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L&T opposes plan to give submarine project to Mazagon Dock

L&T opposes plan to give submarine project to Mazagon Dock Jun 20,2018

With the government considering a proposal to move a Rs 60,000-crore project to build submarines to the public sector on a nomination basis, India’s top shipbuilder Larsen and Toubro has sought the Niti Aayog’s intervention, asking that it be reserved for the private industry as per the original plans. The mega ‘Make in India’ project — named P75I — is for the construction of six conventional submarines with advanced abilities to stay underwater for extended periods with Air

Indian Coast Guard fleet 4th largest in the world

Indian Coast Guard fleet 4th largest in the world Jun 19,2018

Additional Director General (Operations and Coastal Security) of Coast Guard V Sri Ramachandra Murthy said that Indian Coast Guard fleet has steadily grown over the years and now stood at fourth largest CG in the world. Now, it has plans to achieve the fleet strength of 200 ships and 100 aircraft by the year 2023. Nearly, 60 surface platforms and 15 work boats are under construction at various Indian Shipyards. Presently, the CG has 136 ships, 62 aircraft and over 13,000 personal, he

An Update on the Indian Navy: Submarine Modernization

An Update on the Indian Navy: Submarine Modernization Jun 15,2018

On March 29 a chapter of Indian Navy’s flying prowess as part of its aviation arm, took a farewell bow as eight Tu-142MR (Tuploev) planes of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 312 were decommissioned after proudly serving the Indian Navy for 29 long years. A poignant ceremonial fly past was held at INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, as Tu-142s made their last flights. At the expense of repetition, it needs reiteration that submarines form a vital part in the

Corporate war stalls Indian Navy’s Rs 20,000 crore project

Corporate war stalls Indian Navy’s Rs 20,000 crore project Jun 15,2018

The Anil Ambani-led Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd (RNEL) has filed a complaint with the defence ministry against a senior naval officer, alleging that he has been favouring its competitor, Larsen & Toubro, in a contract because his son is employed there. The complaint, on which an internal inquiry is now on, has stalled a Rs 20,000-crore ‘Make in India’ naval warship deal. The allegations include ‘favouritism and supplying of insider information’. The contract to make four

India Looks to Sikorsky MH-60R for Counter-Submarine Capability

India Looks to Sikorsky MH-60R for Counter-Submarine Capability Jun 14,2018

Even as India launches stealth frigates and guided missile destroyers from its shipyards to patrol the Indian Ocean, the country has precious few modern helicopters equipped with sensors and weapons capable of detecting Chinese submarines patrolling its waters. In this year’s annual cooperative naval exercise called Malabar, the Indian navy will operate alongside and be exposed to modern U.S. and Japanese rotorcraft equipped for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The exercise began June 7 and

China's Navy Commissions 41st Type 056/056A Stealth Warship

China's Navy Commissions 41st Type 056/056A Stealth Warship Jun 13,2018

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned the 41st Type 056/056A Jiangdao-class corvette into service this month, according to local media reports. The commissioning ceremony of the new corvette, christened Nanchong, reportedly took place at a naval port in Guangdong province in Southern China in the presence of representatives of the Nanchong, a city located the northeast of China’s Sichuan province, in the beginning of June. Based on a calculation by IHS Jane’s Defense

India’s Plan To Buy Helicopter Carriers Falters

India’s Plan To Buy Helicopter Carriers Falters Jun 13,2018

A visit to Mumbai’s port by the Spanish multi-purpose warship Juan Carlos 1 has highlighted India’s requirement for four similar vessels, also known as landing helicopter docks (LHDs). The Spanish warship builder Navantia is a bidder for the Indian requirement, in partnership with domestic company Larsen & Toubro (L&T). But the procurement process has been disrupted by the financial problems of rival bidder Reliance Naval and Engineering, which is partnered with French warship builder

India’s Il-38 MPA to receive newly developed COMINT system

India’s Il-38 MPA to receive newly developed COMINT system Jun 12,2018

India’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to perform “platform modification and installation” of the Sarvadhari communications intelligence (COMINT) system aboard the Indian navy’s IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). A document for the project notes that the vendor would have to perform engineering studies and analyses as part of the process to install and integrate the new COMINT kit. The planned timeframe for engineering and installation work is

INS Sindhukesari rolled out after a second refit at Severodvinsk, Russia

INS Sindhukesari rolled out after a second refit at Severodvinsk, Russia Jun 12,2018

INS Sindhukesari is the first Kilo-class submarine of the Indian Navy which is undergoing the second refit and modernisation with the life extension. The second refit adds ten years to 25-year specified service life of the submarine. A large amount of India-made equipment and systems are installed on this submarine. The duration of the refit cycle is 27 months. Final Touches INS Sindhukesari will be the first Indian Kilo-class submarine whose service life will be not less than 35 years.

