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    Post  aksha on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:42 am

    Work on Stealth Frigates for Navy to Start Next Year at Magazon Docks

    http://www.indiandefensenews.in/2016/01/work-on-stealth-frigates-for-navy-to.html?m=1

    Work on with its order book full and set to grow, state-owned shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) expects that its collaboration with Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri will help it improve efficiency and processes, said Rear Admiral Rahul Kumar Shrawat (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director of MDL.

    Fincantieri has been contracted by the MDL for technical collaboration on Project 17A, comprising seven stealth frigates for the Indian Navy. Four of these are being built by MDL, and three by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers. “We will be using an integrated construction methodology. Construction begins next year. It is a two-year build period,” Rear Admiral Shrawat told The Indian Express.

    He said the cooperation with foreign shipbuilders helped augment capacity through improved processes. “We have already modernised ourselves, improved efficiency, in order to do things faster. The collaboration will further boost that,” said Rear Admiral Shrawat.


    The stealth frigates under Project 17A being built in India have been seen as a boost for the Make in India initiative through a focus on domestic defence manufacturing.

    Asked if he sees Indian shipbuilders ever exporting, Shrawat said the capability was certainly available at institutions such as Mazagon Docks Ltd, but the reality was that the government’s point of view would naturally be to utilise indigenous capacity first for the large and growing requirements of the Indian Navy. “If any country were importing frigates and destroyers, we would be a worthy competitor given that we build world-class ships,” he said, adding that licencing norms for weapon intensive platforms and the fact that Indian ship builders were already busy with orders for the Navy would have to be considered.

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    Post  max steel on Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:17 pm

    Vizag to be final resting place for INS Viraat


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    Post  George1 on Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:31 pm

    Indian First Nuclear Submarine Arihant Successfully Passes Tests

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160223/1035201584/india-nuclear-submarine-arihant-passed-tests.html#ixzz40zf3sq4M


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:32 am

    Indian Navy removed from service carrier-based fighter Sea Harrier.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1802365.html


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    Post  Pinto on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:35 pm

    MIG 29K has rightly taken over the role pf primary multi rile aircraft for IN now

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    Post  medo on Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:28 pm

    George1 wrote:Indian Navy removed from service carrier-based fighter Sea Harrier.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1802365.html

    I wonder if India will sell their Harriers to Thailand for their carrier, which doesn't have planes.

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    Post  zepia on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:12 am

    medo wrote:
    George1 wrote:Indian Navy removed from service carrier-based fighter Sea Harrier.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1802365.html

    I wonder if India will sell their Harriers to Thailand for their carrier, which doesn't have planes.

    IIRC Thai navy never look for replacement since they get rid of those birds. Current approach is to sync up with airforce's gripen when they need air support/cover.
    And I doubt if our navy can afford these even if Indian willing to sell.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:21 pm

    The first Indian Scorpene out to sea



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    Indian Navy keenly interested in Russian naval equipment — Russian ministry

    Post  Pinto on Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:49 am

    QUITOL /India/, March 28. /TASS/. The Indian Navy is keenly interested in purchasing Russian surface and submarine equipment and localization of the vessels’ manufacturing in India, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Alexander Potapov told reporters on Monday, commenting on his meeting with the Indian Navy representatives.

    "The Indian Navy have displayed a keen interest in cooperating with us both in the sphere of surface and submarine fleet, starting from issues of purchasing ready-made equipment and localization of its production in India," Potapov said on the sidelines of the Defexpo India 2016 exhibition. He did not specify the equipment in question

    The Defexpo India 2016 international exhibition is held in Quitol in the state of Goa in India on March 28-31. During the exhibition, the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport is planning to hold talks with Indian partners to discuss joint projects for the Indian Armed Forces’ further upgrade.

    The deputy industry and trade minister also said that during the exhibition he also intended to meet Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and his deputy who is in charge of industrial production and the "Make in India" concept. "I think that during these discussions we’ll outline the plans that are now being implemented and the implementation of which will be accelerated," Potapova added.

    According to previous reports, the relevant issues for the sides’ negotiations were leasing to India of the second nuclear-powered submarine of Project 971 (the first such submarine was received by the Indian Navy in 2012), as well as the supply of three frigates of Project 11356 (six ships of the Talwar project have entered service). Earlier in March, President of the Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation Igor Ponomaryov said that Russia was in negotiations on the sale to India of three frigates that had been designed for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter said later that negotiations started on organizing the manufacturing of ships of this class in India.


