Tarmak007 -- A bold blog on Indian defence

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Engineer turns author by chasing an idea from cricket field to hangar

When you chase your dreams, chase them hard. That's the story flying out of the Aviation Capital this winter.
Krishna Murari is 53 now. The soft-spoken mechanical engineer, hailing from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, has been working in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the last 28 years.
What makes him different from other plane people in HAL is his passion for writing, an addiction he fell into at a very young age.
Today, he is the proud author of the book "Impact of leadership styles on employee empowerment,' published by Partridge India.
Full report here: http://bit.ly/1I7ZhR6

AAD interceptor missile test-fired successfully, claims DRDO

Friday, November 13, 2015

P-8I Sqn dedicated to nation

Snapshots from INS Rajali, Arakonam, during the dedication of the first Sqn of P-8I Poseidon (INAS 312A). Pix: IN | Report: http://bit.ly/1Mc2Jhy 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Indian Army settles for silver during Cambrian Patrol

Indian Army's 3/4 Gorkha Rifles settled for silver medal during the prestigious Exercise Cambrian Patrol held at the United Kingdom recently.
Interestingly, last year the Indian Army's team of 8 Garhwal Rifles clinched the Gold Medal during last year's Exercise Cambrian Patrol. There were over 140 teams from all over the world in 2014.In 2010, Indian Army's team of 4/9 Gorkha Rifles had won the gold medal in the same event.
The 8 Azad Kashmir Regiment of Pakistan Army is among the seven teams who won this year's gold medal.
Read full report here: http://bit.ly/1SlRFA5

Monday, November 9, 2015

Army test-fires Agni-IV

#Agni-IV tested by Army successfully at about 9.45 am today meeting all mission objectives.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Snapshots from Gateway of India: INS Chennai & INS Viraat

On a trip to Elepahnta Caves from Gateway of India, Tarmak007 follower Kaushik Chakraborty, a student, clicked these lovely photos of INS Chennai and INS Viraat recently. These photos were shot using a Fujifilm finepix S4500 camera and interestingly from a ferry. I've watermarked all photos in Kaushik's name so that he gets all the credit.
The photos have been shared after Kaushik answered all queries posed by Tarmak007 (to confirm authenticity), satisfactorily.
Good work Kaushik!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Here it is! All about OROP notification

(Unedited release)

The Government today issued the notification regarding  implementation of 'One Rank One Pension' in respect of Defence Forces  personnel.
Defence Forces of India have a rich history and tradition of bravery and gallantry. Defence forces have not only defend our borders with exemplary courage and valour but have also performed with fearless attitude and empathy in natural calamities and other trying circumstances. Government of India recognizes and respects their contribution.
The issue of One Rank One Pension was a long standing   demand. Defence Forces had been demanding it for almost four decades but the issue could not be resolved. However, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had made a commitment to implement it for the welfare of the ex-servicemen. Accordingly the Government had announced modalities for implementation of OROP on 05.09.2015.  The Government Order by Ministry of Defence, which could not be issued due to model code of conduct, has been issued today.
Salient features of the OROP as stated in the Order are as follows: 
I.To begin with, pension of the past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of calendar year 2013 and the benefit will be effective with effect from 1.7.2014. 
II.Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners on the basis of the average of minimum and maximum pension of personnel retiring in 2013 in the same rank and with the same length of service. 
III.Pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected. 
IV.Arrears will be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. However, all the family pensioners, including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pensioners, and Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment. 
V.In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.
* Personnel who opt to get discharged henceforth on their  own request under Rule 13(3)1(i)(b),13(3)1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively.
* The Govt. has decided to appoint a Judicial Committee to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months.  
* Detailed instructions along with tables indicating revised pension for each rank and each category, shall be issued separately for updation of pension and payment of arrears directly by Pension Disbursing Agencies. 
The previous Government had made a budget announcement to implement the OROP and made a provision of Rs 500  Crore.   The present Government undertook the task earnestly and realized that the actual additional annual expenditure would be eight to ten thousand crore at present and will increase further in future.   Notwithstanding the financial constraints, true to its commitment the present Government has issued the Government order to implement the OROP in true spirit.

