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Reserve right to strike at terror source, says Army chief Naravane in clear warning to Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Indian Army chief General MM Naravane said on Tuesday India reserves the right to pre-emptively strike at sources of terror threat if Pakistan does not stop state-sponsored terrorism.

The newly-appointed army chief said a strategy of “resolute punitive response” has been evolved to tackle cross-border terrorism.

“The Pakistan army’s proxy war design received a setback due to elimination of terrorists and decimation of terror networks (by India),” said General Naravane.

“Multiple options across the spectrum of conflict are on the table to respond to any act of terror sponsored or abetted by Pakistan,” he said, hours after taking charge as the Chief of Army Staff.

In a strong signal to Pakistan, Gen Naravane said India is prepared to tackle any threat.

“Our neighbour is trying to use terrorism as a tool of state policy, as a way of carrying out a proxy war against us while maintaining deniability. However, this state can’t last long, as they say, you can’t fool all the people, all the time,” Gen Narvane said.

“As far as the situation on the LoC is concerned, it is what it was in the recent past. There are ceasefire violations, we are aware that there are terrorists on the other side in various launchpads waiting to cross over but we are fully prepared to meet this threat,” he said.

“We have a strong counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist grid which we keep modifying as per the input we receive and we are fully prepared to tackle any eventuality,” added.

Gen Naravane, who succeeded Gen Bipin Rawat, had served as vice-chief of the army before taking charge of the 1.3 million-strong force on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast in his 37 years of service.

He has also headed the force’s Eastern Command that takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China. He also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front.

Gen Bipin Rawat, who retired on Tuesday as the army chief, is set to take over as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

First Night Trial of Nuclear Capable 'Agni-II' Missile Successful

BALASORE (Odisha), Nov 16: India on Saturday conducted successfully the first night trial of 'Agni-II', its versatile surface-to-surface medium range nuclear capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast, defence sources said.

The missile has a strike range of 2000 km, the sources said soon after it blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), the sources said.

'Agni-II', an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the armed forces. A defence official said this was the first time that the sophisticated missile was testfired at night.

The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the down range area of Bay of Bengal, DRDO sources said.

The 20-metre long two stage ballistic missile has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km, the sources said.

The two stage missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system, was guided by a novel state-of- the-art command and control system and propelled by solid rocket propellant system, the Defence official said.

The 2000 plus km range surface to surface missile has already been inducted and is part of countries arsenal for strategic deterrence. It was launched as a regular exercise undertaken by the armed forces, he said.

Saturdays test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

'Agni-II' was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory along with other DRDO laboratories and integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad, the sources said.

'Agni-11' is part of the Agni series of missiles which includes Agni-I with a 700 km range, Agni-III with a 3,000 km range, Agni-IV and Agni-V both having long range capabilities.

The first testfiring of the proto type of Agni-II missile was carried out on April 11, 1999. On May 17 2010, the trial of nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km was conducted by the Special Strategic Command Force (SSCF) from the ITR before it was made operational by the Army.

The last trial was conducted on February 20, 2018 from the same base.

MKU introduces Bullet Proof Jackets conforming to new BIS standards

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Oct 15: MKU, a leading manufacturer of electro-optic devices and ballistic solutions, recently participated in the India Defence & Security Expo (IDSE) 2019 at IIT Delhi organized by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

The objective of IDSE was to showcase India’s capabilities, innovations and latest technologies in defence, as well as to hold discussions and deliberations on key issues with participation of all stakeholders.

This is the first time the Industry witnessed the participation of Indian Defence Forces under Ministry of Defence and CAPFs under Ministry of Home Affairs together on a single platform.

MKU is focused on technological advancements and capacity building in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Prime Minister. While MKU products are already being used by 230 forces in over 100 countries, the company is focused on increased indigenization to add a large gamut of home grown force multiplier solutions that enhance the night fighting capabilities and also provide a wider shield of protection to the soldiers, platforms and future soldier systems for the next gen soldier.

At a recent public gathering in Nasik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, acknowledged the industry efforts in boosting Defence Exports and exporting world class Made-in-India Bullet Proof Jackets to over 100 countries. As a Defence Industry participant and a manufacturer/exporter of Bullet Proof Jackets, MKU’s Director Gupta, acknowledged that this has been made possible due to the favourable policies of the current government.

Under the able leadership of Rajnath Singh the industry is seeing a wind of change. Industry acknowledged the support provided by the government towards accelerating defence exports. A key game changer was the help for private industry provided by defence attaches in marketing efforts.

Another laudable effort of the Government is the launch of India’s own Body Armor Standards by BIS. The committee under the leadership of SK Saraswat was instrumental in promulgating the BIS standards IS 17051:2018 for Bullet Proof Jackets, making India the fourth country in the world to have its own standards for this product.

Few of the major benefits of the new BIS Standards for BP Jackets are that it is based on Indian End User requirement and it is commonly being adopted by all forces including Armed Forces, CAPFs and State Police forces. These standards are finding wide acceptance throughout the forces within India as well as neighboring countries as the threat scenarios are similar in nature. Acceptance of standards by these countries will lead to a spurt in demand for the same adding to export potential.


Air Force leads massive ops to reach AN-32 crash site in Arunachal
Air Force leads massive ops to reach AN-32 crash site in Arunachal



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