    In case of the technology transfer, the ships may be co-produced either in both countries or in India alone. India had acquired from Russia six Talwar-class frigates - three built by Baltiisky Zavod in St. Petersburg and three more by Yantar in Kaliningrad from 2003 to 2013.


    A TASS source close to military-technical cooperation said previously that the Russian Defense Ministry had decided to reallocate the money earmarked for the second troika of Project 11356 frigates to pay for other ships it badly needs. The discussions between the military and the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation led to the opinion that the frigates can be offered for export.

    All of the components of the first three Project 11356 frigates, including the Ukrainian-made propulsion plants, have been received. At the same time, the other three frigates lack propulsion plants, the production of which is to be launched by defense contractor Saturn in the city of Rybinsk under the import substitution program. Saturn can manufacture the power plants in 2019-2020 at the earliest, but the schedule does not suit the Russian Navy.



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    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:40 am

    Rs 64,000-cr Project to Build Submarines In India Creates Buzz

    A Rs 64,000-crore (approx. $10 billion) project to build high-tech submarines in the country has created a buzz at a military systems’ exhibition in Goa, with foreign manufacturers eyeing alliances with domestic shipyards in hopes of kicking off one of the costliest projects under the Make in India programme.

    Six advanced submarines will be built under project P-75I to scale up the navy’s undersea warfare capabilities and counter the swift expansion of China’s submarine fleet.

    Russia, one of the competitors for the project, on Tuesday said it had begun its homework on the project aimed at building a second line of submarines in India.

    “Negotiations are on...we are working on different proposals. We are open to cooperating with both public and private sector yards under the Make in India plan,” said Vladimir Drozhzhov, who heads military technical cooperation for Rostec Corporation. Rostec deals with manufacture and export of high-end products. Russia will compete for the project with its Amur 1650 submarines.

    Five Indian shipyards have been shortlisted by a top government committee for the project.

    The Germans, who supplied HDW Class 209 submarines to the Indian Navy, are also strong contenders for the project. German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has offered India its HDW Class 214 submarine.

    “It’s a very significant project for us. The Class 214 is a proven platform and we are ready to transfer critical technology on which we have spent a lot of money,” ThyssenKrupp managing director Gurnad Singh Sodhi said at DefExpo-2016. Foreign vendors are waiting for the defence ministry to release its policy on “strategic partners” to allow joint ventures with local firms for building warplanes, advanced submarines and helicopters.

    The shipyards shortlisted by the high-powered panel are Mazagon Dock Limited, Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Cochin Shipyard Limited and private sector yards Pipavav and Larsen & Toubro. The new submarines will have the capability to operate underwater for several weeks with air-independent propulsion systems, greater strike power against land targets and improved stealth features that make them harder to detect. French firm DCNS plans to compete the the project with an advanced version of its Scorpene submarine.

    Six Scorpene submarines are currently being built at the Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai with technology from DCNS under a Rs 23,562-crore project codenamed P-75. Kalvari, the first of six diesel-electric attack submarines, is likely to be inducted into the navy by the year-end. The remaining five boats will be delivered by 2020. The 66-metre submarine can dive up to a depth of 300 metres to elude enemy detection.

    The Scorpene project, plagued by cost overruns and missed deadlines, is important to the navy as its underwater capabilities have blunted over time. India operates 13 ageing conventional submarines and an Akula-II nuclear-powered attack boat leased from Russia. In contrast, China possesses 53 diesel-electric attack submarines, five nuclear attack submarines and four nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

    Spain’s Navantia S-80 class and Sweden’s Saab Kockums’ with its A26 submarines have also shown interest in the P-75I. The exhibition in Goa is being attended by 1,055 Indian and foreign firms eyeing alliances under the Make in India initiative for the defence sector.

    On Monday, Parrikar unveiled India’s new defence procurement rules aimed at accelerating the indigenisation plan and speeding up critical acquisitions.

