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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:39 IST

    Dhruv Helicopters

    Advanced Light Helicopters, Dhruv exported to Ecuador have sustained a series of crashes out of seven Dhruv helicopters supplied to Ecuador, four have crashed during the period October 2009 to January 2015. Dhruv helicopters were operating normally until January 2015. Post crashes in January 2015, Ecuador suspended operation of Dhruv helicopters.
    HAL, on its own, deputed its experts to Ecuador in each case of accident. Ecuador Government constituted Court of Inquiry (CoI) in each case. Being the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), HAL also participated in the Court of Inquiry.
    Court of Inquiry reports which have been released by Ecuador Government have concluded the cause of first two accidents as below:
    FAE 604

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    Pilot Error
    FAE 601

    :

    Pilot Error
    Two other Court of Inquiry reports have not been released by Ecuador Government, citing confidentiality. However, from the Flight Data Recorders (FDR) records analysed by HAL as part of Court of Inquiry proceedings, the following causes of accidents have emerged:
    (i)

    FAE 603

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    Probable cause is PAO – Pilot Associated Oscillation (human error).
    (ii)

    FAE 605

    :
    Probable cause is “Failure of Tail Drive Shaft Attributed to Maintenance Lapse by Ecuadorian Team”.
    Ecuador Government has not formally communicated to HAL or its local representative in this regard. The accident reports released by the Ecuador Government point to pilot errors in the first two cases. HAL continues to pursue export of Dhruv helicopter in the light of enquires being received by the company. The following corrective measures have been taken:

    To increase the export potential in global market, HAL has approached European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Certification of ALH Dhruv helicopter.

    Long Term Onsite Maintenance Support for 3-5 years will be proposed in future contracts.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri B. Senguttuvan in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:37 IST
    Joint Military Operation with Russia

    No joint military operations have been conducted with Russia. However, Indo-Russia Joint Exercise INDRA was conducted from September 22 to 2 October, 2016 in Russia. The aim of the exercise is confidence building, experience sharing & assimilation of best practices between troops of the two nations.
    There are bilateral mechanisms, with Russia for enhancing defence cooperation; which includes the High level Monitoring Committee Meeting (HLMC): at the level of Defence Secretary, and the India Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) at the Ministerial level. Two staff talks between HQ IDS and General Staff of Armed Forces of Russian Federation and between Indian Navy and Russian Navy are also held to promote defence cooperation between armed forces of two sides.
    Ex INDRA NAVY is scheduled to be held at / off Visakhapatnam in December 2016. EX AVIAINDIA between the air force is also planned in 2017.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Venkatesh Babu TG in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:45 IST
    Defence Communication Network

    Defence Communication Network (DCN), country’s first Integrated Defence Network has been implemented and inaugurated on 30th June, 2016. The network interconnects major strategic and operational establishments of the Defence Forces.
    DCN will facilitate situational awareness and faster decision making amongst Defence Forces. The network provides voice, video and data services, enabling information sharing, speedier response and enhanced decision making. DCN has been provided with adequate bandwidth as per the technical and operational requirement to integrate state of the art communication equipment working on Internet Protocol based technology.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri C Mahendran in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:44 IST
    Maritime Security Cooperation

    INS Sumitra, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), visited Sydney, Australia during 4-7 November 2016. During this visit, INS Sumitra participated in “Festival of India” and undertook activities towards enhancing cooperation and mutual understanding between the two navies such as official calls, reception on board, ‘ship open to visitors’ and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies.
    Indian Navy regularly deploys ships, submarines and aircrafts to friendly countries on overseas deployment to important regions of the world. Such deployments support foreign policy objectives to build bridges of friendship and strengthen international cooperation, political and defence relations with the friendly countries. Under India’s Act East policy, Indian Navy ships and aircrafts are also regularly deployed to the friendly foreign countries in South East Asia, South China Sea and Western / South Pacific. The ships of the Eastern Fleet recently visited the region during the period May to July 2016.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Kunwar Haribansh Singh and others in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:43 IST
    Chief of Defence Staff

    Creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was recommended by Group of Ministers in 2001. A decision in this regard was to be taken after consultation with political parties. The consultation process however could not be completed because all political parties have not responded. Subsequently, Naresh Chandra Task Force on National Security has recommended creation of the post of Permanent Chairman Chief of Staff Committee in 2012. Both the proposals are simultaneously under consideration of the Government.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Maheish Girri and others in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:42 IST
    Quality of Ammunition

