INS Trikand And INS Teg To Sail Into Port of Abu Dhabi Today

INS Trikand And INS Teg To Sail Into Port of Abu Dhabi Today

As a part of comprehensive strategic relationship and to strengthen defence cooperation between India and the United Arab Emirates, two ships of the Indian Navy namely INS Teg and INS Trikand will make port of call in Abu Dhabi.

INS Trikand And INS Teg To Sail Into Port of Abu Dhabi Today

As a part of comprehensive strategic relationship and to strengthen defence cooperation between India and the United Arab Emirates, two ships of the Indian Navy namely INS Teg and INS Trikand will make port of call in Abu Dhabi.

The visit will provide opportunity of cooperation between the friendly Navies of the two countries. It will also showcase India’s impressive achievements in the Maritime capabilities.

The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries in the Gulf and strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and UAE.

INS Trikand, a Teg class Guided Missile frigate was commissioned into the Indian Navy at Kaliningrad, Russia on 29 Jun 2013. Equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors, enables these ships to address threats in all three dimensions air, surface and sub-surface. The ship is further augmented with the latest stealth features like reduced radar, infrared, magnetic and acoustic signatures, which makes it difficult to detect by enemy at war time. Powered by four gas turbines engines, the ship can achieve speeds up to 32 knots and can generate a maximum electric power of 3. 2 MW. INS Trikand is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and operates under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, headquartered at Mumbai. The ship is presently under the command of Capt Upal Kundu.

The ship’s motto ‘Valorous and Victorious’ represents the indomitable spirit of this mighty warship and her crew to achieve success and glory in every endeavour.

Teg’ means a short, sharp and curved sword, traditionally wielded by Sikh warriors, who are famous for their valour and martial skills. The ship’s ‘Coat of Arms’ embodies two crossed swords against the backdrop of the blue sky and ocean waves which symbolise Strength, Responsibility and Commitment to a righteous cause. onour this warrior spirit, INS Teg has been affiliated with the coveted Sikh Light Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army. With the motto ‘Towards Eternal Glory’ firmly etched in their minds and an indomitable spirit, the gallant crew of INS Teg remain ever vigilant and always ‘on call’ to protect the maritime interests and sovereignty of India.

The ship has advanced technologies incorporated in every facet of design to make her stealthy, fast and formidable. Her weaponry includes ‘state-of-the-art’ surface to surface and surface to air missiles, a high calibre gun, anti-submarine torpedoes and rockets. is is complimented by an advanced sensor suite, combat management system and an integral Airborne Early Warning Helicopter, the Kamov 31. Capt Nirbahy Bapna is the Commanding Officer of INS Teg.

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Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

The first ship was launched on April 20, 2015 and was expected to join the Indian Navy by 2018, with the follow-on ships being delivered bi-annually.

Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

The first ship was launched on April 20, 2015 and was expected to join the Indian Navy by 2018, with the follow-on ships being delivered bi-annually. However, a delay in the supply of line shafts and gas turbines in Russia and Ukraine have pushed the project back by at least three years.

New Delhi — India's ambitious mission-ready deployment of naval assets in the Indian Ocean has hit a hurdle with Russia and Ukraine delaying the supply of critical equipment to be fitted on to four destroyers that the Indian Navy intended to induct by early 2018.

There could be a delay of up to three years," India's Ministry of Defense has informed the parliamentary panel.

Under Project 15B, India's state-owned Mazgaon Dock Ltd. is constructing four destroyers at a cost of $5 billion with equipment sourced from Russia, Ukraine, and Israel. The delivery of the first warship of the class was expected by early 2018.

The delivery of the first three ships of Project 15B scheduled in 2018, 2020 and 2022 needs to be rescheduled due to delay in supply of certain equipment sourced from Russia/Ukraine… and these are now expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023 respectively," the Indian defense ministry said in the report it submitted to a parliamentary panel.

The parliamentary panel has asked the government to address these delays with due seriousness and find solutions.

The 7,334-ton Project15B warship, a ‘Visakhapatnam-class destroyer' is to be equipped with line shafts manufactured by Russia's Baltic Shipyard while the Zorya gas turbines of the ship are to be sourced from Ukraine.

