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DRDO SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES VL-SRSAM MISSILE SYSTEM

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The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM).The launches were carried out on Monday from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges including sea skimming targets.

The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range.

The launches were monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.

During the test launches, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.

The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful trials. Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, DD R&D & Chairman, DRDO, congratulated the teams involved in successful flight test of VL-SRSAM Missile System.

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INS Sardar Patel to conduct workshop on coastal security

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Gujarat boasts of a long coastline of about 1,640 km which is one of the longest amongst the Indian states. Additionally, the state has 102 major notified landing points. Fishermen form the largest community of ‘seafarers’ outside the regular organised seafaring community and therefore they are rightly called the “eyes and ears” for coastal security.

Owing to sensitive geographical location of Gujarat and periodic inadvertent crossing of IMBL by fishermen, a need was felt to sensitise fishermen about the dos and don’ts while they are out fishing. Also, in order to bring synergy amongst all stakeholders and to provide a platform for fishermen to interact with security agencies and to give a boost to the coastal security of the state a Coastal Security Workshop (CSW) will be conducted by Indian Navy at INS Sardar Patel Porbandar on 9 March.

This programme will have participation of all major stakeholders of Coastal Security, viz. Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police and Customs in addition to the local fisherman, the primary target audience of this programme.

The event will showcase various measures in force by all agencies in maintaining security in coastal region of Gujarat. It will be an interactive programme to discuss difficulties faced by local fisherman in collaborating with security agencies in disbursing/receiving the information in a timely manner.

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RAJNATH SINGH RECEIVES RS 92.56 CRORE DIVIDEND FROM MAZAGON DOCK SHIPBUILDERS

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received an interim dividend cheque of Rs 92.56 crore for Financial Year (FY) 2020-21 from Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), MDL, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (Retd) handed over the cheque to the Defence Minister in the presence of Secretary (Defence Production) Raj Kumar. With this, MDL has paid a total dividend of Rs 138.73 crore to the Government of India during FY 2020-21 including final dividend of Rs 46.17 crore for FY 2019-20. The company has declared interim dividend of Rs 109.11 crore @ 54.10 per cent of equity capital for FY 2020-21, Government share being 84.83 per cent. The CMD also briefed Rajnath Singh about the delivery of 3rd Scorpene submarine Karanj, due for commissioning on March 10, 2021 and commencement of sea trials of first ship Visakhapatnam of Project P-15B which is due for delivery later this year.

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Rear Admiral Vatsayan assumes charge as Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of NDA

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Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan has taken charge as Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of the National Defence Academy (NDA). The Admiral is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune (1986), Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, Naval War College, Mumbai and National Defence College, New Delhi. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1988 and specialised in Gunnery and missile systems in 1994.

He has done his specialist tenures on frontline ships of the Indian Navy, including as the commissioning crew of Guided Missile Destroyer and INS Mysore. He has also served as the Executive Officer of INS Mysore.

His Command assignments include a Coast Guard IPV, Missile vessels INS Vibhuti and INS Nashak, missile corvette INS Kuthar and Guided Missile Frigate INS Sahyadri (commissioning crew).His important staff assignments include Joint Director of Personnel, Director of Personnel (Policy), Director Naval Plans (Perspective Planning), Principal Director Naval Plans and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy & Plans) at Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Vishakhapatnam, before assuming charge as Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor at the NDA.

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INDIAN AIR FORCE CHIEF VISITS SRI LANKA

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff, arrived at Colombo on Wednesday on an invitation from Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). SLAF celebrated its 70th anniversary on 2 March and presentation of the President’s colours to two of its units on 5 March.

As part of his visit, the CAS attended the inaugural ceremony, during which a Flypast and Aerobatic Display is scheduled. The air show at Galle Face Colombo will see participation by an IAF contingent comprising of Suryakiran & Sarang Aerobatic Display Teams and Tejas LCA. The IAF contingent arrived in Colombo on 27 Feb 21. The flypast will be significant and reminiscent of the IAF’s Suryakiran Display Team performance at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of SLAF, two decades ago.

During the course of the two day visit, CAS is scheduled to interact with various dignitaries and the heads of Services of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka. IAF and SLAF have had consistent cooperative exchanges over the years and interact regularly through Headquarter level Air Staff talks to share valuable experiences in the fields of ground and flying training, professional military education, HADR & operational best practices. Recent years have also seen the two Air Forces increase inter-personnel engagements through exchange visits of serving personnel and families to both countries.

The presence of the CAS during the inaugural day of the Air Show reinforces the strength of IAF-SLAF ties. The visit will further strengthen the existing cooperative process and open up newer avenues of mutual interest.

