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Monday, 17 June 2013

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130617/main3.htm
India-made trucks may push Tatra out
Will ramp up indigenous production and reduce Army's dependence on foreign vendors
Ajay Banerjee/TNS
New Delhi, June 16
Considered as the 'backbone' of the Indian Army's rapid response to any attack along the western front for long, the Czech-built Tatra trucks may not be purchased from now on. The reason: India-built trucks have now improved a lot and could be selected for forthcoming expansion drive or replacements for Tatra trucks, resulting in saving foreign exchange and unhinging India's reliance on foreign suppliers.

Purchase of Tatra trucks had become controversial and the contract of 1,676 high-mobility Tatra trucks was stopped after former Army Chief Gen VK Singh alleged in February 2012 that there was an attempt to bribe him for clearing the deal. The CBI then booked VRS Natarajan, chief of the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), in April last year. The BEML was the Indian partner of Tatra. A retired Army officer and a private individual have also been booked by the CBI.

Now ending Tatra's monopoly in India, the Army has completed trials for two types of trucks to replace Tatra - the six-wheeled-drive high-mobility vehicle and the eight-wheeled-drive high-mobility vehicles. The plan is to buy 1,239 units of the first variety and another 255 of the second variety.

The trials have been conducted for all specified parameters under winter and summer conditions and with truck carrying full load, some times in excess of 20 tonnes. The shift to India-made trucks also falls in line with Defence Minister AK Antony's policy of ramping up indigenous production while reducing dependence on foreign vendors.

"This was an open tender which was to seek vehicles that can run on mud-paths, deserts, through slushy agricultural field, through small rivers and even river banks while carrying heavy equipment. The trials are complete," said a senior officer. The Army expects the first set of vehicles to be inducted by the middle of 2014.

The importance of the high-mobility Tatra vehicles can be gauged from the fact that strike-power of the Indian Army is moved on such trucks. In real war-time scenario, the mobility will have to be high. The BrahMos missile, Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher and its sibling, the Smerch, are also carried on such trucks.

Also field radars and mobile bridges, which will help tanks to cross small water bodies like canals, are carried on such trucks. In today's networked scenario carrying heavy equipment of rail would make it easier for enemy UAVs and satellites to identify. Trucks can be scattered and be under some camouflage increasing their chances of ensuring a strike. As of now, all the three strike formations at Ambala, Mathura and Bhopal rely on such trucks for rapid response.
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The Army has completed trials for two types of trucks to replace Tatra - the six-wheeled-drive high-mobility vehicle and the eight-wheeled-drive high-mobility vehicles.
The plan is to buy 1,239 units of the first variety and another 255 of the second variety
The trials have been conducted for all specified parameters under winter and summer conditions and with truck carrying full load
The shift to India-made trucks also falls in line with AK Antony's policy of giving a boost to indigenous production

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130617/nation.htm#9
CRPF gets Rs 1,425 crore to revamp training infrastructure
Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, June 16
In the backdrop of the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) performance in combating Left-wing extremism operations coming under scrutiny following operational blunders leading to much causality, the force is revamping its training infrastructure and methodologies.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned Rs 1,425 crore to the CRPF for setting up several new training establishments besides expanding and augmenting some of its existing training centres for the rank and file.

The ministry has accorded sanction for the establishment of three new Recruitment Training Centres at Lator, Jodhpur and Amethi, one CoBRA School of Jungle Warfare and Tactics (CSJWT) at Belgaum and a Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism (CIAT) School at Chittoor.

In addition, five existing Recruit Training Centres at Neemuch, Avadi, Peringom, Srinagar and Rajgir, which provide basic training to freshly inducted constables, are to be upgraded with better facilities and training aids. The CRPF has a large number of training institutes that cater to the development of a varied spectrum of operational, technical, medical and managerial skills.

With about 220 battalions, including commando, technical, specialist and women's battalions, the CRPF is among the largest paramilitary forces in the world. Besides complimenting state police forces in the maintenance of law and order, it is the designated forces for internal security duties, counter terrorist operations and anti-Maoist operations.

According to some reports, the MHA has been unhappy with the CRPF's anti-Maoist operations. An assessment by the MHA shows that while in 2011, 72 Maoists were killed, in 2012, only 50 could be neutralised. On the other hand, the number of CRPF personnel killed in anti-Maoist operations rose from 26 in 2011 to 37 last year. This year again, the CRPF has suffered a several causalities after its patrols were ambushed in the red corridor or were victims of IEDs.

