A Delhi Court has sought response from the Superintendent of Tihar Jail on an application moved by businessman Anoop Kumar Gupta, accused in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, seeking home cooked gluten free vegetarian food and caretaker in jail.
Counsel for Gupta told the court that their client has allergy and may be provided home-cooked gluten vegetarian food, as has been advised by the doctor.
The accused also sought attendant cum caretaker, spectacles and bedding. It was further submitted that applicant may be permitted to have some person from his family as attendant in view of the medical condition.
He claims to suffer from chest pain, palpitation, high blood sugar, osteoarthritis and dyspnoea due to which he has difficulty in breathing, walking and sitting and was referred to G.B.Pant Hospital on March 10.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to Tihar and stated, "Issue notice to the Superintendent, Tihar Jail with the direction to produce the medical record of the applicant."
In another major breakthrough in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested businessman and joint managing director of KRKB Limited Anoop Gupta in January 2021.
According to ED officials, Gupta was arrested in after the agency allegedly got several evidences against him in connection with its money laundering probe.
The ED had arrested British national Christian Michel James in connection with the probe in January 2019. Michel was extradited from UAE in December 2018 and was arrested by the CBI in connection with the probe.
The case pertains to the buying of 12 AgustaWestland helicopters from the Italian defence manufacturing giant Finmeccanica at an estimated cost of Rs 3,600 crore for ferrying VVIPs. In the deal, bribes were allegedly paid to middlemen and others. The purchase was cleared in 2010 by the then UPA government.
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved capital acquisition proposals of various weapons and equipment including 118 Arjun tanks on Tuesday.
"Three Acceptance of Necessities (AoNs) for an overall cost of Rs 13,700 crore were accorded," the Ministry of Defence said.
All these Acceptance of Necessities are in the highest priority category of Defence Acquisition -- Buy Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured).
"DAC has approved capital acquisition proposals of various weapons/platforms/ equipment/systems required by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force," the MoD said. The government cleared proposal of 118 Made-in-India Mark 1A Arjun tanks and 820 armoured vehicles.
All these acquisition proposals will be indigenously designed, developed and manufactured. These will include inter-alia platforms and systems designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
To meet the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' goals of the government on time-bound defence procurement process and faster decision making and to systematically work towards reducing the time taken for capital acquisition, the DAC also approved that all capital acquisition contracts (delegated and non-delegated) other than design and development cases shall be concluded in two years.
The MoD, in consultation with the services and all stakeholders, will come up with a detailed plan of action for achieving the same.
It is not a fancy fighter jet that always catches visitors' attention in the Aero show. Rather, this time, an infantry combat vehicle has turned out to be a showstopper for Aero India, the Asia's biggest aerospace and defence exhibition.
It is only because a startup company Tonbo Imaging has come up with solution challenges thrown up during Defence India Startup Challenge under government's iDEX (Innovation for Defence Excellence) initiative.
The force stated that dust, smoke, fog, camouflage and even darkness used hamper vision of BMP-II Sarath on battlefields. They placed the challenge before the startups.
The company thereafter took up the challenge and successfully integrated 360 panoramic degree view on the Indian Army's amphibious AFV, BMP-II Sarath. Before that it was not possible in BMP-II Sarath as only the 120 degree view was available and that too it was mechanical.
Speaking over being selected as showstopper, Commander Rajendra Kumar from Tonbo Imaging said, "In 2018, the government has given us a task under iDEX and we were the first to complete the task."
He also said that they have started supplying advanced imaging and sensor systems for Rafale fighter jets aircraft.
The panoramic see-through armour system significantly improves the vehicle's all-round survivability and enhances the vehicle's capability to respond first and rapidly inflict damage, he said
The head-mounted display is a high-definition, mixed-reality eyepiece that displays images of the tank's surroundings in a holographic form as if superimposed to the insides of the tank, thereby enabling the 'see-through armour' capability.
It improves the crew's spatial awareness by integrating a magnetic tracker that senses the head movement of the wearer and displays video from the same direction. "The driver's HMD can interface with the GPS system to display location specific information for easier maneuvering and situational assessment. The HMD also displays a wider coverage of targets tracked to the commander, for auto-threat analysis. This helps the commander to prioritize targets real-time and handover to Gunner or engage the target, based on urgency," he said.
This Bengaluru-based company builds advanced imaging and sensor systems to sense, understand and control these challenging environments.
Commander Rajendra Kumar said that they use micro-optics, lower power electronics and real-time vision that balances front end analog processing with sophisticated digital image processing to come up with low power imaging platforms across visible, mid-wave Infrared and long wave IR spectrums.
Land battles across the world now have an Indian content, a thermal imaging device, from Tonbo, used on tanks and infantry combat vehicles, has been supplied to 25 countries and is the only non-NATO supplier to the US Military.
