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OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
 
ULAN BATAR MARG, PALAM, DELHI CANTT.-110010
 
No. AN/IV/REV.PENSION 
Dated: 27.11.2017
 
Important Circular
 
Subject:Implementation of Govt's decision on the recommendations of The 7th Central Pay Commission- Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners / Family Pensioners, etc.
 
Reference:PCDA(P) Allahabad letter No. G1 / C /0199/ Vol.-I / Tech, dated 30.05.2017 and this office Important Circular of even no. dated 05.06.2017.
 
LPC-Cum-Data-Sheet for revision of pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners / Family Pensioners was forwarded to PCDA (P) Allahabad for issue of e-PPO. PCDA(P) Allahabad has returned a number of LPC-Cum-Data-Sheets with the following reasons:
i. Incomplete / Incorrect bank A / c number. 
ii. Date of Death of Pensioners not available
 
2. A list of the Pensioners / family pensioners are enclosed as Annexure "A".
 
3. All the Pensioners / family pensioners are therefore requested to kindly provide following information / documents to this Office so that revised LPC-Cum-Data-Sheet may be forwarded to PCDA(P) Allahabad:
a. Complete Bank details viz Bank A / c No., Name of Bank, Branch Name, IFS Code, Death Certificate, if applicable.
 
4. The information may be sent through fax, Email or by post as per the details given below:
  • FAX No.: 011-25674777
  • Email: an4-pay.cgda[at]nic.in
  • Postal address: The CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt.
 
5. For any enquiry/ clarification on the subject, pensioners / family pensoiners may contact Shri Mahesh Kumar, Sr. Accounts Officer (AN) on Phone No. 01 1- 25665560.
 
(Mustaq Ahmad)
Dy.CGDA(Admin)
 
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Aadhaar numbers of all Naval ESMs are being seeded into the Records at NAVPEN. This will facilitate the ESM in availing direct benefit transfer schemes of the Government, both by the Centre and State.

1 Type of Pension:- Service / Family/ Disability
2 Name of Naval Pensioner
3 Personal No.
4 Rank
5 Aadhaar No. of the Pensioner
6 Name of the Family Pensioner
7 Relationship with the Pensioner
8 Aadhaar No. of the Family Pensioner
9 Address
10 Phone No.
11 Mobile No.
12 Email Id
13 Name of the Bank
14 Branch
15 Bank Account of the Pensioner

Veterans who have not updated their Aadhaar details with NAVPEN are requested to e-mail their Aadhaar details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the ABOVE format :-

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DIRECTORATE OF AIR VETERANS 
Subroto Park,
NewDelhi-10 

23 Oct 17 

AirHQ/99798/9/SP/DAV 

All Pre-2016 Pensioners

REVISION OF PENSION IN RESPECT OF PRE-1.1.2016 PENSIONERS 
(EX-AIRMEN/NCsE) AND THEIR ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS

1. Consequent to issue of Govt order for revision of 7th CPC recommendations for Pre-2016 retirees/family pensioners, the Govt has approved to fix their pension as on 1.1.2016 asper the most beneficial options among the following two formulae. 

(a) Option-I : Notionally fixing pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which the air veterans had retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formulae for revision of pay. The concordance tables for such notional fixation are under finalisation with CGDA.
or 

(b) Option II : Multiplying basic pension as on 31 Dec 15 by a factor of 2.57.

2. At the behest of Services HQs, MoD has agreed to issue Corrigendum PPOs to all Pre-2016 retirees/family Pensioners. Accordingly, in order to issue these Corrigendum PPOs to all Pre-2016 retirees, PCDA(P) Allahabad,vide its Circular No.585ndated 29 Sep 17 has sought for additional information on "Last-Pay- Certificate-Cum-Data Sheet" for each retiree. Hence, Directorate of Air Veterans requires to collate additional information from the pensioners as envisaged in the ibid circular.

3. It is pertinent to mention that the records/documents of all pensioners are maintained for a period of 25 years in file. On completion of the period of 25 years from date of discharge of a pensioner, a Long Roll with limited information is prepared for record purposes and all pension related document/papers are destroyed by burning as per policy in vogue. Further it is noted that in majority of cases, the last address of veterans have changed and same is required for ensuring correct despatch of Corrigendum PPOs (as and when received from Pension Sanctioning Authority).

4. In view of the above, it is kindly requested to provide the information as per the annexed format to process your case under 7th CPC. The following may be adhered to while filling up the columns.



(a) Information/data must be current and correct. The same will be treated as authenticated information for all future communications and pension related process.

(b) The alphabets and digits must be written neatly in a legible manner (in capital letters) to avoid errors in interpretation e.g. confusion between digit 6 & 8 or 0 and alphabet O.

 

(c) Information must be substantiated by supporting documents such as self attested copies of Adhaar, PAN, cancelled cheque etc. wherever applicable.
(d) Clearly specify the person to be contacted in case of any query DAV.

5. The information may please be forwarded through DAV email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by ex-airmen and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by ex-NCsE or by fax on 011-25683190 or by post on the following address:



THE DIRECTOR AV – III
3rd FLOOR
AFRO BUILDING
SUBROTO PARK
NEW DELHI-110010

INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE FILLED BY PRE-01.01.2016 PENSIONERS

 (EX-AIRMEN/NCs(E) AND THEIR ELIGIBLE FAMILY PENSIONERS

Sl. No. Details Required Details to be filled by Pensioner
1. NAME OF AIRMAN / NC(E)  
2. SERVICE NUMBER  
3. RANK  
4. TRADE  
5. DATE OF BIRTH  
6. DATE OF DISCHARGE  
7. DATE OF DEATH ( FOR FAMILY PENSIONER }  
8. AMOUNT OF PENSION DRAWN AT THE TIME OF DISCHARGE / DEATH (FOR FAMILY PENSIONER )  
9.

FULL  POSTAL ADDRESS WITH PIN CODE

 
10. AADHAR NO  
11. PAN NO (Self)  
12. e-MAIL ID  
13. MOBILE NO  
14. BANK ACCOUNT NO  
15. IFSC CODE OF PAYEE BANK  
16.

BANK ADDRESS

 
17. ORIGINAL PPO NO ( ATTACH COPY IF AVAILABLE )  
18.

CORR. PPO NOs  ( ATTACH COPY OF ALL CORR PPOs IF AVAILABLE )

 
19. DISABILITY PPO NO  ( IF GRATED SEPARATELY, ATTACH COPY IF AVAILABLE )  
20. LATEST CORR PPO NO OF DISABILITY IF ANY  ( ATTACH COPY IF AVAILABLE )  
21. WAR INJURY ELEMENT %  (IF ANY)  
22. DISABILITY ELEMENT  %  (IF ANY)  
23. SERVICE  ELEMENT AS ON 31 DEC 2015  
24. DISABILITY  ELEMENT AS ON 31 DEC 2015  
25. LFP/SFP/OFP GRANTED ( IN CASE OF FAMILY PENSIONER )  
26. WAR INJURY ELEMENT AS ON 31 DEC 2015 (IF ANY)  
27. FAMILY PENSION SHARE % ( IN CASE OF DIVISION OF FAMILY PENSION % SHARE  
28. WHETHER PENSION NOTIFIED AS PER COURT ORDER ( YES/NO ) IF YES MENTION PPO NO ISSUED AFTER SATISFACTION OF COURT ORDER  
29. NAME OF SPOUSE / FAMILY PENSIONER  
a) DATE OF BIRTH  
b) PAN NO ( Spouse )  
c) AADHAR NO  
d) MOBILE NO  
e) e-MAIL ID  

 

Date :                        2017                                                                     Signature of Pensioner

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ARMY (PBOR)

REVISED PAY STRUCTURE- JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS (INCLUDING HONORARY COMMISSIONED OFFICERS), NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS OF REGULAR ARMY, DSC AND TA

Revised Pay Structure

 l.No.
Present Scale
Revised Pay Structure
Minimum of the fitment table
Rank
Present Scale
Pay Band
Corresponding Pay Band
Grade Pay
Military Service Pay
‘X’ 
Group Pay
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
X Group
(a)
Sepoy
3600-70-4650
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
1400
12240
(b)
Naik
3700-85-4975
PB-1
5200-20200
2400
2000
1400
12850
(c)
Havildar
4150-100-5650
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
1400
13920
(d)
Nb Sub
5770-140-8290
PB-2
9300-34800
4200
2000
1400
18340
(e)
Subedar
6750-190-9790
PB-2
9300-34800
4600
2000
1400
20560
(f)
Sub Maj
7250-200-10050
PB-2
9300-34800
4800
2000
1400
21690
Y Group
(a)
Sepoy
3250-70-4300
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
NA
10250
(b)
Naik
3425-85-4700
PB-1
5200-20200
2400
2000
NA
11040
(c)
Havildar
3600-100-5100
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
NA
11640
(d)
Nb Sub
5620-140-8140
PB-2
9300-34800
4200
2000
NA
16660
(e)
Subedar
6600-170-9320
PB-2
9300-34800
4600
2000
NA
18880
(f)
Sub Maj
6750-200-9550
PB-2
9300-34800
4800
2000
NA
19360
Z Group
(a)
Sepoy
3050-55-3875
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
NA
9880
(b)
Naik
3150-70-4200
PB-1
5200-20200
2400
2000
NA
10460
(c)
Havildar
3250-85-4525
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
NA
11050
(d)
Nb Sub
5200-125-7450
PB-2
9300-34800
4200
2000
NA
15880
(e)
Subedar
6170-155-8650
PB-2
9300-34800
4600
2000
NA
18080
(f)
Sub Maj
6600-200-9400
PB-2
9300-34800
4800
2000
NA
19080
Hony Commissioned Officer
(a)
Hony Lieutenant
10500
PB-3
15600-39100
5400
6000
NA
30930
(b)
Hony Captain
10850
PB-3
15600-39100
6100
6000
NA
32290

AIR FORCE

X Group

(a)
AC
3675
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
1400
12450
(b)
LAC
4025-60-4925
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
1400
12890
(c)
CPL
4150-70-5200
PB-1
5200-20200
2400
2000
1400
13520
(d)
SGT
4670-85-5945
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
1400
14890
(e)
SGT (DIP)
5000-100-6500
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
1400
15500
(f)
JWO
5770-140-8290
PB-2
9300-34800
4200
2000
1400
18340
(g)
WO
6750-190-9790
PB-2
9300-34800
4600
2000
1400
20560
(h)
MWO
7400-200-10200
PB-2
9300-34800
4800
2000
1400
21970

Y Group

(a)
AC
3250
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
NA
10250
(b)
LAC
3650-60-3980
PB-1
5200-20200
2000
2000
NA
11050
(c)
CPL
3900-70-4950
PB-1
5200-20200
2400
2000
NA
11890
(d)
SGT
4320-85-5595
PB-1
5200-20200
2800
2000
NA
12840
(e)
JWO
5620-140-8140
PB-2
9300-34800
4200
2000
NA
16660
(f)
WO
6600-170-9320
PB-2
9300-34800
4600
2000
NA
18880
(g)
MWO
6750-200-9550
PB-2
9300-34800
4800
2000
NA
19360

Z Group

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BRIEF DETAILS OF THE ABOVE CIRCULAR
 
(a)Notional fixation as per the first formula recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission has been implemented as it was issued for civilian retirees in May 2017. For a few rare cases, this notional fixation may result in pension being upwardly revised even higher the figures arrived at existing levels, that is, higher than OROP Pension X 2.57. 
 
The pensioner however shall be entitled to receive the higher of the two. Detailed modalities would only be discernible once the full fledged concordance tables are issued. To refresh, the revision under this formula shall be undertaken by notionally fixing the pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which such pensioners had retired (for pension) or died (for family pension). This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formula for revision of pay.
 
(b)The controversy of non-counting of X Group Pay for pensionary purposes has been resolved. In fact the resolution of the same was also evident in the letters issued 05 Sep 17
 
(c)Pension calculation for disability benefits restored at percentage basis at par with civilians.
 
(d)Broadbanding/Rounding-off of disability/war-injury element for all disabled soldiers, irrespective of manner of exit, granted but only for 7th CPC regime w.e.f 01-01-2016. The period from 01-01-1996 till 31-12-2015 under the 5th and 6th CPCs shall hence continue to be governed by decisions of Courts as before while the period from 01-01-2016 shall be governed by the 7th CPC letter. There is hence still status quo on the legal position for the period governed by 5th and 6th CPCs. We shall hence again request the Government for grant of the broadbanding benefits of 5th and 6th CPC to all affected personnel as decided by the Supreme Court in KJS Buttar and Davinder Singh cases.
 
(e)The anomaly of non grant of old age pension to disability and war injury pensioners of the Pre 2016 category stands resolved.
 
(f)   Notional fixation of old retirees has been explained in Paragraphs 6 to 8 of the letter.

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Grant of Fixed Medical Advance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioners/Family Pensioners in such cases where date of retirement is prior to 1.4.2003 and who had opted not to avail facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/MI Rooms and are not member of ECHS

No.1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
New Delhi-110011
Dated: 29th August 2017

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

SUB: GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN SUCH CASES WHERE DATE OF RETIREMENT IS PRIOR TO 1.4.2003 AND WHO HAD OPTED NOT TO AVAIL MEDICAL FACILITIES AT OPD OF ARMED FORCES HOPITALS/MI ROOMS AND ARE NOT MEMBERS OF ECHS.

Sir,

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(1)/98/D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 and letter No. 1(10)/09-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12th January 2011 & No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 5th May 2015 regarding grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs.500/- pm. with effect from 19.11.2014 to Armed Forces Pensioners/Family’ Pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization unless the individual had opted for OPD treatment in Armed Forces Hospitals/ M.I. Rooms and convey the sanction of the President for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/-per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.

2. Ex-Servicemen who retired on or after 01 Apr 2003 have to-become member of ECHS Compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. These orders applicable only in such cases, where the date of retirement is prior to 1.4.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI rooms and are not members of ECHS.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. All other conditions as laid down in Government of India letter No.1(1)/98-D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 will continue to apply.

5. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence(Finance/Pension) vide their ID No. 32(9)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 16 August 2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Manoi Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Japan said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force
  • The statement comes as an endorsement of the Indian position that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan

In a significant act of support for India in its protracted military standoff with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, Japan has said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force.

The Japanese statement comes as an endorsement of the Indian position that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan in attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan, a development that would be a serious disadvantage to India's military defences.

Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu's observation on Doklam comes two months after Indian troops stalled Chinese road construction activities and is seen as endorsing India's stance as being impor tant for a peaceful resolution.

The Japanese reaction follows two separate interventions by the US calling for direct dialogue between India and China to resolve the crisis while cautioning against unilateral changes on the ground. This, too, has been seen as supportive of India's point of view

The US has also indicated support for India by tagging the Hizbul Mujahideen and its leader, Syed Salahuddin, as sources of terror, a snub to Pakistan and its benefactor, China.

Saying Japan was watching the situation closely , Hiramatsu said it had the potential to affect regional stability. "As far as India's role is concerned, we understand that India is involved in this incident based on bilateral agreements with Bhutan. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has made it clear that India would continue to engage with dialogue through diplomatic channels with China to find a mutually acceptable solution. We consider this attitude towards peaceful resolution important," Hiramatsu said.

Categorising the crisis as a dispute between China and Bhutan, Hiramatsu said India's actions were in keeping with bilateral security arrangements with Bhutan.

