SP's Land Forces - Issue 6 - 2018

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Issue Features

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    LEAD STORY
    ‘We Continue to Enhance our Capacity to Cater to Imminent Security Situations’: COAS

    Interaction of Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief of SP’s Land Forces with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat

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    LEAD STORY
    Indian Army to get new assault and sniper rifles, carbines this year: Army Chief
    By Vishal Thapar

    American Sig Sauer rifle and UAE’s Caracal carbine to kick off long-delayed small arms modernisation

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    INDIAN ARMY DAY
    71st Army Day Celebrations

    Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.

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    VALOUR
    Indian Army: “Nation Above All”
    By Lt General A.B. Shivane (Retd)

    “I am a Warrior, defending my Nation is my Dharma. I will train my mind, body and spirit to fight. Excel in all devices and weapons of war – present and future.

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    DOCTRINE
    Indian Army Land Warfare Doctrine 2018
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Doctrine mentions deployment and application of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs), which is also planned in the restructuring of the Army.

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    AIR DEFENCE
    Air Defence Guns — Current and Future Relevance
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    It implies that the manufacture of the guns will start around 2033. Notionally if 1000 guns are required and rate of production is 24 guns/year then the last gun will be manufactured after about 42 years.

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    EXERCISE
    Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018
    By Rohit Goel

    Exercise Hand-in-Hand is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India and China.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Indian Army Getting Sniper Guns used in Afghanistan, Iraq
    By Vishal Thapar

    Italian Beretta Lapua Magnum and American Barrett M95 guns to replace the ageing Soviet-origin Dragonov rifles

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Lockheed Martin Receives $1.8 Billion Contract for PAC-3 Missiles

    The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defence capabilities under a $1.8 billion contract for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Light Utility Helicopter project achieves another milestone

    Soon after flying at 6 kms altitude recently, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) project of HAL gathered momentum as the third prototype (PT3) made its maiden flight on December 14, 2018.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Successful test firing of longrange missile Agni V

    Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface Nuclear Capable Ballistic missile, was successfully launched from a canister on a road mobile launcher at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha recently.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Appointments

    Lt General S.K. Sharma assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff, Northern Command at Udhampur on December 31, 2018.

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    Editorial
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 because on this day Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa (then a Lt General) took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.