Bengaluru, Feb 4 (IANS) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday unveiled a leap in technology of teaming up unmanned aircraft and vehicles with manned jets similar to the US project of skybrog. It will enhance Indian military strike capabilities.
Teamed with a manned aircraft known as mother-ship, the unmanned aircraft will leverage autonomy to disrupt and defeat adversaries in contested environments.
The technology named Combined Air Teaming System (CATS) will have a mother ship , operating from faraway, and four autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle known as CATS Warrior with a capacity to carry out strike stealthily entering 700 kilometres inside enemy territory. These unmanned aerial vehicles are capable of autonomous functions and will also have all the manoeuvring capabilities.
"We are developing the project where the manned aircraft will operate within the boundary and the unmanned aircraft will enter the enemy zone and can carry out strikes deep inside the enemy territory," said Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engineering and R&D) at HAL.
He said that it is a dream project of HAL and very futuristic.
Elaborating upon the system, Chatterjee said the system will have a mother-ship carrying components like Hunter and Alpha. The mother ship which is a manned aircraft will be in the Indian territory. "The mother ship can be LCA or Jaguar or other combat manned aircraft," Chatterjee said.
The CATS Hunter attached to the mother-ship, which has a deep penetration straight way strike capability, can go deep into the enemy territory and carry out strikes.
At present, the CATS Alpha is a glider and has capabilities to carry four, eight, sixteen or twenty four swarm drones. Alpha has can glide 50 to 100 kilometres into the enemy territory and once it reaches the mission zone, swarm drones comes out.
These 24 drones, around 25 kg, can carry smaller drones of each weighing 5 kg and can go deep into the enemy territory to strike.
All these are controlled by a mother-ship stationed faraway.
Now comes CATS Warrior. The mother ship controls around four CATS warrior. These CATS Warriors have capabilities to enters into the enemy territory upto 700 kilometres.
"It can straightway hit the target at a distance of 700 kilometres or can go to 350 kilometres and come back.
"It carries ammunition, missiles if needed CATS Alpha," Chatterjee said.
HAL is also developing a high-altitude satellite system. It will be solar energised. This asset will be flying unmanned around 70,000 feet height for around two to three months and will be taking all the information.
HAL is also developing high altitude asset with long endurance. It will be flying 50,000 feet for 24 hours and it is also part of CATS programme.
"These are very futuristic. This was conceptualised by HAL and IAF is supporting," said Shrikant Dudhe, Project manager of CATS.
Once CATS Warriors are developed they will be integrated with mother-ship. "Everything would be indigenous," Dudhe.
It has been found that lot of foreign countries have shown interest in this HAL project.
India on Wednesday showcased its home-grown fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the 13th edition of the biennial Aero India 2021, with a spectacular display of its strike capabilities and daring manoeuvres at the Yelahanka air base on the city's outskirts.
Flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot Manish Tolani, the indigenous Tejas demonstrated its prowess and agility through breath-taking aerobatics, including thunderous rapid rolls, vertical Charlie, upside down and angular flying display on the first day of the 3-day air show under Covid cloud.
Designed and developed by the city-based state-run Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and built by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Tejas is the world's only light combat aircraft.
The IAF has already inducted the LCA-1 in its fighter fleet squadron at its Sulur air base in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore.
The Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on January 13 approved the purchase of 83 Tejas Mark-1A variants, including 10 trainers for the IAF at Rs 48,000 crore from the defence behemoth HAL.
This is in addition to the 40 LCA-Mark-1, the IAF has placed an order in 2016 with HAL to deliver for setting up two squadrons of the fighters.
The city-based company has delivered 20 Tejas and in the process of delivering the remaining 20.
Other military aircraft that flew at the inaugural event of the air show in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Chief Minister B.Y. Yediyurappa and other dignitaries include Rafale fighters of the French aerospace major Dassault, Sukhoi-30 MKi, Jaguar, advanced jet trainer Hawk and HAL-made helicopters such as ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter), Light Combat Helicopter and Light Utility Helicopter.
The highlight of the 2-hour long opening show was the dazzling aerobatics by the IAF's 9 Surya Kiran Hawks and 4 Sarang ALHs Dhruv.
The US B1-Bomber also flew along with LCA at the opening event.
The maiden joint aerobatics by Surya Kirans and Sarang choppers was the highlight of the show at different altitudes.
Both the aerobatic teams flew in heart formation with their trail smoke on a bright sunny day.
Dornier 228, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT)-40 and LUH and ALH Mk III of the HAL were at the static display.
India plans to spend 130 billion dollars on military modernisation in the next 7-8 years to strengthen its security apparatus, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the 'Aero India' show here, the Minister said: "We have taken many steps to strengthen our security apparatus recently. Domestic manufacturing of bigger and complex defence platforms has now become the focus of our policy under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. We plan to spend 130 billion dollars on military modernisation."
