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Indian Air Force to Conduct Country-Wide War Exercise ‘Gaganshakti 2018’

Country-wide IAF exercise to prepare for the two-front threat posed by China, Pakistan.



NEW DELHI: An all-encompassing coordinated and composite exercise named Gaganshakti is being conducted by the IAF from 08-22 Apr 18. The aim of this exercise is real-time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a short & intense battle scenario.

During Gaganshakti IAF will exercise the entire machinery to validate its concept of operations and war-waging capability.

With each successive exercise, the lessons learnt in the previous exercises and doctrinal precepts are put to test, for developing new concepts. This year the IAF has planned tactics that will be tested in a real time scenario.

“Pan India Exercise from 08-22 Apr 18, to hone the skills of Airwarriors, to strike Adversaries’ Targets, Practice Air Support & Joint Ops with the sister services by Day & Night. Missions would be conducted in a near Real time scenario,” read a tweet from the Air Force:

Concepts of accelerated operations, Network Centric Operations, long-range missions with concentrated weapon releases across all air to ground ranges in India, inter-valley troop transfer, flexible use of airspace, Joint Maritime Air Operations with the Indian Navy, Joint Operations with the Indian Army, simulated Combat Search and Rescue for effective extraction of downed aircrew behind enemy lines, Special Operations with Garuds, Mass Casualty Evacuation from highway and ALG Operations, to name a few, would be tested.

It is for the first time that efficacy and integration of LCA in the operational matrix of the IAF is planned. The logistics stamina of the IAF and the ability to sustain continuous operations through day & night would be put to test.

Efficient exploitation of combat support assets, including the use of enablers like AWACS, AEW&C, FRA, Transport aircraft and ISR assets forms an integral part of the exercise. Special operations employing transport aircraft and helicopter as well as Special Forces have been planned during the exercise.

The IAF will utilize this opportunity to validate new strategies and tactics, especially to validate recently inducted or upgraded assets and equipment.

While it is an IAF centric exercise, it is planned to be executed keeping in mind the “Joint Operational Doctrine”. The requirements of the other services are being met and the same has been factored while planning the exercise settings. Joint operations, including CSFO, Airborne Ops, Air Landed Ops and Maritime Ops, have also been planned.

Apart from wartime drills, IAF will also practice and validate various Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief drills that the IAF is expected to undertake from time to time. Some such measure would involve mobilization of Air Ambulance version of transport aircraft and helicopters to airlift simulated sitting and bedridden casualties to metros/big cities having good medical facilities and would include evacuation of casualties from highways that facilitate such operations.

Full spectrums of operations are planned by IAF with a special focus on `Network Centric Operations’, and ‘Effect Based Operations’.

This exercise is aimed at coordinating operations, maintenance and administrative responses to achieve the stated objectives of the Indian Air Force, in case of any contingency.

This exercise will hone the war fighting skills of the air warriors in a real time scenario thus affirming the IAF’s role as the cutting edge of our nation’s military capability.

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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). 



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.



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.



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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