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[*] posted on 8-6-2017 at 01:37 PM
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Indian Navy P-8I Fleet Achieves 10,000 Hours, Commended for Outstanding Performance

(Source: Boeing Co.; issued June 6, 2017)



Boeing congratulates the Indian Navy and Indian Naval Air Squadron 312A’s P-8I fleet on achieving 10,000 flight hours since induction in 2015 and for receiving the Chief of Naval Staff’s unit citation for outstanding operational performance.

The Indian Navy operates eight P-8I aircraft for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare missions and has ordered four additional P-8I aircraft, for which deliveries will begin in 2020. (Boeing photo)

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Indian Navy Wants Its Only Fighter Aircraft to Toughen Up

(Source: India Today; published July 16, 2017)

By Ashna Kumar

NEW DELHI --- The Indian Navy's only fighter aircraft MiG-29K continues to face problems as the maritime force feels that the fighter jet needs to be further ruggedised for carrying out operations from aircraft carriers which is supposed to be its main role.

"The plane needs to be ruggedised further as very frequently after landings, the settings of the plane change and they have to be re-set," sources in the Navy told Mail Today.

The Navy operates the MiG-29Ks from its Goa air base as well as the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and after the phasing out of the Sea Harrier planes, it is now the only fighter aircraft left with the Navy.

The Indian side has taken up the matter with the Russians who have already sent their technical teams to look into the problems and find a solution for it, as the aircraft are still in warranty period.

"The issue has been taken up with the Russians at the senior level as India and Russia discuss their military ties and issues at multiple forums including the level of the heads of states," the source said.

ABOUT THE MIG-29K

Naval fighter aircraft need to be very tough as they virtually crash on the aircraft carrier's deck and have to maintain high speeds to be ready to take off in case they fail to hook to the arrester wire on the warship. The fighter plane, which is operated only by India has faced operational deficiencies for a long time due to defects in engines, airframe and fly-by-wire system leading to very low availability for operations as this was pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (GAG) in its report last year.

"The MiG-29K, which is a carrier-borne multi-role aircraft and the mainstay of integral fleet air defence, is riddled with problems relating to airframe, RD MK-33 engine and fly-bywire system," the CAG said.

Serviceability of the warplanes was low, ranging from 15.93 per cent to 37.63 per cent and that of MiG-29KUB ranging from 21.30 per cent to 47.14 per cent. Serviceability refers to the total number aircraft available for operation at a time from the overall capacity. The auditor had also noted that the service life of the aircraft is 6000 hours or 25 years (whichever is earlier) and with issues facing the MiG-29K/KUB, the operational life of the aircraft already delivered would be reduced. India ordered 45 MiG-29K aircraft and equipment worth `10,000 crore in two separate orders - in 2004 and 2010 - from Russia.

It is the primary combat platform on INS Viramaditya - country's only operational aircraft carrier inducted in 2014. The MiG-29K aircraft are also expected to serve on the homemade aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which is still under construction and not expected to be inducted into service before the year 2023.

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And the Goon Platoon tell us this is the technology we should be terrified by?

A 15 to 47% servicability record isn't something any air force wants to see




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Comments on some INDIAN Forums are less than complimentary, particularly from people serving.............................there is a real antipathy building against anything Russian that flies................IF Rafael doesn't get more orders for the carriers, I'll be very surprised. Unfortunately the Indians have surprised me more than once!
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Six In Fray For Navy’s €8.3-Billion Advanced Submarine Project

(Source: The Hindu; published July 19, 2017)

Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla

MUMBAI --- Six advanced submarines, to be built under Project 75(I) to scale up the Navy’s warfare capabilities, are set to get off the starters’ block, with the Navy issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to six foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the €8.3-billion submarine project.

“The Indian Navy has issued an RFI asking competent companies that have independently designed and constructed a modern submarine, which is either currently in service or is undergoing sea trials,” confirmed officials who got the RFI, adding that “the L1 for P-75(I) will most likely be announced only at the end of next year.”

A surprise contender among the six OEMs is Japan’s leading shipbuilders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which have been “strongly promoting their technological prowess to win contracts to build India’s next generation of submarines,” said sources.

Other than Japan, OEMs from Spain, France, Germany, Russia and Sweden are also in the mix, and have been issued the RFI that details the technical requirements the Indian Navy would like in P-75(I), said sources.

The Navy has issued the RFI to Russian submarine manufacturer Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau, French naval contractor Naval Group (earlier DCNS), Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Spain’s Navantia and Sweden’s Saab.

