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Monday, 4 August 2014

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140804/nation.htm#9
 Shortage of ASVs at forward IAF bases
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
More than 13 years after a “gross inadequacy” of aircraft support vehicles (ASV) at forward IAF bases was highlighted during Operation Parakram, the situation continues to be the same.

The IAF has an inventory of 18 types of ASVs and the actual holding of all types of ASVs was far less than their authorisation. Shortfalls in eight types of ASVs range between 47.83% to 100% and between 25% and 36.92% in another seven types. The shortfall in the remaining three types is below 25%. ASVs are specialist equipment that are used for aircraft operations and play a direct and vital role in operational preparedness.

During Operation Parakaram, ASVs at operational locations were found to be grossly inadequate and did not match the requirement of the detachments. Keeping this in view and bottlenecks in transportation of the ASVs from the parent bases, the IAF felt that it would be essential to make permanent positioning of specialist vehicles at operational locations.

Accordingly, in May 2004, the Ministry of Defence agreed for procurement of additional ASVs for pre-positioning at operational locations. After working out its requirements, Air Headquarters accorded “in principle” approval for procuring 408 ASVs for Rs 132 crore. However, the case for procurement did not proceed further.

Consequently, to tide over the deficiency, Western Air Command (WAC) made temporary arrangements for pre-positioning of ASVs at operational locations in two phases. The first phase was for WAC forces and the second phase for “out of command” forces through of temporary allotment of ASVs on loan from the units within the command. The objective was to support quick mobilisation of forces at designated locations and reduce dependability on airlifts or civil hired trucks and overcome bottlenecks in transportation.

In Phase-I, 67 ASVs comprising nine types were to be positioned immediately at forward locations for WAC forces but it was later observed that, 46 ASVs, about 69 per cent of Phase-I requirement and the entire quantity under Phase-II were yet to be placed at the operational locations of WAC.

What are ASVs?

    Aircraft support vehicles (ASV) are specialist equipment that are used for aircraft operations and play a direct and vital role in operational preparedness
    During Operation Parakaram, ASVs at operational locations were found to be grossly inadequate and did not match the requirement of the detachments
    The situation continues to remain the same



http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140804/nation.htm#14
 BrahMos may be exported

New Delhi, August 3
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to export defence hardware, supersonic cruise missile manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace has said South-East Asian and Latin American countries have shown interest in acquiring the 290-km range weapon system and it is possible to export the missile to certain friendly nations.

“Several South-East Asian and Latin American countries want the BrahMos, expressed interest in it, particularly for the naval and coastal defence versions. A definite list of such countries already exists. We are progressing with our marketing strategy for exporting BrahMos to certain nations, subject to clearance from both Indian and Russian governments,” BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said.

“We expect several export contracts to be signed with nations friendly to both India and Russia in the near future,” he said. Mishra declined to name the countries that have shown interest in the missile system but Defence Ministry sources say Vietnam and Indonesia in South-East Asia and Venezuela in Latin America have expressed willingness to procure the missile. —PTI


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140804/nation.htm#19
 IAF grounds 40 Dhruv copters

New Delhi, August 3
The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of around 40 indigenously-developed advanced light helicopters Dhruv in view of the recent crash in which seven of its personnel were killed.

The ALH Dhruv helicopters in the IAF fleet will not fly till thorough checks are carried out on them, IAF sources said today. The Army, which uses the Advanced Light Helicopters for its high-altitude operations is also learnt to have taken similar precautions before allowing its pilots to fly them.

Meanwhile, the black box of the helicopter, which had taken off from Bareilly and crashed after losing radio and radar contact with ground stations while it was on its way to Allahabad, has been sent to Bangalore for detailed examination. — PTI


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140804/main4.htm
Engine rejig to cut Su-30 burnouts
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
IAF’s frontline fighter jet Sukhoi-30MKI will be modified under new specifications laid down by its Russian manufacturers to fix mid-air engine trouble in its fleet.

The move comes after the IAF faced an unusually high number of mid-air engine failures over the past two years (January 2102 onwards) and asked the Russians to rectify the problem in the fighter jet. The Tribune had highlighted this in its July 21 report. The IAF has a fleet of 200 Sukhoi aircraft and another 72 are on their way from Moscow.

