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Navy’s largest solar power plant commissioned

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The move is in line with the government’s initiative of ‘National Solar Mission’ to achieve 100GW of solar power by 2022.

Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, commissioned a 3 MW solar power plant at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, on Thursday, via virtual conferencing. This is in line with the Government of India initiative of ‘National Solar Mission’ to achieve 100GW of solar power by 2022.

The solar plant is the largest in the Indian Navy and has an estimated life of 25 years. All components have been indigenously sourced, including 9180 highly efficient monocrystalline solar panels employing the latest technology. The project has been executed by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON).

Despite heavy monsoons and restrictions due to Covid-19, all concerned agencies including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) continued work on the project adhering to all guidelines/ protocols against Covid-19 and executed the work in a timebound manner. The Solar Power Plant project will help Naval Station Ezhimala in reducing the carbon foot print and is one of the many initiatives undertaken by INA towards a clean and green environment. Surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.

2 solar power plants inaugurated

Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, e-inaugurated the first Two Mega Watt Capacity Solar Power Plant of the Western Naval Command on 20 Jul 2020. The Plant has been installed at Naval Station Karanja and is one of the largest solar plants in the region. The solar plant comprises of 100% indigenously developed solar panels, tracking tables and inverters. The plant is grid interconnected utilising the state of art single axis sun tracking technology with computerised monitoring & control. The project is a significant step by the Indian Navy towards harnessing solar energy and use of renewable source of energy for meeting the power supply requirement of naval station.

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PASSING OUT PARADE, VALEDICTORY FUNCTION AT INS VALSURA

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A total of 34 officers including 10 officers from friendly foreign countries successfully completed their Electrical Specialisation Course O-173 from the portals of INS Valsura, the premier Electrical training establishment of the Indian Navy. The valedictory address for the passing out ceremony was delivered by Vice Admiral S.R. Sarma, Chief of Materiel over video conferencing. 

The Admiral advised the officers to imbibe the ethos enshrined in the ‘Chetwode Motto’ while executing their duties as leaders of men. During his address, the Admiral highlighted that in a quest to prepare personnel for onboard challenges, training at INS Valsura has kept pace with rapid advancements in the field of technology. 

The Admiral also complimented the staff of INS Valsura, who, despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic have effectively managed to equip all trainees undergoing training at Valsura with sound professional skills and leadership attributes required to serve the nation diligently. Commodore Ajay Patney, Commanding Officer, INS Valsura reviewed the Passing-Out-Parade (POP) of the course and awarded trophies and certificates to officers who excelled in academic, sports and extra-curricular activities of the 95 weeks professional training. 

The FOC-in-C (South) Rolling trophy and Book Prize for standing first in order of merit amongst International officers was awarded to Lt Cdr Aliyu Suleiman from Nigerian Navy and the coveted Admiral Ramnath Trophy for ‘Best All-round Officer’ was awarded to SLt Vikrant Nagpal. Commander AR Khandekar Rolling Trophy and Book Prize for standing first in Overall Order of Merit of the course was awarded to SLt Jacky Modi and the Commanding Officer, INS Valsura Rolling trophy for ‘Best Sportsman’ was awarded to SLt Harshavardhan Mohite.

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Thales develops new, ultra compact surveillance radar

The AirMaster C has enhanced target detection capabilities
for fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and UAVs.

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Threat detection, identification and surveillance missions depend on a force’s ability to operate in any type of environment and all weather conditions. Drawing on its experience with the successful Master series of radars, Thales has developed a new, ultra-compact surveillance radar with enhanced target detection capabilities for fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. With its low integration and operating costs and high availability and performance, the AirMaster C sets a new standard for airborne radars. The nature of armed confrontation is constantly evolving. From the intrastate conflicts of the post-Cold War period to the asymmetric threats of the early 21st century and, more recently, the resurgence of rivalries between major powers, armed forces around the world must constantly adapt as they face different types of adversaries in a diverse array of environments: open ocean, coastal areas, remote deserts and urban spaces. 

