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Hawaii Gov. David Ige recently noted that Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum made history as the first Native Hawaiian female to attain the rank of general officer in the Army.

Her 34 years in the Army — leading up to her retirement in a ceremony last week on the fantail of the battleship Missouri — charted the increasing inclusivity of the military.

“We lead the way, really, in diversity and inclusion in our nation, ” said Vares-Lum, who most recently was mobilization assistant to the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on Oahu. “In fact, we’ve seen it over the last century, paving the way to integration for all races and women (having a seat ) at the table.”

Vares-Lum, who joined the Army Reserve as a private first class in 1986, said that if anyone had told her she would work for two four-star admirals at Indo-Pacific Command, “meeting the most incredible people around the world, I know I would not have believed you.”

Both Ige and Adm. Phil Davidson, head of Indo-Pacific Command, pointed to Vares-Lum’s strong connection to Hawaii and ability to make an impact in her home state and around the Pacific as part of a U.S. military that’s historically rooted in the islands.

Davidson said that after he took command about three years ago, he charged Vares-Lum with direct management of advancing Indo-Pacific Command’s “deep and enduring ” relationship with the Aloha State. Since then she’s taken on wider engagement duties across the region.

“She has inculcated a common sense of respect for the land, the people and the culture of Hawaii, ” Davidson said.

Ige said Vares-Lum has been a “trailblazer ” who is a “Wahiawa girl at heart and a proud public school graduate of Aiea High School.”

She also is a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, “one of the nation’s most prestigious awards given to individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to serving the nation while exemplifying the values and spirit of America, ” Ige said.

Vares-Lum said in an email that her mother is from Tokyo and her father, who grew up in Paia, Maui, was of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Tahitian, English and Portuguese descent.

Her father, who retired as an Army sergeant first class, met her mother while he was stationed in Japan.

Vares-Lum, in her retirement remarks aboard the Missouri, pointed to the high level of U.S. military service in the region.

“A study of recruiting data found that Pacific Islanders—and of course that includes our Native Hawaiian community—join the U.S. Army at a rate of 249 % higher than any other ethnic group, ” Vares-Lum said. “I believe this stems from the connection the Department of Defense has to our islands, and the strong desire to protect it and our families.”

She added that “Hawaii is my home, in the middle of this vast Pacific Ocean, the blue continent, and it is the crossroads of the Pacific, a place that upholds the values of aloha, that brings together the diversity of cultures, languages and traditions nested in Hawaiian values and American values.”

Vares-Lum, 53, a University of Hawaii graduate, spent most of her career in Hawaii but also was in Germany from 1990 through 1993 and deployed in 2005 to Iraq as the first female senior intelligence officer with the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Davidson said Vares-Lum was the first woman to perform the duties of acting Indo-Pacific deputy commander and acting chief of staff.

She’s been Davidson’s principal adviser on “homeland ” issues in Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

Her “relentless advocacy and engaging with government and civic leaders ” have paved the way for critical systems including the Guam Defense System, a tactical over-the-horizon radar in Palau and the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, Davidson said.

Vares-Lum helped with the development of “divert ” airfields in Tinian and Saipan, Davidson said, and established at Indo-Pacific Command a joint-use land board to facilitate retention and continued training at key areas such as the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island.

The Indo-Pacific commander called Vares-Lum “one of Hawaii’s hometown heroes ” and said she is an “ambassador of awesome.”

Vares-Lum said she was “proud to announce ” that Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Mark Hashimoto, who hails from Honolulu, will replace her at Indo-Pacific Command.

The next phase of her life as a civilian includes Vares-Lum Indo-Pacific Consulting and a role as strategic adviser to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council.

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Indian media reports on rumours of backchannel talks between India and Pakistan in UAE https://militarymen.in/indian-media-reports-on-rumours-of-backchannel-talks-between-india-and-pakistan-in-uae-3/ https://militarymen.in/indian-media-reports-on-rumours-of-backchannel-talks-between-india-and-pakistan-in-uae-3/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 15:13:23 +0000 https://militarymen.in/indian-media-reports-on-rumours-of-backchannel-talks-between-india-and-pakistan-in-uae-3/ [...]]]>

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L) and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R). Photo: File
  • Indian media highlights speculation on backchannel talks between Islamabad and New Delhi
  • FM Qureshi is already in the UAE while S Jaishankar will arrive today
  • Pakistan has said no meeting between FM Qureshi and Jaishankar has been scheduled

The Indian media has reported on speculation of backchannel talks taking place between India and Pakistan as foreign ministers of both nuclear-armed neighbours will be in the UAE today (Sunday). 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in the UAE on Saturday where he is expected to hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. 

