Navy Cup Race 2016

Navy Cup Race 2016
The 2016 edition of the Indian Navy Cup Race was raced at the race course at 1545 hours on 29 Apr 2016 amidst a full house. Fourteen participants raced for the coveted trophy. Gucci Water owned by Mrs Kumud Sharma was the winner and Miss Duncan belonging to Bharat Prabhakar and Ravi Pathak was the runners up.

The chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC was the Chief Guest and give away the prizes.

The Indian Navy Cup Race was introduced in 1965 and was presented by the then Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral BS Soman. Over the years, the race has become a very popular annual feature at the Delhi Race Club. 

Shortage of Fighter Aircraft
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped to cater for the threat environment that exists and is ready to meet the role assigned to it. Operational preparedness of IAF is reviewed from time to time based on the threat perception. Further, augmentation of capabilities of IAF including its modernisation and acquisition is a dynamic and continuous process.

No agreement has been signed with any country for the procurement / purchase of fighter aircraft. No agreement has been signed with Russia for procurement of fighter aircraft equipped with stealth technology. However, an Inter-Governmental agreement has been signed with Russian Federation for design, development, production etc. of a Prospective Multi Role Fighter Aircraft. 

Investigation into Pathankot Attack
A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan visited India from 27.03.2016 to 01.04.2016. The objective of the visit was to share information on our investigation into the Pathankot Air Base Attack, obtain a brief from the JIT on Pakistan’s investigations and to discuss follow up actions. The interaction with JIT was held in accordance with Terms of Reference mutually agreed on the basis of reciprocity and extant legal provisions. The Pakistan JIT was informed that a team of NIA officials would like to visit Pakistan to carry forward the investigation in the Pathankot airbase attack. It does not seem feasible to indicate any time line at this stage for completion of the investigation in this case

Akash Missile System
Proper trials of Akash missile were conducted prior to induction into the Armed Forces. Details are given below:

• Development User trials completed successfully in 2007.

• Orders placed for 2 Squadrons by Indian Air Force in 2008 and 6 Squadrons in 2010. User trials of production equipment done successfully in 2012.

• Post Induction User trials of Akash Air Force equipment done successfully in 2014.

• Order placed for 2 Regiments by Indian Army and First Off Production Model (FOPM) trials were successfully conducted during 2014.

• Air Force equipment participated and fired missiles successfully in Iron Fist in 2016.

• Post induction trials of Army equipment conducted successfully in 2016.

Akash Missile System is successfully inducted and performing as per the expectations of the Services. The production of Akash is being handled by M/s. Bharat Electronics Ltd and M/s. Bharat Dynamics Ltd with the help of a number of major and MSME industries spread all over the country. Thus, Akash, is a successful example of ‘Make in India’ and proves Government’s initiatives are successful in defence manufacturing. 


Facilities to Defence Personnel
The details of the soldiers who lost their lives in Siachen Glacier during the last three years and the current are as under:

Soldiers martyred

(till 31st March)

Troops being posted in high altitude areas are trained in ‘Basic & Advance’ skills in mountains and snow bound areas.  Troops posted in Avalanche Prone Areas’ are subjected to series of training in the field formation area.  Medical equipment exists in all posts to cater for emergencies. Best quality of winter clothing and equipment is procured to prevent weather related casualties.  Modern means of conveyance like snow scooters are utilized to ensure timely reaction to any eventuality and reduce fatigue.  A number of specialized equipment have also been deployed in the avalanche prone areas.
Weather conditions prevailing in the sector are closely monitored by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment stations at Sasoma and Srinagar.  The weather warnings issued are religiously followed in terms of restrictions on operation / administration related movement.
Adequate compensation is being provided to defence personnel deployed at difficult terrain in border areas in the form of Salaries and Compensatory Allowances in the form of Siachen Allowance, Highly Active Field Area Allowance / Field Area Allowance / Modified Field Area Allowance and High Altitude (Uncongenial Climate) Allowance depending upon the classification of area concerned.  These allowance are in addition to the Military Services Pay (MSP) being paid to Defence Services personnel.
Salaries paid to the Defence Personnel does not depend upon area of deployment and are same as per rank and structure.  However, certain allowances vary as per area of deployment and are also revised from time to time.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru and Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) {R&DE(E)}, Pune are prime laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) working in the area of artificial intelligence and robotics. Miniature Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MINIUGV), Robo Sentry and Autonomous Guided Vehicle have already been developed by DRDO and a project has already been taken for development of Multi Agent Robotics System (MARS). DRDO has also planned to undertake projects for development of robotic products and technologies associated with robotics and artificial intelligence. In this regard, a national challenge has been initiated to tap talent in robotics and artificial intelligence among students, academia and entrepreneurs/industry in the areas of robotics related to defence.
DRDO has not been providing fellowships / grants to entrepreneurs in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence. However, DRDO has signed a number of Contract Agreements for Research Services (CARS) projects with academia for developing technologies related to robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Exercise Red Flag:
Work up Phase at Alaska Concluded and main Phase to begin
Work up phase for Ex Red Flag concluded on 27 Apr 16 at Eielson AFB Alaska. The team was able to systematically achieve all the objectives laid down for this phase and is shaping up well to participate in the Main Conduct Phase scheduled from 03 May 16.

After inducting and deploying successfully earlier, the contingent has flown a variety of missions during the Work-up phase termed as ‘Distant Frontier’. The team adopted a philosophy of ‘Crawl, Walk & Run’ signifying a progressive build up in the effort, pace and complexities of training sorties that were flown through the Work-up phase. The intent during the distant frontier phase was to expose the participating members, especially aircrew, to an international environment and familiarize then with Local flying procedures, Radio telephony terminologies, NATO Brevity codes and Airspace/ Environmental peculiarities. It is noteworthy that the local F-16 aggressor squadron has appreciated the performance of the Indian Air Force crew in the multiples missions conducted so far.

Eielson AFB, where the contingent is presently deployed, is located 26 miles south east of Fairbanks town and it boasts of having one of the best operating environment in the USA. The base apart from housing the elite 18th aggressor sqn of USAF which is flying the F–16 aircraft. In addition, the base also has a KC-135 Sqn and the Air National Guard element apart from a host of other facilities. For the main exercise, the IAF fighters will be fielded alongside the best ac of USAF/USN such as F-22 , F-16 , F-15 and F-18. As part of the operational support platforms Indian Air Force IL-78 FRA & USAF KC-135 FRA will be deployed.
It may be recalled, that the IAF contingent had set off for exercise Red Flag from Air Force Station Jamnagar, on 03 Apr 16 with SU-30 MKI, Jaguar,C-17 and IL-78 Flight Refueling Aircraft. The exercise will be held till 13 May 2016. The opening welcome address for Red Flag Alaska 16-1 was delivered by Lt General Russell, Commander Alaskan Command, USA on 28 Apr 16 at the Red Flag Ops Complex. 


Coastal Security
The coastal security issues are regularly reviewed at appropriate levels with National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS), being the apex body for inter-ministerial and inter-agency coordination. Post 26/11, the Government has taken a number of measures to boost capacity and capabilities of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard towards strengthening maritime and coastal security of the country. It includes establishment of a National Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence (NC3I) Network for networking the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard nodes, strengthening of Joint Operations Centres, commissioning of 23 Immediate Support Vessels for offshore security and approved Induction of 80 Fast Interceptor Crafts for force protection and harbour security.
Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) which includes radars has been established along the coastline. Under Phase-I of this project 45 radars have been made operational. 



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