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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-December-2019 18:14 IST
Year End Review – 2019 Ministry of Defence

2019 was a year full of remarkable events for Ministry of Defence.In a landmark decision with tremendous reform in higher defence management in the country, the Government has approved to create the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in the rank of a four-star General with salary and perquisites equivalent to a Service Chief. The CDS will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), to be created within the Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary. This follows the announcement made by the Prime Minister on August 15, 2019, in his address to the nation, inter alia, “India should not have a fragmented approach. Our entire military power will have to work in unison and move forward…All the three (Services) should move simultaneously at the same pace. There should be good coordination and it should be relevant to the hope and aspirations of our people. It should be in line with the changing war and security environment with the world…after formation of this post (CDS), all the three forces will get effective leadership at the top level.”The decision will lead to improved coordination between the Armed Forces and make them more effective. The other major decisions and events related to Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces are as follows:

Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the National War Memorial in a solemn ceremonial function on February 25 near India Gate. The memorial has been erected in the memory of those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation after India became Independent in 1947.
In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of February 26, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot, Pakistan. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM. This was in response to February 14, 2019 suicide terror attack, conducted by a Pakistan based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad that led to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
It was a red-letter day in the history of Indian Air Force when Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh participated in the Rafale fighter aircraft handing over ceremony at Merignac in France in October. The Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft will make India stronger and give a boost to its air dominance to ensure peace and security in the region. Raksha Mantri also flew a sortie in the fighter aircraft.
Shri Rajnath Singh became the first Raksha Mantri to fly the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’ at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, on September 2019.
Raksha Mantri handed over Medium Range Surface-to-Air-Missileto Indian Air Force at the Bharat Dynamics Limited premises in Hyderabad on August 3 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Defence PSU.
Shri Rajnath Singh, on June 18, announced the restoration of the ‘ration in kind’ for the officers of the threeArmed Forces posted in peace areas.
Raksha Mantri gave in principle approval to four-times enhancement of monetary assistance to Next of Kin of all categories of Battle Casualty from Rs two lakh to Rs eight lakh. Extension of retention of government accommodation by Battle Casualties for a period of one year instead of three months was also approved.
Ushering in vast improvement in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Raksha Mantri inaugurated one kilometre long Ujh bridge in Kathua district, 617.40 Metre long Basantar bridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir on July 20.
Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated strategically important Col ChewangRinchen bridge connecting Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh on October 21.
Raksha Mantri, on November 15, inaugurated strategically important Sisseri River Bridge, which connects Lower Dibang Valley with East Siang in Arunachal Pradesh.
Government decided to honour the contribution of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by naming the Strategic Tunnel under Rohtang Pass after him on December 25, 2019, which happens to be his birthday. The historic decision to construct a strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass was taken on June 03, 2000 when late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worked relentlessly to overcome major geological, terrain and weather challenges that included the most difficult stretch of the 587-metre Seri Nalah Fault Zone.
Shri Rajnath Singh spent a ‘Day-at-Sea’ onboard INS Vikramaditya on September 9 off the Goa coast. During his stay on the biggest ship of Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri witnessed a wide range of naval operations, including weapon firing by the fighter aircraft and night flying operations by helicopter from the deck of the Aircraft Carrier.
On 20 February, the then Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 12th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition at Bengaluru which witnessed participation of more than 600 Indian Companies and 200 foreign companies. A total of 61 aircraft participated in the event.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flagged off special plogging awareness drive rally in Delhi Cantt on December 7, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada to create awareness against single use plastic in the country. He himself took part in the event by picking waste material from the area.More than 3,000 people, including schoolchildren participated in the plogging and collected sizeable single use plastic waste.






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Indian army



Assisted in maintenance of tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir after provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution were made inoperative.
Reforms in the Army initiated including restructuring of Army HQ to result in better efficiency, more satisfaction and larger availability of young officers in the field.
Successful summer user trials of third Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAG at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges. The trials of DRDO developed Missile were conducted between July 7-18, 2019. NAG missile has been developed to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions with day and night capabilities and with a minimum range of 500 metres and maximum range of four kilometres.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approved a proposal for admission of girl children in Sainik schools w.e.f. academic session 2021-22 in a phased manner.
The 14thedition of bilateral annual military exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV between Indian and Nepal Army was held in December at Nepal Army Battle School (NABS), Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal. The 13th edition of the joint military exercise was held at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand in June last year.
Ceremonial Border Personnel Meetings (BPMs) were organised at Natu La, Bum La and Kibithu on October 01 to celebrate the Chinese National Day. The BPM mechanism has evolved into an important interface where local issues get discussed and are resolved thereby fostering confidence amongst the Border Guarding Troops. This ensures prevalence of peace & tranquility along the LAC.
An Indian Army sponsored Capacity Building Tour comprising of 22 students and three teachers of Kishtwar District of Jammu and Kashmir returned to Batote after a ten-days tour which included visit to New Delhi and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Over the period of ten days in September, the budding youth of Kishtwar District were exposed to a unique experience which entailed visit to premier military institution such as Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, icons of historical legacy such as the Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, & National War Memorial.
The Indian Army in step with government policies on environmental protection launched an ecological initiative with employing E Cars for use of its officials in New Delhi in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint Venture of Central PSUs under Ministry of Power.
The Indian Army assisted the Maharashtra and Karnataka state authorities in carrying out relief and rescue operations in flood hit areas. In August, a total of 16 Columns and 12 Engineer Task Forces comprising of almost 1000 Army personnel have been employed in Belgaum, Bagalkot and Raichur dist of Karnataka and Raigad, Kohlapur and Sangli district of Maharashtra to carryout flood relief operations.
A 12 member Indian Army patrol along with a police representative recovered wreckage of a World War II vintage US Air Force aircraft in Roing district of Arunachal Pradesh on March 30. Based on the information received from local trekkers of Lower Dibang district through the police, a special patrol of Army was sent to locate the wreckage in a remote location, 30 kms from Roing.
Inaugural edition of the Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019 (AFINDEX-19) was culminated on March 27, 2019 at Foreign Training Node, Aundh Military Station, Pune. The Indian contingent was represented by Maratha Light Infantry (Jangi Paltan). The validation exercise showcased various tactical drills which included protection of civilians, establishment of standing combat deployment, convoy protection, patrolling aspects and neutralisation of improvised explosive devices which were practiced as part of 10-day joint exercise. Participating African countries include, Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Fourteen-day military exercise Mitra Shakti VI between Indian and Sri Lankan Army was held between March 26 to April 08 , 2019 at Diyatalawa Parade Ground in Diyatalawa, Badulla District, Sri Lanka. This was the sixth edition of the joint exercise between the two nations. The Indian Army contingent comprises of a company group from Bihar Regiment and a similar strength from the First Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army.
Shri Rajnath Singh gave away Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence 2019 in Delhi Cantonment on December 26. The Defence Estates awards was introduced in 2013 to recognise the achievements in the field of health, education, cleanliness as well as new innovative and digitisation in Public Services and Land Management.



Indian navy

Commissioning and Decommissioning

The sixth ship of the 08 x IN LCU (Mark IV) project, IN LCU L56 was commissioned at Vishakhapatnam on July 29. The seventh ship of the project, LCU L57, was delivered in December 19 and is likely to be commissioned in the near future.
The second submarine of Scorpene Class (Project 75), INS Khanderi, and the Aircraft Carrier Dock, was commissioned by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on September 28.
Naval Air Station Shibpur was commissioned as INS Kohassa on January 24.
Towards establishment of aviation assets to ensure Coastal Security, INAS 313 was commissioned at Meenambakkam on July 22 and INAS 314 was commissioned at Porbandaron November 29.
The first two aircraft of the 12 new Dornier Contract were formally inducted into the Indian Navy at HAL, Kanpur on January 28. Equipped and fitted with latest sensors, these aircraft will boost the surveillance effort towards security of maritime areas of the nation.
Indian Naval ships Ranjit, Kozhikode, LCU L-38 and LCU L-39 were de-commissioned in 2019, with all ships having served the Nation for more than 30 years.


Launching/Construction of Ships/Submarines



Yard 12706 (Imphal), the third ship of Project 15B (Visakhapatnam class) was launched on April 20at M/s MDL, Mumbai.
The first of Class of P17A Frigates, ‘Nilgiri’ was launched at MDL, Mumbai on September 28.
The fourth submarine of Project 75 was launched on May 06 at MDL, Mumbai. The submarine was named INS Vela in accordance with the Naval traditions.
Keel laying ceremony of Yard 12707, fourth ship of Project 15B (Visakhapatnam class) was held on November 07 at M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd. (SSPL), Bharuch.
Keel laying ceremony of Yard 12652 (Second ship of Project 17A at M/s MDL) was held on May 07 at M/s MDL, Mumbai.
Keel laying ceremony of Yard 3025, first of the Survey Vessel Large was held November 08 at M/s GRSE, Kolkata.
Production of Yard 3023 (Second ship of P-17A at GRSE) commenced with steel cutting on August 20at M/s GRSE, Kolkata.


