of Nation’s defence preparedness by adding new milestones in defence R&D,
capacity building in existing and new strategic areas through upgradation and
modernization, further strengthening of coastal security initiatives in
different areas particularly in air defence and blue water capabilities and a
systematic force projection of our armed forces in India’s neighbourhood and
far off Asian region by engaging them through exercises and defence diplomacy
were the main highlights of the year.
year also saw massive welfare measures being undertaken for service personnel
and ex-servicemen, scaling of new heights by armed forces personnel in fields
like sports and adventure activities.
The achievements of defence scientists in developing different soldier
support systems like Suicide Risk Assessment Test, BMP Urban Survival Kit,
Armour for Mi 17-IV for helicopters and Heavy Weight Anti-Submarine Electric
Torpedo – ‘Varunastra’ also marked the eventful year.
New Weapons Systems to Strengthen Defence Preparedness
AGNI-V – India proudly entered
the exclusive club as the sixth country on 19 April 2012, when its Long-range
Ballistic Missile took to sky on its maiden flight and reached the
pre-designated target point over 5000 km away in the Indian Ocean with
remarkable accuracy. The missile which was launched from Wheeler Island off
Orissa Coast incorporates many indigenously developed technologies. These include the composite rocket motor,
state-of-the-art avionics, 5th generation ‘On Board Computer’
distributed architecture, highly accurate Ring Laser Gyro-based inertial
navigation system (RINS), reliable redundant micro navigation system and the
re-entry kit shield that withstands temperature with more than 4000 degree celsius
ensuring that avionics function normally by maintaining an inside temperature
less than 50 degreescelcius.
AGNI-IV – The 4000 km range
nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-IV was successfully flight tested on 19
Sep 2012. The long-range missile
propelled by composite rocket motor technology was tested for its cool
capability. Launched from road mobile
launcher, it reached the predefined target in about 20 minutes.
Agni-II, Agni-III andPrithvi P-IIsurface to surface missile and also
its naval version Dhanushalready in the arsenal of the Indian Armed
Forces, the missile from the production lots were flight tested by the Armed
Forces as part of training exercises to ensure defence preparedness. Thus,
Agni-I, India’s 700 km range ballistic missile had its flight tests on 13 July
and 12 Dec 2012.
The 2000 km range ballistice
missile Agni-II and Agni-III with a range of 3000 km were test fired on 09 Aug
and 21 Sept 2012 respectively.
The 350 km range
surface-to-surface strategic missile Prithvi (P-II) was successfully flight
tested on 25 Aug and 04 Oct 2012 from ITR Chandipur, Odisha. While its naval version Dhanush was test
fired from a naval ship off the coast of Balasore, Odisha on 05 Oct 2012. The tests were like textbook launches meeting
all mission objectives and the missiles reached the target points with high
Brah-Mos Block III version with advanced guidance algorithm was flight tested on 28 Mar 2012 from
ITR Balasore. The missile flew through
the designated 290 kms distance at Mach 2.8 and achieved high precision with
MISSILE DEFENCE (BMD)
has developed a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capability against
missiles with range upto 2000 km class. Both the exo and endo atmospheric
interception have been demonstrated with direct hits leading to disintegration
of target missile.
Interceptor Missile AAD
launched by the Scientists of DRDO on 23 Nov 2012 from Wheeler’s Island,
Odisha, successfully destroyed the incoming Ballistic Missile at an altitude of
15 Kms. The target missile, a modified version of Prithvi, mimicking the
enemy’s ballistic missile, was launched from Launch Complex III, Chandipur.
Long Range Radar and MFC Radar located far away could detect the Missile from
take-off and tracked it through its entire path. The total trajectory of the
incoming Missile was continuously estimated by the guidance computer and
subsequently the AAD Missile was launched at an appropriate time to counter and
kill the ballistic missile.
this mission, a special feature of intercepting multiple target with multiple
interceptor was demonstrated successfully.The complete Radar Systems,
Communication Networks, Launch Computers, Target update Systems and state of
the art Avionics have been completely proven in this Mission.
DEFENCE SYSTEM - Induction and productionisation of Akash, the
medium range air defence system with multi-target, multi directional capability
is another shining achievement. The production value of Akash missile systems
ordered by Army and Air Force is over Rs 23,000 crores. Orders for two Army
regiments and six Air Force Squadrons are under execution.
LONG RANGE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE (LRSAM) - Control and Navigation Tests
(CNT) for LRSAM, a joint development Programme between DRDO and Israel
Aerospace Industry (IAI), to develop an Advanced Naval Air Defence System for
Indian Navy) were conducted on 16th and 18th July 2012.
