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    Ministry of Defence29-November, 2016 15:27 IST
    Troop deployment at Siachen Glacier

    The Siachen Glacier is divided in three parts i.e. Northern Glacier, Central Glacier and Southern Glacier. The tenure of soldiers deployed in these locations varies from three to five months based on complexity of the deployment location, sensitivity of the post and adverse effect on the health of the individual.
    In operation Meghdoot, from 1984 till 18.11.2016, 35 Officers and 887 JCOs / ORs have lost their lives. With effect from 1st January 2016, ex-gratia lump sum compensation of Rs. 35 Lakh is payable to the next of kin (Nok) on death of Army personnel occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions. In addition, other benefits such as liberalised family pension, death-cum-retirement-gratuity, etc. are granted as per extant rules.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Majeed Memon in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence29-November, 2016 15:26 IST
    Scorpene Submarine Data Leak

    On 24th August 2016, it was reported in an Australian newspaper “The Australian” that certain data relating to the Scorpene class Submarines was leaked. A Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Defence to enquire into the reported leak of documents. The Committee has submitted its report, which is under examination.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and others in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence29-November, 2016 15:30 IST
    Purchasing of Defence Equipment

    The equipment requirements of the Armed Forces are planned and progressed through a detailed process which includes 15 year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), a five year Service-wise Capability Acquisition Plan and a two year roll-on Annual Acquisition Plan. The capital procurement of defence equipment is carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). During the last two years and current year, 135 contracts with total value of Rs.1,91,018.78 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment such as micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), ships, missiles, frigates, rockets, simulators, aircraft, helicopters, radars and rifles.
    The Government has recently issued guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities, which include levy of financial penalties and suspension / ban on dealings with entities involved in wrong doings.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Derek O’ Brien in Rajya Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence02-December, 2016 14:29 IST
    Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft

    An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) has been signed in October 2007 between the Governments of India and the Russian Federation for joint development and production of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).
    The project is planned to be executed in two phases (i)Preliminary Design (PD) phase; and (ii)Detailed Design & Development Phase (Called R&D Phase).
    An amount of Rs.1609.41 crore has been sanctioned for PD phase. The PD phase contract was signed in December 2010. The work commenced in February 2011 and completed in June 2013. Negotiations for R&D contract between Indian side and Russians are on.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence02-December, 2016 14:30 IST
    Ultra Light Howitzers

    Under the terms of the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed with the US Government for supply of 145 ULH, 25 guns will be inducted in Fully Formed condition and the balance 120 guns will be assembled in India. Government has placed an indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for procurement of Qty. 114 155-MM Dhanush artillery guns.

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of integrated Tracked Self Propelled (SP) 155mm artillery guns on 26.02.2008.

    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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    114 Dhanush howitzers?
     
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    114 OFB DHANUSH 155/45 guns.
    Then 300 OFB DHANUSH 155/52 guns, it has successfully completed tests by OFB, next step is tests in all over India over varied conditions , then approval by Army and then User Trial Tests by Army , by the time this happens , OFB would have delivered 114 Dhanush 155/45 guns.
     
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    Ministry of Defence09-December, 2016 15:38 IST
    Procurement of Defence Weapons from USA

    Procurement of defence equipment is undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, including those from the USA, based on threat perceptions, operational challenges and technological changes and to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness to meet the entire spectrum of security challenges.
    During the last two financial years, 6 contracts have been signed with US vendors and the US Government for capital procurement of defence equipment.
    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Kulamani Samal in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Defence09-December, 2016 15:38 IST
    Nuclear Arsenal of Pakistan

    Government is aware of reports on the expansion of Pakistan’s capability for fissile material production for nuclear weapons, the expansion in its delivery system capabilities and purported development of tactical nuclear weapons. Government continues to monitor development in this regard and is committed to taking all necessary steps to safeguard national security and respond to any threat suitably and adequately.
    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri T. Radhakrishnan and others in Lok Sabha today.
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    Engagement of Maritime Forces of Friendly Nations

    The Government has taken various steps to engage maritime forces of friendly nations at multiple levels. The Indian Navy conducts staff talks with 18 navies and Executive Steering Group (ESG) meetings with two more. The Indian Coast Guard has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Coast Guards and maritime agencies of 5 friendly countries for combating transnational crime, sharing of search and rescue information and pollution response. In addition, Indian Navy also conducts hydrographic courses for personnel of friendly nations at National Institute of Hydrography (NIH), Goa, National Hydrographic office, Dehradun and onboard naval ships.