Overseas Deployments (OSD)



Indian Naval ship Tarkashparticipated in the Western Fleet OSD 01/19 from June 15 to October 15. During the OSD, the ship undertook port calls at 13 countries. The ship participated in Russian Navy Day celebrations, KONKAN-19 with UK and participated in the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Nigeria.
IN ships Kolkata and Shaktiparticipated in the Eastern Fleet OSD 01/19 from April 03 to May 31. During the OSD, the ships visited Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Qingdao (China), Busan (South Korea) and Singapore. The ships participated in IN-VPN Bilateral Exercise at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), PLA (N) IFR at Qingdao (China), ADMM Plus Exercise off Busan (South Korea) and Singapore, International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX), Maritime Information Sharing Exercise (MARISX) and SIMBEX 19 at Singapore.
IN ships Sahyadri and Kiltanparticipated in the Eastern Fleet OSD 02/19 from August 24 to November 21 to Bangkok (Thailand), Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), Sasebo and Yokosuka (Japan), Manila (Philippines) and Jakarta (Indonesia). During the OSD, the ships participated in Ex Samudra Lakshamana with Malaysia and Malabar -19 with USN and JMSDF.
The Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and US Navy (USN) Trilateral exercise Malabar-19 was conducted off Yokosuka, Japan from September 26 to October 04. IN ships Sahyadri, Kiltan and Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I participated in the exercise. The JMSDF was represented by ships Kaga, Samidare, Chokai, Oumi and P1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft while the USN was represented by USS Mc Campbell, Pecos and nuclear submarine Okholama City.
IN Ship Kolkata and Shakti participated in International Fleet Reviewwhich was conducted off Qingdao (China)harbour on April 23 to commemorate 70th anniversary of PLA (N).


Naval Operations/ Activities



Indian Navy has been undertaking Mission Based Deployments in the Areas of Interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with an aim to safeguard national maritime interests and maintain continuous/near continuous presence in areas of significant maritime importance in the IOR.These deployments were also in consonance with the Prime Minister's vision of 'Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)'. The IN ships and aircraft are being regularly deployed in the Gulf of Oman/ Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden/ Red Sea, South and Central Indian Ocean Region (IOR), off Sunda Strait, Andaman Sea/ approaches to Malacca Strait and Northern Bay of Bengal. These deployments have facilitated enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness, swift HADR assistance to IOR littorals, security to the Indian and international maritime community and operational engagements with friendly navies through capability development and capacity building programmes. These deployments have also enabled the IN to be the 'first responder' in various HADR/ SAR operations across the IOR.
In wake of attack on Tankers off Fujairah and in Gulf of Oman in May and June 19 respectively, the IN executed OP 'Sankalp' to ensure security & safety of Indian Flagged Merchant Vessels (IFMVs) transiting through the Gulf region.
IN's largest biennial war game, Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX-19) was conducted from January 07– March 10 in the IOR. The primary aim of the exercise was to hone the war fighting skills of the Navy whilst exercising in a large theatre of operations.


Coastal Security and Anti-Piracy Operations



The maiden large scale, pan India Coastal Defence Exercise, SEA VIGIL-19, was conducted along the entire coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India on January 22-23. The exercise was conducted with the aim of simultaneously activating all agencies involved in the coastal security construct, and to identify gaps and mitigating measures. Besides Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and all other stakeholders involved in the nation's Coastal Security framework participated in the exercise.
IN ships and aircraft are deployed to maintain continuous surface and aerial coastal surveillance off the West coast of India including L&M Islands. Similar sorties are also undertaken on the East coast and the A&N Islands to further augment coastal surveillance measures.
As part of its wider role of providing security to shipping in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy continues to deploy one ship for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden. A total of 75 IN warships have been deployed till November 19. The IN also undertakes Passage Exercises with friendly foreign countries deployed in the Gulf of Aden. IN’s presence in this region is being maintained to ensure safety and security of Indian trade.
indian air force

Acquisition



Air Defence challenges have grown manifold in the recent years especially with all pervasive threat from drones even during peace time. This challenge is compounded by employment of stand-off weapons, projectiles and munitions including cruise missiles by the adversaries. Also, over the years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of vital assets along with increase in air threat from both hostile states and malign non-state actors.
Contract for five Squadrons of Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile System i.e. S-400 missile system has been signed with the Russian Government. The equipment of the first Sqn is likely to be inducted in mid 2020.
IAF is procuring 18 Squadrons of Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile System which has been jointly developed by DRDO and IAI. Induction of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile System will be from early 2020 onwards.
Contract has been signed in September 2019 for seven additional indigenous Akash Squadrons and associated specialist infrastructure. Induction would commence from early 2021onwards.
Rafale Aircraft: To enhance the combat capability of IAF and improve its fighter squadron strength is in progress. Rafale is an omni-role fighter aircraft which will provide long range capability to engage targets in depth and will provide a strong weapons and systems capability edge over our adversaries. The delivery of the aircraft has commenced and the training of IAF personnel is in progress.
Additional Su-30 MKI Aircraft: IAF had contracted for 272 Su-30 MKI aircraft under various contracts. Presently deliveries are continuing under block IV contract and are likely to conclude by March 2020. The Su-30 MKI currently is the largest and amongst the most potent fighter fleet in operation with the IAF.
Apache Helicopter: Apache is a Tandem Seating, day/night, all weather capable platform. It is highly agile, survivable against battle damage and is easily maintainable even in field conditions. The helicopter is capable of prolonged operations in tropical and desert regions. Being a Multi-role network centric platform capable for deployment in Air Combat, AD, CI Ops, UAV neutralization, CSAR, Urban Warfare, the aircraft meets all requirements of the IAF as well as the Strike Corps requirements of the Army. Fitted with a state of the art Fire Control Radar (FCR), the AH-64 has the capability to detect, locate, designate, track and engage targets in daylight, night, and in reduced visibility conditions.17 helicopters have already been delivered.
Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopter (HLH): The delivery of 15 x Chinook helicopters has started from March 2019 and will be completed by March 2020. Induction of the helicopters has commenced in March 2019. Ten helicopters have been received so far.
ASTRA:ASTRA BVR missile being designed and developed by DRDO has been evaluated for its performance and missile firing with foreign seeker was successful. IAF plans to procure these missiles for fighter aircraft.
Integration of BrahMos Air to Surface Missile on Su-30MKI Aircraft:Successful integration of the BrahMos missile on the Su-30 MKI has been completed. It would enhance the strategic significance and combat potential of the aircraft.
Induction of Flight Inspection System Aircraft (Dornier-228):IAF has inducted Do-228 Dornier aircraft with on board Flight Inspection System (FIS) to undertake the Cat-II calibration of Navigational aids available at Modernised Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) of IAF bases. The induction of FIS aircraft would facilitate the in-house calibrations of MAFI assets and Navaids.


Upgrades



Mirage-2000: The Final Operational Clearance (FOC) D&D has been completed in March 2018 and Series production is underway.
MiG-29: The upgraded aircraft have been allotted to a frontline Squadron, and are being used for operations. The upgraded aircraft are equipped with state of the art avionics, an array of smart air to air and air to ground weapons and are capable of in-flight refuelling which significantly increases its combat potential.
Jaguar DARIN-III: The upgrade of DARIN-I Jaguar aircraft to DARIN-III standard by HAL included integration of new mission computers, cockpit displays (SMDs, Engine and Flight Instrumentation System), Fire Control Radar, Hybrid navigation system and Autopilot with advanced modes. With the integration of these systems through new mission software, the cockpit has been transformed into a fully functional glass cockpit. With the integration of the radar as primary sensor, the operational capability of the Jaguar aircraft in detecting air, surface and sea targets has been enhanced manifolds. With the avionics of DARIN-III aircraft the capability has improved significantly. Flight trials for FOC have been completed in November 2019. DARIN-III platform has matured into a potent strike platform with state-of-the-art integration of the sensors on-board.The delivery of upgraded aircraft will commence from December 2019.


Make Projects



Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C): AEW&C is an indigenous system successfully developed by DRDO. The second AEW&C aircraft has been handed over by CABS to IAF on 11 Sep 19.
Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS): The IACCS is fully indigenous project which will integrate all sensors to give composite Air Situation Picture and aids in quick decision making.








International Exercise



Ex Garuda: Four Su-30MKI participated in Ex Garuda at Mont-de-Marsan, France from 01 to 14 Jul 19.
Ex Eastern Bridge: Five Mig-29 participated in Ex Eastern Bridge V in Oman from 15 to 26 Oct 19. This is the first time that the MiG-29 ac participated in an international exercise abroad. The exercise was conducted professionally and performance of MiG -29 was appreciated.
JMT: The bilateral phase of Joint Military Training with Singapore Air Force is planned from 14 to 29 Nov 19 at Air Force Station Kalaikunda. Su-30MKI participated in this exercise.


HADR



Aerial Fire Fighting Operation: Air effort was provided by Mi-17 V5 helicopters for fire-fighting operations at Theni (Tamil Nadu),Katra, Pathankot, Kasuali, Malviya Nagar, Bandipur (Karnataka) and Merchant Vessel off the coast in Sunderban area. A total of 93 sorties /52:20 HRS / 154 KL of water utilised.
Flood Relief Ops: 2019 (Op Varsha):The IAF had deployed heptrs for Flood Relief Ops in a number of states (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Bihar. Various class of heptrs were utilised towards the task. A total of 219 sorties /172:10 hrs were flown air lifting 1061 pax and 84.4t of load.
Casualty Evacuation: During FY 2019-20, 103 sorties 85:00hrs airlifting 85 pax till 25 Oct 19,including (Team of 12 trekkers (British Nationals) were trapped at Nanda Devi pass following an avalanche. One month of effort 45 Hrs / 47 sorties, 4 trekkers + 07 mortal remains retrieved).


