BREAKING NEWS : US to release EMALS technology to India for Aircraft Carriers

The US has decided to release the crucial Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the Indian Navy’s future aircraft carrier, according to the Trump administration.

The decision comes ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to India. A formal date of the visit has not been announced yet.

The Trump administration has informed India of its decision.

India had sent a letter of request to the US government during the Obama administration for the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMLAS) built by General Atomics for aircraft carrier planned by the Indian Navy.

Due to its flexible architecture, EMALS can launch a wide variety of aircraft weights and can be used on a variety of platforms with differing catapult configurations.

The Trump administration sent a response to India on Monday about its decision to release this technology.

Aerospace expert Dr Vivek Lall, chief executive, US and International Strategic Development, of General Atomics had told earlier that General Atomics is planning to open an office in Delhi to support the Indian government’s military requirements.

The Indian Navy plans to integrate the US-made EMALS catapults into its future supercarriers.

This gesture ahead of the Tillerson’s visit is another indication of the strategic alliance US wants to foster with India, informed sources said.

Last month, the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visited India.

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India in list of elite countries capable of constructing Advance Stealth Corvette

The country is rapidly marching towards indigenisation and the commissioning of the third Kamorta class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette is a classic example of that.

India’s Defence minister was in Visakhapatnam on Monday at the Eastern Naval Command to commissionINS Kiltan, the third of the four Project-28 Kamorta class ASW.

Addressing the naval officers and the media from the deck of the newly commissioned ship, she said, “This ship is unique, as about 81% is built indigenously and is the first built by India that has a superstructure made up of carbon fibre composite material. This makes it a stealth corvette and makes India one among the few nations that have this technology or this class of ships.”

Builder’s Navy

The keel was laid in 2010 under the Project-28 scheme and was built by Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

Ms. Sitharaman said the Indian Navy was moving from the status of a ‘buyer’s navy to builder’s navy.’

“This is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and we need to become more self-reliant. We have already gained the expertise in building hulls and we now need to focus on propulsion and weapon technology,” she said. She pointed out that India had a long coastline with a vast EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and there was a need to have a capable and potent navy.

The Indian Navy, she said, had been playing an important role in defending the borders as well as in peace and humanitarian missions.

Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE V.K. Saxena said the partnership between GRSE and the Indian Navy began in 1961 and so far it had built over 100 ships for the Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. “In the next few years, we will be delivering about 10 ships to the Navy with state-of-the-art technology,” he said.

Tough steel

INS Kiltan has been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It has a displacement of 3500 tonnes, spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 nautical miles.

The carbon composite material gives it an extra stealth edge and also lowers the top weight and maintenance cost.

The installed propulsion and auxiliary systems provides very low radiated underwater noise feature, required for anti-submarine warfare.

The enhanced stealth features include ‘X’ form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infra Red Signature Suppression (IRSS).

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Third Kamorta class corvette INS Kiltan to be commissioned into Indian Navy today

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will commission third of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes “INS Kiltan” under Project 28 (Kamorta class) into the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam’s Naval Dockyard on Monday.

The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and host of other dignitaries. Indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata; Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister Ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy’s arsenal where in a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a ‘Common Operational Picture (COP)’.

It is India’s first major warship to have a Superstructure of carbon fiber composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs. The ship is also the first major warship to have undertaken Sea Trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project prior delivery by shipyard to Indian Navy and is ready to be operationally deployed on the day of joining the Indian Navy.

The ship’s weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation’s growing capability in this niche area. With a displacement of 3500 tonnes, the ship spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 nautical miles.

The installed propulsion and auxiliary systems provides very low radiated underwater noise feature, required for anti-submarine warfare. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved by ‘X’ form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infra Red Signature Suppression (IRSS) system designed by NSTL for cooling the Engine and Generator exhausts. About 81 percent of the ship is indigenous and it is well equipped to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions. The ship in the future would also be installed with short range SAM system and carry an integral ASW Helicopter.

The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of Islands. The ship also boasts of the proud legacy of the erstwhile Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’ built in USSR, which had actively participated as Task Force Commander in ‘Operation Trident’ during 1971 Indo-Pak war and had served the nation with distinction throughout her illustrious service life from 30 October 1969 to 30 June 1987.

The ship is manned by a team comprising 13 officers and 178 sailors with Commander Naushad Ali Khan at the helm as her first Commanding Officer. Upon commissioning, the ship would become an integral part of the Eastern Fleet and would enhance Indian Navy’s reach, striking capability and sustainability in the Indian Ocean Region.

By : ANI

Make in India: Govt shipyards win 12,000 cr deal to supply 16 ASW craft to Indian Navy

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme, government shipyards are moving ahead of their private sector rivals in warship building as they have emerged winners in a Rs 12,000-crore deal to supply 16 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) craft to the Navy.

“As tenders for the Rs 12,000-crore deal were opened, the shipping ministry’s Cochin Shipyard Limited and defence ministry’s Garden Reach Shipyard Limited (GRSE) emerged as the two lowest bidders,” a defence ministry source told Mail Today.

This is the third open tender deal involving competitive bids in the recent past which has gone to public sector firms. Recently, the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) won the contract for building two diving support vessels (DSVs) worth Rs 2,020 crore after it emerged as the lowest bidder.

Under the ASW shallow water craft deal, CSL emerged as the lowest bidder and GRSE the second lowest. The second lowest bidder will have to build the eight crafts at the price offered by the lowest bidder as per the tender issued by the Navy.

As per the defence procurement procedure, the company offering the lowest price for a particular weapon system is given the contract among the firms which meet technical requirements specified in the tender document.