Responding to these rapid changes, Thales has developed the AirMaster C, a new surveillance radar with an ultra-compact, programmable 2D active antenna based on SiGe (silicon-germanium) technology. SiGe is much more energy efficient than other technologies used for AESA radars, and allows the radar to selfcool. Weighing less than 20 kg and housed in a single unit design, the radar has a 30% lower SWaP (size, weight and power) than the other radars in this class. In addition to this breakthrough SiGe technology, other innovations are deployed. Multi-polarisation (a capability displayed by many cameras) will allow the radar to automatically select the optimal settings to maximise detection performance on each mission. The radar also offers a simultaneous short-range and longrange detection capability, similar to the human eye, for instantaneous surveillance.

 With its 2D navigation and weather modes, the AirMaster C will also provide valuable navigation support in all types of environments and weather conditions. The AirMaster C is a smart software-defined radar designed to reduce aircrew workload. With its autonomous sensors, self-learning functionality and the ability to analyse and classify huge volumes of data, the radar can automatically adapt to different uses, terrains and environments. The AirMaster C builds on the innovative design and proven success of the Master series. Notified by the French Armament General Directorate (DGA), preparatory studies are being carried out by Thales in collaboration with Airbus Helicopters for the integration of the AirMaster C on board the Guépard helicopter. 

This is the future light joint army helicopter, which will have to carry out a wide variety of missions for the three French armies.“We’re proud to present the latest addition to the Thales family of airborne surveillance radars, the AirMaster C, which meets the full range of current and future operational requirements. With this new product, Thales offers an optimised surveillance solution for a broader array of platform types and operators, ensuring they benefit from the highest levels of mission performance as they face the new challenges ahead.” said Hervé Hamy, Vice President for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Thales.

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India announces Quad in military

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The Malabar-2020 maritime exercise scheduled to be held next month will have Australian Navy as the fourth participant, completing the much talked about Quad in military. Malabar-2020 will see the navies of India, United States, Japan and Australia coming together to conduct the maritime exercise. The Malabar series of naval exercises started in 1992 as a bilateral Indian Navy-US Navy exercise. Japan joined the naval exercise in 2015. This annual exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea in 2018, off the coast the Japan in 2019 and is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea later this year.

 As India Seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy. This year, the exercise has been planned on a ‘non-contact – at sea’ format. The exercise will strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the participating countries. The participants of Exercise Malabar 2020 are engaging to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain. They collectively support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and remain committed to a rules based international order. 

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81ST RAISING DAY OF the CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE

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The Corps of Military police, the epitome of discipline and light of guidance to the armed forces be it in war or peace having completed 80 years of yeoman service celebrated their 81st Raising Day on 18 October 2020.The force has proved its worth in all the wars fought by India both pre- and post-Independence. Be it guidance to advancing force, management of Prisoner of War Camp, traffic management, various ceremonial activities and piloting the VIP convoys during peace, the force has evolved from strength to strength. The force is also now inducting women recruits, another proud achievement of the Corps. 

The Corps has been rendering invaluable service in the upkeep of good order and discipline and in strengthening the moral fabric of the Army. It has closely monitored the changing social dynamics impacting the organisation and works towards finding pragmatic solutions to maintain optimal standards of discipline, a continued reverence of the rich cultural ethos of the Army and an enviable internal health of the organisation. On this occasion, Lieutenant General CP Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command complimented all ranks of Corps of Military Police for living up to their motto ‘Seva Tatha Sahayata’ and urged them to continue working hard for maintenance of law and order within the force both during peace and war.

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PLEDGE-TAKING CEREMONY ON COVID-19 AT APS UDHAMPUR

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In continuation of the fight against Covid-19 and as part of the Jan Andolan movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 October 2020 where he appealed everyone to unite in the fight against corona, a “Pledge Taking Ceremony” was organised at Army Public School, Senior Wing, Udhampur (J&K) on Monday. Lt Col Abhinav Navneet, PRO (Defence) Udhampur, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Principal, APS Udhampur, Teaching Staff, Administrative Staff and NCC students of APS Udhampur attended the ceremony. 

