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  • Goodbye Tu-142M: Journey Of Indian Navy’s Big Bears

    03/26/2017 7:07:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Livefist Defence ^ | Mar 26, 2017 | Shiv Aroor
    Twenty-nine years after they entered service, the Indian Navy’s Tupolev Tu-142M long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft will be retired this week. On March 29, the INAS 312 ‘Albatross’ squadron will operate only Boeing P-8Is. Ahead of the ceremonial retirement, the Indian Navy’s excellent frontman & spokesperson CAPTAIN DALIP SHARMA sent Livefist this exclusive piece. The Journey of ‘Mighty Props’ With the era of Grand Old Lady, the Super constellation coming to an end in 1983, the Nation and the Indian Navy had realised the value of having a multi engine LRMR – ASW aircraft and negotiations were commenced with our...
  • India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

    02/05/2015 10:17:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 05, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    The Barak 8 is a long range surface to air missile NEW DELHI: When the Indian Navy commissioned its most-advanced warship eight months ago, the INS Kolkata was missing its primary weapon system - the Barak 8 long range surface to air missiles, 32 of which were meant to be carried onboard in ready-to-fire mode. NDTV has learned that the Barak 8 missile has cleared all its tests and is ready for induction. The missile, designed to intercept incoming anti-ship missiles at a range of at least 70 kilometres, has been made in partnership with Israel, where it has successfully...
  • India's first aircraft carrier slips into history

    11/23/2014 7:06:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Times News Network ^ | 11/22/2014 | V Narayan
    Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles...
  • A powerful surface navy lacks sub punch (India)

    10/01/2014 11:33:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | October 1 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Naval warfare experts agree the Indian Navy is capable of obtaining "sea control" - or domination of waters and airspace - in the Arabian Sea in a war with Pakistan. Equally, India can dominate China's sea lines of communications (SLOCs) through the Indian Ocean, cutting off trade, oil and commodities. This ability stems from India's aircraft carriers and the proximity to naval and air bases on Indian territory (Indian navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines). Yet a bleaker picture emerges of the navy's ability for "sea denial" - bottling up enemy shipping in a particular area; or blocking...
  • INS Kolkata Completes Delivery Acceptance Trails; Handover to Indian Navy Today

    07/10/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DefenseWorld.Net ^ | July 10, 2014
    Indian Navy will receive its first indigenous P15A, Kolkata class destroyer today. The destroyer completed delivery acceptance trails (DAT) and will be commissioned soon. The 6,800 tonne destroyer, which is over three years behind schedule, is a technology demonstrator and will showcase shipbuilding technology for India. It was constructed at Mazagon Dock, Mumbai. INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochin and INS Chennai respectively. The keel of the warship was laid down in September 2003 and the ship was launched in...
  • INS Kolkata, navy’s most powerful warship, to be delivered next month

    05/09/2014 2:42:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | May 02, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Indian warship building is coming of age and the Indo-Pacific region knows it. Last week, when an Indian Navy frigate, INS Shivalik, visited China’s Qingdao naval base, China’s navy chief, Admiral Wu Shengli, asked the captain for a tour of the Combat Information Centre, the operation heart of the warship. The Shivalik’s young skipper, Captain Puruvir Das, turned down Wu’s request. The Chinese admiral would be even more interested in touring INS Kolkata, 7,200 tonnes of bristling steel, which could join the navy as early as next month as the most powerful and high-tech warship in its 140-vessel fleet. Tonne...
  • India exercises it new carrier with its existing carrier in joint operations

    01/05/2014 4:39:47 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 27 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 6 January, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Indian Navy performs Joint Exercises with INS Vikramaditya, R33, and INS Viraat, R22 India's newest carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, R33, which India paid the Russians to rebuild and refit from the old Russian Admiral Gorshkov vessel, arrived in the Arabian Sea off of India. It was greeted by India's other carrier, the INS Viraat, R22 and its task force. The two groups then combined and began performing joint exercises. The two carriers, three guided missile destroyers, four guided missile frigates, and a replenishment tanker made up the combined group. The INS Virkamaditya will embark an air wing of 20 Mig-29K...
  • Indian Submarine Explodes at Berth