These destroyers will be equipped with 32 Indo-Israeli anti-ship-missile defenses called Barak 8 and 16 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles that can sink ships or strike land targets at approximately 490 kilometers. It will have also heavyweight torpedoes that can destroy enemy submarines from a distance of up to 100 kilometers.

The manufacturer MDL also claims that it will be one of the most cost-effective destroyers in the world; it is being constructed at a cost of $159,750 per metric ton, versus the cost of the UK Daring class destroyer ($193,650/ton), KDX-III Sejong of South Korea ($203,720/ton) and US DDG-51 ($205,000/ton).

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Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

Widespread protests have erupted across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan against Pakistan’s ill-treatment of the region and its people.

Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

Widespread protests have erupted across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan against Pakistan’s ill-treatment of the region and its people.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, people have come out onto the streets shouting anti-Pakistan slogans and rejecting the Pakistan Government’s enforced taxation.

Markets and business establishments remained shut and traders in large numbers gathered in major cities, including Gilgit and Skardu to express their anger against the imposition of `illegal’ taxes by Islamabad.

They called on the government to withdraw all taxes imposed in Gilgit Baltistan under the GB Tax Adaptation Act 2012. The protest call was given by the Anjiman-i-Tajran and the Awami Action Committee (AAC), and backed by all political and religious parties in Baltistan.

Addressing a gathering in Skardu, Basharat, an advocate and member of Baltistan civil society, blamed Islamabad for its autocratic behaviour and for abusing the powers of the Gilgit Baltistan Council which is headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He said, “Gilgit-Baltistan Council is chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He definitely has no sympathy for Gilgit-Baltistan. If it was so, he would have taken decisions as per the convenience of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He never attends any meeting. It is very sad. The Prime Minister only endorses a plan designed by a section officer in Islamabad.

The protests will continue till the government meets the demands, the organisers have announced.

This is the height of barbarism. We don’t have any party to express our concerns. So, the people have no option but to block roads and go on strike. Now, the government will use force to demolish our campaign. For the past 47 years, they have kept us confined by dividing us on sectarian lines”, said a protester.

In Rawalakot city, people came out onto the streets to protest against the discriminatory surge in load shedding hours.

The protest was organised by the Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP), which claimed that the PoK produces some 5,000 mega watts of electricity from five dams and 4500 Megawatts of that electricity is diverted to the Islamabad grid leaving the local people with just 500 Megawatts.

Sardar Liaqat Hayat, President of JKNAP, said, “We people are paying hefty bills despite having hours long load shedding. We all need to come onto the streets to protest for our right to free electricity. We need to give sacrifices as nothing comes free. Those who are getting everything free are the `moulvis’ sitting in a mosque. Ordinary people have to fight for their rights”.

The JKNAP has threatened to intensify its protest against Islamabad if their demands are not met.

It also blames Pakistan for exploiting resources from PoK and being responsible for the poverty and underdevelopment in the region.

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LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

The Indian Army initiated the purchase of 15 indigenously designed and built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The IAF will take ten helicopters, and the army five.

LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

The Indian Army initiated the purchase of 15 indigenously designed and built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The IAF will take ten helicopters, and the army five.

Designed and developed for airborne operations in support of ground troops at high altitudes, it was unofficially named as ‘Tiger Bird’ perhaps inspired from its exceptional high agility and the logo painted on the prototype.

HAL sources say that the cost of each LCH will be Rs 231 crore the total cost which amount at Rs 3,465 crore. However, the overall cost for 179 LCHs, at current prices, adds up to Rs 41,350 crore.

These “limited series production” LCHs would be built in HAL's Tumkur plant near Bangalore. e army has committed to buy 114 LCHs while the Air Force will buy 64 of these state-of-the-art gunships.

The need for a combat helicopter became apparent during the Kargil conflict, when Indian soldiers had to attack enemy position on 15,000 feet-high mountains with little fire support, except from long-range artillery guns and rockets. It was decided then to develop an attack helicopter to support high-altitude operations.