“The manufacture of six next-generation stealth submarines has moved to the crucial next stage with this RFI,” said an official, who bagged the RFI, seeking anonymity. “Qualified OEMs, which are the technology provider, will be issued an expression of interest (EoI) much later by the Indian Navy. This (foreign OEMs) is patented under India’s newly-announced Strategic Partnership Model in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016,” the official added.

Technology transfer

Stating that the long-delayed procedure has got a fresh lease of life with the issuance of the RFI, sources indicated that the foreign OEMs will respond to the RFI “to show how they are qualified to build the six submarines with a partner in India. The OEMs will be transferring important know-how, and actual transfer of technology will be key to ascertain which foreign tech partner teams up with the Indian strategical partner.”

Sources added that though the basic parameters of importance in the RFI was the Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP), “which is very innovative, though dangerous,” details were also sought on the means to increase the submarines’ “endurance and stealth capability, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capability, and land attack capability.”

Among other things, the OEMs were asked to submit data on the proposed design for torpedo tubes, sources said, which could launch heavy-weight torpedoes, missiles and discharge other weapons. They were also asked to elaborate on the transfer of technology they were willing to undertake with regard to the submarine design and construction. The OEMs were asked to detail their plans for the discharge of offset commitments.

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CAG Slams Navy for Delay in ASW Corvettes Project

(Source: Press Trust of India; published July 21, 2017)

NEW DELHI --- The Comptroller and Auditor General has come down hard on the Indian Navy for causing inordinate delay in construction of four anti-submarine warfare corvettes.

In a report tabled in Parliament, the federal auditor said two of the four warships were delivered to the Navy were not fitted with required weapons and sensor systems due to which they could not perform to full potential as envisaged.

The CAG was severely critical of the Navy's Directorate of Naval Design (DND) for delay in finalising the design of the corvettes, saying approved designs were amended 24 times.

The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), a defence public sector undertaking (DPSU), was issued letter of intent for the project in 2003 but major modifications in design of the ships continued till 2008.

The first corvette was delivered to the Navy in July 2014 and second one in November 2015. According to the contract for the project, the third corvette should have been delivered in July 2014 and fourth in April 2015.

"Against the 18 weapons and sensors to be installed on ASW Corvettes, audit observed that the two ASW corvettes delivered were not fitted with 'X' weapon and sensor systems.

Thus, ASW corvettes could not perform to its full potential as envisaged," the CAG said.

The auditor also observed that Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) on six weapons and sensors in the first corvette and all weapons and sensors on the second one were pending satisfactory completion.

"Thus, the effectiveness of the main feature of anti- submarine warfare was yet to be fully proved."

(SAT) is conducted to test vessel's speed, equipment, manoeuvrability and safety features.

The CAG also expressed dissatisfaction over licence production and supply of Hawk Mk 132 AJT aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

It said not insisting for licence for manufacture of unlimited number of aircraft by the ministry of defence (MoD) while negotiating for "batch I" contract resulted in avoidable payment of licence fee for licenced manufacture of unlimited number of aircraft.

The CAG also said HAL incurred an expenditure of Rs 107.05 crore on account of procurement of six additional engine kits in anticipation of order from MoD which remained infructuous.

The HAL produces the plane under licence from BAE Systems.

"Though establishment of facilities for major servicing of airframe and engines was envisaged to be completed by March 2016 and March 2018 respectively, considering aircraft directly procured by MoD, HAL was yet to establish the facilities till date," it said.

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Commissioning of Second Ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV ‘IN LCU L52’ (GRSE Yard 2093) at Port Blair

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Aug 21, 2017)



Dr. Jagdish Mukhi, Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, commissioned IN LCU L52 into the Indian Navy today at Port Blair. IN LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. The commissioning of L-52 is yet another manifestation of the potential of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability.

LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with the primary role to transport and deploy Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.

The ship, commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee, has a complement of 05 officers, 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. The ship, displacing 830 Tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).

The remaining six ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction at M/S GRSE, Kolkata and are scheduled to be inducted in the next two years. The induction of these ships will contribute to the nation’s maritime security needs and is in consonance with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s drive for ‘Make in India’.

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New Delhi RFIs call for 234 new naval helicopters

25 August, 2017 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Mike Rajkumar

New Delhi has issued a new request for information for 111 naval utility helicopters (NUH) and 123 naval multi-role helicopters (NMRH).

A request for proposal is likely to be issued in the second quarter of 2018 for both acquisitions.

India’s navy has been struggling to acquire modern helicopters to replace an almost obsolescent rotorcraft fleet since 2010, without any success.

As per the RFI, two variants of each type are to be procured. The NUH will be acquired in ‘Basic’ and ‘Fully Configured’ versions. The NMRH will have multi-role and special operations variants.