All Planned mission objectives were fully met in both the tests. The missiles
showed good navigation and control performance. DRDO is the Prime Development
Agency and IAI the design authority for supply, installation and final
MISSILE - the fire and forget anti-tank missile with top attack
capability is another important missile developed by DRDO. Its helicopter
mounted version, Helina, underwent 2 successful flights from ground launcher
proving full range of the missile.
AIRCRAFT–NAVY (LCA-Navy) -
had its first flight on 27th April 2012 followed by flights during
month of Jun/Jul 2012. Initial Operation Clearance of this aircraft is expected
by Dec 2014. LCA, country’s first indigenous modern Light Combat Aircraft with
four variants (air force, Navy and their trainer versions), is a precision
weapon launch platform to carry a range of Air to Air missile, unguided rockets
and bombs. The aircraft is integrated with advanced cockpit, digital
avionics and weapons interface, to provide effective point and shoot capability
with quick turnaround time. A Shore based Test facility (SBTF); one of
its kind in Asia and third in the world; developed by DRDO at Naval Air Station
INS Hansa, Goa is now ready for use. Besides testing of LCA-Navy, the test
facility will also be used for training of pilots on LCA - Navy and MiG29K
WARNING AND CONTROL SYSTEM (AEW&C) -
In a landmark event the first EMB-145I
aircraft fully modified for the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and
Control System (AEW&C) landed on Indian soil at CABS (Centre for Airborne
Systems, Bangalore, a DRDO laboratory) on 23 Aug 2012.
VEHICLES (UAVs) - There have been significant achievements in the field of
UAVs. NISHANT, with its ground
control system has been made ready for the Army after confirmatory
trials. An indigenous Wankel rotary engine has been developed by DRDO
jointly with NAL, Bangalore, for powering UAVs like NISHANT. Rotary engine
technology, especially suited for such applications, is the first of its kind
in India. Orders for Lakshya II pilotless target aircraft; capable of
flying in sea skimming mode and tree top heights; are expected from the
Services after successful demonstration to them. Similarly, UAV Rustom-I, a
forerunner to Mediun Altitude Long Range (MALE) UAV Rustom-2, had series of
successful trials. Indigenously designed and developed
RUSTOM-1 underwent series of successful test flights. This UAV has
the potential to be used for military missions like Reconnaissance,
Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Target Designation, Communications Relay,
Battle Damage Assessment and Signal Intelligence. A mini UAV -‘NETRA’, especially suited
for Low intensity conflict operations was inducted by the Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF). ‘NETRA’ has four high speed propellers allowing it
to take off and land vertically. Similarly a fixed wing mini UAV for low intensity
conflict was demonstrated to security forces at various locations for
surveillance within the range of 10 kms. It is also useful in reconnaissance
ELECTRONIC WARFARE - There has
been a significant achievement in the Electronic Warfare Area which includes
integration and testing of country’s first indigenous active array radar,
operationalisation of Combat Information Decision Support System (CIDSS) and
development and testing of laser based ordnance Disposal System and advanced
Laser Guided Bomb Tester. The initial development of Indira-1, a short
range 2D system has now been extended to high power 3D system like 3D
Central Acquisition Radar and Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) based on
phased array. The DRDOs radar warning receivers have been selected to
upgrade most of Indian Air Force aircrafts like MiG 21, MiG 29, SU 30MKI, MiG
27 and Jaguars.
MBT ARJUN MK-II -Arjun
Mk-II the advanced version of India’s first main battle tank Arjun, commenced
its user trials in record time of 2 yrs. The Arjun Mk-II incorporates 89
improvements over the Arjun Mk-I, of which, two regiments are already in
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Smerch
Rockets - Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for a Joint Venture with M/s Rosoboronexport,
Russia and M/s Splav “SPA”, Russia to manufacture five versions of SmerchRockets
based on the technology received from Russia. The SmerchRockets
are technologically superior having a range of 70-80- kms. With formation of
this Joint Venture, a new Chapter in the Indo-Russian Friendship has commenced.
Joint Venture for Multi-role Transport
Aircraft (MTA) - Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
(HAL), the aerospace major, signed the Preliminary Design Phase (PDP) Contract on 12
October 2012with the United Aircraft Corporation - Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA),
the Russian partner and their JV-Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) for
the Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) project as a follow on contract of the
General Contract signed between the three parties in May 2012. “With this HAL
and UAC-TA will start the preliminary designwork
immediately at Moscow.
CAPACITY BUILDING THROUGH INDUCTIONS/ACQUISITIONS
Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Inducted into IAF
Mi-17 V5 helicopter was inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 17 February 2012. This
helicopter falls in the category of armed helicopter, with substantial and
effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly
enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes.