The number of apprehensions of suspected Maoists by the CRPF has also dropped from 1,683 in 2011 to 1,358 in 2012. The CRPF has deployed 75 battalions comprising over 60,000 personnel in nine states as part of its anti-Maoist strategy.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130617/nation.htm#12
Shield from 5,000-km range missiles soon

New Delhi, June 16
India's missile defence system is set to get a big boost as it is developing capability to intercept enemy missiles fired from a distance of up to 5,000 km, in effect tackling any possible threat from countries such as China. The capability is being developed by DRDO as part of the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield, whose first phase is ready for deployment possibly in Delhi.

Development of the first phase of the BMD programme has been completed, DRDO chief Avinash Chander told PTI. Under this, the BMD shield can tackle enemy missiles fired at from ranges up to 2,000 km.

Taking this forward, the DRDO is enhancing the capability of BMD in phase-II to deal with threat from missiles of longer range of up to 5,000 km.

"We are planning to soon carry out the first trial of the phase-II of the programme under which we will test our capability to destroy an incoming ballistic missile fired at us from 5,000 km range," said Chander, who took over charge earlier this month.

"Such a capability meets our immediate threat perception," he said when asked if it would cover the threat of such missiles being fired from countries such as China.

Under the phase II of the programme, all the components of such a missile shield, including the radar and interceptor missiles, would be new and will have extended ranges, the DRDO chief said. "The phase II missiles would be totally different from phase-I. In this programme, you need to travel more and intercept further away," Chander said. — PTI

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=210113
Army ready to thwart any aggression: Gen Kayani
Monday, June 17, 2013 - Rawalpindi—Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has reiterated Pakistan Army's resolve to meet all future challenges squarely.

Addressing the participants at the concluding session of the Army War Games (Exercise AZM-E-NAU 4), which commenced at the National Defence University, Islamabad on 3 June 2013, he said that the Army in coordination with the Navy and PAF was fully configured and prepared to thwart any military aggression against the country.

He also added that the military success depended on being fully prepared, support of the people of Pakistan and other state institutions.

Chief of Army Staff also appreciated the dedication and commitment of all the participants of the War Game whose contributions during the War Game were of immense professional value.

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt also attended the concluding session of the Army War Games.

During the War Game, spanning over two weeks, strategic and operational plans were crystallized and validated for developing a comprehensive response.

Operational plans of Pakistan Air Force were also finalized in close coordination with the Army. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said this War Game was the culmination of series of such exercises, which have cumulatively contributed towards operational preparedness to meet the evolving threat.

Meanwhile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the war games were meant to operationalise new strategies against the evolving threat.

At the culmination of four years of war gaming and exercises, the Pakistan military has now adopted a 'new concept of war fighting' aimed at preempting India's 'Cold Start Doctrine,' security officials said here.

The new concept seeks to improve troops' mobilisation time and to put up a joint Army, Navy and Air Force response to any conventional threat.

The Azm-e-Nau exercises, which started in 2009, were part of the Army's new concept of war fighting in response to India's Pakistan specific Cold Start Doctrine.

The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India's conventional forces to perform holding swift and unexpected attacks in a manner before international pressure could come to bear on India and before the Pakistani military could react i.e. in under 72 hours.

The Indian military, however, publicly denies the existence of any such doctrine.

The military official said under the new concept, in case of war, the Pakistan Army could mobilise in far less time as compared to India.

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world/airbus-military-launches-improved-c295w-transport-for-india-12012.html
Airbus Military launches improved C295W transport for India
Saville (Spain), June 10: Airbus Military has launched an uprated C295W medium transport aircraft with winglets and more powerful engines with an eye on the Indian military and civil aviation market.
In official briefings at the recent launch ceremony here, company officials mentioned India more that a dozen times in view of the impending replacement of 56 HS-748 transporters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) while Airbus Military Chairman and CEO Domingo Urena-Raso told India Strategic (www.indiastrategic.in) that he expected the number of selected aircraft in this category to be more than 100.

According to India Strategic's own estimates though, the figure could touch or exceed 200, keeping in mind the growing requirements of the armed forces, paramilitary organizations like the Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), civil operations in India's mountainous Himalayan states and even the secretive Aviation Research Centre (ARC) of India's external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The aircraft is to be produced in the private sector, and once the assembly/ production line is set up in the country, new and follow-on orders are easier to get.

