New Delhi: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defence of the United States of America on Monday 26 October reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning military to military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues and ways to take bilateral cooperation forward.
The US Secretary of Defence is visiting India for the 2+2 Ministerial Meeting.
Both the Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close engagements between the respective Armed Forces. They discussed potential new areas of cooperation, both at Service to Service level and at the joint-level. They called for continuation of existing defence dialogue mechanisms during the pandemic, at all levels, particularly the Military Cooperation Group (MCG). They also discussed requirements of expanding deployments of liaison officers.
The two ministers were satisfied that Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) will be signed during the visit. US Secretary of Defence welcomed Australia’s participation in exercise MALABAR 2020.
Singh underscored the initiatives being taken under the ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT (Self-reliant India) programme to encourage investments in the defence industry in India and invited US companies to avail the benefit of the liberalized policies and the favorable Defence Industry ecosystem in India.
Moscow: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), including in the Galwan valley in the Western Sector of the India-China Border Areas in the last few months to China.
Singh has emphasised that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements and not in keeping with the understandings reached between the Special Representatives of two sides.
India’s Defence Minister asserted this during his meeting with General Wei Fenghe, State Councillor and Defence Minister of China on 4 September in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.
The two Ministers had frank and in-depth discussions about the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
Singh stated clearly that while the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management, but at the same time there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
State Councillor and Defence Minister of China said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping and continue to solve the issues through dialogue and consultation, strictly follow the various bilateral agreements, strengthen the regulation of frontline troops and not undertake any provocative actions that might escalate the situation. The two sides should focus on the overall situation of India-China relations and work together to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible, and maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas. The Chinese Defence Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers.
India’s Defence Minister said that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of our bilateral relations and that two sides should not allow differences to become disputes. Accordingly, the two sides should resolve the ongoing situation and outstanding issues in the border areas peacefully through dialogue. The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed that Chinese side too desired to resolve the issues peacefully. Raksha Mantri advised that it was important therefore that Chinese side should work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols on maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas, strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not make attempts to unilaterally change status quo. He further said that the current situation should be handled responsibly and that neither side should take any further action that could either complicate the situation or escalate matters in the border areas. Raksha Mantri conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC at the earliest.
Ambala/New Delhi: On the touch down of Rafale combat aircraft in India on Wednesday 29 July, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History.
These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the IAF, Singh added.
Congratulating the IAF on a professionally executed ferry, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “I am sure that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will continue to live upto their motto of “Udayam Ajasram”. I am extremely happy that IAF’s combat capability has got a timely boost”.
This aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar and other sensors and Electronic Warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world. Its arrival in India will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country, the Defence Minister emphasised.
Singh further said that the Rafale jets were purchased only because Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the right decision to get these aircrafts through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France, after the long pending procurement case for them could not progress.
Singh has thanked the Prime Minister for his bold initiative and for his courage & decisiveness.
He has also thanked the French Government, Dassault Aviation and other French companies for ensuring the timely delivery of the aircraft and its weapons, despite the severe restrictions posed by COVID pandemic.
The Arrow formation (Rafales) was given ceremonial welcome by SU-30s when it enetered the Indian skies.
New Delhi: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic discussion with Defence Minister of Israel Lt Gen Benjamin Gantz On Friday 24 July.
Both Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress of strategic cooperation between the two countries and discussed possibilities of further strengthening the defence engagements.
They also expressed satisfaction at the ongoing collaboration in research and development in fighting pandemic COVID-19 which will not only benefit the two countries but also aid the larger humanitarian cause. Singh invited greater participation of Israeli defence companies under new liberalised foreign direct investment (FDI) regime in defence manufacturing.
The two Ministers exchanged views on regional developments. Defence Minister of Israel responded positively to an invitation from Singh to visit India at the earliest opportunity.
IAF and operational preparedness On Friday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) concluded its three day Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) after a series of discussions and reviews on operational preparedness and strategies for countering security threats envisaged across the entire spectrum. They discussed the current situation and thereafter carried out a thorough review of the IAF’s transformation roadmap for the next decade
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane addressed the Conference and interacted with the Commanders as well as the Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) at Air HQ on matters of jointness and integrated war fighting. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) reviewed the status and issues related to all Commands as well as branches at Air HQ.
