-C, ARTRAC Lt Gen MM Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, delegation members and Defence Attaches also witnessed the Parade. The GCs displayed tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal, putting up an excellent show, marching to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’ and `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ with pride and élan.

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Nepalese Army Chief General Rajendra Chhetri taking Guard of Honour (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, the Reviewing Officer complimented all cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating the high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young Gentlemen Cadets.

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General Chhetri along With Commandant of IMA Lt.Gen. SK Jha reviewing the Parade (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

He also congratulated the award winners on their commendable achievement which is a reflection of their hard work and toil that they have put in while undergoing training here in IMA. He expressed his felicitations to the Gentlemen Cadets of friendly foreign countries who were also getting commissioned.

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General Chhetri addressing media briefing (Picture courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

At the end he said that IMA’s world class reputation and the achievements of its Officers are attributed to the outstanding quality of its instructors and staff. He acknowledged the commitment of the instructors and staff of the IMA and their dedication to the Gentlemen Cadets. Complimenting the effort, he said, that the IMA has instilled in the GCs a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the Nation. Finally, he congratulated the parents and the families once again for the accomplishment of the vibrant, energetic young men, which is a result of their support and encouragement.

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Reviewing Officer presenting awards to the winners (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

 

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

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Winner of ‘Sword of Honour’ Sachin Kumar Chahar with his grandmother (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)
  • The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA SACHIN KUMAR CHAHAR.
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Gold Medalist Aaditya Neekhara with his family (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)
  • Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to BUO AADITYA NEEKHARA.

 

  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to BUO AATISH SEHGAL.

 

  • Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to SUO KULDEEP NANASAHEB PAWAR.

 

  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to JUO ROHIT DILIP PATWARDHAN.
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Best Foreign GC  BUKHORI SAYDULLOEV (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to SUO BUKHORI SAYDULLOEV.

 

  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to MIEKTILA COY, THIMAYYA BN for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2018.
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Oldest Instructor of IMA Subedar Major Sultan SIngh Shekhawat (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)
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Newly Commissioned officers celebrating after Piping Ceremony (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

This time around 63 officerss have commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, 33 from uttrakjand, Haryana has given 49 officers where as 29 officers are commissioned from Punjab. Till date 58282 officers have been commissioned into the Indian Army, where as 2181 foreign officers have successfully completed their training from the academy.

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PRO of IMA Lt. Col. Dinesh Sharma (Extreme Left) (Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

 

The Commentators enthralled audience with their magic of their words. The commentary team of the IMA included GC Dogra, Col Jiwan Kumar Singh, Mrs Aaditi Sharma, Maj Preeti Yadav. Lt. Col Dinesh who is instructor at IMA also handles an additional responsibility of public relations.

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Countdown Begins: Sound and Light Show at IMA on the Eve of Passing Out Parade; 383 Cadets to get Commissioned Into The Indian Army Today: Here is the State-Wise List

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Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

On the eve of the Passing Out Parade, Indian Military Academy organized a Continuity Drill and “Son-et-Lumiere’’ (Sound and Light show) for the parents of the passing out course and the visiting dignitaries on 08 Jun 2018. The distinguished guests included the Reviewing Officer Gen Rajendra Chhetri, AWC, CGSC, MSS, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, the GOC-in-C, ARTRAC Lt Gen MM Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, delegation members, Defence Attaches, parents and family members of the GCs of the passing out course.

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Held at the historic Chetwode Drill Square which provided the pristine environment for the conduct of the event, the spectacular show commenced with exquisite movements of Continuity Drill by the Gentlemen Cadets (GCs). A contingent comprised of ___ participating cadets bidding farewell to the senior colleagues, conducted a masterly display of drill movements synchronized with an accompanying band. 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.

Here is the state-wise list of Gentlemen Cadets to be commissioned today

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IMA Award Ceremony of Passing Out Course of 142 Regular, 125th TGC and 25th UES courses held at the Khetrapal Auditorium

 

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The Award Ceremony of Passing Out Course of 142 Regular, 125th TGC & 25th UES courses was held at the Khetrapal Auditorium, IMA on 06 Jun 2018. Lt Gen SK Jha, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, Commandant, Indian Military Academy bestowed recognition and awards on outstanding Gentlemen Cadets who excelled in various fields during their pre-commission training at the Academy.