    08/14/2013 12:03:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2013 | Ashok Sharma
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian navy submarine crippled by an explosion and fire that killed at least some of the 18 sailors aboard Wednesday had been damaged in another deadly blast in 2010, and had been brought back into service only about six months ago. The latest explosion sent a huge fireball into the air and sent nearby sailors jumping into the sea in panic. It is shaping up to be another embarrassment for India's military, which has been hit with a corruption scandal as it races to modernize its forces... --snip-- The 16-year-old Russian-made submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, also...
  • Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers

    06/02/2013 1:30:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Business Standard ^ | May 31, 2013 | Ajai Shukla
    Navy eyes high-tech options for future aircraft carriers General Atomics briefs navy on magnetic catapult that launches unmanned fighters The Indian Navy — one of just nine navies that operate aircraft carriers — is thinking high-tech in planning its second indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vishal. The admirals are deciding whether INS Vishal, still only a concept, should launch aircraft from its deck using a technology so advanced that it is not yet in service anywhere: the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). Getting a fully loaded combat aircraft airborne off a short, 200-metre-long deck is a key challenge in aircraft carrier...
  • Russia to hand over INS Vikramaditya to India in November

    02/23/2013 9:35:37 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 22, 2013
    Russia will hand over the much-delayed INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to India in November, giving the country's navy a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean region. The Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian Navy in November, 2013, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, said yesterday. "The ship is to be put in a dock in April, go on sea trials in June and July and be officially handed over some time in November," he said. The Vikramaditya was originally built as the Soviet Project 1143.4 class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov....
  • India okays submarine purchase

    12/05/2012 6:59:37 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | Rahul Singh
    India is getting ready to create another flutter in the arms bazaar — 10 months after it selected French firm Dassault Aviation for a $18-billion ( Rs. 99,000 crore) deal to equip the air force with Rafale fighters. This time, India will spend more than $10 billion ( Rs. 55,000 crore) to scale up the navy’s undersea combat capabilities — inducting next generation submarines — to deter China, which has more than 50 conventional submarines in its fleet, but nearly two-thirds of those are outdated. The Indian Navy’s existing submarine fleet is rather humble, consisting of just 10 Russian Kilo-class,...
  • Gunboat diplomacy: Indian navy ready to set sail to South China Sea

    12/04/2012 9:49:07 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 4, 2012
    Indian naval warship INS Ranjit (D53)India will deploy warships to the South China Sea if the country’s regional interests are compromised, the Indian Navy commander said. As China bolsters its military, the region has witnessed rising tensions over unresolved territorial disputes. India is not directly involved in any of the disputes, but its national interests are tied to the turbulent region, Admiral D K Joshi said on Monday, a day ahead of India’s Navy Day. Delhi may deploy its forces to the region if the situation deteriorates. “Are we preparing for it? Are we having exercises of that nature? The...
  • India inducts new Russian-built multi-role stealth warship

    11/15/2012 9:10:31 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Times of India ^ | November 9, 2012 | IANS
    India Friday added more teeth to its navy when it inducted a new Russian-built multi-role stealth frigate, carrying the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, into its fleet, adding to its recently growing blue water capabilities. The warship will join the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy by the end of December and its first commander is Captain Antony George, an anti-submarine warfare specialist. The new guided missile frigate, christened INS Tarkash, was handed over to the Indian Navy by Russia's United Shipping Corporation at Kaliningrad in western Russia, the seat of its Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic. India's Mumbai-based Western Naval...
  • China Defends Its Bricks (Indian carrier delayed for year, possible counterfeit Chinese parts)

    10/10/2012 7:22:55 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 23 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | October 9, 2012
    China and Russia are arguing over the quality of Chinese firebricks. That's because last month Russia told India that delivery of the refurbished Russian carrier Admiral Gorshkov (since renamed the INS Vikramaditya) would be delayed another ten months. The problem was that seven of eight steam boilers in the carrier power plant failed during recent high-speed trials. The Russians blame India for this, as the Indians refused to allow the Russians to use asbestos to insulate nearby engine components from the intense heat generated by the steam boilers. Instead the Russians had to use firebrick which, as some engineers suspected,...
  • India to launch its first home-built nuclear submarine

    08/12/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 9th, 2012 | Dean Nelson
    INS Arihant, planned to be the first of five submarines of its class, will be ready to begin sea trials, said Admiral Nirmal Verma, the navy commander. When the vessel eventually becomes operational, India will be able to launch nuclear missiles from the sea, land and air, joining a handful of countries possessing the "nuclear triad". The strategic aim is to deter China and Pakistan and establish India as the leading power in the Indian Ocean. "INS Arihant is steadily progressing towards becoming operational," said Adml Verma. "We are pretty close to putting it to sea." The navy was poised...
  • Indian Navy inducts third indigenous stealth frigate INS Sahyadri

