Indo -Russia Joint Excercise Indra-2015 begins

Indo -Russia Joint Excercise Indra-2015 begins 
The seventh Indo - Russian joint training Exercise INDRA - 2015 commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on 08 November 2015 with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries amidst playing of their National Anthems. 

            Earlier on November 07, The Russian contingent from an Independent Motorised Brigade comprising 250 Military personnel along with supporting staff landed at Bikaner directly from Russia.  The 14-day training schedule is focused on training on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in the backdrop of Desert terrain under a United Nations Mandate’.
            The opening ceremony was held at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges. Maj Gen PC Thimmaya, General Officer Commanding, Red Eagle Division welcomed the Russian contingent and urged both contingents to strive to understand each others’ battle drills and procedures, so as to achieve optimum cohesion and enhanced inter operability between the two forces.  He stressed upon the importance of free exchange in ideas, discussion of concepts and assimilation of best practices between the troops of the two nations. Enhancing mutual confidence and inter-operability between the two armies would be a priority, he stated.
  The conduct of this joint military exercise is seen as an important step to reinforce actions related to the establishment and fostering of peace, prosperity and stability in the world by the two nations.  The welcome speeches and ceremonies were followed by showcasing of cultural programmes by both sides. They would undergo an intense phase of training in the coming days. The exercise is scheduled to finally terminate on November 20, 2015.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Exercise Livewire Concludes 
IAF’s annual exercise, Exercise Livewire, came to a close on 08 Nov 15. It was a country-wide Air Force exercise conducted to work up the full spectrum of IAF capability and undertake planned operations in response to likely future threats and operational contingencies. During the exercise, the IAF operated its latest acquisitions in a network centric environment, achieving very high levels of synergy with the Army and the Navy. During this exercise, hundreds of missions were flown with impeccable planning and execution. The successful and seamless conduct of the exercise has brought great confidence among the operating crew in the capability of their equipment and aircraft. The exercise was based on a scenario that included rapid deployment across the country at all operational Air Force bases. The operational philosophy of the IAF has been validated as a whole after numerous tactical and strategic missions in a dynamic warfare environment. Some of the major types of missions flown included long range strikes, Air-to-Air Refueling, Air Defence in a net-centric environment, Counter Surface Force Operations and operations in varied kinds of terrain. Needless to say, the learning value after the exercise at such a large scale has been immense. 

Defence Minister Launches Army Cloud, Data Centre & Digi-Locker for the Indian Army 
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the Central Data Centre, Army Cloud and Digi-Locker for the Indian Army here today. Complimenting the Army for initiating such steps as a part of the Digital Army programme he said this can be of great use for faster documentation, information and speedy delivery of services. The Minister emphasized the need to educate and sensitize every person in the force on the advantages of such services and technology upgradation. However, he also said that maintaining, checking and securing the system is equally important.

The facility under the Army Cloud includes a Central Data Centre, a Near Line Data Centre, both in Delhi and a Disaster Recovery site for replication of its critical data along with virtualised servers and storage in an environmentally controlled complex. This is similar to the Meghraj; the Cloud of National Informatics Centre (NIC) and will provide all Information Technology Infrastructure including servers for computing, storage, network and network security equipment centrally, for automation of Indian Army. The latest technologies in the field have been incorporated in the implementation of the first ever Software Defined Data Centre, wherein all the resources could be provisioned to different applications on the Cloud, on click of a button. It has already started providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the pan Army users as the first Cloud service and will soon provide Software as a Service (SaaS).

With the launching of Digi-Locker, it will provide a secure and exclusive data storage space to all the units and formation headquarters of the Army over its dedicated data network. The Digi-Locker of Indian Army is similar to e-Locker of Digital India program and has all the advanced features like digital signatures and watermarking. This is an important step towards implementation of cyber security as it precludes carriage of soft copies of data on CDs/DVDs and removable media. Users can store, share and access the data from anywhere any time on the Army Data Network. The infrastructure and platforms being made available for automation and digitisation will catalyse the pace of digitisation in all branches of Army and is a landmark towards transforming Indian Army from platform centric to a Network Centric Force, which would leverage the technology as a force multiplier.

In keeping with the national vision of Digital India, the Indian Army has launched a program for Digital Army with nine pillars for digitisation. Three of the nine pillars of this umbrella program, namely Broadband highways, Universal access to telephones and Army Data Network stress upon Information Technology Infrastructure development. Another three namely e-Governance, Electronic delivery of services and Online information for all, focus on delivery of services to all units and formation headquarters. For any modern army, the Network Centric Operations are essential for meeting enhanced challenges of asymmetry, lethality, fluidity and non-linearity in the present day battlefield. The Indian Army is addressing this key area comprehensively.

The Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen MMS Rai, Signal Officer-in-Chief & Colonel Commandant Corps of Signals Lt Gen Nitin Kohli and all senior officers of Army Headquarters were present on the occasion. 

No comments

Powered by Blogger.