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    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:32 am

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    Russian shipyard repairs Indian sub, in India

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:35 am

    Russia’s defence shipyard, the Zvezdochka Ship Repair Centre (Severodvinsk), has repaired, refitted and modernized the ‘INS Sindhukirti’, the Indian Navy’s diesel-electric submarine, at the Vishakhapatnam shipyard, a press release stated. The exercise, which took 10 years to complete, was the first time that such a feat has been accomplished successfully. The shipyard’s press release noted that the repairs to the ‘Sindhukirti’ were the first experience of a capital overhaul and modernization of a Russian-built submarine in an Indian shipyard. The works lasted almost 10 years.

    In the end, the ship was re-equipped with a Club-S modern missile system, becoming a full-fledged multi-purpose submarine, able to strike surface targets from the water. The Indian submarine has also been provided with the latest motion control system, an automated information management system, and a series of general ship management systems. The Russian shipbuilders did not specify how much the work cost to complete.

    The Zvezdochka specializes in the repair and decommissioning of nuclear submarines, and since 1997, it has modernized five diesel-electric submarines for the Indian Navy; the ‘Sindhuvir’, ‘Sindhuratna’, ‘Sindhughosh’, ‘Sindhuvijay’, and ‘Sindhurakshak’ at its own shipyard. This summer, it is set to take in another Indian submarine, the ‘Sindhukesari’ to modernize. All these submarines are Project 887EKM ships built in Russia (NATO classification – Kilo), designed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg). They are designed for combat against enemy submarines and surface ships, as well as for the defence of naval bases, coastal and marine communications, as well as reconnaissance and patrol activities.

    These kilo-class submarines have a displacement of 2,300 tons; length – 72.6 m, submerged speed – 19 knots (about 35 km/hour), diving depth – 300 m, crew – 52 people, and cruising capacity – 45 days. Armaments aboard the vessel include six 533-mm calibre torpedo tubes. With the completion of modernization, each submarine now carries modern Russian Club-S cruise missiles systems (export version of the Calibre system developed by NPO Novator) with a range of around 200 km.

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    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:01 pm

    Killer K-4 Undersea Missile test fired From Arihant Submarine





    Not withstanding international pressures India has secretly conducted the maiden test of its nuclear capable undersea ballistic missile, code named K-4, from homegrown submarine INS Arihant at an undisclosed location in the Bay of Bengal.

    A reliable source on Friday told ‘The New Indian Express’ that the test conducted on March 31 nearly 45 nautical miles away from Vishakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh was highly successful. The indigenously developed weapon with a dummy payload was reportedly launched from the submarine in full operational configuration.

    The trial was carried out with the support of the personnel of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) while the DRDO provided all logistics. The missile was fired from 20-meter deep and it pierced into the sky after breaking the water surface. INS Arihant had first successfully fired a prototype of K-15 (B-05) missile in November last year.

    The K-4 missile was fired from onboard silos of the ship submersible ballistic, nuclear (SSBN) submarine demonstrating the capability of the newly built underwater warship to fire long range nuclear capable missiles and the killing efficiency of the most advanced state-of-the-art weapon system.

    “Having an operational range of nearly 3,500 km, the missile was fired towards north for a shorter range. It covered more than 700 km before zeroing on the target with high accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP),” informed the source.

    DRDO officials however refused to speak on the mission. While the officials associated with K-4 mission and Arihant project were tight-lipped, Director General of DRDO Selvin Christopher did not respond calls from this paper.

    On March 7, this missile was test fired from a submerged pontoon (replica of a submarine) positioned nearly 30 feet deep sea offshore Vizag coast. Although, the DRDO didn’t officially confirm about the secret mission, it was learnt that the test was a roaring success.

    Even as the DRDO had reportedly conducted the first test of the missile system, which was developed under a secret project, in 2010, it officially admitted to have a missile named K-4 with a video footage of the missile launch in the Aero-India show in January last year.

    Reports indicated the K-4 missile with the features of boost-glide flight profiles is designed to defeat any anti-ballistic missile systems. Equipped with the satellite updates to modify accumulated errors from its inertial navigation system, the weapon system is claimed to be quite dangerous and one of its kind in the world.

    The 111-metre-long INS Arihant has four vertical launch tubes, which are capable of carrying 6 torpedoes of 533 mm and 12 B-05 (K-15) missiles or 4 K-4 missiles.

    Powered by an 85 MW capacity nuclear reactor with enriched uranium fuel, this submarine can achieve surface speeds of 12 knots to 15 knots, and submerged speeds of up to 24 knots, carrying a crew of 95.