    07/29/2012 6:48:22 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    India Today ^ | July 21, 2012 | PTI
    The indigenously built stealth warship `INS Sahyadri' was commissioned on Saturday into the Indian Navy, adding to its anti-submarine warfare capability. The frigate, last in the series of stealth warships after `INS Shivalik' and `INS Satpura', was commissioned by Defence Minister A. K. Antony at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai in the presence of Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and senior naval officials. INS Sahyadri is the last warship of`Project-17' undertaken by the Navy. The first two in the class -- INS Shivalik and INS Satpura - were commissioned in April 2010 and August 2011, respectively. These ships have been...
  • Indian Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Launched and in Sea Trials

    06/08/2012 10:39:23 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 42 replies
    WORLD-WIDE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ^ | 8 June 2012 | Jeff Head
    The Russian refit of their former Gorshkov VSTOL carrier into the STOBAR Indian Aircraft Carrier Virkamaditya is complete and the vessel has been launched for sea trials. INS VIKRAMADITYA LAUNCHED FOR SEA TRIALS Originally the Indian Navy purchased a full wing of new Mig-29K aircraft from Riussia for 1.5 billion (USD) which included the refitting of this 1980s carrier. However cost overruns ensued and ultimately after months of work stoppage, the Russians and Indians agreed to a complete cost for the carrier and the aircraft for 2.8 billion (USD), still a low price. The Virkamaditya is now launched and in...
  • Testing Indian aircraft carrier in Barents Sea

    03/07/2012 12:50:42 AM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies
    BarentsObserver ^ | 3/6/2012 | BarentsObserver
    The 45,000 tons and 273 meter long ship is expected to undergo testing in the Barents Sea in the course of May, a source associated with the Russian military industrial complex told Itar-Tass. In addition, the ship will undertake a 3,5 month test expedition Then, on 4 December, the ship will be handed over to the Indian Navy, the source says. It has taken the Sevmash yard more than eight years to complete the extensive upgrade of the vessel. The yard signed a contract with Indian authorities in 2004. However, it soon turned out the the yard was incapable of...
  • Indian Navy to induct 24 Boeing P8-I Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft

    12/05/2011 2:37:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India Strategic ^ | December 2011 | Gulshan Luthra
    Indian Navy to induct 24 Boeing P8-I Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft By Gulshan Luthra Published: December 2011 New Delhi. The Indian Navy will acquire 12 more Boeing P8-I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft in addition to the 12 already ordered or being ordered. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma told India Strategic in an interview that the Navy was satisfied with the progress of the first eight Indian P8-Is being built by Boeing under a 2009 order and that the second order for four more aircraft was being processed to be placed within the current fiscal ending March...
  • Indian Naval Ship Interdicts Three Pirate Vessels In A Single Operation

    11/15/2011 9:07:15 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 30 replies
    Indian Naval Ship Sukanya, presently deployed on anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden under the operational control of the Western Naval Command, found herself once again in the thick of things, thwarting a multiple-boat piracy attack on 10 Nov 11. The ship was escorting a group of five merchant vessels through the IRTC (Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor) when, at about 9:25 in the morning of 10th Nov, she detected a group of five suspicious boats, speedily approaching the merchant vessels of her group. The warship immediately altered towards the suspicious vessels and challenged them. On seeing the resolve evident...
  • Indian Navy's poseidon takes off

    09/29/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | September 29, 2011 | Ajai Shukla
    Indian Navy's poseidon takes off Ajai Shukla / New Delhi September 29, 2011, 23:40 IST Boeing demonstrates the multi-mission maritime aircraft; to start work now for 2013 delivery. The Indian Navy, which aims to be the premier blue water force in the Indian Ocean region, needs to keep a year-round watch over some two million sq km of open sea, the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. In war, the area becomes larger. The aircraft that will perform this function in the decades to come, the P8I Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA), has made its first flight at a Boeing facility in...
  • 'India eyes mega-Navy spend - $50 bn'

