Monday, April 12, 2010

“Honey Trap” Will Haunt The Naval Officer For Life

Shailesh Kumar
New Delhi
The Russuian honey trap will haunt commodore Sukhjinder Singh for life even if he comes clean out of it. As Sukhjinder has a daughter of 17 years of age whom, commodore has to face many times a day. The world knows about the sex scandal commodore is in immaterial fallen or trapped.
Sukhjinder Singh, Navy commodore, who presently said to be posted as the Principle Director in Aircraft Carrier Acquisition Project in Delhi, is under scanner for alleged personal misconduct during his tenure in Russia. Navy is conducting a board of enquiry (BoI) against the allegation of personal misconduct of Commodore Sukhjinder Singh while he was posted in Russia's Severodvinsk town near Sevmash Shipyard where the refitting of Admiral Gorsakov is going on.
As per Navy Sources Sukhjinder Singh was the engineering officer in Navy's Warship Oversteering Team looking after the refitting and technical requirement related Quality Assurance. Commodore Sukhjinder attended only few meetings of the price negotiation team. Navy sources tell that it is unlikely that his personal misconduct, if proved could have affected the price of Aircraft Carrier. It is unlikely to break the chain of command. Commodore Sukhjinder Singh was reporting to a Rear Admiral in Delhi. This Rear Admiral reported to a Vice Admiral who in turn was reporting to another Vice Admiral, who finally was reporting to the Chief of Naval Staff.
Severodvinsk is a small town with almost all the officers family living together. It is told by the sources that the officer in question was also put up along with his family during his tenure in Russia between 2005- 2007. He has a daughter of aroung 17 years of current age. Sukhjinder Singh, was commanding around 25 junior Naval officers, whose family was also living there. Navy’s highly placed sources, who know Sukhjinder Singh told me that “it is unlikely that he may have fooled his family or juniors for so long”. Then how come his pictures were sent to the Naval Headquarters around 10 days back. Navy officially confirmed of the obscene pictures but refused to comment on the possibility of pictures with more than one Russian woman in compromising position. There is possibility of checking the background of the woman in picture whether she has any linkages with the arms dealer or the Russian party involved in the price negotiations.
Navy spokesperson Commander PVS Satish confirmes “Navy had information of alleged misconduct around 10 days back. After which, a board of inquiry was set up under an Admiral, a three star rank officer. The BoI is looking after whether the officer’s personal misconduct had any bearing on the price negotiation or the final price of the Aircraft Carrier”.
There could also be a possibility of framing the Naval officer in a sex scandal, which really never existed. If there is an effect on the final price of the Admiral Gorsakov, than it could not be possible because of just one person fallen in a honey trap! Because “there were so many officers involved in the negotiations and moreover Sukhjinder Singh was replaced by many officers by now. At least 40 officer must have changed from the time negotiation were put in place. It is impossible to bring all the officers in the honey trap”, said a naval source closely associated with the India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Program.
A retired commodore put the blame on Russians. He says that “Russians always do that. Around 8 years back an Admiral was looted by a Russian lady and allegations were cropped against the Admiral as that lady entered in his room while he was wrapped in a towel. Her associates clicked pictured of both, which were later leaked to the media. But finally what happened to that. Truth came out but admiral had to face lot of embarrassment”. Was the Commodore Sukhjinder Singh photographed under drugs? Then why did he not reported it to the seniors in navy if he had any doubt of such incident happened to him. Naval Intelligence always caution officers in a classroom leaving for overseas missions. The officers are instructed of having good conduct as they represent the country. Officers are told to stay away or maintain a distance with the ladies in a foreign country. “But it is hard to completely avoid the ladies as there are many counterparts and you have to interact with them to perform your duty”. All the officers on such overseas assignments are under Naval intelligence and RAW scanner. But why this sex scandal gone unnotices is another big question. The board of enquiry would be over in a few days but the malign of honey trap would haunt the officer for life even if he comes clean out of it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

PARLIAMENT QUESTIONS (MoD)- RAJYA SABHA, MARCH 10, 2010

TEJAS FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIPS OF NAVY

New Delhi
March 10, 2010
The prototype of the naval variant of Tejas aircraft is being built for aircraft carrier. The project has lagged behind its schedule due to various requirements connected with the development of a new aircraft.
Deficiencies have been detected in the airframe and other associated equipment of the aircraft. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working out modalities with various organisations for rectifying these deficiencies by suitable modifications to the engine / airframe design.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania and Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi in Rajya Sabha today.

ACCIDENT OF IAF AIRCRAFT / HELICOPTERS
New Delhi
March 10, 2010
MiG – 21 fighter aircraft crashed near Bagdogra in West Bengal on February 19, 2010. Every IAF aircraft accident is investigated by a Court of Inquiry and remedial measures taken thereon.
In the past six months (September, 2009 to March 04, 2010) six fighter aircrafts and one helicopter of IAF have crashed. Preliminary causes of the accidents were Human Error / Technical defects
Various measures to reduce aircraft accidents including operational risk management, crew resource management and improvised training on aviation safety have been implemented to generate a safer flying culture. Visit of all flying bases by senior aviation safety functionaries of IAF have been undertaken to apprise and caution operating units about the causes of accidents. Continuous and multi-faceted effort is always underway to enhance and upgrade flight safety. Constant interaction with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), both indigenous and foreign, is also maintained to overcome the technical defects of aircraft. In addition anti-bird measures are also undertaken.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Smt Shobhana Bhartia in Rajya Sabha today.

