Indian Navy -- News Folder -- December 2002

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Postby member_201 » 02 Dec 2002 19:49

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Postby member_201 » 02 Dec 2002 19:55

India to build own aircraft carrier, still needs Russian ship: Navy Chief

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_112615,0008.htm

Icing on Gorshkov cake for India: a nuclear submarine

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=14081

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Postby jarugn » 03 Dec 2002 04:10

UPI hears

India to reach triad status soon.

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20021202-115500-7174r

The side deal attached to Russia's sale to India of its Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier is now taking shape, to the alarm of other Asian powers who see it leading to a new arms race. The deal, to be finalized this week during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi, has long been known to include the lease of a nuclear-powered submarine. Now it appears the vessel will be an Akula-II/Schuka-B class, originally designed as a ballistic missile sub for the Soviet navy. The Akula has been modified to carry the Klub class cruise missile, a nuclear-capable missile fitted from torpedo tubes that has a range of 200 miles. This gives India strategic triad status, capable of delivering its nukes from aircraft, and land and sea-based missiles. Meanwhile the Gorshkov (known as the Baku when in Soviet service) is too big for the port of Bombay and so must be based on India's east coast, far from the putative Pakistani enemy, but well placed for operations against Chinese attempts to use its access to the Andaman islands bases in the Bay of Bengal made available by Myanmar, the former Burma.

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Postby member_201 » 03 Dec 2002 08:06

Decision On Gorshkov Price Soon: Navy Chief

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=23043

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Postby Sukumar » 04 Dec 2002 10:33

Good article by Adm Nadkarni "When the Gods smiled on India"

http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/dec/04nad.htm

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Postby Amarko » 05 Dec 2002 20:10

ENC puts up spectacular show

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2002 02:00:15 AM ]

VISAKHAPATNAM\HYDERABAD: The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) put up a spectacular display of its operations showcasing its prowess on the Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday evening. The ENC demonstrated various battle manoeuvres and firepower of the three powerful Guided Missile Destroyers with multi-dimensional warfare capability-INS Ranjit, the flag ship of ENC followed by INS Rajput, INS Ranvir. The firing of anti-submarine rockets by the three destroyer ships at the simulated enemy submarine contacts was the first major demonstration by the ENC ships in the display.

West Bengal governor Viren J Shah, who attended the function as chief guest released a brochure Navy Week-2002 on the occasion. Two Chetak helicopters skillfully simulated "search and rescue operation" in which two persons were airlifted.

The naval Chetaks performed Helobatics confirming their versatility in low level flying. The pilots of the fixed wing Kiran aircraft of the Navy performed an impressive aerobatic display consisting of various manoeuvres, including dog fight, loops and roll back which won the appreciation of the spectators. The display was organised for the benefit of the public as part of the Navy Week, commemorating the Navy’s decisive victory in the 1971 operations. Meanwhile, Navy officials celebrated Navy Day-2002 along with senior and retired officers of the Army, Air Force and police in the state capital on Wednesday.

A high tea was hosted at the Navy House, Bolaram by Rear Admiral S K K Krishnan, the senior most naval officer in the twin cities. The brass band played martial tunes and popular Hindi and English tunes as dignitaries in uniform and ceremonial attire started streaming in. The chief guests on the occasion were Air Chief Marshal I H Latif and Gen. (retired) K V Krishna Rao. Speaking to reporters on the occasion, the rear admiral said the Indian Navy is a silent but an effective force and even in the latest Operation Parakram, during which the armed services were on high alert after the December 13 attack on Parliament, the Indian Navy had played an important role and continues to do so

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Postby Vick » 06 Dec 2002 02:10

Indian Navy inducting sophisticated stealth frigates

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_114827,0000.htm

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Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN to visit India

http://in.news.yahoo.com/021206/43/1yv61.html

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Postby Kakkaji » 06 Dec 2002 22:49

Navy plans major show on Dec 07, 08
(The Hindu, 06 December 2002)


Mumbai, Dec 6. (UNI): Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy will bring about the various facet of naval operations and life at sea during a demonstration on Sunday.