Both RFI’s specify detailed requirements for technology transfer. This will boost procurement costs by a substantial margin, as compared to an off-the shelf buy.

The RFIs call for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to select an Indian strategic partner, who will undertake local production. The OEMs must ensure at least 40 percent indigenous content on the helicopters to be built in India.

For the NUH acquisition, two years after contract signature, 15 helicopters (Basic Configuration) are to be directly sourced from the manufacturer. Deliveries of these helicopters are to be completed by the fifth year of the contract.

Deliveries of the remaining 96 helicopters (Fully Configured) will commence from the fifth year and be completed by the 13th year.

The initial batch of 15 helicopters in ‘Basic Configuration’ are to be later upgraded to ‘Fully Configured’ standard. “Weapons are to be delivered in a phased manner proportionally along with the ‘Fully Configured’ version,” says the RFI.

The new helicopters are to be armed with air launched light weight torpedoes and depth charges.

The NUH will replace approximately 40 HAL built Chetak (SA316 Alouette III) helicopters that remain in navy service.

The NMRH RFI calls for acquisition of a twin-engine helicopter weighing less than 12.5 tonne, with at least two weapon stations for carriage long and short-range anti-ship missiles, light weight torpedoes and depth charges.

The NMRH will have two variants. One will perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and SAR roles. A ‘special operations’ version will primarily undertake special operations and commando roles, troop carriage, maritime interdiction, and combat search and rescue (CSAR).

The Indian navy operates eight Hindustan Aeronautics ‘Dhruv’ helicopters with 16 on order, ten Kamov Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters and 14 Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters.

It also operates a fleet of Westland Sea King Mk.42Bs and Sikorsky UH 3H helicopters, in addition to the Chetak fleet.
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Jaitley Hands Over Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile to Navy

(Source: The Hindu; published Aug 27, 2017)

HYDERABAD, India --- Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday handed over the Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) jointly developed by India and Israel, to the Indian Navy, at Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) here.

LRSAM is an advanced combat suit for missile defence against air targets and missiles, and has full capabilities of air and surface surveillance, threat alert and fire control.

Public sector BDL is the missile production agency for the three armed forces.

On a day of hectic activity, the minister also dedicated a first-of-its kind 50-tonne Rocket Motor Static Test Facility. The 48-crore rupee facility for SAM (surface-to-air missile) will support the design and vendor development activities needed for production of missiles.

These efforts were hitherto shouldered by the Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO as the development agency.

BDL is now equipped to take the responsibility on its own, which has been actively guided for realisation and establishment by DRDO.

Later, Jaitley inaugurated the ASTRA Manufacturing Unit at the BDL’s Bhanur unit. The ASTRA weapon system is an indigenously developed air-to-air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile developed by the DRDO.

Comprising a launcher and a missile, it is designed as a BVR missile with a range of 110 km in head-on mode and 20 km in tail-chase mode.

BVR missiles are the latest in air-to-air combat. BDL has been designated as the Lead Integrator by the DRDO.

Manufacturing centre

The minister also performed the ground breaking of the phase II of the manufacturing facilities of BDL at Ibrahimpatnam. BDL had acquired 632 acres of land from the State government to establish manufacturing, testing and storage facilities for advanced weapon systems of MRSAM (Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles) and QRSAM (Quick-Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile).

The 522-crore rupee facility will be the PSU’s future weapon realisation and delivery centre.

The facilities will meet the future needs of missile testing, and is in line with DRDO labs.

It can be offered to other vendors of propellant and other sub-systems for development and production as a national asset.

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MDL delivers first of six Scorpène-class submarines to Indian Navy

Gabriel Dominguez - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

22 September 2017

India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines to the Indian Navy (IN).

Named Kalvari , the 66 m-long boat was handed over to the service on 21 September, and is set to be commissioned “soon”, according to a statement by the state-owned, Mumbai-based shipbuilder.

Kalvari was launched in October 2015 and began sea trials in May 2016. Almost a year later, in March 2017, the boat successfully test-fired an Exocet anti-ship missile in the Arabian Sea.


India's MDL delivered Kalvari, the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines, to the IN on 21 September. The boat is shown here during sea trials in 2016. (Indian Navy)

The submarine, which is capable of anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance, can reach a top dived speed of 20 kt and accommodate a crew of 31, including six officers, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships .

The six boats of the class are part of a INR230 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract signed with French naval shipbuilder DNCS (now Naval Group) in October 2005 under India's Project 75 submarine programme. MDL has been building the DCNS-designed submarines under licence at its facilities in Mumbai.

