SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Army hopes that an accident involving its new M777 ultra-light howitzer in September will not delay the scheduled induction of the guns from next year, allowing the force to keep its artillery-modernisation programme on track.
The gun was partly damaged when a 155mm artillery round misfired and exploded in its barrel during a drill at Rajasthan’s Pokhran firing ranges. The weapon, manufactured by BAE Systems, was one of the two howitzers that arrived in New Delhi this May as part of a Rs 5,000-crore contract signed with the United States in November 2016. It is a key component of the Army’s field artillery rationalisation plan (FARP), cleared in 1999. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WEEK
A team of 20 specialists doctors of Indian army, based in the Congo, is working relentlessly to save the lives of their counterparts of the Tanzanian army, who sustained severe injuries in one of the worst attacks on United Nation peacekeepers in the African nation. They have even managed to save the lives of at least 38 Tanzanian army personnel so far.
Indian army, also posted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for peacekeeing measures, sprung into action after heavily armed militants killed at least 15 peacekeepers and five soldiers in an attack on their convoy on December 7. Continue reading
Engines that can withstand low temperatures and run on different fuel with better insulation are among the priorities of the Indian Army, said the vice-chief of the Indian Army staff, Lt Gen Sarath Chand. He pointed out that Coimbatore could look at manufacturing small arms and ammunition for them.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Solution to problem statements, Make in India to Made in India, and to win India’s wars with Indian solutions’ here on Friday, Lt Gen Sarath Chand said, “We keep talking about fighting the western and northern borders. While people and media hype that we should be worried about the western border, it is the northern border that is tough to fight.” He added, “We need vehicles with engines that can operate at cold temperatures. The terrain is different too.” Continue reading
India is Afghanistan’s “most reliable regional partner”, the Pentagon told the US Congress on Friday as it welcomed additional economic, medical, and civic support from New Delhi to the war-torn country. “India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner and the largest contributor of development assistance in the region,” said the Pentagon in its report to the Congress titled ‘Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan’.
This assistance includes civil development projects such as the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam and the Afghan parliament building, the report said. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
Besides the challenge posed by the adversary, the Indian Army was left fighting another war at its rear during the Kargil conflict and Operation Parakaram — that of scarce supplies of military equipment and ammunition.
Underscoring the critical importance of having indigenous solutions to fight wars, the Indian Army’s vice-chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand was quoted by military portal DefenceAviationPost.com as saying: “After attacks on Indian Parliament, we were very keen to teach Pakistan a lesson. We had mobilised and some of the formations had actually started moving also… but we had to halt our troops on their tracks as were not sure if we were adequately prepared with our equipment and ammunition”. Continue reading
A few Armyregimental centres have taken to publically destroying mobile phones of recruits if they are caught using them in violation of rules to send a stern message down the ranks that indiscipline will not be tolerated during training programmes.
This unusual measure to enforce discipline at some regimental centers, where recruits undergo 11 to 12 months of training to become soldiers, has come to the fore after a video of such an incident went viral a couple of days ago. Continue reading
Camarederie and bonding were at full display today when the old boys of the Indian Army and the Mukti Joddhas, who fought shoulder-to-shoulder to liberate Bangladesh in 1971, reunited to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the war with Pakistan.
Recounting tales of valour and courage at the Armys Eastern Command headquarter Fort William here, the Mukti Joddhas (liberation warriors of Bangladesh) and war veterans talked of how they coordinated with each other to force the Pakistan Army to surrender. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
In November, India and China concluded the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC). Both sides reviewed the situation sector wise and agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an important prerequisite for the sustained growth of bilateral relations. The two sides also exchanged views on further confidence-building measures and the strengthening of military-to-military contacts.
Established in 2012, WMCC is an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between their border security personnel. Continue reading
Force cannot bring peace in Kashmir and governments should take risks for it, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “uninvited” visit to Lahore was one such risk but unfortunately it was followed by a terror attack in Pathankot, she said.
According to Mehbooba, who was speaking at the Ideas Conclave organised by India Foundation, a think tank of which patrons are senior BJP leaders, the peace measures taken by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee led to de-escalation of tension for almost 10 years. “Force alone cannot change the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. It requires the government to take risks just as PM Modi visited Lahore uninvited. It was statesman-like,” she said. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Pioneer
Bangladesh celebrates December 16 as its Victory Day. It was on this historic day that 93,000 Pakistani soldiers and officers led by Lt General AAAK Niazi surrendered to Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora, commander of the India-Bangladesh joint command, at Dhaka’s Raman Race Course Maidan.
This day is a special occasion for the muktijodhdhas who recall their own heroic exploits and also that of their Indian comrades in arms like Albert Ekka. MVC of the Guards Regiment, and 18-year-old Anshu Prasad of the Mahar Regiment, during the final phase of the nine-month-long Liberation War of Bangladesh. Continue reading
Exercise Ekuverin, the joint military exercise of the Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force, commenced on Friday with a colourful opening ceremony at the Maratha Centre here. The focus of the eighth annual joint military training event is to enhance interoperability between the two forces for counter-terrorist operations in semi urban environment.
The opening ceremony included the fly-past by the Army Aviation helicopters with flags of both the countries followed by review of the contingents by Brig Govind Kalvad, Commandant Maratha Centre. The Pipes and Drums Band of Sirmoor Rifles carried out a spectacular display while the traditional Sword Display by Sikh troops of BEG, Kirkee mesmerised the audience. Continue reading
SOURCE: DECCAN CHRONICLE
India’s first Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) hackathon – Hackadrone 2018 – will be held in Hyderabad in February next. The programme will be organised by Cyient Ltd and DJI in sponsorship with government of Telangana and Microsoft.
The event, to be held between February 5 and 9, will witness participation from people across India who aspire to develop innovative commercial and industrial solutions using the latest drone technology. It is open to developers, start-ups, college students and independent software programmers from across the country. The participants will compete to develop original software applications on drone platform for utilities, telecommunications, energy and natural resources, smart cities, navigation, security, transportation and agriculture. Continue reading
Following allegations and counter-allegations made ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi faces a defamation suit of Rs 5,000 crore from Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The matter has now reached the Gujarat high court. The group’s Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd had filed the defamation suit with a civil court in Rajula in Amreli district taking exception to “false, defamatory and libellous statements” in connection with the contract awarded in the Rafale deal.
On November 30, Singhvi had said in Delhi that Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was fooling people by saying that the government had not waived loans of big defaulters. Singhvi had said, “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and of those, the three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.” Continue reading
HPT 32 (HAL piston trainer 32), an aircraft popularly known as ‘Deepak’ that was decommissioned from service, was gifted to Raman Science Centre and Planetarium (RSC) by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, air-officer-commanding-in-chief, at a function held on Friday.
HPT-32 is an Indian prop-driven primary trainer manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).India’s indigenously built HPT-32 ‘Deepak’ by HAL was used for initial pilot training and other utility tasks. ‘Deepak’ was developed by HAL for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace the tandem two-seat HT-2 basic trainer and undertake a range of other utility roles. Continue reading
A battle-hardened veteran, who was in the midst of heavy action in Dacca (now, Dhaka) during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Colonel (retired) Ashok Kumar Tara, is no stranger to limelight. During the war, Colonel Tara was told to rescue Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s wife and family, which included his 24-year-old daughter Sheikh Hasina (current prime minister of Bangladesh) and her child.
The family was held hostage by a dozen trigger-happy, heavily armed Pakistani troops at a fortified house in the Dhanmondi area in East Pakistan (now, Bangladesh). Continue reading