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[*] posted on 25-8-2018 at 09:55 PM


Indian Navy Seeks to Induct Newer and Advanced Technologies

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Aug 23, 2018)

An exclusive interaction session was organized by the Indian Navy with Professor Emeritus Commodore Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj (Retd) from Stanford University at Kota House on 22 August 2018.

Hosted by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel and all the technical Flag Officers stationed at New Delhi, some of the retired officers who have held important assignments in the Navy and DRDO, and those involved with scientific and Defence R&D also attended this interaction.

Professor Paulraj is a global icon in wireless technology and inventor of MIMO, which is the heart of the current high speed WiFi and 4G mobile systems. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2010 besides top global honours - the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 2011, the prestigious 2014 Marconi Society Prize and has been inducted into the US Patent Trademark Office National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018.

On the discussions to enhance self-reliance of Indian defence in critical advanced technologies, Commodore Paulraj brought out the need to invest much more in R&D sectors, including design and fabrication, artificial intelligence, block chain and quantum computing. He spoke of requirement of enhanced application-based research in IITs and need for more Indian wireless startups to channelize some of the available good human resource currently working for the global MNCs. A joint meeting is planned with IIT Heads to identify areas for future work by the Indian Navy. Capt Shekhar Dutt, SM, IAS (Retd) former Defence Secretary and Governor of Chhattisgarh, also participated in the interaction and concurred with the sentiments expressed by Paulraj.

Prof AJ Paulraj is currently Chairman of Department of Telecom Steering Committee to deliberate and finalise Vision, Mission, Goals and Roadmaps for 5G India - 2020. His advice is being sought at the highest levels of the Government of India’s Ministries of Communication, Electronics and Information Technology and Defence Production. He regularly interacts with the Boards of top Indian academic institutions and telecommunication corporations.

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[*] posted on 27-8-2018 at 06:01 PM


New Delhi sets stage for 24 MH-60R FMS deal

27 August, 2018 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Greg Waldron Singapore

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has taken a step toward the possible acquisition of 24 Lockheed Martin Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters.

The news came in a defence ministry announcement that the DAC has earmarked INR460 billion ($6.4 billion) for new military equipment including helicopters for the navy and artillery for the army.

The package includes INR210 billion for 111 utility helicopters for the navy, which call for rotorcraft in the 5t class.

In addition, the announcement sets the stage for the acquisition of 24 11-12t ASW helicopters under the MRH (multi-role helicopter) requirement.

“To enhance the capability of navy at sea, approval has also been granted for procurement of Anti-Submarine capable, 24 in number Multi Role Helicopters, which are an integral part of the frontline warships like the aircraft Carriers, destroyers, frigates and corvettes. Availability of MRH with the Navy would plug the existing capability gap,” says the statement.

New Delhi had selected the S-70B for this requirement in 2014. At the time, the plan was to order 16 rotorcraft with eight on option.

The acquisition has changed, however, to 24 firm orders, with the MH-60R to be offered instead of the S-70B. In addition, the updated deal will be conducted under the auspices of the US government’s foreign military sale (FMS) process.

“Lockheed Martin is confident the MH-60R “Romeo” is the right aircraft for India’s Navy,” says the US defence contractor.

“We stand ready to support India and the United States for a government-to-government procurement of 24 MH-60R helicopters as part of the Multi Role Helicopter program. The MH-60R will provide a vital capability for the Indian Navy in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Sikorsky’s main rival for the MRH requirement was the NH Industries NH90, but this type reportedly fell out of contention for the deal.
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[*] posted on 27-9-2018 at 12:41 PM


Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and MDL Win Service Contract for Indian Navy

(Source: Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems; issued Sept. 26, 2018)

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems was awarded a high two-digit million euros Medium Refit and Life Certification (MRLC) contract by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) for the overhaul and modernization of the Indian Navy submarine INS Shishumar.

It includes the delivery of new equipment, the maintenance of systems and components, as well as on-site technical support and logistical services in form of documentation, training and spare parts. In addition, it entails a life certification that warrants the operability of the INS Shishumar’s pressure hull for the next decade.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “We are looking forward to working with MDL to perform the deep modernization work to ensure that INS Shishumar remains a very capable combat submarine for the Indian Navy over the years to come. Our experience with the Shishumar class and the outstanding skills of MDL’s employees are the basis for the return of the submarine back to the Indian Navy in great shape.”