OROP finally, notification issued

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Army test-fires BrahMos successfully in Pokhran

Indian today successfully conducted the test firing of BrahMos land-attack cruise missile against a designated target at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, demonstrating the weapon's supreme operational capability.The missile was test launched by a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) deployed in full configuration. "The test-fire, carried out in the user-deployment configuration by trained Army personnel, met all the mission objectives," A BrahMos release said.
"The missile system, the most lethal and potent weapon system for precision strike available with Indian Army, has proved again its effectiveness in today's successful launch," says Sudhir Mishra, BrahMos Aerospace boss. http://bit.ly/1Nib94P

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Indo-Russian joint mil Ex-Indra

Indian and Russian Armies would be conducting a joint military exercise as a part of a continuing series of annual joint exercises under the banner 'Exercise INDRA-2015'. A 250 member strong Russian Army contingent would arrive in Bikaner for INDRA-2015 for the joint exercise to be held with the Indian Army from 07 November to 20 November 2015.  Exercise INDRA-2015 is the seventh edition in a series of bilateral exercises under this banner. The joint exercise this year would focus on 'Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate'. (Source: Army)

Debris of crashed Pawan Hans copter recovered

Pix: ICG

ADE-built UAV of the Indian Army crashes near Pokhran in Rajasthan owing to technical snag, reports @PTI_News

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Orange to add teeth to India’s gen-next weapon systems

Future missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India will be tested for their Radar Cross Section (RCS) measurements at the recently-opened facility codenamed Project Orange (open range) in Dundigal near Hyderabad.
Orange is a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) project operated by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Research Centre Imarat (formerly RCI). It is being developed as a national facility for RCS measurements, which is capable of enhancing the stealth features of India’s gen-next weapon systems.
Giving exclusive details to OneIndia, an official said that Orange is capable of measuring RCS over a wide frequency band for various platforms. The facility was recently opened by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
“Orange can be used to test platforms currently in use by defence forces and those futuristic weapon systems under development. The facility presently covers frequency ranges in far field scenario and is capable of providing RCS measurements as well as onboard antenna characteristics,” the official, requesting anonymity, said.
The capacity of the pylon is capable of addressing the requirements of scale models, dummy mockups, operational light aircraft and even heavy fighter such as a Su-30MKI.
Many home-grown technologies incorporated
“The RCS measurement and calibration technique for the test range is based on RCI's two-decades-plus expertise in this domain. In addition to RCS measurements, the RF imaging capability of the range is capable of diagnosing the hot spots (prominent scattering centres) on a platform,” he said.
Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2088dRH

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nirbhay missile set for critical low-altitude trial; Sukhoi to chase

By https://twitter.com/writetake
Kochi, Oct 14: A Sukhoi (Su-30MKI) fighter will be on chase duties when the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) undertakes a crucial flight trial of the home-grown sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay.
Top military sources have confirmed to OneIndia on Wednesday that the third flight trial of Nirbhay will be scheduled on October 16 from Launch Complex-III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur (near Balasore) off Odisha coast.
As this piece goes live, the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) and Launch Authorization Board (LAB) meeting is underway.
An official said that this time the scientists are preparing the missile for a low-altitude flight, a challenging task. The missile will be likely to be brought down from around 4.8 km to 20 m.
"This time we are using a Sukhoi as a chase aircraft as it has long-endurance and can capture the flight parameters till the end,” an official said.
The current launch will be crucial for DRDO after the Modi government brought in changes on the top with a new Director General (Dr Selvin Christopher) and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister (Dr G Satheesh Reddy) taking charge.
The trial will be also a litmus test for ADE’s recently-appointed Director M V K V Prasad.
Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/1Laq6HV

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tejas in Sqn colours to fly during next IAF Day sky party: DRDO

By Dr Anantha Krishnan M
OneIndia News 
Bengaluru, Oct 08: A top official in Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said on Wednesday that ‘only time will prove the worth’ of the home-grown fighter – the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. 
Speaking to OneIndia on a day when the Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 83rd anniversary, the official said that the Tejas Squadron would corner all the glory at the AF Day Parade at Hindon, next year. 
“Tejas will be participating in Iron Fist in 2016 and will demonstrate the BVR (Beyond Visual Range) missile launching and stick bombing capabilities with tandem bomb carrier in swing role. We can certainly envisage Tejas to don the IAF colours during the IAF Day celebrations in 2016 with at least five aircraft. Only inducted platforms perform at AF Day celebrations,” the official said. 
He dismissed all anti-Tejas rant saying the worth of the fighter will be known only after it is produced in large numbers. “Let the machine do all the talking,” he said. 
More weapon trials in the next six months: To a query on the weapon trials, the official said that Tejas had completed hot weather trials on the trainer version during July this year. 
“All the system of LCA-AF trainer performed satisfactory during the trials at ambient of 48 degrees Celsius. Significant preparatory work for the balance weapon work has been carried out in this quarter and actual weapon deployment is planned over the next six months,” he added. 
When asked about the challenges being faced by the team now, the official cited the integrations of air-to-air refueling probe, supersonic drop tank and BVR missile integration with radar as examples. 
“The relevant flight tests for completion of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC), tops our agenda now. Towards this the design and development work has already been completed. The aircraft integration and flight testing is on schedule. The BVR is likely to get released with MMR (Multi-Mode Radar) integrated with quartz radome by March 2016,” he said. 
Squadron formation preparations in full swing: Around 60 per cent work towards the formation of the Tejas Squadron is completed at Bengaluru. 
“The O-Level training to IAF technicians has been completed. The air crew training on mission simulator is likely to be completed by November this year. About 70 per cent of GSE/GHE (Ground Support Equipment/Ground Handling Equipment) procurement is also completed,” he added. 
The technical publications and flight manuals have already been delivered to the IAF. Initially, the IAF has planned to operate the aircraft from Bangalore and then shift to the permanent Tejas Squadron base in Sulur (Tamil Nadu). 
The IAF too has taken up a series of modernization work at Sulur to welcome the new entrant into its fold. 
As reported by OneIndia during Aero India 2015, the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will have to deliver a total of 20 Tejas series production aircraft in the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) format and another 20 in the FOC mode. 
The Tejas Mk-2s would be powered by the GE 414 engine. In addition to a higher thrust engine, the Mk-2 would have the benefits of better performance, improved flight and mission systems and greater maintainability. 
Upgraded Tejas Mk1A will be more user-friendly: The official confirmed that the LCA MK1A would be an improved product with better maintainability to make it more user-friendly. 
“We are planning MK1As with enhanced survivability embedded with an integrated EW suite, which would give an improved sensor performance over Mk1s. This is planned for the larger number of aircraft intended by IAF,” the official, who chose not to be named, said. 
The official claimed that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given ‘a new direction’ to the project through an accelerated approach during his frequent interactions. He said 
HAL is geared up to roll out at least four series production aircraft by March 2016. 
The first of Series Production (SP-1) aircraft has already been handed over to IAF and another 19 more are expected from HAL to complete the MK1 production schedules in the IOC format. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IAF’s Aviation Toxicology Lab adds teeth to air crash investigations

IAM Commandant Air Commodore Deepak Gaur
By Anantha Krishnan M
OneIndia News
Bengaluru, Oct 07: India’s only Aviation Toxicology Laboratory (ATL) has gone live and kicking with state-of-the-art-facilities in Bengaluru.
Situated inside the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), a premier Indian Air Force (IAF) unit next to HAL Airport, the ATL has already developed protocols for evaluating 20 different drugs (molecules) which are required in aviation accident investigation.
The need for an ATL was felt soon after the Air India Express Boeing 737 crash in Mangalore, in May 2010, which killed 158 people onboard. A Court of Inquiry had blamed the pilot for the crash.
In an exclusive interview, IAM Commandant Air Commodore Deepak Gaur says that the ATL has the latest technology and expertise for the analysis of samples from air crashes in a highly refined manner.
“This laboratory was established with an objective to augment aircraft accident investigations. The lab also aims at improving flight safety by conducting exclusive scientific research in the field of aviation toxicology,” says Air Commodore Deepak, an MD in Aerospace Medicine.
The ATL is now refining the sample preparation techniques which will enable analysis of postmortem specimens from air crashes including blood, urine, muscle and other tissues.
Full report, here: http://bit.ly/1WN4juY

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I-Day Special: Gallantry awards & other decorations

See the full list here: http://bit.ly/1LcTHmx

Post 26/11, we are better prepared to take on the challenges: Vice-Admiral Lanba

INS Venduruthy (Kochi), Aug 14: India’s mission to build a Blue Water Navy is slowly and steadily receiving the impetus, thanks to a series of modernisation plans that have taken off in the last couple of years.
With the Indian Navy being in the forefront of backing indigenous efforts, compared to other wings of the Services, the last one year alone saw the addition of many assets comprising of war ships, submarines, aircraft carriers, patrol vessel, naval bases, marine stations and coastal radar chains to name a few.
In an exclusive interview to OneIndia on the eve of India’s 69th Independence Day, Vice-Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command (SNC), Kochi, said that post 26/11, the very dynamics of coastal security has changed in the country. Here are the highlights of the interview.
* SNC’s role in taking on the challenges of future
* More teeth to coastal security measures
* IUHDSS is a game-changer
* New safety SOPs come to play
* China’s increasingly bold posturing in the IOR monitored
Read the full interview, here: http://bit.ly/1hbIKVQ

