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New Delhi. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh awarded Raksha Mantri Trophy for the Best and Second Best Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2018, heretoday. Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru and Command Hospital Central Command Lucknow adjudged Best and the Second-Best Command Hospital respectively. The awards werereceived by Air Vice Marshal Deepak Gaur and Maj Gen Vivek Sharma, the commandants of the two respective hospitals.

The Raksha Mantri while complementing the two hospitals on their outstanding performance, acknowledged the commendable service being rendered by the AFMS, ranging from combat medical support to troops deployed in operational roles to state-of-the-art healthcare services at mid-zonal, zonal and tertiary care hospitals of the AFMS. The RM said, since the time of Acharya Charak medical profession and its proponents have been revered by the society and exhorted that endeavour should be made by these Command hospitals to maintain it.

Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) and Senior Col Comandant, Army Medical CorpsLt Gen Bipin Puri while speaking on the occasion, emphasised the preparedness of the AFMS to meet all challenges in providing medical support both during operations and in peacetime as well as when called upon to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. He reiterated the resolute commitment of the AFMS to strive forprofessional excellence at all times.

The Raksha Mantri Trophy was instituted in 1989 to recognise excellence in healthcare services provided by Command Hospitals of the AFMS and to foster a spirit of healthy competition among them. A selection committee headed by an AFMS officer of the rank of Lt Gen/equivalent with the Joint Secretary (Navy), Ministry of Defence as a member recommends hospitals for the award each year via a comprehensive selection process based on objective performance indicators assessed during on-site visits to the hospitals.

The award ceremony was attended by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and other officials.

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New Delhi. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed operationalisation of newly dedicated joint venture Indo Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh for production of AK 203 assault rifles in a high level meeting, here today.

Chief Executive Officer of IRRPL Maj Gen Sanjeev Senger mentioned it is a joint venture between Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) on the Indian side, and Rosonboron Exports and Concern Kalashnikov on the Russian side. The OFB owns 50.5 per cent equity and Russian side the remaining 49.5 per cent. The JV is formed consequent to the Inter-governmental Agreement signed between India and Russia in February 2019. Further that in a short span of time the JV has obtained all requisite licences for production and export. Board meeting of the JV had been held and initial set of officers from the Army and OFB have joined in the JV to kick-start its operations. Close coordination and regular interactions are being held with Russian partners for smooth implementation of the project. The JV was in process of filing its response to the RFP floated by MoD for supply of 6.71 lakh rifles.

The IRRPL CEO also briefed the Raksha Mantri about the potential of the project to act as catalyst for UP Defence Corridor as the JV, when fully operational is expected to source a number of components and services from MSMEs. This is expected to bring in investment and employment in the region.

Raksha Mantri appreciated the efforts to implement the project thus far and directed that all activities for speedy implementation of the project should be taken up on priority. He also stressed the need for 100 per cent indigenisation of the rifle as per the project understanding and focusing on export of the rifles from IRRPL toother friendly countries.

The meeting was also attended by Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra, Secretary (Defence Production) Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials of the Ministry.

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New Delhi. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a coordinated operation with Bangladesh Coast Guard successfully repatriated 516 fishermen alongwith 32 Indian Fishing boats from Bangladesh on July 16, 2019. These boats were stranded and had taken shelter at Payra Port in Banladesh approximately 135 kilometres from IMBL(International Maritime Boundary Line) due to inclement weather and rough sea conditions in the Bay of Bengal.

The fishing boats were escorted by two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships Mansoor Ali and Sadhini Bangla up to the IMBL where they were formally handed over to ICGships Vijaya and Anmol. The boats alongwith the fishermen are being escorted up to Kakdwip harbour where they will be handed over to the State Fisheries Authorities.

This Samaritan gesture from the Bangladesh Coast Guard comes at a time when the visit of delegation of the Bangladesh Coast Guard to India is underway for Annual Zonal /Regional Commander’s meeting at Kolkata.

Search for remaining 24 missing Indian fishermen is in progress by Bangladesh Coast Guard/Naval ships/aircraft in Bangladesh Waters. Besides search across IMBL in Bangladesh waters, Indian Coast Guard Ships, hovercraft and aircraft are also carrying out search off West Bengal Coast and along the IMBL.

The coordinated response between Coast Guard agencies of India and Bangladesh demonstrates mutual commitment for safety of fishermen at sea and further strengthens the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a $45 million contract for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) Increment 1 prototype with the purpose of increasing the range and rate of fire on current and future M109A7 self-propelled howitzers.

The development of ERCA is in collaboration with the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center.

This prototype phase will address capability gaps in the Army’s indirect fire systems and improve the rate and range of fire with the development of power distribution software and hardware integration solutions. ERCA will be integrated onto the M109A7 and will require the M109A7’s current 39-caliber turret to be replaced with a 58-caliber, 30-foot long gun barrel with the objective of creating firepower double the current range.

“ERCA is a significant technological step forward for the Army’s artillery portfolio,” said Scott Davis, vice president or programs, BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business. “We were selected based on our years of experience in the development of self-propelled howitzer systems. Long-range precision fire is a top priority for the Army, and we are pleased to be a partner in efforts to equip soldiers with the latest technology.”

