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  1. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Brand new Indian Navy with long legs by 2027: Admiral Verma

    New Delhi: India will have "a brand new" navy with "long legs" at sea, with force levels of 150-odd warships and 500-odd air fleet, navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said on Friday.

    Ahead of the Navy Day on December 4, Verma told an annual press conference in New Delhi that by 2027, the Indian Navy will be having "over 150 ships and close to 500 aircraft and helicopters".

    "Today, Indian Navy is poised for a very good growth path. Navy veterans could not have imagined the growth curve that we have today," he said.

    Referring to the two new tankers that Indian Navy has inducted this year for deployment on the Eastern and Western sea boards, Verma said India now has the capability to operate two task forces on the either side of India's coast simultaneously.

    "The two tankers inducted are going to provide us long legs. Two tankers on either coast will make it possible to operate two task forces at greater distances for longer periods," he said.

    "When I say long legs, we can translate it into two distinct methods of deployment -- deployment at long distances and deployment at long distances along with ability to stay there for sometime. We are talking about reach and sustainability," he said.

    India also plans to induct the INS Vikramaditya (erstwhile Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier from Russia by this year end, apart from inducting nine other major surface warships such as one Shivalik class frigate, another Kolkata class destroyer, an anti-submarine warfare corvette, an offshore patrol vessel, two follow-on Talwar class frigates from Russia, apart from three catamaran survey vessels and 25 fast interceptor craft.

    With regard to the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) being built at Cochin Shipyard, Verma said it was "a setback of sorts" that it could not be launched into the waters this month as originally planned due to delays in procurement of critical equipment that needed to be integrated on the ship before hitting the waters.

    "Hopefully by middle of next year or so (we should launch the IAC), that's my assessment and hope," he added.

    Despite the navy set for growth over the next 15 years, Verma said its primary focus and area of responsibility will be to defend the Indian Ocean, and to deploy more ships at sea to respond to emergent situations far away from the main land, such as a pirate attack or escorting cargo ships with Indian interests in pirate-infested waters.

    On the delays in the follow-on conventional submarines project codenamed P75I, Verma said since this was navy's last opportunity to build its own design capabilities in terms of stealth and other technologies, it was taking time to define what it wants to achieve for indigenous capabilities from the project.

    He also said the navy did not want to end up in a single vendor situation for P75I, thereby forcing it to "redo" the tendering that would put back the procurement plans by several more years.

    "We have to be very clear as to what we are asking for, as we don't want to land up in a situation where we have to redo the process, like it happened in some cases and defence programmes," he said.

    The navy, Verma said, has on order 49 ships and submarines of which 45 are from Indian shipyards.

    He also noted that the navy was planning to set up an amphibious warfare training complex at Kakinada on the Andhra Pradesh coast to raise troops that can wage war by landing on enemy shores.

    Brand new Indian Navy with long legs by 2027: Admiral Verma - India News - IBNLive
     
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  2. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Hopefully the Navy will fulfill its acquisitions in time. We need a strong Navy as future battles will be fought at sea. What i like about the Indian Navy is that they don't blunder like the Army and Air Force on procurements and have their own design team. Quitely they go about their tasks and induct lethal platforms like the P8i, Akula and the Mig-28k which was adjudged the best BVR fighter in South Asia at the moment.
    Also the MARCOS is one of the best SF in India. Lastly, i would like the Navy to have its own Marine force and AEWCS aircraft. :biggthumpup:
     
  3. Steel

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    Navy awaits nod to use Kolkata airfield to operate UAVs

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    The Indian Navy is awaiting a final nod from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to use an airfield in Kolkata to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance of the maritime border with Bangladesh, a naval officer said Friday.

    The naval officer said the AAI had earlier given an in-principle approval for using the 15 acres of land at the 210-acre airfield at Behala, located to the southwest of the city.