To achieve the twin goals of self-reliance and exports, he said, a target has been set to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 crore, including exports worth Rs 35,000 crore in aerospace and defence goods and services by 2024.
He pointed out that India holds the potential to become a reliable supplier of defence equipment to many friendly nations. "We have a strong and diversified Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises sector, having more than 5,000 active units," the Minister said.
Talking about 'Aero India', he said that India today offers a unique opportunity in defence and aerospace manufacturing. "This opportunity comes as a 'sangam' or confluence of rising demand, greater innovation, conducive policies and maturing ecosystem in defence and aerospace manufacturing sector," he said.
The Minister said that in aviation sector, the air show and aviation exhibition is one of the brightest galaxies which offers a wide variety of options, solutions, partnerships and, most importantly, opportunities.
Singh expressed gratitude to the Defence Ministers of Maldives, Ukraine, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Comoros and Madagascar, who were present on the occasion, and others who joined in virtually.
About 540 exhibitors, including 80 foreign companies, defence ministers and delegates, services chiefs and officials from more than 55 nations are participating in the event. "It reflects the growing optimism of the global community," he said.
In order to maximise the reach and participation, the event was planned in a hybrid format with a concurrent virtual exhibition that will integrate seminars, B2B interactions and others.
He said that 2020 was a challenging year for the entire world and saw adverse impact on the lives and livelihood of the people as well as industrial growth and economy of many countries.
The Minister said that despite the constraints caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, large participation was witnessed in this year's air show.
Singh also pointed that the existing supply chains, developed by aerospace and engineering firms, an investor-friendly government, with simplified procedures and fast-track business approvals through single-window mechanism combine to make Karnataka a very attractive destination for the industry.
New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed at Naku La in North Sikkim last week with many injuries reported, said a government source. The situation is said to be under control though as of now.
Naku La, incidentally, was one of the original face-off sites, along with Pangong Tso, Galwan, Gogra, Hot Springs, in early-May last year.
The government source said the clash took place three days ago. It happened while both the countries' government and military were readying for another round of talks to resolve border dispute along the 3,488 kilometre-long Line of Actual Control.
On Sunday, India and China held a 16-hour long marathon military dialogue that eneded at after 2 a.m. on Monday to resolve the ongoing nineth month long border dispute and thinning of forces along the LAC.
The ninth Corps Commander level talks between both the countries took place at the Moldo Meeting point in Ladakh region. It had started at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday and ended at 2.30 a.m. on Monday.
Lieutenant General P.G.K. Menon, the Corps Commander of Leh-based HQ 14 Corps, led the Indian delegation. India has sought complete disengagement and withdrawal of forces from the disputed areas.
It happened after almost two months after the last dialogue.
The details of the meeting were yet to come. The military commanders will convey the details of the meeting to the Prime Minister Office.
On June 15, 2020, India lost 20 soldiers during a violent clash at Galwan Valley with Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers. Chinese never made their casualty public.
India and China are engaged in a nine-month-long standoff at the LAC. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues.
Lucknow, Jan 24 (IANS) Combat aircraft, including the top-of-the-line Rafale or Sukhoi, will soon be able to land and take off from an airstrip being developed on the 340-km long Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh.
The government is developing a stretch of 3.2 kilometres near Sultanpur district on the Expressway where combat aircraft can land and take off. "The stretch is being developed in such a manner that any combat aircraft can land and take off. It is part of the Expressway and we are in regular talks with the Indian Air Force," Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, told IANS.
Awasthi, the 1987-batch officer, is looking after expressway projects in the state. The officer said that 85 per cent of the total work of the Purvanchal Expressway has been completed and he is hopeful that by March it will be completed fully.
In 2017, 16 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft had performed landings and touch-and-go manoeuvres on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Back then, the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft had landed with Special Forces commandos as part of the drill.
The Centre has taken an initiative to develop roads and highways in a manner that permits combat aircraft to land and take off in times of crisis. The Indian military has for long flagged the threat of war fro two fronts. With the disputed border with China and Pakistan active at the same point of time, the armed forces are stretched to the maximum. The government is pushing for development of infrastructure for armed forces.
The Indian Air Force, Border Road Organization, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and state governments are working together to ensure that the quality of road or expressway permits its usage for landing and takeoff of IAF aircraft.
Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office had also issued directives in this regard, after which all the stakeholders had started working in sync.
The road construction agencies have been aligning and realigning the roads and highways design in consultation with the IAF to ensure that combat jets can use this infrastructure as and when required.