Mi-17 V5, an upgrade of Mi-17 in the
medium-lift category, is equipped with state-of-the-art
avionics and on-board Navigation Systems. It is a glass cockpit variant; the
first of its kind to get inducted into the IAF. It has onboard weather radar, state of
the art autopilot and is compatible with the latest Generation (Gen-III) Night
vision Goggles. With this,
the helicopter can undertake all-weather, day and night operations in any kind
of terrain. The helicopter is also equipped with a Bambi-Bucket that can be
used for fire fighting. It
is also fitted with a powerful winch–a feature useful in the Disaster Relief
Operations in restricted areas where landing is not possible.
Navy inducted INS Chakra to itsunder water fleet on 04th April 2012
at Vishakhapatnam. Defence Minister Shri
AK Antony inducted the submarine into the fleet of Eastern Naval Command. This four plus generation Russian origin
submarine is capable of fulfilling multiple roles and will go a long way in
strengthening Navy’s blue water operating capability.
third of the follow-on class indigenous stealth frigate was commissioned on 21
July 2012 at Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai by the Defence Minister Shri AK
Antony. Conceived and designed by Indian
Navy Design Team this Shivalik class frigate will be mainstay frigate of the
Navy in the 21st Century.
INS Teg and Tarkash
First and Second of the three Talwar-class stealth frigates constructed at
Yantar Shipyard, Kalinigrad Russia were inducted into Indian Navy on 27 April
and 09 November 2012 respectively by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief,
Southern Naval Command. These multi-role
stealth frigate with advanced combat suits are fitted with formidable array of
weapons and sensors onboard the Ship including the super-sonic BrahMos missile
system and advance surface-to-air missile system.
Commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Ship H-187, H-188
provide a boost to coastal security Indian Coast Guard Ship H-187, the first of
the series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs), was commissioned at Okha on
11 June 2012 by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, DG Coast Guard. The 21 meter long ACV (hovercraft) designed
and built by GriffenHaverwork Limited (GHL), UK displaces 31 tonnes and can
achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The
ACV is capable of undertaking multi-farious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction,
search and rescue and responding
assistance to small boats / crafts in distress at Sea.
second in the series, H-188 was commissioned at Haldia by Inspector General of
Coast Guard Shri Rajendra Singh on 20 Nov 2012.
third ACV in this series, H-189 was commissioned in Mumbai by Vice Admiral SK
Sinha FOC-in-C Western Naval Command.
With the commissioning of H-189, the force level of Indian Coast Guard
has gone up to 77 ships and First Attack Boats and with the planned induction
the force level would be doubling by 2018.
Commission of Indian Coast Guard Ship
Indian Coast Guard Ship 'SamudraPaheredar',
the second of the series of three Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs) being built
by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat was commissioned by Admiral NirmalVerma, the then
Chief of the Naval Staff in July 2012.
The 95m long indigenous PCV displaces 4300
tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 20.5 knots with an endurance of 6500
nautical miles.The ship’s primary role
is pollution response at sea and is equipped with the most advanced and
sophisticated pollution response and control equipment for mitigating oil
spills, which include containment equipment like hi-sprint booms and river
booms, recovery devices like skimmers and side sweeping arms. The ship is
capable of unhindered oil recovery operations with storage tank capacity of 500
KL in addition to inflatable barges.
The ship is installed with modern
Integrated Platform Management System and Power Management System, which makes
it unique for unmanned machinery operations. It is also fitted with Dynamic
Positioning System for fire fighting and pollution response operations and an
infra-red surveillance system for night surveillance.
Commissioning of First Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) ‘Rani Abbakka’
The Indian Coast
Guard Ship Rani Abbakka, the 1st of a series of five Inshore Patrol
built at M/s HSL, was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by the then Minister of
State for Defence Dr.MM
PallamRaju,on 20 Jan 2012.
The 50 meter indigenous IPV displaces 300 tonnes and can achieve a
maximum speed of 31.5 Knots with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles.The special features of the ship include an
Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Machinery Control System (IMCS), and an
indigenously built Gun Mount with Fire Control System. The ship is
designed to carry one Rigid Inflatable Boat and two Geminis for Search and
Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol.
Of ICGS ‘Dahanu’
Guard Station Dahanu, the third Coast Guard station in Maharashtra, was
commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast
Guard at Dahanu on 22 March 2012.
station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal
security along the Indian coastline. The station at Dahanu will help augment
patrolling along the north Maharshtra coast and prevent illicit activity such
as infiltration and smuggling.
Commissioning Of ICGS Krishnapatnam
Guard Station Krishnapatnam, the third Coast Guard Station in Andhra Pradesh,
was commissioned in Andhra Pradesh by Dr MM PallamRaju, the then Raksha Rajya Mantri on June
establishment of a Station at Krishnapatnam is part of the ongoing efforts by
the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security in the coastal states of the
Commissionig of Coast Guard Station Karaikal
Guard Station Karaikal, the fifth CG station on the Puducherry - Tamil
Nadu coastline was commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director
General Indian Coast Guard at Karaikal on 25 July 2012.
station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal
security along the Indian coastline. The station
at Karaikal will help augment patrolling along the east coast and
prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.