    “The AAI has given in-principle approval to the navy for using 15 acres of land of the Behala airfield. We are waiting for the final approval. Unless the land is leased out to us, we cannot set up infrastructure there,” Commodore Brian A. Thomas, naval officer-in-charge, West Bengal, told reporters here.

    “The MOD (ministry of defence) has now approached the civil aviation ministry. And the AAI has to give the final approval on paper…this is a matter of paper work now,” he said.

    Stating that the international maritime border with Bangladesh was a very sensitive area, Cdre. Thomas said the navy wanted to have a round-the-clock surveillance there and Behala airport was ideally suited for operating the UAVs for the purpose.

    “We have got a plan in place and the moment the approval will come we will set up the infrastructure there very, very fast,” Thomas said.

    “We have a lot of inputs of illegal activities going on…boats crossing (the maritime border). This is something we want to stop and the best way is to use the unmanned aerial vehicles,” Thomas said.

    “The UAVs are able to fly for very, very long periods without pilots. So, we can keep them there all the time,” he added.

    The Behala airport, where once a premier flight training facility was situated, has been lying unused and abandoned for the past couple of decades.

    Navy awaits nod to use Kolkata airfield to operate UAVs | idrw.org
     
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  4. SpArK

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    By 2027 Indian Navy to have 500 aircraft in its inventory : Naval Chief
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    any idea which aircrafts will it be, i mean the names of these planes and quantity. ??
     
  6. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Mig 29 k, naval LCA and???
     
  7. TereBinLaden

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    nacma????
     
  8. satz

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    i would like to see few F35's... :hang2:
     
  9. ManuSankar

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    Naval Tu-142ME departs to India from Russia after overhaul

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    On Dec 2 Russia handed over Tu-142ME (side number 312) aircraft of the Indian Navy,the last major overhaul in the Beriev.The plane passed all necessary tests, and after the transfer to the Indian side, December 5, departed to their place of permanent deployment.

    Eight Tu-142ME, were built in Taganrog, in the second half of the 80s and were delivered to the Indian Navy. In matters of repair and life extension of Tu-142ME Indian side is working closely with the “Rosoboronexport” and Beriev. Beriev leading after-sales service and maintenance manual supplied vehicles to the Indian side, particularly in matters of maintenance and spare parts.Overall, the program overhaul and logistics support for India’s fleet of Tu-142ME on Beriev designed for up to 2020

    Naval Tu-142ME departs to India from Russia after overhaul | idrw.org
     
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  10. Manmohan Yadav

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    i like the Tu-142ME, it a great plane
     
  11. ManuSankar

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    Nod for INA second phase development

    KANNUR: Union defence minister A K Antony has said that the Union Cabinet has given approval for the second phase of the development works of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, which is estimated to cost nearly Rs 140 crore. With this, the academy will have a capacity to train nearly 1,200 people in one go.

    "Malabar region has a prominent place in the defence map of the country. The establishment of INA and Coast Guard Academy, which is coming up in Irinavu in the district, and the HAL unit in Kasargode have further strengthened the importance of the Malabar region," said the defence minister while addressing a press meet organized by Kannur Press Club at the guest house here on Saturday, when he was in town to attend the Army Mela.

    "When the academy was being constructed, the government thought that the first phase of development would be sufficient to take care of the naval training needs of the country for the next 25 years. However, the scenario has changed now due to the threat of the pirates, terrorists and also the increased responsibility of the naval forces in the maritime activities," said Antony, adding that pirates are spotted even near the coasts of Lakshadweep.

    Incidents like the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack also made the government strengthen the naval forces. For this purpose, the government would purchase more ships, aircraft, submarine and ultramodern equipment to strengthen them. Since India's foreign trade happens through the sea routes, the navy has a greater role to play, he added. Since the Naval forces have to guard the 7,500 km coastline of the country, the Navy has been asked to assist the Coast Guard in guarding the coast as well, and this has increased the requirement of more naval officers and staff, which prompted the government to speed up the second phase of the development of the Naval Academy. The first phase of the development is almost completed and as of now the INA has the capacity to train nearly 750 cadets and officers.

