Monday,30 March 2015  
03 February 2004
  Ministry of Defence  

  18:58 IST  
  The acquisition of new generation Konkurs-M Anti Tank Guided Missile, reorganisation of infantry battalions, induction of two Krivak class frigates INS Trishul and INS Talwar and one extra fast attack craft in the Navy and Thermal Imaging Sights for BMP-II ATGM were some of the major achievements of the Ministry of Defence during last year.

This has been stated in the brief statement on activities and achievements of Ministry of Defence during 2003 which were circulated to the members of both houses of Parliament here today.

The profit after tax of the eight Defence Public Sector Undertakings went up to Rs. 751.56 crore in 2002-03 as against Rs 634.88 crore achieved in 2001-02. The value of production and value of sales of these undertakings was to the tune of Rs 5946.32 crore and 5100.21 crore respectively during 2003-04 (upto Dec 2003). In the quest for self-reliance in the crucial sector of Defence, continuing efforts are made to indigenise defence equipment wherever technologically feasible and economically viable. 382 items were taken up for development during 2003-2004.

During the year the Ordnance Factories have developed Aspheric Lens & Cylindrical Lens required for KW Class Lasers Optics, 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher fitted to 5.56 mm INSAS Rifle, Tungsten Heavy Alloy Granules for use of main rotor blades of Advanced Light Helicopter and have successfully modernized BMP-II K to BMP-II M in association with KBP Tula, Russia. The Bharat Earth Movers Limited successfully developed the prototype BH100 Dumper which was displayed in the World Mining Congress in Nov last year. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has started manufacture of Konkurs-M and three UBK-20 missiles. BDL has also been nominated production agency for Naval Decoy – C303 launched from Submarine, which is to be produced under ToT from M/s Wass, Italy.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation made significant progress in its R&D programmes/projects during the year. The development and field trials of communication segment of Samyukta (an integrated Electronic Warfare) for the Army have been completed and productions orders placed. The development of Sangrah (an indigenous warfare programme for Navy) has also been completed and various EW systems developed under this programme are at different stages of production and induction. The production of Combat improved tank ‘Ajeya’ has also commenced at Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi. The DRDO is developing futuristic infantry combat vehicle (ICV) ’Abhay’ as a technology demonstrator for replacement of BMP-II vehicle, which are presently in service. Various systems of this vehicle are in advanced stage of development. The indigenous brake parachute for SU-30 aircraft has been successfully developed and five such parachutes have been delivered to the Air Force against their first indent.

A noteworthy feature in our defence cooperation with foreign countries last year have been the increased frequency of activities such as Joint Exercises with friendly Armed Forces. Prominent among them during the year have been joint and combined exercises involving the contingents of Army and Air Force with the US, Naval exercises with Oman, Russia, France, Singapore and China. These exercises are growing in scale and complexity.

The de-mining operations have been the biggest recovery operations undertaken in the history of Indian Army wherein out of 10.5 lakhs mines laid, 8.91 lakhs have been recovered till Dec 2003. Rajasthan stands fully cleared of mines whereas 95 per cent of mines have been cleared in Punjab and over 53 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir.

During the year 2003, 1397 terrorists were killed, 313 were apprehended and 111 surrendered while the army lost 207 personnel and 637 were injured. 1971 weapons were recovered from the terrorists.

A two-pronged strategy for counter-insurgency operations and concurrently winning hearts and minds of the population has paid dividends in the North East. In the year 2003, 294 terrorists were eliminated, 778 apprehended and 1041 weapons were recovered in Assam. 2960 terrorists have surrendered. In Tripura the porosity of the border is being exploited by the terrorists. But realignment of area of responsibility and dynamic deployment of troops has resulted in 35 terrorist killed, 172 apprehended and 161 weapons recovered.