Commissioning of Naval Base
INS ‘DweepRakshak’ and ‘BAAZ‘
Naval base INS ‘DweepRakshak’ was commissioned in
Lakshadweep Islands and INS ‘Baaz’ was commissioned in Andaman Islands
(Campbell Bay) in 2012. Commissioning of
these full fledged naval bases was another milestone in the commitment of
Indian Navy in maintaining effective coastal surveillance and defence
capability. The positioning of radar
stations and other surveillance measures will add positive control over
movement of Ships and intelligence gathering.
Inauguration of StaticSensors
Project in Mumbai and Porbandar
With the inauguration of the Static
Sensors Project of Coastal Surveillance Network by the Defence Minister Shri AK
Antony on 25 Aug 2012, the coastal security mechanism got a big boost. Shri
Antony said that the patching up of National Automatic Identification System
Network (AIS) and Vessel Traffic System (VTS) of Gulf of Khambat, along with
the Coastal Security Network, will help us in identifying a friend or foe in
Under Phase I of Coastal Surveillance Network,
Coastal Static Sensors will be put up at 46 locations. Out of these, the
mainland radars are expected to be operationalised later this year, while those
on the island territories will become operational next year.
Kerala Cluster of Coastal Radar NetworkCommissioned
Operating Station (ROS) of the coastal surveillance sensor chain of Kerala cluster was inaugurated by Vice
Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard at the Coast Guard District
Headquarters No 4 Fort Kochi on 15 Sept 2012. Speaking
on the occasion, Vice Admiral Muralidharan highlighted the efforts of BEL the
agency who executed the project, Department of Lighthouses and Light Ships ,
MTNL, BSNL, and ISRO in seeing the project through.
In Kerala, the
feed and data from the four coastal surveillance radars at Mount Dilli in Ezhimala, Ponnani, Vypin and Kollam
will be available at the ROS Fort Kochi. Two
more additional sensors will be installed at Alapuzha and Azhikode in the phase
two of the project.
Step towards Eastern Coast
State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh inaugurated the Chain of Static Sensor at
Vishakhapatnam on 23 Nov 2012, which will provide real time surveillance cover
up to 25 nautical miles along the coast line. Post 26/11 terrorist attacks in
Mumbai, the emergent need to strengthen coastal security was
the Government and on recommendation made by the Group of Ministers, Indian
Coast Guard was delegated to implement the project. With the inauguration of
Eastern clusters at Vishakhapatnam, the phase-I of implementation of CSN at
mainland is completed.
EXERCISES / INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Exercise YUDH ABHYAS is part of joint exercises
between the Indian and United States Armies since 2005, agreed
upon under the New Framework of India-US
Defence Relationship. Commencing at the
platoon level, the exercise graduated
to a command post (CPX) and field training exercise
The seventh edition of Yudh Abhyas commenced
on 05 March 12 in two locations under the South
Western Command. The US Army contingent is from the US Army Pacific (USARPAC), part of their Pacific Command (PACOM). The Command Post Exercise has an engineer
brigade headquarters with its planners from both sides, while
the Field Training Exercise comprises troops
of 2nd Squadron 14th US Cavalry Regiment from 25th Infantry Division,Hawaii, along with a platoon of Strykers, and a similar sized
Indian Army contingent of mechanized infantry.
India and Japan conducted routine passage exercises ‘PASSEX’ during the
visit of Japanese ships to Indian ports this year.
INS Sudarshini sets sail for ASEAN Sailing
Expedition from Kochi on 13 Sept 2012.
This expedition was organised to celebrate India’s warm ties with the
countries of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Admiral DK Joshi flagged off the six months
voyage, a unique collaborative venture of Ministry of Defence and Ministry of
External Affairs. The voyage
commemorates 20 years of dialogue partnerships.
During the course of voyage, 12,000 nautical expedition of INS
Sudarshini will visit 13 ports in nine countries in South East Asia.
The 15 nation Naval Exercise ‘MILAN-2012’, a biennial congregation
of Littoral Navies of the Asia-Pacific region, hosted by the Indian Navy,
commenced at Port Blair, in Andaman and Nicobar islands, on 01 February
2012. It significantly contributed in
strengthening cooperation among the Navies of 14 countries including Australia,
Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New
Zealand, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
‘Theatre Level Readiness and Operational
Exercise (TROPEX)’ was held on 07-08 February 2012 at Vishakhapatnam by
Eastern Naval Command. Defence Minister
Shri AK Antony, who inaugurated the exercise, spent two days with the Indian
Navy and he was given a glimpse of the expansive scope and scale of the Indian
Navy’s annual exercise.