    Once the second phase of development is completed, the Naval Academy would become one of the best naval academies in the world, said Antony. The construction of the Coast Guard Academy would be completed by 2015.

    Special package for Kerala: In response to a question, he said the central government is planning to give a special economic package to Kerala, as the financial condition of the state is weak.

    "In the last seven years, the UPA government has always come forward to help Kerala, irrespective of the government in power in the state, and in the coming days more help would be provided," he said. However, he refused to divulge the details of the package and whet it would be given.

    To another question, he said though there was a proposal to shift the Territorial Army 122 Inf Bn headquarters from Kannur to Kozhikode district, it has been frozen for the time being due to the opposition of the people's representatives from Kannur.

    He also made clear that the Defence Ministry has no plans to take over the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital here. The minister said 44 military hospitals in the country will be modernized in a phased manner and the military hospital in Kannur will also be given priority in this package and it would be developed into a hospital with state-of-the-art facilities.

    Observing that he has given importance to Kerala ever since he became the defence minister, Antony said and the defence department has set up seven establishments in the state after he took charge, including HAL unit in Kasargod and INA and Coast Guard Academies in Kannur. More such establishments would come to the state, he added.

    Nod for INA second phase development - The Times of India
     
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  12. Steel

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    Russia to deliver fifth upgraded submarine to the Indian Navy in 2012

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    In the second half of 2012, the Sindhurakshak diesel electric submarine, currently being upgraded in the Zvezdochka ship repair yard in Severodvinsk, will be transferred to the Indian Navy, reports korabel.ru website.

    The contract for the repair and modernisation of the submarine was signed between Zvezdochka and the Indian Ministry of Defence in June 2010. This is the fifth Indian ship to undergo modernisation at the shipyard.



    “Zvezdochka plans to deliver the submarine to the customer in terms determined by the contract, namely, in the second half of 2012,” a press release said.



    According to information on the site flotprom.ru, the Project 877 EKM (NATO classification: Kilo) Sindhurakshak diesel electric submarine was laid down at one of Russia’s oldest shipbuilding enterprises, the Admiralty Shipyard (St Petersburg), in 1995 at the order of the Indian Navy. The ship was launched in June 1997 and delivered to the customer in December of that year. The submarine design was developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau (St Petersburg).



    The submarine’s performance characteristics include a displacement of 2,300 tons, length of 72.6 metres, beam of 9.9 metres, surface speed of 10 knots, submerged speed of 19 knots, operating range of 6,000 miles, endurance of 45 days, operating depth of 300 metres, and a crew of 52 people. Its armament consists of six 533-mm torpedo tubes.

    Russia to deliver fifth upgraded submarine to the Indian Navy in 2012 | idrw.org
     
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    Japan to strengthen Naval ties with India

    New Delhi, Dec 28 (ANI): In an endeavour to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two nations, Japan has decided to conduct a joint exercise with the Indian Navy.

    "We have now decided to conduct a joint exercise with the Indian Navy. It cannot be said now that to what level will the defence ties between the two sides reach in the next five years," said a Japanese official.


    It may be recalled here that maritime security, anti-piracy measures, freedom of navigation and maintaining the security of sea lanes to facilitate unhindered trade by the sea routes were some of the issues that dominated the India-Japan Defence Ministers' meeting in Tokyo in November this year.

    Defence Minister AK Antony and his Japanese counterpart Yasuo Ichikawa recognized the importance of sea-lanes and decided to 'actively pursue consultations and cooperation in the field of maritime security both bilaterally and in association with all other countries in the region' during the delegation-level talks held in Tokyo.

    The two sides had then exchanged views on regional and international security and decided to step up defence cooperation and exchanges between the two countries.

    The enhanced Japan-India cooperation over a broad spectrum, include bilateral ties -political, security, economic and science and technology- as well as regional and global issues.

