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Saturday, 12 July 2014

From Today's Papers - 12 Jul 2014

 Lt Gen Campose is Army Vice Chief
Lt Gen KJ Singh to be new chief of Western Command
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Lieutenant General Philip Campose, the Western Army Commander, has been appointed as the Vice Chief of the Indian Army. He will take over on August 1 when Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, the present incumbent, takes over as the Chief of the Indian Army.

Lt Gen Campose will be replaced by Lt Gen KJ Singh as new Chief of the Chandimandir headquartered Western Command. The Ambala-based 2 Strike Corps, the Jallandhar-based 11 Corps and the Yol (Dharamsala)-based 9 Corps are under the command.

Lt Gen Campose was commissioned in the 9 Gorkha Rifles in 1974 but was seconded to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982. He has commanded an Independent Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Division along the Line of Control in J&K and a Corps in the Western Sector. He has headed a UN Peace Keeping mission in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Iraq.

His replacement at Chandimandir, Lt General KJ Singh, has just finished his tenure as GoC of the Sukna (Darjeeling)-based 33 Corps. He is from the Armoured Corps. Before being posted to Sukhna, he had commanded the Hisar-based 33 Armoured Division.

He has done tenures in the insurgency-hit areas with Assam Rifles and with the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Angola. He has been an Instructor at the School of Armoured Warfare and Directing Staff at the Higher Command Wing of the Army War College.
 Navy to get indigenous anti-sub warship today

Kolkata, July 11
Ready to protect the waters, India's first indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta will be handed over to the Indian Navy here tomorrow, defence officials said.

The super-sophisticated front line warship will be formally handed over by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) chairman and managing director Rear Admiral (Retd) A K Verma to the Navy at a ceremony in GRSE's Fitting Out Jetty, defence PRO TK Singha said.

INS Kamorta, first in its class of four ASW corvettes being built by GRSE under Project-28 for the Navy, is the first warship ever built in the country with almost 90 per cent of indigenous content.

It is also the first warship manufactured in India with indigenously developed special grade high-tensile steel produced by state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

Armed with stealth features, it is the first warship equipped with the new trainable chaff launcher - Kavach.

The hull of the ship encompassed the bulk of sensors and weapon systems that were also indigenously manufactured by various Indian Industries.

The foldable hangar door fitted for the first time with a rail-less helicopter traversing system is also a noteworthy first on any Indian naval ship, and would give helicopter operations from the corvette deck a significant edge over existing platforms of other warships. — PTI
 China's defence spend more than India, Japan, S Korea combined
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11
Despite India increasing its defence spend, China continues to rule the roost in Asia and is second to only the US. China's defence spending at $131.57 billion is more than the combined defence budgets of India, Japan and South Korea - the three largest Asian economies after it. Despite a hike of 12.44 per cent and the defence budget pegged at $38.16 billion, India lags way behind China's defence budget allocation.

On March 5, Beijing announced a budget of $131.57 billion that is more than the collective spend of $117. 02 billion by India, Japan and South Korea. China has uneasy relations with the three countries. China's close military ally, Pakistan announced a budget of $7 billion for defence in June this year.

Japan has an allocation of $45.86 billion for defence, while South Koreans have listed $33 billion for the same. China increased its defence budget by 12.2 per cent, a kind of warning signal to India, Japan and the ten-nation Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) - some of which are locked in disputes with Beijing in the hydrocarbon-rich South China Sea.

In an indication of rising budget spends, the IHS Jane's Annual Defence Budgets Review, in February 2014 assessed "China, Japan and India were spending roughly 21 per cent of the total expenditure among the top 10 spenders."

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, while addressing the Communist Party-controlled National People's Congress (NPC) on March 5 (at the budget announcement) said: "We will resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests… place war preparations on a regular footing and build China into a maritime power". China's stress is on high-technology weapons. And it is already nuclear armed and has tested anti-satellite weapon.

Dragon eyes maritime domination
On March 5, Beijing announced a budget of $131.57 bn — more than the collective spend of $117.02 billion by India ($38.16 bn), Japan ($45. 86 bn) and South Korea ($33 bn)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said Beijing will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests and build itself into a maritime power

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