Indian Navy to Get 10 Kamov-31 Russian Choppers; Defence Ministry Approves Rs 3,600 Crore Deal

The Defence Ministry on Friday approved the procurement of 10 Kamov Ka-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters for the Indian Navy. According to reports, the total cost of the deal would be around Rs 3,600 crore. These helicopters would be deployed aircraft carriers and warships. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

The aim of the choppers is to sanitise the air space around the battle groups led by the aircraft carriers and are used for anti-submarine warfare operations. The Navy has already a fleet of 12 of these choppers. In addition to these helicopters, the force has also Kamove-28 and Kamov 25 choppers. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

Now the deal will be presented before the cabinet committee on security for the final approval. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which takes decisions on defence deals is headed by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The council also includes chiefs of three services. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the defence ministry signed two separate contracts with Cochin Shipyard Limited and GRSE to build 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. Both the shipyards will build eight ASWSWCs each. Both the contracts are worth Rs 6,311 crore each.

In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialised ships with lower draught, would significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed sonars.

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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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Lady Officers in Indian Army to Get Permanent Commission

In a landmark move, lady officers will now be granted permanent commission (PC) in all 10 branches of the Indian Army. The defence ministry in a statement on Tuesday said, “Women officers will be granted permanent commission in the Indian Army in all the ten branches where women are inducted for short service commission.” The statement further added that Short Service Commission (SSC) lady officers would give their option for PC before completion of four years of commissioned service and they would exercise option for grant of PC and their choice of specialisation. 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?

SSC lady officers will be considered for grant of PC based on suitability, merit and will be employed in various staff appointment. The ministry had earlier approved the the same for the Indian Air Force. All the branches of the IAF including fighter pilots are open to Lady officers. Whereas, in the Indian Navy, all non-sea going branches/cadre/specialisation have been opened for induction of lady officers through SSC. “In addition to education, Law & Naval Constructor branch/cadre, lady SSC officers have been made eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in the Naval Armament branch, at par with the male officers,” the ministry said. History created: Lady Cadets secure top honours at OTA.

Meanwhile, in Januaru this year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced to induct women in the Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) of the military police corps for the first time ever. Terming the decision ‘historic’, Nirmala Sitharaman said induction of women in the military police would enhance their representation in the armed forces.

 

Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31

As India demanded new tests for Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’, the Indian Army has requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T. Moreover, the army has been forced to request for these French missiles, as Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. The Milan 2T is an advanced version of MILAN missiles which were first produced in 1972. Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’.

MILAN 2T was developed in 1993 to counter ‘reactive armour’. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and including the three service chiefs will look at the request to procure 5,000 MILAN 2T missiles on January 31. The process to purchase these missiles will be simpler as Trials would not be necessary as it is a repeat order. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

India used MILAN missiles in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. India taking a step forward in terms missile technology, Test fires BrahMos.

As per some reports, if the DAC approves the request, then these missiles will be license-produced by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in partnership with a French firm. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers.

Defence Acquisition Committee Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Procurement Including Brahmos, ARVs For Arjun MBTs

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Picture Courtesy: @DefenceMinIndia/File)

The Defence Ministry on Saturday approved military procurement worth Rs 3,000 crore including Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles for Navy’s two stealth frigates which are to be manufactured by Russia. Apart from Brahmos Missiles, the Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) also gave a green signal to the purchase of armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s Arjun main battle tanks. The meeting of the DAC was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Meanwhile, the ARVs are designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and would be manufactured by defence public sector undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).

The move came days after Naval chief Admiral Sunila Lanba’s visit to Russia. In October, India signed a $1 billion deal with Russia to purchase two ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates. Meanwhile, India also signed another deal of $550 million with Russia from to manufacture two frigates of the same class at Goa Shipyard Limited with transfer of technology. According to reports, taking into consideration the United States’ Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Russia, India could make payments for the ships using the rupee-rouble route. India already operates six of the Talwar-class (Project 1135.6) frigates.

Brahmos Missilie:

The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest cruise missile in the world. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s DRDO who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace. The missile travels at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0,[8] which is being upgraded to Mach 5.0. Last year, supersonic crise missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet.

Arjun MBT:

Silent features of Arjun Mark 2:

It is a third generation main battle tank developed by DRDO, for the Indian Army. The Arjun has a 120 mm main rifled gun with indigenously developed armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot ammunition, one PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun. It is powered by a single MTU multi-fuel diesel engine rated at 1,400 hp, and can achieve a maximum speed of 67 km/h (42 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). Meanwhile, in 2014, the DAC gave the green signal for the Rs 6,600-crore procurement of 118 Arjun Mark II MBTs to equip two regiments

 

India To Buy NASAMS-II From United States To Shield Important Cities; $1 Billion Deal Approved By DAC

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India is set to join the United States of America and Russia in providing advanced missile shield to its important cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmarla Sitaraman, has approved the plan to procure the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS) through a government-to government deal with US. The entire deal would be close to $ 1billion. Nasams-II is manufactured by Kongsberg and Raytheon.

