15 Army men will be awarded Sena Medal on Army Day
15 Army men will be awarded Sena Medal on Army Day, 15th January, 5 of them posthumously for gallantry during counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The award gives recognition to acts of exceptional bravery and devotion to service in keeping with the spirit of National Duty.
Major Ketan Sharma [19 Rashtriya Riffles (Engineers), posthumously]: On June 16, 2019, he killed a terrorist and saved life of his colleagues despite being severely injured. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.
Naik Subhedar Tsewang Gulshan [5th Battalion Ladakh Scouts Regiment, posthumously] : He saved life of a soldier trapped in an avalanche, disregarding his own safety at Kansing post of Siachen Glacier and attained martyrdom on Nov 30, 2019.
Sepoy Rambir [34th Battalion Rashtriya Riffle (Jat Regiment), posthumously] : On August 1, 2019, in a village in J & K in cordon operation, quite daringly he broke his own cover in order to reach his injured colleague. He kept terrorists engaged with heavy fire and got grievously injured while saving Colleague’s life and later succumbed to his injuries.
Naik Sandeep Singh [10 Para (Special Forces), posthumously]: On February 1, 2019, during cordon and search operation, this brave man killed 2 terrorists but got injured and attained martyrdom.
Grenadier Hari Shankar [4th Batallion Grenadiers Regiment, posthumously] : On March 23, 2019, at a forward post along LOC, he fired an anti-material rifle, with absolute precision and inflicted casualties on the enemy, but got injured and attained martyrdom.
Major Archit Goswami [4 Battalion Parachute regiment (Special Forces)]: On August 20, 2019, he successfully eliminated a terrorist in J&K.
Major Gooty Balaji Niranjan [Army Aviation Corps]: He will be honored for hovering helicopter for about 20 minutes during search and rescue paratrooper operation on April 25, 2019, in Haldwani.
Major Sachin Andotra [34 Batallion Rashtriya Riffles (Army Service Corps)]: awarded for eliminating 2 terrorists in valley.
Major Aman Singh [44 Rashtriya Rifles (Armored Corps)]: For killing a terrorist in chase combat at the LoC on November 10, 2019.
Major Krunal Thakre [46 Rashtriya Rifles (Sikh Regiment)]: Eliminated a terrorist in forward area of valley.
Captain Abhishek Katoch [3 Rashtriya Rifles (Corps of Electronics Mechanical Engineers)]: Killed a terrorist in the valley.
Subedar K. Laldingliana [42 Battalion Rashtriya Rifle (Assam Regiment)]: Will be awarded for eliminating terrorist in counter terror operation.
Lance Hawaldar Powar Vikas Vasant [4 Battalion Maratha Light Infantry]: Will be awarded for killing 3 terrorists at the LoC.
Naik Surendra Singh Rautela [13 Rashtriya Rifles (Kumaon Regiment)]: Will be decorated for eliminating a terrorist and subduing another in a heavy-populated built up area.
Sepoy Rajpal [19 Battalion Rashtriya Rifles (Regiment of Artillery)]: Will be awarded for saving life of colleague amidst heavy fire of the enemy.
Compact 9 mm sub-machine gun called ASMI (Pride)
Faced with short of alternatives to replace a World War 2 period’s vintage sterling carbine, the weapon that fired 9×19 mm cartridge, Army often resorted to piecemeal imports of the likes of German H&K MP5, MP9 and Uzi.
A young officer from Infantry School Lt. Col Prasad Bansod designed the first prototype of Compact 9 mm sub-machine gun called ASMI (Pride). The prototype was produced in just 4 months in collaboration with DRDO’s Pune based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE).
The weapon was test fired over 300 rounds each. The one being developed is a smaller and sub-compact version of weapon weighing less than 1.5 kg. (An empty AK-47 rifle weighs 3.4 kg). The weapon has following features: operates on simple blowback principle, 33 rounds high capacity magazine, 100 m range, rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute, 8-inch barrel, upper made of aircraft aluminium and lower made of carbon fiber. The Indian Army is going to file patent and is looking for production partners for mass production. The weapon will be provided to state police forces as well as exports. The purported cost of 40,000-50,000 per weapon is one-third of cost of imported sub-machine guns like MP5.
Military Personnel have themselves designed world’s best small arms. During World War 2, General Mikhail Kalashnikov designed AK-47, Israeli Major Uziel Gal designed Uzi machine gun in late 1940s. In 2019, Lt. Colonel Prasad reverse engineered an INSAS rifle to produce a bull-pup carbine variant with short barrel. But the quality control issues linked with production of INSAS rifles made imports necessary. Army is prompting its won officers to drive import substitution technology. Major Anoop Mishra of CME, Pune has designed an AK-47 bullet resistant helmet and jacket along with anti-personnel mine resistant boots. Army’s Shimla based ARTRAC command is identifying areas where army engineers can provide high-end technology solutions. Asmi also has to face issues like those of consistency and quality control when it enters mass production phase.
Army one of the most capable and professional armies in the world
Defending Indian Borders along Western, Northern and Eastern fronts, Indian Army is one of the most capable and professional armies in the world. Personnel clad in ‘Olive Greens’ have proved their mettle times and again against internal as well as external challenges ranging from counter-terrorism operations in J&K to aid to civil authorities during disasters.
Year 2020 has produced dual challenges for the entire world of Covid-19 and China. Two countries with largest populations are in a bitter face off over territorial issues. Hostilities between India and China took harsh turn when 20 Indian soldiers and an unidentified number of Chinese soldiers died during violent clash in Galwan region of LAC. India gave a befitting reply to Chinese provocations and in response to expanded forces of the enemy, has deployed additional troops along with required equipments in forward areas. The retaliation by Indian Army is non-escalating in nature, only to tactfully tackle to expansionist ideas of the adversary. With its foresight, Indian Army foiled the Chinese plan of occupying crucial heights along Pangong Tso, giving advantage to Indian troops stationed at considerable height.
Troops in the sub-zero temperature in the Himalayas have been provided with Advance Winter Stocking to keep them battle ready in such harsh conditions.
In Jammu & Kashmir with ‘Whole of the Government’ approach, Indian Army has consistently improved the conditions therein vis-à-vis proxy war by Pakistan. The infiltration of terrorists and their funding has been proactively tackled. Indian Army has also zeroed in on smuggling network of ammunitions and contraband along with North Western as well as North Eastern region. This has helped in eliminating most of these network channels. The cross-border skirmishes of Indian Army in Myanmar has eliminated many insurgent havens there resultantly reducing level of insurgency in North Eastern region and enhancing peace conditions there.
Indian Army was at the forefront in Covid-19 response action plan. Army provided for 113 hospitals catering to 12,000 patients across the nation. Army also extended Quarantine Facilities to 4,000 expats.
Moreover, Indian Army also catered to friendly foreign nations with specialist manpower, medicines and Covid Management techniques.
2020 has laid foundations for integration of three branches of Indian Armed Forces. Along with paving way for modernization, Indian Army is actively engaging in development of indigenous technology and equipment in keeping with the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India Policy.