SP's Naval Forces - February-March 2013

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    Interaction
    ‘A chain of static sensors is being set up along our coast and island territories’

    The Indian Coast Guard’s current plans include growth to about 100 air and 150 surface platforms. Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan, Director General, Indian Coast Guard, in an interview with SP’s Naval Forces, spoke at length about capability and modernisation plans.

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    Naval Aviation
    Flight Trajectory of Indian Naval Aviation

    The Fleet Air Arm must serve as a veritable sword arm of the Indian Navy, and this aspiration rightly flows from the global recognition of aviation component of a fleet as an invaluable tool for power projection and extending surveillance reach.

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    Neighbourhood
    China’s Maritime Air Power

    China realised way back in the 1980s that to become a global power it will have to develop its Navy, based on the twin strategies of Island Chain concept and anti-access/area-denial strategy

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    Modernisation
    Purchases in 2013 Amidst Budget Cuts

    Due to the gloomy economic situation in India and also globally, the defence modernisation budget has been cut by Rs. 10,000 crore.

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    Modernisation
    Whither Vikramaditya

    INS Vikramaditya on commissioning would be well worth every penny of the contracted value of $2.33 billion ( Rs. 11,650 crore) that India has spent...

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    Armament
    Munitions for Anti-Submarine and Anti-Shipping

    The quest for ultimate weapon against the lurking submarine and longer-range ship attack appears unending as the advances in airborne sensors and weapons spur a similar trend in stealth, speed and lethality of the submarine and the ship.

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    First
    F-35C completes first in-flight dual refuelling

    For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refuelled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Maryland, United States, recently.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Elbit to display new Hermes at Aero India 2013

    Israel's Elbit Systems has announced that it will display its new generation Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol UAS at Aero India 2013. The Indian Navy, as is well known, is in the global market for maritime medium altitude long...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    India's longest range missile debuts at Republic Day Parade

    While the Indian media usually dissects the weapons platforms that China puts on display during its ceremonial days, the tables turned this Republic Day...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    DRDO's K-15 missile launched

    In a significant milestone towards technology maturity, the DRDO today conducted its 11th successful test of the K-15 subsurface launched...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    INS Saryu enters service

    The first of four naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPV) built by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), INS Saryu (P54), enters service with the Indian Navy today at Goa. INS Saryu will be the largest and first stealth OPV operated by the Indian Navy...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Indian Navy for new anti-ship missile

    The Indian Navy is on the lookout for a new medium-range anti-ship missile for its surface platforms and has floated a global request for information. The medium range anti-ship missile for surface platform is intended...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    LCA Tejas LSP-8 finally ready for flight

    After months of delays that have afflicted the programme at large, the crucial LSP-8 of HAL's Tejas programme is ready for flight by early next year. The LSP-8, a fully configured version of the Tejas and intended for user trials by the Indian Air Force...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    INS Tarkash joins Western fleet

    The second of the three follow-on Talwar-class frigates, INS Tarkash (F50), arrived in Mumbai today and is now part of the sword-arm Western Fleet.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Arihant's missile tested, near ready for integration

    The Defence Research & Development Lab (DRDL) yesterday quietly tested the K-15, the submarine-launched version of the land-based Shourya missile...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Indian Navy RFP: Effort for new submarine line surfaces

    It is perhaps the most important acquisition the Navy has planned for, and is finally ready to get off the ground. The Project 75 India conventional attack submarine line...