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New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will meet on Thursday, officials said, adding that the focus will be this time not on acquisitions but on “policy issues”.

“The DAC this time will discus some policy issues,” an official said on Tuesday.

It is expected the changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) will be discussed in the meet.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said on Monday that the DPP is expected to be ready by November end.

He had also said that issue of blacklisting of firms is expected to be discussed in the DAC.

Parrikar had said in December last year that the government is contemplating legalising “representatives” from defence firms, to remove middlemen who work for kickbacks.

He had also said government is thinking of reviewing all cases of blacklisted defence firms and may give conditioned and limited approval to dealing with some based on merit.

(IANS)

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar admits there is Scope for Security Improvement in India

The surgical strike by India was carried out in retaliation to the Uri attack on September 18, this year, which left 19 Indian soldiers dead

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The Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 30, 2014., Wikimedia

New Delhi, Dec 2, 2016: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday accepted that there is a chance for improvement in the security as some “sort of lethargy” has set in over a period of time and warned that those behind any “lapse” will get due punishment.

In the wake of Nagrota terror attack, the Minister also mentioned that the recent surgical strike has led to a sense of “uncertainty” in the Pakistani security establishment but it was also a good confidence building measure for India, mentioned PTI.

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While answering to the questions regarding security arrangements at army camps, Parrikar said, “I think we can definitely improve upon it. Probably, over a period, some sort of lethargy has set in. Relaxation, it is obvious… it is taking some time.”

In the wake of militants storming the complex of 166 artillery unit of Army at Nagrota on Tuesday, Parrikar was asked whether there was something that could have been done or can be done in the security arrangements.

In the terrorist attack, seven security personnel, including two officers were killed in the incident, which witnessed a fierce gunbattle as well as a hostage-like situation at the army camp, considered to be a peace posting in the Army parlance, mentioned PTI.

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Parrikar, who was speaking at HT Leadership Summit, said it is “very painful” to see soldiers die but they needed to save children and families.

“I think we need to think out of the box. I am very sure that Army is aware of it and working on it,” he said.

When asked about his earlier stress on fixing responsibility, Parrikar said even if he does a mistake, he will “have to pay for it”.

“Even if there are lapses, they need to be tackled properly. You cannot afford lapses,” the Minister said.

According to PTI report, Parrikar spoke about the importance and need to use smart technologies for perimeter protection of sensitive bases but also mentioned that building proper infrastructure is possible but it cannot be created overnight.

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To get things done swiftly, he indicated that lengthy army procedures were coming in the way.

When asked whether India can carry out more surgical strikes, Parrikar said the “principle of uncertainty” should be allowed to operate. “It will be beneficial to all of us.”

He said that surgical strikes have introduced a degree of uncertainty. “Obviously, uncertainty itself creates decision-making bottlenecks. You will never know them.”

The surgical strike by India was carried out in retaliation to the Uri attack on September 18, this year, which left 19 Indian soldiers dead.

– prepared by NewsGram with PTI inputs 

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Indian Navy inducts Four Indigenous Sonars to give a Boost to its Underwater Surveillance Capability

The sonar is capable of detecting, localising, classifying and tracking sub-surface and surface targets in both active and passive modes of operation

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New Delhi, November 18, 2016: The Indian Navy on Friday inducted four indigenous sonars to give a boost to its underwater surveillance capability.

The systems are Abhay — a Compact Hull Mounted Sonar for Shallow Water Crafts; Humsa UG, an upgrade of the Humsa Sonar System; NACS or Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System; and AIDSS or Advanced Indigenous Distress Sonar System for submarines.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were present on the occasion.

The sonars have been designed and developed by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, a Kochi-based premier laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Abhay is an advanced active-cum-passive integrated sonar system designed and developed for smaller platforms such as shallow watercrafts and coastal surveillance and patrol vessels.

The Indian Navy has proposed to deploy this sonar on three of its Abhay-class ships. Click To Tweet

Using the latest technology in hardware architecture and advanced signal processing algorithms, the sonar is capable of detecting, localising, classifying and tracking sub-surface and surface targets in both active and passive modes of operation.

The prototype of this compact sonar installed onboard a nominated naval platform has successfully completed all user-evaluation trials to demonstrate the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements.

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Humsa UG has hardware architecture based on the state-of-the-art open architecture processor technologies to enable smooth upgrade of the system capabilities.

This system is proposed to be installed on seven ships of three classes of ships.

NACS determines the in-situ performance of the sonar system used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of the sonar.

It is also used to measure the magnitude and phase characteristics of the sonar transmission and reception electronics and transducers.

AIDSS is a distress Sonar or an emergency sound signalling device used to indicate a submarine in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage.

It is a life-saving alarm system designed to transmit sonar signals of a pre-designated frequency and pulse shape in an emergency situation from a submarine for long period.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the ministries of defence and skill development in July 2015 to enhance the skill sets of retiring defence personnel.

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In the pilot batch, 70 retiring naval personnel have been trained in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation, the Indian Navy said.

Parrikar along with Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy handed over skill certificates to retiring naval personnel on the occasion. (IANS)

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar moots the idea of women’s entry in NDA, on warships and in Sainik schools

Parikkar believes that this status quo, which resists women in these roles, needs to be challenged

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Women officers at medal parade in Monrovia. Image Source: un.org
  • Parikkar believes that this status quo, which resists women in these roles, needs to be challenged
  • The army and the navy are yet to accept the women power in combat roles
  • He also gave thumbs up to admitting girls in Sainik schools and allowing them into NDA as well

Seems like women will soon foray into combat roles and march into new frontiers in the armed forces.

Addressing the Ladies organisation at FICCI on July 4, the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, said, “I support women rights, empowerment, but I believe changes have to be done in a gradual manner because if you don’t do that there will be problems.”

While it took more than two decades for women to be inducted as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force (IAF), the army and the navy are yet to accept the women power in combat roles.

First batch of women fighter pilots. Image Source: Indian Express
The First batch of women fighter pilots. Image Source: Indian Express

Parikkar believes that this status quo, which resists women in these roles, needs to be challenged.

Though there still are some “no-go” areas in the armed forces, barring women to take up bigger roles, the Defence Minister wants these obsolete notions to be buried in the history.

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Talking about India being the land of women with impeccable strength, Parrikar said that women have been kept away from the armed forces for far too long.

He also feels that before this acceptance to come along, a great battle of mind needs to be fought.

Debunking general notions that soldiers will not listen to their lady commanding officer, the Defence Minister said, this is not the case. The only limiting factor is the “infrastructure”, he said.

He added, “In combat roles also there can be women. Why not have a complete women’s team; a battalion of women? So the question of women officers leading a men’s team – if there is a question of initial resistance – can also be taken care of,” quoted India Today.

Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar. Image Source: Wikipedia.org
Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar. Image Source: Wikipedia.org

Parrikar also advocated that women officers should be allowed on warships, once the ships are modified into women friendly warships, said IndiaToday report.

Stressing that this change would be a gradual one, he said that for now, he can’t allow women on submarines and warships as the current infrastructure lacks necessary facility.

Parrikar explained, “I don’t understand why we can’t place women on ships. At this stage, I will not support a submarine operation because submarines are designed for male staff.”

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Apart from the entry of women in the combat roles, Parrikar also gave thumbs up to admitting girls in Sainik schools and allowing them into NDA as well.

The defence minister did not merely end at giving suggestions, but he also assured to take up the issues with the service chiefs.

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