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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120214/nation.htm#5

Full faith in Army Chief: Antony

Tribune News Service

 

New Delhi, February 13

The government appears to have put the controversy over the Army Chief’s age behind with Defence Minister AK Antony today stating that he has full confidence in Gen V K Singh.

 

"The government has confidence in the present chief and that was conveyed in the Supreme Court also. Everything is clear and we have confidence in him," Antony told reporters when asked if Gen Singh has offered to resign after the apex court verdict.

 

Antony was speaking on the sidelines of a function organised by IDSA - a defence and strategic think-tank - here.

 

The Defence Minister’s remarks came on the day Gen Singh began a visit to Britain, the first by an Indian Army Chief since 2008. The Supreme Court held on February 10 that government's decision on Singh's date of birth as May 10, 1950, will apply to his service matters, forcing him to withdraw his plea contending that he was born a year later.

 

"I am very happy this controversy is over. It is my request to all my colleagues and all of you (the media) to please close this chapter and work together to strengthen national security," Antony said. After the Army Chief withdrew his petition, there has been intense media speculation that he would quit. But now the remarks by the Defence Minister indicate that Gen Singh is unlikely to step down.

 

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/defence-min-has-spent-70-modernisation-funds-antony/157870/on

Ahead of the Union Budget, Defence Minister AK Antony today said his ministry has spent over 70% of the modernisation funds allocated to it for the current fiscal.

 

The Defence Ministry has been sanctioned Rs 69,199 crore for capital expenditure outlay for finalising acquisition of major items such as 10 C-17 heavy-lift aircraft and 145 ultra-light Howitzers.

"Already by December 31, we had spent 66% of the budget. This is a record. By January, it will be more than 70%. From our side, we are spending all money for modernisation," he told reporters here.

 

The total budgetary allocation was pegged at Rs 1,64,415 crore for the Defence Ministry.

 

From the Rs 69,199 crore capital outlay, the army got Rs 18,986 crore, Navy Rs 5,688 crore, naval fleet Rs 7,320 crore and Air Force Rs 30,699 crore.

 

India is looking to spend over $100 billion in defence procurements in the next five years with several big ticket items such as six conventional submarines and 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to be procured by it.

 

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/im-happy-that-gen-singh-age-issue-is-over-antony/157786/on

I'm happy that Gen Singh age issue is over: Antony

Press Trust of India / New Delhi Feb 13, 2012, 12:17 IST

 

Defence Minister AK Antony today said the "unfortunate controversy" over Army Chief General VK Singh's age had come to an end with the Supreme Court judgement and asked his colleagues to close the chapter.

 

"I am very happy that this very unfortunate controversy is over. The judgement of the Supreme Court has come. I request my colleagues to please close this chapter and lets all work together to strengthen national security. National interest is supreme. Let us all work together," Antony told reporters.

The Supreme Court had ruled that the government decision on Singh's date of birth will apply to his service matters, forcing him to withdraw his petition. The apex court had, however, clarified that the judgement does not reflect on the competence and capability of the army chief.

 

Asked if General Singh has offered to resign in the wake of the judgement, Antony said, "Government has confidence in the present chief and that was conveyed to the Supreme Court also."

 

http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=189156

Indian gov’t says row over Army Chief’s age over

 

NEW DELHI: The Indian government said Monday the "unfortunate controversy" over Army Chief General V.K. Singh’s age is now over, after the country’s Supreme Court disposed off his case.

 

"I am very happy that this very unfortunate controversy is over. The judgement of the Supreme Court has come. I request my colleagues to please close this chapter and let’s all work together to strengthen national security. National interest is supreme. Let us all work together," Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony told the media in the capital.

 

On whether General Singh has offered to resign in the wake of the judgement, Antony, who embarked on a visit to Saudi Arabia, responded "the government has confidence in the present chief and that was conveyed to Supreme Court also."