Making a pointed reference to China's stance on Doklam, the Japanese ambassador said, "What's important in disputed areas is that all parties involved do not resort to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner." The American and Japanese statements come after angry Chinese rhetoric denouncing India and its actions in the Doklam plateau and demanding a full withdrawal before any talks. India, determined to hold its ground at the site, is preparing for a long standoff, perhaps stretching through the winter.

On Wednesday, the US called on India and China to hold a direct dialogue. US state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "We are encouraging both parties to sit down and have direct dialogue." On August 11, the US had called for talks, adding the standoff was being watched closely. "As you know, we have relationships with both governments. We encourage both parties to have conversations," it said.

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  • CSD- which supplies goods at concessional rates to the Army, Navy and Air Force personnel - is undergoing a makeover
  • It is the country’s largest retail network, which had a turnover of Rs 17,000 crore in fiscal year 2016-17
  • The authorities want the entire range of white goods brands available online on the CSD website

MUMBAI: The Canteen Stores Department (CSD) — which supplies goods at concessional rates to defence personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force — is undergoing a makeover. CSD, which is facing unusual criticism with regard to alleged restrictions being imposed on products, is not only looking at expanding its depots but is also putting in place systems to ensure its 1.2 crore customers get to purchase the latest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) off CSD's Unit Retail Canteen (URC) shelves, as do their civilian counterparts from the various modern retailers and kirana stores.

The country's largest retail network, which closed the fiscal year 2016-17 with a turnover of Rs 17,000 crore, is also working with partner companies on a model that would reduce the time lag and inconvenience involved in the purchase of white goods. The objective is to make sure cardholders get the latest range of white goods to choose from, which is not the case today.

Spearheading these changes is Air Vice-Marshal M Baladitya, chairman, board of administration and general manager of CSD, who is hopeful of executing these plans by Diwali this year. "We want our customers to get the option of buying a product from our URCs the same day when the product is launched in the market. At present, products are made available with a lag effect, which can even extend to a year. We are working on shortening the time taken to launch new products. So instead of two board meetings in a year, we will now meet six times for faster clearance of new product introductions. We are already in talks with leading FMCG companies like Hindustan Unilever and Procter & Gamble to ensure our customers get to sample their products as soon as they are launched," Baladitya told.

On white goods, CSD is talking to leading consumer durable makers to smoothen the process. Today, it's a long-drawn process which results in a lag effect.

CSD plans to ensure documents are transmitted online and, once the depot issues an authority letter, the consumer can pick up the white goods from the nearest dealer anywhere in the country. Most white goods companies have dealer outlets across major cities and towns, which covers 80% of CSD's customer base.

"We want to make the entire range of white goods brands available online on the CSD website. Customers can choose what they want to buy and make an online payment directly to the white goods company via internet banking. We are talking to all leading consumer durable companies to facilitate the same. Most of them have agreed to come on board," said Baladitya.

Between Leh and Port Blair, CSD currently has 34 depots and 4,500 outlets, reaching out to jawans even in the most difficult terrains. CSD is now looking at adding depots in places like Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Danapar (Bihar) and Himachal Pradesh, where none exist.

CSD was first started in 1921 for British troops. From a turnover of Rs 48 lakh in 1948, when India gained independence, to Rs 17,000 crore today, CSD has certainly come a long way. So when CSD was blamed for the volume decline at some of the FMCG companies for the pre-GST June quarter this year, it came as a setback. "CSD deals with 5,500 stock keeping units (SKUs). At any given time, we hold one month's inventory which we had to sell before we could buy fresh stocks under new GST prices. If we didn't wait, it would have resulted in dual-priced products. We started working on GST four months ahead of the rollout. In 10 days since the launch of GST, our operations attained normalcy. We are telling companies not to look at small blips, look at annual trends. By the end of the year, CSD sales would only rise to contribute to these companies' volumes," said Baladitya.

Major contributors to CSD's sales are toiletries (around Rs 4,500 crore), white goods and cars (around Rs 4,000 crore), packaged foods and supplements (Rs 3,500 crore), liquor (Rs 3,000 crore) and other household goods & luggage (around Rs 3,000 crore).