Urena-Raso, who can be described as a very pleasant and confident person based on the interaction he had with visiting journalists and this writer, said Airbus Military was in touch with some Indian companies for the aircraft's production in India as per the IAF's recently-issued Request for Proposals (RfP) - or tender - but gave no details. He pointed out though that a production facility is only about four to five percent of the costing in an aircraft's manufacturing project.

The first C295W - W denoting winglets - was displayed before a group of visiting journalists from around the globe.

Rafael Tentor, senior vice president, said that the 90 kg of winglets and modifications added to the existing C295 aircraft would enable it to operate in India's hot as well as high Himalayan airfields.

The engines have been given new settings.

Said Tentor: "The aircraft uses the same Pratt & Whitney (Canada) PW127 turboprops engines which power all versions of the C295. The increased power is available from implementing new procedures recently certified by Canada and Spain, permitting operation in the climb and cruise phases at higher power settings at the discretion of the operator."

"When implemented at higher altitudes and hot temperatures, these procedures improve operation over very high terrain such as the Andes (in South America) or the Himalaya mountains with only a minor influence on maintenance costs. The winglets were demonstrated in flight-trials which showed positive results for a weight penalty of only around 90 kg," Tentor added.

The first production C295W will be available from end-2014. The aircraft can carry troops, equipment, electronic warfare systems or an Airborne Early Warning (AEW) antenna.

Tentor said that over the 2003-12 period, Airbus Military has commanded a 51 percent share of the light and medium aircraft (C235/C295) market with 157 (of the global total of 306) aircraft purchased by about a dozen countries.

Both Urena-Raso and Tentor pointed out that defence budgets in the US and Europe were shrinking and that global arms and aviation firms were increasingly looking to Middle East and Asia, particularly India, which has to replace most of its outdated Soviet-vintage equipment.

As for India, the IAF's RfP has been sent to eight contenders from Europe, the US and Russia. As per the tender, which has to be submitted by October, the HS-748 replacement aircraft has to be made in India in collaboration with an Indian partner with technology transfer and production arrangements. The global vendors are reportedly in final stages of finalizing their tie-ups.

Airbus Military's C295W and Alenia Aeronautica's C 27J Spartan are putting up a tough fight. The latter has engines and configuration similar to Lockheed Martin's C130J which IAF has acquired (6 + 6 aircraft) and maintenance should be easier with some element of commonality.

The only problem is that Alenia is a Finmeccanica company, which also owns AgustaWestland. The IAF's order of 12 VIP AW101 helicopters from it is under the scanner due to allegations of kickbacks emanating from Italy.

The Indian defence ministry has also ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry and till it clears Finmeccanica of any wrongdoing, its chances of winning any Indian tender from the army, navy or air force are near impossible.

IAF had acquired the HS-748 Avro from Britain's Hawker Siddeley from 1964 onwards. It was later produced by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1199941/
India launches second graft probe into AgustaWestland
Investigators have launched a second corruption probe into defence firm AgustaWestland in connection with a deal to sell 197 army helicopters, authorities said on Saturday, potentially dealing another blow to a company that India might blacklist. New Delhi is already investigating the firm, a division of Italian defence group Finmeccanica, for bribes allegedly paid to Indian officials in a separate 560 million euro ($747 million) helicopter deal.

AgustaWestland has denied any wrongdoing and has tried to prod the Indian government to pay for three helicopters it has already delivered as part of the deal, after the government froze payments in February. "CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry," said a spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), an agency like the FBI in the United States. The spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also told Reuters the inquiry was being carried out following a request from India's defence ministry.

Finmeccanica declined to comment. A spokesman for AgustaWestland said the company had received no communication from Indian authorities concerning the probe. A source in the Indian defence ministry said that the latest case is in connection with allegations that a brigadier in the Indian army offered to swing the deal for the sale of 197 helicopters for a bribe of $5 million.

Those allegations first surfaced in documents sent by Italian investigators to their Indian counterparts, the source said. The deal has been suspended without being awarded to any company. AgustaWestland expressed surprise at press reports of an inquiry given the tender was suspended and the company had not made the shortlist for the deal.

Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony may blacklist AgustaWestland from doing business in the country, a decision that could help the government clean up its image after a series of corruption scandals spanning defence to telecommunications. Antony, who has a corruption-free image that sets him apart from many politicians, is believed to favour blacklisting the firm. But he could be outvoted by cabinet colleagues who fret it could hamper defence purchases in the future, several government sources have said.