The development program aims to provide the warfighter with extended range while maintaining the weight found in current systems to minimize performance impacts on the chassis. Under separate contracts, BAE Systems is also developing precision guidance kits with anti-jamming capabilities (PGK-AJ) that can operate in the challenging ERCA firing environment. PGK-AJ is compatible with existing and new long-range rounds for multiple firing platforms, including the M109 self-propelled howitzer.

BAE Systems is currently producing the M109A7 configuration for the Army in the low-rate initial production phase.

Development work on ERCA Self Propelled Howitzer will take place at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal and BAE Systems’ facilities in York, Pennsylvania; Sterling Heights, Michigan and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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New Delhi. In view of worsening flood situation in the Eastern region, Lieutenant General MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, took stock of the situation and assured a quick response by the Army on being requisitioned for deployment on flood relief tasks.

Total of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns as reserve have been kept on ‘Stand by’ for this purpose. Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in close coordination with civil administration along large number of flood prone areas. There are 152 monitoring stations which will ensure timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods.

Army has alerted flood relief columns to be prepared for deployment on short notice. Mock drills conducted by the nominated army units in the run up to the monsoon will ensure seamless integration of all elements and their synergized application in support of the populace.

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DALLAS. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will produce High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Romania and Poland under a $492 million contract, marking Poland’s first acquisition of HIMARS launchers.

The contract calls for the production and delivery of HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by 2022. The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning Camden, Ark., Precision Fires Center of Excellence.

“Lockheed Martin is very pleased that Poland has procured its first HIMARS launchers,” said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. “These new HIMARS launchers will provide unparalleled mobile firepower to light and early entry forces, and our allies can count on Lockheed Martin’s ongoing support in maintaining these combat-proven capabilities.”

HIMARS launchers have exceeded 1.4 million operating hours and are currently demonstrating an operational reliability over six times the specified requirement.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles. HIMARS consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.

Lockheed Martin’s effectiveness and reliability combined with performance, interoperability, joint coalition operations and the added value of joint munitions procurement make HIMARS a sound option for nations seeking effective precision fires option for missions.

For more than 40 years, Lockheed Martin has been the leading designer and manufacturer of long-range, surface-to-surface precision strike solutions, providing highly reliable, combat-proven systems like MLRS, HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS to domestic and international customers.

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On the occasion of the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Serbia today, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defense systems by the Ministry of Defence of Serbia. With this first European missile order, Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile and the 10th country invited to join the Mistral user club. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating the Mistral in Europe and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems based on this missile.

The contract is for the acquisition of Mistral missiles, launchers for dismounted soldiers, related equipment and logistics, and the provision of technical and material assistance for the integration of the Mistral missile on the PASARS vehicles of the Serbian Armed Forces.

As the latest generation of Mistral family today in service, Mistral 3 features a very high resistance to infrared countermeasures and a capability to engage air targets presenting a low thermal signature, such as missiles and UAVs.

Attending the contract signature, Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, said: “We’re proud that this contract far exceeds just material supplies. Serbia is invited to join as a new member of the Mistral user club and becomes a new partner for MBDA. But above all, this contract is the first milestone of a cooperation that we are going to build together with Serbia whose security objectives are similar to those of France and of the European Union.”

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New Delhi. Reaffirming their commitment to strengthening India’s aerospace sector and India-US ties, Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT] and Tata Advanced Systems are hosting a third annual industry supplier conference this week in India.

Lockheed Martin, Tata, Tier 1 suppliers and prospective Indian industry partners are gathering at the event to discuss partnership opportunities that strengthen India-US defence industrial ties and Make in India partnerships. In addition to India’s highly capable public sector companies, many private Indian companies have entered the aerospace and defence arena, which will continue to drive innovation and broaden the array of capabilities across India’s defence-industrial ecosystem.

“Lockheed Martin is fully committed to meeting India’s need for advanced, scalable defence capabilities,” said Dr. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Our partnership with Indian industry on both the F-21 and S-76D proposals for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy will put India at the epicenter of world’s largest defence ecosystem and deliver unmatched sustainment and export opportunities.”

“We are happy to co-host the supplier conference with our strategic partner Lockheed Martin, setting a common platform for the Indian players to meet and share knowledge with global suppliers and OEMs,” said Mr. Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Advanced Systems. “Our successful partnerships and joint ventures with Lockheed Martin have helped to build new capabilities and strengthen the Indian defence manufacturing sector and India-US ties. We hope to further grow this relationship with the F-21 project and other world-class programs.”

In addition to Tata, Lockheed Martin industry partners and suppliers include BAE Systems, Cobham, Collins Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Eaton, Elbit Systems, Elta, GE Aviation, Honeywell, L3Harris, Leonardo, Martin Baker, Meggitt, Moog, Northrop Grumman, Parker Hannifin, Pratt & Whitney, Rada, Rafael, Raytheon, Safran Electrical & Power, and other leading global defence and aerospace companies.

