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Amphibious vessels to strengthen Navy, India to acquire 8 assault crafts

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  1. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Amphibious vessels to strengthen Navy; Government clears acquisition of 8 assault crafts



    NEW DELHI: The government has cleared the Rs 2,176-crore acquisition of eight specialised vessels or LCUs (landing craft utility), capable of "hard beaching" on enemy shores, to boost the country's amphibious warfare and island protection capabilities.

    This comes even as the defence ministry is finalizing another project to acquire four huge amphibious warfare ships, called Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) for "stand-off beaching", for around Rs 16,000 crore.

    The LCUs and LPDs will help in swiftly transporting thousands of troops, heavy weapon systems and infantry combat vehicles over long distances to take the battle right to the enemy mainland.

    The Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the LCU project for the eight amphibious assault vessels, to be built by the Kolkata-based defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, a couple of days ago. "The first LCU will be delivered in three years," said an official.

    The LCUs are likely to be based at India's first and only regional 'theatre command', the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), which will complete 10 years of existence next month.

    With additional airstrips, OTR (operational turn around) bases and jetties, ANC is slowly being transformed into a major amphibious warfare hub. A strong military presence in the 572-island archipelago is considered imperative to counter China's strategic moves in the Indian Ocean as well as ensure security of the sea lanes converging towards Malacca Strait.

    The armed forces have been sharpening their amphibious warfare skills with a series of exercises over the last few years to practice blitzkrieg assaults on enemy territory from the sea.

    All this gained momentum after the induction of the 16,900-tonne INS Jalashwa, known as USS Trenton earlier, and its six UH-3H Sea King troop-carrying helicopters for around $88 million from the US in 2007.

    The second-hand Jalashwa, currently undergoing a refit, has given the Navy "strategic sealift capabilities" since it is capable of transporting four landing craft, six helicopters and a battalion of 1,000 fully-armed soldiers or a squadron of tanks over large distances.

    The Army, on its part, has three specifically-earmarked amphibious brigades, with almost 10,000 soldiers, one based in South India, another in West India and the third at ANC.

    The Navy in recent years has also inducted other large amphibious warships like INS Airavat, which can carry 10 main-battle tanks, 11 combat trucks and 500 soldiers.

    Incidentally, the four new LPDs, which will be built by Hindustan Shipyard (HSL) as well as private shipyards in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer, will be similar to Jalashwa in terms of size and sea-lift capabilities.


    Amphibious vessels to strengthen Navy; Government clears acquisition of 8 assault crafts - The Economic Times
     
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    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    With over 550 islands dotting the strategically located spot in the Bay of Bengal with near 500 of them still uninhabited, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands provide the Indian armed forces the ideal landscape to train its troops on amphibious warfare, which entails landing on the beaches of the enemy territory and taking the gun fight right into the mainland.
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    aww i was just about to post this.....anyways its very gud news........
     
  4. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    You guys have any pics of that craft
     
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    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Would be like Jalashva

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    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    as we get set to play a bigger role in world politics, we have to improve our marine fighting capability. we also need to start using andaman islands effectively as a platform to project our power towards china
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Thanks,
    so in other words most will be similar,

    has there been any details regarding the specs of these crafts
    or will these be manufactured in India or acquired ??
     
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    lucifer Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    they'd be made in India with collaboration with a foreign manufacturer. But still, excellent news, should aim for 10-12 of these at least. Maybe next POTUS will also give India a couple at throw away prices like the trenton ;) [& no cost escalations, unlike the freebie from Russia]
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Yes
    would like to see atleast a dozen of these
     
  10. TereBinLaden

    TereBinLaden Captain STAR MEMBER

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    Trenton is good enough only for training and research purpose, no more such vessels please, but India's own Indigenous efforts.
     
  11. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    very good move............navy will play an important role in war front .........we have to invest hugely in navy to making it more n more capable .............
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    these lpd's will not be indigenous , they will definitely be of foreign origin although 2 will be made in india , just like scrops are being built...
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Two things that I don't understand at this procurement!

    1) Why LDPs that are limited in landing roles only and can carry only a few helicopters? Why not LHDs instead, that can carry similar landing vehicles, but way more helicopters, which makes troop deployment way faster and makes it useable it other roles, like anti sub warfare, anti piracy roles too.

    2) Why IN limits itself with old LCUs, when most modern navy's uses air cushioned landing crafts instead, that are faster and and can be deployed to way more different kind of coastlines, than such LCUs?


    True, with so many islands, IA and IN have several training fields, but why do we really need these amphibious capabilities?

    - in peace times, for disaster relief roles like floods? A clear YES!

    If IN wants to play a credible role in the Indian Ocean and needs to be capable to help neighboring countries, these kind of capabilities are needed.


    - in war times for beach landing operations? Questionable!

    Neither in a possible war against Pakistan, nor China we would use beach landing capabilities. Pakistan is simply closer enough and offers the advantage of land borders, or air transport by IAF for deploying troops, which are faster and more safe methods.
    Wrt China, beach landing is even less important, because their possible coastlines are too far away and with just 4 LPDs, the force that can be deployed is way too small. Not to mention, that they would be an easy target for such a big navy like PLAN.

    So why is IN remaining in this old beach landing strategy, when there is no aim to invade other countries, nor have possible opponents, where this capability would be useful?
     
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    Navy Signs Rs.2,170 Crore Deal for 8 Assault Vessels

    Navy has signed a Rs 2,170 crore contract with the Kolkata-based Defence Shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers for constructing eight amphibious assault vessels in a bid to strengthen its operational capabilities.


    The contract was signed with the GRSE shipyard here yesterday to build eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU), which will enhance our capabilities to carry out amphibious operations, Navy spokesperson said here.

    The proposal to build the vessels was cleared in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) held earlier this month.

    The eight new vessels with a displacement of around 800 tonnes will be built and the first vessel will be delivered in next 35 months.

    The new vessels will be used to replace the existing fleet of six amphibious boats already in service, they said.

    The LCU is a boat used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore and are capable of transporting combat vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to shores.

    Its current fleet of LCUs are capable of carrying 35 armed troops right up to the beach and land.

    The new vessels would help the Navy to bolster its amphibious warfare capabilities.

    It is also planning to develop the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a major amphibious warfare hub by setting up full-fledged training facilities and basing a sea-and-land fighting unit to provide teeth to its capability to take the battle into enemy shores.

    India is in the process of building own large-size amphibious warfare vessels and has also procured a warship from the US now christened INS Jalashwa to augment its capabilities in this regard.

    Link:news.outlookindia.com | Navy Signs Rs.2,170 Crore Deal for 8 Assault Vessels
     
  15. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    nice to seee this
     
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