This resulted in the LCH, a 5. 5-ton helicopter powered by two Shakti engines, custom-developed by French engine maker, Turbomeca, to drive helicopters up to altitudes above 6,000 metres or 20,000 feet. A feat which is currently unmatched by any attack helicopter in the world.

Armed with a 20-millimetre turret gun, 70-millimetre rockets, air-to-air and anti-tank guided missiles, the LCH can pour fire onto enemy positions, easing their capture by Indian infantrymen who can carry only limited weaponry in those rarefied altitudes.

LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in forward bases at Siachen, 5,400 metres (17,700 feet) above sea level. The helicopter participated in IAF’s “Iron Fist 2016” exercise in March 2016 and displayed its rocket firing capabilities in its weaponised configuration,” said a HAL release on Friday.

The LCH has a narrow fuselage, with two pilots sitting in tandem in an armoured cockpit that protects them from bullets and shrapnel. The LCH’s flying technologies were tested on the Dhruv “advanced light helicopter” (ALH), which is a mainstay of the army’s aviation wing.

The features that are unique to LCH are its sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crash-worthy landing gear, tandem cockpit, self-sealing fuel tanks, hinge-less & bearing-less main rotor, integrated dynamic system, an intelligent, all-glass cockpit and aerofoil shaped stub wings for weapons, armour protection, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protection and low visibility features which make the LCH "lethal, agile and survivable.

This tender comes on the heels of another the IAF sent HAL on Wednesday, for the supply of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft — an order worth some Rs 33,000 crore.

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Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers, along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today, officials said.

The firing took place around 1215 hours, an Army officer said.

Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers, along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today, officials said.

The firing took place around 1215 hours, an Army officer said.

In the sudden firing, an Army Major and three soldiers were killed, the officer said.

Indian troops were retaliating effectively, the officer said.

Further details are awaited, he added.

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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

Program Technically on Track, But Will Logistics and Finances Ground New Russian Superfighter?

Russia’s contribution to the 5th Generation of air combat super-fighters moved ahead tangibly in early December with the successful flight of the first Sukhoi Su-57 using its new, upgraded Izdeliye-30 turbofan engine.

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

Program Technically on Track, But Will Logistics and Finances Ground New Russian Superfighter?

Russia’s contribution to the 5th Generation of air combat super-fighters moved ahead tangibly in early December with the successful flight of the first Sukhoi Su-57 using its new, upgraded Izdeliye-30 turbofan engine.

The first successful test flight with an Su-57 using the new Izdeliye-30 took place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The 17-minute test flight by Sukhoi chief test pilot Sergei Bogdan was launched from the M. M. Gromov flight test center, in Zhukovsky, Russia about 25 miles outside of Moscow.

The new engine replaces the former NPO Saturn Izdeliye 117, also referred to as the AL-41F1. These original Izdeliye 117s were reported to be underpowered for the Su-57s 55,116 pound reported take-off weight. The Izdeliye 117 was never meant as a permanent powerplant for the Su-57 and its use drew criticism, some of it unwarranted, from western analysts.

The new Izdeliye 30 engines increase the Su-57 thrust to 11,000 kg without afterburner and 19,000 kg in afterburner according to reports. The engines also have fewer components and resulting lower maintenance costs and reduced maintenance schedule. The engine is claimed to have better fuel economy. As with most modern Russian fighters, the Izdeliye 30 is a thrust-vectored engine and has supercruise capability, enabling the Su-57 to fly at supersonic speeds without afterburner achieving longer range and better fuel economy at high speeds. Claims for higher efficiency published by subject matter expert Piotr Bukowski suggest the new engines are “17 to 18 percent more efficient than the [older] 117 engines. As Bukowski pointed out in his recently updated reference book on Russian aircraft, “Russia’s Warplanes, Volume 1”, there was no definition offered for the what the specifics of “more efficient” meant in terms of performance.

