Hey, it's India, I'm surprised they got this done as quickly as this................blistering speed by their standards!
Dassault Aviation Eyes Naval Contract for 57 Fighter Jets
(Source: Press Trust of India; published Feb 15, 2017)
BENGALURU, India --- After bagging the Euro 8.78 billion deal for 36 Rafale fighters to strengthen the IAF fleet, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation is now eyeing the naval contract of 57 aircraft that is up for grabs.
The navy issued a 'Request for Information' last month seeking response from various manufacturers to equip its aircraft carriers with fighter jets, shelving the original plan to go in for the naval version of the indigenous Tejas.
Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, said the French aviation company will pitch for the naval contract.
"We are the only company to have strictly the same aircraft for our air force and for our navy. Our Rafale for the navy and the air force are same," he told PTI.
Early last year, a team from France had given a detailed presentation to senior navy officers on various aspects of the naval version and the benefits it would offer with two arms of defence forces using Rafale fighter jets.
"In case we have the new contract for the navy, we will benefit from the local implementation of the Rafale production (for the air force)," Trappier said.
The air force is also looking to procure fighter jets to replenish its aging fleet. Dassault has already begun manufacturing the initial lot of the 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force.
Like other defence companies vying for the multi-billion dollar contract, Dassault too has offered to set up a manufacturing line in India.
"We started to think seriously about producing Rafale in India a long time ago. We will start production of parts of Rafale, which is a part of the exisiting contract.
"It will not only be Rafale, but parts of Falcon (fighter jet) will be produced in India. We want to have a serious footprint under the Make in India programme.
"If we get new contract for more Rafale jets, it will help us to develop more capabilities and we will have an assembly line in India," Trappier said.
INS Betwa on Even Keel: to be Fully Operational by Apr 2018
(Source: India Ministry of Defence; issued Feb 23, 2017)
INS Betwa, a P-16A Class frigate, has been made upright by the unstinted efforts put in by the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and the salvage firm M/s Resolve Marine, specially contracted for the operation. It may be recalled that, the ship which was undergoing major repairs, had keeled on to her side during her undocking on 05 Dec 2016.
The salvage operations were progressed on a war footing and the initial stabilisation of the ship was achieved by 29 Dec 2016. The complete salvage operation involving complex hydrodynamic calculations and rigging up of intricate measuring and monitoring systems was completed in less than two months.
As the ship was undergoing major refit and mid-life up-gradation since Apr 2016, majority of the equipment/ machinery had already been removed for routine servicing/ replacement with upgraded equipment.
Indian Navy is confident that with in-house expertise and sustained efforts, the ship will be made fully operational by her scheduled date of refit completion i.e by Apr 2018.
India Navy's SSR project progresses
24th February 2017 - 10:30
by The Shephard News Team
Tata Advanced Systems subsidiary Nova Integrated Systems (NISL) has signed a contract with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to carry out the Indian Navy's surface surveillance radar (SSR) project.
The project involves delivery, installation and commissioning of radar systems on Indian Navy vessels, as well as delivery of simulators, establishing depot level facilities, and integrated logistics support over ten years.
NISL has partnered with Terma of Denmark on the project to undertake the manufacturing, integration and testing of the radar system under transfer of technology in India.
Jens Maaløe, president and chief executive officer, Terma, said: 'We see this contract between MoD, government of India and NISL as a very important milestone for Terma as we strongly support the 'Make in India' initiative. We are happy to participate in this initiative that will further strengthen our well-established collaboration between the two companies.'
Facilities at Tata Advanced Systems' Combat Management Systems development centre will be used for the SSR project which involves integration of the radar with a variety of weapon and sensor systems on different class of vessels of the Indian Navy's fleet.
Indian Navy’s Quest for New Minehunters Mired on Shoals of Indigenization Pressures
(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 12, 2017)
by Dan Darling
This whole question of transfer of all IP rights is going to stuff up one programme after another.........just watch!
The Indian Navy’s long-standing quest for a new-build, modern class of mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) continues to flounder amid government demands regarding technology transfer and indigenization.
A $5 billion project to build 12 MCMVs through state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd is currently stalled as South Korea’s Kangnam Corporation balks at the Indian Ministry of Defence requirement for transfer of complete intellectual property rights of the ships.
With India’s naval sector lacking the technology to build a specialized MCMV, a foreign partner is a necessity.