 

The Supreme Court had last week disposed off General Singh’s case after he withdrew the petition following the apex court’s ruling that the government’s decision on his date of birth will apply to his service matters.

 

In fact, the Army Chief has two sets of birth date in the records. The records with Adjutant General’s branch, the government’s official record keeper, show it to be May 10, 1951 whereas in Military Secretary’s, it’s May 10, 1950.

 

The Defense Ministry had earlier twice rejected General Singh’s claim of accepting May 10, 1951, as his date of birth, instead of May 10, 1950, where the earlier date of birth would have given him an extension of 10 months in office, forcing him to move the Supreme Court against the government in an unprecedented case.

 

General Singh is due to retire in May this year as the government considers 1950 as his year of birth.

 

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http://www.deccanherald.com/content/226884/lt-gen-halgali-deputy-chief.html

 

http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/02/13/retired-indian-major-general-to-lead-hal-and-cae-helicopter-joint-venture-in-india/

Retired Indian Major General to Lead HAL and CAE Helicopter Joint Venture in India

 

 

BENGALURU, INDIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 13, 2012) – The Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), the joint venture owned equally by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE, today announced the appointment of Major General (Ret’d) Ajit Hari Gadre as Chief Executive Officer of HATSOFF.

 

“I am pleased to join an organization established by HAL and CAE, two of the world’s leading and most reputable aerospace and defence companies,” said Major General (Ret’d) Ajit Hari Gadre, now CEO of HATSOFF. “Since its opening in 2010, HATSOFF has set the standard in India for advanced helicopter simulator training, and I am convinced that simulation-based training will continue to grow and prove to be one of the best approaches for improving safety, operational efficiency and mission readiness.”

 

General Gadre spent 37 years with Indian Army as a commissioned officer, retiring in June 2009 as the Additional Director General of Army Aviation. In this role, he managed the operations, training, maintenance and logistics of the entire Indian Army Aviation Corps. Prior to this assignment, General Gadre was Commandant of the National Cadet Corps Officers Training Academy. He is an accomplished helicopter pilot and a qualified flying instructor with over 5,000 hours of accident/incident free flying. During his career, he also oversaw training operations at the Indian Army Headquarters for the entire Army Aviation Corps.

 

Currently, HATSOFF is offering training on the Bell 412, Eurocopter Dauphin, and the civil/conventional variant of the HAL Dhruv helicopters. An additional cockpit for the Indian Army/Air Force glass cockpit variant of the HAL-built Dhruv is expected to be added to the HATSOFF training centre later in 2012. HATSOFF uses a CAE-built full-mission simulator “mothership” that features CAE’s revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the full-mission simulator. When a cockpit is not used in the full-mission simulator, it can be used as a fixed-based flight training device. The HATSOFF training centre, located near HAL’s multiple complexes adjacent to HAL Airport, also features multimedia classrooms, computer-based training, brief/debrief facilities, a training management information system and crew accommodations.

 

About HAL

 

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a premier aeronautical complex of SE Asia, with 19 production divisions and ten R&D centres. HAL’s expertise encompasses design, production, repair, overhaul and upgrade of Aircraft, Helicopters, Aero-engines, Accessories, Avionics and Systems. HAL today provides one stop solutions for all the design needs of aircraft and helicopters in airframes, airframe systems, avionics, mission and combat systems using advanced design tools. The 19 manufacturing divisions of HAL are equipped with modern infrastructure with modern plant and machinery for production of fighter aircraft, trainer aircraft and helicopters. The current workforce is around 35,000 with over 50% having more than a decade of aircraft industry experience. It has also diversified into manufacture and repair/overhaul of Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine engines, and manufacture of structures for aerospace vehicles. www.hal-india.com

 

About CAE

 

CAE is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in over 25 countries. Through CAE’s global network of 34 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the company trains more than 80,000 crewmembers yearly. CAE’s business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, professional services and in-service support. The company applies its simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com

 

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