Indian and Indonesian Armies participated in the ‘Counter Insurgency
and Jungle Warfare Training Drill’in March 2012.Training
together to counter the scourge of insurgency in various contemporary scenarios
including jungle warfare, the operational part of the first-ever
platoon-level joint training exercise – EX GARUDA SHAKTI – of the armies of
India and Indonesia, concluded successfully at the Indian Army's elite 'Counter
Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School’ (CIJWS), Vairengte in
‘Shoor Veer’ is based on the
integrated theatre battle concept
under South Western Army Command with the elite
Strike Corps in the lead,
supported by Chetak Corps and all other relevant
elements of South Western
The Army and IAF has tested new battle fighting concepts and
doctrines during the exercise with real time
pictures of the battle zone
provided to a centralized command and control
centre from fighter jets,
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and attack
helicopters, waging war in
network centric environment and massed tank
drills backed by long range
More than 300 combat vehicles including main battle tank
T-90, T-72, long range 150mm artillery guns,
multi barrel rockets and about
60000 troops has taken part in this massive
major exercise in Rajasthan.
A major highlight of the joint exercise was the integrated
war-fighting machinery and the synergy between
the Indian Army and IAF.
Force (IAF) conducted Exercise ‘PRALAY’ in the North East on 29 February
IMPORTANT VISITS PROMOTING DEFENCE COOPERATION
The twelfth meeting of the India-Russia
Inter-governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC)
was held on 10 October 2012. In a joint India-Russia press conferene held in
New Delhi by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and Russian counterpart Mr.AE Serdyukovendorsed the Protocols of
the meetings of the Working Group on Shipbuilding, Aviation and Land Systems,
(WGSALS) and the Working Group on Military Technical Cooperation (WG-MTC) which
were held in New Delhi on 27-28 August, 2012 and 30-31 August, 2012
The US Secretary of
Defence Mr. Leon Panetta was on a visit to
India05-07 June, 2012. Mr. Panetta met the Defence Minister
Mr. AK Antony in New Delhi on 06 June 2012. Mr. Panetta was accompanied by a ten
member delegation, including the US Ambassador to India and other senior
officers from the US Department of Defence. During the delegation level talks, both sides exchanged views on the security situation in South
Asia, West Asia and the Asia-Pacific and on various global security challenges,
including in the area of cyber security.
Indo-China delegation level
talkson defence cooperation held in New Delhi on 04th
September 2012. The two Defence Ministers had an extensive exchange of views
on defence and military exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
They also discussed the regional security situation and international issues of
common interest and concern. Both Ministers agreed that expanding bilateral
cooperation between the Defence Ministries and Armed Forces of India and China helps enhance mutual trust, deepens friendship and promotes
comprehensive development of the India-China Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and
Prosperity. The two Defence Ministers agreed to work together to enhance mutual
trust in the security field and continue to maintain peace and tranquility in
the India-China border areas.
Chinese Defence Minister Gen Liang Guangliealso visited the National Defence College (NDC)
on 05 Sep 12. This is the first time since its inception in 1960 that
such a high level military delegation from China
visited the College.
Minister Shri AK Antony inaugurated the 8th Heads of Asian Coast Guards Meeting (HACGAM) in New Delhi on 03 Oct 2012. HACGAM is an apex level forum facilitating
congregation of all the major Coast Guard Agencies of Asian region. This
initiative was developed initially in 2004 to discuss cooperation among the
member organizations to combat piracy in the region. However, the scope of discussions has
been expanded to include law enforcement, maritime security, disaster
prevention and relief and capacity building. Presently, there are more than 20
member organizations from 17 countries that are part of the initiative.
of Defence Services of Myanmar Gen
Min AungHlaing visited India in August 2012 and called on the Defence Minister
Shri AK Antony.
Minister Shri AK Antony addressed the 11th Asia Security Summit, also known as ‘Shangri
La Dialogue’, in Singapore in June 2012.
Shri Antony said the international community must ‘remain sensitive to the
problems of smaller nations and ensure that their rights, as equal members of
the global community, are not overlooked or compromised’. He said the spirit of
cooperation among international community shown in anti-piracy measures can be
extended to ‘de-conflict contentious maritime issues’.
Defence of Singapore Dr. Ng Eng Hen
visited India in November 2012 and met
the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony. During the delegation level talks, it was
agreed to further enhance the bilateral defence relationship in the mutual
interest of both countries as it would contribute to regional peace and
stability. Both sides also agreed that the on-going interactions between the
defence establishments of the two countries, including through regular joint
military training and exercises, had been useful. They also agreed to
continue such interactions in future.
