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Mig-29 fighter aircraft inducted in Navy suffers hydraulic snag A Russian-made MiG-29K fighter plane, recently inducted into the Indian Navy, developed a technical snag while landing at INS Hansa base in Goa but caused no casualties. CJ: Keshav Naik            Tue, Dec 07, 2010 14:17:20 IST Views:     12    Comments: 0 Rate:  1 out of 5 2 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 0.0 / 0 votes     A PILOT  of a MIG 29 K fighter aircraft with serial no 672 brought the aircraft to a halt safely after the aircraft suffered a tyre burst because of   hydraulic failure while landing at the Dabolim Airport on Monday evening, the navy has informed.   A Russian-made MiG-29K fighter plane, recently inducted into the Indian Navy, developed a technical snag while landing at INS Hansa base in Goa but caused no casualties.   MIG 29 K fighter Aircraft no 672 suffered a hydraulic failure and subsequently suffered a tyre burst while landing at the Dabolim Airport   ‘The pilot had to apply emergency brakes on the airstrip when the error occurred, resulting in a tyre burst’, Navy PRO Mahesh Joshi has said.   According to Navy officials Applying emergency brakes in case of hydraulic failure is a standard operating procedure.   MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multi-role fighter aircraft, which is recently inducted into Indian Navy and is based at INS Hansa.
Govt plans to rope in Indian Army to run AIR, DD Channels in case of strike Posted by admin on December 7th, 2010  With an indefinite strike by the 38,000-strong employees union of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati looks imminent; the government is planning to rope in Army personnel to man the stations of All India Radio and Doordarshan to ensure uninterrupted services.  The employees of Prasar Bharati will go on an indefinite strike from December 13. A similar 48-hours strike on November 23 had badly affected the broadcast services of both Doordarshan and AIR across the country. According to the employees union, since their issues and problems have not been addressed so far, the strike will begin on December 13.  “A GoM which was scheduled to meet on Tuesday is not meeting now. We have spoken to the top officials in Prasar Bharati today and we are not convinced that something is being done to address our concerns,” Kulbhushan Bhatia, secretary, National Federation of Akashvani and Doordarshan Employees (NFADE) union said. “We will go on strike as planned and this time the entire broadcast of Doordarshan and AIR will come to a stand still,” Bhatia said.  According to sources in AIR, Prasar Bharati has already sent a request for deploying at least 3,000 army personnel to man over 330 AIR stations. However, senior government officials declined that any such move has been made. When contacted, Aruna Sharma, director-general, Doordarshan, declined any such request made by Doordarshan.  However, government officials are confident that there will not be any strike. “We feel that the matter will be resolved within this week and there will not be any strike,” sources in the I&B ministry said.  The main problem, according to the NFADE, is delayed salary disbursal. Currently, the salary for Doordarshan and AIR employees comes from the reserve fund of Prasar Bharati via the grant-in-aid received from the government. “Officials say there is no money in the reserve fund and that is why salaries are delayed,” a senior AIR employee said.  However, as part of the solution to prevent the strike, the government is working on a proposal to fix the disbursal of delayed salaries. “This is a proposal whereby Prasar Bharati employees will get their salaries without delay directly from the consolidated fund of India,” a government source said. However the NFADE is not convinced and has called for the involvement of the I&B ministry. I&B ministry says it can not directly involve itself in Prasar Bharati as it is an autonomous body.  “The demand for repeal of the Prasar Bharati act was put before the GoM earlier. However, even the GoM did not take up the issue as it found it to be outside its purview,” sources in the I&B ministry said. Experts say the repeal of Prasar Bharati Act, 1990 can only be taken up if the standing committee on IT, which oversees the functioning of the Prasar Bharati, recommends it and the government accepts such recommendations.
Indian Army Eyes Networked Communication Programs   Aerospace Daily                                                                                                                                       Dec 7, 2010    NEW DELHI — Following initial delays, the Indian army’s Corps of Signals will soon have a Tactical Battlefield Communication System (TCS), Minister of State for Defense M.M. Pallam Raju said at a seminar in New Delhi Dec. 2.  The deployable wide-area network provides a secure communications infrastructure and network-enabled operating environment to cover communication needs on the battlefield. As India looks to shifting from Platform-Centric to Network-Centric Warfare, “a strong, robust and secure information grid is a prerequisite for this,” says Chief of Army Staff Gen. V.K. Singh.  The Indian army’s network-centricity efforts are being operationalized. “Once equipped, I see our armed forces increasingly harnessing the power of data and voice networks . . . that use information as a weapon to strike with pinpoint precision,” he says.