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is presently on a two-day state visit to India to participate in the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations, is expected to discuss various issues of regional and global importance with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

    Japan is expected to ink nuclear cooperation agreement and social security agreement with India during Prime Minister Noda's visit.

    The Japanese Prime Minister is also expected to discuss other global issues with regard to the global economy, UNSC reform and the economic changes.

    Throwing light on the major elements of the cooperation between India and Japan that are likely to come up during the discussions between the two Prime Ministers, the Japanese official said: "The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor will be discussed, how we can invite more Japanese private sector to make more investments in projects as part of business environment promotion, basic infrastructure projects in Southern India."

    The Japanese official said that high transportation system, second phase of the Delhi mass rapid transport system are other issues that are likely to come up during the discussions. (ANI)

    Japan to strengthen Naval ties with India
     
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    Navy to get overhauled Gorshkov by year-end
    Russia will hand over the refurbished aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, to India before the end of 2012, a senior shipyard official said on Tuesday.

    “The delivery will take place on December 4, the Indian Navy Day,” Sevmash Shipyard Deputy CEO Sergei Novosyolov told the RIA Novosti news agency. The 45,000-tonne Gorshkov was now undergoing mooring trials and would begin sea runs at May-end, RIA Novosti said. It entered service in 1987, but was inactivated in 1996 for lack of funds in post-Soviet Russia.

    Under a 2004 contract, the overhauled aircraft carrier was to be delivered to India in 2008 but its refit was delayed as Russia demanded tripling of the original price of $974 million, complaining that the cost of renovation had been badly underestimated.

    The two sides eventually agreed on the new price of $2.33 billion as the Indian Navy admitted that the original deal had been signed merely on a “visual examination in as-is condition” of the ship and a detailed survey later showed that many systems thought to be repair-worthy had to be replaced.

    The price includes $85 million for a complete set of blueprints that will allow the Navy to carry out repairs at Indian shipyards. Indian officials said Admiral Gorshkov, rechristened INS Vikramaditya, would be a 90-per cent new ship and remain in service for 30 years.

    Designed to operate only vertical takeoff aircraft, the ship has been extensively remodelled. It has been fitted with a full runway and a ski jump, new engines, new diesel boilers, new generators, electrical machinery, communication systems and distillation plants.

    The aircraft carrier will be equipped with versatile MiG-29K Fulcrum fighters and Kamov anti-submarine helicopters.

    With the induction of INS Vikramaditya, India will become the fourth naval power after the U.S., Russia and Britain to operate an aircraft carrier with a displacement of more than 40,000 tons.

    In another good news, the first of three Talwar-class stealth frigates Russia is building for the Indian Navy is set to complete sea trials this week. INS Teg (Sabre) left the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad on Tuesday for the final leg of state acceptance trials in the Baltic Sea, said a spokesman for the shipyard. The Indian Navy is to take delivery of the Teg in April, after a delay of two years.

    Source-The Hindu : News / National : Navy to get overhauled Gorshkov by year-end
     
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    Navy Sea Harrier Tyre bursts leads to runway shut for an hour

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    Air traffic at Goa’s Dabolim airport was disrupted for nearly an hour on Monday evening after a tyre of an Indian Navy Sea Harrier jet burst. The tyre of the Sea Harrier burst on landing throwing air traffic out of gear for nearly an hour, an official said. The Dabolim runway was closed from 4.30pm to 5.30 pm.

    “As the evening slot is very crucial for domestic as well international fights many of them had to be delayed,” sources said. Each of the flights were delayed for around 25 to 40 minutes. Only one domestic flight was diverted to Mumbai airport. A Jetlite flight which arrived from Bangalore was stuck on the runway for 15 minutes.

    The runway was later cleared by the Navy and Airport Authority of India ( AAI) staff and operations were restored to normal.

    The Harrier was towed away, the official said.

    Each of the flights were delayed for around 25 to 40 minutes. Only one domestic flight was diverted to Mumbai airport

    Navy Sea Harrier Tyre bursts leads to runway shut for an hour | idrw.org
     

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