Matthias Bergande, MRLC Campaign Manager of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “We are happy to partner with MDL, the renowned Indian shipyard, which has proven already in the 1980ies to be capable of building new submarines. This contract once again reiterates our long-standing commitment to the country and represents another cornerstone in maintaining the operational capabilities of the Indian submarine force.”

The refit of the INS Shishumar, which takes place at MDL’s dockyard in Mumbai, is expected to be completed by 2021.

Already in 2016, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems had been awarded a contract to modernize the Harpoon missile system of two other submarines of the same class: the INS Shalki and the INS Shalkul. The modernization of these boats is currently underway.

Additionally, Atlas Elektronik, which is an Operating Unit of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems since 2017, is currently modernizing the combat and sensor systems of these submarines. The three aforementioned submarines belong to a batch of four assets that were commissioned between 1986 and 1994.

The construction of the first two submarines (INS Shishumar and INS Shankush) took place at the HDW shipyard (now Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) in Kiel, Germany, including an intensive training of MDL employees enabling the construction of the INS Shalki and the INS Shalkul at the MDL dockyard in Mumbai.

These were the first submarines ever to be built in India. The Shishumar class is based on the renowned HDW Class 209, however, it includes a series of specialties including a larger diameter of the pressure hull, a pressure resistant bulkhead, as well as a rescue sphere.

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels. The company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world.

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India re-issues tender for fleet support ships

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar, Alameda, California - Jane's Navy International

14 October 2018

The Indian Navy’s fleet support ship (FSS) project is now up for tender once again after talks between Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) fell through.

In pursuit of the tender, HSL issued a request for proposal (RFP) in early October 2018 seeking possible partners for the construction of five FSS vessels that will displace approximately 45,000 tonnes.

The collaborating shipyard would supply key components that would go onboard the vessels, including propulsion and electrical generation equipment, and replenishment gear.

The partnering shipyard would also provide technical, logistic, and project management support throughout the design, construction, and pre-delivery phases of the project.

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Indian Navy concludes trials of new submarine rescue system

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

18 October 2018


The Indian Navy DSRV that took part in the trials. Source: Indian Navy

Key Points

- The trials are being done to validate the service's ability to rescue, and transfer distressed submariners
- The Indian Navy's Western Naval Command concluded maiden trials of a newly acquired submarine rescue system on 15 October.

The trials, which were carried out with a UK-built deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV), included a rescue operation on a simulated distressed submarine what was placed at a depth of more than 300 feet. As part of the rescue, the DSRV mated with the 'distressed' boat, and carried out transfer of personnel from the submarine into the DSRV.

Besides the simulated rescue and transfer operation, the DSRV also performed a 666 m dive. "This is a record for deepest submergence by a 'manned vessel' in Indian waters", said the Indian Ministry of Defence on 17 October. "These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV's ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and has provided the Indian Navy with a critical capability", the ministry said in the same statement.

The DSRV is one of two vehicles acquired by the Indian Navy in March 2016 under a GBP193 million (USD270 million) contract signed with underwater engineering and services group JFD. Each vehicle is operated by a crew of three, and can rescue up to 14 distressed submariners per sortie.

Besides the two free-swimming DSAR-650L DSRVs, also included in the contract with JFD are launch and recovery system (LARS) equipment, a Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) system, an SMD Atom intervention remotely operated vehicle, an EdgeTech 4200 series towed sidescan sonar, and associated logistics and support equipment.

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India signs USD950 million deal for two Russian-built frigates

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

29 October 2018

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a USD950 million deal with Russia on 27 October for the supply of two Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class stealth frigates for the Indian Navy (IN).

Official sources told Jane's that the two frigates are to be built at Russia's Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad and delivered to the IN in 36 and 48 months.

However, no deal has been reached regarding plans for India's state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) to build two similar platforms following a technology transfer as negotiations over price and technical details are still ongoing.

Industry sources said Russia has partially built two Project 11356M frigates - Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin - which it now plans to complete for the IN.

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India signs $950 million contract with Russia to buy two stealth frigates

By: Vivek Raghuvanshi   11 hours ago


The Indian Navy ship INS Talwar, a 4,400-ton Russian-built Krivak-class warship, was inducted into the service in 2003. (Ajit Kumar/AP)

NEW DELHI — India has signed a $950 million contract with Russia for two upgraded Krivak III-class stealth frigates.