Sunday's 'Operation Demonstration' will be preceded by a full-fledged dress-rehersal on Saturday, which Mumbaikars will be witness from off the Gateway of India -- the most important landmark of this island city. Rear Admiral S S Byce, the Chief of Staff of Western Naval Command told a news conference this evening that the concept of naval operations is generally beyond the realm of understanding of our countrymen due to limited exposure to the operations of our Navy which are conducted on the high seas. "The aim of the demonstration is to show the countrymen the naval operations," he said. The demonstration will start with a flypast by Naval Chetak helicopters, which will be followed by a mock firing of torpedoes by submarines.

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Postby maz » 07 Dec 2002 02:33

Problems Stall Russian Delivery of Talwar Class to India
December 06, 2002

In early November 2002, press reporting indicated that delivery of India's first two Talwar class frigates have been delayed due to technical problems. The first unit, Talwar, which was expected to commission into the Indian Navy in May 2002, is still at the St. Petersburg. The second unit (Trishul),with a scheduled commissioning date of November 2002, is also still at St. Petersburg. Apparently, both vessels are experiencing problems with the Shtil (SA-N-7 Gadfly) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that is employed. Although the problem with the missile system has not been publicly identified, the Indian Navy believes it not operating up to the specifications.

The Indians have clarified that hectic negotiations are in progress concerning the missile system, but are becoming increasingly concerned over bringing back crews from Russia several months after sending them to take possession of the ships, then realizing that they are not up to specification. India is also concerned as cost overruns in the program are beginning to mount. The first unit, Talwar, is now expected to leave St. Petersburg in early 2003, followed by Trishul (unit two) by the mid-2003. This is further evidence that Russia continues to experience difficulties in integrating complex systems and delivering them to their customers on time, a major detractor in attracting foreign customers.



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Postby Francissi » 07 Dec 2002 22:34

BRAVO B.B.

The Pioneer 4 December 2002
The navy's ship shape (Mukund B Kunte)
Navy Day is traditionally observed in the first week of December and warships are thrown open to the public. Let us look at how the service's motto 'Shann no Varunah (may the Ocean God be auspicious unto us)" was conceived. On March 15, 1952, Admiral Sir Mark Pizey, then Commander-in-Chief, consulted C Rajagopalchari. The scholar-statesman, free India's first Bharatiya but the last in the office of Governor General then residing in Madras, suggested an invocatory phrase from the Vedas. "Sanskritists," he said, would recognise it as part of a "well-known invocational beginning". Why is December 4 observed as Navy Day? On this day in 1971, inspired by the national mood and the audacious leadership of the time, the vessels Nipat, Nirbhik and Veer-missile boats of the killer squadron-carried out a daring attack on the Pakistani Navy, crippling two major warships. INS Nipat went on to launch missiles on Karachi on the night of December 4-5. The devastation caused to harbour installations brought the Indian Navy's first ever Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) to Babru Bahan Yadav.



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Postby maz » 13 Dec 2002 09:36

System glitch keeps India's warship at bay
(Times of India, 12 December 2002)


MUMBAI: The delivery of three Russian-made stealth frigates to the Indian Navy has run into trouble due to the failure of the surface-to-air missile system in the first ship of this class, INS Talwar, defence sources said. Speaking to TNN from New Delhi, a defence spokesperson admitted that the delivery of INS Talwar had been delayed because "the missile system had not been not successfully proved" by the Russians during the pre-delivery trials. He added that an analysis of the defect and its rectification was in progress.

According to sources, INS Talwar's sea trials had started at St Petersburg in November 2001 and the hi-tech ship was slated for commissioning in May 2002. However, the programme went awry following the repeated failure of the missile system, which is the most vital aspect of the warship. It was later stated that the ship would be commissioned by November 2002. At a media briefing in Mumbai last month, Naval Chief Admiral Madhvendra Singh had said it would join the fleet by December-end.