Indian Army formulates Preliminary Staff Qualitative Requirement for Future Main Battle Tank By Frontier India | December 7th, 2010 | Category: Indian Army News | No Comments »  After struggling almost 2 years, Indian Army seems to have finally made up its mind for Preliminary Staff Qualitative Requirement (PSQR) of Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT). Feasibility study on FMBT is being carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). FMBT is likely to be developed by the year 2020.  This comes after years of mismanagement by Indian Army of the Arjun Tank project. Arjun Tank project began with similar preliminary requirements and subsequently Indian Army asked for drastic changes which led to the unnecessary dragging of the project. Even after the parameters were met, Indian Army tried to wash their hands off the project citing it was too heavy. After being forced to induct, Arjun Tank has been inducted in small quantities. Arjun Tank defeated the Indian Army’s much favored Russian tank, the T-90 in a comparative trails.  This time, the government has insured that Indian Army puts its money where its mouth is and has made it more accountable for the development of the FMBT project.
Indian Army Celebrates the Convocation Ceremony of ‘Kshamta’ Empowered Jawans Filed under Press Release no comments  The Army has undertaken numerous initiatives aimed at empowering its soldiers, the primary aim being to enhance their capabilities and competence to handle both professional and personal aspects. The Indian Army today announced the convocation ceremony of its first batch of jawans under Project Kshamta, a unique skill building initiative undertaken in association with Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd.  The program is aimed at arming the soldiers with skills in demand by both the industrial and services sector, thereby equipping them with a viable chance for a second career post retirement. The convocations ceremonies held across 8 centers as part of Kshamta II, across the country felicitate 160 jawans. The function at the Madras Engineering Group and Centreat Bangalore was presided over by Senior Army Officer and also and also attended by Irina Ghose, Director, Education, Microsoft India.  Project Kshamta is one of the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army to empower its soldiers, the primary aim being to enhance their capacity and competence. The 1000 master trainers, who had been initially trained as a part of this initiative, have equipped 700 more soldiers with a similar skill set. The training module, created by Microsoft India, is backed by certification from reputed institutions, and necessary arrangements are also being made to help the individuals secure a job post retirement.  Speaking on the occasion, the Senior Army Officer, said, “We realize the need of developing the skills and enhancing the capabilities of our jawans beyond the battlefield. Project Kshamta helps us infuse confidence in them by facilitating trainings in IT skills as well as polishing their English speaking and soft skills.”  Irina Ghose, Director, Education, Microsoft India commented, “Microsoft India is proud to be associated with Project Kshamta and helping our jawans develop the requisite skills to enhance career opportunities post retirement. After the successful completion of Phase I we are encouraged to continue this initiative.”  Project Kshamta aims to provide digital literacy courses to jawans. In addition to enhancing the productivity of the soldiers while in the army, the training would further lead to personality development and open other avenues for the personnel once they leave the Army. Project Kshmata intends to train another 1000 jawans in phase II.
Wikileaks leak about India, Israel & Afghanistan  From Suzie Wang in Washington, Christina Palmer in New Delhi, John Nelson in Kabul and Ahmad-Almurad in Cairo                                                                                                     Termed as incompetent combat leader with unrealistic war doctrines                 Egotist, self-obsessed, petulant and idiosyncratic General                 Sought security from Americans for exposing Military-Extremists nexus                 ISI presence in India confirmed, no evidence of terror involvement    Hindutva Brotherhood deadliest, Shiv Sena dubbed immense threat                 Israeli MI Chief sought complete destruction of Iran            Mossad Chief raised Hit-Teams, planned elimination of Muslim leaders                 Shutting eyes from Indian activities in Afghanistan, living on drugs money    While the leaks of Wikileaks continue to give shocks and awes to the many global leaders and has exposed as to how safe, secret and secure the state of the most sensitive affairs of the Unites States’ government is, a careful and in-depth study of some out of the quarter million secret cable files, released by Wikileaks indicate what the US officials were holding in their chests and minds about India, Indian Army, Indian leaders, Israel and Afghanistan, reveal the findings of the Investigations of The Daily Mail.  