A government-to-government contract was signed between India and United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia last week for the supply of two stealth frigates after two years of negotiations, an Indian Ministry of Defence official said.

The deal comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India on Oct. 5 and the ruling National Democratic Alliance government cut a $5.43 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems despite objections from its ally the United States.

The MoD official said the procurement of the frigates will involve a rupee-rouble transaction instead of using U.S. dollars to avoid American sanctions on Russian defense companies under CAATSA, or the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

The frigates are built by Yantar Shipyard of Russia and will be powered by Ukrainian gas turbine engines. They will be equipped with Indian-built radar, sonar, communication suites and anti-ship BrahMos missile systems, an Indian Navy official said. The ships are expected to be delivered by the end of 2022, the official added.

India and Russia signed an agreement in October 2016 for the purchase and construction of four additional upgraded Kravak III-class stealth frigates, under which two frigates will be directly supplied by Russia and two others built at state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited in India though a technology transfer.

A separate contract will be signed next year for the construction of two similar stealth frigates in India.

The 4,000-ton Krivak III vessels will also accommodate two multirole helicopters and will be used for anti-submarine and airborne early warning missions.

India has already built seven basic versions of Krivak-class stealth frigates under the Navy’s Project 17A scheme at state-owned shipyards Mazagon Dock Limited, and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers.

The Indian Navy currently has a fleet strength of 140 warships, with plans to increase that number to 198 by 2027.
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This helps Russia out in two ways:

1) The ships are partly built and have Ukrainian turbines that are no longer supported for Russian use. The Indians have separate agreements with the Ukrainians for support and Spares for KRIVAK class ships.
2) They earn some dearly needed foreign currency.
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Keel Laying of First Advanced Stealth Frigate in Kolkata

(Source: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.; issued Nov 10, 2018)


Keel-laying of the first advanced stealth frigate at GRSE’s shipyard in Kolkata. The contract for construction of three Russian-designed frigates under Project 17A is the largest ever order won by the company. (GRSE photo)

Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) touched a key milestone in its Project 17A today (10th November 2018) with the laying of the keel of the first of three advanced stealth frigates.

The keel was laid at GRSE’s Main Works Unit in the august presence of Vice Admiral K. B. Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. Rear Admiral V. K. Saxena (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE graced the ceremony.

Since its takeover by the Government of India in 1960, GRSE has delivered 98 warships – the highest number of warships deliveries made by any Indian shipyard till date. The Shipyard has a strong inhouse design team of close to 100 designers. GRSE has built high-end platforms in the past, including frigates, missile corvettes, new generation anti-submarine warfare corvettes and landing craft utility ships for Indian Navy. It has the distinction of achieving over 90% indigenous content, on board ASW Corvettes and LCUs, a major step towards self-reliance in state-of-the-art warship design and construction.

P17A Frigates are state-of-the-art guided missile frigates. Each of these ships will be 149 m long, with displacement of approximately 6670 tonnes and a speed of 28 knots. P17A Stealth Frigates are being built deploying the latest Integrated Construction Methodology with enhanced pre-outfitting to enhance quality and reduce build periods considerably. GRSE has appointed M/s Fincantieri, Italy as the know-how provider for technology upgrade and capability enhancement.

GRSE has set sail towards a growth route in line with its vision to be a world class shipyard. The award of prestigious Project 17 A is a major leap for the shipyard in this regard. Continuing Research & Innovation, excellent product quality, world class modern infrastructure, and a strong corporate structure coupled with a competent & experienced human capital including around 100 in-house design engineers, promise a bright future for GRSE.

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Details and pic of the new warship as follows, a very nice looking and equipped design:

India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

Mrityunjoy Mazumdar, Alameda, California - Jane's Navy International

25 April 2018


A scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at Defexpo 2018. Source: R Sanjeev

Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition.

MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

The P-17A platform has been described as an enlarged, stealthier variant of the three-ship Project 17 (P-17) Shivalik class frigates. The new ships are 149 m long, with a beam of 17.8 m, a draught of 5.15 m, a displacement of 6,673 tonnes, and a crew complement of 226.

The platform will be powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, and two MAN 12V28/33D STC diesels driving two shafts in a combined diesel or gas (CODOG) arrangement. Top speed is given as 28 kt, while range is 5,500 n miles at 16–18 kt or 1,000 n miles at 28 kt.