    Apart from Arihant, the K-4 will also arm another Arihant class submarine INS Aridhaman which is currently under construction along with two others. These submarines will have eight launch tubes each.


    How nervous is Pakistan? I think the Pakistani's have come to the conclusion that they can no longer go toe-to-toe with India in a conventional fight. That is the reason for their alliance with terrorist groups. They can only fight an insurgency...any direct conflict will lead to the destruction of the govt.

    India is becoming interesting Cool

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    INS Arihant undergoing sea acceptance trails: Top Navy official

    Post  Pinto on Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:38 am

    Country’s first armed nuclear submarine, INS Arihant, is currently undergoing sea acceptance trials, a senior Naval official said on Sunday.INS Arihant is now undergoing sea acceptance trials as it had already passed several deep sea diving drills, Flag Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht told reporters here.

    “The submarine will be commissioned after completing all the sea-trials,” he added.INS Arihant, a 6,000-tonne submarine, is country’s first indigenous nuclear submarine and can launch nuclear weapons from underwater.

    The vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel Project at the Ship Building Centre here.

    Stating that India Navy has presently adequate strength of ships, submarines and manpower, Bisht said 45 ships are under-construction in various shipyards in the country.

    The Navy had successfully conducted the International Fleet Review with the support of various agencies including the Andhra Pradesh government and the Vizag district administration, he informed.

    To a question, Vice Admiral Bisht said the Indian Navy’s warship INS Viraat will be decommissioned this year and it will be converted into a maritime museum.After decommissioning the ship will be handed over to the Andhra Pradesh government,” he added.

    Meanwhile, the local MP, MLAs and several residents sailed on-board the Eastern Fleet ships and witnessed various Naval exercises as part of the ‘Day at Sea’.Eight ships including the indigenous stealth frigate INS Satpura, fleet support ship INS Sakthi, Landing Platform Dock INS Jalashwa, Landing Ship Tank(Large) INS Airavat, Missile Corvettes IN Ships Kanjhar and Nishank, Inshore Support Vessels T-36, T-39 and submarine INS Sindhukirti of the ENC participated in the event, a defence release said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/INS-Arihant-undergoing-sea-acceptance-trails-Top-Navy-official/articleshow/51868002.cms

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    INS Arihant, India’s only indigenous nuclear submarine, to debut as soon as May

    Post  Pinto on Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:20 am

    INS Arihant has completed all trials and weapon launch tests, and is soon going to be inducted in India's Navy fleet.

    This is a big fillip to PM Narendra Modi's Make-in-India campaign as INS is India's first indigenously developed nuclear armed submarine.

    Top government sources said Modi is likely to announce the formal induction in the Indian Navy anytime soon.

    Sources said the induction of this 6000 tonne plus indigenous nuclear submarine should coincide with the completion of Modi government's two years in office on May 26.

    "The submarine has passed all deep water and other tests and is ready for induction. It is just a matter of time that its formal induction (which is closely being monitored by the Prime Minister's Office) will be announced," said a source close to the development.

    With the induction of INS Arihant, India will join one of the few super powers in the world that possess the knowledge of designing, engineering and operating a nuclear submarine.

    Arihant is the lead ship of the five nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines launched in 2009.

    Built at Vishakhapatnam, Arihant has been designed, developed and engineered by various agencies including the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Department of Atomic Energy and the Submarine Design Group of the Directorate of Naval Design, besides private companies such as Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

    As against a conventional diesel-electric submarine, nuclear submarines have the capability to stay out at sea longer and without the need to come up to the surface.

    Arihant draws its design from design consultations with Russian design bureaus and possesses capabilities to be equipped with short range missiles as also the K4 long range ballistic missile.

    "The indigenous nuclear submarine has passed all major tests," sources said.

    India currently operates Russian-origin nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra, which it leased for 10 years from Russia in 2012. However, the INS Chakra does not carry nuclear weapons.

    http://www.businessinsider.in/INS-Arihant-Indias-only-indigenous-nuclear-submarine-to-debut-as-soon-as-May/articleshow/51974543.cms

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    Naval Attachment Set Up in Lakshadweep

    Post  Pinto on Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:23 am

    ANDROTH ISLAND: A naval detachment aimed at enhancing the Navy's reach and surveillance of Arabian Sea waters was inaugurated in the island of Lakshadweep here.