Women Empowerment in IAF



NCC Special Entry: NCC special entry has been extended to women Air Wing Cadets with ‘C’ Certificate for the first time ever. This would enable them to directly go for SSB, without any screening test to become a Short Service Commissioned Officer in the flying branch of IAF.
Induction in the Fighter Stream: Women pilots have been performing admirably well in the transport and helicopter streams of IAF. As a natural progression, IAF has inducted women pilots in the fighter stream as well. Accordingly, the first batch of three women trainees were inducted in fighter stream. Currently, six are posted to fighter squadrons and two are undergoing post commissioning training on Hawk-132 ac. One more woman trainee has been allotted fighter stream was commissioned in Dec 19.
Diplomatic Assignment: Diplomatic posts on Indian mission abroad are traditionally manned by male officers. WgCdr Anjali Singh is the first woman officer who has been nominated by IAF as Dy Air Attaché in Embassy of Russia.
Flight Commander: WgCdrShalizaDhami was commissioned into the helicopter stream of the IAF in Dec 2003. She was granted PC in Dec 18. She became the first woman helicopter QFI in the IAF in Nov 13. She has over 2000h of flying to her credit. She has been recently posted as the first woman Flight Commander of a Combat unit of the IAF (131 FAC Flt, Hindonwef 26 Aug 19).






indian coast guard

Raksha Mantri commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Varaha’ in Chennai on September 25, 2019 to further strengthen coastal security.
Third Vessel in the series of 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard, ‘Sajag’ was ceremoniously launched on November 14, 2019 at Goa Shipyard Limited by Mrs Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik. Entirely designed in-house by GSL, these OPVs will form a formidable part of ICG fleet and will be used for protection of Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
Ship Acquisition



During the year RFP for the following ship acquisition proposals have been issued:-


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Name of Project

Indian_Currency_Rupee_New_Sumbol.pngProject Cost( in Cr)

Date of issue RFP

Remarks

(a)

Acquisition of 02 Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs)

673.00

27 Feb 19

-

(b)

Acquisition of 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs)

355.80

26 Jun 19

06 for ICG & 06 for IA

(c)

Acquisition of 08 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs)

803.68

26 Jun 19

-



In order to promote indigenous design and development of defence equipment, all RFPs have been issued under ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ category.
Induction of Ships. 11 Surface platforms (02 Off-Shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), 03 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), 06 Interceptor Boats (IBs) have been inducted in the calendar year 2019.


Capacity Building of Foreign Maritime Agencies:



Gifting of Interceptor Boats (IB) to Mozambique Navy. Director General K Natarajan, PTM, TM visited Maputo from 28-30 Jul 19 as part of high level Indian delegation led by Hon’ble RM for handing over two interceptor boats to Mozambique Navy. A four member ICG Team has been deputed to Maputo, Mozambique for assisting and training the Mozambique Navy in the operation and maintenance of these boats. Prior to deputation of team, 14 Mozambique Navy personnel were trained for 12 days from 05-16 Nov 18 at Chennai in IB operations.
Gifting of Interceptor Boat to Maldives.GoI gifted one ICG Interceptor Boat (C-447) to Maldives in Nov 19. Training of MNDF crew was also conducted at Chennai from 01-13 Oct 19 in IB operation.
Spares for Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha. On the request of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, ICG has gifted essential spares for keeping the ship operational.


Surveillance



In addition to undertaking maritime surveillance in Maritime Zone of India, ICG ships and aircraft are also deployed for undertaking maritime surveillance of littoral states. In 2019, ICG undertook five extended Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) deployments in the Maldivian EEZ.
A National Level Coastal Defence Exercise (CDE) ‘Sea Vigil-19’ for all coastal states and UTs was conducted from January 22-23 by ICG. The aim was to validate the efficacy of the nation’s Coastal Defence Organisation against threats arising from the sea.


Aid to Civil Authority



In August, consequent to issuance of warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal states, ICG Districts and Stations were placed on high alert for assisting Civil Administration. A total of 53 CGDRTs were mobilised in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala with lifesaving/rescue gears and were deployed on rotation. A total of 4418 persons were evacuated by ICG teams to safer locations.
Consequent to the issuance of warnings by India Meteorological Department (IMD), ICG took pre-emptive measures during Cyclone ‘Fani’ in Bay of Bengal, Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Vayu’ in Arabian Sea, Cyclonic Storm 'Kyarr', Cyclonic Storm 'Maha' and Cyclonic Storm 'Bulbul'.


Coastal Security



The Indian Coast Guard, in consultation with all stakeholders, has instituted state-wise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for coordination among various agencies on coastal security issues. These SOPs are aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the Coastal Security Mechanism. The Mechanism as well as SOPs are validated through biannual exercises in each Coastal State, wherein all stakeholders participate. A total of 16 Coastal Security exercises have been conducted in 2019 till date.
Based on intelligence inputs, Coastal Security Operation are also being conducted/ participated by the Coast Guard. A total of 45 Coastal Security Operations have been conducted by the Indian Coast Guard in 2019 till date.
Overseas Deployment of ICG Ships to Foreign Ports.

Indian Coast Guard Ships are being deployed overseas from time to time to interact with foreign Coast Guard and other Maritime Agencies in the region. A total of 06 ICG ships visited 15 foreign countries from Jan 19 to till date.
DEFENCE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (DRDO)

IAF CONDUCTS FIVE TRIALS OF AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE ASTRA: DRDO flight-tested Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra form Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha. The trials were held from 16-19 September 2019. Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted the trials against Jet Banshee target aircraft simulating all possible threat scenarios. The five trials conducted during this period, tested missiles in different configurations. Three missiles were launched in combat configuration with warhead and neutralized manoeuvring targets to establish the end-game capability of the missile. The trial campaign also included a direct hit of the target by the telemetered missile at maximum range.
LCA (NAVY) MAKES ARRESTED LANDING: The first ever arrested landing of Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) INS Hansa, Goa, took place on 13 September 2019. The test will pave the way for the indigenous platform to undertake aircraft carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya. Text book arrested landing heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability.
LOW WEIGHT, FIRE & FORGET MAN PORTABLE ANTITANK GUIDED MISSILE TESTED: DRDO flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on 11 September 2019 in the ranges of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The missile was launched from a man portable tripod launcher on the target mimicking a functional tank. This was the third series of successful testing of MPATGM. The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics. The test paves the way for the Army to have 3rd generation indigenous MPATGM. The missile was earlier tested successfully on 13 March 2019.
DRDO HANDS OVER SECOND INDIGENOUS AEW&C SYSTEM TO INDIAN AIR FORCE: DRDO handed over the second of three indigenously designed Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system, Netra, to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 11 September 2019 to augment the service’s network centric capabilities. The system was delivered to Bhatinda Air Force Station in Punjab. The system comprises an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, secondary surveillance radar, electronic and communication countermeasures, beyond line-of-sight data links, satellite communication systems, advanced identification friend-or-foe system, provides 240° coverage, and surveillance range more than 250 km.
QUICK REACTION MISSILE TEST-FIRED: DRDO flight-tested its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) against live aerial live aerial targets from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur on 4 August 2019. Two missiles, developed by DRDO, were tested against two live targets, meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. QRSAM, with many advanced technologies, engaged the targets at different ranges and altitudes. The system has been tested in final configuration with radar mounted on a vehicle and missile on the launcher. It comprises indigenous Phased Array Radar, Inertial navigation System, Data Link & RF Seeker, and is being developed for Indian Army with search and track on move capability with very short reaction time. The missile was earlier tested on 26 February 2019.
INDIAN NEUTRALISES LIVE SATELLITE IN LOW EARTH ORBIT: The country joins a select group of nations with such capability. DRDO conducted an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr APJ Abdul kalam island in Odisha on 27 March 2019. A DRDO developed Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor Missile engaged a Live Indian satellite orbiting in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters. Tracking data from range sensors confirmed that the mission met all its objectives. The test demonstrated India’s capability to defend its assets in outer space and vindicated the strength and robust nature of DRDO’s programmes.
FINAL OPERATIONAL CLEARNCE OF LCA TEJAS MK I FOR INDIAN AIR FORCE: In a landmark occasion, Light Combat aircraft Tejas Mk I for Indian Air Force was informally awarded Final Operational Clearance (FOC) on 20 February 2019. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy handed FOC Certificate and Release to Service Document (RSD) to the Chief of Air Staff Air chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in the presence of Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Shri R Madhavan. IOC standard Tejas are already serving in the 45th Squadron of IAF since July 2016.
DRDO’S IGNITER COMPLEX AT HEMRL, PUNE: Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune on 05 NOV 2019. HEMRL has created a state-of-the-art facility for design, processing and evaluation of ignition systems. The facility consists of process, assembly & storage buildings and a design centre. Remotely controlled sophisticated equipments such as Sieve Shaker, Planetary Mixer, Granulating Machine, Pelleting Machine etc are installed in the process buildings. Design, modeling and simulation laboratory; assembly and testing centre are also part of Igniter Complex.
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF TWO BRAHMOS MISSILES FROMLAND AND AIR PLATFORMS: DRDO, Indian Air Force and BrahMos jointly successfully conducted two BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles tests today, one each from land and air platforms. The first missile launch was from a land based mobile launcher, where most of the components were indigenous, including the missile airframe, fuel management system and DRDO designed seeker. The second launch of the missile was carried out by Indian Air force (IAF) from SU-30MKI platform against a sea target. The test conducted in user configuration, revalidated the ship attack capability of the advanced air-launched cruise missile.
SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT TEST OF TWO PINAKA MISSILES IN SALVO MODE: As part of the series of flight trials of Pinaka missile system, two test firings were conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 17 DEC 2019. The first trial was conducted on December 19, 2019, wherein one missile was fired at 75 kilometre range.
QUICK REACTION SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT-TESTED OFF ODISHA COAST: Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully flight-tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha coast on 23 DEC 2019. The missile was flight-tested with full configuration in deployment mode intercepting the target mid air, meeting the mission objectives. The entire event was monitored by Ground Telemetry Systems, Range Radar Systems, Electro Optical Tracking System etc.


