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Friday, July 23, 2021

Indian Navy Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group

Indian Navy participated in a two-day bilateral Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG)-21 led by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Bay of Bengal from 21 to 22 Jul 21. The bilateral Maritime Exercise was designed to hone the ability of the two navies to operate together in the maritime domain. The maiden exercise between Indian Navy and the Royal Navy’s latest Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth included participation of CSG-21 comprising Type 23 Frigates and an Astute-class submarine in addition to the other surface combatants. Indian Navy was represented by IN Ships Satpura, Ranvir, Jyoti, Kavaratti, Kulish and a submarine. Anti-Submarine Warfare capable Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft P8I also participated in the exercise. With the presence of the CSG-21 in the Indian Ocean, the ongoing exercise has afforded excellent opportunity to engage over the entire spectrum of maritime operations including ASW, Anti-Air and Anti-Surface warfare. The exercise also witnessed the maiden participation of the F 35 B Lightning which operate from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Regular IN-RN interactions over the years have augmented their professional content, interoperability and adaptability in the ever-changing security scenarios. The inter operability achieved over the years has ensured a quantum jump in the complexity and scale of professional exchanges which is being further enhanced by the presence of the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group in the Indian Ocean.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

RDO successfully flight-tests surface-to-air missile Akash

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), a surface-to-air Missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha on July 21, 2021. The flight trial was conducted at around 12:45 PM from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control & Communication System and launcher participating in deployment configuration. The missile system has been developed by Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories. The launch was witnessed by the representatives of Indian Air Force. In order to capture flight data, ITR deployed a number of Range stations like, Electro Optical Tracking System, Radar and Telemetry. The flawless performance of the entire weapon system has been confirmed by complete flight data captured by these systems. During the test, the missile demonstrated high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats. Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force. Production agencies Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) also participated in the trials. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, BDL, BEL, Indian Air Force and the Industry for the successful test. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO applauded the efforts of the team and said the missile will strengthen the Indian Air Force.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

DRDO indigenously develops High Strength Beta Titanium Alloy on industrial scale

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has indigenously developed a High Strength Metastable Beta Titanium Alloy containing Vanadium, Iron and Aluminium, Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al on industrial scale for applications in aerospace structural forgings. It has been developed by Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), a premier Hyderabad based laboratory of DRDO. These alloys are already being used by many developed nations in recent times as beneficial substitute for the relatively heavier traditional Ni-Cr-Mo structural steels to achieve weight savings. The excellent forgeability of high strength-to-weight ratio Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy facilitates manufacture of intricately configured components for aerospace applications with potential for significant weight savings. Some of the components which may be forged from this alloy include slat/flap tracks, landing gear, and drop link in landing gear – among several others. The high strength beta titanium alloys are unique due to their higher strength, ductility, fatigue, and fracture toughness – making them increasingly attractive for aircraft structural applications. Furthermore, their relatively lower lifetime cost, owing to superior corrosion resistance in comparison to steels, is an effective trade-off to justify the use of this expensive material in India too. The DMRL has carried out raw material selection, alloy melting, thermo-mechanical processing, ultrasonics-based Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE), heat treatment, mechanical characterization, and type certification in active collaboration with several agencies. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has identified over 15 steel components which may be replaced by Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy forgings in the near future with a potential of 40% weight savings. The landing gear drop link is the first component forged successfully by ADA at HAL, Bengaluru with DMRL’s involvement and duly certified for airworthiness. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and the industry for indigenous development of High Strength Metastable Beta Titanium Alloy which will be useful for aerospace structural forgings. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy applauded the dedicated efforts by the teams involved in the indigenous development of this technology.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters acceptance ceremony

On 16 Jul 21, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to USA. The ceremony also witnessed exchange of helicopter documents between Vice Adm Kenneth Whitesell, Commander Naval Air Forces, USN and Vice Adm Ravneet Singh, DCNS, IN. MH-60R helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state of the art avionics/ sensors. Indian Navy is procuring 24 of these helicopters under Foreign Military Sales from the US Government. The helicopters would also be modified with several India Unique Equipment and weapons. In order to exploit these potent helicopters, the first batch of Indian crew are presently undergoing training in USA. The induction of these MRH would enhance Indian Navy’s three dimensional capabilities.

Friday, July 16, 2021

APEX Committee Review meeting at Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam

