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Thursday, 20 November 2014

From Today's Papers - 20 Nov 2014

Pak Army Chief Raheel Sharif meets top American defence leadership
Washington: American Defence leadership met with Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif here and emphasised the importance of sustained and substantive talks between the two countries, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

Deputy US Secretary of Defense Bob Work and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey met with Gen Sharif at the Pentagon yesterday.

"The leaders discussed regional security issues and their commitment to an enduring partnership. They also emphasized the importance of sustained and substantive dialogue as we continue to develop the bilateral military-to-military relationship," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said after the meeting.

"This was Gen Sharif's first official visit to the United States since becoming the chief of army staff in November 2013," Kirby said.
Gen Sharif is currently on a week-long trip to the US.

After arriving in the US over the weekend, he held a series of meetings at the Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

On Monday, gen Sharif met the CENTCOM Commander General Lloyd Austin. He is scheduled to meet Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today.

He has also met with Chief of the Staff of the Army Gen Raymond T Odierno and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen Joseph F Dunford.
AMPRI develops cheap auto parts for army vehicles
BHOPAL: Advanced Material and Process Research Centre (AMPRI) Bhopal is developing an aluminum based composite material for automobile components. These components are being tested in vehicle research and development establishment (VRDE) on defence vehicles. AMPRI claims the components will be more efficient and cost effective than existing automobile components.

Centre has developed a brake drum from a combination of metal, ceramic and aluminum. The unconventional combination will improve braking efficiency in any vehicle.

"The new material is light weight and will have a better friction behavior. So applying sudden break to stop a vehicle will be much easier with this component. We are using aluminum over cast iron which is 60% light in weight to make brake drums of four-wheelers. It will also increase life of material by making it more resistant to corrosion and is cost effective" said S Das, scientist AMPRI, who is also heading the project.

Brake drum made by the new composition has been tested in Army vehicle factory, Jabalpur for two years. The test was carried successfully on Jonga Jeep, which is used by defence personnel. The test has also shown an increase in breaking efficiency of new component by 20%, he said.

AMPRI has also installed a 400 ton pressure casting machine that produces around 50 to 60 components in an hour and also reduce the probability of defect in casting the brake drums.

"The component has proved to be effective and efficient in defence vehicles and now we are planning to get it commercialized by supplying it to commercial automobile industries, said Das.

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