The ship will be armed with launchers for the Indo-Israeli Barak-8 or Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) missile system, two of which are mounted forward while another two are installed with two clusters mounted forward and two mounted abaft the funnel, and one eight-cell BrahMos missile launcher unit located forward.

Anti-submarine weapons comprise a pair of rocket launchers that are an indigenous modification of the RBU 6000, and a pair of triple-tube torpedo launchers.

Armament includes a 76 mm Oto Melara gun and a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon systems sited at aft above the hangar. The ships will be equipped with two anti-torpedo decoy systems, and what appear to be four decoy launchers.

Sensors include the Elta MF-STAR radar for the LR-SAM housed in an enclosed mast, a number of unspecified navigation radars, and a bow-mounted sonar.

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India, Singapore enhance complexity of bilateral naval exercise with combined missile firings

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

21 November 2018

Key Points

- The navies of India and Singapore have concluded a series of complex naval drills at 'SIMBEX'
- The exercise, which has been growing in scope and complexity, is a sign of growing naval relations between the two countries


The RSN’s Formidable-class frigate, RSS Steadfast (Naval Group)

In a demonstration of closer interoperability between the two services, the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have concluded a series of complex naval drills, which included combined firings of anti-air missiles from ships of the respective services.

The operation, which involved the firing of an Aster anti-air missile from the RSN's Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast and a Barak missile from the Indian Navy's Shivalik-class frigate INS Satpura , were held as part of 'SIMBEX' 2018, held from 10 to 21 November in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

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Indian Navy Chief in Russia to Explore Co-op in Nuke Submarine Construction

(Source: Sputnik News; posted Nov 26, 2018)

Admiral Sunil Lanba is scheduled to visit the Nakhimov Naval School and Admiralty Shipyard that is building Lada-class submarines of project 677. The non-nuclear Amur-1650 submarine - an export option of the Lada-class submarine - is one of the contenders in India’s project p75I for six non-nuclear submarines for the Indian Navy.

India and Russia are exploring newer avenues for defence cooperation. In this connection, Chief of the Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba is currently on a four-day visit of Russia starting Monday. On the first day of his visit, Lanba is holding bilateral discussions with his counterpart, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN).

"At Moscow, the Admiral will have discussions with General VV Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation and Mr. Dmitriy Shugaev, Director, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation," the Indian Navy's statement read.

The Indian Navy's statement indicates that the two countries remain undeterred by US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and is likely to soon clear pending deals in the maritime domain.

Earlier this year on July 6, Sputnik reported that India and Russia had started discussions on joint construction and development of a nuclear submarine at a very cost-effective rate at an Indian shipyard. Going by the proposal, the two countries intend to develop a prototype for under $200 million following which the Russian firm would transfer the technical know-how and related documents to the Indian shipyard.

Only last week, India and Russia concluded a $1.5 billion guided missile frigate deal under which two 3,620-ton Admiral Grigorovich-class vessels will be purchased off the shelf by India while two other frigates will be built at a state-owned shipyard in Goa, southern India. India has so far leased two nuclear-propelled submarines from Russia, including the Chakra, which is currently in service.

Admiral Lanba will also visit the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and will deliver a talk on the "Indian Navy's Perspective on Maritime Security." He will also lay a wreath at Piskarev Memorial Cemetery in memory of the victims of the Siege of Leningrad.

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Indian Navy cashes in Reliance bank guarantee

Jon Grevatt - Jane's Defence Industry

04 December 2018


The first two of five Project 21 NOPVs on order for the Indian Navy were launched by Reliance in July 2017 at the company’s shipyard in Gujarat. Source: Indian Navy

The Indian Navy (IN) has cashed in a bank guarantee provided by domestic shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL) following delays in the company’s programme to supply Project 21 naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) to the service, IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba confirmed on 3 December.

Speaking at an IN conference in New Delhi, Adm Lanba said the IN had “encashed” a guarantee provided by RNEL, which is facing severe financial constraints, in relation to the INR25 billion (USD388 million) contract. Adm Lanba did not elaborate but under Indian defence procurement regulations bank guarantees can be encashed if the beneficiary perceives a breach of contract.

The original NOPV contract was signed in 2011 between the IN and Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited (PDOECL). The deal represented the first time the IN had agreed to procure warships from a private-sector local company. The Reliance group acquired PDOECL in December 2015 for about INR17 billion.

