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Naval Aviation turns 60, all set to double its aviation fleet

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    The Navy is all set to double its aviation fleet from the existing 200-odd planes to over 400 planes in the next decade, when it will have at least three combat air squadrons flying the newly-inducted Russian-origin MiG-29Ks.

    “The number of Indian Navy’s aircraft will almost double in the next decade. The number of fighter squadrons, which is two at present, will increase to at least five. Two training squadrons will also come up and these will operate the Advanced Jet Trainers,â€￾ Navy’s Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) Rear Admiral D M Sudan said here.

    The Naval Aviation wing is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee year in 2013. “In the last sixty years, it has emerged as a mini air force,â€￾ Sudan said, talking about the growth of the force he heads. Sudan is a Sea Harrier pilot and has commanded the squadron on board INS Viraat. At present, the Indian Navy’s aviation arm has 217 aircraft in its fleet, including Sea Harriers and MiG-29K combat jets, apart from several helicopters including the British SeaKings, Russian Kamov, indigenous Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters, and the Chetaks.

    It also operates eight air stations and 19 squadrons, including the fixed wing fleet of Tu-142s long range maritime reconnaissance and Dornier surveillance planes. The naval aviation arm currently operates a squadron of ageing British Sea Harriers that fly from the lone aircraft INS Viraat and it will on May 11 commission its second combat squadron that will operate the Russian-origin MiG-29K planes. The MiG-29K is the combat air component of INS Vikramaditya, the erstwhile Admiral Gorskhov aircraft carrier of the Russian Navy that was bought by India in 2004. INS Vikramaditya is scheduled to join the Indian Navy service after its refit at the Russian Sevmash shipyard by December 2013, almost five years behind its original schedule of 2008 that was fixed for induction when the warship was bought.

    The naval aviation arm has also placed an order for 17 new AJTs from the British plane manufacturer BAE Systems that will form part of the two training squadrons for combat pilots of the Indian Navy.

    The Navy is also in the process of procuring 16 Multi Role Helicopters as a replacement for the ageing SeaKings, apart from 56 utility helicopters to replace the Chetaks.

    To strengthen its long-range maritime reconnaissance fleet, the Navy will induct the US-built Boeing P-8I, eight of which will be inducted beginning this year.


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    Indian Navy to mark 60 years of naval aviation by commissioning second squadron of Mig-29k


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    Indian Navy is celebrating the diamond jubilee of its aviation wing May 11 with the commissioning of its first shipboard Mig-29K combat jet squadron in Goa.The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier INS Vikramaditya, currently undergoing sea trials in Russia and which is expected to be inducted later this year.

    Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the spearhead Western Command and India’s senior most naval aviator, told India Strategic (..:: India Strategic ::.. Home Page: The authoritative monthly on Defence and Strategic Affairs.) defence magazine that the occasion is a proud moment for the naval personnel because of the rich history on the one hand and, on the other, the impending transformation into a formidable force in the coming years.

    In April, the defence ministry had approved the Navy’s Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for 2012-27, he disclosed, pointing out that the key is to ensure a 24×7 ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) capability in the Indian Ocean as well as a deterrent presence with at least one carrier task force each on India’s western and eastern seaboards.

    The ISR capability means an integrated network of ships, aircraft, submarines, UAVs, helicopters, satellites and ground facilities. The process has been on for some time and in the coming years, it should be implemented in a structured step-by-step but multi-pronged approach.

    As the senior most naval aviator, Vice Admiral Sinha has the sole and unique distinction of being honoured as the Indian Navy’s Grey Eagle.

    Meanwhile, Rear Admiral D.M. Sudan, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (ACNS) Air, said that the navy had received some 20 of the 45 Mig-29K aircraft ordered from Russia. They would form INAS 303 Black Panthers Squadron.

    Till then, these jets are based at INS Hansa, set up as a Naval Air Station on June 18, 1964.

    Defence Minister AK Antony, Indian Navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi and top officers of the three armed forces and the defence ministry would be present on the occasion.

    The navy will raise a second squadron of Mig-29Ks for the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1) being built at Kochi. It is likely to inducted in about four years.

    There are plans to acquire two more indigenous aircraft carriers in the coming years. However, their size, their type of aircraft, their launch systems – steam or electromagnetic catapults – are still under study. Notably, all aircraft carriers built so far use steam-powered catapults but in the US – where most of their building capability is located – the US Navy has now gone in for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) built by General Atomics, starting with the new generation CVN-21 Gerald Ford Class of carriers.

    India’s carriers, including INS Vikramaditya, use ski-jumps.

    According to Rear Admiral Sudan, the navy is set to receive the first of its eight Boeing P8-I maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft within weeks while in the coming years, the number of aircraft (all types) should double to more than 400.

    The navy, in fact, has plans for about 500 aircraft and helicopters of various types.

    The Navy is looking at a minimum of 100 combat aircraft while those of the P8-I type should range from 20 to 24. Twelve of these are already in the pipeline.

    The P8-I is designated by the Indian Navy as an LRMR (Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance) aircraft. Its diet version, withuot the ASW capability is also being acquired as MRMR (Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance) aircraft.

    The Navy’s Fleet Air Arm was created with the induction of Sealand amphibians and the commissioning of the first air station, INS Garuda at Cochin on May 11, 1953.

    Rear Admiral Sudan said that the Navy was also in the process of strengthening its helicopter strength for ship-based integral flights and that “induction of Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) as replacements for the Seaking 42As and to embark new ships is planned.”

    So are the replacements for Alouette III/Chetak helicopters “in the near future”.

    Future inductions, he said, “would see our current naval aircraft inventory increase substantially” and “transformed into a potent multi-dimensional networked force as a decisive instrument of maritime power”.


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    Naval Aviation turns 60 today


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    Naval Aviation will celebrate its diamond jubilee on Saturday.“From a modest beginning with a handful of aircraft in 1953,the Naval Aviation has grown to be a technologically advanced and powerful tool of the Navy to be relevant to war on land apart from being net provider of security in the IOR (Indian Ocean Region),” stated PRO Navy Goa Cdr P K Prabhala, in the press note.

    “The illustrious history of Indian Naval Aviation dates to the modest foundation laid 60 years ago with the commissioning of INS Garuda and raising of a Fleet Requirement Unit (FRU), comprising Sealand aircraft at Kochi on May 11, 1953.” “The Fleet Air Arm has grown exponentially since then with induction of different aircrafts which were all capability enhancers in their own right. The Air Arm has proved its mettle by being not just the eyes and ears but also the teeth of our Navy.”:india:

    “Naval Aviation is poised for a quantum leap in our offensive capability. The forthcoming induction of Vikramaditya and commissioning of ‘Black Panthers’ heralds a new era of carrier-borne fighter aviation.”“This potent fighter would provide us credible air dominance potential, as also the means to deliver ordnance at extended ranges. The induction of P-81 LRMR/ASW aircraft by this year-end will substantially enhance our surveillance capability and footprint in our area of interest. Similarly, new robust and capable Multi Role Helicopters are also in process of acquisition in the next few years,” added the press note.

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