SP's Land Forces - Issue 2 - 2022

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    LEAD STORY
    The New Army Chief & His Challenges
    By Major General Atanu K. Pattanaik (Retd)

    General Manoj Pande takes over the reins of the Indian Army at a time when the world is facing many uncertainties domestically and globally. He has the leadership qualities of teamwork, open-mindedness, integrity, persistence, social intelligence, fairness and broad perspective necessary to take the bull by the horn.

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    NEW COAS
    Synergy, Indigenisation, Operational Preparedness: COAS General Manoj Pande
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    On assuming the appointment of the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Pande was presented with a Guard of Honour at South Block on May 1, 2022

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    TECHNOLOGY / KASSTECH
    Kasstech Aerospace Introducing New Solutions in the World of Technology
    By SP’s Correspondent

    Kasstech Aerospace, a DPIIT registered company, has been actively involved in providing technical solutions to the aerospace industry since 2019.

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    MAKE IN INDIA
    ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Defence Manufacturing: We are on Fast Track
    By Ravi Kant, Chairman & Managing Director, Munitions India Limited; Vijay Mittal, Joint Secretary, Government of india

    The innumerable steps taken by the Ministry of Defence in the recent past, corroborate to India’s ability to attain the vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

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    TECHNOLOGY
    Trends in Munitions
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Most of the major countries have been spending significantly on the procurement of smart munitions and precision guided weapons, which in turn has driven the demand for associated ammunition over the past few years. This trend is expected to continue in the next decade.

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    TECHNOLOGY
    Forging the Future with a Wearable Robot
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Bringing the iron man closer to home, Gavin Barnes, the lead engineer for Lockheed Martin’s exoskeleton technologies program, who was in Delhi recently demonstrated its strength to go the distance.

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    SOUTH ASIA
    Pakistan Support to Taliban Backfires
    By Lt General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant group also known as the Pakistani Taliban or the TTP has launched more than 124 terrorist attacks since the Taliban returned to power in Pakistan (including suicide attacks) from bases in Afghanistan

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    ARTILLERY
    K9 Vajra shows the way for Atmanirbharta
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The induction started into the Indian Army in 2018. The 51st K9 was delivered in January 2019 & the 100th K9 on February 18, 2021, well before schedule.

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    EXERCISES
    Airborne Exercises Along Northern Borders
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Amid the heightened tensions with China, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army conducted airborne exercises to validate rapid response capabilities and seamless integration

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    HELICOPTERS
    Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Serial Production Cleared
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This helicopter is equipped with all-weather combat capability to support the ground forces and would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force & Indian Army

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    MODERNISATION
    Spike ATGMs and Sig Sauer Rifles
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Army and the Indian Air Force have both begun to induct ATGMs. The Army is inducting Spike LR2 launchers and missiles, while the IAF is integrating its Mi-17V5 helicopters with Spike NLOS (non line of sight) missiles.

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    NEWS
    Third list comprising major equipment/platforms announced

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released the third positive indigenisation list of 101 items, comprising major equipment/platforms, in New Delhi on April 7, 2022.

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    NEWS
    First lady officer to join Army Aviation Corps

    Captain Abhilasha Barak became the first lady officer to join the Army Aviation Corps. She earned her wings on May 25, 2022, as a helicopter pilot, after completing a yearlong training at the Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik, Maharashtra.

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    Defence Minister invites companies for joint ventures in India

    The Defence Minister while addressing the members of American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM India) through video conferencing during its 30th Annual General Meeting on April 21, 2022, invited the US companies...

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    Pinaka Rocket Systems successfully flight-tested

    Pinaka Mk-I (Enhanced) Rocket System (EPRS) and Pinaka Area Denial Munition (ADM) rocket systems have been successfully flight-tested by DRDO and Indian Army at Pokhran Firing Ranges on April 9, 2022.

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    Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully flight tested

    Indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ was successfully flight tested on April 11, 2022 at high-altitude ranges as part of user validation trials.

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    NEWS
    Appointments

    Lt General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju took over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on May 1, 2022.
    Lt General Manoj Kumar Katiyar assumed the appointment of the Director General of Military Operations on May 11, 2022.

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

    General Manoj Pande took over as the new Chief of the Army Staff on May 1, 2022. We, at SP Guide Publications, congratulate General Pande on his appointment as the COAS and wish him all the success in his new role. Under his leadership, the Indian Army seems poised for glorious days ahead.