These findings indicate that Wikileaks reveal that a cable sent from a US Mission in India termed former Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor as an incompetent combat leader and rather a geek. His war doctrine, suggesting eliminating China and Pakistan in a simultaneous war front was termed as “much far from reality”. Another cable indicates that General Kapoor was dubbed as a General who was least bothered about security challenges to the country but was more concerned about making personal assets and strengthening his own cult in the army. The cable also suggested that a tug of war between Kapoor and the current Indian Army Chief had divided the Indian army into 2 groups. Yet another cable suggested that the current Army Chief of Indian General VK Singh was having an aggressive approach and believes that “offense is the best defence”. General Singh has also been described as “Pakistan, China centric”, with an added aggression towards China. The cable mentioned General Singh as an egotist, self-obsessed, petulant and idiosyncratic General, a braggadocio and a show-off, who has been disliked (and barely tolerated) by all his subordinates. An earlier cable described Indian Army in gross Human rights violations in Indian Held part of Jammu and Kashmir while some Lt. Gen HS Panag, the then GOC-in-Chief of the Northern Command of the Indian Army was equated with General Milosevic of Bosnia with regard to butchering Muslims through war crimes.  The cable urged Washington to secretly divert UN attention towards the genocide of innocent civilians in Held Kashmir on the hands of Indian Army and also suggested that US should avoid holding any joint drill with Indian army until it stops inhuman activities in Kashmir. The cable termed one Lt. Col. AK Mathur as “Devil’s Advocate” at Srinagar. Another cable indicated involvement of top Indian Army leadership in engaging Hindu extremist militants to carry out certain terror operations to keep Indian Muslims on the back foot and to keep pressure on neighbouring Pakistan’s army and intelligence agencies, particularly the Inter services Intelligence . The cable did confirm the active presence of ISI in India but it refused to confirm any involvement of ISI in any terror incident across India and did confirm intelligence collection by its agents and operatives. Another cable confirmed that there was a nexus of top Indian army officials and extremist Hindu outfits. This cable suggested that an Indian Police officer, a counter terror specialist with the name of Hemant Karkare had exposed this nexus to some extent when he arrested a serving Colonel of Indian Army, Lt. Colonel Purohit for blazing a Pakistan bound train ( Samjhota Express).  The cable suggested that Hemant Karkare held a secret meeting with a senior US diplomat at New Delhi during the national day reception of a friendly country and briefed him about the gravity and the growing depth of the nexus between top Indian army leadership and the militant Hindu fanatic groups. Karkare sought the security for him and his family from the said American diplomat as he feared that the army and establishment would eliminate him as intended to move further to expose the network. He had further briefed the said US diplomat that a former Commander in Chief of the Central Command of the Indian army, Lt. General P.N Hoon was heading the militancy wing of the Hindu extremists and was getting full tactical, logistic and financial support from senior army officers. The day, Karkare was eliminated in a pre-planned ambush during the Mumbai attacks, a cable sent to the US read “we have lost an important link and a vital evidence”. Another cable sent to Washington termed Hindutva brotherhood in general and Shiv Sena in particular, as ticking time bombs with regard to militancy and terrorism. It was suggested that fund raisers like Hindu Students Council of America etc should be banned to raise funds as they were generating funds for the Hindu militant outfits under the garb of charity. Another file dubs Hindutva Brotherhood as a far bigger threat to regional and global peace that Taliban, Al-Qaeda and LeT and the later three were declared as “peanuts” if equated with Hindutva Brotherhood and Sangh Parivaar and Washington was urged to take up the issue with New Delhi. Another cable expressed grave concern over Indian government’s ability to handle naxal insurgency movement as 80 per cent of Indian nuclear and missile facilities were present in the insurgency hit areas of India while the Indian security forces were totally helpless in ensuring the writ of the government in that particular area, known as the “Red Corridor of India”. Another cable from Islamabad suggested that there were enough evidences of Indian involvement in Waziristan and other tribal areas of Pakistan as well as Balochistan. ISI Chief General Ahmad Shuja Pasha’s extension in services was termed as a good omen in one such cable and it was added that his further presence on the scene would enhance the agency’s abilities to combat anti-terror war. An earlier cable did rule out any direct or indirect involvement of ISI in 26/11 under Pasha’s command while Mumbai’s dossier, based on prime accused Ajmal Kasab’s confessional statement was termed funny and “shockingly immature”. Another cable confirmed the interception of radio communication by Pakistani and NATO forces in regional Indian languages in the Waziristan agencies  A cable sent from Israel described the then Israeli Military Intelligence Chief, Major General Amos Yadlin as an aggressive General. He was quoted in the cable as a dire seeker of “Annihilation” of Islamic Republic of Iran. In a meeting with an American diplomat, General Yadlin dubbed Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah’s weapons as “tools of terrorism” and not war weapons. He also showed immense eagerness to attack Syrian nuclear facilities. General Yadlin also told American diplomat that timeframe of Iran nuclear weapons preparation and timeframe to attack Iran were to be totally different issues. He also differed with Americans over the ability of Iran to prepare nuclear weapons and instead said that Iran has sufficient enriched uranium to manufacture a single nuclear device and may soon have enough for making another bomb. Iran is busy setting up two new nuclear installations, Yadlin told the US diplomat adding that M-I has indications that work has began on the installations, but did not comment on the sources. Yadlin, who was later-on replaced by Brigadier General Aviv Kochav, also spoke of Iran as the greatest threat facing Israel, not only in the nuclear respect. ‘Iran is sending its long arms to aid anyone who is working against Israel,’ Yadlin said. “Such assessments are undoubtedly weighing on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s mind as he considers the possible need for an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran”, the cable added.  