The plane is the mainstay of India’s air operations to dominate the skies against possible attacks from both western and eastern frontiers.The modification will be carried out on 400 engines of the twin-engine aircraft, besides installation of some spares for emergencies. The Russians will install modified engines on the next lot of 72 jets, sources say.

The modification will primarily be carried out at HAL’s Sukhoi engine plant in Orissa. The HAL is a public sector undertaking owned by the Defence Ministry.

The modified engines will first be tested on the aircraft, before being fitted to the entire fleet. The refit will be carried out in batches over the next 18-24 months.

The Russians have assured India that the modifications will eliminate the problem of mid-air engine failure, say sources.

The Russian proposal has been accepted by the top brass of the IAF.

Some of the engines — the AL-31FP — produced by NPO Saturn of Russia have been behaving inconsistently over the past two years. Since the engines powering the jet are still being produced, there is a scope for modification.

The IAF had flagged the Russians after studying each failure in detail between 2012 and 2013. The matter was taken up at a meeting between the two nations in February and later in June.

The instances of single-engine Su-30MKI landings were very high during the period. This was lowering the operational ability of the fleet, besides raising questions about war readiness.

The Su-30MKI is a twin-engine aircraft and can land even if one of its engines fails mid-air. But this limits pilot’s ability to attack or withdraw during conflict.

Only four Su-30MKIs have so far crashed since their phased induction in 1997. A pilot had died in the first crash in 2009. At least one of the crashes is attributed to “engine trouble”.

Su-30MKI enjoys air superiority because of its engines. In horizontal flight, it can fly at 2,400 kmph or achieve a rate of climb of 230 metres per second. The ‘thrust vectoring control’ in the engine improves aircraft’s manoeuvrability.

The aircraft is now being tweaked to fire the BrahMos super-sonic cruise missile.

While the aircraft is based at Bathinda, Halwara, Sirsa, Bareilly, Jodhpur and Bhuj in the North and West, its two squadrons are based at Tezpur and Chabua in the East.

Another squadron is based in South to augment the Indian Navy’s fleet of MiG29-K and Sea Harriers aboard aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat, respectively.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kosi-flood-alert-Bihar-evacuates-50000-people/articleshow/39577228.cms?
Kosi flood alert: Bihar evacuates 50,000 people
PATNA: The Centre and the state government are in a state of extraordinary preparedness to face any eventuality precipitated by the release of 28 lakh cusecs of water accumulated in a lake-like formation caused by massive landslide in river Bhatta Kosi on the Nepal side.

Around 2.25 lakh people could be hit in the nine Bihar districts of Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, Khagaria, Purnia, Araria, Madhubani, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. The state government has ordered forcible shifting of people living between the two Kosi embankments.

The landslide point is located 260km from the Birpur Kosi barrage in Supaul district of Bihar. On the requisition of Nepal government, the Indian experts on Sunday morning drilled three holes in the 1km-wide debris to facilitate controlled flow of water downstream the river. As the flow of water from the site is slow after the drilling, the situation is deemed to be normal. However, the experts are most likely to blast the debris on Monday after which the accumulated water will gush through and take around 17 hours to reach the Birpur barrage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day tour of Nepal, which has added to the pressing concerns on both the sides to minimize the scale of disaster.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DIG (training) S S Guleria said five columns of Army jawans would reach the districts concerned. Two columns each would be deployed in Supaul and Madhepura districts. Indian Air Force (IAF) would keep choppers ready at the Chunapur (Purnia) and Bihta (Patna) airbases. Fifteen teams of NDRF and four teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) with necessary equipment and inflatable motor boats have been deployed in the nine vulnerable districts for rescue and relief operations, Guleria said. As many as 15 satellite phones have also been provided, including to the DMs and SPs concerned, as part of communications.
"Shifting of the trapped people is our top priority. If they don't voluntary do it, we will apply force as per the Disaster Management Act," he said.