India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army

India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army Jun 11,2018

New Delhi has approved acquisition requests for ‘air cushion vehicles’ (ACVs) for the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Army. The approval has been granted by the defence acquisition council (DAC), the country’s Ministry of Defence announced on 7 June. The DAC is chaired by India’s Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman. “These vessels would offer great advantage over conventional boats [and] crafts with their ability to travel at very high speeds over shallow water, sand banks, mud

State-run MDL to lead the way in India’s P-75 (I) Submarine Project

State-run MDL to lead the way in India’s P-75 (I) Submarine Project Jun 08,2018

The Defence Ministry is likely to finalise in the next few days the broad contours of Indian Navy’s ambitious project to build six advanced submarines under the multi-billion P-75 (I) programme. Sources said that the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) is likely to be given the responsibility to implement the project as against the government’s earlier indication that private shipbuilders would be involved in constructing the submarines. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition

lack of Next-Gen Multi-role Helicopters blunts Indian Navy edge in war game

lack of Next-Gen Multi-role Helicopters blunts Indian Navy edge in war game Jun 08,2018

Indian warships have reached the Pacific island of Guam for the first naval exercises here that will focus on hunting submarines and operating jointly with the US and Japanese forces. The Indian ships lack a critical asset – a naval multirole helicopter – that will limit their ability to track American nuclear-powered submarine and a Japanese conventional submarine that are part of the war games. The Indian Navy has been trying to procure these helicopters, which enable warships to locate

New Coast Guard ship commissioned in Mumbai

New Coast Guard ship commissioned in Mumbai Jun 07,2018

The Indian Coast Guard's new indigenously-built Interceptor ship C-439 was commissioned at a ceremony here on Thursday. Coast Guard Additional Director General K. Natrajan, who is also Commander of Western Seaboard, commissioned the sleek vessel in the presence of Inspector General V.D. Chafekar, Commander of Coast Guard Region West and other top military and government officials. The C-439 is designed and built by L&T Marine and Ship Design Division. The vessel is 27.4 metres long with 136

India’s conventional submarine under upgrade in Russia to be floated out in coming days

India’s conventional submarine under upgrade in Russia to be floated out in coming days Jun 02,2018

India’s diesel-electric submarine Sindhukesari under repairs with upgrade in Russia has been rolled out from the workshop of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk. The sub will be floated out in several days, a source in defense and diplomatic circles told TASS on Thursday. “The Indian Navy’s submarine Sindhukesari has been rolled out of the workshop and the slipway stage of the repairs has been completed. In several days, it will be floated out for outfitting work,” the source

Indian Navy issues RFIs for unmanned surface, underwater vessels

Indian Navy issues RFIs for unmanned surface, underwater vessels Jun 01,2018

The Indian Navy has issued two separate requests for information (RFIs) for unmanned underwater and surface vessels. The RFI for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) indicate a requirement for 12 vehicles with replaceable mission modules and a simulator that can assist in training for a variety of roles, including mine countermeasures (MCM) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Each vehicle should be no longer than 12 m. Meanwhile, the RFI for submerged systems calls for eight high endurance

IN commissions first indigenously built floating dock

IN commissions first indigenously built floating dock May 30,2018

The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its first indigenously designed and built floating dock to repair and service its major platforms. Referred to as Floating Dock Navy-2 ( FDN-2 ), the 185 m-long and 40 m-wide platform was inducted into the service on 25 May in a ceremony held at Port Blair, the capital of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands and headquarters of the IN-headed tri-service command. The platform is equipped with “state-of-art automated systems with all modern facilities to

How the Navy’s New Block III Super Hornet Could Crush China’s J-20 or Russia’s Su-57

How the Navy’s New Block III Super Hornet Could Crush China’s J-20 or Russia’s Su-57 May 26,2018

As new adversary fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA and the Chengdu J-20 emerge from development, the United States Navy is working on developing and fielding new capabilities that will allow naval aviators to defeat the threat. The key is Boeing’s new F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet—and the advanced new technologies incorporated into the jet—combined with the upgraded capabilities of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin Infrared Search and Track (IRST)

Indian Navy commissions fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV

Indian Navy commissions fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV May 25,2018

The Indian Navy on May 25, 2018 commissioned the IN LCU L54, the fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV, into its fleet at Port Blair. The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM and Chief of Materiel. The Commissioning of L-54 is in line with the Union Government’s Make in India initiative. IN LCU L54 • IN LCU L54 is the fourth Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. • The ship was indigenously designed and built by Garden

Navy’s minesweeper hunt gets response from Russia & Italy

Navy’s minesweeper hunt gets response from Russia & Italy May 25,2018

The Navy’s hunt for a new class of mine-hunting warships has got responses from Italy and Russia, after a setback at the last minute with a South Korean firm not agreeing to terms for constructing a dozen vessels under an estimated Rs 32,000-crore ‘Make in India’ project. With minesweepers being identified as one its most critical deficiencies, the Navy is also believed to be sending a team to Australia to examine a set of used vessels that are being upgraded to modern standards.

India plans to buy choppers from US

India plans to buy choppers from US May 22,2018

India is considering a $2-billion proposal to procure multi role helicopters for the Indian Navy through a direct government purchase from the US. The proposal could go ahead given a critical requirement of the Navy for choppers that can undertake missions ranging from anti-submarine operations to fire support and early warning at sea. The proposal under the foreign military sales route is to purchase 24 of the advanced MH 60 ‘Romeo’ choppers that can be deployed