Once commissioned, the boats are set to form the core of the IN's conventional submarine arm and replace the service’s ageing Sindhughosh- and Shishumar-class submarines.

The second Scorpène-class boat, Khanderi , launched in January, is currently undergoing sea trials and is expected to enter service in early 2018. The remaining four boats are scheduled for commissioning at one-year intervals in a programme already delayed by five years.

While the originally planned Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS) Black Shark torpedoes were not procured, the boats have been integrated to fire the IN’s existing SUT torpedoes until a new generation heavyweight torpedo is acquired.

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Indian Navy Commissions Water-Jet Fast Attack Craft at Mumbai

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Sept 26, 2017)



INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today. At an impressive commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Luthra expressed confidence that the new INS Tarasa will discharge her duties with élan and resolve, and bring laurels to the Western Naval Command and the Nation.

Complimenting the designers, builders, engineers, overseers, and the officers and the men whose efforts have fructified in the commissioning of the ship, he said that the ship is of proven design, has good endurance, low draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, thus making her most suited for her primary role of extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol.

He reserved special praise for the ship’s crew and the Warship Overseeing Team, Kolkata for ensuring that the ship has been commissioned with all Weapon and Sensor trials completed. The passage of the ship during her maiden voyage from Kolkata to Mumbai, in rough weather, bears testimony to the seaworthiness of the ship.

INS Tarasa is the fourth and last of the follow-on Water Jet FAC's built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The first two ships of the class i.e. IN ships Tarmugli and Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam; while the third ship INS Tillanchang was commissioned earlier this year at Karwar on 09 March 2017. These ships are an upgrade of the Car Nicobar class Fast Attack Crafts with the Indian Navy, which were also indigenously designed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.

INS Tarasa is 50 m long and powered by three waterjets which give it speeds of over 35 knots (65 kmph). The ship is armed with a 30 mm main gun indigenously built , and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake costal defence operations. The ship is an ideal platform for missions like coastal and off-shore surveillance, EEZ Patrol, law enforcement as well as non-military missions such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. The commissioning Commanding Officer of the ship is Lieutenant Commander Praveen Kumar.

This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa. The first INS Tarasa was in service of the Navy from 1999 to 2014. She was gifted to Seychelles Coast Guard as a symbol of India's partnership with friendly maritime nation in IOR. The new INS Tarasa will be based at Mumbai under the operational control of Western Naval Command.

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India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 October 2017

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- The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette
- Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region


The Indian Navy’s third Kamorta-class corvette during its commissioning ceremony. (Indian Ministry of Defence)

The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-focused corvette.

The vessel, designated INS Kiltan , was commissioned on 16 October at Visakhapatnam in a ceremony officiated by Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Kiltan joins two other Kamorta-class corvettes, INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt , commissioned in August 2014 and January 2016 respectively.

Kiltan was built by India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), but features a composite superstructure supplied by Sweden’s Saab Kockums, incorporated to reduce the vessel’s top weight. Kiltan was laid down in August 2010, and subsequently launched in March 2013.

The Kamorta class displaces approximately 3,100 tons at full load, with an overall length of 109 m. Powered by four Pielstick PA6-STC marine engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, the platform can attain a top speed of 25 kt, and has a standard range of 4,000 n miles at 12 kt. The ship has a crew complement of 195, including 15 officers, and can carry one Ka-28PL or HAL Dhruv helicopter on its deck.

The corvette’s armament includes a 76 mm naval gun, and a 16-cell vertical launching system (VLS) that is capable of deploying Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles. The ship has also been equipped with a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon system (CIWS) turrets for defence against precision-guided munitions.

The vessel’s suite of ASW capabilities includes an HUMSA-NG bow-mounted sonar, four heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, and a pair of 12-barrelled RBU6000 rocket depth-charge launchers. Other sensors include Bharat’s Revathi 3-D E/F-band radar system for air and surface surveillance, and the Lynx U1 fire control system.

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Four Contenders Left In Fray for India's Mega Submarine Project After Japan, Spain Opt Out

(Source: Times of India; published Oct 20, 2017)

By Rajat Pandit

NEW DELHI --- Japan and Spain have opted out of India's long-pending proposed project to build six advanced stealth submarines+ for an estimated Rs 70,000 crore ($10.9 billion) through a collaboration between a foreign ship-builder and an Indian shipyard.

Sources said four ship-builders, Naval Group-DCNS (France), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau (Russia) and Saab Kockums (Sweden) had responded to the initial RFI (request for information) issued by the Indian Navy for the conventional submarine programme called Project-75+ (India). Mitsubishi-Kawasaki Heavy Industries combine (Japan) and Navantia (Spain), however, failed to do before the deadline ended on Monday.