    A large number of initiatives have been undertaken by the Government to strengthen maritime and coastal security, which inter-alia include setting up of Joint Operation Centres, establishing a National Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (NC3I) Network, creation of a specialized force Sagar Prahari Bal and setting up chain of 46 static sensors for coastal security. All the above initiatives taken by the Government aim at protecting and utilizing the vast maritime resources for the development of the country.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel and Shri B.N Chandrappa in Lok Sabha today.

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    Indo-Russian Military Cooperation

    An Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Russian Federation on Defence Cooperation was signed on 28.01.1993. Another Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Program for Military and Technical Cooperation (MTC) 2011-2020 was signed on 7.12.2009. This agreement is effective for 10 years from 1.1.2011 to 31.12.2020.

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has signed agreements to procure spares with authorized Russian agencies, which include Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like URAL Optical and Mechanical Plant, OEM holding companies like Aerospace Equipment Corporation, AHC Sukhoi and United Engine Corporation.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Hukum Singh in Lok Sabha today.

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    Missing IAF Aircraft

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft on a routine sortie from IAF Station Tambaram to Port Blair went missing at 1225 hours on 22.07.2016 approximately 150 nm East of Chennai.

    A massive search operation ‘Op Talash’ was launched for search of the missing aircraft. A total of 18 Indian Naval ships, 01 submarine and 08 Indian Coast Guard ships were deployed for search of the missing IAF aircraft. A total of 301 ship days of search were undertaken by these ships. In addition 14 Indian Navy (IN) aircraft, 06 Indian Coast Guard aircraft and 10 IAF aircraft were deployed for the search wherein 290 sorties were flown, totaling approximately 1280 flying hours. Geological Survey of India vessel Samudra Ratnakar was also deployed to undertake sub-bottom profiling in the area and National Institute of Oceanography and Technology vessel Sagar Nidhi was deployed to carry out sea bed search using Remotely Operated Vehicle to a depth of 3000m. National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad was requested for high-resolution satellite image of area around datum. Indigenous satellite such as CARTOSAT 2A & 2B which have a resolution of 0.8m were also used for satellite imagery. However, no concrete evidence with respect to missing IAF AN-32 aircraft has emerged.

    Assistance of the United States and the Russian Federation Navy was taken for the search of the missing IAF AN-32 transport aircraft. However, no results correlating to the missing IAF aircraft were reported.

    All transport aircraft and helicopters of IAF undertaking maritime operations have now been equipped with Underwater Locating Beacon (ULB). Phasing out of aircraft and their replacement with new generation aircraft depends upon the national security / strategic objectives and operational requirements of the defence forces and is reviewed by the Government from time to time. This is a continuous process.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. P. Venugopal in Lok Sabha today.

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    Missile Testing Centre

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has planned to set up a long range missile testing centre, including launch pad at Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Proposal is at an initial stage. Proposal for requirement of land has been taken up with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Konakalla Narayana Rao in Lok Sabha today.

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    Appointment of Agents by Foreign Defence Firms

    Since 2006, the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) has had provisions which require foreign vendors to disclose full details of any person, party, firm or institution engaged by them for marketing of their equipment in India, either on a country specific basis or as a part of a global or regional arrangement. These details include the scope of work and responsibilities that have been entrusted with the said party in India and are required to be submitted in the format prescribed in the DPP. Under DPP 2016, conditions for appointment of an Agent by vendors have been elaborated. This has been done with a view to ensure transparency and probity in defence procurements.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in Lok Sabha today.

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