“Defence industry partnerships have long been a hallmark of strategic ties and trust,” said Phil Shaw, chief executive of Lockheed Martin India. “We see tremendous strength and opportunity in India’s defence industry and we’re very excited by the incredible potential in India.”

Lockheed Martin and India
For more than 25 years, Lockheed Martin has been committed to building trust, technology development, and strategic collaboration with India. Lockheed Martin has two state-of-the-art manufacturing joint ventures in India with Tata Advanced Systems. The company recently emphasized its commitment to India by announcing the company will partner with Tata to produce F-16 wings in India for all future customers.

Lockheed Martin also relies on TASL in Hyderabad, India, as the manufacturing base for its global supply of cabin aerostructures for the S-92 helicopter. Lockheed Martin has been a strong supporter of Government of India initiatives including Make in India, Start-up India, Skills India, and Digital India. As a part of its larger commitment to enhance the growth and development of India’s innovation, Lockheed Martin has sponsored and supported the India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) since 2007.

Lockheed Martin is committed to strategic, long-term international defence partnerships with India and hopes to strengthen and grow its relationship with India as part of an unprecedented F-21 fighter aircraft partnership for India, from India.

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AERALIS Ltd, the British firm developing the UK’s first home-grown fast jet training aircraft since the Hawk, signs an MoU with THALES to develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation system aimed at complementing the UK’s Tempest future fighter programme, bolster the UK aerospace & defence sector and strengthen prospects for UK defence exports.

AERALIS and THALES will evaluate concepts for a common simulator system that can be used to support all phases in a future flying training system and which could be demonstrated in time for Farnborough 2022. The collaboration will also feature AERALIS and THALES working together on developing the architecture for a future common Information System that will bring together data on student performance, aircraft utilisation and use of courseware to help operators configure and optimise their use of AERALIS to deliver individual training needs in the most cost-effective way.

Deploying the combined expertise of 80,000 employees across operations in 68 countries, THALES brings design & build expertise in training system design, simulator development and delivery of ground-based training services that will complement AERALIS’s existing collaborations with aircraft service providers.
For AERALIS, the collaboration offers the opportunity to advance the production of its suite of jet trainers which will be fully customisable in terms of engines, outer wings and avionics. Adopting a unique modular concept built around a common, robust, long-life fuselage core, end-users will be able to configure their fleet of training aircraft to match the precise needs of their trainee pilots at any point in time – from Basic through to Lead-In fighter training.

Tim Davies, AERALIS Strategy Director, commented: “Partnering with a global leader such as THALES brings us a huge advantage in developing the ultimate fighter pilot training system. THALES’s ability to bring a next-generation simulator to complement AERALIS’s world-beating modular aircraft design will mean the UK will take the lead both capability & affordability of future military flying training.”

Daz Rawlins OBE, Thales’s Managing Director of Training and Simulation in the UK, added: “THALES is committed to being at the forefront of developing innovative training systems to support next generation military flying training. AERALIS brings a unique approach to developing an adaptable, connected and affordable aircraft system for which THALES has the ability to develop a full suite of ground-based training systems and associated embedded training. We’re very excited to be working together with AERALIS on this and in particular what this means for developing the UK aerospace & defence sector and for supporting the future combat aircraft training needs of our customers around the world.”

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New Delhi. Under the patronage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a new Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has been created. Today, under the Chief Guest Smt.Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, on the occasion of the United Nation’s World Youth Skills Day, Dassault Aviation and the Indian Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the foundations of a strategic partnership on skill development, in the presence of several Ministers.

This MOU formalizes the creation by Dassault Aviation together with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSD&E) of a new vocational training program of “Aeronautical Structure and Equipment Fitter” under Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) project and its implementation.

Dassault Aviation is setting up the grounds for its national deployment in collaboration with several academic and vocational institutions through a stepwise approach.

In this frame, the initial implementation of this program at the Government Industrial Training Institute (GITI) in Nagpur – Maharashtra- will welcome its first students in August 2019.

In a further step towards the development of a sustainable ecosystem of skilled craftsmen to foster the outreach of the Defence Corridor approach and more widely of all Indian students keen of innovation, technology and aeronautics, Dassault Aviation is working on the implementation of the above program in cooperation with the MSD&E, in Tamil Nadu as well as other Indian region.

These projects aim at creating and nurturing a ‘best-in-class’ pool of Indian talents from the public education system, for the benefit of the entire aerospace industrial ecosystem in India toward self-reliance in the design, development and production of aeronautical equipment and platforms.

In order to fulfil this ambitious goal, Dassault Aviation had created the “Dassault Skill Academy” to be the cornerstone of Dassault Aviation’s committed support to the “Skill India” initiative.

This global training and education initiative will better serve the requirements of the global aerospace industry, ranging from design to production and in-service support & maintenance, in terms of highly qualified manpower, throughout the entire spectrum of educational levels from Vocational skills to Higher Education.

Dassault Aviation total dedication to these educational projects illustrates its proudness to be fully supporting India on its way to self-sufficiency in the aerospace sector and the people of India on their ambitious vision for the future.

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