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A noble gesture to respect our protectors

 

Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Mrs Veena Nayyar, wife of Late Vice Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs Two Crores for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force for Next of Kins of service personnel who are martyred in the Line of Duty.

Mrs Veena Nayyar presented a Cheque of Rs 2 Crores to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi, a release issued today by the Ministry of Defence informed.

The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for Next of Kins of servicemen who die in the Line of Duty. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for the wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and Marriage grant for widows and daughters, the release informed.

The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Mrs Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life. 

DIAV is one of the primary organisations of the Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 Crores to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes, the release added.

#IndianNavy #IndianAirforce #MinistryofDefence #IndianArmy
01-March-2021
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Attestation Parade of paratroopers held in Bengaluru

 

As many as 158 recruits passed out from the Parachute Regiment Training Centre, Bengaluru, at an Attestation Parade of paratroopers held today.

They successfully completed 34 weeks of training and joined the folds of the Parachute Regiment as Paratroopers in Bengaluru today. The parade was reviewed by Brigadier Sunil Sheoran, Commandant, Parachute Regiment Training Centre.              

The Commandant, while addressing the parade, complimented the paratroopers on their impressive turnout and impeccable drill and urged them to imbibe and always follow the basic soldierly ethos of "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri".   

Recruit Ganesh Routa, who won the 'Best in Drill' award, commanded the impressive Passing Out Parade, while Recruit Lalit Singh Bisht was conferred with the award of 'Overall Best Recruit'.

#Bengaluru #IndianArmy
24-February-2021
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Command Hospital Air Force Receives Unit Crest


Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command IAF visited Command Hospital, Air Force in Bengaluru today.  

In a formal 'Hollow Square' organized on the occasion, the AOC-in-C presented the Command Hospital with its Unit Crest. The Crest was received by Air Vice Marshal Ashutosh Sharma, Commandant CHAFB. Crests are awarded to units to promote esprit de corps and celebrate their historical traditions. The Crest of Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore emphasizes its Motto of “Sarva Vyadhi Vinashanam” meaning “All Diseases be Eradicated”.

In his address to personnel of the hospital, the AOC-in-C congratulated the entire team of CHAFB for the highest quality health care provided. He especially complimented the Doctors, nursing officers and para-medical staff for their dedication and untiring efforts during the COVID pandemic.

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23-February-2021
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CAS on visit to Bangladesh

 

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM AVSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff, embarked on an official goodwill visit to Bangladesh today on an invitation from Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), a release by Ministry of Defence stated today.

Chief of Air Staff Bangladesh recently represented his country at the Chiefs' of Air Staff Conclave 21 at Air Force Station Yelahanka where he led a delegation to Aero India 2021 earlier this month at Bengaluru.

During the course of the four-day visit, the CAS and delegation are scheduled to interact with senior dignitaries and visit key operational bases of BAF. They will discuss the progress made in areas of shared interests and explore avenues to further mutual military cooperation, the release said.

The visit of the CAS to Bangladesh comes at a significant period for both Bangladesh and Indian Armed Forces as the two celebrate 50 years of the 1971 war. It will enhance the existing professional ties and bonds of friendship between the two Air Forces, the release added.

#Bangladesh #IndianAirforce
22-February-2021
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Bangladesh Navy Ship Prottoy visits Mumbai

 

Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS) Prottoy was on a visit to Mumbai from 14th to 15th February 2021.

The ship commanded by Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah with a crew of 137 personnel was docked at Mumbai Port Trust, a release issued by the Ministry of Defence said.

Due to COVID-19 imposed restrictions, routine courtesy call-ons, social get-togethers, exchange visits and other sports fixtures between the visitors and host naval personnel were avoided.

This visit of BNS Prottoy to Mumbai is significant in the backdrop that the two countries celebrated 50 years of Bangladesh independence recently. To commemorate the occasion, for the first time, a marching contingent and military band from Bangladesh participated in India’s Republic Day Parade. Since the formation of Bangladesh, both India and Bangladesh have come a long way in nurturing strategic and defence relationships and these bonds are gradually growing in mutual trust and confidence, the release added.


Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS) Prottoy was on a visit to Mumbai from 14th to 15th February 2021.

The ship commanded by Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah with a crew of 137 personnel was docked at Mumbai Port Trust, a release issued by the Ministry of Defence said.

Due to COVID-19 imposed restrictions, routine courtesy call-ons, social get-togethers, exchange visits and other sports fixtures between the visitors and host naval personnel were avoided.

This visit of BNS Prottoy to Mumbai is significant in the backdrop that the two countries celebrated 50 years of Bangladesh independence recently. To commemorate the occasion, for the first time, a marching contingent and military band from Bangladesh participated in India’s Republic Day Parade. Since the formation of Bangladesh, both India and Bangladesh have come a long way in nurturing strategic and defence relationships and these bonds are gradually growing in mutual trust and confidence, the release added.

