SP's Naval Forces - June-July 2013

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    Asia-Pacific: China's Defence White Paper
    Countering New Security Threats

    China is a major maritime country. The seas and oceans provide immense space and abundant resources for China’s sustainable development, and thus are of vital importance to the people’s well-being and China’s future.

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    SP’s Exclusive
    Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap 2013

    The Integrated Defence Staff has released an updated Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap (TPCR) 2013, the second in two years...

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    SP’s Exclusive
    Indian Navy and Coast Guard’s 15-year Warfare Capability

    The document starts by talking about air-launched anti-submarine warfare...

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    Armaments
    Hovering Danger Guided Weapons of Naval Helicopters

    The transition from the naval helicopter to the smaller and lighter unmanned naval helicopter appears to be certainty (at least partially)...

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    News
    First batch of Naval Academy's Flagship Course Pass-outs

    The first batch of 60 Navy Officer Cadets who joined the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, for its flagship B.Tech course graduated...

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    Middle East Overview
    Oil & Petrodollars Arming the Middle East

    Oil is sold in US dollars; surplus dollars are recycled into these countries or paid for purchasing of military hardware.

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    Naval Aviation
    Indian Naval Aviation Turns 60

    Over the years, the naval air arm has grown from a modest force to a small air force and has in its inventory approximately 220 aircraft, 1,300 officers and 9,000 men.

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    Submarine
    Nuclear-powered HMS Ambush Submarine Commissioned

    Built by BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness, the Astute class vessels represent a highly complex feat of naval engineering

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Arihant heads for sea trials this year

    India's first nuclear submarine, the Arihant, will enter a phase of sea trials this year, the DRDO's new chief Dr Avinash Chander has said, expressing confidence that there would be no more delays in the landmark effort.

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    India, Russia to discuss 2nd N-sub lease

    India and Russia are to shortly begin negotiations on the least of a second nuclear attack submarine for the Indian Navy. In April last year, the Navy welcomed the INS Chakra into service in Visakhapatnam...

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    MBDA's futuristic artillery system, CVS302 HOPLITE unveiled

    Drawing a great degree of attention and interest at the Paris Air Show 2013 was MBDA's in-development CVS302 HOPLITE...

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    Vikramaditya sets sail on final trials

    In what is hoped will be the beleaguered Vikramaditya aircraft carrier's final set of trials before it is handed to the Indian Navy, the much refurbished vessel, formerly Admiral Gorshkov, is now in the White Sea.

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    INS Trikand stealth frigate commissioned

    With the commissioning of the INS Trikand stealth frigate, the follow-on Talwar class acquisition is complete. The Trikand was commissioned into the Navy in Kaliningrad, Russia by Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan...

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    Indian Navy flotilla in Philippines

    As maritime tensions intensify between China and Philippines, four Indian warships are now on a goodwill visit to the latter nation in what is being interpreted as a subtle message to Beijing.

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    India & Japan home in on US-2

    On May 29 in Tokyo, India and Japan decided to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) to explore modality for the cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft. The landmark agreement, which sees Japan for the first time agree...

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    Indian Navy for bomb displosal robots

    The Indian Navy has announced interest in procuring four remotely-operated vehicles for explosive ordnance displosal purposes. Declaring its interest, the Navy has said it requires these EOD ROVs...

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    Indian Navy for heavy torpedoes for new ASW ships

    The Indian Navy is in the market for new heavyweight torpedoes with "state-of-the-art technology, of calibre 534.4mm and length not exceeding 7,800mm...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Project Nirdesh moves ahead

    The country's indigenous shipbuilding infrastructure and know-how will be consolidated soon, with the Nirdesh project moving swiftly ahead. Tenders have been floated for the masterplan and detailed project report for NIRDESH...

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    Seagull Squadron gets its first P-8I

    The Indian Navy has proudly welcomed its newest beast: a gleaming Boeing P-8I (unofficially designated Neptune, but yet to receive its official Indian name), the first of eight aircraft that will be the frontline of the Navy's eyes...

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    Indian Navy for 5 new Fleet Support Ships

    In line with expanding responsibilities, a sharp increase in number of vessels over the next few years, and a larger mandate in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy has announced an effort to acquire five new fleet support...

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    Indian Navy MiG-29K Squadron commissioned

    Three years after they began arriving in the country, the Indian Navy's MiG-29K/KUB shipborne multi-role fighters finally have a home squadron: INAS 303 'Black Panthers' at INS Hansa, Dabolim.