Skip to comments.Indian Navy gets 'invisible’ ship and added firepower
Posted on 04/29/2010 10:04:51 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
India added new fire power and muscle to its Navy when Defence Minister A K Antony formally launched 'Shivalik' -- the S-class Frigate -- at the Mazagon Dock on Thursday. The Shivalik is a multirole stealth ship incorporating advanced signature suppression and signature management features along with both air defence and anti-sub marine capabilities. Though the ship is not completely invisible, it would be hard to detect on the high seas.
Armed with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, Shivalik carries two advanced helicopters and is equipped with state-of-the-art CODOG (Combined Diesel or Gas Turbine) propulsion system along with most of comprehensive innovative features.
Shivalik marks another move in securing India's sea lanes, according to Mazagon Docks, which built the ship.
With this, India has four stealth frigates. The last one to be launched was 'Sahayadri' - the 26th warship of the Indian Navy. Once the stealth frigates are commissioned, the focus will be on stealth submarines.
Essentially, the stealth ships hoodwink the radars. Though not completely foolproof, the Swedish Navy currently has what is believed to be the most "invisible" ship yet. Reports also indicate that the Royal Navy of the UK and the US Navy are actively involved in developing futuristic ships that are almost invisible in the high seas.
Already advanced countries have "stealth" aircraft. The first one was the F117; then came the B-2 bomber, in the 1980s.
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hmm...I can see it, hope they kept their receipt
Haha, when did a news reporter ever know anything about defence reporting? A la Geraldo Rat-tat-tat Rivera..
When you have invisible ships it’s easy to overstate your fleet size. They should go whole hog and get some invisible airplanes and invisible missiles too.
This is what I recall the problem was. Unlike air, water is detectable on radar. A stealth ship leaves a big blank spot on the radar. It makes itself known by what doesn’t appear on the radar screen.
Shhhh! You’re ruining it!
Ship leaves a wake...
A “modern” navy is nice, but what India really needs to worry about is roughly four million Chinese troops rolling over their northeastern border.
I think the article title is misleading -— the system involved is likely the Israeli Barak-8 missile interceptor -— “whose radar provides 360-degree coverage against incoming missiles or air attack, and which was developed in partnership with India... all-weather, day-and-night, 360 degrees coverage and is capable of intercepting incoming missiles when they are no more than 500 meters away from target.”
The Himalayas tends to put a stop to that. Which is why most of India’s tanks are not facing China.
“The Himalayas tends to put a stop to that. Which is why most of Indias tanks are not facing China.”
The “Himalayas” didn’t even slow the Chinese down in 1962, when they attacked along the frontier of Arunachal Pradesh, routing the Indian army.
If the Chinese ever take it into their heads to invade India to acquire a fair-sized bit of additional lebensraum, there won’t be much to stop them. And that means the Himalayas, too.
> invade India
Like in 1962 they could probably reach Calcutta and the Bay of Bengal real easily if they chose to.
Question is why would they? :>>
Even they don’t want to deal with West Bengal Communists!
“Even they dont want to deal with West Bengal Communists!”
Very droll; however, if China should take it into her collective head to invade India, there wouldn’t be a whole lot to stop them. And that means all the way down to the Palk Straight.
The Indian military and strategic establishment has changed a lot since 1962.
China’s, too; as much as I love India and all things Indian - and I’m a major Indophile - I would never bet on them versus China.
Sure, nobody would argue with that. But the PLA has little to gain by going for the kind of adventure it did in 1962, let alone driving beyound Eastern India.
Agreed. I’m not saying a southward attack is likely...
my project is ready to make more stealthy