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16-February-2021
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Air Force Chief launches HAVAI Portal

 

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria formally launched the operationalisation of ‘HAVAI’ portal in the presence of Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, Director (Ops)-HAL, DCAS-IAF and AOC-in C, MC-IAF during the ongoing Aero India 2021 today.

The E-portal is developed as part of inter-organization information sharing system (IOIS) under ‘Digital India’ initiative. Such an initiative has been taken up between two government organisations (IAF and HAL) for the first time. The e-portal will optimize long-term material planning and reduce the repair and overhaul cycle time. It will also reduce the time for finalization of tasking and budgetary quotation processes.

Welcoming the initiative, CAS said, "The E-portal will bolster the competencies of the Indian Air Force and HAL and lead to increased serviceability of IAF weapon systems. This would facilitate secure information sharing between IAF and HAL for better coordination, improved transparency and faster decision-making."

Mr Madhavan said, "The Customer-centric portal would go a long way in leveraging the benefits of information sharing in real time. It will also enable the visibility of HAL repair milestones, provide instantaneous budgetary quotations against IAF orders and give information on status of supply against Aircraft on Ground and repair tasks undertaken by HAL Divisions."

#IndianAirforce #HAL
05-February-2021
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HAL Receives RFP for Basic Trainer HTT40 from IAF

 

Defence aviation major HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Indian Air Force for their Basic Trainers requirement at the on-going Aero India 2021 in IAF base in Yelahanka, near Bengaluru. 

The documents were handed over to Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL by Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, DCAS and Mr V L Kantha Rao, DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence. 

The RFP is for 70 aircraft with an additional clause for 38 more. The certification will be given against the PCQR

The production will take place at HAL's two manufacturing units at Bengaluru and Nashik.

The RFP has come within six years from the first flight of HAL which is the shortest timeline in the aircraft industry. The trainer will have more than 60 per cent indigenous content and is supported by agencies such as CEMILAC, RDAQA andASTE.

#IndianAirforce #HAL
04-February-2021
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Third Batch of Rafale aircraft lands in India

 

The third batch of three Rafale aircraft landed at an IAF base a short while ago, an official tweet by the Indian Air Force informed.

They flew over 7000 km with in-flight refuelling.

The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from Istres Air Base in France.

IAF deeply appreciates the tanker support provided by UAE Air Force, the tweet added.

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27-January-2021
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Joint Armed Forces Exercise in Andaman Sea

 

In a bid to enhance joint operational readiness, Indian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale conjoint military training exercise "KAVACH" along with "AMPHEX-21" in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). It witnessed the participation of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Army Southern Command (SC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise involved participation and deployment of all forces of ANC, elements of Amphibious Brigade of Army's Southern Command along with corvettes, submarine and amphibious landing ships of Navy's Eastern Fleet and Marine Commandos. Jaguar Maritime Strike and transport aircraft from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard also participated in the exercise.

The exercise started with maritime strikes by Jaguar aircraft, Para Commandos and Marine Commandos carrying out Combat Free Fall at Car Nicobar with an aim to validate air dominance and maritime strike capability within the area of interest in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Prior to amphibious landing operations, troops of the Army, Navy and Air Force were mobilised and transported by sea and air in close coordination with all agencies.

As part of shaping the battlefield, MARCOS along with their combat loads and Air Droppable Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (ADR) were dropped over the Andaman Sea, enabling the Marine Commandos to reach the target with stealth and speed.  MI-17 V5 Armed Helicopters undertook precision targeting against designated enemy assets at sea and on land. The training exercise culminated with the beach landing operations by elements of Amphibious Brigade of Southern Command from INS Jalashwa, Airavat, Guldar and LCU MK-4 class of ships with 600 troops along with tanks, troop carrier vehicles and other heavy weapons. The logistic team demonstrated and validated the joint logistic system and its capabilities to respond to dynamic changes in operational situations and combat missions. The areas in which the exercise was conducted holds strategic significance for India.

The exercise also validated joint capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets, its synthesis, analysis and near real-time sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making. The joint force executed multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The tri-services exercise fine-tuned joint warfighting capabilities and Standard Operating Procedures towards enhancing operational synergy.

Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command visited the exercise area in the Southern Group of Islands to oversee the exercise and commended all Ranks for the high level of operational preparedness.   

#IndianNavy #IndianAirforce #IndianArmy
25-January-2021
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Induction of Indigenous Bridging System into Indian Army

 

In continuation of efforts towards Atmanirbharta and in close coordination with the private industry and DRDO, the Indian Army has inducted three sets of 10-metre short span bridges, which were formally handed over on 29 of December 2020 at the Talegaon facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited. 

The equipment will meet the important requirement of providing mobility to our forces by speedy bridging of gaps during operations.                                                

This accomplishment is a step towards weaning away our armed forces from foreign manufactured equipment with the Bridge indigenously designed, developed and delivered as per schedule. All stakeholders have put in concerted efforts to overcome challenges and realise the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government, which aims to ensure self-reliance and self sufficiency in meeting the defence needs of the Indian Army.

#DRDO #IndianArmy
31-December-2020