Under Project-75 (I), which has been languishing in files for over a decade after it was granted "acceptance of necessity" in November 2007, the Navy wants the six new diesel-electric submarines to have land-attack cruise missiles, air-independent propulsion for greater underwater endurance and the capability to integrate indigenous weapons and sensors as and when they are developed.

While Russia, Germany and France already have submarine-building experience in India, Japan with its Soryu-class submarines was included as a contender for Project-75 (I) after it ended its self-imposed arms export embargo, as was first reported by TOI in January 2015. But Japan, which has little experience selling its military products in the global arms market, apparently wanted a direct government-to-government deal with India for the project.

It is, of course, going to be a tough competition for the four submarines - Scorpene (Naval Group-DCNS), A26 (Saab Kockums), Amur (Rubin) and Type 214 (TKMS) - left in the fray. Based on their responses to the RFI, the Navy will now formulate the technical parameters (naval staff qualitative requirements) for the kind of submarine it requires.

The formal tender or RFP (request for proposal) will then be issued for the four to submit their technical and commercial bids. The Indian shipyard for the collaboration with the selected foreign vendor will be chosen in a parallel process under the defence ministry's new "strategic partnership" policy.

As earlier reported by TOI, it will take around two years for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-Indian shipyard combine to be down-selected. Once the contract is finally inked, it will take another seven to eight years for the first new submarine to roll out.

As per approved plans, the Navy should have 18 diesel-electric submarines as well as six nuclear-powered attack submarines (called SSNs) and four nuclear-powered submarines with long-range nuclear-tipped missiles (SSBNs) for effective deterrence against China and Pakistan, as was earlier reported by TOI.

But the force is grappling with just 13 old conventional submarines, only half of them operational at any given time because at least 10 of them are over 25 years old, apart from two nuclear-powered submarines, INS Arihant (SSBN) and INS Chakra (SSN). The second indigenous SSBN, INS Aridhaman, is slated for the delivery within the next few months.

INS Kalvari, the first of the six French Scorpene diesel-electric submarines being built in Mazagon Docks under Project-75 at a cost of Rs 23,652 crore, in turn, was recently delivered to the Navy but is yet to be formally commissioned into service. The other five will progressively follow till 2020-2021.

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Indian Navy plans permanent presence in IOR to counter Chinese influence

Rahul Bedi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 October 2017

Key Points
- The Indian Navy is looking to establish a permanent presence in the IOR
- Deployments to the IOR are intended to counter the PLAN's growing influence in the region

The Indian Navy (IN) has announced plans to permanently position mission-ready warships and surveillance aircraft along critical sea lanes of communication and chokepoints in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to execute an assorted ‘spectrum of operations’.

The bi-annual, four-day IN commanders’ conference, which ended on 27 October, determined that these operations will involve countering maritime terrorism, human trafficking, piracy and narcotics smuggling, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to IOR littoral states.

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Indian Navy Purchase of Sikorsky Seahawks On Again?

by Neelam Mathews - November 29, 2017, 8:06 AM

After years of procrastination over selecting a new naval multi-role helicopter (MRH), the Indian Ministry of Defence may still make an interim purchase of up to 24 Sikorsky S-70B Seahawkss. This follows repeated appeals by the Indian Navy to hasten the program, given the state of its aging and depleted Sea King fleet and its ambitions to become a "Blue Water Navy."

India recently issued a new request for information (RFI) for 123 MRHs to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), electronic intelligence-gathering, and search and rescue (SAR). These helicopters would be procured and produced according to Delhi’s "Make in India" policy.

However, “The Navy wants these [24 S-70Bs] yesterday,” a senior official told AIN. The performance of the Seahawk has been accepted by the service, following trials. But previous and extended commercial negotiations with Sikorsky failed at agreeing on price, with the American company refusing to extend its bid and take account of the depreciation of the Indian currency against the U.S. dollar over the past nine years.

Now, the Indian government is considering procuring 16 S-70Bs plus eight options via the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure.

