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Monday, 19 October 2015

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/ready-to-die-for-orop-say-ex-servicemen/147777.html
Ready to die for OROP, say ex-servicemen
Over 7,000 veterans attend rally in Jalandhar | Their agitation enters 126th day
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the United Ex-Servicemen Front of India (UESFI), said they would not hesitate to make the supreme sacrifice to get the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme implemented. He said that equal pension for equal service was the right of each retired personnel and that they would not accept any dilution in the scheme. He said it was a ‘do or die’ moment for the ex-servicemen.

At a rally attended by over 7,000 veterans here, Major General Satbir said the veterans would intensify their agitation if the Centre delayed the matter any more.

“The government thinks us to be old and a worn out army which is not capable of continuing the battle for much longer. They also think we are fighting the battle without any support from our serving fraternity. I want to remind them that around 0.7 lakh personnel retired from the army every year and join our community. They may be silent on the issue, but they are keeping a close watch on the developments,” said Major General Satbir.

Mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Man Ki Baat’ programme, he said Modi should also provide some medium to the ex-servicemen to say their ‘Dil Ki Baat’. He refuted reports of infighting among the ex-servicemen over the OROP issue. Major General Satbir said the government tried to act upon the ‘divide and rule’ policy of the British era, but could not succeed due to the unity among the veterans.

“I would like to inform the war widows, junior commissioned officers and other ranks that no officer will accept OROP till the time they get their rights,” he said. He said even though Modi had announced the implementation of the OROP, his government had not issued a notification till date as it wanted to drag it till the Seventh Pay Commission is implemented.

“The government assumes that once the Seventh Pay Commission comes into being, it will not recognise OROP. However, they should know that the Central Pay Commission does not have any right to comment on the matter. It can only integrate OROP. Hence, the delay will not serve much purpose,” said the war veteran.

Urging the state government to break its silence over the dilution of OROP, Major General Satbir said many ex-servicemen backed by their NRI counterparts might stand as Independent candidates in the 2017 Assembly elections.

Not only ex-servicemen, but many other social welfare organisations and NRI groups made handsome cash donations to the UESFI. After the alleged freezing of bank account by the government, the body has been collecting donations in cash.

Also supporting their cause, many religious bodies and social organisations organised community kitchens at the venue and offered free meals to the veterans.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/rajasthan-woman-army-officer-alleges-sexual-harassment-by-senior-commanding-officer/
Rajasthan: Woman army officer alleges sexual harassment by senior commanding officer
The woman officer's father has now written a letter to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accusing the "higher officials" of giving the accused a "plum posting" in the name of taking action.
A woman army officer, who had taken part in the Republic Day parade this year to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’, has filed a sexual harassment case against her commanding officer.

The woman officer’s father has now written a letter to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accusing the “higher officials” of giving the accused a “plum posting” in the name of taking action. Though the original complaint was filed nearly two months ago, the committee on sexual harassment of women at workplace met only earlier this month. It has recommended “necessary action” to be initiated against her commanding officer.
Defence sources said that the Army is looking into the matter and “appropriate action” would be taken. The 26-year-old Captain of the Signal Corps is posted at Alwar Military Station in Rajasthan and was commissioned into the Indian Army only in March 2013.

“I am the proud father of an Army Officer who marched down the Rajpath this year to showcase ‘woman power’. I am absolutely disappointed today and the reason is that my daughter was sexually harassed by her Commanding Officer and she complained to the higher officials. In the name of taking action, the higher officials gave him a plum posting and before leaving the unit, the commanding
officer decided to tarnish the image of my child. Now my little child is trying her best to not let her head drop or shoulders droop,” the letter by her father said.

He said that since now his daughter’s complaint has finally come to the internal committee on sexual harassment, he is sure the case will get its well deserved hearing. The complaint comes at a time when there is a renewed debate in the defence echelons about how to increase role of women officers.

http://bharatpress.com/2015/10/18/india-us-defence-relation-stands-on-its-own-us-envoy-richard-verma/
India-US defence relation `stands on its personal`: US envoy Richard Verma
Chennai: The defence relationship between India and US “stands on its personal” and the impression of this affiliation from a strategic viewpoint apart from others is to “improve peace and stability and prosperity,” a prime envoy of that nation stated on Sunday.

“I assume the US and India defence relationship stands on its personal… once we take into consideration our shared values — rule of regulation, constitutional democracy (and) peaceable decision of disputes — and that the actual influence of our two nations coming collectively from a strategic perspective, an financial perspective, political level is definitely to extend peace and stability and prosperity,” US Ambassador to India Richard Verma advised a press meet.

Verma identified on the progress in bilateral relations, together with in areas of defence, power, local weather and setting and agriculture.

His response got here to a scribe’s query on Pakistan national safety adviser Sartaj Aziz’s reported remarks that US-India strategic collaboration shouldn’t improve a lot that it ought to turn into a “menace” to the integrity of the area.

“I keep in mind what (US) Vice-President (Joe) Biden stated a couple of years in the past that if the US and India are the closest buddies and companions, the world might be a safer place. That is the guts of this relationship,” he added.

