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India expresses concern to Russia for military drill with Pakistan

By Deepak Arora

Vikas SwarupNEW DELHI, Sept 23: India has expressed concern to Russia for holding part of the military drill that it would be holding at a military facility in Gilgit-Baltistan, which was part of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state and is claimed by India. Following the Uri attack that killed 18 soldiers, it was earlier belived that India had prevailed on Russia to call off the exercise.

External affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup had referred to plans to conduct manoeuvres in Gilgit-Baltistan and said this was “part of Indian territory”. New Delhi’s “well known sensitivities” had been conveyed to Moscow, he said.

The exercise will be conducted at the Pakistan Army’s High Altitude School at Rattu in Gilgit-Baltistan and at a special forces training centre at Cherat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The drill is expected to focus on high-altitude warfare.

The drill reflects the growing military-to-military ties between Pakistan and Russia, whose relations were strained for decades following the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. The two sides have taken several steps to improve defence relations as India’s military procurements moved away from Russia to the US and Israel.

Russia lifted a long-standing embargo on arms sales to Pakistan in 2014. Last year, the two sides finalised a deal for four Mi-35 attack helicopters – a move that angered has India. Since then, reports have suggested that Pakistan is interested in acquiring more military gear from Russia, including Su-35 combat jets.

India signs deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France

NEW DELHI, Sept 23: India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday for close to 7.8 billion euros ($8.7 billion) on Friday. The long-awaited deal was inked in Delhi between defence minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian.

The 7.8 billion euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force that is grappling with a drawdown of its fighter fleet.

The IAF has 33 fighter squadrons, each consisting of 18 fighter planes. It requires 45 combat units to counter a combined threat from China and Pakistan. The IAF admits it does not have sufficient number of warplanes for a two-front war.

The Rafale aircraft will allow the airforce to strike targets in Pakistani soil even while flying within the Indian airspace.

The Narendra Modi government had cleared the deal amid indications that the French government waived off the advance guarantee, allowing India to save 134 million euros.

The Centre had initially planned to purchase 126 fighter planes but later opted for just 36 jets in fly-away condition from France with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the revised deal in Paris last year.

The delivery of the jets will begin in 36 months and will be completed in 66 months from the date the contract is inked.

The fighter jets will have state-of-the-art missiles like Meteor and Scalp that will give the IAF a capability that had been sorely missing in its arsenal.

Rafale jets will enable the air force to hit targets inside Pakistan from within India. Pakistan currently has only a beyond-visual-range (BVR) missile with 80-km range.

During the Kargil war, India had used a BVR having 50-km range while Pakistan had none. With Meteor, the balance of power in the air space has again tilted in India’s favour.

The “vanilla price” or the price of only the 36 aircraft is 3.42 billion euros. The armaments cost 710 million euros and changes specific for India will be done for 1,700 million euros. The total price also includes spare parts and maintenance.

MKU showcases future generation personal armour at India International Security Expo 2016

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 22: MKU, a leading manufacturer of armour solutions and night vision devices, showcased future generation personal armour solutions for defence and security personnel at 19th India International Security Expo held at Pragati Maidan here.

India International Security Exhibition is considered as one of the premier exhibitions on homeland security, fire safety, traffic management, industrial safety, disaster management and information security. The event is organized by ITPO & SPGI with support of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and BPRND.

The 19th edition of the India International Security Expo, held from September 19-21, provided Indian and international visitors and companies to witness the growth in technology in all security related fields.

In the backdrop of increasing attacks on security personnel, it is imperative that our soldiers are provided with the best equipment to safeguard their lives as they engage in various theaters against anti-national elements.

Weight carried by a soldier is of critical importance as it impacts and hinders his performance and survivability capabilities in the theatre of operation. Modern soldiers carry equipment weighing approx. 36-40 Kgs on them including body armour, ammo, batteries, water, rations and new generation devices needed to fight and survive and of these, body armour is probably the single heaviest item.

As committed defence company MKU has always been engaged in building secure and safe environment not only in India but also Globally.

The technologists and designers at MKU have combined the capabilities of new ultra-light weight 6th generation Polyshield armour with the versatile and extremely comfortable quick release Instavest. The Instavest is Patent product of MKU.

Until recently there was no reliable way to reduce the resulting trauma of the impacting bullets or fragments on a soldier’s helmet. While he may be able to survive the actual hit, there have been many instances of long-term head injuries due to the resulting trauma in helmets. MKU also exhibited its Mukut advanced combat helmets at which are made using the revolutionary RHT (Reduced Helmet Trauma) Technology and have been tested and certified by HP White Laboratories, USA to offer a BABT (Behind Armour Blunt Trauma) of less than 10 mm which is over 40% lower than conventional helmets.

Also on display was the new Multi Accessory Connector System from MKU. MACS is an integrated all in one mounting system which adds the capability and versatility of mounting multiple devices on the much safer Bolt Free helmet.

EIS Electronics taking 'Make in India' forward

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 1: There has been a paradigm shift in defence and aerospace manufacturing in India with the sector being provided a huge impetus with the Make in India initiative of the Government of India. The revised DPP is expected to pave the way for ease of doing business.

The cooperation between the DPSUs, OFs and the private sector is expected to grow with greater openness and collaboration.

To this end, CII (Confederation on Indian Industry) in partnership with Ordnance Factory Board, organized a seminar on OFB—Industry partnership for vendor development and outsourcing of OFs. The seminar enabled the OFs to detail their indigenization requirements as well as provided the industry a platform to identify partnership opportunities with OFs.

The seminar paved the way for both OFs and private sector companies to identify areas for partnering by complementing each other with their respective strengths towards developing a strong defence industrial base in the country.

Among the various companies which showcased their capability was E.I.S. Electronics, an Indo German joint venture set up in Kanpur, India, to manufacture harnesses for aerospace and defence applications.

Jointly promoted by MKU, India and E.I.S. Electronics GmbH, this Indo German Joint Venture, makes electrical wiring harnesses for Airbus aircrafts at its modern, state of the art production facility in Kanpur.

Since April 2013, E.I.S. India has madeover 23 types of harnesses for Airbus 320 and 380. They are now manufacturing for Airbus 350, the latest wide bodied aircraft from Airbus.The facility is AS 9100 certified.

E.I.S is associated with Indian forces as well as OEMs like HAL. The company is associated with several Indian programmes like SU30, DO228, AN32, ELTA Radar Systems, AD equipment etc.

E.I.S. Electronics (India) is an example of the efforts of its Indian promoter MKU to ‘Make in India’ and bring in the latest technology and manufacturing best practices to develop indigenous capability to make world class products in India.


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