The first meeting of
the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Committee on Defence
Cooperation was held in New Delhi on 10 Sep 2012. The 11-member Saudi
delegation was headed by Maj Gen Suleiman Saleh Al-Khalifa, Chief of the Armed
Forces Operations of Saudi Arabia. The Indian delegation was headed by
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence. The
Joint Committee was mandated to formulate a programme to develop areas of
cooperation between the defence establishments of both countries. During the
meeting both sides expressed their interest in further enhancing defence
exchanges and interactions between their armed forces.
Axel Schimpf, Chief of Naval Staff, Germany visited India in February 2012. Defence Secretary level talks between
India and Germany to expand defence co-operation were also held in June 2012.
Minister of Spain
called on the Defence Minister
Shri AK Antony in New Delhi on 26 Oct 2012.
Minister of BrazilMr.CelsoAmorim
visited India on 06 Feb 2012 and held one-to-one talk with the Defence Minister
Shri AK Antony.
Defence Minister Mr AK Antony laid
foundation stone of maritime training academy of Maldives during his visit to
Maldives in September 2012. Continuing with his dialogue
on defence cooperation with the top leadership of Maldives, he called on
the President MohamedWaheed Hassan Manik in Male.
Minister of Republic of Korea Mr. Kim Kwan Jin visited India and held the
delegation level talks with his Indian counterpart Shri AK Antony on 30 Nov
2012 on the matters of bilateral interests.
A high level delegation led by Rear
Admiral AARA Dias, the Director General Sri Lanka Coast
Guard (SLCG), who was on a visit
to India from 26-30 Aug 2012, held a High Level Meeting, with the Indian
delegation led by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast
Guard in New Delhi in August 2012. The visit was in continuation of the
various efforts by the governments of the two countries towards cooperation between the ICG and SLCG
and pursuance of the discussions
on maritime issues of mutual concerns to formulate a cooperative approach.
Haruhiko Kataoka, Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self Defence Force was on a three day goodwill visit to India from 19-21
Nov 12. The visit assumed
special significance in the light of improving military cooperation between the
two countries in consonance with India’s growing relationship with Japan.
The Chief of the Air Staff
(CAS) and Chairman Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) was on a four day Defence
Cooperation visit to the Union of Myanmar from 26-29 November
2012. The CAS led a five member Composite Defence Delegation team comprising of
senior officers of the three services.
Vice Admiral ZahirUddin Ahmed,
Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy visited India from 08-10 July 2012. He was given a Guard of Honour on 09th
July. Later he met the Chief of Naval
Staff Admiral NirmalVerma and discussed matters on mutual interests.
BNS (Bangladesh Naval Ship) Bangabandhu entered Kochi on 2nd November. The modern frigate and
veritably the Flag Ship of Bangladesh Navy was on en route to Doha to participate in Exercise
Ferocious Falcon. A host of professional and social interactions were scheduled
between India and Bangladesh Navies on the occasion which included sports
fixtures and mutual visits. Mr Tariq Ahmad Karim, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India also flew in to Kochi to welcome BNS Bangabandhu.
Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy visited India on 23 April
held talks with the then Chief of Naval Staff Admiral NirmalVermaon matters of
SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS /
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the Combined
Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi on 11 October 2012 which was attended
amongst others by Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram and Minister of External
Affairs Mr. SM Krishna. In the beginning
Defence Minister Shri AK Antony introduced the top level Commanders’ of the
three Services to the Prime Minister.
Unified Commanders’ Conference commenced in New Delhi on 24 April 2012. Inaugurating the Conference Defence Minister
Shri AK Antony urged all commanders to ensure that the fast track
procurement of equipment and upgradation of infrastructureis followed in letter
Shri Antony told the top brass of Armed
Forces that while modernization remains the topmost priority of the Government
and to achieve the same a mechanism has been put in place to fast track
procurement of equipment and upgradation of infrastructure. He appealed the top commanders’ to be honest and upright while fast
tracking important acquisitions for the defence forces.
2012’, the 7th international Exhibition on Land,
Naval and Internal Security Systems, commenced on 29 March 2012 at New Delhi.
The four-day event was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony. The
largest ever Defence Exposition in Asia showcased India’s emergence as an
attractive destination for investment in the Defence Sector and provided a
platform for alliances and joint ventures in the Defence Industry.
A total of 567
companies from 32 countries displayed weapon systems for the Army, Navy and
Internal Security. Major participants were from Russia, France and Israel
besides Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Panama,
Poland, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa,
Turkey, USA and UK.
Fourteenth Asian Security
Conference organized by the Institute of Defence Studies and
Analysis (IDSA) was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in New
Delhi on 13 February 2012.