DEFENCE PRODUCTION



To boost Defence manufacturing under ‘Make in India’, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a Roundtable Conference with CEOs of Indian & Foreign Defence companies including MSMEs and start-ups on August 9, 2019 in New Delhi.
To further encourage the ‘Make in India’ initiative in Defence and Aerospace sector, Shri Rajnath Singh accorded approval to allow Private Sector industry to compete with Ordnance Factories and DPSUs for the prestigious Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence on July 16, 2019.
Raksha Mantri launched a Dashboard of Department Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence. The dashboard is available for the general public at https://ddpdashboard.gov.in. The DDP Dashboard contains progress on key initiatives of the Department which include Defence Exports, Defence Offsets, Defence Production, Intellectual Property Rights filed (Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti), Make in India in Defence Projects, Startups working in Defence, Investments in Defence Corridors and Artificial Intelligence Projects in Defence.
Shri Rajnath Singh has approved setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition) to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. The Committee will revise and align the procedures with the aim of ensuring seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support.
It is very important to have ‘Ideation, Innovation and Incubation’ to achieve the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance in cutting edge-technologies. This was the underline theme of ‘Def Connect 2019’ organised in New Delhi on October 5, 2019. It was organised to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative and construct a strong outreach towards the potential future entrepreneurs of the defence sector. Third phase of Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) thrown open to prospective startups in the event under which three challenges from the Army, Navy and Air Force.


DEFEXPO 2020



Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the first meeting of the Apex Committee for DefExpo 2020 in New Delhi on September 9, 2019 in the presence of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath. The huge exhibition that will showcase India’s defence manufacturing capabilities as well as world’s top defence manufacturing companies would be held for the first time in Lucknow from 05 – 08 February, 2020. Raksha Mantri launched its website, www.defexpo.gov.in, which provides online services to exhibitors, besides hosting informative content about the product profile of DPSUs and Ordnance Factories.
Raksha Mantri chaired Ambassadors’ Round Table on DefExpo 2020 in New Delhi on November 4, 2019 in major outreach to defence manufacturing industries of the world. Heads of Missions and Defence Attaches of over 80 countries participated in the conference.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched the mobile app of the forthcoming DefExpo 2020 on December 27. The app is available on Apple App Store and Android Play Store. The main features of the app are ‘inform, engage and feedback’. It provides detailed information about the day-to-day programme-wise schedule of the event; participating exhibitors; Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), guest speakers of seminars/webinars planned during the event; publications i.e., electronic brochures and e-books; maps and directions of the venues and city weather.




DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE (DESW)

On the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day (AFFD), Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) on behalf of DESW took a unique initiative and organised the first ever Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conclave on December 02 to create awareness about the Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and how the corporate India can play an important part in their resettlement and rehabilitation. The conclave was chaired by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh. He apprised the audience in great detail about the challenges faced by the ESM and their dependents and appealed to corporate world to come forward and support the cause of their welfare with help of three attached offices of DESW.
Apart from the Defence Services Estimates (DSE) Budget, AFFD Fund is the major source of funding for welfare and rehabilitation of war widows, ESM and their dependents. A sum of Rs 9.97 crore has been collected during FY 2019-20 (as on December 09, 2019). The fund is administered by KSB Sectt under the aegis of its Management Committee headed by Raksha Mantri and Executive Committee headed by Secretary, DESW.
As per the Action Plan on Single Use Plasticprepared by the department, instructions have been issued to all our attached offices and field establishments to minimise the use of single use plastic.
As per the action plan, the department and its attached offices undertook a nationwide campaign on Jal Shakti Abhiyan on August 17. Posters and other informational material on the theme were prepared and shared widely with all field Offices/Establishments.
A one-day workshop on Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was organised on December 06 in New Delhi to create awareness, review the progress and lay down the future roadmap on JSA and SBA.
A large number of Ex-Servicemen participated in the ‘Run for Unity’ event at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on October 31to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel as National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas).
RESETTLEMENT

An Entrepreneurship-cum-Resettlement Seminar was conducted by DRZ (North) at ‘Richen Auditorium’ Leh on June 22. A DGR stall was set up for the veterans and the event was conducted in the form of interactive lectures.
An Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) for the KSB Helpline (011-26717987) was launched on September 06 which can attend to 20 calls simultaneously both in Hindi and English.This will reduce the waiting time for the grievance redressal of the ESM and enable ESM to access information regarding the status of their applications.
A total of 65,483 ESMs have been given employment through various self-employment schemes managed by Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) such as Security Agency Scheme, ESM Coal Transport and Tipper Attachment Scheme, Management of CNG, Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) Scheme of BPCL/IOCL/HPCL, Allotment of Oil Product Agencies, Mother Dairy Milk Booths/ Safal Booths, ESM placement by DGR and Rajya Sainik Boards etc.
There has been increase in employment generated through ESM Job Fairs for employment in private sector. Based on an MoU signed between DGR and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), ESM Job Fairs have been organised. These Job Fairs are conducted at a suitable venue where the suitably identified ESM are provided to the corporate employers based on the openings offered matched with the skills of the ESM. Details of Job Fairs conducted during 2019 are as under:-


Location

Date

Participation

Job vacs (approx)

Corporate

Employers

ESM

Kolkata

27 Feb 2019

17

1924

3180

Goa

15 Mar 2019

23

402

368

Ahmadabad

23 Aug 2019

31

1526

559

Chandigarh

11 Oct 2019

31

1090

2570

Pune

16 Oct 2019

29

856

2779

Chennai

22 Nov 2019

42

1438

2430

Kolkata

29 Nov 2019

41

1815

1192

Total

214

9051

13078





Approval of the Government for recognition of the following Four Ex-servicemen Associations has been accorded vide DESW order dated September 16, 2019.
(a) Disabled War Veterans (India)

(b) Indian Ex-Services League (IESL)

(c) Air Force Association

(d) National Ex-Servicemen Co-ordination Committee

HEALTH CARE

On January 8, DESWissued sanction for setting up of two additional Regional Centres of Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) at Yol, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) and Bhubaneswar(Odisha).
On January 30, sanction was issued for supply of medicines to ECHS beneficiaries by amendment to the provision regarding Authorised Local Chemist (ALC).
DESW issued an order for grant of ECHS facilities to the Assam Rifles pensioners and their dependents residing in India & Nepal.
Approval has been issued to CCSorders for grant of ECHS facilities to World War-II Veterans, Emergency Commissioned Officers, Short Service Commissioned Officersand pre-mature retirees.
Instructions have been issued to all Command Headquarters and Regional Centres for according priority to ECHS members and dependents above 75 years age in ECHS OPD of Military Hospitals.
ECHS beneficiaries have been allowed to obtain domiciliary medical equipments for which ECHS ceiling rates are available on the recommendations of Government Hospital Specialists in addition to the Specialist of the Military Hospital.
24x7 helpline has been operationalisedto guide and assist ECHS beneficiaries on their general queries.
A detailed Standard Operating Procedure for taking action against private hospitals empanelled with ECHS has been notified in order to strengthen vigilance against hospitals indulging in malpractices in a transparent and faster manner.
It has been decided to introduce facility for the AYUSH system of treatment in ECHS Polyclinics of Delhi/NCR on a pilot basis.




Directorate General Defence Estates (dgde)

A Common Mobile Application for all Cantonment Boards, namely 'CB e-Services' has been launched and same is available on Google Play Store, for providing online services to Cantonment residents on a single platform.
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission launched by the Government, all Cantonment Boards have taken earnest steps for creating clean and green Cantonment areas. All 62 Cantonments have already been certified by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs as Open Defecation Free areas and the ODF status is also being sustained in all Cantonments.
As recommended by the Expert Committee and after consultation with all the stakeholders, necessary instructions were issued to all Cantonment Boards to allow/permit construction of a w.c./toilet in existing buildings in absence of any such provision within that tenement to an authorized resident, subject to condition that proper sewerage connection to the said building already exists in the Cantonment.
As recommended by the Expert and after consultation with all the stakeholders, necessary instructions were issued on December 10 to all Cantonment Boards regarding definition of repair works to authorize buildings for which notice for sanction under Section 235 of the Cantonment Act, 2006 may not be required.
Definition of repair works include internal partition wall, parapet wall or a cornice or chajja, repairing of staircase, damaged roof, boundary wall, reflooring of the surface of an existing floor, plastering and patch work, replacing of fallen bricks or stones, false ceiling, whitewashing, repairing existing plumbing, sanitary and other utility services.
With this decision, the situation in Cantonments would improve thereby benefitting several households residing in the Cantonments.


Land Management:



Ø 264 No. of leases have been renewed/extended in the current year 2019.

Ø 15,155 files have been digitised during the year.

Ø 2,65,095 acres of Defence Land (both inside and outside Cantonments) have been surveyed.

Ø Government sanction has been issued by MoD in 21 cases for transfer of Defence Land for infrastructure / public utilities projects.









BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION



BRO has constructed approximately 60,000 Km of roads, Maj Pmt Bridge of 51,000 Mtr length, 19 Airfield and 02 tunnels in difficult and remote area of the country. As a part of its contribution of strengthening bonds of friendship with neighboring countries, BRO has also developed road infrastructure in some friendly countries in the neighborhood.
Foundation Stones by PM.
(i) Akhnoor - Poonch Rd. The Akhnoor - Poonch Road is planned to be upgraded to National Highway Double lane (NHDL) specs with paved shoulders. The proposed upgradation also includes four tunnels and bypasses that will ensure AW connectivity. Foundation stone of this roadwas laid by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 03 Feb 19.