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Gentlemen Cadets during their training at this premier institute are exposed to multifarious activities such as Weapon Training, Service and Academic Subjects, Drill, Physical Training, Sports, Outdoor Camps and extracurricular activities. These are aimed at making them battle ready and teach them necessary skills to execute various responsibilities and operational tasks with utmost professionalism during their service career.

Gentlemen Cadets are also encouraged to achieve excellence at individual level and contribute constructively in team effort to infuse a sense of comradeship amongst them. Accordingly, Medals and Rolling trophies have been instituted at IMA, which mark the highest standards achieved at the Individual and Company levels.

On the occasion the following Gentlemen Cadets and Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from Friendly Foreign Countries were felicitated :-

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IMA Commandant Lt. Gen SK Jha addressing gentlemen cadets (Picture Courtesy: Indian Military Academy)

At the end, the Commandant in his address mentioned that it was important for an officer to maintain a competitive streak within the parameters of sportsmanship and fair play at all times. He mentioned that the urge to win and excel as a team should always be there. In the profession of arms, it is always a collective and a team effort that is important and there are no runners up in war.

 

Former DGMO Lt.Gen. Ranbir Singh Who Announced Surgical Strikes is Now Northern Army Commander; Lt.Gen. Devraj Anbu Takes Charge as Vice Chief Of Army Staff

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Lt. Gen RAnbir Singh (Picture Courtesy: Twitter)

Lt General Ranbir Singh, who informed the media about surgical strikes in Pakistan, has assumed the charge of Northern Army commander. He replaced Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, who is now Vice Chief of Army Staff. The 58-year-old Lt. Gen. will be the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command. The command is stationed at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt.Gen. Singh was the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) when Indian Army commandos conducted the surgical strikes against insurgent camps in Myanmar in June 2015 and also when India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan to destroy terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29, 2016. He briefed the media about the operations. The Northern Army Commander is likely to be in the race of the Army Chief’s post after General Bipin Rawat. He has also served as a Colonel and Brigadier in the military operations directorate.

Lt. Gen. Singh was commissioned into the 9th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment in 1980. He has also commanded a Mountain Brigade, an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps. As part of his international assignments, he served in United Peace Keeping missions at Rwanda and Chief Operations Officer at Sudan.

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Lt. Gen Devraj Anbu (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@PIB_India)

Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu also assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on Friday. He succeeded Lt.Gen.Sarath Chand. The baton was handed over to Lt.Gen. Anbu by Lt. Gen. Chand in a ceremony at South Block in Delhi.

Lt.Gen. Anbu is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into the 14 Sikh Light Infantry on June 7, 1980. Lt. Gen. Anbu has served in all types of operational environment including  Siachen Glacier, counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast. He also served in‘OP PAWAN’ in Sri Lanka.

During his 37-year military career, the General Officer commanded his unit during ‘OP PARAKRAM’, an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control in the Kashmir Valley,. He also commanded a Mountain Division in Sikkim, the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan and Gajraj Corps in the Eastern Theatre. The General has been awarded the Sena Medal (Gallantry) for operations in ‘OP Meghdoot’, Yudh Seva Medal during command of the Brigade, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal during command of the Division and Uttam Yudh Seva Medal during the command of an elite operational Corps.

Lt. Gen. Anbu was the Instructor at the National Defence Academy. As part of his international assignments he served as an International Military Observer with UN Peacekeeping Mission at Namibia.

 

Indian Army Tests ‘Air Cavalry’ Using Attack Helicopters

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Air Cavalary tested by the Indian Army in Rajasthan (Picture Courtesy: ndtv.com)

The Indian Army has tested the military concept of ‘Air Cavalry’ in the desert terrain of Rajasthan. This concept was used by the US Army to locate and assault enemy ground forces during the Vietnam War.

Weaponised helicopters carry out combined action against the enemy in coordination with tanks and mechanised ground forces during the exercise to enhance its defence capabilities. The Indian Army is looking forward to procure attack helicopters to strengthen its combat air assets.   The concept of launching air attack in coordination with tanks will reshape the way the Indian Army will suppress the enemy attack.

The concept of ‘Air Cavalry’ was tried by the South Western command during recently concluded exercise ‘Vijay Prahar’. Detailed deliberation, sand-model discussions and war gaming were held before carrying out the concept.

In normal battle scenario, attack helicopters are called in only when required by the land forces to repulse the enemy attack if they found it difficult due to difficult terrain or for any other reason. Under the ‘Air Cavalry’ concept, attack helicopters are by default integrated with tanks and mechanised ground forces.

