The Cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister in New Delhi on Wednesday and has approved procurement of 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircrafts and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircrafts at the cost of Rs 45,696 crore along with Design and Development of Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs 1,202 crore.
The Cabinet has also approved infrastructure development by IAF under the project to enable them handle repairs or servicing at their base depot so that the turnaround time would get reduced for mission critical systems and would lead to increased availability of aircraft for operational exploitation. This would enable IAF to sustain the fleet more efficiently and effectively due to availability of repair infrastructure at respective bases.
Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft. This aircraft is equipped with critical operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force, IAF. It is the first “Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)” category procurement of combat aircrafts with an indigenous content of 50% which will progressively reach 60% by the end of the programme.
Under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, India is continuously growing in its power to indigenously design, develop and manufacture advanced cutting-edge technologies and systems in the Defence Sector. The manufacturing of Light Combat Aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL will give a further push to Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative and boost indigenisation of defence production and the defence industry in the country. About 500 Indian companies including MSMEs in the design and manufacturing sectors will be working with HAL in this procurement. The programme would act as a catalyst for transforming the Indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem into a vibrant Aatmanirbhar-self-sustaining ecosystem.
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GUJARAT GOVERNOR HAILS INDIA’S 1971 VICTORY OVER PAKISTAN
On the occasion of Army Day on 15 Jan, Konark Corps of the Indian Army organised a marathon under the banner of “Vijay Run”. The event was spread across multiple locations to commemorate the golden jubilee year celebrations of the Indian armed force’s resounding victory over Pakistan in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
The event was conducted physically at more than 15 locations and virtually for the citizens across the nation. More than 5000 personnel from the Army, Air Force, BSF, Coast Guard, Police and other enthusiasts participated in the marathon to celebrate the saga of valour and courage of our armed forces in the “Run for Soldiers, With the Soldiers”. The event also highlighted the need to foster the spirit of physical fitness and spread the message of unity amongst the countrymen.
The main events of active run marathon were conducted at Parbat Ali Brigade in Gandhinagar Military Station in which more than 200 participants took part under various categories and ran while observing due Covid protocols.
A grand prize distribution ceremony was organised to felicitate the winners.
The event was presided over by the Chief Guest Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat. A grand display of martial arts including ‘Khukri Dance, Malkhamb and martial music’ was also organised for the participants.
Armed forces felicitate veer naris on Army Day
On the occasion of 73rd Army Day in the spirit of a noble effort to mitigate the hardships and provide organisational support as per true traditions of the Indian Army, three Veer Naris from Nagpur and Gondia districts were felicitated by Station Headquarters, Kamptee.
Brigadier Deepak Sharma, Commandant Guards Regimental Centre, Station Commander presented a cheque of Rs 30,000 to each Veer Nari.
Also the issues related to pension and other emoluments in respect of these Veer Naris were addressed during the function and the event was attended by service personnel and their families from the station.
Army Day marks a day to salute and honour the valiant solders who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.
Army Day marks a day to salute and honour the valiant solders who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.
INDIA SALUTES VALIANT SOLDIERS ON ARMY DAY
The celebrations commenced with a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial where CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs paid homage to the martyrs.
Indian Army celebrated its 73rd Army Day on Friday. Every year Indian Army celebrates 15 January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Carriappa took over the command of the Army from General Sir F.R.R. Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief, in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post-Independence. The celebrations commenced with a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial where CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs paid homage to the martyrs.
General M.M. Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff, reviewed the Army Day Parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and awarded 15 Sena Medals (including five posthumously) for individual acts of Gallantry and 23 COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. The Army Day parade was commanded by Maj Gen Alok Kaker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area. The leading contingent of the parade was formed of the recipients of the Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees. This was followed by army contingents which included T-90 tank BHISHMA, infantry combat vehicle BMP II, BRAHMOS missile system, PINAKA Multiple Launch Rocket System, upgraded SCHILKA Gun System, Bridge Layer Tank, international sports awardees and seven marching contingents including mounted horse cavalry.
The Indian Army also carried out a live demonstration of Drone Swarming capability using 75 indigenously designed and developed drones which executed an array of artificial intelligence-enabled simulated offensive missions and close support tasks.
NORTHERN COMMAND LAUNCHES THE BIGGEST TALENT EVENT OF J&K
On the occasion of the Army Day, Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command paid a tribute to the brave-hearts of the Indian Army by laying a wreath at the Dhruva War Memorial. Later in the day he interacted with the media where he also launched the biggest musical talent hunt event of UT of J&K called “Shaurya”.
