Air Chief Marshal Barinder Singh Dhanoa on Wednesday launched Indian Air Force’s (IAF) mobile-based air combat game – ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ in New Delhi. The teaser of the game was launched on July 20 on IAF’s Twitter handle. The game also features a character with a gunslinger moustache similar to that of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter during aerial combat on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Posted at Suratgarh Airbase in Rajasthan: Reports.
With the launch of this game, the IAF aims to attract more youth to join the force to fulfill its depleted manpower. According to reports, Ministry of Defence, the IAF has shortage of 483 officers. Currently, the air force has 12,142 officers as on 1 June, against a sanctioned strength of 12,625.
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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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India’s #FirstEver indigenously designed & developed Dhanush 155mm/45 Calibre towed Gun System is ready for induction into #IndianArmy & will be handed over by Ordnance Factories Board #OFB on 8 April 19. Dhanush can be employed in all types of terrains. pic.twitter.com/o7ceCmDAeI
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.
Six-day long conference of top army commander has begun today in New Delhi. Key issues faced by the country, especially challenges along Pakistan and China borders will be discussed. General Bipin Rawat chairs the conference.
According to a statement of Defence Ministry, Issues like infrastructure development for capacity enhancement along the northern borders, review of strategic railway lines, optimisation of limited budget to ensure making up of critical deficiency in ammunition will be discussed. Matter relating `to the welfare of soldiers and the issues of border road organisation project will also be discussed.
Subhash BHamre, the minister of state for defence is also present t the conference. BHamre said that The Indian Army should be ready to handle security challenges arising from both within and outside the country. Indian Army spokesman, Col. Aman Anand said in the statement. said, “Bhamre) stressed upon the need for being prepared for highly dynamic internal and external security challenges.”
The minister of state also appreciated the Indian Army’s countering security challenges faced by the nation and also applauded the army for undertaking various exercises with friendly foreign countries, which helped in nation’s development by establishing cordial relations with these countries. Bhamre also assured the army that government is fully aware of the army’s need and will fulfill all the requirements of the force. Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat also emphasises on the need to work in coordination in order to attain maximum combat effectiveness. He also focused on the need to moderenisation of the force.
Indian and Russian companies signed seven Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to indigense the manufacturing of spare parts of defence products. The ministry of defence included 48 components across all platforms which are to be produced by the domestic companies in collaboration with the Russian partner. The Indian Armed Forces are pushing for the joint ventures under the ’Make in India’ model.
Indian Tri-Services officials, Indian firms and Russian firms had a few rounds of meeting during the third Indian-Russian Military Industrial conference which was held at DefExpo 2018 on Friday. The Indian Navy considered this as a cost saving move. According to a report published in The Times of India, Rear Admiral and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff V M Doss said that this would lead to a saving of 400% to 2,000%. He further added that The Navy was looking to indigenise spare parts of MIG 29k planes which were inducted in 2009 and would be in service till 2037 to 2040.
According to a press release, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Moscow-based Rosoboronexport signed a MoU for developing underwater platforms for Indian Navy. Ananth Technologies signed two agreements with Russian companies JSC Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) and Research and Production Corporation Uralvagonzavod. The agreement inked with KRET would provide product support to develop defence systems and to manufacture spare parts and providing service and maintenance for such items, while Ananth Technologies’ pact with Research and Production Corporation Uralvagonzavod would set up technical and logistic support for T90S and T72 Tanks to the Indian Army.
Another agreement signed between Space Era and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies would ensure maximum operational availability of Sukhoi-30 MKI and Helicopters of MI 8, MI 17 and MI 35 Type helicopters by forming a strategic partnership for technical and logistics support. A MoU was also signed between Russian firm OSKROSOMARINE and JSC AGAT for development of Fregat radar on-board Indian Naval frontline warships.