One area many analysts have missed in terms of advantages for the Su-57 is cost. The price tag of an Su-57 is quoted as approximately $54M USD. If accurate, those costs are roughly one-third to one half the cost of the two operational U. S. fifth generation fighters, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II. Perhaps even more significantly, the Su-57 is also half the cost of China’s unusual looking J-20 Mighty Dragon 5th gen. fighter. China is also testing the J-31 Gyrfalcon, a 5th generation aircraft more intended for export than the Chinese point-defense J-20. Oddly, there do not appear to be any accurate published estimates of cost for the J-31, likely due in part to the degree of Chinese state subsidy of the program for any prospective buyers, a number influenced heavily by diplomatic and commercial relationships with China.

There has been a consistent populist trend of “bashing” or somehow diminishing the capability and progress of the Su-57/PAK FA program in western media. st western criticism of the Su-57 program has been centered on the logistics of the program and its lack of commercial export success. While those factors are real, they miss the key insight that the Su-57 could emerge as a highly capable Gen 5 fighter platform at a third the cost of its contemporaries. This lower-cost business model for Su-57 could facilitate the historical Russian penchant for subverting quality to quantity on the battlefield. Not to suggest that the Su-57 is somehow inferior to other 5th gen aircraft, it may not be, but if the financial capability to field twice as many Su-57s as F-35s exists, this numerical superiority represents an interesting strategic argument for the new Russian combat aircraft.

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Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness, Abbasi said.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but its desire for peace must not be construed as its weakness, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today said as he vowed to make the country's seaward defence "impregnable".

Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness, Abbasi said.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but its desire for peace must not be construed as its weakness, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today said as he vowed to make the country's seaward defence "impregnable".

He was addressing the 108th Midshipmen and 17th Short Service Commission Course passing out parade at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Radio Pakistan reported.

It is the government's resolve to make all resources available to Pakistan Navy so the country's seaward defence becomes "impregnable", and promotion of blue economy, he said.

Pakistan Navy is rapidly developing its indigenous capabilities and pursuing it with greater vigour," he added.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness," he said.

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A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

The U. S.

by Chinmaya R.

What the world witnessed in the past few days at the United Nations, on a resolution demanding that the U. S. rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was an unprecedented display of the arrogance of power.

A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

The U. S.

by Chinmaya R.

What the world witnessed in the past few days at the United Nations, on a resolution demanding that the U. S. rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was an unprecedented display of the arrogance of power. Never before in the history of the UN has a member state threatened, so publicly and so inelegantly, fellow member states with dire consequences if they did not fall in line with its position as the U. S. did. It should not come as a surprise if in the coming weeks and months the U. S. loses an election to one of the UN organisations, just as Britain lost its bid to a seat on the International Court of Justice, and for the same reason. The member states are not willing to put up any longer with the hubris of the Permanent Five.

The Jerusalem issue is easily the most contentious one between the the Palestinians and the Israelis. There are other issues such as borders, sharing of waters, refugees, security, and so on. None of them is amenable to easy answers, but the Jerusalem problem is the most sensitive. Any attempt to unilaterally change its status will kill the peace process.

U. S. President Donald Trump has obviously given priority to nourishing his core domestic constituency rather than worry about the concerns of his close allies, all of whom voted against the U. S. except Canada — though it did not side with its powerful neighbour and simply abstained.

The immediate international reaction to Mr. Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was rather muted. Instead of condemning it, most voiced concern at the negative impact it would have on the peace process. Even several Arab countries were not very vocal in their criticism. But soon, the Arab street asserted itself and forced the governments to take a more robust position. Egypt seems to have played a lead role in this. It drafted a resolution which avoided mentioning the U. S. by name; that would have made it difficult for Britain and others to support the draft. After the veto in the Security Council, Egypt and Turkey lost no time in bringing the matter to an emergency session of the General Assembly, where there is no veto.

In all, 172 member states cast their votes. This means 21 countries did not vote at all. A few of them seem to have lost their right to vote because of arrears in payment of their mandatory dues to the organisation. The resolution passed with 128 votes in favour, a comfortable two-thirds majority. Nine voted against, and 35 abstained. The U. S. threat might have worked both ways.

It would be interesting to watch how the presidential threat works out in practice in the case of Pakistan which voted against the U. S. Among India’s neighbours, Bhutan abstained. This might be explained either by its desire to demonstrate its independence from India or not to alienate the U. S.

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