In response to reporters’ questions about the delayed OPV programme, Adm Lanba said “There’s no preferential treatment being given to RNEL. Its bank guarantees have been encashed by the navy so punitive action has been taken against [the company].” He added that the contract with RNEL has “not been cancelled at the moment, but [is] being looked and being examined”.

Jane’s contacted an RNEL spokesperson for comment, but no response had been received at the time of writing.

RNEL launched the first two NOPVs on order for the IN in July 2017 at its shipyard in India’s westernmost state of Gujarat. These two vessels were scheduled to enter service with the IN by the end of 2017 and in early 2018 respectively, although these deadlines were not met.

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All Issues Pertaining to Serviceability of MiG-29K Sorted Out - Indian Navy

(Source: Sputnik News; posted Dec 04, 2018)


The MiG-29K carrier fighter has been notoriously unreliable in Indian Navy service, with problems relating to the airframe, RD MK-33 engine, and fly-by-wire systems, but according to the Indian Navy chief these have mostly been resolved. (India MoD photo)

MiG-29K, being the choice of aircraft for both the aircraft carriers, viz. INS Vikramaditya and an under-construction domestically-produced aircraft carrier, as well as two naval air stations on the East and West coast, is the mainstay of the Indian Navy’s air defence fleet.

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday announced that the issues related to maintenance and availability of spare parts for the MiG-29K fleet have been sorted out. Admiral Lanba also stated that the defence ministry is working on how to resolve payment issues due to the US sanctions.

The announcement holds significance as these issues were believed to have been posing major impediments to improving the serviceability of the aircraft.

"There is no issue on supplies of spare parts from Russia at the moment… The MiG-29K fleet has been performing well now," Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Monday while addressing the press on the eve of Navy Day.

According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, in 2016, serviceability of the MiG-29K was unsatisfactory (37.63%) until 2015. However, recent efforts made by the two countries have improved serviceability to around 70%. Serviceability implies that the aircraft is technically available and is not undergoing a scheduled repair or overhaul at any level.

In the initial years of service, the MiG-29K was riddled with problems relating to the airframe, RD MK-33 engine, and fly-by-wire systems. Fly-by-wire (FBW) is a system that replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface and allows automatic signals sent by the aircraft computers to perform functions without the pilot's input, as in systems that automatically stabilise the aircraft.

The Indian government concluded a contract in January 2004 with the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG for the acquisition of 16 MiG-29K/KUB aircraft and associated equipment at a cost of $740.35 million, which included 13 aircraft for Admiral Gorshkov (i.e., INS Vikramaditya). Thereafter in 2010, an option clause contract for the acquisition of an additional 29 MiG 29K/KUB aircraft was concluded at a cost of $1.46 billion.

The Indian Navy had placed a total order for 113 engines along with 45 aircraft (90 installed on aircraft and 23 spare engines) under the main and option clause contract.

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Having 25% of the engines as Spares speaks volumes in itself.................
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Indian Navy accepts second JFD submarine rescue system

Richard Scott, London - Jane's Navy International

19 December 2018

The second of two submarine rescue systems built for the Indian Navy (IN) by UK-headquartered subsea engineering, operations, and services group JFD has been handed over ahead of arriving in-country early next year, the company announced on 19 December.

JFD was awarded a GBP193 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.

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Indian Navy commissions fifth Mk IV landing craft

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 December 2018

The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fifth Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform built by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

Named IN LCU L55 , the 62.8 m vessel entered service in a ceremony held on 19 December at Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands and headquarters of the IN-headed tri-service command.

The platform, which is part of an INR21 billion (USD310 million) contract for eight LCUs signed between GRSE and the Indian government in September 2011, was launched at GRSE's facility in Kolkata in December 2015, and now joins four other vessels of the class - L51, L52, L53, L54 - which entered service in March 2017, August 2017, April 2018, and May 2018 respectively.

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Strategic deterrent: INS Arihant completes India’s nuclear triad

Rahul Bedi, Delhi - Jane's Navy International

04 January 2019

In late 2018, India became the sixth country – joining China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US – to possess nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. Rahul Bedi reports

On 5 November 2018, India confirmed its three-tier retaliatory nuclear deterrent capability by formally adding maritime strike to its existing land- and aerial-based capacity to deliver strategic weapons.

A declaration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed the successful completion of the maiden deterrence patrol of INS Arihant – India’s first indigenously designed and built nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN).