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also arrive in the UAE today to hold talks with UAE government on various issues, including economic cooperation. 

Jaishankar has been invited to Abu Dhabi by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“At the invitation of his counterpart, EAM @DrSJaishankar will be visiting Abu Dhabi on 18th April 2021. His discussions will focus on economic cooperation and community welfare,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Saturday.

As both foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will be in the same country for the next couple of days, the Indian media couldn’t help but highlight the speculation of backchannel talks between the two countries to ease tensions. 

The speculation comes on the heels of the UAE’s envoy to Washington’s admission that the Gulf state is mediating to bring about a “healthy and functional” relationship between India and Pakistan. 

“External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will visit Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the Ministry has said. The visit comes in the backdrop of reports that the United Arab Emirates has been holding back channel talks to restart dialogue between India and Pakistan,” reported a prominent Indian news website, The Hindu. 

“However, attention will be on the fact that the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers will be in the same place at the same time,” wrote The Times of India. 

Pakistan, however, has refused reports of any meeting taking place between Qureshi and Jaishankar. In response to queries on whether there was a bilateral meeting scheduled between the two, FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said:

“No such meeting is scheduled during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s ongoing visit to the UAE.”

UAE helping India, Pakistan reach ‘healthy and functional’ relationship, says senior diplomat

However, the UAE diplomat had said a few days ago that the country was mediating between India and Pakistan to get the two countries talking again. 

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday that the UAE had played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”.

“They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

According to a report in Reuters, in January, top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in a renewed effort to calm military tension over Kashmir.

Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 which India accused Pakistan of backing, and which Pakistan has always maintained was a home-grown attack perpetrated by disillusioned Kashmiri youth.

The incident eventually led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan for an unsuccessful mission that ended with the planes dropping their payload on a hillside in Balakot. Pakistan retaliated soon after, capturing an Indian pilot and downing two Indian jets in the process.

Later that year, India’s prime minister withdrew Indian-occupied Kashmir’s autonomy in order to tighten his grip over the territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade. 





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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is holding talks on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid growing tensions with Russia, which has deployed troops at the border with the country.

Zelensky is traveling to Paris to meet with Macron during a working lunch at the Elysee presidential palace. Both heads of state will then talk via videoconference with Merkel, Macron’s office said.

The talks come as Ukraine and the West have sounded alarms in recent weeks about the concentration of troops along Russia’s border, a buildup that the US and NATO have described as the largest since 2014.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Zelensky said “it’s time to stop talking and to make decisions.”

He said Friday’s talks notably aim at discussing security issues. “Europe’s security is depending on Ukraine’s security,” he said, adding his country is seeking support from the European Union and the NATO alliance.

“Our goal … is to de-escalate tensions,” a French official at the French presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the talks, said.

“All the work we’re doing is in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the official said.

More than 14,000 people have died in seven years of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that erupted after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

Efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled, and violations of a shaky truce have become increasingly frequent in recent weeks across Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas.

Zelensky said Thursday after chairing a meeting of Ukraine’s security council that the discussions in Paris are important for preparing the so-called “Normandy format” talks involving the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

Their last meeting in Paris in December 2019 helped ease tensions but failed to make any progress on a political settlement.



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Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L) and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R). Photo: File
  • Indian media highlights speculation on backchannel talks between Islamabad and New Delhi
  • FM Qureshi is already in the UAE while S Jaishankar will arrive today
  • Pakistan has said no meeting between FM Qureshi and Jaishankar has been scheduled

The Indian media has reported on speculation of backchannel talks taking place between India and Pakistan as foreign ministers of both nuclear-armed neighbours will be in the UAE today (Sunday). 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in the UAE on Saturday where he is expected to hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. 

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also arrive in the UAE today to hold talks with UAE government on various issues, including economic cooperation. 

Jaishankar has been invited to Abu Dhabi by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“At the invitation of his counterpart, EAM @DrSJaishankar will be visiting Abu Dhabi on 18th April 2021. His discussions will focus on economic cooperation and community welfare,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Saturday.

As both foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will be in the same country for the next couple of days, the Indian media couldn’t help but highlight the speculation of backchannel talks between the two countries to ease tensions. 

The speculation comes on the heels of the UAE’s envoy to Washington’s admission that the Gulf state is mediating to bring about a “healthy and functional” relationship between India and Pakistan. 

“External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will visit Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the Ministry has said. The visit comes in the backdrop of reports that the United Arab Emirates has been holding back channel talks to restart dialogue between India and Pakistan,” reported a prominent Indian news website, The Hindu. 

