MKU to showcase 'Instafloat' at India International Security Expo
NEW DELHI, Oct 7: Security systems have become an integral part of virtually every fact of life. India's homeland security (HS) spend is now larger than the overall defence budget of many countries. The modernization plans for the Army, Para Military Forces and State Police have enhanced the focus on security equipment. The Prime Minister’s focus on ‘Make in India’ will provide a further boost to the manufacturers in this segment.
There have been a spate of incidents in which the coastal police have come under fire while engaging with anti social elements in Indian and international waters.
This has brought the focus on the safety of our security personnel on board naval vessels. Understanding the need for equipping our marine forces with proper protection gear suited for the marine environment, the Government of India, has initiated steps for the procurement of suitable Floatation Ballistic Jacket. In a recent tender of the Indian Coast Guard, MKU Floatation Ballistic Jacket successfully cleared not only the ballistic evaluation trials but also remained afloat with 80 kgs load in seawater conditions. The rigorous floatation test was carried out after firing trials.
MKU Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for both personnel and platforms, will be showcasing its indigenously developed and manufactured Floatation Jacket‘Instafloat’, at the India International Security Expo being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from October 8 to 11. Developed especially for the Navy, Coast Guard and other Marine Law Enforcement agencies, these vests not only provide ballistic protection but also help keep the wearer afloat in water, a must for marine operations. These vests come with a patented Quick Release mechanism that enables the person wearing it to divest the vest with a single pull.
MKU was setup in 1985 and till date has provided protection to over 1.5 million soldiers through its products. It has, in its repertoire, 1000+ solutions covering more than 100 types of ballistic threats. Its products are used and trusted by more than 230 forces in over 100 countries worldwide including the UN and NATO. Its facilities are certified according to AS 9100.
India, US sign $3-billion deal for Apache,Chinook copters
Sept 28: India signed a nearly $3 billion deal for purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing and the US government.
The first helicopter is likely to be handed over to India in the next three to four years.
“The contract for purchase of 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters were signed here today (Monday),” defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said.
The contract has a clause to place follow-on orders for 11 more Apaches and seven extra Chinooks.
The helicopter deal has survived over 10 price validity extensions from the American side with the last one being for a month as desired by India.
While the Chinook helicopter deal is a direct one with the US firm, the one for Apache is a hybrid.
A part of the Apache deal was signed with Boeing for the helicopter and the other with the US government, under foreign military sales route, for its weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites.
Sources said the total cost of the contract will be around $3 billion.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had last week said that the contract, which will have a 30 per cent offset clause, will bring in business worth about $1 billion for the Indian defence industry.
Offset policy was first introduced as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), 2005, under which a foreign company has to invest back a portion of the deal into India.
The Cabinet Committee on Security had on September 22 cleared the deal which had been hanging since 2013 when the cost negotiations were completed.
Many in the defence sector had expected the deal to be signed during the visit of US defence secretary Ashton Carter in June this year.
The US has been pushing for this contract as it will further bolster American presence in the burgeoning defence market of India.
1,100 militants being trained in Pakistan camps; Army commandar says over 300 infiltrators waiting to cross LoC
SRINAGAR, Sept 23: It is official, there are 1,150 militants currently being trained in 17 terror camps in Pakistan and the part of Kashmir occupied by it, even as a large number of ultras are swelling-up on the launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) waiting to sneak into the valley for subversion.
Lieutenant General Satish Dua, general officer commanding (GoC) of 15 Corps, said as per the intelligence inputs out of 17 training camps, nine are opposite 15 Corps zone, four are in Manshera which is in Pakistan and five are in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir.
"Total assessed strength of terrorists in these camps is anything between 1,000 to 1,150. Opposite to 15 corps zone, there are 23 launch pads close to the LoC. To be precise the strength of the militants is 315 to 325 who are waiting to be launched," he said.
Lt Gen Dua said there is a bulge in the militants on the launch pads because they are unable to get across. "What is happening is that the numbers (of militants) are swelling because they are unable to get across? So much so that they are under pressure from their masters to do something," he said.
The GoC of the 15 Corps, who is responsible for guarding the Line of Control and fighting militancy in the hinterland across the Kashmir valley, said there is always an attempt to scale up the activities (of infiltration) before the mountain passes close after summer.
"Every year in summer when passes are open, there is an attempt to infiltrate. But we have a well-coordinated multi layered counter infiltration grid in place. All the infiltration bids have been foiled by us and two of them (ultras) have been captured alive," he said.
Lieutenant General Dua emphasised that time is not ripe for the army to pull out of the valley as they may lose the ground which could be filled by inimical elements.
"We have brought down the situation to manageable levels and there is a low-level of violence… I will say that we have made this gain very painstakingly with blood and sweat of our cadres... We have come to a pass where I think we need to give some more time. Time is not ripe for us to pull out because if we do it now then we may lose the ground and the space will be filled by the elements which are inimical to society," he said.
DST–Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme takes Indian Innovations to US Markets
NEW DELHI, Sept 21: Responding to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s slogan of “Start-up India, Stand-up India” on Independence day, the Indian Department of Science and Technology jointly with US defense major Lockheed Martin Corporation; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is taking a cohort of 10 start-ups to Silicon Valley.
These 10 companies will showcase their outstanding innovations at the India-U.S. Startup Konnect to be presided over by Narendra Modi. The delegation has been sponsored under the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) which aims to connect Indian innovators to global marketplace.
The cohort has also been invited by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin to learn about best global practices on innovation and entrepreneurship. TiE Silicon Valley has designed a highly interactive program for this group to explore potential linkages with US investors and industry. Stanford GSB, IC2 Institute and TiE Silicon Valley are knowledge, business development and global ecosystem partners respectively in the IIGP.
Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director, FICCI reported that the IIGP has supported over 400 innovators so far and the participating companies have generated more than $860 million in revenue according to a third party survey conducted by Ernst and Young.
Speaking on the success of the programme, Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Adviser, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology said “The IIGP provides market access to promising Indian innovations that have a positive impact on the missions of Government of India such as Swachh Bharat, Swastha Bharat, Digital India and Make in India. The programme is a technology enabler for growth and impact.”
John D. Evans, Vice President, International Engineering and Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation stated “Through the India Innovation Growth Programme, we challenge innovators to bring forth ideas and innovations that will shape the future of industries across the country”.
Speaking on the bi-national partnership, Rajiv Sharma, Executive Director, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum said “IIGP is a unique bilateral program that identifies core competencies of institutions both in India and the US and brings them together for supporting commercialization of Indian innovations in the US markets”.
Bringing out the industry perspective, A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI said “The innovations selected under the IIGP have been received extremely well by the industry. The program addresses the existing gap between market needs and the R&D activities being undertaken in the country”.
Sid Burback, Director, Global Commercialization Group, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin said “The University of Texas at Austin IC² Institute is so pleased with the strong results that IIGP has achieved and the value it has created for Indian innovators”.