(ii) Se La Tunnel. Construction of Se La tunnel on road Balipara – Charduar – Tawang has been undertaken to provide all weather connectivity to Tawang by bypassing Se La pass which has an altitude of 13960 ft. The foundation stone was laid by PM on 09 Feb 2019.

Achievement of works targets: Achievement of BRO during the period from Jan 2019 to Nov 2019 is as under:-


Items

A/U

Achievement upto 20 Nov 2019

Formation Works

Km Eqvt Cl 9

1123.46

Surfacing Works

Km Eqvt Cl 9

2099.58

Resurfacing Works

Km Cl-9

2339.38

Permanent Works

Cr

1601.15

Tunnel

Cr

282.12

Maj Bridge

Mtr

2557.64



Inauguration of Major Bridges.


(a) Diffo Bridge (span 426.6m long Pre-stressed Concrete Box Girder type) over Diffo River on road Roing - Koronu – Paya under Project Udayak in the state of Arunachal Pradesh by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitaraman on 18 Jan 2019.

(b) Kalai Bridge (span 265 m PC Box Grider Bridge) over Suran River on Jammu - Rajouri - Poonch Road (NH-144A) under Project Sampark in Jammu & Kashmir Region by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, AVSM, YSM, SM, GOC in-C Northern Command on 17 Jan 2019.

(c) E-inauguration of Bein Bridge (span 331.20 Mtr PSC Box Girder Bridge Cl 70 R)on Road Parol - Korepannu –Rajpura under Project Sampark in Jammu & Kashmir Region by Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space on 08 Mar 2019 from Delhi through video link.

(d) Dhok Bridge (span 120.80 mtr Multi Cell Box Bridge of load class 70 R) over Dhok Nallah on road Akhnoor-Palanwalla under Project Sampark in Jammu & Kashmir Region by Shri Jugal Kishore, Member of Parliament on 08 Mar 2019.

(e) Averi Patti Bridge (span 135.00 mtr Major pmt Bridge of load class 70 R) on approach road to Averi Patti Army Camp on NH 05 (Kingal – Rampur Road) under Project Deepak in the state of Himachal Pradesh by Lt Gen Surinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM*, VSM, GoC, Western Command on 04 Apr 2019.

(f) Jad Ganga-II Bridge (span 45 Mtr PSC Box Girder Bridge Cl 70 R)on Road Naga- Sonam under Project Shivalik in the state of Uttarakhand by Lt Gen Harish Thukral, PVSM, SM, GOC UB Area on 06 Jun 2019.

(g) Malot Bridge (span 45 Mtr PSC Box Girder Bridge Cl 70 R) on road Simli – Gwaldam under Project Shivalik in the state of Uttarakhand by Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 14 Jun 2019.

(h) Ujh Bridge (span 1000 m, Cl 70)on Parol - Korepannu - Rajpura road under Project Sampark in Jammu & Kashmir Region by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 20 Jul 2019 in the presence of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble MoS, PMO and COAS.

(j) Basantar Bridge (span 617.40 m, Cl 70) on Rajpura - Madwal - Pangadur - Phulpur road under Project Sampark in Jammu & Kashmir Region by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 20 Jul 2019 in the presence of Dr. JitendraSingh, MoS, PMO and COAS.

(k) Zanskar Bridge (span 70 Mtr, Cl 70) on Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road under Project Vijayak in Ladakh Region by Lt Gen Harpal Singh, AVSM, VSM, Director General Border Roads on 29 Aug 2019.

(l) Col ChewangRinchen, MVC*, SM Bridge (span 430 Mtr (10 Spans of 43 Mtr Triple Double Reinforced Extra Wide Bailey Bridge over Micro Pile foundation), Cl 70) on D-S-DBO road under Project Himank in Ladakh Region by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 21 Oct 19.

(m) Nurla Bridge (span 85 Mtr, Cl 70) on Zojila-Kargil-Leh road (NH 1) under Project Vijayak in Ladakh Region by Shri JamyangTsering Namgyal MP Ladakh on 04 Nov 19.

(n) Sisseri Bridge (span 200 metre / Cl–70 R) on road Ranaghat– Mebo –Dambuk – Bomjir (NH-13) under Project Brahmank in the state of Arunachal Pradesh by Shri Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri on 15 Nov 2019.

Completion of Bridges. The following bridges have been completed:-


S/No

Name of Br

Road

Span

State

(a)

Sidhar

Jauljibi - Munsiari

40 m, Cl-70

Uttarakhand

(b)

Sirali

Jauljibi - Munsiari

45 m, Cl-70

Úttarakhand

(c)

Bhowlikhalta

Jauljibi - Munsiari

45 m, Cl-70

Uttarakhand

(d)

Charigad

Jauljibi - Munsiari

85 m, Cl-70

Uttarakhand

(e)

Dongatoli

Pithoragarh - Tawaghat

30 m, Cl-70

Uttarakhand

(f)

Tawangchu

Balipara - Charduar

50 m, Cl- 70

Arunachal Pradesh

(g)

Sukha

Orang - Kalktang - Shergaon - Rupa - Tenga

45 m, Cl- 70

Arunachal Pradesh

(h)

Daraj

Rajouri - Kandi - Bhudhal

72 m, Cl-70

Jammu & Kashmir

(j)

Puneja

Basoli - Bani – Bhaderwah

50 m, CL-70

Jammu & Kashmir

(k)

Jadganga-I

Nelong –Naga

40 Mtr/ CL-70 R,

Uttarakhand

(l)

Punar

Joshimath –Malari

35 Mtr/CL-70 R

Uttarakhand

(m)

Karcha-II

Bhaironghati- Nelong

50 Mtr/CL-70 R

Uttarakhand

(n)

Kulanagad

Pithoragarh-Tawaghat

45 Mtr/CL-70 R

Uttarakhand

(o)

Dobat-I

Pithoragarh-Tawaghat

40 Mtr/CL-70 R

Uttarakhand

(p)

Khandpair

Jauljibi-Munsiari

45 Mtr/CL-70 R

Uttarakhand

(q)

Uletopko

Zozila-Kargil-Leh

35 Mtr/CL-70 R

Jammu & Kashmir



· Completion of Roads. The under mentioned roads have been completed:-

(a) Joshimath- Malari - 62.67 Km

(b) Naga – Sonam - 11.20 Km

(c) Musapani-Ghastoli - 7.40 Km

(d) Tri Jn-Bheem Base-Dokala - 19.72 Km

(e) Nacho -Tama Chung Chung - 53.55 Km

(f) Girthidobla - Sumna - 7.05 Km

(g) Sasoma - Saserla - 52.39 Km

(h) Koyul-Photile-Chusumule-Zursar - 80.30 Km

(j) Damchu-Haa Link of NHDL specification - 12.80 Km



· Opening of Passes. Imp passes were opened for traffic after timely Snow clearance as under:-



S/No

Name of Rd Pass

Date of opened for Traffic

(a)

Razdhan Pass

06 May 2019

(b)

Zojila Pass

28 Apr 2019

(c)

Rohtang Pass

19 May 2019

(d)

Baralachla Pass

un 2019


Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs).BRO has been entrusted with 61 Indo - China Border Roads (ICBRs) having length of 3346 Km. Till date 75% road length has been black topped and 98 % has been connected. As on date 36 roads of length 2501 Km have been completed.
Underwater Tunnel Across Brahmaputra: The Approval-in-Principle has been accorded by MoD. The proposal includes 02 road tubes and 01 rail Tube. BRO has floated a Global RFP for DPR on 15 Oct 2019 with extended date of opening of technical bid on 22 Jan 2020.
Nimmu-Padam-Darcha (N-P-D) Road And Tunnels.Nimmu-Padam -Darcha (N-P-D) road is 297 Km long which takes off at Km 400 of Srinagar-Kargil-Leh road, 34 Km short of Leh in J&K state and terminates at Darcha at Km 145 of Manali-Leh road in Himachal Pradesh. Initially in 2002 this road was conceived to be developed to Cl-9 (Single lane) specification under PM package for J&K. However, due to various reasons including operational, during the year 2007, it was decided to develop this road to National Highway Double Lane specification. Out of 297.00 Km connectivity achieved for 257.55 Km.




national cadet corps (NCC)