    05/16/2011 9:33:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Agencies ^ | May 16, 2011
    'India eyes mega-Navy spend - $50 bn' Agencies Posted: May 16, 2011 at 1641 hrs Singapore India is to invest USD 46.96 billion as part of moves to boost up its naval forces over the next 20 years adding 101 new warships, ranging from sophisticated destroyers to nuclear submarines. "Going by the investment value, India is expected to build sophisticated destroyers, new generation and new radar vessels, nuclear submarines, and amphibious ships," Naval analyst Bob Nugent and vice president of the United States-based AMI International, said here today. Speaking at a pre-event press conference for the International Maritime Defence Exhibition...
  • Hostage crisis: Indian Navy diverts warship to Somalia Coast

    04/18/2011 8:32:51 AM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 21 replies
    As Somalian pirates continue to hold seven Indian merchant sailors hostage, the Indian Navy, in what is a possible retaliatory posture, today diverted a warship from anti-piracy patrolling duties to station it off the coast of Somalia in North-eastern Africa. On Friday pirates released eight of the 15 Indian sailors held hostage since September last year. Seven other Indians, which includes six officers, have been held back despite the pirates having got an undisclosed sum as ransom from the owners of the merchant ship MV Asphalt Venture. The ship was hijacked in September last year when it was on its...
  • Govt. rejects pirates' swap offer, sends warship to Somalian waters

    04/22/2011 1:46:40 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies · 1+ views
    UNI ^ | April 18, 2011 | UNI
    Toughening its stand on the Indian sailors hostage crisis in Somalian waters, the Indian Navy today sent a Talwar class frigate to the Somalia coast to deal with any exigency during ongoing negotiations, even as the government rejected the pirates' offer for a swap with captured brigands. Overseas Indian Affairs minister Vayalar Ravi said the Indian government rejected the swap offer made by Somali pirates in order to get the abducted Indian sailors freed. The Government, he told mediapersons here, would not bargain with pirates for the release of the sailors, and added that his Ministry was coordinating with the...
  • Somali pirates keep Indian hostages after ransom

    04/15/2011 3:27:05 PM PDT · by Realman30 · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 04-15-11 | By ABDI GULED and KATHARINE HOURELD,
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – In a move that could change the pirate-hostage equation, Somali pirates on Friday took in a multimillion dollar ransom, then released the ship and some of the crew but kept all the Indian crew members as hostages. A pirate told The Associated Press the Indian crew members' hostage ordeal is being prolonged in retaliation for the arrests of more than 100 Somali pirates by the Indian Navy. "We decided to keep the Indian because India is holding our colleagues," the pirate, Hassan Farah, said. "We released the other crew members who sailed away from our coast. We...
  • India offers to employ Somali pirates in projects

    04/08/2011 11:11:21 AM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 9 replies
    After offering jobs and other incentives to the stone-pelting youth of Kashmir, New Delhi has now offered to entice the increasingly notorious Somali pirates by engaging them in projects and creating jobs for them in Somalia. The pirates have become a major threat to international shipping since 2000, when the second phase of the Somali civil war began. The International Maritime Organisation and the World Food Programme have said in reports that increasing incidents of piracy have contributed to an increase in shipping costs and have impeded the delivery of food aid shipments. India’s Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna,...
  • Pirate threatens India after capture of 61 pirates

    03/17/2011 12:43:04 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | March 14, 2011 | Salon
    Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade's turn toward increased violence. A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests. The Indian navy said a patrol aircraft spotted the mothership Friday while responding to another...
  • Indian Govt. mulling idea of having armed guards on merchant ships

    03/16/2011 5:14:21 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies
    Sify News ^ | March 15, 2011 | Sify News
    The Indian Government is mulling over the idea of having armed escorts on merchant ships akin to those appointed in airlines in the wake of an increase in the number of attacks by Somali pirates. The decision is under consideration after Indian ship owners sought the government's permission to have guards on ships as a defensive mechanism. The hijacking of ships near the coast of Somalia has cost the shipping industry millions of dollars. Pirates have continued to attack foreign ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, defying an armada of warships trying to protect the key...
  • Seventh Fleet to Conduct Exercise Malabar with Indian Navy

    04/04/2011 3:09:26 AM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 7 replies
    WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN | Naval personnel from India and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2011, April 3-10. Malabar is a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise and has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2011 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. The at-sea portions will be conducted in the western Pacific Ocean, east of the Luzon Strait and east of Okinawa. The location coincides with the Indian Navy's western Pacific deployment. The exercise is designed to advance U.S.-Indian military-to-military coordination...
  • Indian Navy nabs 61 Somali pirates after gun-battle in Arabian Sea