The new missile system will replace aging Russian Pechora air defense systems. NASAMS-II will be armed with 3-D sentinel radar and short and medium-range missile launchers. It can also track and shoots down multiple airborne threats such as cruise missile, drones and fighter jets. This missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also developing two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield. The missile system of DRDO will be capable of tracking and destroying nuclear missiles both inside and outside the earth’s atmosphere. Once developed the BMD shield will be deployed to protect cities like New Delhi and Mumbai, whereas NASMAS-II will be used to intercept cruise missiles and aircraft. India is likely to issue letter of request to the US by the end of this year.

NASAMS II – a highly adaptable mid-range air defense system. Its battery consists of 12 missile launchers carrying six missiles each. The missile system employs the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as the primary weapon. The RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile can also be fired by the NASAMS-II.

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.

 

LCA Tejas Test Fires Derby Missile Off Goa Coast; Moves Inch Closer Towards Final Operational Certification

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In a major breakthrough, indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has successfully test fired an air-to-air beyond visual  range (BVR) missile from the Goa coast on April, 27.  It demonstrated its overall capability as an effective combat jet. This move has paved the way to receive Final Operational Clearance (FOC). The test firing of the missile from a Tejas jet was carried out on April 27 off the Goa coast and it met all operational requirements. Earlier, Tejas was given clearance for deployment of armaments and other missiles, reported PTI, quoting defence ministry officials.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) had ordered the first batch of 40 Tejas Mark-1 version. The Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) is to make four major upgrades in Mark-1 version and incorporated into the second batch of 83 Tejas fighter jets, for which a request for proposal (RFP) was issued to HAL by the IAF in December last year. This new batch will be of LCA Tejas Mark 1A version. The total cost of these 83 jets will be around Rs 50,000 crore.

The successful launch of the BVR missile will expedite issuance of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) to the aircraft. LCA Tejas is developed by state-run aerospace organisation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Defence Ministry in an official statement said, “The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fired Derby air-to-air BVR Range missile to expand the firing envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft.” According to the press release, the missile was launched from the LCA piloted by Wing Commander Siddharth Singh yesterday from the firing range off the Goa coast after exhaustive study of the missile separation characteristics.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appreciated the DRDO and other agencies for developing Tejas, a world-class aircraft. DRDO Chairman S Christopher confirmed that with this firing, the Tejas had moved an inch closer towards FOC certification. According to the ministry, integration of Derby, a BVR class missile, is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance of LCA Tejas. Two other Tejas aircraft tracked the aircraft which fired derby to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detailed analysis of the test launch of the missile. The entire planning, practice sorties and final firing was carried out by ADA and its National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). According to PTI, the ministry confirmed that based on the successful integration and demonstration, Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), a unit of DRDO had cleared the series production aircraft of squadron 45, to be equipped with Derby operational capability.

 

India And Pakistan to Participate in Joint Military Exercise in Russia As Part of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

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India along with Pakistan will be participating in a multi-nation military exercise to be conducted in Russia in September this year. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday officially announced India’s participation. Chinese forces will also be part of this exercise.

The military exercise in Russia is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India, China, Russia and Pakistan and other SCO nations are attending the exercise. For the first time, India is attending the Defence Ministers’ meeting at SCO being hosted in China.

Indian and Pakistan soldiers have worked together in the past during the United Nations peacekeeping missions and that to while providing security or in convoy protection deployment. The exercise, “Peace Mission 2018” is scheduled to be held in Russia’s Ural Mountains. It will begin in August-end and conclude in the first week of September. It will be the first-ever exercise in which Indian and Pakistan militaries will be participating together to conduct the mock military operation to fight terrorists. ‘Peace Mission 2018’ will be the fifth edition of the biennial multilateral exercise by the SCO countries. According to sources, India will send a 200-strong contingent to Russia.

India and Pakistan became the full member of the SCO on June 9, 2017. Both the nations were admitted as observers in 2005 in the SCO, which started in 2001 in Shanghai by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Now the Organisation has eight full members ,four nations have been accorded “observer” status, while six others are “dialogue” partners.

During her China visit Sitharaman said, “India enjoys excellent bilateral defence cooperation with a large number of SCO countries, especially with Russia, as well as with all of India’s Central Asian partners represented in the SCO.” The Defence Minister further added, “We are guided in our relations with China by the consensus reached between our leaders that at the time of global uncertainty, India-China relations could be a factor of stability and that we must not allow our differences to become disputes.”