    The setting up of a naval detachment will extend Indian naval presence at Androth Island, provide communication network connectivity with mainland, enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring and function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides radar surveillance, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said.

    "Lakshadweep and Mnicoy Islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands. Setting up of a naval detachment at Androth Island will enhance the Navy's reach and surveillance, and contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability," he said.

    A number of infrastructure facilities at naval units located on Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands are also being progressively upgraded.

    The naval detachment at Kavaratti was commissioned as a naval establishment, INS Dweeprakshak in 2012. Suitable ships are also being based at the islands to provide enhanced surveillance and immediate response capability.

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Naval-Attachment-Set-Up-in-Lakshadweep/2016/04/26/article3401505.ece

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    DCNS conducts FAT of ECA-built convertors for Indian Scorpene submarines

    Post  Pinto on Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:42 am

    French shipyard DCNS has conducted the factory acceptance test (FAT) of eight converters designed by ECA Group, to be installed on-board Indian Scorpene-class fifth and sixth submarines.During FAT, the ECA team is said to have assisted DCNS in controlling and validating the functionality of the equipment.The test has resulted in the acceptance of the whole equipment, which is slated to be incorporated first into the fifth submarine.

    The ECA-built convertors were delivered last month to DCNS, while the convertors for the sixth submarine will be used to support training within the of on-board crew framework.

    The static converter 60kVA is designed to operate in the demanding environment of a submarine. It offers a constant 115V/60Hz network out of the submarine battery pack.

    The convertor features a front panel, which enables easy access to various parameters, and the whole unit is electrically and thermally protected for both user and equipment safety.

    ECA’s compact static converter 5KVA 400HZ produces a steady 115V/400Hz network out of the submarine battery pack.

    Its front panel features a touch screen with easy access to various parameters. A series of electrical and thermal protections have been included in the converter to protect both users and the equipment.

    With a displacement of 1,550t, the Indian Navy’s 67m-long Scorpene submarines will be equipped with anti-ship missiles and long-range guided torpedoes, along with a modern sensor suite.

    The submarines can engage in multiple missions, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, operations by Special Forces, and mine laying.

    India’s Mazagon Dock is currently building six Scorpene-class submarines, with DCNS being their technology partner.

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    Nirdesh all set to design vessels for Indian Navy

    Post  Pinto on Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:44 am

    The National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding (Nirdesh), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production, Union Ministry of Defence, in Kozhikode, is all set to begin designing of vessels for the Indian Navy.

    Official sources said that Nirdesh would begin with preparing standard designs for a range of small vessels used by Navy for patrolling.

    Besides, it would also design harbour vessels, tugs, ferries and survey ships. A design expert would be engaged on contractual basis for two years to set up the design centre and to commence designing of ships.

    Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony had laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Rs.600-crore project at Chaliyam in 2011 aimed at achieving “complete self-reliance in the strategic areas of research and development, technology development, design, skill development and related avenues leading to indigenous construction of warships, submarines and related platforms.”

    However, its activities have been confined to imparting training on shipbuilding and other corporate social responsibility till now.

    Captain Ramesh Babu, project director of Nirdesh, said that the design expert would be responsible for undertaking design of vessels and structures for various applications and to set up the Nirdesh design facility by identifying and procuring, inducting hardware, software, standards and other necessary facilities, equipment and personnel.

    “The expert will be assisted by two young naval architects, who also will be engaged for two years on contract basis,” he said.

    He said that Nirdesh also planned to set up a Centralised Shipbuilding Data Centre, which would become a hub of shipbuilding information, to be shared by all shipyards, Navy, Coast Guard, DRDO and other stakeholders. A data management expert is being engaged on contract for two years for this purpose, Captain Babu said.

    The expert will be responsible for setting up the Nirdesh Data Centre, with appropriate hardware and software, prepare structure of data bases to be created and procure appropriate software and hardware. He/she will collate, process, store data on shipbuilding and related areas with adequate security and make the same available to authorised users.