Penetration into Remote/LWE Areas: NCC has been constantly making efforts to enhance its presence in remote/LWE areas and costal/border areas. Approx. 35% of newly raised units i.e. 18 units with 54,000 cadets of ongoing 2.0 lakh cadet expansion, are in such areas.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: From August 08 – October 27, this year over 10.5 lakh cadets took part voluntarily in various cleanliness drives.
Swachhta Abhayan: Since Jan 2017, NCC Cadets have been associated with Swachhta based activities, to include Eight Fortnight Swachhta based Pakhwada. A mega Swachhta Pakhwada was conducted from September 11 till October 27, with major focus on Plastic Waste Management, as part of Swachhta Hi Sewa (SHS) Plan of the PM in which over 9 lakh cadets participated. As part of Mega Swachhta Pakhwada, to spread awareness Pan India Relay Cycle Rallies encompassing both Inter & Intra State started on August 08 from all four corners of the country and covered almost all the States/UTs.
Mega Pollution Pakhwada: An Anti-Pollution Pakhwada was conducted by approx.fivelakh cadets of NCC, pan India, from 01-31 July. Rallies and Awareness Campaigns on all types of Pollution i.e. Air, Water, Land & Noise were covered in the same.
MoD Swachhta Pakhwada: Over 7.5 lakh cadets participated in Swachhta Pakhwada fortnight from 01-15 December. On 07 December, approx. 4.5 lakh cadets participated in Plog Runs Pan India based on Plastic Removal theme.
World Water Day (March 22): Approx. 78,000 NCC Cadets Pan India participated in Water conservation rallies/ programmes.
Anti-Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking Day (June 26): As part of our Social Service and Community Development Action Plan, approx. 95,000 NCC cadets participated in various rallies and awareness programmes Pan India.
Tree Plantation: Approx. 4.2 lakh saplings have been planted by NCC Cadets this year including a Special Drive to celebrate Independence Day.
Blood Donation: Approximately one lakh units of blood was donated through linked civil voluntary programmes and a special Drive on the occasion of NCC Day on November 19.
International Yoga Day: In keeping up with our set tradition last year, this year also on June 21, over 7.38 lakh cadets participated in the event in around 6, 400 different venues.
Disaster Relief: NCC cadets were actively involved in assisting the civil administration in relief operations during the Bihar, Kerala, and Maharashtra floods and the damage due to cyclone in Odisha.
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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby ldev » 02 Jan 2020 00:43

Here's what happened to India's Chief of Defence post according to George Fernandes
An old story from last year has been re-upped by Sandeep Unnithan on what George Fernandes had to say about the Vajpayee Governments abrupt move to stop the CDS process from going forward.

But the interesting snippet in this article is about ammunition supply during the Kargil war. And since it is about partnerships, I am posting it in this thread:

At a longer luncheon meeting two years later hosted by the Indian High Commission in London where I was on a fellowship, he (George Fernandes) gave us insights into the amorality of the international arms trade - one country India had imagined as an old friend was supplying ammunition to both sides of the border during the Kargil War.


So was it Russia, France or Israel? Playing both sides.....

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby LakshmanPST » 02 Jan 2020 08:30

ldev wrote:
one country India had imagined as an old friend was supplying ammunition to both sides of the border during the Kargil War.


So was it Russia, France or Israel? Playing both sides.....


Most probably Russia via Cheenis...

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby vishvak » 02 Jan 2020 08:44

Wonder how pakis would use Russian ammo if they aren't using Russian tanks. Or AAMs. And where are amirkhan fanboys trooping in when someone says Russia.

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Gyan » 02 Jan 2020 19:23

Artillery? Ammo

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby fanne » 02 Jan 2020 20:17

wasn't sooth Africa playing that double game with 155 shells?

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby ArjunPandit » 02 Jan 2020 21:16

jaysimha wrote:https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=196160

may i request you to please split the post, which perhaps is the longest post i've seen here, into multiple posts. Would be never ending for those on mobile...

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby manjgu » 02 Jan 2020 21:45

fanne wrote:wasn't sooth Africa playing that double game with 155 shells?
whats double about it. they have a product and two parties want to buy it. are south africans mamas of either india or pakis??

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby fanne » 02 Jan 2020 22:23

I was just clarifying, putting rus on blame when fact is it was SA

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby jaysimha » 25 Jan 2020 13:37

Major activities of Department of Defence for the month of December 2019
https://mod.gov.in/dod/sites/default/files/Majoractdec2019_0.pdf

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Postby nachiket » 31 Jan 2020 03:06

fanne wrote:I was just clarifying, putting rus on blame when fact is it was SA

It would be weird for SA to be considered an "old friend" which is what George Fernandes said. Could be someone else.

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Postby Vips » 31 Jan 2020 19:00

Nirmalaji, the defence services need more money!

At a juncture when the nation is confronting multifarious and rapidly growing threats and challenges, very surprisingly, the funds earmarked for defence expenditure in the Union Budget for financial year 2019-2020 were grossly inadequate to meet the requirements of defence preparedness.

The defence budget for the year ending March 31, 2020 has neither enabled the armed forces to achieve the required levels of battle readiness, nor permitted them to undertake the military modernisation that is necessary to acquire the combat capabilities required for future wars.

For the ministry of defence (MoD), a sum of Rs 305,296 crore (excluding pensions) was earmarked as budgetary estimates for FY 2019-2020. This represented an increase of approximately 8% over Budget Estimates for FY 2018-2019.

The increase has proved to be inadequate to allow for the prevailing rate of inflation, the annual hike in pay and allowances and the steep fall in the value of the rupee vis-a-vis the US dollar. The exchange rate impacts the price of weapons and equipment that are imported. These comprise approximately 70% of total defence acquisitions.

Other budgetary parameters too continue to show a downward trend. The total allocation for FY 2019-2020 was less than 1.50% of India's projected GDP for the year, the lowest since the 1962 war with China.

At its peak, during the 1980s, the defence budget was 3.5% of GDP; since then there has been a steady decline.

China and Pakistan respectively spend 2.5% and 3.5% of their GDP on defence.

No matter which yardstick India's defence expenditure is measured by, it is among the lowest in the world.As a ratio of the total (central) government expenditure, the share of defence is 15.48% for FY 2019-2020. In Pakistan, it has been varying between 25% to 30% of total government expenditure. While India has 1.25 soldiers per 1,000 people, China has 2.23 and Pakistan 4.25.

The ratio of capital to revenue expenditure in India's defence budget is far from the ideal of 50:50.

Capital expenditure is that which is incurred on new acquisitions for modernisation, the replacement of obsolete weapons and equipment and expenditure on land and buildings.

The revenue budget is for expenditure on salaries, ammunition, transportation, clothing and maintenance, et al.In the case of the army, due to the large number of personnel on its rolls, the ratio is as low as 20: 80.

Reportedly, this year the three services faced difficulties even in meeting their previously committed liabilities. They did not have sufficient funds to pay the instalments due on equipment purchased in previous years.

The net effect of consistently low capital budgets is that obsolescent vintage weapons and equipment in service are degrading combat efficiency and little modernisation is taking place, particularly in the army despite the fact that it gets 56% of the total defence budget.

The worst impact is the inability to acquire precision guided munitions and to modernise the command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems of the armed forces, even as the three wings of China's People's Liberation Army are modernising at a brisk pace.

The much-trumpeted list of Acceptance of Necessity approvals accorded by the Defence Acquisition Council headed by the defence minister of the Modi 1.0 government for new weapons and equipment acquisition projects worth Rs 150,000 to Rs 200,000 crore over the last five years is meaningless without assured funding support through a non-lapsable roll-on the Defence Modernisation Fund to which the budget on the capital account is added every year.

The pension bill estimated for the current financial year (Rs 112,079.57, BE) is approximately Rs 4,000 crore more than that for FY 2018-2019 (Rs 108,853.30 crore, BE). This is more than the capital expenditure planned for the year!

Of the total pension bill, about 40% is accounted for by 400,000 non-combatant civilian pensioners of the MoD belonging to the ordance factories, defence PSUs, DRDO and other similar organisations.

Urgent steps need to be taken to adopt innovative measures to reduce the costs of manpower in the armed forces even if the number of personnel in uniform cannot be drastically reduced immediately due to manpower-intensive deployments on the LoC with Pakistan and the LAC with China as well as for counter-insurgency operations in J&K and some of the north eastern states.

The number of civilian personnel paid out of the defence budget must definitely be reduced by privatising most of the ordance factories and other similar organisations.

Parliament's standing committee on defence has repeatedly emphasised that defence expenditure should be progressively raised to 3% of GDP.

India's quest for 'defence on the cheap' can only lead to another debacle like that of 1962.

It has been empirically proved that defence expenditure up to 2.5% to 3% of GDP has a positive impact on the growth rate of a country's economy provided emphasis is laid on self-reliance through indigenous defence production.

For this reason as well, the government must gradually provide more funds for defence to enable the armed forces to acquire the combat capabilities that are necessary to fight and win tomorrow's wars.

Simultaneously, the government must pull out all the stops to genuinely encourage indigenous manufacture of weapons and defence equipment.

India's aspirations to be counted as a regional power capable of maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific in conjunction with its strategic partners and as a nation striving for world power status, cannot possibly be realised without self-reliance in defence acquisition.

It is to be hoped that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, herself a former defence minister, will be more forthcoming in providing funds for defence expenditure when she presents the Union Budget on February 1, 2020.

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Postby nachiket » 01 Feb 2020 01:24

I have never understood this obsession with measuring the defence budget as a % of GDP. The defence budget comes out of government revenues, which may be very different in 2 countries with the same overall GDP. Especially in a country like India with a low tax base this fact is crucial.

As a percentage of our overall annual budget, our defence budget is substantial and increasing it by a whole lot is simply not feasible unless government revenues see a miraculous increase disproportionate to the GDP growth.

Perhaps a compromise is to provide additional funds for capital acquisitions as long as the weapons/equipment being bought is indigenous or at least a significant portion of it is manufactured in India. Increasing budget spending can be feasible only if it leads to a direct rise in economic activity within the country (even if it is screwdrivergiri to start with).

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Postby Nikhil T » 01 Feb 2020 14:26

Budget 2020

Defense capital budget raised from Rs 1.10 lakh crore to Rs 1.13 lakh crore - just Rs 3000 crore or less than 3%. Not even sufficient to beat inflation.

https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/doc/eb/sbe20.pdf

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Postby Aditya_V » 01 Feb 2020 15:02

Nikhil T wrote:Budget 2020

Defense capital budget raised from Rs 1.10 lakh crore to Rs 1.13 lakh crore - just Rs 3000 crore or less than 3%. Not even sufficient to beat inflation.

https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/doc/eb/sbe20.pdf

Boss the document states clearly last years defence budget was 1.03 lakh crore. So it's a 10000 crore budget increase

Rather than returning funds they spent 7000 crore extra last year.