Apart from performing attack role, a fleet of armed helicopters usually carries out troop insertion in forward areas and performing on the spot aerial reconnaissance. The forces achieve more flexibility and fluidity, which enhance their combat capabilities. Under this concept, attack helicopters can hit targets efficiently in the shortest possible time. ‘Air Cavalry’ can be executed in different kind of terrains depending upon the feasibility.

As the Army is inducting helicopters equipped with ultra-modern sensors and high-precision weapons which will give a great boost to the Air Cavalry concept for protecting both eastern and western borders of the country.

The attack helicopters will be used as force multiplier and will increase the potency of ground forces to engage the targets, defence sources said. The concept will be crucial in the land battles in desert along the western front as well as in the eastern front where the terrain is mountainous.

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Apache Helicopter (Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing Light Combat Helicopter for the Army which can operate at high altitude. The Defence Ministry in August last year had approved the procurement of the army’s first fleet of Boeing’s six most advanced Apache helicopters. According to PTI, The ministry is purchasing these attack helicopters along with weapons systems at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore.

Indian Army’s Month-Long Exercise ‘Vijay Prahar’ Concludes; Around 25,000 Soldiers Participated

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The Indian Army’s ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise concluded today. Around 25,000 troops of strike formation of South Western Command (SWC) participated in the exercise. The month-long exercise was conducted in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges of Jaipur close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan. Pakistan border was 300Kms away from the location of the exercise. The ‘Vijay Prahar’ was carried out with cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art force multipliers.

South Western Army Commander Lt Gen Cherish Mathson was present in the range on the last day of the exercise to witness the final offensive of the forces achieving a decisive victory. Lt Gen Mathson told reporters, “I had laid out unambiguous scope for activities to be carried out and had also benchmarked standards to be achieved. I am fully satisfied with the efforts put in and results achieved.” He further added that designing an offensive campaign on the principles of operational art in a deep air-land battle with real-time intelligence marked the beginning of the exercise.

The concept of ‘Air Cavalry’ using attack and weaponised helicopters was validated during the exercise. Employment of modern-day sensors with weapon platforms was carried out. The exercise also focussed on real-time information and enhancing electronic warfare, reconnaissance capabilities and using satellite-based surveillance. Drones and radars were also put to test to check their efficiency with the aim to ensure transparency in the battlefield.

Operations were carried out under superficially created nuclear environment during the ‘Vijay Prahar’. The main of these operations was to check the preparation of the army under a tactical Nuclear, Chemical or Biological attack by the adversary with advanced CBRN capability. The Army and the Air Force came together to test their joint conventional firepower capability during the exercise. Lt Gen Mathson also complimented the troops who braved the soaring temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius and sandstorms to achieve a very high degree of proficiency.

 

20,000 Indian Soldiers Participating in ‘Vijay Prahar’ along Pakistan Border

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Over 20,000 troops of strike formation of the Indian Army’s South Western Command (SWC) are carrying out ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The exercise is being carried out with cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art force multipliers. Suratgarh is 300Km from Pakistan Border.

As reported by The Tribune, Brigadier Anil Gautam, General Staff (Information Warfare), SWC, said, “The exercise represents a small section of the overall offensive along our Western front which would be a high tempo joint air land operation involving hundreds of aircrafts, thousands of tanks and artillery pieces supported by real time intelligence surveillance reconnaissance and just in time logistic support.” He further added, “Troops are participating in a month-long exercise to practice penetrative maneuvers across the obstacle-ridden terrain, mainly the heartland Punjab area of our adversary, under a nuclear umbrella.”

The month-old drill is concluding on May 9. The formations of the South Western Command are enhancing their capabilities to counter any warlike situation, which includes carrying out offensive operations of Special Forces and also conducting operations in nuclear environment. Military operations using attack helicopters are also being tested during the exercise. Employment of modern day sensors with weapon platforms is also carried out. The exercise is also focusing on real-time information and enhancing electronic warfare, reconnaissance capabilities and using satellite-based surveillance. Drones and radars are also put to test to check their efficiency with the main aim to ensure transparency in the battlefield.

As per the report, Senior military officers, including General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff; and Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, Army Commander, South Western Command, are likely to witness the final phases of the exercise later in the week.