Finmeccanica said in May that it did not expect India to blacklist either the group or AgustaWestland for the time being. Indian defence deals have been hit by a series of corruption allegations that have plagued sales agreements and hobbled efforts to beef up the armed forces, especially against perceived threats from neighbours China and Pakistan. India is the world's largest arms importer and has targeted a $100 billion splurge on defence spending over 10 years.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Artillery-school-gets-25-defence-security-corps-personnel/articleshow/20611377.cms
Artillery school gets 25 defence security corps personnel
NASHIK: As many as 25 personnel of the Defence service corps (DSC) have been deployed for security duty on the premises of the school of artillery in Deolali.

This is the first time the DSC personnel have been deployed at the artillery school, though their posting at the location was approved 10 years ago.

Sources in the artillery school said the personnel were placed at the ammunition depot and the army personnel who used to earlier man the point have been shifted to other locations where their services are required.

Nine of the school's gates are at important locations and civilians are permitted to enter from here only after their identities as well as the purpose of their visit are verified.

The artillery school's security came into focus when Sheikh Lalbaba Farid alias Bilal, a LeT member who was arrested by the Anti-terrorist squad ( ATS) from Satpur, Nashik, revealed he had carried out a recce of the army camp in Deolali, the Nashik police commissionerate and the Maharashtra police academy.

The army camp in Deolali, where officers of the Indian army receive their gunner training, is one of the most important establishments in Nashik. The school of artillery was moved to Deolali in 1941, along with field and air defence wing. Further the surveillance and target acquisition wing ( SATA) was established in 1958, while the trails wing was established to evaluate equipment for induction in 1969.

The artillery school has the capacity to train 2,000 gunners and many army officers from other countries also receive gunner's training there.

Army officials said officers from other countries are given only the required training and it is ensured that they do not attend the lectures in which the nations security and other important things are discussed.

The school of artillery has a 35 km firing range, while practice for longer ranges is done at Pokhran.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/564136/pakistan-army-to-preempt-indias-cold-start-doctrine/
Pakistan Army to preempt India's 'Cold Start Doctrine'

ISLAMABAD: The concluding ceremony of war games named "Azm-e-Nau 4″ took place on Sunday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the war games were meant to operationalise new strategies against the evolving threat.

At the culmination of four years of war gaming and exercises, the Pakistan military has now adopted a 'new concept of war fighting' aimed at preempting India's 'Cold Start Doctrine,' security officials said here.

The new concept seeks to improve troops' mobilisation time and to put up a joint Army, Navy and Air Force response to any conventional threat.

The Azm-e-Nau exercises, which started in 2009, were part of the Army's new concept of war fighting in response to India's Pakistan specific Cold Start Doctrine.

The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India's conventional forces to perform holding swift and unexpected attacks in a manner before international pressure could come to bear on India and before the Pakistani military could react i.e. in under 72 hours.

The Indian military, however, publicly denies the existence of any such doctrine.

The military official said under the new concept, in case of war, the Pakistan Army could mobilise in far less time as compared to India.

Speaking at the conclusion of two-week long war games, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani sought people's support to counter foreign military aggression against the country.

Kayani said military's success hinges on being fully prepared, support of the people of Pakistan and other state institutions.

He also said the Army was fully committed to meet all future challenges squarely.

http://www.udaipurtimes.com/udaipur-youth-commissioned-in-indian-army/
Udaipur youth commissioned in Indian Army
24-year-old Kamlendra Singh Rao of Udaipur got his commission as Lieutenant, after completing his training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

Rao, who started his training on 2nd July, 2012, got commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant in the Indian Army on 8th June. He has been assigned to the Regiment of Artillery.

Kamlendra, who completed his schooling from St Paul's, Udaipur, got selected in the S.S.B (Service Selection Board) in the first attempt. He had taken coaching from the Balnoi Academy in Delhi for the SSB and cleared the selection board in his first attempt.

He then got admission to the Indian Military Academy course UES-21 and trained in the Academy over the last year.

Kamlendra's father Rajendra Singh Rao is a Lecturer by profession and also runs a coaching center.
As per Kamlendra, Late Lt. Archit Verdia, who died in an accident at the Line of Control, was his souce of inspiration and motivation to enter into the Armed Forces. He also informed that many of his friends have started preparing for the S.S.B

Kamlendra has been a regular athlete and has represented his college in Badminton at the National Level.

His parents and friends witnessed his oath taking ceremony at the IMA in Dehradun.

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