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Sunday, 3 February 2013

From Today's Papers - 03 Feb 2013
Army chief to visit Japan to bolster military ties
NEW DELHI: With India and Japan in the process of further cranking up their military ties across the entire spectrum, Army chief General Bikram Singh will be heading for Tokyo on a four-day visit later this month.

"The strategic-military partnership with Japan is evolving to a new level. General Singh, who will leave on February 11, will meet the Japanese defence minister, military chiefs and others to discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral ties. He will also visit some defence establishments," said an official.

The visit comes soon after India and Japan, both wary of the increasingly assertive behaviour of China and the rapid modernisation of its People's Liberation Army, held their first-ever maritime dialogue on January 29.

Ranging from joint combat exercises and coordinated anti-piracy patrols to counter-terrorism and service-to-service exchanges, India and Japan are implementing a "action plan to advance security cooperation".

The plan, which dwells upon strategic and defence cooperation as well as coordination in tackling terrorism, piracy and proliferation, is meant to reinforce the strategic focus in the "global partnership" between India and Japan, say officials.

"India and Japan have similar views on several global and regional issues like extremism, terrorism and WMD-proliferation. The two are also keen to ensure the safety of sea lanes in the Indian Ocean Region and Asia-Pacific because both depend largely on maritime traffic for their energy and trade needs," said an official.

"In addition to regular exercises being held between the Indian and Japanese coast guards, our naval warships are also conducting coordinated anti-piracy patrolling in the Gulf of Aden. We also have regular Navy-to-Navy staff talks," he added.,c9364592
Argon to supply Indian Army with CBRN training simulators

Argon has won its first major order from India, comprising a comprehensive suite of chemical detector simulators.  The order underlines Argon’s proven capability to develop products that permit cost-effective, best practice delivery, a skill that is increasingly being proven on an international scale with other recent contracts for the armed forces in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Sweden.

The equipment has been requested by the Indian Army's premier CBRN training establishment, the Faculty of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection at the College of Military Engineering, located in Pune, Maharashtra.  The order includes CAMSIM, ChemPro100-SIM and GID-3-SIM, reflecting the range of real CWA (Chemical Warfare Agent) detectors currently in service with the Indian Army.  Argon has worked closely with its local partners and end users to ensure that the equipment supplied will meet the current and future training capability requirements of the Faculty.

Argon Sales Manager for India, Patrick Hickmott, said, “We are delighted to have received this prestigious contract, which represents the Indian Army’s on-going commitment to delivering world class CBRN training through its Centres of Excellence.  Argon looks forward to further developing its commitment to offering state-of-the-art simulation training solutions that meet the dedicated needs of our clients in facing the global CBRN challenge.”

Argon will be presenting a paper on international best practice in CBRN detection training and exhibiting its latest products at the CBRNe India 2013 conference and exhibition, to be held at the Kothari Auditorium, DRDO HQ, New Delhi, India, on the 16th and 17th April 2013.
Indian armed forces' weapons procurement plans on hold as cuts in defence budget expected
New Delhi: The armed forces may have to trim some of their ambitious weapons procurement plans after indications that the defence budget could be cut by around four to five per cent if not more, as part of Finance Minister P Chidambaram's plans to lower the deficit.

This could delay the Indian Air Force's plans to buy the Rafale fighter jets or the Army's plans to buy light artillery for use in the hills.

The Navy's procurement could also take a hit although they have done far better than the other services in terms of indigenising procurement of ships and systems
Indian defence expert takes on intelligence agencies over revelation of Musharraf crossing LoC
New Delhi, Feb. 1 (ANI): Expressing disappointment over the explosive revelation that former Pakistan Army Chief Pervez Musharraf had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in 1999 and spent a night on the Indian-controlled side, defence analyst Bharat Verma on Friday said this latest disclosure is a major setback for Indian intelligence agencies.
Verma, who was responding to a poser on Pakistan Army Colonel (Retired) Ashfaq Hussain's book 'Witness to Blunder' wherein, he has exposed Pervez Musharraf and blamed him for the unwarranted aggression against India in 1999, and revealed that the former army chief had himself crossed over the LoC, said 'the revelation by Colonel Hussain, a former member of the ISI, Pakistan Army, in his book is a very major setback for India's intelligence agencies'.
 "If an army chief of an enemy country with four-star ranking is spending a night eleven kilometres inside Indian territory, it's a total collapse of the intelligence services of India, whether it is RAW, IB or military intelligence. That a general of the Pakistan Army can come in, can plan, can sleep inside Indian territory. And here, we are not talking of across the border intelligence, we are talking of intelligence failure right inside our own territory which is very difficult to digest for a citizen of this country," said Verma.

"The problem is that the amount of money a taxpayer is spending on security architecture, it is not giving the relevant output or the output that should have come to secure the nation. The nation is getting more and more insecure due to these continuous failures on behalf of the intelligence community," he added.
Hussain in his book says that 'the Kargil misadventure was masterminded by Major General Javed Hassan, General Mehmood and General Aziz. They made Musharraf agree to the plans, which later lead to a limited conflict between India and Pakistan'.
Leading television channels in India and Pakistan are quoting Hussain as claiming that Musharraf had himself crossed the LoC and spent a night on the Indian-controlled side.
"On 28th March 1999 General Pervez Mushrraf crossed 11 kms beyond the LoC on a helicopter and was escorted by Colonel Amjad Shabbir at a location named Zakriya"Mustakar," he says.

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