Following MoD approval in January 2016, Kangnam secured the global tender floated by Goa Shipyard in September 2015 after the latter was nominated by the Defence Ministry to build the MCMVs. The South Korean firm emerged as the sole foreign bidder for the tender, as global vendors Intermarine of Italy, Navantia of Spain, Lockheed Martin of the U.S., ThyssenKrupp Marine of Germany, and two other Russian shipyards declined to bid for the ship design and technology transfer contract.
The earlier 2008 tender had also been won by Kangnam, which beat out Italy’s Intermarine in the process. However, a later investigation into the tender by the Indian Ministry of Defence discovered irregularities involving middlemen in the negotiations, a no-no in Indian defense deals.
This resulted in the entire tender being scrapped in 2014, only to be renewed a year later under the “Buy and Make (India)” procurement category. This category allows local vendors to tie up with foreign suppliers regarding a select procurement item provided production is fully conducted with the domestic Indian company.
The longer-term Defence Ministry vision is for the 12-ship MCMV order to eventually double to 24 vessels. In return, the Indian MoD seeks full intellectual property rights as a means of growing a local capability to produce the niche-mission warship. With Kangnam unwilling to bend to the MoD demand, the negotiations are currently at a stalemate.
The Navy’s pressing need for a newer-generation model to succeed its limited inventory of outdated, Soviet-legacy Pondicherry (ex-Natya I, Project 266M) class MCMVs therefore continues to get pushed back further and further.
The MCMV procurement project is merely the latest case of an Indian effort to self-produce weaponry (often via tie-ups with foreign vendors who then transfer sensitive technologies) in order to wean the country off the export market, which currently provides roughly 70 percent of the Indian armed forces’ hardware. The quest for “Indianization” of defense hardware sourced domestically has been a constant since 1995, when the initial government endeavor was announced with a goal of locally producing 70 percent of all of the Indian armed forces’ weapons content within 10 years.
The end results have remained the complete opposite of that intention, however, a matter the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to fix through greater private sector involvement in defense and revamped Defence Procurement Procedures (DPPs) emphasizing the new indigenous design, development and manufacturing (IDDM) category.
Yet once again the ideal is substituting for reality. The Indian Navy has an immediate need for both quality and capacity where its mine-countermeasures operational capability is concerned. Instead, its operational preparedness is at risk of slipping further while the MoD haggles over the $1-billion-plus design and technology transfer agreement with Kangnam.
Industrial indigenization and defense modernization thus remain dueling foes in Indian defense procurement, instead of complementary aims. Until the MoD is able to walk away from the negotiating table satisfied with the contract parameters, or opts to scrap the tender altogether and start over, the Indian Navy will have to hope its 1970s-vintage, ex-Soviet minesweepers suffice.
F-18, Rafale or Gripen: Indian Navy Looks for Its Next Fighter Jet
(Source: Hindustan Times; posted Mar 08, 2017)
By Rahul Singh
NEW DELHI --- The Indian Navy has launched a global search for maritime fighter jets it plans to operate from future aircraft carriers and is awaiting response from top military contractors on what they have to offer.
The navy wants 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) and the potential order could get bigger with an option clause to buy more jets. The hunt for new deck-based fighters comes at a time when the navy is left with just a solitary aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, following the decommissioning of Viraat on Monday.
The navy issued a request for information for the multi-billion dollar MRCBF project in January, giving aircraft manufacturers a four-month deadline to respond.
By May, the foreign firms have to answer queries on technical parameters, budgetary estimates, likely level of indigenisation, transfer of technology and schedule of deliveries after a contract is inked.
French, Swedish, Russian and American firms are likely to compete for the project to equip India’s future carriers: Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)-I or Vikrant being built at Kochi and IAC-2, which is in a conceptual stage.
The navy has rejected the naval version of the light combat aircraft. It wants a twin-engine fighter with a stronger airframe and landing gear to operate from a flight deck with high-tempo flying cycles.
French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation will compete for the MRCBF programme with the Rafale M fighter. These fighters are embarked on French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
India signed a $8.7-billion deal with France last year for 36 Rafale warplanes for the Indian Air Force. Dassault is hoping the IAF order could give it a head start. The firm believes it makes better sense to equip the IAF and the navy with the same platform as it would translate into better logistics, maintenance and industrial support.
Swedish aircraft maker Saab will throw its hat into to the ring with its Gripen Maritime fighter. Saab says the maritime fighter has “95% commonality” with the Gripen E.