Verma identified on the progress in bilateral relations, together with in areas of defence, power, local weather and surroundings and agriculture, amongst others, and stated that there was virtually no space that the 2 nations weren’t working collectively.

He additionally referred to the forming of an Aircraft Carrier Working Group, a joint effort between the 2 nations “taking a look at the way forward for service cooperation” between them. India did extra army workouts with US than some other nation and “we’re very enthusiastic about our strategic partnership and the way far and quick its grown,” he stated.

The Ambassador, who was right here to witness the naval workouts ‘Malabar 2015’ between India, US and Japan, referred to as the three navies “joint companions” that have been “dedicated to the peaceable resolutions of disputes, dedicated to the rule of regulation and civilian management of the army.”

The three navies have been “pure companions” with a “sure sophistication” in that partnership, Verma stated, whereas echoing his Navy’s stand that the continued train was not towards any nation,
particularly China even because the nation had “plenty of army to army contact” with the Asian big.

“This actually isn’t about making an attempt to create distance between ourselves and China,” he stated, including the navies of Japan, India and the US have been aligned in a approach that they shared widespread values.

http://www.domain-b.com/aero/mil_avi/miss_muni/20151017_missile_system.html
India eyes Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile system - See more at:
In what would certainly be a game-changer in the regional power equations, India is planning to acquire the new-generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems that is capable of destroying incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km. - See more at:
http://www.domain-b.com/aero/mil_avi/miss_muni/20151017_missile_system.html#sthash.TihgZ5ng.dpuf
Reports quoting defence ministry sources said the defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by Manohar Parrikar, will "soon" take up the proposal moved by the IAF to purchase around a dozen S-400 long-range systems from Russia.

"The project is at an initial stage at present. But it will be a government-to-government contract when it is finalised, with the S-400 systems being inducted over several years," the defence ministry source was quoted as saying.

The S-400 is a new generation anti-aircraft system, which can be equipped with very long-range missiles (up to 400km), long-range (250km) and medium-range (120km).

The S-400 Triumf is capable of countering all air attack weapons, including tactical and strategic aircraft, ballistic missiles and hypersonic targets such as the US F-35 fighter jet.

The S-400 can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously with as many as 72 missiles at altitudes of five meters to 30 km.

India is likely to purchase 10-12 S-400s, which rivals the anti-ballistic missile capabilities of the US Patriot PAC-3 system and is designated `SA-21 Growler' by NATO.

China is also slated to get the S-400 batteries from 2017 onwards, a big worry for countries locked in territorial disputes with China in the East and South China Seas, ranging from Japan and Taiwan to Vietnam and the Philippines.

Along with the ongoing induction of the indigenous 25-km range Akash area defence system has come as a major relief for them the S-400s will be a major force multiplier for the Army and the Air Force .

Induction of the Israeli Spyder low-level quick-reaction missile systems, with a 15-km range, is now planned from 2016-2017 onwards.

The project was stuck since the Tatra trucks - on which the missile systems were to be mounted - had got enmeshed in corruption scandals. The contract was recently amended to replace the Tatra trucks with Tata trucks.

Deliveries of the medium-range SAM systems jointly developed by Israeli Aerospace Industries and DRDO, with an interception range of 70-km, will also begin from 2016-2017.

Along with induction of these weapons, IAF is also now expanding its fully-automated surveillance network called IACCS (integrated air command and control system) to the entire country, with the cabinet committee on security recently approving another Rs8,000 crore for the project. Eventually, the Army and Navy's Akash Teer and Triguna air defence networks will be integrated with the IACCS.



http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/navy-chief-briefed-on-security-situation/147238.html
Navy Chief briefed on security situation
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, October 17
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, arrived in Srinagar today on a day-long visit and interacted with Navy and Army personnel.

The Navy Chief was given an update by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen Satish Dua, at the Badami Bagh Cantonment on the security situation, an Army spokesman said.

“On his arrival, the Chief of Naval Staff was received by Lt Gen Satish Dua. The Navy Chief was given an update on various activities undertaken by Chinar Corps related with security and Awaam oriented welfare initiatives,” the spokesman said.

“The Corps Commander apprised the Navy Chief in particular about the role of the Army and marine commandos who relentlessly worked to save the people and provide succour during the hours of distress,” the spokesman said.

The Navy Chief addressed officers and interacted with all ranks of the Army, Air Force and Navy. He complimented the Chinar Corps for ensuring a secure environment in the state.

He emphasised on synergised people-friendly operations, upholding the law of the land and respecting human rights. He highlighted several initiatives being undertaken for capability augmentation of armed forces and welfare measures.

He apprised officers of the Chinar Corps about latest developments in the Navy. “The Navy Chief expressed satisfaction about the security situation prevailing in the Valley and appreciated the Chinar Corps for its relentless welfare initiatives towards Awaam,” the spokesman said.