“However, attention will be on the fact that the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers will be in the same place at the same time,” wrote The Times of India. 

Pakistan, however, has refused reports of any meeting taking place between Qureshi and Jaishankar. In response to queries on whether there was a bilateral meeting scheduled between the two, FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said:

“No such meeting is scheduled during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s ongoing visit to the UAE.”

UAE helping India, Pakistan reach ‘healthy and functional’ relationship, says senior diplomat

However, the UAE diplomat had said a few days ago that the country was mediating between India and Pakistan to get the two countries talking again. 

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday that the UAE had played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”.

“They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

According to a report in Reuters, in January, top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in a renewed effort to calm military tension over Kashmir.

Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 which India accused Pakistan of backing, and which Pakistan has always maintained was a home-grown attack perpetrated by disillusioned Kashmiri youth.

The incident eventually led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan for an unsuccessful mission that ended with the planes dropping their payload on a hillside in Balakot. Pakistan retaliated soon after, capturing an Indian pilot and downing two Indian jets in the process.

Later that year, India’s prime minister withdrew Indian-occupied Kashmir’s autonomy in order to tighten his grip over the territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade. 





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Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L) and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R). Photo: File
  • Indian media highlights speculation on backchannel talks between Islamabad and New Delhi
  • FM Qureshi is already in the UAE while S Jaishankar will arrive today
  • Pakistan has said no meeting between FM Qureshi and Jaishankar has been scheduled

The Indian media has reported on speculation of backchannel talks taking place between India and Pakistan as foreign ministers of both nuclear-armed neighbours will be in the UAE today (Sunday). 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in the UAE on Saturday where he is expected to hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. 

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also arrive in the UAE today to hold talks with UAE government on various issues, including economic cooperation. 

Jaishankar has been invited to Abu Dhabi by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“At the invitation of his counterpart, EAM @DrSJaishankar will be visiting Abu Dhabi on 18th April 2021. His discussions will focus on economic cooperation and community welfare,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Saturday.

As both foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will be in the same country for the next couple of days, the Indian media couldn’t help but highlight the speculation of backchannel talks between the two countries to ease tensions. 

The speculation comes on the heels of the UAE’s envoy to Washington’s admission that the Gulf state is mediating to bring about a “healthy and functional” relationship between India and Pakistan. 

“External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will visit Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the Ministry has said. The visit comes in the backdrop of reports that the United Arab Emirates has been holding back channel talks to restart dialogue between India and Pakistan,” reported a prominent Indian news website, The Hindu. 

“However, attention will be on the fact that the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers will be in the same place at the same time,” wrote The Times of India. 

Pakistan, however, has refused reports of any meeting taking place between Qureshi and Jaishankar. In response to queries on whether there was a bilateral meeting scheduled between the two, FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said:

“No such meeting is scheduled during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s ongoing visit to the UAE.”

UAE helping India, Pakistan reach ‘healthy and functional’ relationship, says senior diplomat

However, the UAE diplomat had said a few days ago that the country was mediating between India and Pakistan to get the two countries talking again. 

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday that the UAE had played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”.

“They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

According to a report in Reuters, in January, top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in a renewed effort to calm military tension over Kashmir.

Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 which India accused Pakistan of backing, and which Pakistan has always maintained was a home-grown attack perpetrated by disillusioned Kashmiri youth.

The incident eventually led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan for an unsuccessful mission that ended with the planes dropping their payload on a hillside in Balakot. Pakistan retaliated soon after, capturing an Indian pilot and downing two Indian jets in the process.

Later that year, India’s prime minister withdrew Indian-occupied Kashmir’s autonomy in order to tighten his grip over the territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade. 





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Indian armed forces to build 5G network: Defence Secretary https://militarymen.in/indian-armed-forces-to-build-5g-network-defence-secretary/ https://militarymen.in/indian-armed-forces-to-build-5g-network-defence-secretary/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 11:19:23 +0000 https://militarymen.in/indian-armed-forces-to-build-5g-network-defence-secretary/ [...]]]>

The Indian army, navy, and air force are likely to embrace the next generation (5G) technology to bring artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles to centre stage in a bid to compete with the most advanced armed forces worldwide, according to a top official.

“Armed forces also will need to migrate to 5G network considering the use of unmanned vehicles and AI in future,” Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Defence told ET, adding that, “the ministry will take necessary steps to take forward 5G connectivity with relevant use cases.”

Fifth-generation or 5G technology-driven telecom network is touted to bring low-latency communications to the mainstream with a range of enterprise-wide use cases across agriculture, manufacturing and retail verticals in addition to defence applications.

Kumar, however, added that the 5G is at a nascent stage in India yet, and no commercial deployment has taken so far in the country, while the Indian forces are keen to leverage futuristic technologies.

In October last year, the US Department of Defence said it would spend $600 million for 5G experiments and testing at a few military sites, after increased efforts by China to make 5G a reality in many defence applications following investments in AI, quantum computing and under-sea cables.

Experts say that the move to adopt 5G technology and artificial intelligence would usher into entirely different use cases, and would eventually boost defence capabilities to pre-empt the enemy.

The country’s defence-centric next-generation network would require new contiguous frequencies, and according to analysts, only highly efficient bands would make a suitable case for such a critical sector.

“A separate set of spectrum may be taken for defence applications and protocols may be required to be modified to suit the confidentiality of communications,” Rakesh Malhotra, a Delhi-based telecom consultant said.

In 2018, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended 3300 -3600 megahertz band for the commercial 5G deployment in the country that included 100 megahertz held by the naval forces which have recently been vacated by the Ministry of Defence.

“We have had extensive discussions with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and agreed to vacate spectrum as per mutual agreement,” the top official said.

The Ministry of Defence would adhere to the network gear procurement process in accordance with the ‘trusted sources’ framework.

“The equipment procured through trusted sources needs to be considered,” Kumar added. Recently, the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) has laid down the framework for trusted sources to overcome backdoor apprehensions.

Kumar said that the ministry is in the final process of creating a robust Network for Spectrum (NFS) infrastructure consisting of fibre-based cable deployed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for armed forces. “A major portion of the NFS project is complete and we expect full completion shortly,” the official added.

In 2012, the defence and telecom ministries conceptualised the NFS program to connect critical defence locations having components such as optical-fibre backbone, satellite network, and network management systems.



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Bachan Kaur, ‘oldest military pensioner in India’, dies at 116 | India News https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-4/ https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-4/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 10:14:45 +0000 https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-4/ [...]]]>

CHANDIGARH: Bachan Kaur, perhaps the oldest family pensioner of the Indian armed forces, breathed her last on Friday. A native of Mote Majra village in Punjab’s Mohali district, the 116-year-old matriarch was drawing family pension as her husband had served in the army during the British colonial rule.
Her husband, Gunner Jiwan Singh, had fought in the two World Wars while serving in the British army. He had retired after around 20 years of service in the artillery regiment on December 17, 1945, and had served in what is now Balochistan province of Pakistan. He passed away in 1991 when he was 101 years old. Bachan Kaur’s family “celebrated her life” and carried out her funeral procession with full “band and baja” at her native village on Friday.
The couple had nine children and their three daughters and two sons are still alive. One of their sons, Subedar Pritam Singh, retired from the Indian Army and is 79. Pritam’s son too has retired from the Indian Army and is a pensioner now.

Bachan Kaur has been getting pension for the past around 76 years, with the payments starting before India became independent. In 1945, Jiwan Singh’s first pension was Rs 10 per month. At the time of his death, Jiwan Singh was drawing a pension of Rs 3,500. At 116, Bachan Kaur was getting Rs 24,000 every month.
The Indian Army relied on its record according to which she was born in 1905, but her son, Subedar Pritam Singh, 79, told TOI that his mother was actually was born in October 1899 and was 122 years old. On account of the non-availability of some documentary proof, the Indian Army had considered her age to be 116, he said, and added that the family had written to the record officer of Top Khana Abhilekh (record office of artillery) Nashik for correction of the record but nothing was done.
Pritam Singh told TOI that his mother was active till last and became bedridden only for about a month.



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CHANDIGARH: Bachan Kaur, perhaps the oldest family pensioner of the Indian armed forces, breathed her last on Friday. A native of Mote Majra village in Punjab’s Mohali district, the 116-year-old matriarch was drawing family pension as her husband had served in the army during the British colonial rule.
Her husband, Gunner Jiwan Singh, had fought in the two World Wars while serving in the British army. He had retired after around 20 years of service in the artillery regiment on December 17, 1945, and had served in what is now Balochistan province of Pakistan. He passed away in 1991 when he was 101 years old. Bachan Kaur’s family “celebrated her life” and carried out her funeral procession with full “band and baja” at her native village on Friday.
The couple had nine children and their three daughters and two sons are still alive. One of their sons, Subedar Pritam Singh, retired from the Indian Army and is
79. Pritam’s son too has retired from the Indian Army and is a pensioner now.
Bachan Kaur has been getting pension for the past around 76 years, with the payments starting before India became independent. In 1945, Jiwan Singh’s first pension was Rs 10 per month. At the time of his death, Jiwan Singh was drawing a pension of Rs 3,500. At 116, Bachan Kaur was getting Rs 24,000 every month.
The Indian Army relied on its record according to which she was born in 1905, but her son, Subedar Pritam Singh, 79, told TOI that his mother was actually was born in October 1899 and was 122 years old. On account of the non-availability of some documentary proof, the Indian Army had considered her age to be 116, he said, and added that the family had written to the record officer of Top Khana Abhilekh (record office of artillery) Nashik for correction of the record but nothing was done.
Pritam Singh told TOI that his mother was active till last and became bedridden only for about a month.



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IAF: First lot of light bullet proof vehicles adapted from Lockheed Martin’s CVNG delivered to IAF https://militarymen.in/iaf-first-lot-of-light-bullet-proof-vehicles-adapted-from-lockheed-martins-cvng-delivered-to-iaf/ https://militarymen.in/iaf-first-lot-of-light-bullet-proof-vehicles-adapted-from-lockheed-martins-cvng-delivered-to-iaf/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 08:12:20 +0000 https://militarymen.in/iaf-first-lot-of-light-bullet-proof-vehicles-adapted-from-lockheed-martins-cvng-delivered-to-iaf/ [...]]]>

Hinduja flagship firm on Friday said it has delivered the first lot of light bulletproof vehicles to the Indian Air Force in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.

These modern vehicles were delivered on April 13. The light bulletproof vehicle (LBPV) is an adapted version of Lockheed Martin’s CVNG (common vehicle next-gen), the company said in a regulatory filing.

It has been developed under the transfer of technology (TOT) from Lockheed Martin to Ashok Leyland. It is completely indigenised and developed in India, Ashok Leyland added.

LBPV has high off-road mobility in mud, sand, rocks, and shallow water. It can accommodate a crew of 6 with ample cargo space to carry substantial mission equipment.

The vehicle also offers superior protection and combat capability and the crew is well protected from both ballistic and blast threats, it added.

“Supplying to the Armed Forces is a matter of pride for us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to use our expertise in mobility in the service of our nation.

“This LBPV is another example of our team’s capability combined with a strong sense of understanding of what is required in arduous conditions,” Ashok Leyland Managing Director and CEO Vipin Sondhi said.

Ashok Leyland COO Nitin Seth said the company’s mobility solutions range from 4×4 to 12×12 for defence personnel and logistics, and they have proved to be reliable partners across India’s armed forces.

“Our relationship with Lockheed Martin started in 2014 with their CVNG Programme and under TOT transfer and we hope to develop many more products for India and export market on this platform,” Seth added.



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Bachan Kaur, ‘oldest military pensioner in India’, dies at 116 | India News https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-2/ https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-2/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 06:56:06 +0000 https://militarymen.in/bachan-kaur-oldest-military-pensioner-in-india-dies-at-116-india-news-2/ [...]]]>

CHANDIGARH: Bachan Kaur, perhaps the oldest family pensioner of the Indian armed forces, breathed her last on Friday. A native of Mote Majra village in Punjab’s Mohali district, the 116-year-old matriarch was drawing family pension as her husband had served in the army during the British colonial rule.
Her husband, Gunner Jiwan Singh, had fought in the two World Wars while serving in the British army. He had retired after around 20 years of service in the artillery regiment on December 17, 1945, and had served in what is now Balochistan province of Pakistan. He passed away in 1991 when he was 101 years old. Bachan Kaur’s family “celebrated her life” and carried out her funeral procession with full “band and baja” at her native village on Friday.
The couple had nine children and their three daughters and two sons are still alive. One of their sons, Subedar Pritam Singh, retired from the Indian Army and is
79. Pritam’s son too has retired from the Indian Army and is a pensioner now.
Bachan Kaur has been getting pension for the past around 76 years, with the payments starting before India became independent. In 1945, Jiwan Singh’s first pension was Rs 10 per month. At the time of his death, Jiwan Singh was drawing a pension of Rs 3,500. At 116, Bachan Kaur was getting Rs 24,000 every month.
The Indian Army relied on its record according to which she was born in 1905, but her son, Subedar Pritam Singh, 79, told TOI that his mother was actually was born in October 1899 and was 122 years old. On account of the non-availability of some documentary proof, the Indian Army had considered her age to be 116, he said, and added that the family had written to the record officer of Top Khana Abhilekh (record office of artillery) Nashik for correction of the record but nothing was done.
Pritam Singh told TOI that his mother was active till last and became bedridden only for about a month.



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