    03/14/2011 1:57:50 PM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 21 replies
    After a gun-battle in the high seas, the Indian Navy has apprehended a pirate mother ship rescuing 13 crew members and arrested 61 Somali sea brigands about 600 nautical miles off the western coast in the Arabian Sea. "At 2100 hours on March 12, INS Kalpeni intercepted a pirate mother vessel called Vega 5 in the Arabian Sea about 600 nautical miles west of India. 13 crew members were rescued and 61 pirates were nabbed," Navy spokesperson Commander P V Satish said here today. The operation had started on Friday when a naval Dornier aircraft located Vega 5 while responding...
  • Light Combat Aircraft’s naval variant to be ready by May

    02/10/2011 6:59:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    DNA India ^ | 2/10/2011 | CS Hemanth
    The first flight of the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to take place by May this year. The Naval Prototype-1 (NPT1), which was rolled out last year, is undergoing integration tests in Bangalore. Cmde (Retd) CD Balaji, project director LCA Navy, said integration tests are on and the aircraft is currently suspended on bungee cords for undergoing a series of tests. Following this, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the design and development of the LCA programme, is expected to start the aircraft engine for testing. A series of ground tests followed...
  • Eurofighter Offers Technology Transfer; U.K. Rejects Naval Eurofighter

    02/10/2011 6:38:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 2/9/2011 | Indian Defense
    Here at Aero India 2011, Eurofighter has showcased a new naval variant of the Eurofighter Typhoon and has offered it to the Indian Navy. The Eurofighter has also been pitching hard for the Indian Air Force Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition and roped in the Defence Minister of United Kingdom Dr. Liam Fox to strongly push the deal. In a press briefing at the Aero India media center, he spoke highly of the Eurofighter's bid for M-MRCA competition and termed the offering as the best bet on the table. Answering a question of the high price of the Erofighter...
  • Eurofighter reveals offer to produce navalised Typhoon

    02/09/2011 12:07:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/9/2011 | Craig Hoyle
    The Eurofighter consortium is offering India the opportunity to acquire a new version of its Typhoon for use from a future indigenous aircraft carrier, with the first firm details of the proposal having emerged at the show. One of six contenders battling for the Indian air force's 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, Eurofighter is here touting the potential of a navalised development which has already been studied in detail in the UK. "If Typhoon wins MMRCA then India will have the indigenous skills to develop a navalised version," says Paul Hopkins, BAE Systems' vice-president business development (air) India....
  • Indian Navy to buy four more P-8Is aircraft

    02/03/2011 11:27:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Economic Times, India ^ | 3 Feb, 2011 | Biswarup Gooptu
    3 Feb, 2011, 05.07PM IST, Biswarup Gooptu,ET Bureau Indian Navy to buy four more P-8Is aircraft BANGALORE: The Indian Navy has decided to exercise its option for an additional four Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft in a bid to boost its maritime patrol capabilities as well as counter piracy threats and the growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. In a deal expected to range between $1 billion to $1.5 billion, the new aircraft will be in addition to the eight the Navy had ordered in January 2009, for about $2.1 billion. The new contract price is also expected...
  • Worst bring your kid to work day ever: Indian Navy warship burns and sinks

    02/02/2011 8:51:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | February 2, 2011
    <p>“Son, I promise … it’s not usually like this when daddy goes to work.”</p> <p>Military families have to make a lot of sacrifices, with their loved ones being gone for long periods at a time and facing a lot of risk. Militaries around the world have learned that it’s very important that the loved ones on the home front feel a real connection to what their relatives do when they’re abroad. Events that bring the families into the world of the military, even just for a few hours, are a great way to reach out to the spouses and kids of service members and build real connections between those in uniform and their community. No doubt that was why the Indian Navy invited family members aboard the INS Vindhyagiri for a day’s worth of cruising at sea.</p>
  • Dead Harriers In Demand

    01/29/2011 10:01:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/25/2011 | The Strategy Page
    India's sole current aircraft carrier, the 29,000 ton INS Viraat, is running out of Harrier aircraft. Two years ago, Viraat emerged from 18 months in a shipyard getting maintenance and upgrades. With its engine and hull refurbished, and its electronics upgraded, India has announced that Viraat will serve for another decade. But back in 2009, one Harrier had just crashed, and now only ten of the original 30 Harriers are operational. Since Britain recently retired the last of its Harriers, there's always the possibility of India getting some of those before they are scrapped
  • Defence ministry talks deal with Russian firm to overcome MiG shortfall