In his closing address, the CAS articulated Vision 2030 laying down the milestones for transformation of IAF in the coming decade. He stated that it was important to recognize the nature of emerging threats in a rapidly changing world. He also emphasised on the need for rapid capacity building, increase in serviceability of all assets and dedicated work towards effective integration of new technologies in the shortest timeframes. He reiterated that the IAF’s long term goals for sustainable capability mandate the acquisition and employment of niche technologies and development of indigenous platforms and weapons. The Chief stated that since human resource was the most valuable asset of the IAF, recruitment, training and motivation strategies should keep pace with the changing times.
Lukung, Leh (Ladakh): India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today gave a firm warning to China and said: ” I have full faith and confidence in the Indian armed forces…if any power tries to set its eyes on even an inch of our territory and attack our national pride, we will respond adequately and give a befitting reply”
The Defence Minister was addressing Indian troops at ground zero on the forward post of Lukung, Leh in Ladakh on Friday 17 July.
Singh said that India will not forget the martyrdom of the soldiers who laid down their life for the cause of the nation while fighting the Chinese troops in the Galwan valley. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that their sacrifice will not go in vain.
Singh told the Indian troops that talks are on – both at the military and diplomatic levels – between India and China to settle the border dispute. Matter should be resolved but he cannot guarantee how far we will succeed, he said adding he can certainly give the assurance that no power on earth can claim even an inch of Indian territory.
Singh further said: “India is the only country that has conveyed the message of peace to the entire world and we have never attacked nor taken even an inch of another country’s territory. In fact we follow the tenet of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम) – an ancient Indian philosophy that inculcates the understanding that the whole world is one family , the Minister said and this should not be construed as our weakness. We are not a weak nation. We have a Prime Minister who takes decisions.”
The Defence Minister also recalled the supreme sacrifice and paid glowin g tyributes to the Indian soldiers who had laid down their life during the Kargil War.
Indian andRussian Defence Ministers discuss international security and military cooperation
Russia will take forward ongoing Defence contracts in a shorter time
Moscow: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, after reviewing Indo-Russion defence relationship with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov on Tuesday 23 June said that India has been assured that ongoing contracts will not just be maintained, in a number of cases they will be taken forward in a shorter time.
What India’s defence Minister underscored in Moscow on Tuesday regarding Indo-Russian defence relationship is significant due to last week’s standoff and barbaric attack on Indian Army personnel at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh by the PLA.
Singh said that all proposals from India have received positive response from the Russian side and he was fully satisfied with his discussions with Yury Borisov, who visted Singh in this hotel, despite the restrictions of the pandemic.
Earlier in the morning, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin held talks with with India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.
The two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in military and technical sphere, and expressed interest in further strengthening multi-faceted ties and strategic partnership between the two countries.
Singh is in Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defence to attend the 75th Anniversary of Victory Day Parade on Wednesday.
Singh’s visit to Moscow is the first foreign visit from India of an official delegation after the COVID pandemic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modilater this year.
Bengaluru: Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh has scripted history by becoming the first “Raksha Mantri” (Defence Minister) to fly the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’.
Singh undertook a 30-minute sortie in the indigenously-built multi-role fighter aircraft with Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari, at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru this morning.
The defence Minister described his experience of flying the fourth-generation aircraft as ’thrilling and special’. Congratulating HAL, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for building the multi-role fighter aircraft, Singh said demand has been received for ‘Tejas’ from different countries. He expressed pride that India has reached a stage where fighter aircraft and arms & ammunition can be exported to the world.
Singh also praised the Indian Air Force as well as Army & Navy for their professionalism, courage and bravery. “I am proud of the soldiers of our Armed Forces”, he said.
Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari said Raksha Mantri even controlled ‘Tejas’ in the air for some time and was shown the Avionics and Sophisticated Systems onboard the aircraft. He said “Rajnath Singh was very happy with the quality and smoothness of the aircraft”.
Earlier, the Defence Minister was briefed about the functioning of the ‘Tejas’ by senior officials of Air Force.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO; R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL and other senior officials of DRDO and HAL were present on the occasion.
Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.