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Army To Seek Apache Choppers From Iaf
Two months after it was given the control over attack choppers, the Army is sending a proposal to the Defence Ministry to seek transfer of attack helicopters including the Apaches from the Air Force at the earliest. "We are sending a proposal to the Defence Ministry for capability enhancement in our aviation wing for absorbing the attack helicopters in our fleet," Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh told PTI here. He said the officials concerned have also been told to develop philosophies for using the attack choppers in different roles in the different parts of the country.
India Ready To Deploy Forces In South China Sea: Navy Chief
Terming the fast modernisation of Chinese Navy as a "major concern", Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi today said India will protect its interests in the disputed South China Sea and if required, may also send its forces there. "Yes you are right. The modernisation (of Chinese Navy) is truly impressive... It is an actually a major cause of concern for us, which we continuously evaluate and work out our options and our strategies," he told a press conference. The Navy Chief was replying to a question on contingencies in South China sea to protect Indian interests there and impression about the Chinese Navy's modernisation.
Indian Navy Building Capabilities To Meet All Threats: Admiral Joshi
Admiral JoshiDecember 4, 2012 -- Indian Navy is constantly acquiring capabilities and upgrading its infrastructure to meet emerging security challenges in the maritime domain, particularly in the wake of threats posed by rapid modernisation of China's military and in particular, it navy. "The modernisation (of the Chinese navy) is truly impressive. It is actually a major major cause of concern for us. We continuously evaluate and work out our options and our strategies," Indian Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi said here ahead of Navy Day December 4. Reinforcing the core mandate of the Indian Navy as "net security providers" in the maritime domain.
Tata Unveils Indigenous Howitzer
In a major booster for the Indian defence industry, the Tata group today unveiled country's first indigenously developed 155 mm howitzer here today. The 155/52 mm howitzer is mounted on an eight-wheeled Tata truck for enhanced mobility. The gun was developed by its defence subsidiary Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (SED) this year. The 'mounted gun system' can fire a six-round salvo on a target 40 km away in less than three minutes. The truck-mounted howitzer will be displayed at an army seminar at the Maneckshaw centre tomorrow. The rollout comes even as the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defence have struggled to import howitzers over the past 25 years.
Cag Flays Defence Ministry Offsets Contracts
India concluded five offset contracts in the defence sector worth Rs 3,410.49 crore that were not in consonance with the provisions laid down in the Defence Procurement Procedure, the CAG pointed out in its report tabled yesterday. The report states that India concluded 16 offset contracts worth Rs 18,444.56 crore during the period. “This was largely due to varying interpretation of various authorities about the legitimacy or otherwise of the offsets being offered. The Indian Offset Partners selected for offsets in some cases were not valid. The monitoring mechanism for implementation of offset contracts was weak,” the report adds. An offset is a mechanism to par
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