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    ndia's First Conventional Submarine, The Kalvari, Goes To Sea For The First Time In 15 Years

    Post  Pinto on Sun May 01, 2016 8:23 am

    It's a time to rejoice in the Indian Army. It's first French-designed conventional, diesel-electric submarine in more than 15 years, the Kalvari, will finally hit the sea. Credible sources associated with the project, that has been code named Project 75, has confirmed the same according to India Today. It is also confirmed that the Kalvari's Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) are pretty much complete, and she has been readied for 'Sea Trials', post which, she will become a part of the fleet.

    "The process will play out over a period of 5-6 months, after which comes the commissioning" a source was quoted saying. The test was supposed to have been done over the weekend but had to be rescheduled due to "minor, logistical reasons".

    HATs are done to check the nitty-gritties of the submarines. From diving to navigating and carrying out maneuvers, all possibilities are tested. The Kalvari will also have to prove how capable it is as far as carrying missiles and torpedoes are concerned.

    The Kalvari joined the Navy in 2012 but is finally set for commissioning in September this year. Project 75 consists of six submarines but the one that comes first among the six will face the most gruelling tests. Project 75 costs a whopping $3.5 billion.

    The Kalvari is 67 metres in length, is 6.2 metres wide and weighs a considerable 1550 tonnes. The beast can fire torpedoes and tube-launched anti-launch missiles both from underwater or from the surface. But what's worrying is the time delay, since the average age of an Indian submarine still remains 25 years, which isn't very impressive keeping in mind the technological advancements India has made.


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    Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk ready for Sindhukesari

    Post  Pinto on Sun May 01, 2016 9:10 am

    29 April 2016 ALEXANDER YEMELYANENKOV, SPECIALLY FOR RIR
    Like five diesel-electric submarines earlier, the Indian Navy’s Sindhukesari submarine will also be sent for a refit and repairs to the Zvezdochka shipyard at Severodvinsk in Russia.


    Another diesel-electric submarine owned by the Indian Navy, the Sindhukesari, will be in the Zvezdochka ship repair centre for repairs in Russia later this summer. It is being awaited at the Severodvinsk centre, where five similar Russian- built submarines of the Indian Navy were earlier sent to undergo repairs and modernization.

    The India Embassy in Moscow sent a delegation headed by the naval attaché Commodore Tarun Sobti recently for an inspection visit to Severodvinsk, RIR has learnt. The authorized Indian representatives have checked the enterprise’s industrial and consumer sites for readiness to receive the Sindhukesari diesel-electric submarine for repair.

    During the visit, Sobti examined the ship lifting facilities and main production plants, which will be involved in the repair of the Indian submarine, Eugene Gladyshev, official representative of the CA Zvezdochka, said. The inspection crew paid special attention to the readiness of the premises designed to house the submarine crew, officers of the observation group and their families, as well as to the social and sports infrastructure sites - the Belomorets stadium, the indoor ice arena and our Science and Technology Centre.

    The decision to send another Indian Navy submarine for repair to Russia was made after a thorough analysis of all the "pros" and "cons", in particular taking into account the “Make in India” national programme. RIR has learnt that two of the four Indian submarines included in the programme for modernized factory repairs will undergo these ‘refit’ procedures at Indian shipyards with technical participation and help from the Russian Zvezdochka.

    The question about another one remains open. The Sindhukesari diesel-electric submarine, will be repaired in Severodvinsk. This integrated solution will reduce the total repair time to allow all four submarines to return to the Indian Navy’s combat forces as quickly as possible.

    Under the contracts earlier concluded by Zvezdochka, no more than 26 months were allowed for repair of submarines of this type.

    This time too, the deadlines are rigid. At the shipyard, they are sure that they will cope. However, the representatives of the Indian side as the customer, decided to personally verify the actual readiness of the Russian shipyard to receive the Sindhukesari submarine for repair. After this inspection, the arrival of the ship to Severodvinsk has been confirmed in June 2016.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2016/04/29/zvezdochka-shipyard-in-severodvinsk-ready-for-sindhukesari_589325

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    Post  max steel on Wed May 04, 2016 11:32 am

    India Crafts Naval Technology Plan

    The Indian Navy has finalized a plan to acquire 100 cutting-edge technologies in the next 15 years to build its war-fighting capabilities, but how realistic that will be is a million-dollar question.

    The 15-year prospective plan unveiled last month calls for acquiring a range of futuristic technologies. These include naval missiles and guns, propulsion and power generation, surveillance and detection systems, torpedoes and directed energy weapons, submarines and anti-submarine warfare systems, naval aviation, network-centric warfare and combat management systems.