Official sources told Jane’s that by successfully executing its four-week long secret patrol in the neighbourhood, the circa 7,600-tonne Arihant had “decisively” established India’s long-delayed nuclear deterrence triad, two decades after conducting five underground atomic tests in 1998.

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Indian Navy tests air-droppable logistics containers

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

11 January 2019

The Indian Navy (IN) announced on 10 January that it has successfully tested locally developed Sahayak air-droppable containers off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea.


The IN successfully tested a Sahayak air-droppable container on 8 January off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea. (Indian Navy)

In a statement the IN said that on 8 January an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft dropped one of the containers carrying a test payload of 50 kg, which descended to the sea by parachute.

The service said that the Sahayak containers are designed to enhance its operational logistics capability by facilitating the supply of spares and stores to ships that are deployed more than 2,000 km from the coast.

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India signs contract for two new Project 1135.6 frigates with Goa Shipyard

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

30 January 2019

Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has received the contract to license-build two follow-on Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class frigates for the Indian Navy in-country, India’s Ministry of Defence announced on 30 January.

The frigate, which derives its design from Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M) class, will be constructed under an inter-governmental agreement signed between Moscow and New Delhi in October 2016.

Under the agreement, which will see the delivery of four new Project 1135.6 frigates to the Indian Navy by 2026, Russia’s Yantar Shipyard will build two vessels in Kaliningrad, while GSL will construct the remaining ships in Goa with technical assistance from Moscow.

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Indian MoD awarded Goa Shipyard Ltd contract for 2 Talwar frigates

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY 2019 12:29

On January 30, the Indian Ministry of Defense has concluded a contract with state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited to build 2 Russian advanded Talwar-class frigates (Project 1135.6) and to provide those to the Indian Navy. These 2 frigates will be constructed with a partial transfer of technology from Russia.


Three project 11356 frigates (Talwar-class) of the Indian Navy - from left to right: F 51 Trikand, F 44 Tabar and F 45 Teg (Picture source : Indian Navy)

The two frigates constructed with a partial transfer of technology from Russia would make these platforms the largest fleet of ships in a class showcasing domestically-produced equipment such as the BrahMos missile system, sonar system, and combat management system.

While the inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between India and Russia was signed on 15 October 2016, the final deal for construction of the two Admiral Grigorovich class/advanced Talwar-class guided-missile frigates at Goa Shipyard under the technology transfer model was concluded last November. Now, the Indian government has finalised procedures with Goa Shipyard Limited to begin the production of the 2 vessels. The first ship is scheduled to be handed over to the Navy by June 2026, while the second one will be delivered in December that year.

The frigates are potent platforms with a mission span covering the entire spectrum of naval warfare; air, surface and sub-surface. The ships would be equipped to operate in littoral and blue waters; both as a single unit and as consorts to a naval task force. Project 11356 frigates are designed to deliver strikes against adversary surface ships and submarines both in brown and green waters and fight air targets. The warships are armed with A-190 100mm artillery guns, strike missile and air defense systems, including Kalibr and Shtil complexes and torpedoes. The displacement is 3620 tons. The frigates are 124.8 meters long, develop a speed of 30 knots and have an operating range of 4850 miles.

"The ships would carry highly sophisticated and state-of-art weapon systems and sensors," said a senior defence ministry official. "Advanced features of stealth include a special hull design, to limit radar cross-section, low electromagnetic, infrared and underwater noise signatures. The ships would carry highly sophisticated and state-of-art weapon systems and sensors", the defence ministry statement added.
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Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - Jane's Defence Weekly

07 February 2019

The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service's fast-attack craft.

IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma told Jane's on 7 February that four of these systems, which he described as "mine countermeasure clip-on influence sweeps", are expected to be delivered in 2021, with the remaining four scheduled to be handed more than 12 months later. The move follows the IN's acquisition of 16 similar systems that were inducted from 2012.

The supplementary systems are being procured to mitigate critical operational gaps in the IN following extended delays in procuring mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), said Capt Sharma.

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Expression of Interest (EOI) for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for Indian Navy

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Feb 12, 2019)

In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19.

These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR, CASEVAC, LIMO, passenger roles and torpedo drops.

95 helicopters out of 111 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian Strategic Partner.

The case was approved by DAC on 25 Aug 18. The project is likely to provide major boost to Govt’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and fillip to manufacturing capability for helicopters in India.

