Curtain Raiser: Ex-Iron Fist 2016

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Curtain Raiser: Ex-Iron Fist 2016 

The Indian Air Force of today has evolved into a capable force to reckon with. From the days of flying vintage aircraft like the Tiger Moth and the Harvard, the Indian Air Force has transformed itself into a modern fighting force. While upgrading its inventory in terms of aerial platforms, sensors and weapon systems, the IAF has also simultaneously improved upon the capabilities of the ‘human behind the machine’ whilst rightfully upholding its mission statement, “People First, Mission Always”. 


The Indian Air Force would demonstrate its Combat and fire power capabilities at Pokhran on 18 Mar 16. This mammoth exercise in the Thar Desert would involve the participation of 181 aircraft departing from multiple bases, and demonstrate a synchronized aerial ballet that would showcase its deadly combat capability over the entire spectrum of aerial operations. This exercise holds special significance as it represents the lethal face of the Indian Air Force in its pre-eminent role as the cutting edge of our nation’s military capability. The exercise shall showcase the journey of the IAF’s transformation over the years and cover its glorious history. Glimpses of an exponential increase in the operational capabilities of the Air Force with focus on the concept of all weather, network centric operations, precision weapon delivery and ability to deliver lethal firepower would be on display during the exercise. The exercise shall also bring to light the multifaceted nature of Indian Air Force through its ability to showcase itself with aerobatic displays by modern combat aircraft like the Su-30 MKI, Sarang and the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team. Live demonstration by IAF Garuds and special heliborne operations shall be a ‘highlight of the proceedings of the event which shall straddle both day and night. 

The Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi have consented to witness the proceedings of the exercise at Pokhran. The Indian Air Force looks forward to their presence and encouragement for the event. The event shall also be broadcast live on National television for the nation to witness the prowess of its Air Force. 

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Indian Naval Ship Tabar Visits Mauritius 

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar, a stealth frigate of the Indian Navy entered Port Louis, Mauritius and shall remain there till 13 March 2016. The primary aim of the visit is to participate in the Mauritius National Day celebrations and to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two nations. On the occasion of the National day (12 Mar), the ship would be fielding a marching contingent in addition to fly-past by Chetak helicopter and performance by the Indian Naval Band. 

India and Mauritius have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations. The National Day Celebrations in March 2015 coincided with the Joint Commissioning of MCGS Barracuda by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The Indian Navy also undertakes regular joint exercises with nations in the Indian Ocean and INS Teg had undertaken joint patrolling with Mauritius in July 2015. These joint missions have fostered seamless interoperability between the two maritime nations and have developed a strong friendship and mutual trust that underpin Indo-Mauritian partnership. These visits reinforce the cultural and ethnic ties of the two countries and are testimony to their joint commitment towards maritime security in the region. The present deployment of Tabar for participation in the National Day celebrations of Mauritius will further cement the close relations between the two nations and the two navies. 

In addition to the National Day celebrations, the experts from ship would also impart harbour training through lectures and demonstrations to the National Coast Guard of Mauritius. The lectures would cover a wide spectrum of maritime activities including anti piracy drills, Visit Board Search and Seizure of ships at sea, use of special equipments and weapons, engineering and preventive maintenance capsules, training on radar, chart plotting, GPS operations for coastal surveillance radar system, damage control and fire fighting. 

INS Tabar is a state of the art guided missile frigate. The ship is presently in her eleventh commission and is commanded by Captain Ashutosh Ridhorkar. 

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Creation of the post of National Authority (Joint Secretary level) in the Ministry of Coal under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for creation of a post of Nominated Authority (JS level) in Pay Band 4: Rs. 37,400-67,000 plus Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000 and other posts of officers and staff to assist the Nominated Authority in the Ministry of Coal. It will facilitate smooth functioning of the office of the National Authority under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 so that the objectives of the Act are achieved. 

The creation of post will help in effective functioning of the Nominated Authority which would resolve the uncertainties that had affected the coal sector and improve coal availability to the core sectors of the economy thereby enabling it to develop at faster pace. 

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