    "By 2027, we want 200 warships and around 600 aerial assets, hypersonic and loitering missiles, and laser weapons," said Rear Adm. Dinesh Tripathi, the Indian Navy's assistant chief of naval staff for policy and plans.

    The navy has 138 warships and submarines and about 230 aerial assets, he said.

    "In addition, we need to reduce import content for our sensors and weapons and need a high-range of hypersonic and loitering missiles and laser and directed energy weapons," Tripathi added.

    Future naval technologies will be built domestically under the "Make in India" a "Indigenization" categories.

    The Make in India policy encourages foreign defense companies to collaborate with Indian companies to set up manufacturing facilities for transfer and absorption of cutting-edge manufacturing technology. This is intended to boost jobs and skill development in the country.

    The Indigenization policy is largely meant for domestic [defense] companies, encouraging them to develop products that are currently sourced through imports.

    Analysts are divided about how this will work.

    "It is true that whereas weapons and sensors and their associated software suites are concerned, there has been sub-optimal indigenization," said Pradeep Chauhan, a retired Indian Navy vice admiral.

    Several electronic warfare suites, including Ajanta, Ellora and Porpoise, all of which are fitted on the Navy's latest frontline surface, airborne and subsurface combatants, and which are designed to detect the presence of enemy combatants without disclosing one's position or identity, are an unqualified success, he said.

    Likewise, the Indian Navy's family of advanced underwater-sensors, including Advanced Panoramic Sonar Hull mounted (APSOH), Hullmounted Sonar Advanced (HUMSA) and USHUS, are a huge success.

    "In the future, high-definition radars, sonars, infra-red seeker and electronic warfare suites will be required," said Birinder Singh Randhawa, retired Indian Navy vice admiral said.

    "Immediately, larger-caliber guns, 127mm and anti-missile guns (Vulcan Phalanx type), extended range and guided munitions would also be required. To start with these would need to be built under license," Randhawa said.

    Chauhan further argues that the future cannot be assured by resting upon past success, particularly since both government and private industry spent pathetically small amounts of money on research and development.

    To build future naval war-fighting capabilities, Chauhan said, the navy will need to acquire disruptive technologies, including electromagnetic rail guns and kinetic energy projectiles; laser-directed weapons, weapon-control systems and communication suites; hypersonic missiles and space planes; blue-green lasers for submarine detection; directed-energy weapons; autonomous advanced drones and unmanned combat vehicles that are truly autonomous and fusion-based power sources.

    "However, aviation-based R&D in India has been particularly poorly funded and overseen," Chauhan said. "The only way that new naval aviation assets — such as carrier-borne fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne multirole rotary-wing aircraft, ship/carrier-launched-and-recovered UAVs and UCAVs can be meaningfully built in India is through the Make in India program."

    As regards the network-centric warfare capabilities, Randhawa said the building blocks are in place; data links are produced indigenously, and a naval communication satellite is in place. The capability can be built on and foreign collaboration may be resorted to for initial catch-up.

    "The Indian Navy will also require directed energy weapons and laser weapon systems, Chauhan said. "The short-term answer is to exploit the potential of the 'Make in India' policy initiative. The long-term answer is to invest heavily in highly paying R&D."

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    Indian Navy to bid adieu to Sea Harriers on May 11 in Goa

    Post  Pinto on Wed May 04, 2016 1:26 pm

    PANAJI: The Indian Navy will de-induct its ageing Sea Harriers, replacing them with MiG 29K fighter aircraft, on May 11 at INS Hansa base in Vasco at Goa.

    "With the scheduled decommissioning of INS Viraat and great difficulty in maintenance of the ageing Sea Harrier fighters, they are scheduled to be de-inducted on May 11, 2016. The squadron will be operating the advanced MiG 29K fighters," the Navy said in a statement here today.

    Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff will be the Chief Guest for the ceremony.

    The Sea Harriers were inducted in the Indian Navy following phasing out of then obsolete Seahawks.

    "In November 1979, post government approval, Naval HQ placed an order for 06 Sea Harrier FRS Mk 51 fighters and 02 T Mk 60 Trainers, for delivery in 1983," a naval spokesman said.