UPGRADATION OF EXISTING FLEET OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
New Delhi
March 10, 2010
The Government has signed a contract for upgrade of the MiG-29 aircraft with M/s Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC MiG) on March 07, 2008. The total cost of the contract is USD 964,082,937.46. The MiG-29 aircraft upgrade is planned in two phases namely Design & Development phase in Russia followed by series upgrade in India.
The Government has signed a contract for ugpradation of AN-32 aircraft with M/s Spets Techno Export, Ukraine on June 15, 2009.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Gireesh Kumar Sanghi in Rajya Sabha today.

SHORTAGE OF OFFICERS IN ARMED FORCES
New Delhi
March 10, 2010
There has been shortage of officers in the Armed Forces. The shortage of officers in the Army is around 11,500 and in the Navy, the shortage is 1606. The number of vacancies in Air Force is 1342.
The shortage is partly attributable to accretions in the Armed Forces from time to time, tough selection procedures, difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk involved in service career.
A number of steps have been taken to attract the talented youth to join the Defence Forces. All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after two, six and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 to 14 years. A total number of 750 posts of Lt. Col have been upgraded to Colonel towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-I). Further, 1896 additional posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lieutenant General and their equivalents in the other two Services have been upgraded towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-II). The implementation of the recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers of Armed Forces, is expected to make the Services more attractive.
The Armed Forces have also undertaken sustained image projection and publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career. Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools, colleges are also some of the other measure in this direction.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Tariq Anwar in Rajya Sabha today.

COMPLAINTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AGAINST ARMED FORCES
New Delhi
March 10, 2010
The number of complaints from J&K regarding Human Rights abuse (year-wise) against the Army personnel during the last six years are as under:

Year
No. of Complaints

2004
13

2005
34

2006
21

2007
27

2008
17

2009
21

Total
133
The year-wise number of requests for permission to prosecute Army personnel during the same period, year-wise are as under:
Year

No. of Requests
2004

2005
02

2006
16

2007
10

2008
09

2009
01

Total
38

No permission for prosecution was granted during the same period.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri GN Ratanpuri in Rajya Sabha today.

ACQUISITION OF C-17 GLOBE MASTER – III AIRCRAFT
New Delhi
March 10, 2010
Government proposes to get 10 C-17 Globe master – III giant strategic aircraft from US and sent a letter of request to the US Government. The proposal to procure C-17 Globemaster II aircraft from the US Government to meet the strategic airlift requirement of Indian Air Force was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council on October 19, 2009. The Letter of Request was issued to the United States Government on January 01, 2010.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri A Elavarasan in Rajya Sabha today.

MISSION SEVEN SUMMITS BY INDIAN AIR FORCE

IAF team consisting of five air warriors has successfully returned after hoisting the Indian tricolour and the IAF flag on top of the highest peak of South American continent – Mt Aconcagua(6962mts). The expedition was part of the IAF Mission Seven Summit’ in which air warriors plan to attempt the highest peaks of all seven continents. The team had to negotiate long treks of 8-9 hours through the dry, treacherous, barren and dusty mountains. Strong winds and chilled factor made the things difficult.
Admiring the spirit of the team, the expedition was flagged-in by Air Mshl J N Burma, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration (AOA) in a befitting ceremony in Air Head Quarters on 11 Mar 2010. Wg Cdr R C Tripathi, leader of the Mission Seven Summit handed over the Ice-Axe containing Tricolor and IAF flag to the AOA to mark the flag-in ceremony. Other members of the expedition were Wg Cdr Jai Kishan, Sqn Ldr Namit Rawat, JWO Nikku Choudhury and JWO Suresh Pal.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL SN HANDA TAKES OVER AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF INFANTRY

Lieutenant General SN Handa would assume the appointment of Director General of Infantry at Army Headquarters on 12 Mar 2010.
Commissioned on 14 Nov 71 into the 5th Battalion of the 3rd Gorkha Rifles on the eve of Indo - Pak War 1971. He has served along the borders of the country from Rajasthan and Punjab in the West to J&K in North, Himachal – Tibet Border in the Centre and Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh in the East in different environments. He commanded his battalion at Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab) at the peak of Punjab militancy from 1990 – 1993, an Infantry Brigade during Op Parakram and Op Aman (Gujarat Riots) and was later Deputy General Officer Commanding of an infantry division in Op Parakaram. He has also commanded the Ahmedabad based Golden Katar division in 2005 – 06 and was Chief of Staff of Strategic15 Corps in the Srinagar Valley in 2007 and commanded Jodhpur based 12 Corps after which he assumed the appointment of the Chief of Staff, HQ South Western Command. Gen S N Handa is the President of the Gorkha Brigade Fraternity and the Colonel of the Third Gorkha Rifles Regiment. As Director General Infantry he will play a pivotal role in the ongoing transformation of the Infantry soldier to a modern net centric subunit.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Vayushakti-2010 at Chandan Air to Air Range in Pokhran

PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO KABUL MARTYRS

Indian Navy's Mhadei's Arrival at Cape Town

A weathered yet jubilant Cdr Donde making head way towards Cape Town, South Africa on 25 Feb 10




A South African yachtsman escorting Mhadei as a gesture of solidarity and appreciation at Cape Town, South Africa on 25 Feb 10