"We are in a state of high alert to keep the damage, if any, to the minimal level," said special secretary in the state disaster management department (DMD), Aniruddha Kumar. He said the 56 gates of Birpur barrage have been kept opened to discharge excess water. Further, only 40% of the 28 lakh cusecs of accumulated water -- around 11.2 lakh cusecs that is 2.2 lakh cusecs higher than the 1968 highest flood level — would reach the barrage to flow further down the stream.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/BrahMos-missile-can-be-exported-to-SE-Asian-Latin-American-nations/articleshow/39561883.cms
BrahMos missile can be exported to SE Asian, Latin American nations
NEW DELHI: In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to export defence hardware, supersonic cruise missile manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace has said that Southeast Asian and Latin American countries have shown interest in acquiring the 290km range weapon system and it is possible to export the missile to certain friendly nations.

"Several Southeast Asian and Latin American countries want the BrahMos, expressed interest in it, particularly for the naval and coastal defence versions. A definite list of such countries already exists. We are progressing with our marketing strategy for exporting BrahMos to certain nations, subject to clearance from both Indian and Russian governments," BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said.

"We expect several export contracts to be signed with nations friendly to both India and Russia in the near future," he told PTI in an interview.

Mishra declined to name the countries that have shown interest in the missile system but Defence Ministry sources said Vietnam and Indonesia in South East Asia and Venezuela in Latin America have expressed willingness to procure the missile.

Earlier, DRDO chief Avinash Chander had also expressed interest in exporting defence weapons to friendly countries.

DRDO and Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) are partners in BrahMos joint venture.

The intergovernmental agreement between India and Russia for development of BrahMos missile also stipulates use of this advanced system to be inducted into the Indian and Russian armed forces as well as export to friendly countries.

Recently, the Prime Minister had stated that India should now move towards self-reliance in producing military weapons and systems and also look for exporting them to the friendly nations.
Asked about his immediate plans for the missile firm, Mishra said it will be indigenising missile development in India, capacity building for larger production, meeting the production orders ahead of schedule to ensure delivery of missiles on time and ensuring different versions of BrahMos missiles to meet the aspirations and requirements of the defence force including Army, Navy and Air Force.

Mishra said the Indian contribution has so far been only for the inertial navigation guidance system and fire control system. "We have to focus on indigenously realising the engine and seeker for the BrahMos missile," he added


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Rank-never-retires-officer-does-Army/articleshow/39538647.cms
Rank never retires, officer does: Army
CHANDIGARH: Long after an officer retires, or even expires, he is still known by his rank.

Supporting the view that 'the rank never retires, the officer does, the Army has issued instructions that aim to immortalize the rank.

With a view to remove any confusion among the retired Army personnel regarding the use of word 'retired', the Army headquarters has clarified that instead of prefixing the word 'Retd.' to an officer's name, now his address would have the suffix 'Retd.'

"Of late it has been observed that retired officers are mentioning the word 'Retd' after their rank which is incorrect. Ranks of service officers are granted by the President of India and valid not only during their lifetime but also after their demise. The privilege is only given to service officers," read the circular issued by the directorate general of staff duties department of Army General Service (GS) branch.

The circular, issued on July 21 by the Army has informed all the officers, "the correct form of mentioning Retd is Brigadier ABC (Retd) not Brig (Retd) ABC".

The letter issued by Colonel J S Bindra, director staff duties-I on behalf of deputy chief of Army staff has been issued for circulation on the places, which are largely visited by the ex-servicemen so that they can start the new practice.
The Army officers are entitled to retain their rank before their name by virtue of Article 18 of the Constitution, according to which the military ranks can be retained and used by the military personnel with their name.

According to veteran soldiers, it is for the first time that the Army authorities have issued such ccircular regarding the usage of the word 'retired'.

War veteran and one of the founders of Army's special forces, Col K D Pathak (Retd) said that circular would certainly remove confusion among the veterans. "Rank never retires, it is an officer that retires. The army should have issued such circulars much earlier," says the veteran soldier.

Former commander of Army's Northern and Central commands, Lt Gen H S Panag (Retd) said that it was a contentious issue among the retired officer about the proper way of using the work retired and circular would certainly remove the confusion.

However, eminent veteran and former Army Commander Western Command, Lt Gen P N Hoon (Retd) is of the view that the word retired should not be used by the officers either prefix or suffix.

"Rank is earned by an officer and like the civilian awardees of Padam Bhushan do not write retired after the honour, why should Army officers write retired after their rank or name," Hoon added.

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