    Ordnance Factories manufacture ammunition as per the laid-down specifications, Drawings and Quality Assurance (QA) Plan. The ammunition is supplied after due testing and fulfilling required quality parameters. It is rendered unserviceable due to a number of factors as mentioned below:
    · Handling of ammunition during usage.
    · Conditions of storage of the ammunition.
    · Handling of ammunition during its transportation.
    · Expiry of the shelf life of its components.
    · Manufacturing defects; and
    · Design defects.
    A committee headed by Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) representative consisting of all stakeholders investigates all cases reported for defects by the user during exploitation and the remedial measures / corrective actions suggested by the committee are implemented.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri KN Ramachandran in Lok Sabha today.
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    Joint Advanced Technology Centre

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on 04th November 2016 to establish ‘Joint Advanced Technology Centre’ (JATC). The aims and objectives of JATC are as under:
    Aim: To facilitate and undertake directed basic and applied research in the focused areas of DRDO for defence and security needs, and emerge as a world-class Centre of Excellence.
    Objectives: To undertake and facilitate multidisciplinary directed basic and applied research in the identified research verticals:
    · Advanced Ballistics, Special Structures, and Protection Technologies;
    · Advanced Electromagnetic Devices and Terahertz Technologies;
    · Brain Computer Interface and Brain Machine Intelligence;
    · Photonic Technologies, Plasmonics and Quantum Photonics,
    · Smart and Intelligent Textile Technologies
    To collaborate with the academic researchers & faculties at IIT Delhi and other institutes in the country, industries and DRDO laboratories for creating new knowledge and translating them into cutting-edge technologies for defence.
    Major Terms and Conditions of MoU are as under:
    · IIT Delhi shall provide necessary space to DRDO within the Research Park of IIT Delhi.
    · A lease agreement between DRDO and IIT Delhi for a period of 25 years will be executed. This would be extendable beyond 25 years on mutually agreed terms.
    · DRDO will provide one-time financial support of Rs 45 Cr to IIT Delhi for civil construction and infrastructure to set up the JATC.
    · Technical facilities for JATC and their maintenance will be supported by DRDO through projects and technical activities. These assets will be the property of DRDO.
    · For initial five years, DRDO will provide grants to JATC in meeting its administrative and technical operational needs.
    · DRDO will also extend its test ranges, test and evaluation facilities, wherever required, in support of directed research at JATC.
    · IIT Delhi along with DRDO will be jointly responsible for the operations and performance of JATC in meeting its set objectives and vision.
    Likely Expenditure to be incurred for JATC: The government has sanctioned Rs.284.16 Cr for its civil construction, infrastructure, research projects and running cost for initial five years.
    JATC was sanctioned in October 2016. The Centre is likely to start functioning by 31st March 2017. DRDO has taken initiative to undertake and promote directed research in advanced technology areas in academic ambience.
    Centres of Advanced Technologies have been established in premier institutes in the country, like IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and Jadavpur University. Advanced technologies in identified thrust areas evolving through Centres shall be utilized in the development of futuristic defence systems.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri SR Vijayakumar and others in Lok Sabha today.
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    Work in Border Areas

    Government gives careful and specific attention to the development of infrastructure for the development of border areas in order to meet India’s strategic and security requirements as also to facilitate the economic development of these areas. Government does not allow foreign government and agencies to interfere with Government’s right to undertake economic development within India’s territory. Government keeps a constant watch on all development having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.
    There is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the border areas between India and China. From time to time, on account of differing perception of the LAC, situations have arisen on the ground that could have been avoided if we had a common perception of the LAC. Government regularly takes up any such situation along the LAC with the Chinese side through established mechanism including border personnel meeting, flag meetings, meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs and diplomatic channels.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Nityanand Rai in Lok Sabha today.
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    Defence Procurement

    The Dhirendra Singh Committee submitted its Report to the Government in July, 2015. The Committee made 43 recommendations, of which 16 recommendations were regarding Make-in-India and 27 recommendations were regarding Defence Procurement Policy.
    The Dhirendra Singh Committee recommendations have been suitably factored into the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016, which focuses on a boost to the Make-in-India initiative of the Government, by promoting indigenous design, development and manufacturing of defence equipment, platforms and systems.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri MB Rajesh in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence

    29-November, 2016 15:25 IST

    DRDO’s Protein Food for Jawans

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has made a research in production of protein food for the jawans posted in remote and isolated parts of the country keeping in view the present situation on our borders. DRDO has also developed various nutritious and protein-rich foods to cater the requirements of Service personnel deployed at high altitude and snow bound areas. The major protein food products developed by DRDO are : Protein-rich bars; Energy-rich bars; Protein-rich instant Halwa-mix, Upma-mix; and Protein-rich Chapattis.
    There is no food production unit in DRDO. However, after developing these products, production technologies have been transferred to various industries for bulk production.
    Development of nutritional food by DRDO for Armed Forces is an ongoing process based on their requirements and latest technological research in the area. Some of them are Processed Food Technologies/Products and Test Kits (Frozen Meat Test and Alfatoxin Detection Kits), etc.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri P Bhattacharya and Smt Rajani Patil in Rajya Sabha today.