With elections due in 2019, the Indian government is keen to preserve its "clean" image, and opting for an FMS would help achieve that. As a senior American government official testified to the U.S. Congress last June, “Demonstrating to the public that an acquisition is free of corruption is a significant selling point of the FMS system. Moreover, FMS provides a total-package approach, including sustainment, technical support, training, and software/hardware updates," said Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Designed to perform ASW and ASuW missions, the S-70B will be configured to meet the Indian Navy’s specific and unique operational needs, said Lockheed Martin. They will include a weapons management system that integrates an advanced sonar, 360-degree search radar, modern air-to-surface missiles, and torpedoes for the ASW role. “The S-70B aircraft also will enhance the Indian Navy’s capabilities to perform non-combat maritime roles, including search and rescue, utility and external cargo lift, surveillance and casualty evacuation,” Lockheed Martin added in a statement.
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[*] posted on 12-12-2017 at 03:10 PM


India puts forward new plan to buy helicopters after ending talks with Lockheed

By: Vivek Raghuvanshi   9 hours ago


Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-70B was selected in 2011 in a global tender issued by the Indian Navy in 2009 for 16 naval utility helicopters. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI ― After suspending negotiations with Lockheed Martin in April over the price of 16 naval multirole helicopters, India’s Ministry of Defence has mooted a fresh plan for acquiring 24 helicopters for about $1.87 billion.

A high-priority global tender will now be floated instead to source the 24 helicopters off the shelf to meet a pressing need within the Indian Navy, according to an MoD official.

Negotiations with Lockheed were terminated following expiry of the price bid in March, and subsequently the tender was withdrawn in April, he said.

Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-70B was selected over NHIndustries’ NH90 helicopter in 2011 in a global tender issued by the Indian Navy in 2009 for 16 naval utility helicopters at a cost of $1 billion.

The service asked the MoD in July to consider procuring the helicopters from the U.S. under the Foreign Military Sales program, a senior Indian Navy official said.

However, the request was turn down because Indian procurement procedures do not allow for single-supplier preference but instead prefer global competitions through which weapons or platforms are selected based on lowest price.

Commenting on delays in India’s defense procurements, a CEO of a foreign defense company, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “MoD must adhere to a strict timeline in selecting the platform and awarding [defense] contracts, otherwise it will lead to huge cost escalation and even the cancellation of the program itself.”

India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance is now kick-starting all major defense programs under the Strategic Partners policy, which is expected to enhance indigenization by cutting imports and boosting exports, according to a second MoD official.

Under this program, 123 naval multirole helicopters costing about $7 billion in the 9- to 12.5-ton categories will be manufactured by a domestic private company with technology transfer from an overseas helicopter original equipment manufacturer.

The helicopters will be built by a private company at a facility in India. The company will be selected though a separate, robust competition requiring technology collaboration with a foreign OEM.

However, no private Indian company has ever built a helicopter platform, but rather only supplied subsystems.

In the next three to four months, an expression of interest will be issued to several private companies including Bharat Forge Limited, Reliance Defence, Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra Aerospace, and Tata Advanced Systems. The company will be selected on its financial and technical merits, production track record, and infrastructure capabilities.

Likewise, one OEM will be selected based on the technology transfer offer and option for building indigenous technology, building an industrial ecosystem and providing training support.
Both the OEM and the strategic partner will be selected separately by the MoD.

The ministry has already received an initial response to an August request for information from foreign OEMs such as Lockheed Martin, Airbus Helicopters and Russian Helicopters, the second MoD official said. The final selection will take at least three to five years, and the helicopters will be rolled out in about 10 years.
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[*] posted on 12-12-2017 at 03:13 PM


The last sentence is the "kicker" for me! Up to 10years to select and start production of a helicopter!!!!!

Multi-billion dollar industry standard would be 3+ years from RFQ thru to delivery of ALL helicopters!

The Indian Navy needs them all now....................
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The Russian Helicopters Holding Intends to Participate in the Tender of the Indian Navy

(Source: Rostec; issued Jan 10, 2018)

The Russian Helicopters holding intends to participate in the tender for the supply of 111 shipborne Ka-226T helicopters for the Indian Navy.

This light multi-purpose helicopter can comfortably seat up to seven people or one ton of cargo, and it can be produced by the Russian-Indian joint venture, the creation of which was agreed upon in October 2016.

In accordance with the agreement, India will receive 200 helicopters in nine years; 60 of those helicopters will be assembled in Russia, while the remaining 140 helicopters will be assembled in India with the participation of a local company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

To that end, a joint venture has been registered in Bangalore, where the HAL head office is located. Later, the production of components shall be launched, and the final stage of the cooperation shall witness a full assembly of Ka-226T helicopters.

The signing of the final contract on the terms and conditions of JV operation shall be signed by Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport and HAL in the first quarter of 2018. The total contract value shall amount to 1 billion US dollars.

The joint venture agreement will be a strong advantage in the upcoming tender of the Indian Navy. According to Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters Holding Company, the Indian party will benefit from the powerful synergy if Russian Ka-226T helicopters are chosen. The Holding has already developed a marine modification of Ka-226T. In particular, the blade folding system in the shipborne modification of Ka-226T has already been certified. Moreover, the operation of a fleet consisting of one type of helicopters, including personnel training, will cost much less in this case.

