India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha

India on Monday successfully test fired long-range supersonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from the launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur Odisha at 11:44 am. The missile with a strike range of 1,000 km is the country’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile. The all-weather missile is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a lab under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Nirbhay is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from multiple platforms. Dhanush, India’s First Ever Indigenously Designed & Developed Artillery Gun To be Inducted Into Indian Army on April 8.

The missile covered the designated target range in 42 minutes and 23 seconds. Nirbhay is capable of covering cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 metre. The missile took off vertically turning horizontally into desired direction, booster separated, wing deployed, engine started, cruised all the intended waypoints. The missile demonstrated its sea-skimming capability to cruise at very low altitudes. The entire flight was fully tracked by a chain of Electro Optical Tracking Systems, Radars and Ground Telemetry Systems deployed all along the sea coast. All the mission objectives were met. United States Raises Concerns Over India’s Deal With Russia to Procure S-400 Triumf.

The missile has a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) based guidance, control and navigation system. It also has a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with the GPS system. It is the sixth development flight trial with objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase, cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes.  The first trial of the missile was conducted on March 12, 2013, from the ITR, Chandipur. As the missile diverted from its trajectory, it was destroyed midway. Meanwhile, the second successful trial was conducted on October 17, 2014. The fifth test of the missile took place on November 7, 2017.

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Indian Army Commanders’ Conference 2019: Here Are Key Highlights of The Conclave

The Army Commanders’ Conference is being held in New Delhi from April 8 to April 13. It is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions. Army Commanders’ Conference is an important event in planning and execution process of Indian Army. To ensure due diligence, decisions are taken through collegiate system comprising Army Commanders and Senior Officers. Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat.

In the conference all aspects of extant security dynamics, emerging security scenarios, enhancing operational capability in near and long term and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries have been discussed. It has also been emphasized in the Conference that Indian Army is committed to peaceful security environment and shall holistically address emerging threats, challenges and ensure no room for terror. Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

Reviews during the Conference included readiness, tri-services synergy, military diplomacy, joint exercises that  have created capacity and environment and supporting operational plans that have evolved. Defence cooperation has facilitated new vistas and these shall provide excellent opportunities for enhancing strategic engagements.

Principal Staff Officers also provided update on contemporary issues like mitigating the cyber threats, management and streamlining of communication and data security. Live issues pertaining to administration and human resources development were deliberated in detail.

For developing deeper understanding and enhancing coordinating, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff addressed Army Commanders and Staff. He conveyed vision and high credibility of IAF missions and ideas for synergised application. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee has also addressed the Army Commanders and focused on coordination and challenges in maritime domain. Indian Army Recovers Wreckage of World War-II US Air Force Aircraft in Roing District of Arunachal Pradesh.

Additionally, to promote indigenisation through ‘Make in India’, an exhibition of emerging and future defence technological innovations was held.   A total of 53 domestic companies participated in this event.  This interaction of industry representatives with the senior leadership of the Army facilitated in obtaining a direct feedback regarding product development and enhancement keeping in view the requirements of Army.

With a focus on the welfare of the families of brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice in the services of the Nation, Year 2019 has been declared as the year of ‘Next of Kin’. The deliberations in Army Commanders’ Conference validated the current course set by the military hierarchy, as merited by the dynamics of emerging security and operational events.

The key highlights of the conference are as given below:-

  • Optimum force readiness to be ensured.
  • Re-prioritising the existing requirements to ensure that the resources allocated for force modernisation and capacity building be ensured by optimising allotted budget.
  • Increase the content of indegenisation in force modernisation.
  • The state of existing infrastructure along Northern Borders and it has been decided to pursue these projects on higher priority. Ensure speedy move and all weather connectivity to Northern Borders are the focus areas.
  • As the Indian Army was becoming a more networked and digitised force, the COAS emphasised on the need to enhance technological threshold of all ranks so as to imbibe state of art technology and exploit the same.
  • The need to appreciate role of women officers in view of their permanent commission and align their employment gainfully with organisational requirements has been concurred by all.  Avenues for making the lady officers experts in foreign languages, artificial intelligence, data management, cyber and space domains are being examined.