When the private sector firms were allowed to bid for defence contracts, it was felt that they would be quoting lower prices than government firms, but this has proved to be otherwise.

In the recent past, there have been cases where Navy and Coast Guard projects have been delayed by private shipyards and in some of the cases, the delay has been by many years.

In one such case, a Gujarat-based shipyard has been able to supply only one out of six survey vessels ordered by the Navy even 10 years after signing the deal. In another case, a major private shipyard has not supplied even a single patrol vessel out of the contract for five signed more than six years ago.

Some of the major private sector shipyards are facing serious financial constraints and were cleared by the government for receiving tenders only after conditional clearances were granted to them by the defence ministry’s finance wing.

Due to the improved performance of defence shipyards, the Goa Shipyard Limited was nominated by the government for partnering with the Russians for manufacturing four Talwar-Class follow-on warships worth more than Rs 20,000 crore.

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India, Sri Lanka vow to find permanent solution to fishermen issue

India and Sri Lanka on Saturday vowed to find a permanent solution to the vexed fishermen issue at the earliest. The two sides held ministerial-level talks on the issue during which various aspects related to it were discussed.

The talks were held between Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh and Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

“The Ministers agreed that a permanent solution to the fishermen issues should be found at the earliest,” the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

The ministerial-level meeting was followed by the third meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries on Friday.

“The Indian side was satisfied with the progress on release of apprehended fishermen and detained fishing vessels in the recent past, while reiterating the release of all the remaining Indian fishing vessels in Sri Lankan custody,” the MEA said.

The statement said that India also apprised the Sri Lankan side about the recent initiatives taken by it to end bottom trawling in the Palk Bay area.

India also informed the Sri Lankan side about alternative livelihood opportunities being offered to the fishing communities in Palk Bay area through open sea cage farming, seaweed farming and other allied coastal fisheries activities.

The Joint Working Group meeting was co-chaired by Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, and Sri Lanka’s Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Secretary.

While acknowledging the efforts taken by India to end bottom trawling, the Sri Lankan side informed about the measures taken by its government to prevent illegal fishing, the MEA said.


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A much bigger second Nuclear Submarine is just a few weeks from sea launch

India’s second strategic nuclear submarine Aridhaman is just a few weeks from sea launch. But raising ambitions for the Navy’s capability, there are plans to build a bigger and more potent version of the indigenous nuclear submarine in the immediate future, say sources.

That leap for India’s ballistic nuclear submarine capabilities would come with the fourth submarine planned in the same class, named S4-Star. It would have a stronger weapons configuration integrated into an extra compartment that would be added to Arihant’s original design.

On the Aridhaman, sources said the “final checks are under way. All the three modules have been integrated. It is likely to be launched in late November,” an official source told The Hindu. Another source said a November launch may be difficult, but “in December, it will definitely be in the sea.”

Fuel loading in the nuclear reactor for Aridhaman was completed in January, but it would go critical only much later after initial sea trials. Once launched, the submarine will be put to extensive harbour and sea trials, before being formally commissioned in the next couple of years.

The indigenously built second nuclear submarine will add to India’s growing nuclear capabilities, in the face of the new strategic realities of the region, including the assertive Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

Last October, India commissioned its first Ballistic Nuclear Submarine, INS Arihant. The vessel, weighing 6,000 tonnes, is powered by an 83 MW pressurised light water nuclear reactor.

Aridhaman, of the Arihant class, will carry several new pieces of equipment including new-generation sensors and periscope, compared to the first ship.

Construction of the third submarine of the same class is under way in four different parts, and could be completed approximately in a year. This would also be of the same size as Arihant and Aridhaman, but possess more advanced weapons and sensors. The third submarine is planned for launch in late 2018.

As soon as Aridhaman is launched, the final integration of the third submarine will begin in Visakhapatnam, it is learnt.

Indigenous capability ::

The project to build a strategic nuclear submarine to carry nuclear missiles began as the Advanced Technology Vessel project in the 1980s, and the vessel project was launched in 2009 by Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Arihant, which can carry nuclear tipped ballistic missiles, is of the ship submersible ballistic nuclear class.

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Goa Shipyard Lays Keel For 2nd Vessel Of New Class OPVS

Keel of the second Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel of the new 5 CGOPVs Project for the Indian Coast Guard was ceremoniously laid at Goa Shipyard Ltd on 29th September 2017 by IG T P Sadanandan, DDG(M&M) in the presence of RAdm Shekhar Mital, CMD, GSL. DIG M V Baadkar, DIG Atul Parlikar and Senior officials of the Coast Guard and GSL were also present on the occasion.

RAdm Shekhar Mital, CMD, GSL in his message said “The Yard is already in the process of executing 6 CGOPVs Project, of which 5 ships have been Keel Layingdelivered all ahead of contractual delivery schedule. The last ship too, is progressing ahead of schedule. The next Project of 5 OPVs will be built in a reduced build period of less than 3 years each. GSL has been recognized as the ‘Best Performing Shipyard’ in the country by Ministry of Defence and in the month of August 2017, 4 GSL built vessels, including prestigious 2 export orders were commissioned.

It is noteworthy that the contract for 5 CGOPVs was signed by GSL with MoD on 26th Aug 2016 and commencement of production of first vessel was formally started within 3 months with formal steel cutting on 13th November 2016, at the hands of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.

These vessels for the Indian Coast Guard are based on in-house design of GSL and will be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard on delivery. These 2400 tonnes vessels will be equipped with additional features like Quick Response Boats for rescue and anti piracy, Gunnery simulators and many more advanced features. The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities.

These vessels for the Indian Coast Guard are based on in-house design of Goa Shipyard Ltd. When commissioned, these vessels will be the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard.

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