Defence Ministry Approves Procurement of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles NAG Along With 127 mm Calibre Naval Guns

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Nag Missiles (Picture Courtesy: India.com)

The Defence Acquisition Council (ADC) led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on April 27, approved capital acquisition proposals of over Rs 3,687 crore. The proposal included third generation Anti-Guided Tank Missiles (ATGMs), NAG missile system developed by Defence and Research Orgnisation (DRDO).  The NAG missile system (NAMIS) worth Rs 524 crore will give a big boost to indigenisation of defence products.

The NAMIS includes a third generation missile system, The NAG along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG has the capabilities to destroy enemy tanks during day and night operations. This will strengthen the army’s capabilities.

According to a report published in The Economic Times, the Ministry of Defence cleared the procurement of 300 NAG missiles and 25 BMP – 2 ‘NAMICA’ carrier vehicles. The Indian Army is currently using second generation Milan 2T and Konur ATGMs. The Indian Army is currently looking for ATGMS which could strike enemy tanks with over 2.5 km range. The Indian Army needs around 8,000 third generation missiles.

Last year, the government scrapped proposed $500 miliion deal with Israel to procure 8,000 spike ATGMs as DRDO argued to deliver the NAG within four years.

Along with NAG Missile System, DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 calibre guns for the Indian Navy. These guns would cost around Rs 3,000 crore. The ministry said, “These guns will be fitted on-board new construction ships for undertaking surface engagements including Naval Gunfire Support Operations. The guns will enable naval ships to provide fire support and engagement of targets on the land,” reported Economic Times.

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                            OTO Melara 127 MM Calibre Gun to be procured by the Indian Navy                                                 (Picture Courtesy: http://www.seaforces.org)

These guns have engagement range of 24 Km.  This range could be increased by using Extended Range Gun Munitions (ERGM). The Navy requires these guns since long. The guns would be procured from BAE Systems under the Buy (Global) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure.

 

India Holds DGMO-Level Meeting With Pakistan; Warns Pak to Stop Supporting Terrorists

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The India Army yesterday conveyed a strong message to the Pakistan Army, telling it to cut down support to all terror groups operating from Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army also warned Pakistan of retaliatory action.

According to an army official, in a telephonic conversation, India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan told his Pakistani Counterpart that Pakistan’s support to terrorists will increase tensions between the two countries, reported The Indian Express. Pakistan requested India for DGMO level talks. In the unscheduled interaction between the two DGMO’s yesterday evening, India communicated to Pakistan that India would not tolerate the Pak-based terrorism. In response, Pakistan also alleged India of resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LOC).

According to the army, Indian Army DGMO emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out in response to unabated support given by Pakistan Army to armed terrorists who infiltrate across the border and target Indian Army posts with heavy calibre weapons.

The ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army have increased over the last few months in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army is also giving befitting reply to Pakistan. On April 23, In India’s retaliation to Pakistan’s ceasefire violation in Sector, four Pakistani soldiers were killed.

Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair

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The Indian Navy inducted the third ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV project at Port Blair on April 25. The ship was commissioned as INLCU L53 by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, commander-in-chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command, of the Indian Armed Forces’ tri-service command. The command oversees India’s Andaman and Nicobar Island territories, including the strategic Strait of Malacca in the Indian Ocean.

The defence ministry in a statement said, “LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with a displacement of 830 Tons and is capable of transporting combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72, and other Armored Vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems such as the Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). The indigenous CRN 91 Gun with Stabilised Optronic Pedestal provides the ship the requisite offensive capability for undertaking patrolling in addition.”

The (LCU) Mk-IV vessel can sail through the sea at a speed of 15kt besides it can also carry 145 tons of military equipment in addition to 160 troops. The ship will help the Indian Navy in carrying out multi-role activities, such as beaching operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, search/rescue, and supply and replenishment of distant islands. According to the defence ministry, the remaining five ships of the project are in an advanced stage of construction and are scheduled to be inducted into Indian Navy over the next year and a half.

The Landing Craft Utility (LCU) is a type of boat used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore. They are capable of transporting tracked or wheeled and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers. India has four LCU Mk-III class ships and three LCU MK-IV ships. The first LCU Mk-IV of this class was commissioned in March 2017 as LCU L51 and the second ship of this class was inducted in August 2017 LCU L52.

The LCU Mark-IV ships have been developed in-house by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) as per the request by the Indian Navy. The ships are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations that are jointly carried out by Indian Navy and Indian Army for ensuring maritime security of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, and Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea.