Archive | 2012

Army removes all TSD intel officers

In an unprecedented move, the Indian Army has posted out all the officers of the Technical Support Division, leaving the controversial intelligence unit without any leadership after year-long allegations of unauthorized phone taps and financial impropriety.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner crash blamed on crew

The inquiry into the crash of the Sukhoir Superjet 100 aircraft in Indonesia last May has reported that the crew were distracted by conversation in the cockpit and unfamiliar with the terrain, leading them to ignore Terrain Awareness Warning System alerts.

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6 troopers dead in J&K avalanche

Six Indian Army soldiers were killed when an avalanche hit their movement early Sunday morning in Sub Sector Hanif, Turtuk. One soldier is still missing.

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Upside of the Gorshkov boiler trouble

In hindsight, some officials are relieved that the boiler problems with the Gorshkov came up at this time, and not at a stage after the Indian Navy took charge of it.

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GE finally gets LCA engine order

The order, placed in October-end, is only for eight GE F-414 engines meant for design, development and integration onto the Light Combat Aircraft Mk II airframe. India had decided to order 99 of these engines in 2010.

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Defense Ministry moves to overhaul pensions

Defense Minister A.K. Antony directed orders to be issued by the end of this month for the payment of increased pensions for personnel who retired before 2006 at a cost of INR 2,300 crore, by March 31, 2013, which is expected to affected over two million veterans.

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IAI gets new India country manager

Reservist Colonel Eli Alfassi has earlier served as Israeli military attaché in India as well as the head of the Israeli Ministry of Defense delegation to India.

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Uncertainty over AIP for Indian Scorpene submarines

Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) is developing an AIP Plug for the fifth and sixth Scorpene submarines, which would be installed on them only if the development is completed within the schedule of the construction of the two submarines.

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Navy ready to protect Indian oilfields in South China Sea

“ONGC Videsh is engaged in three blocks in the maritime zone of a country (Vietnam) in that area. The Indian Navy has a mandate to secure our country’s interests in the maritime domain wherever there is a requirement, which we will execute,” said Admiral D.K. Joshi.

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The Victoria Cross: A Love Story

Ashali Varma, talks about her book, The Victoria Cross: A Love Story, an account of the life of her parents, Mohini and Lt. General Prem Singh Bhagat, the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross in the Second World War, and co-author of the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report on India’s defeat in the war with China.

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