Airforce actual is 5k crore more than budget and Navy by 3k crore. So perhaps finally the Mk1A orders are coming before Mar 20.

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Postby Nikhil T » 01 Feb 2020 15:06

Aditya_V wrote:
Nikhil T wrote:Budget 2020

Defense capital budget raised from Rs 1.10 lakh crore to Rs 1.13 lakh crore - just Rs 3000 crore or less than 3%. Not even sufficient to beat inflation.

https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/doc/eb/sbe20.pdf

Boss the document states clearly last years defence budget was 1.03 lakh crore. So it's a 10000 crore budget increase

Rather than returning funds they spent 7000 crore extra last year.


I’m comparing what was spent last year (RE 2019) to what is proposed to be spent next year (BE 2020). That is the more fair comparison.

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Postby Aditya_V » 01 Feb 2020 15:08

Not necessarily, in many cases in the past funds were returned due to lack of expenditure. It is possible then next year also actual will come higher than proposed budget.

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Postby Nikhil T » 01 Feb 2020 15:29

Overspending is always a possibility. We can only compare what we read in the budget docs.

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Postby nam » 01 Feb 2020 16:57

Since the usual money is less for modernization complain is gonna come our way; let me list the super critical item our service would need;

Army:
Armor: Arjun Mk1A is to ordered this year; enough T90s
Artillery: dhanush;sarang ordered; atags still in testing; might be ready this year or next.
Mechanised: FICV is not going to be ordered this year
Infantry: Any thing super critical here? commanders are getting stuff themselves as required

Airforce:
Rafale ordered; LCA to be ordered this year; Mig29 & Su30: may be.. nothing critical
SAM: S400, Barak8, Akash ordered. nothing critical left here
AWACS; DRDO project in the CCS pipeline

Navy:
Super critical: minesweepers & ASW heli. Heli will probably be ordered this year
No major surface ships for this year
P75I: what are the chances of completing contract negotiations this year?

So can some one tell where exactly do we need 10 Billion for in THIS YEAR?

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Postby nam » 01 Feb 2020 17:00

One thing to keep in mind, any critical item which is manufactured locally, will not be held due to lack of funds. Either GOI get's it from DPSU or Indian industry under sovereign guarantee.

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Postby Vips » 01 Feb 2020 19:22

No Big Bang modernization for the armed forces in the defence budget.

With yet another paltry hike in the defence budget, the modernization of the 1.5-miilion strong armed forces will continue in its slow and haphazard manner, leaving critical operational deficiencies on several fronts from helicopters and howitzers to fighters and submarines.

The defence outlay this year is Rs 3.37 lakh crore, which does not amount to even a 2% hike over the revised estimates of the last fiscal.(The budget allocation has shrunk and is negative if you factor in the inflation)

The Rs 3.37 lakh crore defence budget works out to just 1.5% of the projected GDP for 2020-2021, which is the lowest such figure since the 1962 war with China. Another Rs 1.33 lakh crore has been allocated separately for defence pensions of retired military and civilian personnel.

Even if the defence pensions are included in the defence budget, it amounts to just 2.1% of the GDP. This when military experts have been demanding that India should allocate at least 2.5% to defence expenditure for building requisite deterrence against China and Pakistan.

The defence ministry (MoD), incidentally, has proposed to the Finance Commission (FC) that a non-lapsable fund should be created for defence acquisitions, which require large capital outlays, because the nature of threats that the country faces “demands complete defence preparedness"

The MoD also asked for a levy of special cess, monetization of surplus land and other assets, tax-free defence bonds and utilization of the proceeds of disinvestment of defence PSUs for requisite military modernization. The FC says it will constitute an expert group to examine the proposed non-lapsable fund or an alternative mechanism for arms acquisitions.

The ballooning salary and pension bills of the manpower-intensive armed forces is, of course, a major drag on the defence budget. The capital outlay for new weapon systems and overall defence modernization is just Rs 1,18,555 crore in the defence budget this year. It is dwarfed by the Rs 2,18,998 crore revenue expenditure for day-to-day running costs, salaries and the like.

One of the top priorities for the country’s first-ever chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat will be to push for genuine integration among the Army, Navy and IAF, which often pull in different directions, to slash wasteful expenditure and nonoperational flab. There is, of course, also no getting away from the fact that India needs to build a robust defence industrial base to reduce its strategically-vulnerable dependence on expensive arms imports.

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Postby Rakesh » 01 Feb 2020 20:36

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 67616?s=20 ---> Overall 2020-21 budgeted defence CAPEX for the three services is being projected to be Rs 113734 crores as opposed to revised 2019-20 spending of Rs 110394.31 crores. So, an increase of under Rs 3400 crores as compared to revised estimates.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 14786?s=20 ---> The Modi Govt needs to understand this: There is no more room for any grand fiscal or monetary experiments in the name of 'silver bullet' reform. Some slippage in deficit targets will happen, but it is more the direction of spending that'll count.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 45217?s=20 ---> And BTW, I would support a zero to little hike in the Defence Budget given today's circumstances. The Dalal lobby can write as many articles as they like on how that will 'endanger India's security'. :D

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 72544?s=20 ---> As it is, India spends around 25 percent of its overall capex on arms acquisitions. And as we all know, around half of that leaks to foreign arms manufacturers each year. Which is why there is a new round of 'security khatre mein hain' prior to every budget.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 65568?s=20 ---> Stop wasting money on imported conventional arms just because the Dalals make a multi-media pitch for it. If you have any spending capacity left, focus instead on India's nuclear enterprise & expand the deterrent.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 25280?s=20 ---> The next five years will see:
1. A major drawdown in arms imports.
2. The winding up of several 'strategic affairs' magazines etc.

But don't worry, @delhidefence won't wind up. Because, it doesn't depend on dalal money to run itself. 8)

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 21537?s=20 ---> 'Phorces need the bhest' ka zamana gaya. 'Desh ki tijori hamaare phorces ke liye sadaaiv khuli hi' ka bhi zamana gaya. Ab agar kuch karna hai to indigenization karo. Pure and simple.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 84866?s=20 ---> Yes, the Indian Navy had visionary admirals. Yes, it has had a laser like focus on building a credible technical cadre as par t of its rank & file. But one overarching reason why it indigenized was that it always got a very poor share of budgetary allocations.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 99393?s=20 ---> Quite simply, the Indian Navy had to do more with less. Once the budgetary limitations and import curbs are felt by the other two services in right earnest, they too will have no choice but to follow suit.

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/122 ... 59040?s=20 ---> People don't point this out, but importing major platforms from abroad leads to not just horrendous up-front capital expenditure, but massive multi-year forex expenditure over the entire life-cycle just for maintenance. Forget about even standard upgrades.

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Postby kit » 01 Feb 2020 20:46

nam wrote:Since the usual money is less for modernization complain is gonna come our way; let me list the super critical item our service would need;

Army:
Armor: Arjun Mk1A is to ordered this year; enough T90s
Artillery: dhanush;sarang ordered; atags still in testing; might be ready this year or next.
Mechanised: FICV is not going to be ordered this year
Infantry: Any thing super critical here? commanders are getting stuff themselves as required

Airforce:
Rafale ordered; LCA to be ordered this year; Mig29 & Su30: may be.. nothing critical
SAM: S400, Barak8, Akash ordered. nothing critical left here
AWACS; DRDO project in the CCS pipeline

Navy:
Super critical: minesweepers & ASW heli. Heli will probably be ordered this year
No major surface ships for this year
P75I: what are the chances of completing contract negotiations this year?

So can some one tell where exactly do we need 10 Billion for in THIS YEAR?



Thanks for the list., besides all "strategic programs" are black., they dont figure in the public defence exp. These include SSKs, SSBNs, National ABM tier outlays etc etc , also a very significant special forces "black ops" outlay that is budgeted via different 3-4 letter organisations. So all in all not much cause for concerns, everything is addressed ,even those not seemingly.

The def budget is closely monitored by some interested parties, inside and outside the country. No point in scaring people. After all "speak softly" but carry a d@mn big stick with you.

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Postby manjgu » 01 Feb 2020 21:33

this amount is enough if spent wisely prudently...!!

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Postby Nikhil T » 02 Feb 2020 12:54

nam wrote:Since the usual money is less for modernization complain is gonna come our way; let me list the super critical item our service would need;

Army:
Armor: Arjun Mk1A is to ordered this year; enough T90s
Artillery: dhanush;sarang ordered; atags still in testing; might be ready this year or next.
Mechanised: FICV is not going to be ordered this year
Infantry: Any thing super critical here? commanders are getting stuff themselves as required

Airforce:
Rafale ordered; LCA to be ordered this year; Mig29 & Su30: may be.. nothing critical
SAM: S400, Barak8, Akash ordered. nothing critical left here
AWACS; DRDO project in the CCS pipeline

Navy:
Super critical: minesweepers & ASW heli. Heli will probably be ordered this year
No major surface ships for this year
P75I: what are the chances of completing contract negotiations this year?

So can some one tell where exactly do we need 10 Billion for in THIS YEAR?


