Vice Ad­mi­ral AB Singh is COS West­ern Naval Com­mand

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On 12 Jan­uary 2018, In­dia’s Po­lar Satel­lite Launch Ve­hi­cle PSLV-C40 made its forty-sec­ond flight, launch­ing the 710 kg Car­tosat-2 Se­ries Satel­lite for earth ob­ser­va­tion plus 30 co-pas­sen­ger satel­lites, to­gether weigh­ing about 613 kg at lift-off, from SHAR Sri­harikota. The other satel­lites com­prise one Mi­crosatel­lite and one Nanosatel­lite from In­dia as well as three Mi­crosatel­lites and 25 Nanosatel­lites from six coun­tries, namely Canada, Fin­land, France, Repub­lic of Korea, UK and USA. The to­tal weight of all the 31 satel­lites car­ried on­board PSLV-C40 was about 1323 kg. The 28 in­ter­na­tional satel­lites were launched as part of the com­mer­cial ar­range­ments be­tween the An­trix Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (An­trix), a Gov­ern­ment of In­dia com­pany un­der Depart­ment of Space (DOS), the com­mer­cial arm of ISRO and the in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Ajen­dra Ba­hadur Singh ( on the right in the pic­ture) took over as Chief of Staff, West­ern Naval Com­mand from Vice Ad­mi­ral Ravneet Singh on 15 Jan­uary 2018. Vice Ad­mi­ral AB Singh was the Deputy Com­man­derin-Chief, Strate­gic Forces Com­mand prior to his cur­rent ap­point­ment. The Flag Of­fi­cer has com­manded IN Ships Veer ( mis­sile ves­sel), Vind­hya­giri ( fri­gate), Tr­ishul ( guided mis­sile fri­gate) and Vi­raat ( air­craft car­rier). He has also been an in­struc­tor at NDA, Khadak­wasla, Nav­i­ga­tion and Di­rec­tion School, Kochi and Di­rect­ing Staff at DSSC Welling­ton. Vice Ad­mi­ral AB Singh has served at Naval Head­quar­ters as Deputy Di­rec­tor and Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor at the Directorate of Naval Plans.

Ra­jin­der Khanna is deputy NSA

Ra­jin­der Khanna, formerly head of the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) was ap­pointed deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA) on 2 Jan­uary 2018. He was ear­lier of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty (Neigh­bour­hood Stud­ies) in the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Sec­re­tar­iat, which pre­pares pol­icy pa­pers of neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing Pak­istan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Dr Vivek Lall joins Lock­heed Martin

Dr Vivek Lall, who has an en­vi­able record of work­ing with ma­jor US de­fence and aero­space com­pa­nies, has re­cently joined Lock­heed Martin as vice pres­i­dent, strat­egy and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Ear­lier, Dr Lall was with Gen­eral Atomics and played a key role in the ne­go­ti­a­tion for sell­ing Guardian UAVs to the gov­ern­ment of In­dia. He was also CEO and Pres­i­dent of Re­liance New Ven­tures, be­fore which he headed Boe­ing’s De­fence and Space op­er­a­tions in In­dia from 2007 till April 2011.

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