The Army Commander during his interaction with the media said that in Northern Command, we are contending with triple challenges. First we have the western adversary that is Pakistan which has not relented from using terror as an instrument of state policy. Secondly, we have northern borders where we have seen the Chinese belligerence on the LAC where it has tried to alter the status quo which has been contested with resolve and courage by the Indian Army. Thirdly, the internal situation in J&K which is stable and under control but has the propensity to flare up at any time. There is also the collusivity factor with threats ranging from supplying weapons to sharing of operational practices and so on.
The Army Commander also brought out the complex, volatile, uncertain and ambiguous conflict paradigm in the Northern Command. Relentless operations on the LC backed with robust multi agency grid in hinterland has forced the deep state in Pakistan to recalibrate its approach to handle this situation. The terrorist networks across are trying hard to abet recruitment by extensive use of social media. The recent DDC elections have conveyed the resolve and will of the awaam to shun separatism and embrace democracy. The abrogation of Article 370 and improvement in governance has been a major game changer and helped in restoring faith of the common people in the institutions of the Government.
Indian Army has played its designated role of creating an ecosystem of safety and normalcy during Covid. “Op Sadbhavna” has been pivotal in providing avenues of employment and education to the youth. The challenge in eastern Ladakh has been further complicated by vagaries of weather and terrain. The Indian Army has displayed immense grit and determination to match the Chinese belligerence and give them a befitting reply. The Army Commander said that we Northern Command is now perched at a position of operational advantage and are negotiating with the PLA from a position of equivalence.
While inaugurating the launch of the musical talent hunt “Shaurya”, the Army Commander lauded the efforts of “Mausqui Studios”, who along with active support of the Northern Command Army, have conceptualized and organized musical talent hunt programme. Bollywood celebrities such as Shukhwinder Singh and Dilshaad Shabbir Shaikh have promoted the talent hunt and provided an opportunity at the doorsteps of the youth of J&K to help them explore new vistas in the music industry.
Over 2000 talented youth of Jammu & Kashmir joined the online audition which was spread over seven days. This was followed up by offline audition for four days, two days each from Jammu and Srinagar. Finally, ten talented youth comprising vocalists and instrumentalists have been selected to form the J&K Band. This Band will be groomed before they showcase their talent on 18 Jan 2021 in Srinagar. While the entire Band will share the stage with famous singer Sukhwinder Singh, the top three will be performing with him. Post this performance, the Band members will be travelling to Mumbai for training and grooming and undertaking contractual performances
While interacting with the media, based on the recommended list provided by Press Council of India, Jammu, the Army Commander awarded “Certificates of Appreciation” to the outstanding media personnel, who have served the public interest in a fair, accurate and unbiased manner, especially during Covid times, bringing out the best form of truth but yet holding the national interest. The Army Commander commended all ranks of Northern Command for their dedication and devotion to duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. He brought out that the success of the Indian Army is due to its gallant and brave soldiers who have minimal requirements but will achieve victory every time even at the cost of their lives. He said it is never about the weapon but the man behind it who wins the battle.
‘KNOW YOUR ARMY’ MELA IN UPPER SUBANSIRI, ARUNACHAL
A ‘Know Your Army’ Mela was organised by Indian Army on 15 January at Government Higher Secondary School, Daporijo as part of the Army Day celebrations. The aim of the Mela was to spread awareness about armed forces among the civil population and motivate youth to join the forces.
The event included display of a wide array of state-of-the-art military weapons and equipment which demonstrated the technological advancement and military might of our country. During the event, the students were allowed to get hands-on experience of handling real weapons and it was the main attraction of the event. In addition to the above, Army Band Display was also organised. This event saw overwhelming participation from students and youth of the adjoining areas.
SOUTHERN COMMAND ARMY AWARENESS OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
Headquarters Southern Command organised a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial, Pune on 15 Jan being 73rd Army Day. Lieutenant General C.P. Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command laid the wreath and paid homage to all valiant soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice while safeguarding the sovereignty and integrity of the Nation. The Army Commander also conveyed his best wishes to all ranks, veterans, veer naris and their family members on the auspicious occasion and called upon all ranks of Southern Command to rededicate themselves to the task of protecting and safeguarding the motherland from both internal and external adversaries.
He said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic the Southern Command was operationally geared up to give a befitting response to misadventures by our adversaries and was prepared to thwart any challenge that comes on its way. He also reassured Southern Command’s commitment towards continued assistance to citizens in times of any calamities or natural disasters.
On the occasion of 73rd Army Day results for the Southern Command Army awareness campaign on the theme “Indian Army a Symbol of Unity in Diversity” which was run by Headquarters Southern Command through Social Media from 19 October 2020 to 10 January 2021 were announced.