I think you are assuming that the allocated money is enough for the pending orders of LCA Mk1A, Arjun, A330 AWACS, additional MiG 29, additional Su 30MKI, minesweepers, and ASW helis. That is a big IF and only time would tell. From recent reports, most of capital budget was consumed by committed liabilities, leaving very little room for new orders.

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Postby nam » 02 Feb 2020 17:32

Nikhil T wrote:I think you are assuming that the allocated money is enough for the pending orders of LCA Mk1A, Arjun, A330 AWACS, additional MiG 29, additional Su 30MKI, minesweepers, and ASW helis. That is a big IF and only time would tell. From recent reports, most of capital budget was consumed by committed liabilities, leaving very little room for new orders.


the budget is always for existing commitments and PLANNED new contracts signing amount in the new fiscal year.

This is what a annual budget is, in every organisation. Not just GoI.

It is never a random allocation and hoping to sign some contract. I always surprised, when I see calls for additional 5 or 10 billion more in annual budget, but there is no major new contract in the horizon. If there is a adhoc requirement like we had post Uri or Balakot, then GoI will provide the money. Just like it signed around 3 billion worth of adhoc contracts to fill up the WWR.

If there has been no money allocated for for example, Mig29 buy, then it means MoD does not expect the contract to be signed this year or it is not a priority at the moment.

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Postby Aditya_V » 02 Feb 2020 19:10

Given the stakes involved I don't think any defense budget is transparent. No Government wants to disclose future plans to adversaries

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Postby Nikhil T » 03 Feb 2020 05:52

nam wrote:
Nikhil T wrote:I think you are assuming that the allocated money is enough for the pending orders of LCA Mk1A, Arjun, A330 AWACS, additional MiG 29, additional Su 30MKI, minesweepers, and ASW helis. That is a big IF and only time would tell. From recent reports, most of capital budget was consumed by committed liabilities, leaving very little room for new orders.


the budget is always for existing commitments and PLANNED new contracts signing amount in the new fiscal year.

This is what a annual budget is, in every organisation. Not just GoI.


Pls read this:
http://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2018/03/ ... cient.html

Typically, the three services submit their projections in the third quarter of each year, for which they add up “committed liabilities” (annual instalments due on purchases previously made) and “new schemes”, for which the calculate the first instalment on new acquisitions likely in the coming year.


Each service gives a projection and then the FinMin allocates budget based on projections and the money available in the overall budget. That allocated budget may or may not cover all the critical purchases (ones you highlighted above). So to say that amount allocated is because the theres no contract ready to sign or that only low priority contracts are left is not true.

nam wrote:If there has been no money allocated for for example, Mig29 buy, then it means MoD does not expect the contract to be signed this year or it is not a priority at the moment.

As above. The third possibility is that it is a priority for the IAF but the Govt simply doesn’t have the money for it. Btw the IAF capital budget is lesser than what it was last year, so this may just be the case.

What we can hope for is that the CDS can now do inter Service prioritization to squeeze more bang for the allocated budget and that Service chiefs prioritize cheaper Make in India weapons, wherever possible.

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Postby nam » 04 Feb 2020 03:21

Nikhil T wrote:Each service gives a projection and then the FinMin allocates budget based on projections and the money available in the overall budget. That allocated budget may or may not cover all the critical purchases (ones you highlighted above). So to say that amount allocated is because the theres no contract ready to sign or that only low priority contracts are left is not true.


The contracts are signed by MoD, not by services. They can specify their priority list, but it is MoD who ultimately signs the contract.

There is no guarantee that a service's priority one item will have it's contract negotiations completed in the fiscal year, for whatever reason.

So it is a case of service priority (new items)+ MoD's potential of completing contract negotiation(actual negotiation, letter to MoD, claims of corruption, supreme drama etc). Most of the arm deals are 10-15 years multiple installments. The signing is not a huge burden, but it is not like buying grocery.

A perfect example is ASW helis. It has been the most critical item & not the most expensive, yet it has taken a decade to reach where it is today.

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Postby A Sharma » 10 Feb 2020 23:35

India – Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) and Related Equipment and Support

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2020 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.

The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of: five (5) AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; one hundred eighteen (118) AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles; three (3) AMRAAM Guidance Sections; four (4) AMRAAM Control Sections; and one hundred thirty-four (134) Stinger FIM-92L missiles. Also included are thirty-two (32) M4A1 rifles; forty thousand three hundred twenty (40,320) M855 5.56mm cartridges; Fire Distribution Centers (FDC); Handheld Remote Terminals; Electrical Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Systems; AMRAAM Non-Developmental Item-Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI­AIU); Multi-spectral Targeting System-Model A (MTS-A); Canister Launchers (CN); High Mobility Launchers (HML); Dual Mount Stinger (DMS) Air Defense Systems; Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defense Systems; communications equipment; tool kits; test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment; prime movers; generators; technical documentation; computer based training equipment; training equipment; training towers; ammunition storage; training and maintenance facilities; infrastructure improvements; U.S. Government and contractor technical support, engineering and logistics support services; warranty services; Systems and Integration Checkout (SICO); field office support; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $1.867 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region.

India intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces, and to expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats posed by air attack. This will contribute to India’s military goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between India, the U.S., and other allies. India will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors involved in this program are The Raytheon Corporation and Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this proposed sale; however, the purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor(s).

Implementation of this proposed sale will require 60 U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to India for a period of six weeks (non-concurrent). Activities will include de-processing/fielding, training, and technical/logistics support.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

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Postby Aditya_V » 11 Feb 2020 00:03

I think as part of the Nuke deal and other arrangements we need to buy arms purchases from the US. I think if are to wriggle out of buying either F16/F18 we need to buy stuff like this. Hope we get more details on the Amraams and its seekers etc.

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Postby Nikhil T » 11 Feb 2020 01:30


This is for the innermost ring of AD protection for New Delhi. Very interesting that they chose to include 32 M4 rifles with it :)

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Postby Indranil » 11 Feb 2020 01:41

GAWD!! What a circus?!! Indian, Russian, US. Where is the planning? Or is it a case of what we used to call in my collegedays, "kaddu katega, sab me batega".

It is also amazing how quickly billion dollar plus import acquisitions move. Meanwhile,...

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Postby Nikhil T » 11 Feb 2020 04:16

+1 Don't forget Israeli in that circus - we have Spyders too. :)

We can spend all our moolah on such gold plated stuff, while the things that will actually matter in a war - MBT tanks, minesweepers, ASW helis or subs will be found wanting.

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Postby Cybaru » 11 Feb 2020 04:41

one hundred eighteen (118) AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles

What platform can launch these?

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Postby Rakesh » 11 Feb 2020 04:50

I am assuming on a vehicle like this ---> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASAMS

Also This Link ---> https://www.kongsberg.com/kda/products/ ... ce-system/

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Gerard » 11 Feb 2020 05:17

As per the proposed air defense plan for Delhi, the outermost layer of the missile shield will consist of two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system being developed by state-run DRDO, the second layer will be through the highly automated and mobile S-400 systems, and the innermost layer of protection will be through the NASAMS.
The innermost layer will be a combination of different weapons like Stinger surface-to-air missiles, gun systems and AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs (advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles), backed by three-dimensional Sentinel radars, fire-distribution centres and command-and-control units.
The DRDO system’s AAD (advanced air defence) and PAD (Prithvi air defence) interceptor missiles are currently geared to intercept enemy missiles, in the 2,000-km class, at altitudes from 15-25 km to 80-100 km. The second layer consisting of S-400 systems will have missiles with interception ranges of 120, 200, 250 and 380 km, backed by their associated battle-management system of command posts and launchers, long-range acquisition and engagement radars. This is followed by Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems with 70-100 km interception range, and the indigenous Akash area defence missile systems with a 25-km range.

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/24908 ... kHSJNEpCf0

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby kit » 11 Feb 2020 06:03

Gerard wrote:
As per the proposed air defense plan for Delhi, the outermost layer of the missile shield will consist of two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system being developed by state-run DRDO, the second layer will be through the highly automated and mobile S-400 systems, and the innermost layer of protection will be through the NASAMS.
The innermost layer will be a combination of different weapons like Stinger surface-to-air missiles, gun systems and AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs (advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles), backed by three-dimensional Sentinel radars, fire-distribution centres and command-and-control units.
The DRDO system’s AAD (advanced air defence) and PAD (Prithvi air defence) interceptor missiles are currently geared to intercept enemy missiles, in the 2,000-km class, at altitudes from 15-25 km to 80-100 km. The second layer consisting of S-400 systems will have missiles with interception ranges of 120, 200, 250 and 380 km, backed by their associated battle-management system of command posts and launchers, long-range acquisition and engagement radars. This is followed by Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems with 70-100 km interception range, and the indigenous Akash area defence missile systems with a 25-km range.

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/24908 ... kHSJNEpCf0



Any system or different system will work in its intended role only if they *all* work in an integrated coordinated manner. What kind of integration does India hope to achieve with the S400 and NASAMS 2 ? Would be really interesting to find out ., the NASAMS 2 is not just another SAM system working stand alone !., actually here is another crazy idea to protect the S400s using the NASAMS 2 !! :((

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby kit » 11 Feb 2020 06:04

Nikhil T wrote:

This is for the innermost ring of AD protection for New Delhi. Very interesting that they chose to include 32 M4 rifles with it :)


32 ?!! ..really , not missing any zeros are we ?

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Thakur_B » 11 Feb 2020 07:09

Nikhil T wrote:

This is for the innermost ring of AD protection for New Delhi. Very interesting that they chose to include 32 M4 rifles with it :)


It's like topping off vegetable shopping with coriander and chillies :rotfl:


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