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Indian military inducts indigenous Akash Weapon System into Army Air Defence Corps

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The induction ceremony of Akash Weapon System into the Indian Army Air Defence Corps was organised at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi  on Tuesday.

The ceremony was marked by the handing over of the “key of the weapon system” to General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, who thereafter dedicated the weapon system to the Corps of Army Air Defence by handing over the symbolic key to Lt Gen VK Saxena, DG Army Air Defence.

The Army Chief  complemented the Armed Forces, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) for the integrated approach to develop and deliver the complex missile system to the nation.

Akash Missile System is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 Km.

The system is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple targets and is capable of providing comprehensive short range missile cover to the vulnerable assets in the field force of the Army. It employs command to line of sight guidance and relies on sophisticated radars and control systems to guide the missile to its targets.

The weapon system has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Besides this, a large number of medium & small scale industries have been actively involved in this prestigious indigenous development program.

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IAF trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana

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New Delhi, Sep 28: IAF’s intermediate trainer aircraft- Kiran, crashed in Telangana on Thursday morning, but the pilot and another person on board ejected out safely.

The aircraft got airborne from Hakimpet Air Force base on Thursday morning for a routine training sortie and crashed around 11.45 a.m.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot.

IAF sources added that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.

According to police, the aircraft caught fire and was gutted after the crash near Ankireddypalli village in Keesara ‘mandal’ (block) of Medchal district.

Minutes after taking off from Hakimpet Air Force Station, the aircraft developed some technical snag and crashed in the fields.

Eye-witnesses said they heard a huge thud and soon flames engulfed the aircraft.

The pilot and another person accompanying him ejected out with parachutes before the crash, police said.(IANS)

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Hal’s Tejas flies for first time in Bahrain Air Show

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New Delhi: India’s state-run company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) aircraft Tejas, flew for the first time at the Bahrain International Air Show on Thursday.

“Two Tejas fighters are participating in the three-day Bahrain air show to display its air prowess through aerobatic manoeuvres like 8-G gravity pull, vertical loop, slow fly past and barrel roll,” HAL chairman and managing director T Suvarna Raju said in a statement from the island country in the Persian Gulf.

Designed and developed by the city-based aeronautical agencies of state-run Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO), Tejas is a single engine, light weight, agile, multi-role supersonic fighter.

“It is important that indigenous aircraft fly outside India in international air shows,” Raju said.

HAL has set-up a dedicated division in Bengaluru to manufacture a fleet of Tejas for induction in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as frontline fighters.

“Tejas is a 4.5 generation aircraft with supersonic capability at all altitudes. It has fly-by-wire, open architecture computer for avionics and combat capability,” Raju added.

India is also displaying the HAL-made four advanced light helicopters (ALH) Dhruv of the IAF as aerobatic team Sarang to enthrall visitors at the air show.

Developed for the Indian armed services, Dhruv is suitable for increased payload at higher altitudes.

HAL delivered about 200 Dhruv in variants for military and civilian use over a decade.

The company is also displaying its light combat helicopter (LCH), which completed trials recently as an attack chopper at 10,000-12,000 feet altitude with weapons.(IANS)(image: en.wikipedia.org)

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Army Day commemorates the proud sons of India

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New Delhi: The Army Day is not just observed to laud the nation’s military prowess but to remember the selfless sacrifices made by the jawans to ensure the sovereignty of the country.

There are people after whom no roads are named nor statues built but a thousand countrymen remain speechless when their bodies return wrapped in the tricolor.

They are the proud sons of our motherland whose only goal is to save the nation from foreign forces.

15th January is the day when India upholds the bravery of the soldiers.

History: India celebrated its first Army Day on 15 January 1949 when Lieutenant General K M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, General Sir Francis Butcher.

Army Day 2016: This year the day was observed remembering the indomitable courage showed by the armed forces to thwart the Pakistani forces. The force also helped in the rescue in the flood-ravaged southern India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday he tweeted, “Saluting the indomitable valour, determination & dedication of our Army on Army Day.”

 

 

(picture courtesy: blogs.ft.com)