The Request for EoI from Indian private companies for participating in the project has been hosted on the MoD/Indian Navy website on 12 Feb 19. However, the Request for EoI from foreign OEMs has been forwarded to companies that participated in the RFI deliberations. The OEMs have been mandated to set up dedicated manufacturing line, including design, integration and manufacturing processes for NUH in India and make Indian Manufacturing Line as a global exclusive facility for the NUH platform being offered.

Whilst Indian companies have been given two months to respond to the EoI, the foreign OEMs have been given three months for responding due to the nature of inputs required. High level of indigenisation i.e. about 60% of the helicopter is desired through the NUH project.

The RFP for procurement is likely to be issued towards the end of third quarter of this year to the shortlisted Indian companies.

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Aero India 2019: India to receive second Scorpene-class submarine by April 2019

Jane's Navy International

22 February 2019

The Indian Navy will likely receive its second Scorpene-class submarine, Khanderi by March, or April 2019.

The matter was confirmed with Jane’s by chairman and managing director of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL), Commodore Rakesh Anand, at Aero India 2019.

Meanwhile, the third submarine Karanj is also likely to be delivered by end of year 2019, he added. Both Khanderi and Karanj are currently undergoing sea acceptance trials.

The programme’s first-of-class, INS Kalvari was commissioned in December 2017, after a delay of more than six years from the original contracted timelines.

The contract for the licensed production of six Scorpene-class submarines at MDL, Mumbai, was signed on 6 October 2005 under Project 75.

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India Inks Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine Despite the Threat of US Sanctions (excerpt)

(Source: Times of India; published Mar 07, 2019)

By Rajat Pandit


India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, which will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. (Indian Navy photo)

NEW DELHI --- India on Thursday inked yet another mega defence deal worth over $3 billion for the lease of a nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia, despite the threat of US financial sanctions still looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year.

Defence sources said the over $3 billion (around Rs 21,000 crore) contract for the Akula-1 class submarine, which will be ready by around 2025, includes a comprehensive package for refurbishment of the nuclear boat lying mothballed at Severodvinsk, its sustenance and spares support for 10 years, as well as training and technical infrastructure for its operations.

This submarine will replace INS Chakra, the Akula class submarine taken on a 10-year lease from Russia in April 2012, under a secret over $900 million deal inked way back in January 2004.

“INS Chakra’s existing lease will be extended till at least 2025 through another contract till the new submarine, which will be bigger and more advanced than it, becomes operational,” said a source.

It was in November last year that India declared its first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles (called SSBN in naval parlance), INS Arihant, had successfully completed its “first deterrence patrol” .
It meant that the country’s long-awaited nuclear triad -- the capability to fire nuclear weapons from land (Agni missiles), air (fighter-bombers) and sea (SSBNs like INS Arihant) – was finally operational to some extent.

A nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) like INS Chakra, which is not equipped with long-range nuclear missiles due to international treaties, is not meant for “deterrent patrols”. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Times of India website.

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Second Scorpene Submarine Ready for Induction

(Source: The Hindu; published March 18, 2019)

By Dinakar Peri

NEW DELHI --- The Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi by early May, a defence source said. The remaining submarines in the series are in advanced stages of manufacturing and trials.

“Khanderi has completed all trials and is in the final stages of acceptance. It is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by end April or early May,” the defence source said. Khanderi was launched into water in January 2017 and has since been undergoing a series of trials.

Ready for trials

Another source stated that the fourth submarine Vela is ready to be launched into water for trials around the same time depending on the ocean tide.

Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai, is manufacturing six Scorpene submarines under technology transfer from Naval Group of France under a 2005 contract worth $3.75 bn. After a series of delays in the project, the first submarine of the class Kalvari joined service in December 2017. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.

The third in the Scorpene series Karanj which was launched in January last year is in advanced stage of trials and could be ready for induction by year end.

The last two submarines Vagir and Vagsheer are in advanced stages of manufacturing on the assembly line. The fifth submarine is in the final stages of being booted together. The ‘Boot Together’ is where the five separate sections are welded together to form the submarine.

Kalvari is the first modern conventional submarine inducted by the Navy in almost two decades.

In addition, the Navy currently operates four German HDW class submarines and nine Russian Kilo class submarines.

The Navy had last inducted a conventional diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhushastra, procured from Russia in July 2000.

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