By Air Mshl PK Roy
On December 10, 2018, the indigenous long-range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile— Agni 5, was successfully launched from a mobile launcher at Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. This was the third successful test firing of the strategic missile this year. The earlier two test firing was carried out in January and June 2018. The Agni 5 missile has a range of over 5000 km. As per earlier reports. Agni 1 (range of 700 km), Agni 2 (range of 2000 km) and Agni 3 (range of 3500 km) have already been inducted in the armed forces. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and the armed forces on the occasion.
LIGHT UTILITY HELICOPTER REDY FOR TRIALS AT SIACHEN
The prototype of the Indigenously built single engine Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) by HAL has recently been successful tested for flight up to an altitude of six km and is ready for its performance test at the Siachen Glacier sometime in January 2019. LUH is being designed and developed as replacement for the Chetak/ Cheetah helicopters. The first prototype of this helicopter flew in September 2016, and the second prototype in May 2017. HAL presently has order for 187 helicopters (126 for Indian Army and 61 for Indian Air Force).
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CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF VISITS JAPAN
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, paid a goodwill visit to Japan from 10 to 14 December 2018. The visit was intended to further strengthen the existing defence cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries. During the visit he called on H.E. Mr Takeshi Iwaya, Defence Minister of Japan, and discussed Indo-Japan defence cooperation. He also met Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, JSDF and General Yoshinari Marumo, Chief of Staff, Koku- Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defence Force). This visit will provide further impetus towards expanding defence cooperation between the two countries.
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COMBINED GUIDED WEAPON FIRING
The missile squadrons of the Indian Air Force participated in a combined guided weapons day and night firing exercise of four different class of Surface to Air Missile (SAM), in an integrated networked environment, at Air Force Station Suryalanka on 05th, 07th and the 08th December 2018. These SAMs involved in the first of its kind of such an exercise, were AKASH, SPYDER, OSA-AK-M & IGLA. The exercise was basically aimed at enhancing the combat skills and air defence preparedness of the Indian Air Force. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff arrived witnessed the exercise.
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JOINT INDO-RUSSIAN AIR FORCE EXERCISE— AVIAINDRA-2018
The 2nd phase of biennial Exercise ‘Avia Indra 2018’ between Indian Air Force and Russian Federation Aerospace Force is being conducted at Jodhpur between 10 to 21 December 2018. The 1st phase was held at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 to 28 September 2018. The Russian contingent is being led by Lt Gen Lurii Sushkov. The inaugural AVIAINDRA was conducted in the year 2014.
INDIA SIGNS ASCENSION AGREEMENT TO THE TRANS REGIONAL MARITIME NETWORK
India has signed the Ascension Agreement to the Trans Regional Maritime Network. It is a pact of 30-member Trans Regional Maritime Network that gives access to information on ships passing through the Indian Ocean Region. Such information is vital for India towards boosting its maritime security and ensuring prompt response to any emergency. Commodore KM Ramakrishnan signed the agreement at Rome in Italian Naval Headquarters on behalf of the Indian Navy. India is part of several such agreements and exchanges information on the identity and movement of commercial non-military merchant vessels that helps in preventing threat from the sea to the coastal region as also keep tabs on suspicious activities and illegal trade across the oceans.
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INDIAN NAVAL SHIP SEIZES ILLEGAL ARMS & AMMUNITION FROM VESSEL OFF SOMALIA COAST
Indian Naval Ship INS Sunayna, deployed on ‘anti-piracy patrol’ in Gulf of Aden, is reported to have seized arms & ammunition from an illegal fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia. The seized vessel, engaged in illegal fishing was in possession of four AK-47 and one LMG, along with ammunition. The Indian Navy has been deploying one ship in the Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy duty since October 2008 for escorting merchant ships in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor.
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PASSING OUT PARADE : INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY
427 Gentleman Cadets of 143 Regular course, 126 Technical Graduate course including 80 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from seven friendly foreign countries passed out from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General D Anbu, the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. n