SP's MAI - Issue No. 10 | May 16-31, 2016

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Are our politicians losing interest in India's defence?
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd)

    Given India’s increasing vulnerabilities and international demands to act as a net provider of security as a rising regional power, the defence allocation and expenditure needs to be supplemented to create the capabilities which the armed forces will need in future

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Dilemma of defence spending
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    A report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the defence budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous year...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Defence spending — Faux pas in MoD
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A.K. Antony, during his decade-long tenure as Defence Minister, maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more money could always be made available.

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Sea Harriers fly away into glory
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

    The illustrious and unique Sea Harriers of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 300 were given a befitting farewell in a function organised at INS Hansa, Goa, on May 11, 2016.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    FDI in defence remains elusive
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about foreing direct investment (FDI) in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said...

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    High-tech border fence — Good, but not enough by itself
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As reported in the media, the government has approved the establishment of a ‘Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System’ (CIBMS) for 24 x 7 x 365 surveillance of the border through technology.

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba is the CNS designate

    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, presently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, has been approved by the government to be the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of May 31, 2016.

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    MILITARY
    Exercise Chakravyuh-II culminates

    In a follow-up to Exercise Shatrujeet by the Strike Corps (Strike One) last month, the pivot formations held the fortnight-long military training exercise code-named Exercise Chakravyuh-II, which concluded on May 10 in the general area of Suratgarh in Rajasthan.

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    MILITARY
    General Dalbir Singh visits Armoured Corps Centre at Ahmednagar

    General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, visited the Armoured Corps Centre and School and the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, Ahmednagar, recently. General Dalbir Singh appreciated the laudable work being done by both institutions...

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    MILITARY
    Symposium of 100 years of tank

    A symposium on ‘100 Years of the Tank’ was organised by South Asia Defence & Strategic Review on May 2, 2016, at Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, in New Delhi on the occasion of the Armoured Corps Day.

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    MILITARY
    Indian warships enter Manama in Bahrain on a four-day visit

    Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Tarkash and Deepak under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, NM entered Manama on May 16.

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    AEROSPACE / SPOTLIGHT
    Chief of the Air Staff flies in light combat aircraft Tejas

    The Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the indigenously designed and produced LCA Tejas at the HAL in Bengaluru on May 17, 2016.

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    The IAF team sets course back at the end of a 'Perfect Flag'
    By SP’s Correspondent

    The prestigious Red Flag exercise 2016, has concluded its advanced aerial combat training between the Indian Air Force, the US Air Force and the US Navy on May 13, 2016.

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    AEROSPACE / FEATURE
    Aerial solutions for firefighting task

    The raging forest fires in Uttarakhand and the inability to douse the fires immediately has thrown up the issue of equipment and also strategy.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / VIEWPOINT
    Draft map policy: What about defence and security?
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, which is open to public for comments till June 3. Under this bill, the Central Government will set up Security Vetting Authority (SVA) whose permission will be needed for acquiring maps, geospatial data though space or aerial platforms...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Hillary Clinton's e-mail issue dogs her

    Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group in the US, has said that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an unsecured phone line when the secure line was experiencing technical issues.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Security company goof up behind Manchester United stadium bomb scare

    A suspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United’s stadium recently was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Parliamentary panel blames security for Pathankot incident

    The government came under a sharp attack from a parliamentary panel for lapses and failures in the Pathankot airbase security, and said “something was seriously wrong” with India’s counter-terror mechanism.

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    CORPORATE
    Boeing-equipped training centre enhances worldwide P-8A maintenance

    Boeing has equipped the US Navy’s new P-8 Maintenance Training Facility with a suite of realistic, interactive training systems...

  • CORPORATE
    New Directors take charge at BEL

    Two new Directors have taken charge at Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd on May 1, 2016. They are Girish Kumar, Director (Bengaluru Complex), and Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units).

  • CORPORATE
    European space industry operational: Agreement signed for Airbus Safran Launchers JV

    Airbus Group SE and Safran have signed an agreement for the second and final phase of their 50/50 joint venture, Airbus Safran Launchers.