The aim of the Ceremony was to encourage the participation of Teachers, Administrative staff & Students to spread awareness about Covid appropriate behaviours. Sanjeev Kumar, Principal, APS Udhampur, in his address said that APS family is not leaving any stone unturned in spreading awareness among children & their families through various activities and online classes. This is another initiative in the same line. 

He mentioned with great pleasure that there hasn’t been any corona case till date in APS family comprising of 200+ staff members and around 4000 children & their families. Lt Col Abhinav Navneet, PRO (Defence) Udhampur during his address briefed the Staff and Students of APS, Udhampur about the Jan Andolan movement launched by the Prime Minister Modi and reiterated the Prime Minister’s key message of “Wear a Mask, Wash Hands, Follow Social Distancing and practice Do Gaj ki Doori”. 

The PRO emphasised on the need to create awareness amongst fellow residents of Udhampur about coronavirus, to offer social and mental assistance to those in need, to encourage physical social distancing and stop any form of discrimination, to spread awareness on Myths related to Corona virus & to follow all guidelines issued by the Government. All teachers and staff were also briefed about the online pledge taking through pledge.mygov.in website.

 The media fraternity present during the ceremony was requested for dissemination of the Jan Andolan Movement throughout the UT of J&K & Ladakh, using all media platforms. The entire Staff & selected students of Army Public School, Udhampur, pledged collectively to prevent the spread of Covid-19 under the Jan Andolan initiative. 

The staff also promised to be vigilant and take all necessary steps to prevent and minimising the impact of the disease by imbibing key Covid behaviours in students and encouraging other to emulate. The joint efforts of all stakeholders in the national fight against Covid 19 will ensure that the people of the country remain safe and healthy. As brought out by the PM, “Together we will succeed and win against the Covid-19”.

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BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully test fired

The missile, which as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s ‘invincibility’, hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing
high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

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BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile, was successfully test fired on Sunday from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres. BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy. The highly versatile BrahMos has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia.

 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch. Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy and industry for the successful feat. He stated that BrahMos missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian armed forces in many ways.

 About BrahMos

 BrahMos is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated. The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the missile closer to 3 Mach speed in cruise phase. Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software provides the missile with special features. The missile has flight range of up to 290-km with supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker engagement time and non-interception by any known weapon system in the world. It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target. Its destructive power is enhanced due to large kinetic energy on impact. Its cruising altitude could be up to 15 km and terminal altitude is as low as 10 meters. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs. 

Compared to existing state-of-the-art subsonic cruise missiles, BrahMos has 3 times more velocity, 2.5 to 3 times more flight range, 3 to 4 times more seeker range, 9 times more kinetic energy. The missile has identical configuration for land, sea and sub-sea platforms and uses a Transport Launch Canister (TLC) for transportation, storage and launch. BrahMos is the first supersonic cruise missile known to be in service. Induction of the first version of BrahMos Weapon Complex in the Indian Navy commenced from 2005 with INS Rajput as the first ship. All future ships being built and ships coming for mid-life upgradation will be fitted with the missile. 

The Indian Army has also inducted three regiments of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. It is in service with Ship based Weapon Complex (Inclined & Vertical Configuration), Land based Weapon Complex (Vertical Launch Configuration from Mobile Autonomous Launcher) In Progress, Air launch version (successfully test-fired in 2017, creating history). The cannisterised missile is capable of being launched vertically from underwater and had been successfully flight tested from a submerged platform. Deployment depends on the requirement of the Indian Navy or navies of friendly countries. The air launched version has been developed and has lesser weight and additional rear fins for aerodynamic stability during separation from the aircraft during launch. The missile has gone through complete cycle of ground trials. The required modifications in SU-30 MKI for interface with the missile launcher and integration with the weapon control of the aircraft are being carried out together with Indian Air Force and Sukhoi Design Bureau. BrahMos missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force‘s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

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