India revealed P-17A frigate configuration at Defexpo 2018

Controlled by the Defence Ministry and specialised in the building of naval and offshore units, Mazagon Dock Ltd unveiled the configuration of Indian Navy Stealth Frigate Project 17A at Defexpo 2018 exhibition.

Project 17A is the follow-on of Project 17, which comprised three multi-role Shivalik class stealth frigates built at MDL between 2000 and 2010, for the Indian Navy. A total of seven ships will be built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). MDSL is building 4 ships in Mumbai while the remaining three are being constructed by GRSE in Kolkata. 

Shivalik 01 The first ship is expected to be commissioned by August 2022 and the last one is planned to be delivered to Navy in 2025. 

The project includes the construction of seven frigates of 149 meters length each and a displacement of 6,400 tonnes.

Power & PropulsionThe platform will be powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, and two MAN 12V28/33D STC diesels driving two shafts in a combined diesel or gas (CODOG) arrangement. Top speed is given as 28 kt, while range is 5,500 n miles at 16–18 kt or 1,000 n miles at 28 kt. Armament

The ship will be armed with launchers for the Indo-Israeli Barak-8 or Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) missile system, two of which are mounted forward while another two are installed with two clusters mounted forward and two mounted abaft the funnel, and one eight-cell BrahMos missile launcher unit located forward.

Anti-submarine weapons comprise a pair of rocket launchers that are an indigenous modification of the RBU 6000, and a pair of triple-tube torpedo launchers.

Armament includes a 76 mm Oto Melara gun and a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon systems sited at aft above the hangar. The ships will be equipped with two anti-torpedo decoy systems, and what appear to be four decoy launchers.

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Indian Navy looking for portable systems to meet MCM requirements

The Indian Navy decommissioned three Pondicherry-class MCMVs on 23 March.

INS Cuddalore , INS Cannanore , and INS Konkan , were retired after about three decades of service. INS Kozhikode (M 71) is now India’s sole MCM ship that is still in service.

After retiring all but one of its minesweepers, the Indian Navy is now focusing on interim minesweeping and portable sonar systems as an interim measure while awaiting the acquisition of new mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs).

Among portable systems currently employed include 12 units of the EdgeTech-supplied Littoral Mine Countermeasures Sonars (LMCS). The systems are now being deployed from a number of different platforms, including the service’s fleet of Car Nicobar-class fast attack craft.

In addition, the Indian Navy has also issued a request for information (RFI) for at least eight units of expendable underwater mine disposal systems.

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SMD delivers two Atom Mk1 submarine rescue systems for Indian Navy

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) announced the delivery of two 1000m Atom Mk1 work class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD Ltd, a leading underwater capability provider, serving the commercial and defence markets.

SMD’s Atom is an ultra-compact work class ROV comparable in size to an electric ROV system. Designed with ease of operation and maintenance in mind, Atom boasts the latest DVECSII distributed control, graphical displays and pilot aids coupled with proven powerful Curvetech™ components which have recently proved operational reliability at depths up to 6000m.

SMD ROV 02 ROV family

The Atom systems, equipped with ultra-compact Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution which is essential for JFD in providing their customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for on time critical missions.

Optimised for submarine rescue operations, each Atom system carries three emergency life support pods for delivery to a submarine forming the Intervention element of the 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System. For this order, JFD took advantage of Atom’s ability to carry a large payload within the compact vehicle frame.

You can read SMD official press release here.

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India to procure four Admiral Grigorovich Class Frigates from Russia

India and Russia have finalized the procurement contract for 4 Admiral Grigorovich Frigates.

Two Project 11356 frigates are planned to be built at the Yantar Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in Kaliningrad. The remaining ships will be built at the Goa Shipyard in India. The deliveries of the ships will start within four years since the sealing of the relevant contract.

Admiral Grigorovich 02 model

The Indian Navy operates six Project 11356 frigates delivered in 2004-2013. Therefore, service will get a total of ten ships of this class.

The frigates are similar to the Russian Talwar class (Project 11356) already deployed by the Indian Navy. The Talwar-class are in turn the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates. The Project 11356 frigates to be sold to India will be likely armed with BrahMos supersonic anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles jointly developed by India and Russia.

JFD completes new Submarine Rescue System for Indian Navy

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider, has announced that the company has successfully completed the build of the first of its two new innovative 3rd Generation submarine rescue systems, due to be delivered to the Indian Navy in March 2018.

Under the £193m contract, JFD is providing two complete fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The equipment will be designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping in March 2018 for final commissioning and trials. The full, certified systems are due to delivered to the Indian Navy in June 2018.

DSRV India 02

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.

You can read JFD press release here

Boeing responded Indian Navy RFI about 57 jets for its aircraft carriers

Boeing has pitched its Advanced F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to India as it seeks to carve a bigger share of the defense market in the South Asian country, among the world’s biggest arms importers.

The Indian Navy last year invited proposals for 57 jets for its aircraft carriers, while the Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking at least 100 twin-engine fighter planes along with an equal number or more of single engine jets in a different category. Boeing and Saab AB have said in the past that India should combine the two – IAF and Navy – parallel procurements, which would make it the world’s biggest fighter jet order.

The aerospace giant, which already has the biggest share among the US companies in India, is among the multinational respondents now discussing some Requests for Information (RFIs) for potential partnerships with the Indian industry.

F18 Super Hornet 04

“We would expect them to pull together more definitive requirements based on the inputs that they would have and then move forward with a tender,” said Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s Vice President For Defense, Space and Security adding that, Boeing is looking at local partners to fulfill the ‘Make In India’ part of any potential deal and expects to have preliminary relationships stitched by the end of this year.

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