    12/08/2010 8:03:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    DNA ^ | 12/8/2010 | By Suman Sharma |
    The ministry of defence (MoD) is negotiating price for a draft supplement agreement (DSA) with Russia’s RAC-MiG Corporation to buy additional equipment to overcome the teething problems it is facing in keeping its MiG-29K fleet flying. MiG-29K aircraft, which were inducted into Indian Navy in February 2010, have been suffering tyre bursts whenever emergency brakes are applied during landing. Emergency brakes are applied whenever there is hydraulic failure and DSA is expected to solve this problem. A naval officer said, “Emergency application is jamming brakes and increasing the risk of tyre skidding, and eventually bursting.” DSA will entail supply of...
  • Why they chose to go down with the ship (sub-attack)

    12/08/2010 8:01:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Dec 09 2010 | Ameeta Mulla Wattal
    Why they chose to go down with the ship The dark night of December 9, 1971, is imprinted on my mind like a scar. Thirty-nine years ago during India’s war with Pakistan, two vintage anti-submarine frigates that my father, the late Captain Mahender Nath Mulla, commanded, were ordered to hunt and destroy a Pakistani submarine lurking off the coast of Diu. The operation was doomed from the beginning. Like in Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, the brave men went into the night as commanded. One of the two frigates was torpedoed by the modern Pakistani submarine, the...
  • Boeing Team Begins Building India's Navy's First P-8I Aircraft

    12/07/2010 10:05:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Boeing ^ | 12/7/2010 | Boeing
    The Boeing P-8I team began fabricating the first part for the Indian navy's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft on Dec. 6 in Wichita. The P-8I, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy. Employees at Spirit AeroSystems -- where all Boeing Next-Generation 737 fuselages, nacelles and pylons are designed and built -- cut the P-8I's first part, a bonded aluminum panel that later will be installed on the fuselage's upper lobe to support an antenna. The panel and other fuselage components will...
  • Russian-built MiG-29K develops technical snag in Goa

    12/06/2010 10:03:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 12/7/2010 | Brahmand,com
    A Russian-made MiG-29K fighter aircraft, recently inducted into the Indian Navy, developed a technical problem at INS Hansa base in Goa but caused no casualties, naval officials said here Monday. Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area (FOGA) Sudhir Pillai said the pilot had to apply emergency brakes on the airstrip when the error occurred, resulting in a tyre burst. "There was a hydraulic failure of the aircraft because of which the pilot had to apply emergency brakes," Pillai told PTI MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multi-role fighter aircraft, which is recently inducted in Indian Navy and based at INS Hansa.
  • Indian Navy's LCA set to roll out on Tuesday

    07/05/2010 10:16:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies ^ | 7/5/2010 |
    India is all set to roll out its indigenous naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in Bangalore on Tuesday, which will be witnessed by Defence Minister A K Antony. “The first indigenous naval Light Combat Aircraft – the LCA (Navy) NP1 – is scheduled to roll out from HAL Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) hangar on July 6,” a Defence Minister official said here on Monday. An important milestone for the naval programme of Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the aircraft would be brought out of the hanger where it was assembled part-by-part...
  • Lockheed to offer F-35 fighters to Indian Navy

    06/28/2010 10:26:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | 6/28/2010 | Press Trust of India
    US defence major Lockheed Martin today said it will offer its latest fifth generation F-35 fighters to meet Indian Navy's requirements for carrier-based combat aircraft. "We have received the Request for Information (RFI) from the Navy seeking information about the F-35 aircraft, which are capable of taking off from aircraft carriers. We are going to offer our aircraft to them," Lockheed Martin Vice President Orville Prins said here. He said presentations had been given to the Indian Navy about both the 'B'and 'C' versions of the aircraft in the recent past. The B version the F-35 is a short take-off...
  • Indian carrier's deck systems tested with MiG-29K prototype

    06/22/2010 10:49:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Janes Information Group ^ | 6/22/2010 | Janes Information Group
    A non-flying MiG-29K naval strike fighter prototype is being used to test aircraft handling systems in the former Soviet aircraft carrier being refitted for the Indian Navy at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, northern Russia. Sevmash announced on 9 June that the MiG-29K was brought on board Vikramaditya (ex-Admiral Gorshkov ) to trial flight-deck hardware, in particular the restraints that are designed to hold an aircraft in place until its engines generate sufficient thrust for take-off. The yard's head of production for military-technical co-operation, Sergey Novoselov, said that successful testing of the restraints was a condition for the next contractual...
  • Russia says it will stick to delivery deadline of Admiral Gorshkov