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/land/weapons/2015/10/17/domestic-firm-shares-1b-indian-gun-tender-korean-partner-samsung-techwin-larsen--toubro/73983584/
Domestic Firm Shares $1B Indian Gun Tender With Korean Partner
NEW DELHI — In a major boost to India's private sector, Larsen & Toubro, jointly with South Korea's Samsung Techwin, beat Russia's Rosoboronexport in the Indian Army's $1 billion tender for a 155mm howitzer gun.

Larsen and Samsung fielded the K-9 Vajra tracked howitzer against the Russian 2S19 MSTA howitzer in 2013 and 2014 trials, and the K-9 beat the Russian gun on several technical features, a Ministry of Defence official said.

A Larsen executive confirmed that the MoD informed the company about being short-listed and that price negotiations will begin soon.

This would be the second time that a domestic company beat an overseas competitor in a big-ticket global tender. In 2010, domestic defense major Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division beat Selex Sistemi Integrati of Italy to win the $260 million modernization of airfield infrastructure project.

The tender for the tracked guns, issued in 2011, was a rebid of a 2007 tender, and was issued to India's Tata Power, Larsen Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) and Rosoboronexport. Larsen teamed with Samsung while state-owned BEML united with Slovak company Konstrukha.

Analysts said with the production of the K-9s anticipated in the city of Pune after the tender is formally inked, Larsen and Samsung could jointly emerge as India's leading howitzer makers in a market worth more than $6 billion.

"India has not purchased a single howitzer for the last 30 years now, so yes, this partnership has a great scope of becoming a major supplier for the Indian Army over the next decade," Ankur Gupta, a defense analyst with Ernst & Young India, said.

An Army official, however, said it is too early to project whether the joint venture can mature into a major howitzer maker here.

"Doubt [over] the order for tracked guns will increase unless Samsung L&T combined can spin this off into a self-propelled wheeled gun later and address the Indian artillery's old tender for 180-odd wheeled guns," the Army official said.

No Larsen executive would comment on the company's plans to manufacture howitzers nor would they say whether they will strike a joint venture company with Samsung on an equity-sharing basis. No Samsung executives were available for comment.

The South Korean company could have competed alone in the tender, but it chose to team with an Indian company. Analysts say that freed Samsung from fulfilling offsets that otherwise have to equal up to 30 percent of the contract's value.

"Samsung realized that having an Indian partner is advantageous," Gupta said. "Also by having significant indigenous content, all the work around offsets gets taken care of."

This "made sense even five years back when Make in India was not the flavor of the season: Give 50 percent work to an Indian entity and get away from the headache of offset," the Army official said. "In any case, probably L&T drove a hard bargain and asked for substantial work to be done in India to scale up their own capabilities on the back of such a project."

However, to what extent technology of the tracked gun will be passed on to Larsen is unknown. No Larsen executive would comment on the level of technology transfer that could happen.

It remains to be seen where the turret technology is coming from.

"For limited 100 numbers, [it] doesn't make sense to make turrets also in India, probably later when Samsung and L&T combined want to tap other global orders, they might put turret work in L&T manufacturing of the K-9 gun at Pune-based facilities of L&T," the Army official added.

A Larsen executive, however, said the building of the K-9 would enable the Indian Army to get better lifecycle support.

"It meets the Make in India requirement, lifecycle support can be provided from India, the next-generation gun can also be indigenous," the L&T executive said.

The Army plans to replace all existing field guns with a variety of 155mm/.52-caliber guns at a cost of more than $6 billion. As part of this purchase plan, named Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, the Army plans to buy a mix of around 3,600 155mm/.52-caliber guns by 2020 to 2025 for more than 220 artillery regiments.

http://www.bgr.in/news/make-in-india-to-be-self-sufficient-in-defence-sector-manohar-parrikar/
Make in India to be self-sufficient in defence sector: Manohar Parrikar
Making weapons and platforms for the armed forces in India would enable the defence sector become self-sufficient, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday.

“When we make in India major weapons and platforms for the armed forces, we become independent and self sufficient, with spin-offs in civil and commercial sectors,” Parrikar said at a seminar held in the memory of late former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Noting that technologies and products developed by the defence research organisations were benefiting the economy by way of investments and job creation, Parrikar urged the stakeholders to focus on research for innovation and self-reliance in meeting the needs of the three services – army, air force and navy.
“Our government’s ‘Make in India‘ thrust has strategic benefits as it saves foreign exchange, develops skill sets and trained manpower, besides contributing to the economy,” Parrikar said in the inaugural address on the two-day seminar on “Developing and sustaining vibrant R&D for aerospace and defence sectors”, organized by the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries. Recalling Kalam’s contribution to the country’s defence and aerospace sectors for over five decades, Parrkiar said the people’s president had built a scientific temperament and inspired thousand of students across the country to take up science as a career when there was a mad rush to become IT engineers.
“Kalam struck a chord with young minds, created interest in science and research through talks, presentations and discussions. He not only prevented brain drain, but also influenced the diaspora to reverse the trend and make it brain gain,” he said. Bharat Dynamics Ltd chairman Udaya Bhaskar, Indian Space Research Organisation’s satellite director M. Annadurai and Bharat Electronics Ltd chairman S.K. Sharma also addressed the gathering.

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