Baladitya denied any plan whatsoever to impose restrictions on products. He said CSD is merely working on belt-tightening measures against misuse of entitlements. "Necessary changes have been brought about to ensure nobody's entitlement is affected," he added. In keeping with the times, the government retailer, which operates under the defence ministry, is also eyeing an app-based e-commerce model in the future. Talks are currently on with external experts on drafting a plan

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  • A main and a reserve T-90S tank were shipped by India for the International Army Games
  • Both developed “engine problems” after performing “exceedingly well” in the initial rounds, said sources.
  • China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are now competing for the top honours.

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has crashed out of a 19-nation military competition after its Russian-origin T-90S main-battle tanks broke down due to mechanical snags in the grueling sport, even as the armoured fighting vehicles from Russia, China, Belarus and Kazakhstan raced ahead to enter the finals.

The Army swears by the T-90S "Bhishma" tanks, which are being licensed-produced in India after the first 657 of them were imported for Rs 8,525 crore from Russia from 2001 onwards, though the DRDO accuses the force for cold-shouldering the indigenous Arjun tanks.

Sources said both the main and reserve T-90S tanks, shipped by India for the Tank Biathlon in the International Army Games at the Alabino ranges in Russia, developed "engine problems" after performing "exceedingly well" in the initial rounds of the competition.

"The fan belt snapped in the first tank. The reserve tank was then deployed for the race but its entire engine oil leaked just two kilometres before the end...it could not complete the race. It was sheer bad luck that led to the Indian team being disqualified," said an officer.

China, incidentally, has fielded its indigenous Type-96B tank in the competition, which includes firing on the tanks on the move by machine guns and anti-tank projectiles at a 2-km range while they negotiate rugged obstacles. Russia and Kazakhstan have deployed T-72B3 tanks, while Belarus has a modernized T-72 tank. The four are now competing for the top honours.

The T-90S tanks are the fulcrum of the Indian Army's "shock and awe" armoured battle plans. The force has 63 armoured regiments with around 800 T-90S, 124 Arjun and 2,400 older T-72 tanks as of now.

After the first 657 T-90S tanks were imported, the Avadi heavy vehicles Factory under the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is progressively "producing" 1,000 more tanks with Russian kits. In November last year, the defence ministry had approved the procurement of 464 T-90S tanks from the OFB for Rs 13,448 crore to add to the 536 tanks ordered earlier.

he DRDO remains upset+ that the Army has not yet ordered upgraded Arjun Mark-II tanks after inducting the first lot of 124 Mark-I variants, stressing the indigenous tanks did better than the T-90S tanks in comparative trials in 2010.

The Army, however, contends that the 62-tonne Arjun, with its excessive weight and width, has poor operational mobility and flexibility. It has also launched a hunt for a "future ready combat vehicle (FRCV)" to meet its requirements after 2027.

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India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

WASHINGTON: India is "behaving like a mature power" in the Doklam standoff in the Sikkim section and making China look like an adolescent throwing a tamper tantrum, a top American defence expert has said.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

Praising India's behaviour over the matter, James R Holmes, professor of strategy at the prestigious US Naval War College, said, "New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing's over-the-top rhetoric."

"It is behaving as the mature power and making China look like the adolescent throwing a temper tantrum," Mr Holmes said. He said it was 'weird' that China wanted to keep alive a boundary dispute with its most formidable neighbour. "If China wants to pursue an assertive maritime strategy, it needs secure borders on land so it doesn't have to worry about overland aggression from its neighbours," Mr Holmes said.

"In other words, confronting India in the Himalayas is not a purely rational course of action driven by rational cost/benefit analysis," said the professor from the US Naval War College.

When asked why the US has remained silent so far on this issue, he said the current administration has too much on its plate.

"It's also possible Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and his advisers don't want the United States involved in a Himalayan dispute it has little way of influencing. If the dispute escalates, chances are Washington will come out in support of New Delhi," Mr Holmes said.

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Total votes: 76
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