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    29-November, 2016 15:23 IST

    Self Sufficiency in Defence Manufacturing

    The requirements of defence equipment for the Indian Armed Forces are met through both indigenous production and imports. During the last two financial years (2014-15 and 2015-16), 108 contracts with total value of Rs.1,12,736.81 crore have been signed for capital procurement of defence equipment, out of which 73 contracts involving a value of Rs.72,303.34 crore were signed with Indian vendors. During 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Defence Acquisition Council has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AON) to 114 capital procurement cases involving an estimated cost of Rs.2,25,022 crore of which 85 cases involving Rs.1,60,362 crore are under the ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Buy & Make’ categories.
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), an R&D Wing of Ministry of Defence, is primarily involved in design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems in the fields of armaments, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, radars, electronic warfare systems, sonars, combat vehicles, combat aircraft, sensors, etc., for the Armed Forces as per their specific Qualitative Requirements. DRDO also interacts with private companies and academia right from inception of the projects. Most of the DRDO developed technologies / systems are equivalent to or better than their counterparts worldwide.
    In so far as the self-sufficiency in Defence is concerned, various indigenously designed and developed weapon platforms, viz, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Akash Missile Systems, Multi Barrel Rocket System – Pinaka, MBT Arjun Tanks, Sonars, etc., have been successfully inducted into the Services.
    Government has launched the Technology Development Fund, accorded highest preference to ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ category of acquisition, and completely revised the ‘Make’ procedure in the Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP) in order to promote indigenous design, development and manufacturing through Indian defence industry. Apart from these, the Government has taken steps for liberalisation of the FDI policy & Industrial Licensing policy, simplification of export procedures, creating level playing field for Indian private and public sector companies and streamlining of offset guidelines, which are likely to result in greater impetus to defence research and innovation, and thus lead to self-sufficiency in defence in the country.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Rajani Patil in Rajya Sabha today.
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    29-November, 2016 15:23 IST

    Embraer Deal

    Embraer Deal was to purchase three modified aircrafts from M/s Embraer, Brazil for installation of DRDO developed mission system to develop indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System.
    There were media reports on alleged involvement of Agents in the deal. Therefore, DRDO asked for clarification from Embraer based on the media reports. Embraer, in their reply, admitted that they have entered into an Agreement with an Agency towards the Contract and that a sum of $5.76 Million was paid to the Agency. The same has been submitted to CBI for investigation.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri CM Ramesh in Rajya Sabha today.
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    29-November, 2016 15:29 IST

    Policy of Blacklisting Defence Firms

    Ministry of Defence has recently issued Guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities, which have come into effect from 21.11.2016. The Guidelines have also been put in public domain by uploading them on the website of Ministry of Defence (http://mod.nic.in/writereaddata/guideentities.pdf). The Guidelines lay down policy for levy of financial penalties and / or Suspension / Banning of business dealings with entities, seeking to enter into contract with / having entered into a contract for the procurement of goods and services by the Ministry of Defence.
    During the last three years, business dealings with six companies / entities have been put on hold and in respect of two other firms restricted procurement was permitted only if such procurements are justified and necessary on the basis of operational urgency, national security and non-availability of other alternatives.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Sarojini Hembram in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Any way to know that if Finmeccanica is officially blacklisted?
     
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    Ministry of Defence29-November, 2016 15:28 IST
    External threats through Sea Routes

    Post the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, there have been several inputs, emanating from multiple sources, indicating likelihood of terrorist attacks on coastal States / Union Territories, including the island territories, by using the sea route. These threats are assessed at regular intervals. Monitoring, review and assessment of the coastal security construct is an ongoing process and is undertaken on a periodic basis. National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS), under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, monitors the progress in respect of coastal security initiatives, any shortfall encountered, and decides on measures to plug the gaps. The Committee meets at least twice a year. The 14th meeting of the NCSMCS was held recently on 24th November 2016. A coastal security ring all along our coast is provided by Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. Other measures include improving surveillance mechanism, enhanced patrolling and joint operational exercises conducted on regular basis among Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs and others. Installation of radars covering the country’s entire coastline and islands is also an essential part of this process. Further, continuous review and monitoring mechanisms have been established by the Government at different levels including agencies and State / Union Territory authorities.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Meghraj Jain in Rajya Sabha today.
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