The Swedish firm is closely tracking an IAF programme to build single-engine fighters in the country. Saab says the maritime fighter features all the capabilities of the Gripen E and will come with a highly competitive operational cost per flight hour.
Low maintenance requirements and high availability for operations make it an ideal solution for the Indian Navy, a Saab spokesperson said.
F-18 SUPER HORNET:
US defence giant Boeing’s F-18 fighter jet is also expected to be a strong contender for the Indian Navy project. The F-18s operate from American super carriers such as USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan, with the US Navy accounting for a fleet of more than 600 Super Hornets.
The American firm is also in discussions with the IAF to set up a production line in the country to build twin-engine fighter planes.
The US has offered its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) technology and advanced arresting gear for IAC-2 or Vishal. India and the US have formed a joint working group on aircraft carrier technology cooperation.
Russia will be eyeing the project with the MiG-29 fighter jet, already in service with the Indian Navy. The deck-based fighter operates from INS Vikramaditya, a second-hand carrier bought from Russia.
The navy commissioned its first squadron of MiG-29K fighters at Goa in May 2013, ahead of the induction of INS Vikramaditya.
It also plans to deploy the fighters on the IAC-1 having placed separate orders for 45 MiG-29K fighters.
However, a 2016 report by the Comptroller and Auditor General revealed the MiG-29 fighters are plagued by engine troubles and airframe problems.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: France’s Dassault fancies its chances of winning the Indian navy fighter competition, not only because the it has already sold 36 Rafales to the Indian Air Force but also because the Rafale-M naval fighter is the only competitor designed from the start for carrier operations.
“Rafale is the smallest carrier-capable fighter, and it could operate today from India’s aircraft carrier,” Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier told reporters in Paris March 8, as the payload penalty due to the ship’s lack of catapults can be compensated through buddy-refueling after takeoff – a capability Rafale already has.
Finally, he noted that “Indian pilots have already had a taste of Rafale, and they will want more.”)
Indian Navy seeks to replace Israeli Barak-1 air defense system
By: Vivek Raghuvanshi, March 8, 2017
NEW DELHI — India's Navy has launched a new program to buy short-range surface-to-air missile systems from overseas to replace its aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems.
India has made a global request for information to purchase 10 SRSAM systems and 600 missiles at a cost of about $1.5 billion.
Once responses are received in the next two months, the Navy will issue a tender under the Make in India policy's global purchasing category after six months to acquire the SRSAM systems. Under the program, overseas defense companies would need to forge partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous technology in the SRSAM systems.
An Indian Navy official said the proposed SRSAM system should be capable of vertically launching Mach 3-class active seeker missiles that can provide 360-degree defense coverage to meet all naval air defense applications including the need to carry out multiple simultaneous engagements.
Each SRSAM system will have a command and control system, a fire control system, a command link radar and one launcher to carry between eight and 16 missiles depending upon the size of the warship. The system's is expected to be inducted within the next five years.
According to an Indian Navy official, the foreign companies expected to make a bid are European-wide MBDA; Thales of France; Saab of Sweden; KBP Tula of Russia; Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel; Raytheon of the United States; and Doosan Group and Samsung of South Korea.
Furthermore, domestic companies expected to partner on this project with overseas defense companies include private sector businesses Tata Power SED, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge, and Reliance Defence and Engineering as well as state-run enterprises Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Dynamics Limited and Ordnance Factory Board.
The new SRSAM program also puts a question mark on the SRSAM development and production program, known as Maitri, jointly managed by MBDA of France and India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation.
Maitri was initiated in 2007, and India and France signed in 2103 a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop the Maitri missile system for the Indian Navy. However, the program has remained only on paper due to a lack of funding. A senior Indian Ministry of Defence official said the Maitri project has been put on hold on account of the depreciating Indian rupee.
MBDA has proposed the co-development of a vertical launch Mica missile for the Indian Navy.
"DRDO was not very clear what it will develop in the Maitri project, and its work scope was limited. There is no allocation for Maitri project as of now. However, MBDA can team up with DRDO and bid for the project," the MoD official said.
“DRDO has been pursuing additional separate naval version of the SRSAM for the past 30 years but has failed miserably,” according to retired Indian Navy commodore and defense analyst Sujeet Samaddar.