New York, Jan 22 (IANS) President Joe Biden's Defence Secretary-nominee Lloyd Austin has said that Pakistan's actions against anti-Indian terrorist groups are "incomplete" and that he will press Islamabad to stop giving them sanctuary.
In written replies to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said, "If confirmed, I will press Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used as a sanctuary for militants and violent extremist organizations."
Austin who needs the US Senate confirmation to be the defence secretary, provided written answers to questions from the Committee ahead of its hearings held earlier this week.
Both the Senate and the House of Representative voted on Thursday to give him a waiver from a US law that prohibits retired military officials from becoming defence secretaries for seven years after their retirement. Austin retired only in 2016.
One of the Committee questions asked if there were changes in Islamabad's cooperation with Washington since it withheld security assistance in 2018. He wrote, "Pakistan has also taken steps against anti-Indian groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), although this progress is incomplete.
But he said, "Many factors in addition to the security assistance suspension may impact Pakistan's cooperation, including Afghanistan negotiations and the dangerous escalation following the Pulwama terrorist attack."
Austin may be implying that the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February 2019 had an influence on Pakistan. At least 40 Indian security personnel were killed in the Pulwama terrorist attack in February 2019. Tensions escalated between the neighbours when Indian Air Force jets bombed a camp in Balakot run by JeM, which claimed it was behind the attack. An Indian MiG-21 aircraft was shot down by Pakistan and its pilot was captured and released.
The JeM attack in India was condemned by the US and several countries as well as the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Asked what "tools and options" the US had to stop Pakistan giving sanctuaries to "militants and violent extremist organisations", he said that he would press that country, but noted, "Pakistan is a sovereign nation." He added, "Continuing to build relationships with Pakistan's military will provide openings for the United States and Pakistan to cooperate on key issues."
Under former President Donald Trump, the US had cut its troops in Afghanistan while negotiating a political settlement with the Taliban, giving its patron Pakistan a pivotal role in the peace process.
Austin acknowledged this, writing, "Pakistan will play an important role in any political settlement in Afghanistan." This makes the US dependent on Islamabad and limits the extent of its actions against it, which he implied.
"Pakistan is an essential partner in any peace process in Afghanistan. If confirmed, I will encourage a regional approach that garners support from neighbors like Pakistan, while also deterring regional actors, from serving as spoilers to the Afghanistan peace process," Austin said.
"I will focus on our shared interests which include training future Pakistan military leaders through the use of International Military Education and Training (IMET) funds," he said.
The IMET cooperation was blocked in January 2018 by Trump when he suspended defence programmes for Pakistan. But in late 2019, he approved the resumption of IMET, while keeping most of the $2 billion programme on hold.
Austin has experience of working in Afghanistan and with Pakistan. He was the commander of a joint task force of the US and its allies during 2003-05 in Afghanistan. "We also need to work with Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) and to enhance regional stability," Austin said.
Nagpur, Jan 16 (IANS) Nagpur-based Indian Army officer Lt Col Prasad Bansod has developed the country's first indigenous 9 mm 'Machine Pistol', an official said here on Saturday.
Working with the Infantry School, Mhow (Madhya Pradesh), Bansod, 39, developed the pistol in a record four months with assistance from ARDE, Pune.
Named 'ASMI' - symbolising pride and self-respect - the machine pistol's empty weight is less than 2 kgs and it costs less than Rs 50,000.
Unlike the conventional pistols which can fire only one round at a time, 'ASMI' can also fire in a machine-mode its entire load of 33 rounds in one shot, almost like a mini-machine gun, explained the official.
Sporting an upper receiver made from aircraft-grade aluminium and lower receiver of carbon fibre, the pistol has been manufactured through 3D printing process including trigger components made by 3D metal printing.
The barrel is 8 inches long with 33 rounds of high-capacity magazine and the weapon fires the in-service 9 mm ammunition.
"The weapon has a huge potential in the armed forces as a personal weapon for commanders, tank and aircraft crew, radio-radar operators, other categories of security workers, besides VVIP protection and policing duties and in the civilian domain," said the official.
Officials are optimistic that Bansod's 'ASMI' is likely to find huge employability within the central and state police organisations, besides a huge export potential as the production cost would be well under Rs 50,000 per weapon.
Swedish aerospace and defence company, the Saab Group said that it was contracted to sell two advanced airborne surveillance systems to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to Saab's statement on Monday, the company has "received a follow on contract with the UAE regarding the sale of two GlobalEye systems, Saab's advanced airborne surveillance system", Xinhua news agency reported.
"The order value is $1.018 billion and the contract period is 2020-2025," it added.
Saab said that GlobalEye provides simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance.
It combines sophisticated radar technology with the ultra-long-range Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier.
The company also said that the work will be carried out in Gothenburg, Linkoping, Arboga, Jarfalla and Lulea in Sweden and in Centurion, South Africa.
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