SP's MAI - Issue No. 21-22 | November 1-30, 2016

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Why victimise defence only?
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The forensic audit report by Deloitte on AirAsia India has revealed fraudulent transactions of Rs. 22 crore to parties in India and Singapore that do not exist

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Tactical Communication System for Indian Army
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army’s Tactical Communication System (TCS), which should have been fielded in year 2000, seems to be finally getting ready to kick-start early next year; after 17 years.

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Tactical Communication System - An update
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The communications in the tactical battle area is provided by static and mobile communications.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Xi Jinping - China’s ‘Core Leader’
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as the ‘Core Leader’ of China, which places him on par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Naval Commanders' Conference
    By Rear Admiral S. Ramsay (Retd)

    The biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference 02/2016 was held under the aegis of Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) from October 25 to 27, 2016.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Chinese Submarines to Pakistan - Eye on IOR
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China recently confirmed the sale of eight attack submarines to Pakistan, what is its biggest ever military deal estimated to be over $5 billion.

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    Commissioning of 4th inshore patrol vessel ICGS Rani Gaidinliu

    The fast patrol vessel ICGS Rani Gaidinliu of the Indian Coast Guard was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Indian Coast Guard...

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral G.S. Pabby, assumes charge as Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy

    Vice Admiral G.S. Pabby, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel of the Indian Navy on October 31, 2016. The Admiral is a graduate with honours in mechanical engineering and M. Tech in systems and controls from IIT Mumbai.

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral S.V. Bhokare take charge as Commandant, Indian Naval Academy

    Vice Admiral S.V. Bhokare, YSM, NM took charge as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on October 20, 2016.

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    MILITARY
    Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade is Director General of Naval Operations

    Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade assumed the charge of Director General of Naval Operations on October 21 — at the IHQ MoD (N). The Flag Officer was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 1, 1984.

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    MILITARY
    Indian amphibious warship INS Shardul enters Mauritius

    In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean region, Indian naval ship Shardul was at Port Louis on a three-day visit.

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    MILITARY
    US Navy commissions newest littoral combat ship

    The US Navy commissioned the nation’s seventh littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Detroit (LCS 7) on the Detroit River, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service.

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    MILITARY
    Army Chief visits LAC

    Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visited forward areas in Uttarakhand along the line of actual control (LAC) with China recently to review operational preparedness and infrastructure development in the region.

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    MILITARY
    10th Indo-Nepal joint exercise Surya Kiran commences

    Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran X commenced at Army Battle School, Saljhandi, Nepal. It is the tenth in the series of such exercise between the two nations and is scheduled from October 31 to November 13, 2016.

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    MILITARY
    India-Bangladesh exercise Sampriti 2016 begins in Bangladesh

    The sixth edition of India-Bangladesh joint military exercise ‘Sampriti 2016’ concluded on November 18. The exercise is on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous and jungle terrain under the United Nations Mandate.

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    MILITARY
    Indo-Sri Lanka joint military exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 concludes

    The Indo-Sri Lankan military exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 culminated on November 6, 2016, after 14 days of intense military training. The exercise concluded with an impressive closing ceremony held at Sinha Regimental Centre, Ambepussa.

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    Lockheed Martin F-16 for the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Decision by Lockheed Martin to transfer the F-16 production line to India would be contingent on whether the Government of India selects this aircraft for the Indian Air Force

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    AEROSPACE
    Award of President's Standard to 501 Signal Unit and 30 Squadron

    The President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the prestigious President’s Standard to 501 Signal Unit and 30 Squadron on November 10, 2016.

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    AEROSPACE
    GA-ASI conducts first flight of Avenger Extended Range

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, recently announced the successful first flight of its new Avenger® ER aircraft...

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    AEROSPACE
    Lockheed Martin delivers C-5M Super Galaxy

    The newest C-5M Super Galaxy was ferried from the Lockheed Martin facility to the 433rd Airlift Wing, the US Air Force Reserve Command unit at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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    AEROSPACE
    Air Chief inaugurates 64th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine

    The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha inaugurated the 64th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, organised by the ISAM in Delhi recently.

  • AEROSPACE
    DCNS and Airbus Helicopters join forces

    DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone programme.

  • AEROSPACE
    Singapore orders H225M helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Singapore Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M — medium-lift helicopters.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    President-elect Donald Trump rushed off the stage at Reno in a false alarm

    A man holding a sign saying ‘Republicans Against Trump’ at a Donald Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, recently was tackled by security agents, after shouts that he had a gun. Trump returned to the stage at a rally minutes later.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    SBI to re-issue six lakh debit cards

    In one of the biggest card replacements in Indian banking, State Bank of India (SBI) recently said that it will re-issue around six lakh debit cards to customers...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Michael Caine is Michael Caine

    Maurice Micklewhite is dead; long live Michael Caine. The legendary British actor has officially adopted the name you know and impersonate him by after getting fed up with increased airport security checks.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Lockdown at US Naval base in Japan

    A brief lockdown had been placed on a US Navy base in Japan recently after a report of shots being fired in one of the base’s building. “All clear at Fleet Activities Sasebo.