The 5th Apex committee Review Meeting (ACRM) to review Coastal Security of Andhra Pradesh was conducted by Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam on 16 Jul 21. The Review Meeting was co-chaired by Shri Aditya Nath Das IAS, Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and attended by the representatives from all the stakeholders including from the State Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Coast Guard, IB, Customs, CISF, Marine Police, Dept. of Fisheries, Minor Port Authorities and Oil Operators. Key issues on Coastal Security, developments and progress made since the last Review in 2019 were discussed and suitably addressed. Various actions promulgated by the Steering Committee for Review of Coastal Security (SCRCS) such as identification and communication with fishing vessels, their colour coding, training and equipment of Coastal Police and their infrastructure development issues, setting up of village committees etc. were discussed and deliberated upon and a clear way ahead was finalised. The Meeting achieved its overall aim of finding solutions to strengthen the Coastal Security of Andhra Pradesh as well as achieve greater synergy among all the stakeholders. Meeting in 2020 could not be held view COVID pandemic situation. On the sidelines of the meeting, Shri Aditya Nath Das IAS, Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh had discussions with Vice Adm AB Singh, FOC-in-C, ENC and was brief on the activities of Command. The Chief Secretary was also briefed on various ongoing and future naval infrastructure projects being undertaken in Andhra Pradesh. The Chief Secretary assured full support to the Indian Navy and urged all stakeholders to complete actions in a time bound manner.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Waltair division organizes CHEER4INDIA campaign

As part of the Nation-wide campaign jointly initiated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Indian Olympics Association (IOA), Waltair Division of East Coast Railway joined in the “Cheer4India” campaign launched for supporting the Indian Athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, 2021. The campaign aims at encouraging and boosting the morale of the sports persons of our country who are participating in the Olympics. The motto of the campaign is to create awareness among the general public of the importance of fitness and sports apart from professionalism. Indian Railways plays a very important role in sports promotion. Large contingents of sports persons from Indian Railways have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics-21. In this connection, Waltair Division has set up selfie points at Sports complex, station and at divisional office. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava along with ADRM (infra) Shri Akshay Saxena, Sports Officer & Sr.DEN (Co) Shri Pradeep Yadav, Branch officers and eminent sports persons took photographs at the selfie point provided at Railway Indoor Sports Enclave (RISE) to encourage the athletes participating in 2021 Tokyo Olympics. DRM Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava conveyed best wishes to all the sports persons representing Indian Railways at the Tokyo Olympics. He appealed to all Rail users, staff and their families to participate in the Cheer4India campaign to show support and encourage sportspersons of Indian Railways as well as the Country. He said that the campaign will certainly create sports awareness among people and encourage them to be fit and healthy.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Hindi Kavi Sammelan Organised by Navy Children School at Visakhapatnam

As part of the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, commemorating 75 Years of Indias Independence, a virtual Inter-School Hindi Kavi Sammelan was conducted by Navy Children School Visakhapatnam from 01 to 03 Jul 21. The theme of the competition was Naman he Bharti - Dhyuti Kriti. Which was aimed at glorifying Indias rich culture and Heritage, was conducted for students of classes VI to XII and with a special round for Teachers also. There were 124 participants from 22 schools and 58 candidates were selected for the final round. The competitors had to pass three stages of scrutiny by eminent Hindi Poetess to qualify for the finals. The Valedictory function was conducted on 03 Jul 21 and Cmde Rajvir Singh, the Command Education, and Welfare officer & Vice Chairman of NCS (V), was the Chief Guest. Prizes were given away under four categories The winners were presented with Gift Vouchers. Under Category 1 For classes VI to VIII, the winner was Kaayan from Navy Children School Mumbai while Category 2, for classes IX to X winner, was Vartika from Kendriya Vidyalay -2, Visakhapatnam and the Category 3 for classes XI to XII winner was Deepanshu Srivastav from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Prism School, Madhya Pradesh. The winner for the Category 4 for Teachers was Dr Priya Rani, from Navy Children School, Goa. Navy Children School, Mumbai bagged the Best School Award.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Foundation Stone laid at BDL for setting up Environmental Testing Facility

Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command today laid the foundation stone for establishing Environmental Testing Facility at the Visakhapatnam Unit of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd.), CMD, BDL, Shri NP Diwakar, Director (Technical), Commodore A Madhava Rao (Retd), Executive Director (KBU & PSG), Shri SV Kameswar, General Manager & Visakhapatnam Unit Head and senior officials from CINA, NSTL & Indian Navy were present. Speaking on the occasion, Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD, BDL stated, “the Environmental Test facility will be first of its kind in the country and which will contribute towards the further realization of ‘Atmanirbharta’ in the Defence sector. The facility, once operational, will enhance BDL’s capability in the testing infrastructure for Torpedoes and underwater weapons”. The Environmental Test Facility will consist of a Vibration testing facility, Thermal chamber, and Walking Chamber for a whole Torpedo. This will be a state-of-the-art facility in India, wherein the vibration test of the whole Torpedo of 8 Meter length and 2 Tons of weight can be carried out at a time. The Visakhapatnam Unit of BDL has been set up exclusively to manufacture Torpedoes and other underwater weapons for the Navy. The Manufacturing process involves various Environmental Tests, including Vibration Tests which are carried out in a real-time simulated situation to assess the functionality. BDL, in its endeavour for the Global Reach, has forayed into the international market by offering its products to friendly countries. The Company has executed export orders of Torpedoes to a friendly country and is geared up to take further orders of other exportable products such as Surface-to-Air Missiles, Air-to-Air Missiles, Air-to-Surface Weapons, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, and Counter Measure Systems, besides the Torpedoes.