“Indian Navy is also changing its [air defense] AD requirements, and longer-range surface-to-air missiles is one of the options. Indian Navy’s AD plans calls for layered defense in depth and mutual support; the outer envelope is with air defense aircraft, the next layer is medium-range missiles, next is a combination of electronic warfare and SRSAM, and finally passive decoys and close-in weapon systems," Samaddar said.
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Indian Navy Retires Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat
09 March, 2017 SOURCE: Flightglobal.com
EVERYBODY got their money's worth out of this old Lady.............RN & IN......
The Indian Navy formally decommissioned the aircraft carrier INS Viraat (ex HMS Hermes) on 6 March, after 30 years of operational service.
The aircraft carrier last sailed under her own power in July 2016, and the fighter compliment of British Aerospace Sea Harrier FRS51 fighters were phased out in May 2016.
Apart from the Sea Harrier, the integral airborne compliment of the ship comprised Sea King Mk 42Bs, Mk 42 Cs and the Hindustan Aeronautics-built Chetak (SA316 Alouette III). The Dhruv ALH and Kamov Ka-31 were also operated from the aircraft carrier.
While the fate on INS Viraat remains uncertain (her predecessor INS Vikrant was broken up for scrap in 2014); the Sea Harriers will be displayed at various Navy commands and training establishments. A sole example is already on display at the Naval Air Museum in Goa.
The Indian Navy is now left with a sole operational aircraft carrier in INS Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov), on which Russian MiG-29Ks are embarked.
Originally commissioned as HMS Hermes in 1959, it was the last of the Centaur Class aircraft carriers and sailed as the flagship of the Royal Navy during the 1982 Falklands Campaign.
Goa Shipyard nominated to build two stealth frigates for the Indian navy
By: Vivek Raghuvanshi, March 15, 2017
NEW DELHI - India's private shipyards are unhappy with a Ministry of Defense decision to nominate state-owned shipyard Goa Shipyard to build two *Russian Krivak-class stealth frigates over two private sector competitors, Larsen & Toubro and Reliance Defence and Engineering.
During *a meeting with Russian defense officials last week, MoD has cleared a $4.48 billion program to acquire four Krivak-class stealth frigates under which two will be built by Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation and the remaining two by Goa Shipyard, a senior MoD official said.
“A formal contract is expected to be awarded within the next four months”, the official said, adding that USC will deliver the frigates in the next four years but Goa Shipyard will take eight years to deliver.
“The private-sector shipyards have already brought it to the notice to MoD informally their unhappiness on giving GSL the contract to build the two Krivak class frigates on nomination basis,” an executive of the industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said, requesting anonymity to speak candidly.
"They (private shipyards) want greater orders to push the private sector," the FICCI executive noted.
Anil Jai Singh, retired Indian Navy Commodore and defense analyst, said, "This decision (to nominate GSL for two Krivak class frigates) has indeed surprised me."
GSL is a very capable yard but has never built anything of the size and sophistication of the Krivaks, Singh said.
“It seems that the MoD continues to live in the A K Anthony (former Defense Minister) era with nominations more the rule than the exception,"*says Sujeet Samaddar, retired Indian Navy commodore and defense analyst.*"The private shipyards must be allowed to compete. But having said that, unless the private sector shipyards deliver on their existing orders of simple ships, there can be very little ground to trust them to deliver complicated warships."
Samaddar, however, does not doubt the capability of Goa Shipyard and said, "GSL has made more than 16 anti-submarine-warfare corvettes in the past and on paper they can build it."
The Indian navy has been negotiating with Russia for over three years to acquire the Krivak frigates.
"The Krivaks (Indian navy's Talwar class) are very sophisticated frigates and combine high stealth with lethal kinetic capability," Singh added.
“This is a longstanding requirement of the Indian navy and will possibly cover the gap created by the decommissioning of Godavari & Rajput-class warships that would fall due in the next three to four years," Samaddar said.
By 2027, the Indian navy aims to have 198 ships against the current fleet strength of 137 warships. With a shortage of 61 warships, the service is currently building 48 warships at various Indian shipyards.
An Indian navy official said, "Because of their lack of experience in building major warships, the private sector is way behind in warship building but needs greater exposure to orders."
However, Singh is critical of the decision to nominate state-owned shipyards at the cost of growth of the private sector shipyards. "Private shipyards are hardly being given any orders despite the state-owned shipyards creaking under the load of their order book leading to cost and time overruns in almost all projects. Of the four major private shipyards in the country, two are bankrupt."