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Indian Navy aiming for technological self-reliance: Admiral Soni

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    Kochi, May 3 (IANS) The Indian Navy is committed to promoting self-reliance in military technology to help sustain the country's economic growth, a top naval commander said here Friday.

    "The momentous economic growth of the nation has to be sustained by suitable security measures. Accordingly, the Maritime Capabilities Perspective Plan lays down a force level of 200 ships, 600 aircraft and about 20 submarines apart from shore based assets and infrastructure," said Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command, inaugurating a seminar organised by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

    While lauding BEL for its customer engagement initiative, Vice Admiral Soni sought good waterfront support infrastructure backed by a sound fault finding and repair system as well as adequate spares inventory.

    India is heavily dependent on sea-borne trade, as 90 percent of its total trade by volume is transported through waterways. It also has to keep track of its vast Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ), slated to go up to 2.54 million sq km from the present two million sq km, apart from off-shore oil and gas assets.

    BEL chairman and managing director Anil Kumar, who delivered the keynote address at the seminar, said his organisation was proud to partner the Indian Navy's blue water aspirations.

    "Three new SBUs for missiles, satellites and communication systems have been set up. Coastal Surveillance System project by BEL has already been commissioned in Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra. BEL is also involved in setting up similar infrastructure at Mauritius and the Seychelles. Product support Centre for NPOL, Cochin Shipyard and Naval Ship Repair Yard Kochi is already functioning from here," said Kumar.

    Blue-water navy refers to a maritime force capable of sustained operation across open oceans, project power from the home country and usually includes one or more aircraft carriers.

    The Indian Navy is bolstering its blue water capabilities, strategically positioning itself to realise the country's stated aspiration to command a dominant role in the Indian Ocean.

    Vice Admiral Soni later opened an exhibition showcasing various BEL products such as communication equipment, night vision devices, modern commando information systems and other electronics intensive hardware.

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    Waterfront support facility of BEL at Naval Command

    Navratna defence PSU Bharat Electronics is set to commission its waterfront support facility inside the Naval Ship Repair Yard at the Southern Naval Command here by October this year.

    The facility, aimed at augmenting support infrastructure in Kochi for offering product services of naval equipment and systems delivered by it, the company would start off on a modest scale with seven to eight people, H.N. Ramakrishna, BEL’s marketing director, told The Hindu during an interaction on the sidelines of a seminar on Friday.

    BEL’s product support centre at the Kinfra Park in collaboration with DRDO’s Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory at Thrikkakara was already extending limited support to naval ships, but the company wanted to create a waterfront facility on the lines of the ones in Vizag, Mumbai and Kolkata for providing the whole range of services, he said.

    According to Mr. Ramakrishna, BEL had registered a growth of nearly eight percent as a hardware company in its bid to attain a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore.

    “As for naval systems, the focus is on constantly upgrading exiting systems by harnessing the latest technologies, as in the case of hull-mounted sonars. In collaboration with Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), we have brought out HUMSA-NG [hull mounted sonar advanced-new generation, which is fitted on frontline warships of the Navy] and are further exploring emerging possibilities in this area. Another domain where we are working with NPOL is towed array sonars. While NPOL’s towed array system [Nagan] is still to be proved, we have tied up with a few global firms like the US-based L3 Ocean Systems, and are the font-end bidder to provide advanced towed array systems to the Navy. The idea is to keep abreast with the latest in towed array technology,” Mr. Ramakrishna said.

    Ajit T. Kalghatgi, BEL’s director (research and development) told The Hindu that the company in tandem with DRDO was fashioning two types of software-defined radio compliant to software communications architecture (SCA) standards. “Trial evaluations are on for an airborne version of the radio for naval aircraft besides a ship-borne version,” he said.

    Apart from communication systems, the company is focussing on electronic warfare systems, electro-optic systems and optronic pedestals on the maritime domain, he added.

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