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India's Third Scorpene Submarine ‘Karanj’ Launched at MDL Shipyard

Posted On Wednesday, 31 January 2018 08:36

The third Scorpene class submarine constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched today, 31 January 2018. The submarine was named ‘Karanj’.


Karanj is the third Scorpene-class submarine for the Indian Navy. Picture: Naval Group

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff was the chief guest on the occasion. VAdm Girish Luthra, FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command and VAdm D M Deshpande, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition (CWP&A), Rear Admiral Guillame de Garidel, Head of Asia Pacific, DGA France and other senior officers and dignitaries from MoD, MDL and state government were also present during the ceremony. This historic event reaffirms the giant strides taken by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in the ongoing ‘Make In India’ programme, which is being actively implemented by the Department of Defence Production (MoD).


Launch ceremony of Karanj. Picture: Indian Navy

The submarine was then towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon. Karanj will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Navy.

The contract for the construction and Transfer-of-Technology for six Scorpene submarines in series, has M/s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as ‘Collaborator’ and are being built by MDL.

During his address, Admiral Sunil Lanba, CNS, said that the launch of Karanj marked a significant departure from the manning and training philosophy that was adopted for the first two submarines and added that from third submarine onwards the Navy would be fully self reliant in training and certification processes. He also mentioned that the old Karanj had served the nation for 34 years from 1969 to 2003 including participation in 1971 war.

The state-of- the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons. The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention given to various signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines.

Scorpene submarines can undertake multifarious types of missions i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc. The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, with means provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force. It is a potent platform, marking a generational shift in submarine operations.

Last year, on 14 December 2017, INS Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy, by Hon’ble Prime Minister. Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine was launched in January 2017, and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials and is also scheduled to be delivered shortly.
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Indian Navy Sub No Match for Expanding Chinese Fleet: Military Specialist

(Source: Global Times; issued Feb 02, 2018)

The Indian Navy's third domestically-manufactured Scorpene class submarine launched Wednesday cannot compare for quality and quantity with the rapidly upgrading Chinese navy, Chinese experts said Thursday.

The Indian Navy launched Karanj from Mazagaon dock in Mumbai on Wednesday, Indian channel NDTV reported.

"India developed the Scorpene class submarines to replace its old Kilo class submarines," Song Zhongping, a TV commentator and military expert, told the Global Times.

"Scorpene class submarines are conventional powered submarines, which were made by the French," Song said.

India plans to enhance its defense capabilities by importing technology and building more such submarines, Song said.

Scorpene class can be equipped with an air independence propulsion system, he said, ensuring continuous submergence. They can also carry torpedoes and exocet guided missiles.

Scorpene submarines have sophisticated stealth features and the ability to launch crippling, precise attacks, ndtv reported.

The reported added that at a time when the Indian Navy submarine fleet is aging fast and against the backdrop of a Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean, the Scorpene submarines significantly boost the Indian Navy's potential fighting ability.

"But China has left India behind in constructing submarines and naval power," Song said.

China's high-tech ships - whether Type 052D, Type 052C destroyers, Type 054A frigate or Type 056 corvette - are multiplying fast, Song said, showcasing the rising strength of the Chinese navy.

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New submarine rescue system set for delivery to Indian Navy

Richard Scott, London - Jane's Navy International

25 February 2018

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- The first new submarine rescue system was accepted by the Indian Navy on 22 February
- Both systems are scheduled to be in service by the end of March 2019

UK-based underwater engineering and services group JFD has completed the build and integration of the first of two new submarine rescue systems for the Indian Navy (IN).


The DSAR-650L DSRV and its associated launch and record equipment form part of the Indian Navy’s new submarine rescue system. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)

A formal ceremony to mark the completion of integration was held near the company’s Renfrew facility in Glasgow on 23 February, with formal customer acceptance having been achieved the previous day.

JFD was awarded a GBP193 million (USD270 million) contract in March 2016 to provide two complete ‘flyaway’ submarine rescue systems to the IN. Each system comprises a DSAR-650L free-swimming deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV), launch and recovery system (LARS) equipment, a Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) system, an SMD Atom intervention remotely operated vehicle, and an EdgeTech 4200 series towed sidescan sonar, plus all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service.

JFD describes the new submarine rescue system as ‘third generation’. According to Giovanni Corbetta, the company’s managing director, this characterisation reflects the company’s focus on optimising the design and packaging of the full ‘system of systems’ to minimise the time to first rescue while at the same time ensuring a robust and reliable design.