Global Hypoxia Summit & the 4th International
Conference on Chronic Hypoxiawas
inaugurated by the then Minister of state for Defence Dr M.M. PallamRaju in New
Delhi on 09 Aug 2012. Addressing the gathering he said High Altitude hypoxia research is important for our country because we are
constrained to deploy considerable number of soldiers in the high altitude
Minister Shri AK Antony addressed a Workshop on Nanotechnologyin New Delhi on 01 Oct 2012 organised by the DRDO.Shri Antony said that India has proved its strong
capabilities and efficiency in the fields of information technology and
biotechnology and DRDO must make all-out efforts to bring about a convergence
of nanotechnology with information technology and biotechnology.
Defence Minister Shri
AK Antony inaugurated a two-day International Seminar
and Exposition ‘Defcom India-2012’ in New Delhi on 08 Nov 2012. The Defcom-2012 was organized jointly by the Integrated HQ of Ministry of Defence (Army), Corp of Defence
Signals and Confederation of Indian Industry
SECURITY ISSUE / POLICY PROCEDURES
Defence Minister Shri AK
a meeting of all stakeholders on coastal security in New Delhi on 08 Oct 2012
and reviewed the various steps taken to enhance coastal security network in the country and
progress achieved so far in different fields. Presiding a high-level meeting,
Shri Antony said that there must be a time bound action plan to complete all
pending decisions at the earliest.
The revised Defence Offset Guidelines
(DOG) were approved by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) at
its meeting held on 23rd July,
2012 and shall be applicable w.e.f. 1st August, 2012.
A Meeting was
taken by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony on Defence OperationalPreparedness
on 02 Jul 2012 where three Service Chiefs and Defence Secretary were also
Minister Shri AK Antony gave his ‘in principle’ approval to a three-fold hike in the delegation of financial powers to Service Headquarters – from the
current Rs.50 crores to Rs.150 crores on 28 May 2012 to
accelerate the process of procurement for the Armed Forces.
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony announced
a number of decisions taken by the Centre for infrastructure development and
for creation of job opportunities in Arunachal Pradesh while inaugurating the
five- day long celebration of the
completion of 25 years of statehood of Arunachal Pradesh at a function in
Itanagar in February 2012. Shri Antony announced that the Ministry of Defence
has cleared the raising of 2nd Battalion of Arunachal Scouts.
India-UK defence consultation group meeting was held in New Delhi on 08 Feb 2012.
Defence debarred six firms from business dealings for a term of ten years on 05
A Decision was
taken by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to purchase M-777 guns for the
Indian Army on 11 May 2012.
WELFARE MEASURES OF SERVICEMEN / EX-SERVICEMEN
Minister Shri AK Antony chaired the meeting of the Consultative Committee
attached to his Ministry on 18 Dec 2012 in New Delhi and took note of latest
progress in different welfare measures for ex-servicemen.
has widened the scope of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)
and established more polyclinics and regional health centres. In 2010, 199
polyclinics were sanctioned by the Government out of which 99 polyclinics have
become functional and 100 polyclinics are under various stages of
operationalization. The scheme is presently been implemented to 326 functional
polyclinics. At present, the scheme has
over 41 lakh beneficiaries including 13 lakh ex-servicemen and over 28 lakh
Government has also taken up special measures to accelerate the Married
Accommodation Project (MAP). Under the project, a total of nearly two lakh
dwelling units are being constructed in four phases at an estimated cost of
over Rs. 17, 000 crores. Presently, 54, 000 dwelling units have been
constructed out of a total of 58, 000 dwelling units under Phase-I of the
project. Phase-II of the project involving the construction of 70, 000 dwelling
units has also begun. Phase-Ill and Phase-IV of MAP have been merged so that
the work on the remaining 71, 000 dwelling units of MAP Phase III and Phase IV
can be expedited.
The Union Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the
Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for benefits to ex-servicemen on four
issues. The financial
implications of the improvements made as per the Cabinet decision on the four
items are broadly estimated at Rs.2300 crore per annum.
One Rank One Pension - On
One Rank One Pension, the demand of the Defence Forces and Ex-Servicemen
Associations is that uniform pension be paid to the Defence Forces personnel
retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their
date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be
automatically passed on to the past pensioners.
On this issue the following was approved by the
of the gap in the pension of pre 1.1.06 and post 1.1.06 JCO/OR retirees by
determining the pension of pre 1.1.06 retirees on the basis of notional maximum
for ranks and groups across the three Services as in the case
of post 1.1.06 retirees. In addition, the weightage of
qualifying service in the ranks of Sepoys, Naik and Havaldar would
be increased by two years for both pre and post 1.1.06 retirees.
pension of pre 1.1.06 Commissioned Officer pensioners would be stepped up with
reference to the minimum of fitment table for the ranks
instead of the minimum of pay band.
of Family Pension –
The pension of pre - 1.1.2006 family pensioners(Commissioned Officers, Honorary
Commissioned Officers, JCOs/ORs ) be stepped up
based on the minimum of the fitment table instead of the minimum of the Pay Band;
Establishing linkage of the family pension with the pension of JCOs/ORs, in those cases where the
death takes place after the retirement
of the JCO/OR since such a JCO/OR drew a pension based on the maximum of the pay scales, 60%
of the pension applicable to JCO/OR
pensioners would be granted to the family pensioner in case of normal family pension calculated a
30% of last pay drawn. Accordingly, based on the rank, group and length of service of the deceased
JCO/OR pensioner, his pension would first be determined on notional basis.
