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Monday, 11 April 2016

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http://thesubtimes.com/2016/04/10/india-army-chief-of-staff-visits-jblm/
India Army Chief of Staff Visits JBLM

April 10, 2016 By The Suburban Times Leave a Comment

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The Indian army’s chief of staff visited the I Corps headquarters on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, April 4 – 6 in an effort to help foster a growing partnership between the United States and India.

Gen. Dalbir Singh and Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, I Corps commanding general, discussed opportunities for future engagements and reviewed a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise together.

“I Corps has benefited from USARPAC’s growing relationship with the Indian Army. Our Soldiers routinely conduct military-to-military engagements which achieve consistent progress and build readiness in both forces. Exercises such as YUDH AHBYAS and VAJRA PRAHAR foremost build personal relationships and trust with our partners, which makes for a more professional force in both armies. We have a lot of experiences to share, and more opportunities for partnership will benefit our two countries as well as the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

I Corps is the U.S. Army’s only regionally aligned Corps, focusing on the Pacific rim.

Soldiers assigned to the Corps routinely work with a number of countries in the Pacific every year, from disaster management to mil-to-mil exercises.


http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/EXPRESS-EXCLUSIVE-DRDO-on-Mission-Mood-After-Armys-Adverse-Opinion-on-Akash-System/2016/04/10/article3372227.ece
EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE: DRDO on Mission Mood After Army's Adverse Opinion on Akash System


BALASORE (ODISHA): Days after the Indian army's adverse opinion on the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) seems to be on mission mood. It has planned a series of user trials of the missile system from a defence base off the Odisha coast next week.

According to reports the army had recently declared the Akash missile a dud and floated a global tender to procure an alternative weapon system to protect the country from aerial threats. Army’s move embarrassed the DRDO at a time when the country was claiming the Akash system as the first initiative of the much hyped ‘Make-in-India’ programme.

Perturbed over the accusations, the DRDO in a bid to prove them wrong is all set to carry out a series of user specific tests of Akash from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on sea.

The tests reportedly planned to be conducted in between April 11 and 15 aim at checking the technical parameters set for the user.

A reliable source told ‘The New Indian Express’ on Saturday that the indigenously developed missile would be flight tested from a make-shift launcher on helipad near launching complex - III of the ITR. The missile would be fired targeting the pilot-less target aircraft (PTA) Lakshya as an aerial ‘target’.

“Preparation for the mission has reached at final stage. Both the Akash team and PTA team are ready for the tests. Pre-mission check-ups are going on and the missile is expected to be test launched as per the schedule,” said a defence official.

Akash missile system is uniquely configured and customised both for Indian Army and Air Force. It has a strike range of nearly 30 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms. The Army version of Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and some other industries.

Developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) of the DRDO, Akash was formally inducted in the Army on May 5 and in the Air Force on July 10 last year. Although the DRDO spent more than Rs 1,000 crore in its development in last three decades, the missile has failed to meet the requirement of the army.

Akash is a mobile, multiple-target handling and medium range air defence missile. After years of rejection allegedly for the faults in the missile system, even as the Army had finally agreed to accept the modified version of the and ordered two Akash regiments worth around Rs 20,000 crore last year, but the tender allowing the missile manufacturers from abroad to participate indicates that the homegrown weapon has failed to allure the user.



http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/navy-iaf-deploy-ships-choppers/220665.html
Navy, IAF deploy ships, choppers
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New Delhi, April 10
The Indian armed forces today pitched in with helicopters, aircraft, ships and medical teams to ensure quick treatment of those injured in the devastating fire which broke out in a temple in Kerala.

Following a request from the state government, Indian Air Force sent six helicopters, two AN32 transport aircraft and two business jets to Kerala, a spokesperson said.

While Army medical personnel were rushed to Kollam from Trivandrum, the military hospital in the latter city also swung into action, army sources said.

The Navy has dispatched six aircraft — two Dornier fixed-wing aircraft, two ALH helicopters and two Chetak helicopters — to the site of the tragedy, a navy spokesperson said.

Two ALH with a nine-member medical team as well as three doctors, paramedics, supplies and equipment were rushed at 1130hrs to Kollam.

While the helicopters landed at the Ashramam Ground, Kollam, at 1200hrs, one Dornier aircraft from Kochi has been positioned at Trivandrum since noon. The rest of aircraft are on standby at Kochi.

The INS Sunayna, Kabra and Kalpeni set sail immediately from Kochi with 200kg of medical supplies and a medical team to provide succour at the site of the tragedy. — PTI


http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/poonch-villages-pounded-peace-breached-yet-again-by-pak/220660.html
Poonch villages pounded, peace breached yet again by Pa
Shyam Sood &

Amir Karim Tantray

Poonch, April 10
After a six-month calm, Pakistani troops today opened fire in the Shahpur sector along the LOC (Line of Control) in Poonch district, drawing retaliation from the Indian troops. “The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Poonch sector at 4.30 am,” Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

“Our troops responded appropriately. There was no casualty or damage to our troops,” he said. Villagers said the exchange of mortar fire started at 10.45 pm last night and continued till 4.30 this morning. At least six houses were partially damaged. An Alto car parked on the road was damaged too.

Mohammad Akbar, a resident of Shahpur, said: “ Mortars were fired at our houses and we ran for cover. We remained there till the firing stopped this morning. Live mortar shells are still lying in the fields.”  Sources said the Poonch police had informed the Army about these shells.


Fearing that the Pakistani troops may have pushed militants inside Jammu and Kashmir, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the police has started search operations in the area. There has been firing on the LOC in Rajouri's Keri sector and in Doda area of Poonch for the past two days. 

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