Another cable from Israel stated that Mossad Chief, Meir Dagan very proudly told Americans that his special team had eliminated Hamas’s top military strategist Izzadin Sheikh Khalil through a terror plot. The cable informed Washington that in fact Dagan had established a number of “HIT TEAMS” through which he was getting engaged in non- intelligence operations and also used these hit men for certain personal vendettas as well. Another cable revealed that Dagan had planned to eliminate a number of Muslim leaders in terror operations through these hit teams and had diversified a fund of nearly $350 millions for the purpose, from the funds, sanctioned to him for traditional intelligence gathering and analysis. Yet another cable suggests that Meir Dagan, in a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William Burns, proposed Americans a five point agenda to fix Iran. The focus of the agenda was to change the regime at Tehran and to launch an ethnic movement through out Iran to destabilize the country before launching the final attack.  Wikileaks’ leaks further reveal that a cable from Kabul termed Afghan President as the “patron-in-chief” of the Afghan drug mafia. The cable, citing certain verified UNODC figures stated that Karzai was living on the mercy of Afghani war lords who, with the passage of time had transformed into the drug lords. The cable stated that there was an annual drug trade of 3 trillion US Dollars from Pakistan while the Karzai administration was keeping the mum over the same. Another cable stated that Indian involvement in Afghanistan was increasing considerably and all was going on with the consent and knowledge of President Karzai and his administration. The cable further reads that growing Indian influence and presence in Afghanistan was focused towards Pakistan and China both simultaneously. Another cable stated that Karzai was counting a lot on drug money to contests the last presidential elections. Another cable also elaborated gross irregularities in Afghan Presidential polls last year.
Top Russian army official on India visit      * Story     * Comments   Post a comment Email this article Mail This Article                                Print this article Save this article My Saved articles Login Register@indiatimes Reduce font size Increase font size Share on Hotklix Share on Facebook Share on Yahoo Buzz! Share on Twitter Hotklix              Digg Google Bookmarks        StumbleUpon Reddit              Newsvine Live Bookmarks    Technorati Yahoo Bookmarks  Blogmarks            Facebook  ApnaCircle Read more on »nikolai makarov|moscow|brahmos aerospace ltd|army MOSCOW: The chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen Nikolai Makarov , will be visiting India Dec 7-9 to discuss bilateral military cooperation, the Russian defence ministry said on Tuesday.  Makarov will meet his Indian counterpart, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, and other senior military commanders. The two sides will focus in particular on the preparation for the Indra 2011 joint military drills.  During his stay in India, Makarov will also visit the BrahMos Aerospace Ltd , a Russia-India joint venture manufacturing supersonic cruise missiles, and the headquarters of the 50th independent parachute brigade, the first Indian airborne unit formed in 1941.  The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint Indra exercises since 2003. The latest drills were held in October this year in the Himalayas.  Russia sent more than 200 troops from its 34th mountain brigade, based in the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the exercises.
Air Cmde B Chandra Sekhar is AOC Eastern Air Command, Adv Hqs By Frontier India | December 7th, 2010 | Category: Indian Air Force News | No Comments »  Air Cmde B Chandra Sekhar has taken over the charge of Air Officer Commanding of Eastern Air Command’s (EAC) Kolkata based Advance Headquarters.  The Advance HQs of EAC is responsible for close liaison with the Indian Army’s Eastern Command and the West Bengals Naval Formation in order to maintain a Synergy of a high degree between the three services in the Eastern theater. The AOC of Advance HQs EAC would also responsible for close liaison with the civil administration of West Bengal for aid to civil authority in times of natural calamities etc.  Air Commodore B Chandra Sekhar  Air Commodore B Chandra Sekhar Air Cmde B Chandra Sekhar is an experienced helicopter pilot with over 5300 hrs and was commissioned in the year 1984. He has flown all types of helicopters and trainer in the IAF’s inventory today. He has a Masters degree in Management from the college of Defence Management where he has also been an instructor. Air Cmde B Chandra Sekhar has served in the UN Peace Keeping Missions abroad. He also specializes in use of helicopters in varied High Altitude roles. He has the distinction of landing the first MI-17 in the Siachen glacier.

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