India cancels bid to buy 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force from foreign companies | Instead, MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) encouraged domestic industry to produce 400 helicopters in collaboration with foreign vendors | Go-ahead given for acquiring Boeing's 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters for IAF | Go-ahead also for opening the tender bid for 16 Multi Role Helicopters for Navy (Sikorsky and European NH Industries - now Airbus - in competition) | Major blow to Israel: Proposal to acquire Spike anti-tank missile deferred | Major win for US: co-development offer of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin's Javelin to be considered instead | The US offer was conveyed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in New Delhi recently | Hagel had described the offer to codevelop the next generation of Javelin with India as "unprecedented" | DAC also cleared proposals for anti-submarine warfare suites for Navy and 40 Arjun tank chassis for mounting artillery guns | DAC, headed by Defence Minister, is MoD's apex body for acquiring weapons and systems |
 

Vice Admiral R K Dhowan takes over as Vice Chief of Naval Staff

 

 
 
  Published: September 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Delhi. Vice Admiral RK Dhowan, AVSM, YSM assumed charge as Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) at the Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).

 

Vice Admiral Dhowan has held various key command and staff appointments during his illustrious career. The Admiral’s operational command appointments have included missile corvette INS Khukri, guided missile destroyers INS Ranjit and INS Delhi and the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF).

The Admiral’s staff assignments have included prestigious appointments like the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at the Headquarters at New Delhi, Commandant of ‘National DD Defence Academy’ Khadakvasla, Indian Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London and CC Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters Western Naval Command (Mumbai).

A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy,the ND Defence Services Staff College and Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA. The Admiral had also excelled during his initial training winning the coveted ‘telescope’ as the Best Cadet and later the ‘Sword of Honour’ during his Midshipman training.

 
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