Meanwhile, the first bi-annual Commanders’ Conference of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the year 2019 began yesterday at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the conference. Sitharaman addressed the Air Force Commanders. She complimented the IAF and its air warriors for achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the service of the nation.

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IAF’s First Bi-Annual Commanders’ Conference Begins Today at Vayu Bhawan; Nirmala Sitharaman Lauds Air Warriors For Displaying Highest Level of Professionalism

The first bi-annual Commanders’ Conference of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the year 2019 began today at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the conference. Sitharaman addressed the Air Force Commanders. She complimented the IAF and its air warriors for achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the service of the nation. The defence minister praised the IAF for its flawless execution of the Balakot strikes and subsequent thwarting of the Pakistani response. She said that the IAF has proved its mettle in Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 and Vayu Shakti 2019 and the same reflected in the successfully conducted Balakot Strike and air action on 27 February. Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat.

Sitharaman stressed on a proactive role of the IAF in the Indian Ocean Region and relationships through Military interactions and HADR. She asked the IAF to look at the future with the latest technologies available across the world and those that can be developed within India, in order to meet its needs.  She added that the IAF will play a vital role in enhancing the defence manufacturing capabilities of the nation through its acquisitions in the form of Strategic Partnership Model. She added that she is aware of the critical requirements projected by the IAF and assured that as a Nation we need to build those capabilities. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

The defence minister said that IAF personnel, serving and retired could contribute immensely in enhancing defence manufacturing and production in India. The defence production industry must utilize these assets to the fullest. She expressed great appreciation for the training imparted to all personnel in the IAF as reflected in the actions and conduct of Wing Commander Abhinandan. The CAS while addressing the Commanders emphasised on further enhancement of the IAF’s capability in the field of Space, Cyber, Information, AI and Drone technology. Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

During the two day conference, discussions and deliberations will take place in line with the theme of the conference of ‘Enhancing our operational capability in the short and long term’. The successful strike over Balakot and air action on 27 February will also be discussed along with the latest technologies in the aviation field to make IAF a more high tech force. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Yesterday, in the Indian Army Commanders Conference, the decision was taken that amid the increasing tensions with Pakistan, troops readiness would remain as they are at the movement. The During the conference, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said, “Indian Army is committed to peaceful security environment. We shall holistically address emerging threats, challenges & ensure no room for terror. Readiness, tri-services synergy, mil diplomacy, joint exercise have created capacity & environment” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also attended that conference.

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Major Vikas Shukla Creates History by Climbing Three Highest Peaks of South America – ‘The Triple Crown’

Major Vikas Shukla of the Indian Army has created history by climbing the three highest peaks of South America. The army officer climbed three peaks – Mount Aconcagua which is at 6961 meters height, Mount Ojos Del Alado at 6893 meters height and Mount Pissis at a height of 6792 metres in February this year. The peaks are together known as ‘The Triple Crown’. Major Shukla completed this feat in a ceaseless and tenacious push of 14 days. These expeditions were part of his bigger mission to climb the seven highest peaks across all the continents, also known as ‘The Seven Summits’ of the world.

Earlier, Major Shukla had scaled the highest peak of Europe, Mount Elbrus and the highest peak of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. The officer had also participated in Indian Army expedition to virgin peak Mount Apsarasas-II at a height of 7239 metres. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.

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If Major Shukla managed to achieve this feat, then he will become the second army man after Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal who had climbed the seven highest peaks across all the continents. He achieved the feat on January 4, 2019, by scaling Mount Vinson in Antarctica despite adverse wind and climatic conditions.

Before Col Jamwal left for Antarctica, he had scaled Mt Everest (Highest mountain in the World and Asia), the highest mountain of Africa (Mt Killimanjaro), Australia (Mt Carstenesz Pyramid), Europe (Mt Elbrus), South America (Mt Aconcagua) & North America (Mt Denali). Colonel Jamwal has the distinction of climbing Mount Everest three times. He has done more than 30 expeditions across six continents.

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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.

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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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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.
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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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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.