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MULTIPLE MID-LEVEL CHANGES IN NAVY

Rear Admiral S. Venkat Raman takes charge of Goa’s Naval War College; Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma assumes the charge of Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi; Rear Admiral B. Sivakumar takes over as Admiral Superintendent of Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard. Commodore M. Goverdhan Raju takes the charge of Naval Officer-In-Charge, Andhra Pradesh.

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New Delhi: Rear Admiral S. Venkat Raman has assumed command of the prestigious Naval War College of the Indian Navy, at Goa. The Admiral took charge of the Navy’s Apex Training Institution from Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh. The Naval War College conducts training for senior officers, including foreign participants, on defence planning, strategic and operational subjects, with a view to promote a culture of strategic and operational thinking.

Rear Admiral Venkat Raman is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy Khadakvasla. Commissioned on 1 January 1990, the Rear Admiral is a specialist in Communications and Electronic Warfare and has tenanted various appointments onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy. His sea tenures include command of the stealth frigate Tabar. Prior to taking over command at Goa, the Rear Admiral was heading the Directorate of Naval Intelligence at Naval Headquarters.

He has completed several post graduate study programmes, including Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies in addition to a Masters in Management Studies from the College of Defence Management.

NAVAL SHIP REPAIR YARD KOCHI

Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) from Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal. Before assuming charge, Rear Admiral Sharma paid floral tributes at the memorial of ‘The Unknown Worker’.

Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1st Aug 86. Prior to this appointment, the Flag Officer has held various important appointments at IHQ MoD(N), Advanced Technology Vessel Program and Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.The incumbent Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, who spent fourteen months at the helm of NSRY(Koc), would assume charge as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) at IHQ MoD (Navy).

NAVAL DOCKYARD, MUMBAI

Rear Admiral B Sivakumar, took over as Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard, Mumbai from Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan. Rear Admiral B Sivakumar was commissioned on 1st Jul 87 and is a Post Graduate from IIT, Chennai. He is also an alumnus of National Defence Academy, College of Defence Management and National Defence College.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, he has held various operational, staff and dockyard appointments including Commanding Officer, INS Valsura. On promotion to Flag rank, he was appointed as Additional Director General, Project Seabird and subsequently moved as Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Western Naval Command, prior taking over the present assignment.

NAVAL OFFICER-IN-CHARGE, ANDHRA PRADESH

Commodore M. Goverdhan Raju took over as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) from Commodore Sanjiv Issar at an impressive ceremonial parade held in the Naval Base at Visakhapatnam. Cmde Raju is an alumnus of Sainik School, Korukonda and National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 July 1989 and is a specialist in Navigation and Direction.

He held a spectrum of highly challenging operational, staff and training appointments viz; the commissioning crew of INS Sagardhwani, specialist and executive officer appointments on frontline warships, Joint Director Staff Requirements at Naval Headquarters, Director (Training & Policy) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Principal Director (Training) at the premier training establishment, Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala) and Director, Maritime Warfare Centre (Vizag). He has also carried out the duties of Fleet Operations Officer of Eastern Fleet during Dec 2014-May 2016, and he concurrently carried out the duties as the Chief Coordinator for Static Review, Operational Demonstration, Passage Exercise, etc, during the prestigious International Fleet Review-2016 and contributed to its grand success.

He is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College, Mirpur (Bangladesh).He has the distinction of commanding four Indian Navy ships viz; Torpedo Recovery Vessel-71, Ocean Going Minesweeper Ratnagiri, Dhanush OPV Suvarna and Destroyer Ranvijay, as well as two shore units; the premier training establishment INS Chilka with concurrent charge as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Odisha), and the Forward Operating Base INS Sardar Patel with concurrent charge as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Gujarat).He is a proud recipient of Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) in 2014.

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IAF PARTICIPATES IN 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF SRI LANKA AIR FORCE

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The Indian Air Force aerobatic display teams, the fixed wing “Suryakirans’ and rotary wing ‘Sarang’, along with the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka last week on an invitation from Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). The Suryakirans, Sarang and LCA Tejas will participate in an Air Show at Galle Face, Colombo, scheduled from 3rd to 5th Mar 21 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of SLAF.

IAF & SLAF have seen active exchanges and interactions for a number of years in diverse fields like training, operational exchanges and through professional military education courses.

IAFs participation in the 70th anniversary celebration of SLAF is a further manifestation of the strong professional bonds that the two Air Forces share. The IAF Suryakiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) had earlier toured Sri Lanka in 2001 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of SLAF. As the IAF aircraft take to the skies of Colombo to mark the event, they will script another significant chapter in the traditionally strong IAF-SLAF ties.

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