In cases where death of JCO/OR took place after retirement, the family
pensioners in receipt of normal family pension would become entitled to
60% of the said pension determined on notional basis and those in receipt
of enhanced family pension will be entitled to 100% of this pension.
Similar entitlements would be determined in the case of Special Family
(ii)family pensioner of the JCO/OR would be granted
pension arrived at on the basis of the family pension worked out as per
the formulation at (i) above or the pension on the basis of stepping up with
reference to the minimum of the fitment table, whichever is beneficial.
Further, the linkage of family pension with retiring pensionbe applied
in the case of post 1.1.2006 family pensioners of JCOs/ORs also.
Pension - Dual family pension would be allowed in the present
and future cases where the pensioner drew, is drawing or may draw pension
for military service as well as for civil employment.
Family pension to mentally /
physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage - Grant of family pension to mentally/physically challenged children who drew,
are drawing or may draw family pension would continue even after their
Defence Food Technological Research Laboratory (DFRL)
under DRDO,by using a set of cold shock dehydration technologies,has developed a ready
to eat packaged food ‘Aahaar’ having shelf life of more than a year without
compromising the nutrition and taste.
Besides providing a ready to eat food, these products are eminently
suitable for use during long journeys, nutritional feeding, mass catering
programmes and other similar civilian applications.
Bio-digester toilets were launched by DRDO in a tie-up with FICCI in June
this year at Dhamra, Odisha. An evolved technology to treat biological wastes
of soldiers serving in high altitudes of Ladakh and Siachen, is set to radically
alter the rural sanitation and decomposition woes of fecal wastes in the plains
across the country.
Indian Air Force (IAF) has opened a Directorate of Air
Veterans for retired air personnel on 04 Oct 2012.
Indian Navy’s first executive IT cadre launched in
To reduce the incidents of suicide and fragging in
armed forces, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) under DRDO has
developed a suicide risk management test to help identify security personnel at
risk so that preventive measures can be taken in advance. DIPR has already handed over this to the
Army. The laboratory has also planned a
comprehensive soldier fitness programme resilience building to generate
awareness towards well-beingamong troops.
SCALING NEW HEIGHTS IN SPORTS AND ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES
Four air warriors of IAF ‘Delphinus’ became the first services team in the world
to swim the English Channel on 26 June 2012 by safely and successfully crossing
the channel in 12 hours 14 minutes. They
became the fastest Asian team to swim English Channel in its category.
Subedar Major Vijay Kumar brought glory and laurels to
Indian Army as well as to the Country by winning a Silver Medal at the London
Olympics in 25 meter pistol shooting event.Olympic
silver medalist Vijay Kumar was subsequently promoted
asSubedar Major and given a cash
award of Rs.30 lakh by the Defence Minister Shri AK
49 naval sportsmen represented the country at various
international sports events during the year and have won three Gold, two Silver
and five bronze medals.
Chief Petty Officer Omkar Singh of the Navy shooting
team has been bestowed the Arjuna Award for sporting Excellence for the year
Indian Army Women’s Everest Expedition-2012 put four
women officers on the summit of Mt. Everest.
They achieved this feat on 25 May 2012.
TO PEOPLE IN DISTRESS
IAF evacuated 171 persons and distributed 4600 kg of
relief material during its Relief and Rescue Operation in flashflood hit
Army synergizes rescue efforts to save precious lives
in Cloud burst hit Rudraprayag District of Uttrakhand.
Joint flood relief operations by the Armed Forces in
Arunachal and Assam were carried out from 20 to 28 September 2012.
CHANGE OF GUARDS
Change of Guards in nation’s land and naval forces as
well as consequent crucial changes in the top command levels in these two
services had definitely a bearing on the shape of things to come in the Armed
General Bikram Singh took over as the 25th Chief of the Army
Staff in place of General VK Singh on 31 May 2012, who retired after the
Hon’ble Supreme Court’s decision of agreeing to Govt’s stand of General’s Date
of Birth as 31 May 1950.
The Navy also saw Vice Admiral DK Joshi assuming the charge of Chief of
Naval Staff on 31 Aug 2012 after the superannuation of the outgoing Admiral