    "In September 1980, Sea Harrier Project (SHARP) was formed with select naval aviators and technical personnel for coordination of trials, testing, acceptance and training. The first newly-built Sea Harrier for the Indian Navy (IN 601) was ready on December 21, 1982.

    The first three Sea Harriers flying via Malta, Luxor and Dubai, led by Lt Cdr Arun Prakash VrC, landed at Dabolim on December 16, 1983. This was followed by first deck landing on the carrier, INS Vikrant, on December 20, 1984," the spokesman said.

    He said the reborn white tigers of the Indian Navy were now a totally professional outfit and came out with flying colours during frequent embarkations, joint exercises, Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Training and Air to Air gunnery exercises.

    "The squadron was embarked on the carrier during Operations Vijay and Parakram providing the essential offensive posture to the country and ensuring readiness to react to any escalation by the enemy," he said.

    "The Sea Harriers had undergone a weapon and avionics upgrade since 2007 to match up with any opposition. The upgraded Sea Harrier christened LUSH (Limited Upgrade Sea Harrier) was a shot in the arm for the Indian Naval aviation," the naval spokesman stated.

    "The Sea Harriers, in their 'new avatar', were a formidable force to reckon with. LUSH aircraft, with their new inventory of armament were ever ready for the present day Beyond Visual Range environment in which modern aircraft operate," he claimed.

    "Post limited upgrade in which the aircraft was fitted with a new Multimode Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile and a Datalink, the Sea Harrier fleet had redeemed itself as the best carrier borne 'air defence fighter/interceptor' in the Indian Ocean Region.

    "The flexibility offered by the aircraft's capability to undertake short/vertical takeoffs and landings had enabled it to operate from any fixed wing carrier and had regularly conducted cross deck landilandings on ships of foreign navies," the Navy said

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    Re: Indian Navy and Naval Aicraft: News

    Post  Pinto on Fri May 06, 2016 5:52 am

    In a departure from its traditional approach to business in India, Germany is for the first time offering a military deal under the government-government umbrella for its new-generation conventional submarines that have exceptional underwater endurance.

    While in the past the German government had kept away from contracts being bagged by its arms industries in India, the HDW 214 submarines are being offered as a special case for Indian Navy’s requirement of six boats, which are to be made in India at an estimated cost of over Rs 60,000 crore.

    Sources told ET that the formal proposal is being shared with the defence ministry in which the German government will give assurances on fair price, technology transfer and quality.

    Russian and French submarines are, too, competing for the mega P 75I project, which is likely to see a private sector yard in India carry out a major chunk of the work. India will be mandating Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) – a technology that enables the submarine to remain underwater for several days at a stretch instead of coming up to surface frequently to replenish oxygen needed to burn the fuel — for the submarines.

    “The offer has certain assurances that the product will meet Indian requirements,” an official involved in the process told ET. Russia, which is developing its own AIP system, has already advised India to conclude the P 75I project under a government deal as it has too many complexities of technology transfer.

    German company Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems that manufactures the submarine said it “is not in a position to comment on talks between the governments of the two nations”, but said it was interested in offering its 214 class boats with “robust transfer of technology, training and meeting offset obligations”. “We define this as a ‘no-holds barred’ transfer of technology in line with Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ push,” the company spokesperson said in response to a detailed questionnaire by ET.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/germany-offers-india-deal-for-next-generation-submarines/articleshow/52138779.cms

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    Re: Indian Navy and Naval Aicraft: News

    Post  max steel on Tue May 10, 2016 10:56 pm

    Germany Ready to Offer India Six Subs With High Underwater Endurance

    Germany stands ready to offer six diesel-electric submarines with high underwater endurance at the total cost of $9 billion under a government program to replenish the Indian Navy’s ageing fleet.

    The Project-75 India (P-75I) program announced in 2010 allocates over 500 billion rupees for the construction of submarines with mandated air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems to enable longer periods of submersion without resurfacing for oxygen to burn fuel.

    Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) private naval vessel holding company told the newspaper it was "not in a position to comment on talks between the government of the two nations." The company spokesperson said, however, it was interested in offering its 214 class boats with increased underwater endurance and low detection risk.


    Russia and France are reportedly also competing for the P-75I project. In 2010, Russia’s Rosoboronexort and France’s DCNS/Armaris were expected to receive invitations to a foreign contractor tender alongside German and Spanish companies.


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