SP's MAI - Issue No. 6 | March 16-31, 2017

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Visit of Bangladesh PM - Expectations
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Coming up next month in April is the all important visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

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    MILITARY / REPORT
    Modernisation of the Army — The current status
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    During the UPA-I and II the situation had deteriorated considerably and it was widely acclaimed that the new Modi Government which took over the reins of the country in May 2014 would rectify the situation.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Military modernisation kaput — And the curse of committees
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the government...

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    MILITARY / ANALYSIS
    Armed Forces Special Powers Act in J&K
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The debate on the removal/retention of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain districts of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has once again taken the centre stage.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Special Forces — Efforts to bridge equipment voids
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with news headlines “Army on Shopping Spree, Commandos...

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    MILITARY / SPOTLIGHT
    INS Shardul on joint EEZ surveillance in the South Indian Ocean

    In keeping with India’s national objective of ensuring a secure and stable regional environment to allow unhindered economic and social development, not just in India...

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    MILITARY
    Defence Minister hands over indigenous DRDO Naval Systems

    The Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley handed over three Naval Systems indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba recently.

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    MILITARY
    India-Russia Military Industrial Conference

    Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley while inaugurating the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference said relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy and Russia has been India’s long-standing time-tested...

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    MILITARY
    Indo-Nepal joint exercise Surya Kiran concludes

    Indo-Nepal Joint Military Training was held at Pithoragarh from March 7 to 20, 2017. Ekta Shakti Battalion of the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army and Durga Bahsh Battalion of Nepalese Army participated in the joint exercise named Surya Kiran-XI...

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    MILITARY
    Increasing infrastructure for digital army top priority: Dr Bhamre

    The Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre recently said that increasing of infrastructure for the digital army based on state-of-the-art technologies is a top priority of the government.

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    MILITARY
    Can you give us what we need: Asks Army Chief

    General Bipin Rawat chaired a combined session of ‘the user and the provider’ attended by renowned industrialists, academicians as well as the decision making hierarchy of the Army and released the ‘Compendium of Problem Statements Vol II’...

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    MILITARY
    Commissioning of INLCU

    INLCU L51 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on March 28, 2017, by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, at Port Blair. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Dilip Deshpande...

  • MILITARY
    First Bn 9GR celebrates 200 years

    The First Battalion of the 9 Gorkha Rifles which was raised by the British in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’ celebrated 200 years of its raising on March 16, 2017, at Secunderabad.

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    Indian Navy's TU-142M gets de-inducted
    By Our Special Correspondent

    After having served the Indian Navy with pride and élan for 29 years...

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    AEROSPACE / REPORT
    Airbus C295 on the horizon!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Induction of the Avro fleet into the IAF had begun in the early 1960s and having rendered over five decades of service, retirement of the fleet is certainly overdue.

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    AEROSPACE
    Inauguration of 'Test Bed' at INS Rajali

    Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, inaugurated the first ever Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Rajali on March 28, 2017. The IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological...

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    AEROSPACE
    F-35 successfully conducts first firings of MBDA's ASRAAM

    The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA advanced short range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM). The trials are the first time a British-designed missile has been fired from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter...

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    AEROSPACE
    New Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air Headquarters

    Air Marshal S. Harpal Singh has assumed office of Director General (Inspection and Safety) on March 21, 2017. Air Marshal S. Harpal Singh graduated with 56th course of National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the fighter stream...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    The decisive factor

    The Hermes 450 UAV division performs the most flight hours in the Israeli Air Force (IAF). In the first eight months of 2016, it clocked 16,807 flight hours.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Schiebel Camcopter S-100 heading towards MUM-T operations

    Schiebel and Patria have been working together to integrate Patria’s sophisticated Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) communication network...

  • AEROSPACE
    Ka-52 Alligator helicopters deliveries to Egypt soon

    Russian Helicopters, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Heron 1 UAV fully operational

    The Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at a ceremony to mark the achievement of full operational capability status by the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle at Murai Camp recently.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Pentagon contract announcement

    General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc, Poway, California, has been awarded a $98-million ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the MQ-9 technology maturation effort.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Theft at Kendall Jenner's home!

    The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has said it was investigating the ‘grand theft’ — burglary that took place at Kendall Jenner’s home.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Yet another intrusion at White House

    The White House, the most guarded place in the United States, is finding itself in a spot, being the most important place where individuals with no permission are trying to get...

  • INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Oscar mix-up, PwC executives get threats

    In the days since Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, during which La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture instead of Moonlight before the mistake was corrected, the fallout has accumulated to frightening levels...

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    CORPORATE
    HAL turnover at Rs. 17,406 crore; receives orders worth Rs. 21,000 crore

    Public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has achieved the highest ever turnover of Rs. 17,406 crore for the financial year...

  • CORPORATE
    BEL achieves turnover of Rs. 8,800 crore

    Navratna defence PSU the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has ended the year 2016-17 by registering whopping top line figure of about Rs. 8,800 crore (provisional), a growth of about 17 per cent...

  • CORPORATE
    CAE to deliver training services for NATO E-3A AWACS aircrews

    CAE has announced that it has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide comprehensive training services, including instructors...

  • CORPORATE
    DCNS and PT PAL cooperate for Indonesia's naval projects

    Following the visit of French President François Hollande to Indonesia, DCNS and PT PAL signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation in the submarine...