Min­istry of De­fence

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INSV Tarini en­tered Port Stan­ley (Falk­land is­lands) to­day dur­ing it’s maiden voy­age to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe. This is the first-ever In­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by an all-women crew. The ves­sel is skip­pered by Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Var­tika Joshi, and the crew com­prises Lieu­tenant Com­man­ders Prat­i­bha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieu­tenants S Vi­jaya Devi, B Aish­warya and Payal Gupta. Smt Nir­mala Sithara­man, Hon’ble Rak­sha Mantri had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 Septem­ber 17. The ves­sel has cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately 15000 Nau­ti­cal miles from Goa, cross­ing the Equa­tor on 25 Septem­ber 17, Cape Leeuwin on 09 Novem­ber 17 and Cape Horn on 18 Jan­uary 18. The ves­sel and the crew ex­pe­ri­enced rough weather and stormy winds dur­ing the pas­sage across the Pa­cific ocean that spanned 41 days. This cou­pled with the ex­tremely cold cli­matic con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in the re­gion, proved to be a daunt­ing task to over­come for the In­dian Navy crew. Winds in ex­cess of 60 knots and waves upto 7 me­ters were ex­pe­ri­enced on this leg of the pas­sage. The in­dige­nously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sail­ing ves­sel, which was in­ducted in the In­dian Navy ear­lier this year, and show­cases the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive on the In­ter­na­tional fo­rum. The ex­pe­di­tion ti­tled ‘Navika Sa­gar Parikrama’, is in con­so­nance with the Na­tional pol­icy to em­power women to at­tain their full po­ten­tial. It also aims to show­case ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world plat­form and help revo­lu­tionise so­ci­etal at­ti­tudes and mind­set to­wards women in In­dia by rais­ing vis­i­bil­ity of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in chal­leng­ing en­vi­rons. The ves­sel is sched­uled to re­turn to Goa in April 2018, on com­ple­tion of the voy­age. The ex­pe­di­tion is be­ing cov­ered in five legs, with stop-overs at four ports: Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia), Lyt­tle­ton (New Zealand), Port Stan­ley (Falk­lands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Presently, the ves­sel has cov­ered three of the five legs of the voy­age, with the first port halt at Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia) in Oc­to­ber and the se­cond at Lyt­tel­ton (New Zealand) in Novem­ber last year. The crew has also been col­lat­ing and up­dat­ing me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal, ocean and wave data on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for ac­cu­rate weather fore­cast by In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD), as also mon­i­tor­ing ma­rine pol­lu­tion on the high seas. They would in­ter­act ex­ten­sively with the lo­cal pop­u­lace, es­pe­cially chil­dren, dur­ing the port halt to pro­mote Ocean sail­ing and the spirit of ad­ven­ture.

Suc­cess­ful Fifth Flight Test of Agni-5 Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile

Long Range Sur­face-to-Sur­face Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile, Agni-5, was

suc­cess­fully flight tested for its full range to­day at 0953 hrs from Dr Ab­dul Kalam Is­land, Odisha. This was the fifth test of the Mis­sile and the third con­sec­u­tive one from a can­is­ter on a road mo­bile launcher. All the five mis­sions have been suc­cess­ful. The flight per­for­mance of the mis­sile was tracked and mon­i­tored by radars, range sta­tions and track­ing sys­tems all through the mis­sion. All ob­jec­tives of the mis­sion have been suc­cess­fully met. This suc­cess­ful test of Agni-5 reaf­firms the coun­try’s indige­nous mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties and fur­ther strength­ens our cred­i­ble de­ter­rence. The launch op­er­a­tions were led by Project Di­rec­tor, Agni-5, Shri G Ra­m­aguru and Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor, Agni, Shri MRM Babu. Sci­en­tific Ad­viser to Rak­sha Mantri and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Mis­siles and Strate­gic Sys­tems Dr G Satheesh Reddy wit­nessed the launch. Di­rec­tors of De­fence Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) Labs namely ASL, DRDL, ITR, RCI and TBRL re­viewed the en­tire launch op­er­a­tions. Se­nior of­fi­cials from the Armed Forces were present on the oc­ca­sion. Chair­man DRDO & Sec­re­tary DDR&D Dr S Christo­pher con­grat­u­lated Agni-5 team and said that the fifth con­sec­u­tive suc­cess­ful flight test of Agni-5 is a ma­jor boost to coun­try’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Rak­sha Mantri Smt Nir­mala Sithara­man while in­au­gu­rat­ing the De­fence In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Meet at Chen­nai, shared her hap­pi­ness on the suc­cess­ful flight test of Agni-5. She con­grat­u­lated DRDO on this suc­cess­ful feat and also lauded the in­dus­tries who con­trib­uted to the man­u­fac­ture of indige­nous tech­nolo­gies that went into the mak­ing of the mis­sile.

Rak­sha Mantri takes to Skies in an IAF Su-30 MKI

Af­ter her re­cent visit to INS Vikra­ma­ditya, the air­craft car­rier of the In­dian Navy, Rak­sha Mantri Smt Nir­mala Sithara­man, on her visit to Air Force Sta­tion Jodhpur, took to the skies in the for­mi­da­ble Su-30 MKI fighter air­craft of 31 Squadron. In her 45 min­utes of sor­tie, she was demon­strated some of the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics and strengths of this mighty twin en­gine Air Su­pe­ri­or­ity Fighter (ASF). She is the first woman De­fence Min­is­ter of In­dia to fly a sor­tie in an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter air­craft. To gauge the oper­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and pre­pared­ness of the de­fence forces, the Rak­sha Mantri has been vis­it­ing var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments of the Armed Forces. Th­ese vis­its go a long way in en­hanc­ing the mo­ti­va­tion of the de­fence per­son­nel as they get an op­por­tu­nity to per­son­ally in­ter­act with the RM her­self. Af­ter her sor­tie on the mul­ti­role ASF, she ad­dressed and in­ter­acted with the Air War­riors of Air Force Sta­tion, Jodhpur and con­grat­u­lated them on their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, high state of morale and mo­ti­va­tion. Dur­ing the visit, she was also briefed on em­ploy­ment of Air Power in the de­fence of our coun­try. Ow­ing to its ver­sa­tile ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Su-30 MKI forms an in­te­gral and the most po­tent com­po­nent of our na­tion’s Air Power. Re­cently, ‘BrahMos’ Su­per­sonic Air Launched Cruise Mis­sile and ‘As­tra’ Be­yond Vis­ual Range Air-to-Air Mis­sile, was in­te­grated and suc­cess­fully fired from this plat­form. With th­ese ad­vance­ments, the reach with air-to-air re­fu­el­ing and stand­off per­for­mance, Su-30 MKI is a truly po­tent plat­form and is bol­ster­ing IAF’s strate­gic ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Hon'ble Prime Min­siter, Naren­dra Modi

Rak­sha Mantri Smt Nir­mala Sithara­man

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