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India Successfully Flight-Tests Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos

The missile, which is the result of an Indo-Russia joint venture, can fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.

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Pokhran (Rajasthan): India on March 22 successfully flight-tested the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from  Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range. The missile, which is the result of an Indo-Russia joint venture, can fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.

The range of the BrahMos missile can be further extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR in 2016.

Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) Nirmala Sitharam congratulated the DRDO, the Armed Forces and Defence Industry for the successful flight test through a tweet:


She said that the successful test will further bolster India’s national security.

The successful test comes after the recent milestone for Brahmos, which was in November, flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

The air-launched variant of the BrahMos was test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force. The BrahMos missile has been jointly developed with Russia and is named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.

The seeker technology, which determines the accuracy of a missile, is a closely guarded secret. Mastering it is a significant milestone in missile technology and would reduce import dependence.

BrahMos is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.

Its range was initially capped at 290 km as per obligations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Since India’s entry into the club, the range has been extended to 450 km and the plan is to increase it to 600km.

The Army and Navy have already inducted the missile, while the air-launched version was test-fired for the first time last year from a modified Su-30MKI aircraft.

Efforts are on to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region. The supersonic cruise missile was the last test-fired in November 2017 from the Indian Air Force’s fighter, Sukhoi-30MKI.

BrahMos was also showcased at the Dubai Air Show last year where it generated a lot of buzz among the participating nations.

What is BrahMos –

BrahMos is a medium range ramjet supersonic cruise missile.

It can be launched from the land, air and the sea.

It is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and  Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia.

The word BrahMos is a portmanteau of rivers Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.

It boasts of a speed of Mach 2.8 to 3.0, making it the fastest anti-ship cruise missile in the world.

Its speed is now being upgraded to Mach 5.0

It was inducted into service in 2006 and is used by the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy.

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Indian Army Sailors Bag Seven Spots for Asian Sailing Championship

AYN sailors are assured to represent the country in minimum three categories (470, Laser standard and RSX). 

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CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu): Army Yachting Node (AYN) sailors bagged seven out of the possible eight spots for Asian Sailing Championship (ASC) to be held from June 24 to 30 in Indonesia.

The trials were conducted for 470, Laser Standard, RSX and 49er class of boats in the Senior category. In Laser Standard, Vishnu Saravanan and Mohit Saini were selected, Atul Lande and CHS Reddy and Ayaz Shaikh and Mahesh Yadav made it in 470 (Pair), while in RSX (Windsurf) Jerome Kumar and Manpreet Singh were selected.

In 49er (Pair), Narender Singh and SR Rout made it to the team. Yachting Association of India’s (YAI) selection trial for selecting the best two teams for representing the country in Asian Games were held at Chennai from April 17 to 22.

The best sailor in each class at ASC will represent the country in Asian Games.

AYN sailors are assured to represent the country in minimum three categories (470, Laser standard and RSX).

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President Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards to Our Real Heroes

The PVSM and AVSM are awarded to officer for distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented the Kirti Chakra posthumously to CRPF Commandant Pramod Kumar and Army havildar Giris Gurung, who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

Kumar, from the 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, succumbed to the injuries he received while fighting militants in Srinagar in August 2016.

Gurung, from the 4th Battalion of the Gorkha Rifles, also succumbed to his injuries while fighting terrorists in Kupwada district of Jammu and Kashmir.

During the defence investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president also presented the Shaurya Chakra posthumously to Major Kunal Gosavi of the Regiment of Artillery, and Lance Naik Raghubeer Singh of the Mahar Regiment, who made the supreme sacrifice in separate operations in November 2016 and February 2017, respectively.

Kovind presented the Kirti Chakra to Major Preetam Singh Kunwar of the Garhwal Rifles also. Shaurya Chakras were presented to Lance Naik Kashmir Singh, Subedar Shabir Ahmed, Assistant Commandant Vikas Jakhar and Sub-Inspector Mohammad Riyaz Alam Ansari of the CRPF.

While Lance Naik Deepak Ale and Havildar Rabindra Thapa of the Gorkha Rifles, Major Raj RV of the Grenadiers Regiment and Corporal Devendra Mehta of the Air Force were also presented with Shaurya Chakra.

Major Pradeep Shoury Arya, Paratrooper Manchu and Naik Narender Singh – all with the Special Forces – were also presented the Shaurya Chakra. Kirti Chakra is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy” while Shaurya Chakra is awarded for “gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy”.

Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) was awarded to 13 officers including Lt Gen Sarath Chand, the vice-chief of the Indian Army; Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Northern Command; Vice Admiral Abhay Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

Lt Gen Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, along with two other officers, were awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (UYSM). Sandhu is the Commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, responsible for anti-militancy operations in the Valley.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Lt Gen Lalit Kumar Pandey were presented Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (Bar to AVSM). Ranbir Singh was the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) when the surgical strikes were conducted across the Line of Control in September 2016. The AVSM was presented to 26 officers of the three armed services.

The PVSM and AVSM are awarded to officer for distinguished service of the most exceptional order while UYSM is awarded to officers for distinguished service of the exceptional order.

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Newly Created 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter Inaugurated in Jalalpur

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar hoped that more local youth would be motivated to join the security forces, specially ITBP.

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The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh taking salute, during the inauguration of the several projects, at the ITBP 6th Battalion HQs, at Chhapra, in Bihar on April 22, 2018. (PIB Photo)

JALALPUR (Bihar): Newly built 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter of Jalalpur in Bihar has been inaugurated by Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar today.

Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy. Chief Minister, Bihar, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MP, Janak Ram, MP, Om Prakash Yadav, MP and many MLAs and MLCs were present on the occasion.

R K Pachnanda, DG ITBP welcomed the eminent guests and described the efforts being made by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the modernisation of ITBP and efforts for improving working conditions for the force personnel.

Rajnath Singh lauded the ITBP for the duties performed by the elite force in the country and abroad and said that the ITBP has been working in the tough conditions of the Himalayan Region.

He also said that whenever any challenging task has been assigned to the ITBP, the Himveers have performed it honestly and extraordinarily.

The MHA has been continuously monitoring the process of providing modern equipment to the ITBP and government is looking forward to the welfare of families of the jawans and NOKs of the martyrs.

Singh hoped that with the establishment of newly built battalion in Chhapra will speed up the development process of the area and will be helpful in providing various job opportunities to the local youth.

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar said that establishing new ITBP Battalion in Chhapra is a new beginning in the development of the area. He promised ITBP for providing best possible support by the State Government.

Expressing happiness on the establishment of the ITBP Battalion in Chhapra, CM hoped that more local youth would be motivated to join the security forces, specially ITBP.

Terming the event historic, Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy CM said that the newly built campus of the ITBP will be a great resource for the local administration in the times of need.

Rajnath Singh also awarded 08 personnel of ITBP for bravery:

Rakesh Kumar, Dy. Commandant,
Inspector Jitender Kumar,
Head Constable Sukhdev Donkari,
Constable Mahesh Kumar, and
Constable Amit Negi

The above five have been awarded for gallant action against Naxals in Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh.

Head Constable Sujan Singh was awarded for brave firefight at Indian Consulate in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan while Head Constable Narendra Kumar and Constable Biman Biswas were awarded for saving the life of fellow mountaineer during Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition of the Force.

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