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Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast guard

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  1. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Vince Cable, UK Business Secretary,
    made the announcement that Griffon
    Hoverwork has won the £34million
    contract to supply the Indian Coastguard
    with twelve 8000TD hovercraft. Speaking
    from Delhi, where he is part of Prime
    Minister David Cameron’s party, Mr
    Cable stated that “this contract is a very
    significant step for this Southampton-
    based firm. Patrolling a coastline as long
    as that of India is a huge challenge and I
    am delighted that a UK firm has been
    selected to help the Indian coastguard in
    this task. I wish the company every
    success in their future, and hope this
    partnership leads on to further
    cooperation.â€￾
    This contract is the largest order ever for
    UK hovercraft and provides some 3 years
    of work for the company, including
    extensive training both in the UK and
    India, where their product support
    distributor MSC Mumbai will deliver a full
    spares/maintenance programme.
    The 8000TD is a popular craft for
    Coastguard operations, as it can be
    configured to carry passengers, vehicles
    and equipment for disaster relief or
    medical evacuation. At 21.3m in length
    and with a payload of 8 tonnes, it can
    reach speeds of 45 knots and is powered
    by two Iveco diesel engines.
    The Indian Coastguard acquired six
    8000TDs in 2001, pictured above, two of
    which were built at Griffon Hoverwork’s
    UK premises and four in Calcutta.
    The craft proposed by Griffon Hoverwork
    are an upgraded version of the Indian
    Coast Guard’s existing fleet, but with
    several enhancements thanks to design
    and technology improvements and the
    research invested by Griffon Hoverwork
    in product development.
    Due to the benefits these craft have
    brought to the Indian Coastguard’s
    capabilities, a tender was announced in
    November 2009 for the procurement of
    another 12 hovercraft. Griffon Hoverwork
    prepared a bid, which was submitted on
    Christmas Eve 2009, and the process of
    negotiation was successfully brought to
    its final stages last week.
    Other customers of the Griffon 8000TD
    include the Saudi and Kuwait
    Coastguards, for whom the hovercraft is
    a vital asset to border patrol and policing
    shallow water areas.
    The company hopes to clinch other
    contracts in India...
     
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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    :biggthumpup:

    nothing but a White elephant

    Specs 8000TD


    Length (hovering) 21.3 M

    Beam (hovering) 11 M

    Height (hovering) 5.52 M

    Passengers (excl crew) 54-82

    Min. crew 2

    Maximum Payload 9.3 Tonnes

    Endurance 5 Hours

    Fuel consumption 230 Liters/HR

    Speed at full payload 45 Knots

    Engine type 2 x IVECO

    Power per engine 630/840

    Approx. obstacle clearance 1.25 M

    Max. recommended wave height 1.8 M
     
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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    And it looks great as well
     
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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    :welcome:
     
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    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    It is truly a good news, but what would it be armed with?
    there are no specs on armament.
     
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    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    I dont think Hovercrafts are usually armed, may be couple of machine guns. That is it.
     
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    Here is The Full details of 8000TD

    The Griffon 8000TD proven design has led to it dominating the medium lift hovercraft market.
    Capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots (58mph or 93 kph) This craft cruises at a speed of
    40+ knots with a full payload in zero wind zero wave('0/ 0') conditions.
    The 8000TD, and its military version the 8000TD(M) , is powered by two water cooled diesel.
    Since a hovercraft obviously can not pick up raw cooling water whilst traveling over land the
    8000TD's engines are radiator cooled.
    Whereas the 8000TD is the same overall length as the 4000TD, it is nearly one metre wider.
    However, with its two 596kW (800hp ) engines compared to the 4000TD's two 386kW(525 hp)
    engines, it is far more powerful and seems to be the preferred choice for military operators.
    Please see the news page for the news on the six 8000TD(M) ordered by the Indian Coast
    Guard. Depending upon configuration, the 8000TD carries a 8 -10 tonnes payload.
    In its commercial role, this high speed amphibious craft can carry 80 passengers in airline -
    type seats, plus their luggage. It is also proving of interest to various airport crash rescue
    authorities where it is capable of rescuing many more people and can be equipped with full
    fire fighting, first aid and rescue apparatus. The 8000TD can also be equipped with a bow
    ramp and carry small conventional or tracked vehicles, or a combination of people, cargo/
    freight and a vehicle.
    In the military role, these craft are particularly useful for amphibious assault, logistics support
    and fast attack - perhaps lying up on an unprepared beach under trees and then taking the
    direct line (regardless of deep water channels, mud, sand, rock etc.) to intercept.
    Another very important role for the 8000TD (M) is Mine Counter Measure(MCM). Hovercraft
    do not set off mines over which they travel (they produce virtually no acoustic, magnetic or
    pressure signatures) and the Royal Navy proved that, should a mine inadvertently be set off
    beneath a hovercraft, the air cushion will absorb the shock wave, there will be no injures to
    the crew, and the craft will travel back to its base under its own power. Equipped with today's
    light-weight sonars, navigation and tracking systems, the hovercraft can travel under its own
    power (or be transported to the mined area) operate off an unprepared beach and carry out
    rapid mine clearance in the surf zone (i.e. from ten meters water depth right up to and onto
    the beach).
     
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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    If there is no armament, how the hell are the supposed to guard the coast?
    just like traffic policemen???
    I think maybe a 30- 40 mm gun should be there as maybe main armament. and 1-2 12.7 mm machine gun as secondary armament
    else it has really no teeth
     
  9. SajeevJino

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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    It has mounted with four .50 cal machine gun or 4 Minigun and two grenade Launchers as per the requests of the customer
     
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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    Lately the guarding of Coast is not restricted to keeping out foreign fishing vessels but after 26/11 there are variety of threats that are now to be looked into, Further we have the risk of Somali pirates which do venture deep sea too.
    The hovercraft is made for speed which is good, and is armed with 0.5 cal medium machine gun, on other hand the pirates are armed with lighter machine guns like RPK etc. and also RPGs etc, So having something like 1 or 2 guns of 30-40 mm heavier gun becomes more of a strong offensive weapon. Such weapon comes with longer range of few miles so basically we can deal with threats of pirates from longer distance, or even fire warning shots and make the pirates disperse without exposing the vessels to dangers of the pirate weapons which are still comparatively shorter ranged
     
  11. Tshering22

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    Re: Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast gua

    Is it not possible to make these hovercraft at home? I mean if we can manufacture aircraft carrier, then what is so difficult in getting these up?

    Surely there must be at least 1 shipyard that is free to build this. Once again, our procurement policy is designed to promote the supplier's economy more than our own.
     
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