Monday, August 10, 2015

BrahMos to be fired from Sukhoi by year end

Bengaluru, Aug 10: The air version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will be test-fired from a modified Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI) fighter during the end of this year. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) officials had earlier told OneIndia that the test will be held during March 2015. http://bit.ly/1uAXmhg
Speaking to OneIndia, BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said that post electrical and mechanical integration of the launcher, it is now being put through a series of quality tests.
“We have received the first modified Sukhoi from HAL in February and the aircraft undertook some flights fitted with the launcher. It has to carry the missile weighing around 2.5 tonnes. Currently, the launcher is undergoing stringent QTs (quality tests),” Sudhir Kumar said.
Read full report, here: http://bit.ly/1f3dpTe

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hypersonic BrahMos missile named after Guru Kalam

India will name its next-generation hypersonic version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile after former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. 
BrahMos CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra told OneIndia that the decision has been already taken to name the hypersonic version of the missile after Guru Kalam, whenever it is ready for induction.
“As you know the hypersonic version is a futuristic missile and we have already started the work on it. It is still on the drawing board stage. We thought it will be a fitting tribute to Guru Kalam by naming the missile after him. It was his dream that India develop hypersonic missiles,” Mishra said.
“The DNA for BrahMos was created by Guru Kalam. It was his idea. The soul of BrahMos is definitely Guru Kalam. We owe him a lot for the success of the missile. He convinced us that BrahMos was a possibility and we followed his vision,” Mishra said.
Full report, here: http://bit.ly/1IOsGPs
Also read my recent
reports on Guru Kalam

* The loyal aide: http://bit.ly/1JtZt1d
* Assets, royalties to go to elder brother: http://bit.ly/1eLfa7f
* Aides fight it out over social media accounts: http://goo.gl/jmHeQJ
* Wish we all worked together: http://bit.ly/1IPcj9K
* Family wants no controversies in his name: http://bit.ly/1Usnl8R
* Tribute to Guru Kalam: http://bit.ly/1DwNLCk

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tribute to my Guru; let the Kalam in us live on

This photo sent by Indian Army sepoy Renjith C, offers pranams to Guru Kalam. During his last visit to Bangalore, Renjith, a gifted artist, wowed the Missile Man with a life-like painting of him playing the veena. He was so impressed with the painting that he later tweeted Renjith’s story.
By Dr Anantha Krishnan M

