PAF’s F-86 Sabre at IAF Museum
The Indian Air Force (IAF) Museum at the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi is now open for visitors after staying closed for around a year due to Coronavirus pandemic. The centre of attraction at the museum is Pakistani Air Force (PAF) operated F-86 Sabre fighter jet. The aircraft that was supplied to Pakistan by the United States is getting ready for restoration works. India and Bangladesh are jointly commemorating the defeat of Pakistan in 1971 war. Dhaka has gifted the legacy F-86 Sabre aircraft to IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria as a return gift. The F-86 Sabre aircraft has arrived with Bangladeshi markings but it will be restored to its original paint scheme of the PAF by the staff of the museum. At the time of war, PAF had stationed 14 Chinese F-6 (MiG-19) and 14 F-86 Sabre aircraft at Dhaka. But the IAF jets had destroyed half of this fleet either on the ground or in dogfights. IAF’s Folland Gnat had scored three kills in single mission while intercepting 4 F-86 Sabre in 1971 war over West Bengal airspace. Hence it was nicknamed as ‘Sabre Slayer’.
CDS reviews progress of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is on a two-day visit of the Southern Naval Command (SNC). He reviewed the progress of work on the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) that is being constructed at the Cochin Shipyard. The CDS was accompanied by Vice Admiral A K Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command and other top officials where he was briefed about the ongoing works on the IAC. Last December, the IAC had successfully conducted its Basin Trials at the Shipyard and entered the final phase of the project. In Basin Trials, the ship machinery and equipment is tested in floating conditions before sea trials. General Rawat also reviewed the training infrastructure of the SNC, which is also the Training Command of the Indian Navy. He also visited various professional training schools and witnessed the Damage Control Training Facility at the naval base. He was also briefed of the environmental initiatives undertaken by the Command.
More Ops against Maoists: CRPF Chief
According to the Chief of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Kuldeep Singh, the attack of Maoists on CRPF personnel reflects their frustration over growing forces’ penetration in Chhattisgarh. The DG was in Raipur after at least 22 personnel were killed in an ambush by the Maoists in Bijapur which left more than 30 personnel injured. He said that lessons are learnt after every untoward incident and the changes brought by the Maoists will be studied to counter them effectively. The induction of five new battalions of CRPF in the Bastar region and the creation of new bases in remote areas of Basaguda, Minpa, Silger and Jagargunda has troubled the Maoists. According to DG, Maoists plan of deterring forces from establishing new camps by mounting heavy casualties won’t affect the forward moving policy of the forces. Strategy of the forces keeps changing as it is an evolving process. A Cordon and Search operation was going on against the Maoists along Bijapur-Sukma border including around 1500 personnel from six security camps. The ambush took place at the time of noon when the Maoists fired from country-made under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs) at a party returning from Jogagundam after an operation. The troops taken by surprise soon controlled the situation and retaliated. Members of ‘jan militia’ also launched an attack on the soldiers that were evacuating the injured. Then there was a burst fire from a Light Machine Gun (LMG) from a particular distance. When the party finally reached their base they discovered that 21 personnel were missing. He said that the more serious operations will be launched against the Maoists.
DRDO develops Advanced Chaff Technology
An Advanced Chaff Technology has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to safeguard the naval ships against the enemy missiles attack. DRDO’s laboratory Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ) has indigenously developed three variants of this critical technology- Short Range Chaff Rocket (SRCR), Medium Range Chaff Rocket (MRCR) and Long Range Chaff Rocket (LRCR). These variants have been designed to fulfil Indian Navy’s qualitative requirements. Development of this technology is one more step towards realizing the Atmanirbhar Bharat policy of the government. These variants were subjected to trials by the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea on Indian Naval Ship and their performance was satisfactory. Chaff is a passive expendable electronic countermeasure technology that is used worldwide to protect naval ships from enemy’s radar and Radio Frequency (RF) missile seekers. It works in this way- very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as a decoy to deflect enemy’s missiles for safety of the ships. The industry has been given the responsibility to produce the technology in large quantities. DRDO has gained expertise in various futuristic technologies to tackle any threat from the adversaries. Their job earned commendations from Defence Minister and higher officials of the Indian Navy.