    05/04/2010 7:14:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 336+ views ^ | 5/4/2010 |
    Russia has said it will stick to the 2012 deadline of delivering modernised Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India. “We are catching up with the retrofit of the Admiral Gorshkov. “We will fulfill the obligations Russia has undertaken,” Roman Trotsenko, head of Russia's united shipbuilding corporation, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. India recently agreed to pay an additional US$ 2.33 billion to Russia for Admiral Gorshkov. As per the original contract signed between the two countries in 2004, Indian Navy was to get the carrier in 2008. However, the two countries were negotiating for the last one year...
  • Indian Navy gets 'invisible’ ship and added firepower

    04/29/2010 10:04:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 694+ views ^ | 4/29/2010 | R Shankar
    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...
  • Money spent on Gorshkov akin to price of similar warships

    04/28/2010 10:06:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 500+ views ^ | 4/23/2010 |
    Government said the USD 1,783 million to be spent for refurbishing and repairing the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier "compares well" with the price of similar warships built in other countries. "The repair and refurbishing cost of about USD 1,783 million (USD 1.78 billion) of the ship compares well with the cost of other aircraft carriers of similar capabilities being built elsewhere in the world," Defence Minister A K Antony said in written reply to a Rajya Sabha query Friday. India and Russia recently signed a fresh deal worth USD 2.33 billion dollars for the Gorshkov, which was originally to be...
  • India launches its first anti-submarine corvette

    04/19/2010 10:56:23 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 666+ views ^ | 4/19/2010 |
    "Four ships of this class are under construction at GRSE, Kolkata. The first ship is expected to be commissioned by mid-2012 and will be closely followed by the other three ships with the last expected to be commissioned by early 2015," a naval official said. The corvette, a small fast-moving ship, was ordered in 2003 and the production is delayed by two years. The official said the 3,100-tonnage ship would be fitted with the latest indigenously developed sonars to detect submarines. "The torpedo tubes, and scutter (torpedo decoys) launchers contribute to its anti-submarine punch. In addition, the ship will also...
  • US Navy chief arrives in India

    04/12/2010 9:00:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 269+ views ^ | 4/12/2010 |
    US Navy chief Admiral Gary Roughead arrived here on Sunday on a six-day visit to explore ways to bolster naval cooperation between the two countries. During his stay in New Delhi, Admiral Roughead will have discussions with Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and call on Defence Minister A K Anthony, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, Army Chief General V K Singh and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar. Admiral Roughead, Chief of the naval operations of the US Navy, will also visit various naval ships and establishments in Mumbai and Goa and some training establishments in Kochi....
  • Conduct of senior naval officer in Gorshkov project under scanner

    04/12/2010 8:17:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 330+ views
    DNA ^ | 4/12/2010 | Josy Joseph
    A senior navy officer, who played a crucial role in the acquisition of Admiral Gorshkov, the Russian aircraft carrier, has been placed under the scanner. Investigators are looking into whether commodore Sukhjinder Singh’s proximity to some Russians was in any way linked to problems associated with the Gorshkov project, including the escalation in cost as well as delays. Singh was in charge of the aircraft carrier project in Russia, and had been stationed there for many years. The commodore was deputed there to supervise the re-fitting and technical requirements. The probe also focuses on his improper personal conduct. The carrier...
  • Carrier battle groups to add muscle to Navy (India)

    04/12/2010 1:38:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 494+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Apr 12, 2010 | Rajat Pandit
    Carrier battle groups to add muscle to Navy Rajat Pandit, TNN, Apr 12, 2010, 02.26am IST NEW DELHI: Nothing projects geostrategic power better than aircraft carriers prowling on high seas. Powerful fighter jets tearing into the skies from a moving airfield, which can travel 600 nautical miles a day, can send shivers down any adversary’s spine. Carrier-battle groups (CBGs) can, after all, rapidly respond across the entire spectrum of operations as ‘‘situation changers’’ in times of crisis. It’s no wonder then that US has as many as 11 CBGs to deploy around the globe, giving it the capability to strike...