The competition was organised in four disciplines namely video making, painting, slogan writing and photography. The response was overwhelming with over two lakh entries having been received from within the Army as well as civil society.
Out of 52 prizes at the National level, Puneites bagged five individual prizes. Lieutenant General C.P. Mohanty, GOC-in-C Southern Command gave prizes to the winners. The Army Commander felicitated and congratulated the awardees at the National War Memorial.
SWORDS & SHIELD AREA CELEBRATES 73RD ARMY DAY AT MUMBAI
Swords & Shield Area celebrated the 73rd Army Day at Shaheed Smarak in Colaba Military Station, Mumbai yesterday. Lieutenant General S.K. Prashar, General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area laid the wreath on behalf of all ranks. Several senior dignitaries attended the solemn ceremony of honouring the supreme sacrifice by our gallant soldiers made while safeguarding the sovereignty of the Nation.
The Indian Army remains steadfast in its resolve and commitment to serve the nation with vigour and professionalism of highest order.
DRDO, Army develop India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol
India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army. Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, have designed and developed this weapon using their respective expertise in the complementary areas. The weapon has been developed in a record time of four months.
The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre. 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
The weapon has huge potential in armed forces as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders, tank and aircraft crews, drivers/dispatch riders, radio/radar operators, Closed Quarter Battle, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations etc. This is also likely to find huge employability with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and Policing.
The machine pistol is likely to have production cost under Rs 50,000 each and has potential for exports. The weapon is aptly named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect”&“Hard Work”.
Keeping the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmnirbhar Bharat in view, this small step will pave way for self reliance and it is expected that the Services and Paramilitary Forces (PMFs) will induct this expeditiously.
GUYANA, INDIA SIGN CONTRACT FOR OCEAN-GOING VESSEL
It was a huge boost for the export initiatives of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, a Government of India Undertaking (GRSE), when the Harbour Department, Ministry of Public Works, Government of Guyana, signed the contract with the shipyard last week, to build an Ocean-Going Vesselat a cost of $12.7 million. The 1,700 tons vessel is to be used on the Coastal and Riverine Areas of Guyana, and shall be equipped with two Caterpillar Marine Diesel Engines coupled with Twin Disc Reduction Gear Boxes to achieve 15 knots speed.
GRSE has been a pioneer warship builder of the nation having delivered the highest number of warships till date, since its inception as a DPSU in 1960. The 106 warships built by GRSE so far range from Advanced Frigates to Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to Fleet Tankers, Fast Attack Crafts etc. with the Shipyard having many firsts to its credit including the unique achievement of having exported the first warship by an Indian Shipyard, CGS Barracuda to Mauritius.
GRSE has the capability to construct 20 ships concurrently, spread across its three production locations and having modernized its infrastructure with Modular Integrated Facility. This Project shall further consolidate GRSE’s position as a unique shipyard with all round capability to design and build warships and vessels for export with State-of-the-Art Technology. GRSE in the recent past has delivered 14 Warships in 42 months which clocks an average of a delivery every three months, a no mean feat.
The export initiative of the shipyard have gained momentum with the award of this order and it is expected that the coming years will see a marked rise in its export order-book.
Completion of coastal defence exercise sea vigil 21
Exercise Sea Vigil, the two-day coastal defence exercise, was conducted earlier this week, with Indian Navy being the nodal agency, has been completed. The conceptual and geographical expanse of Sea Vigil included the entire coastline and EEZ of the country and contingencies from Peace to War-time were exercised. In addition, mitigation measures, on shore, in case of any breach in coastal security were also validated.
The exercise involved deployment of the entire coastal security apparatus and more than 110 surface assets of Indian Navy (IN) and Coast Guard (CG) participated in the exercise. In addition, a large number of Marine Police and Customs assets were also deployed. The entire coastline was kept under surveillance by the IN and CG aircraft, and helicopters were also pressed into service to reinforce Special Operations personnel operating onboard offshore platforms.
As ports form the nerve centre of sea borne trade, security mechanism of ports was also validated during the exercise and the crisis management plans of all ports were assessed for their effectiveness to tackle emergencies. The State Police teams, Indian Navy Marine Commandos and Commandos from National Security Guard were exercised to tackle acts of maritime terrorism.
This exercise also validated the technical surveillance infrastructure called the National Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence (NC3I) Network. The Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurugram and its various nodes across IN and CG stations were exercised for coordinating the surveillance and information dissemination mechanism. The envisaged objectives of the exercise were met by the whole-hearted participation of all stakeholders.
The cooperation and coordination amongst various agencies involved is a reassuring sign of progress made in the realm of Coastal defence and the exercise would go a long way in enhancing coastal defence and national security in the maritime domain.
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