“This system can go deeper [to 650m],” Corbetta told Jane’s . “And we have built it to be modular to guarantee faster disassembly and assembly and time to first rescue.

“Also, we have integrated the TUP – the hyperbaric section – into the system. Previously it was separate. That limits the distress of the rescuees moving from the [DSRV] into the hyperbaric system.”

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[*] posted on 27-2-2018 at 09:04 AM


India successfully tests Dhanush short-range ballistic missile system

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 February 2018

India successfully tested its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile system from an Indian Navy (IN) ship off the country’s east coast on 23 February.

Officials said IN personnel from the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the navalised variant of the Indian Army’s Prithvi II (SS-250) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) to a range of 350 km as part of an IN training exercise from a specially designed offshore patrol vessel positioned near Paradip port in the Bay of Bengal.

The tested missile, which was designed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has a payload capacity of 500 kg and is designed to hit sea and shore-based targets.

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[*] posted on 27-2-2018 at 09:25 AM


Dhanush Nuclear-Capable Short-Range Ballistic Naval Missile Successfully Test-Fired

(Source: Zee News; posted Feb 23, 2018)


The Dhanush missile was jury-rigged on an Indian Navy destroyer for the tests to date, but would require a different mounting if adopted for operational use. (DRDO file photo)

BALASORE --- The Indian military successfully test-fired the Dhanush missile from a warship off the coast of Odisha on Friday morning. The Dhanush missile is also known as the Prithvi-III, and is a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Dhanush is the naval variant of the surface-to-surface Prithvi missile platform. It can be used for both ship-to-ship and ship-to-surface strikes. The missile has a declared strike range of 350 km, and is capable of carrying a warhead up to 500 kg in weight. The missile may also be fitted with conventional warheads.

Officials told news agency PTI that Friday's test of the Dhanush was a "complete success" and that all the mission objectives had been achieved. All flight parameters were monitored and verified by the telemetry and radar facilities of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed the Dhanush missile.

The missile test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command, the tri-services military command that controls all of India's nuclear weapons and their associated delivery systems.

The Dhanush missile made its first test flight in 2000, with the first fully operational test conducted in 2004. It has been test-fired a total of seven times so far. The last time the Dhanush was test fired was in November 2015.

The design of the Dhanush missile features customisations to the Prithvi platform to make it suitable for launch from a ship. These design modifications would include a stabilisation platform.

The Dhanush/Prithvi-III is part of the five missile platforms that have been developed by the DRDO since 1983, as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). The other families of missiles developed under the IGMPD are Agni, Trishul, Akash and Nag.

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India to buy four upgraded Krivak III frigates for USD3 billion

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

27 February 2018

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded price negotiations with Russia for the procurement of four upgraded Krivak III guided-missile frigates for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR200 billion (USD3.08 billion).

Official sources told Jane’s that the first two frigates are set to be built by Russia’s Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, and the remaining two by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), which is located on the country’s southwestern coast, under a technology transfer.

The agreed cost of each frigate is around INR50 billion, industry sources told Jane’s , adding that the final financial approval for the deal is expected to be granted by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security within the next few months.

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Indian Navy turns towards portable systems for interim MCM requirements

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar, Alameda, California and Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

28 March 2018


INS , the Indian Navy’s sole remaining Pondicherry (Natya I)-class minesweeper. Source: M Mazumdar

Another clusterfuck of an Indian Defence programme..........:no:

Key Points

- India will focus on portable and tethered MCM systems to meet interim requirements after decommissioning three minesweepers
- Service is not expected to receive new MCMVs for at least three more years

After retiring all but one of its Pondicherry (Natya I)-class minesweepers, the Indian Navy is now focusing on interim minesweeping and portable sonar systems as an interim measure while awaiting the acquisition of new mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), service officials have told Jane’s .

The Indian Navy decommissioned three Pondicherry-class MCMVs on 23 March. The 61 m vessels, INS Cuddalore , INS Cannanore , and INS Konkan , were retired after about three decades of service. INS Kozhikode (M 71) is now India’s sole MCM ship that is still in service, and it is currently deployed with the navy’s 21st MCM squadron.

Among portable systems currently employed include 12 units of the EdgeTech-supplied Littoral Mine Countermeasures Sonars (LMCS). The systems are now being deployed from a number of different platforms, including the service’s fleet of Car Nicobar-class fast attack craft.

In addition, the Indian Navy has also issued a request for information (RFI) for at least eight units of expendable underwater mine disposal systems. Being sought is a portable and expandable remotely operated vehicle (ROV)-based system that can detect and neutralise mines in harbours and sea approaches.

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