Bangalore, July 31: Today is Guru Poornima – a special day for Indians, when one remembers, celebrates and honours teachers. It is only serendipity that I am writing a tribute to my Guru and the beloved teacher for millions of Indians - Dr A P J Abdul Kalam - on this auspicious day. For a shishya who has surrendered to his Gurus, this is perhaps the ultimate tribute that I can pay.
For many of my friends in the media, I have been the go-to man on Dr Kalam for years now. On the night of July 27, I was on a bus headed for Kerala, when I was flooded with calls inquiring about Dr Kalam’s well-being. 
Since there have been rumours about his health and I often clarified to the world that all was well with him, I wasn’t very perturbed. Yet, this time, I was beginning to become concerned as the number of calls and messages wouldn’t stop. 
By 7.30 pm, battling poor signal inside the bus, I was told by one of his close aides that Guru Kalam had left us. Like most of you, I too felt lost. Orphaned. I retreated into a shell, mourning and grieving the loss of my biggest wealth, who had taken the flight to eternity. I felt like my Mother had died again. 
The last few days have gone in a haze, me trying to hold on to my many memories; my interactions, my innumerable learnings, my disappointments when I couldn’t reach him at times and my excitement every time he said: “You fellow write well.”
As I sit to write a tribute on this Guru Poornima Day, it is serendipity again to recollect that my first face-to-face interview with Guru Kalam was again about a ‘guru’. He was in Bangalore following the demise of Prof Sathish Dhawan, who was the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation from in 1972 to 1984.
“I am going to talk about my guru. Only about him... Don't ask me about anything,'' this was how our first conversation started on January 5, 2002. The interview was arranged by Dr Kota Harinarayana, who was then heading the Tejas programme. 
Prior to this meeting, I would often bother Guru Kalam, calling his landline in New Delhi. And, honestly out of the hundreds of calls I made, I was lucky to get him on the line only a few times, most often with him politely disconnecting after learning that it was me, again. 
"I have lost my guru Prof Satish Dhawan. He taught me how to design a propeller for hovercraft in 1959. I am touched by his concern for others. His urged us to take the benefit of design and development to the common man who has contributed to the country. I will miss my guru,” Dr Kalam told me.
The interview appeared next day in The Times of India with the headline: “Kalam the student misses Dhawan the guru.” A week later, I got to know from Dr Kota that Guru Kalam loved the article and I had apparently made no mistakes, to his surprise! 
This was probably my first baby step into his heart. A scientist-journalist bond has just been born.
His first interview as the President: From 2002 to 2003, his confidence in me grew and he started accepting me as a ‘better writer.’ When his name was announced as the presidential candidate, I sent him a hand-written letter to Chennai. “Sir, when you become the President of India, I hope you will grant me the first interview,” I remember having written among other things.
In July 2002, when the paper boy from Rameshwaram logged into Rashtrapati Bhawan (RB), he launched a series of technology initiatives that opened up two-way communication with the common man. The efforts of V Ponraj, who was the Director (Technology Interface) of RB, was commendable.
Two months later, during his first visit to Bangalore, Guru Kalam kept his word and granted me his first ever interview as the President of India. After all the formalities and exchange of pleasantries, I had just five minutes to ask questions. Time: 8 am. Place: Raj Bhawan, Bangalore. “You email me the rest of the questions, I say. Okay?” he said. I still remember the then Governor T N Chaturvedi giving me an incredulous look. 
Five minutes, three queries with the Prez, read the next day’s headline. For the media world, the interview wasn’t just a scoop. It was a coup! 
The unofficial cake boy: On many of his birthdays, I have had the good fortune to carry the cake - often travelling from Bangalore to wherever he was. At the stroke of midnight, we would cut the cake in a simple function at some nondescript government guest house. Seeing me, he would say: “You have again come!!” There were instances when two cakes landed, one arranged by his aides and another from this self-appointed blue-eyed boy.
He always cut both the cakes, blew out both candles and ensured that his security guards also got their share. “I have begun another orbit around the Sun,” he would say in his inimitable way, the twinkle in his eyes unmistakable. 
Once, when I ordered for a cake in Kerala, the stunned cake shop owner refused to take money when I asked him to inscribe: “Happy B’day Dr Kalam.” When I told him that Dr Kalam doesn’t appreciate anything free, he halfheartedly accepted. 
During another birthday in 2011, in Coimbatore, I was again present with the cake. Next day, it was I who got a gift from the birthday boy, when he introduced me to everyone as: “Meet my friend from Bangalore. He is a periya writer,” bringing tears in my eyes.
When I lost my mother, Guru Kalam reminded me that I should make her proud by continuing with my writing mission. When I had a difference of opinion with my editor and wanted to quit a newspaper, he said: “Change will always make you stronger.” Those words have stayed on with me. When I earned a Doctorate in Journalism, he blessed me and said: “Your mother will be happy up there.”
In 2007, on the eve of Children’s Day (November 14), Guru Kalam and I sat well past mid-night at the Satyam Guest House in Hyderabad, giving last-minute touches to his dream e-paper, Billion Beats. 
During its televised launch in front of over lakh schoolchildren in Karminagar, Guru Kalam was excited to don another hat, this time as the Editor of Billion Beats. “Capture all the positive stories of Indians. I am tired of the negative news you fellows (media) give,” he would often say.
My last meeting with Guru Kalm was on June 25, 2015, at Raj Bhawan in Bangalore. He was happy to meet my adopted sister Dhanya Ravi, a 24-year-old, battling with Brittle Bones disease. He was delighted to meet Dhanya, who is always seated in a pram, and they chatted away like long-lost friends. 
When I touched his feet while leaving, he said: “I am proud of you. Serving special children is like serving God. God bless you.”
I am grateful to his long-serving Private Secretary R K Prasad, who always acted as a bridge between Guru Kalam and me. Prasad ensured that there’s always something refreshing that came out of the scientist-journalist bonding. 
There is a Abdul Kalam in all of us: As a journalist, I feel that we are a nation that applauds blindly. A nation that forgets easily. A nation that talks too much, but does too little. For Guru Kalam, can we not change? 
Remember, we are all blessed that we lived in an era that saw a simple man who walked the talk. He touched a chord in every one of us. We carried him in our hearts from the day we got to know him. 
There is a Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in all of us. If you think he died a happy man, I might disagree with you. He died a hopeful man. And, that hope is Me. You. Us. 
He will be a happy man only when we complete his assignment -- to make India a developed nation.
If Guru Kalam was with us today, he would have asked: “Now everyone, will you repeat with me? My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my Nation.” This is all that a karmayogi like Guru Kalam would ask of his beloved countrymen. 
Our time starts now!
I will miss you, Sir!

(Different formats of the above tribute have appeared on the
online editions of OneIndia and Mathrubhumi, English.)

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