SP's Naval Forces - August-September 2013

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    Asia-Pacific
    Maritime Aspects of Japan's Defense White Paper

    In order to strengthen maritime intelligence gathering, warning and surveillance, and ensuring security in surrounding Japanese waters, two P-1s will be acquired.

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    Submarine
    India's Strategic Deterrence–Completing the Triad

    Arihant’s reactor going critical is indeed a major breakthrough and could not have come a moment too soon.

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    Naval Aviation
    Helicopters in Varied Maritime Roles

    The Indian Navy has initiated the procurement process to induct multi-role helicopters for anti-submarine warfare...

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    Middle East
    Iran's Maritime Reach

    Use of ASCMs, anti-ship mines or maritime improvised explosive devices against ships in the Suez Canal, Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf sea...

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    Industry Interview
    'LCS offers an affordable, reconfigurable platform that is crucial to security'

    Joseph North, Vice President of Littoral Ship Systems, Lockheed Martin, in an interview with SP’s Naval Forces...

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    Neighbourhood
    Upsurge in Indo-Myanmar Naval Cooperation

    During the visit of Myanmar Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe, the measures to bolster bilateral military ties were discussed...

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    Industry Interview
    'We have the demonstrated capability and expertise to build frontline warships customised to the Navy's requirement'

    Rear Admiral (Retd) R.K. Shrawat is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL).

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    Industry
    MDL's Major Programmes

    Project 15, the Delhi class destroyer programme originally was for six platforms but owing to unprecedented delays was scaled down to three ships.

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    Indigenisation
    Victorious Vikrant Launched

    Vikrant will now enter the most vital Phase II of outfitting, fitment of various weapons and sensors, integration of the gigantic propulsion system and integration of the aircraft complex...

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    Technology
    Ultimate Fire Control System

    Defence and security company Saab is offering India its 9LV Fire Control System with advanced naval capabilities for high sea operations

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    Preview
    Curtain-Raiser

    The first Naval and Maritime Exposition 2013 (NAMEXPO) has elicited enthusiastic response from all the stakeholders which in turn has encouraged active support from the Ministry of Shipping...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Northrop Grumman nose arrays on Indian Navy's MK54 torpedoes

    The Indian Navy's brand new Raytheon MK54 light anti-submarine torpedoes--contracted last year, yet to be delivered--will sport Northrop Grumman...

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    LR-SAM's big test this month

    The Indian Navy is waiting with baited breath for this system, and finally there could be good news. The Indo-Israeli long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) programme will take a big leap forward this month...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    DRDO's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in sea trials

    The indigenous autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) under development by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)...

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    Chinese UAV debuts at AUVSI

    As the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) scene heats up, this year's Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in Washington saw participation from India and China...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Navy issues RFP for 9 MRMR aircraft

    Following approval from the Defence Acquisition Council in February this year, the Indian Navy has sent out a long anticipated request for proposal (RFP) to vendors across the world for nine medium-range maritime reconnaissance...

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    Navy's Year of Indigenisation to end on a high

    With the theme 'Maritime security through self reliance' in 2013, the Indian Navy won't be acquitting itself badly this year. In fact, if the INS Sindhurakshak tragedy hadn't happened, this was likely a golden year for the service.

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    Sindhurakshak accident casts shadow on submarine force levels

    The disaster onboard INS Sindhurakshak (S-63) has ominous implications for the Indian Navy, which has been working against huge odds to keep its fleet...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Arihant to sail out by November

    With its 83MW pressure water reactor going critical, India's first SSBN, the Arihant is all set for sea acceptance trials that will sea it stretch its legs at depths for the first time in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

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    Navy for 2 simulators for Scorpene personnel

    The Indian Navy has put out a requirement for two combat systems simulators for crew who will operate the Project 75 Scorpene attack submarines once deliveries begin in 2016. According to the Navy, "The envisaged combat system is intended to be a platform for training Scorpene submarine personnel...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Vikramaditya trials successfully progressing

    After a series of unfortunate delays, the Indian Navy has expressed cautious optimism over the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, currently in the middle of final sea trials in the White Sea.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Defence Secretary leads team to Russia

    A delegation representing all three armed services and led by Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur will be on an official visit to Moscow, to review bilateral defence projects and speed up decisions.