But sources said no date had been set for the ship's induction. In fact, they said, most members of INS Talwar's crew were returning to Mumbai after staying in Russia for about a year. The $1 billion contract between India and Russia for the supply of the ships was signed on 17 November 1997. According to the original induction plan, the second warship of this class, INS Trishul, was to join the Indian Navy in mid-2003. It was to be followed by INS Tabar a few months later.

Sources revealed that the Indian Navy brass was so frustrated that at one point it wanted to scrap the entire deal for the three warships. However, the defence ministry insisted on going ahead with the deal keeping in view the larger interests of the long-standing bilateral military ties. According to defence experts, these warships are primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare and the air defence of warship task forces. They are even capable of handling the Agosta submarines acquired by Pakistan.

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Postby Muns » 16 Dec 2002 05:14

Big Gas Fields Are Found in Indian Waters :

Quote : Besides being bad news for Qatar and Bangladesh, the latest discoveries could affect India's strategic posture. The Indian Navy is starting to see the offshore energy discoveries, and the need to defend them, as a way to press for more money and new vessels, according to Brahma Chellaney, a professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/13/business/worldbusiness/13GAS.html

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Postby Kakkaji » 17 Dec 2002 23:30

INS Pralaya to be inducted tomorrow
(The Hindu, 17 December 2002)


New Delhi, Dec. 17. (PTI): Indian Navy would receive the first of its next generation missile vessels with the induction of indigenous INS Pralaya at Goa shipyard tomorrow. The warships packed with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles is an upgraded version of six missile warships commissioned in the early 90s, a Naval spokesman here said. The warship, the spokesman said, was also armed with a 76mm combined surface and anti-aircraft gun, modern radars and electronic warfare equipment.

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Postby maz » 18 Dec 2002 01:12

NAVY’S LATEST MISSILE VESSEL TO BE COMMISSIONED TOMORROW
By M. Mazumdar
BR News Service, Alameda, California.
17 Dec 2002

On December 18th, missile corvette INS Pralaya will be commissioned into the Navy by His Excellency, Shri Kidar Nath Sahani, the Governor of Goa in the city Panjim This is the first time that a warship commissioning has taken place in Panjim. Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Pralaya is the second ship of the `Prabal' class and is of totally indigenous construction. The Prabal class are a modification of the 1241RE class missile vessels. She is the fourth 1241RE missile vessel and the first of this class to be built by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited. INS Prabal, the lead ship, was built by Mazagaon Docks Ltd, Mumbai. The ship is named after the old Pralaya, an OSA II class missile boat which was decommissioned on 18 Jun 2001 after spending 25 glorious and fruitful years in the Navy. The production of the ship commenced on 02 May 98 and she was launched on 14 Dec 2000.

INS Pralaya will be based under the operational control of Captain 'K', 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron, Commodore Rajender Singh, NM, VSM at Mumbai. This 56 metres long ship is powered by four high performance gas turbine engines that enable her to achieve a top speed of 39 knots and imparts excellent manoeuverability. The ship is made of special light-weight high strength steel with its upper structures being made of aluminum to save weight and has a full load displacement of 560 tons. Compared to the earlier boats, the accommodation areas have been redesigned and number of additional changes made to living compartments to make habitability of the personnel more comfortable. This vessel also has an indigenously developed steering gear system.

Pralaya means 'Deluge'. This name is apt, given her primary armament of 16 Uran surface to surface missiles, a BDL built OTO 76.2 mm Super rapid gun mount, two 30 mm AK630 close in weapons systems, shoulder launched Igla surface to air missiles and decoy launchers. Her sensor package incorporates a Bharat Electronics developed Lynx fire control system that is integrated with sophisticated radars and other equipment of Russian origin including a Positiv-E, garpun-bal radars. The ship is ideal for her role of sea control and strike using her inherent speed and stealth.

The ship has a complement of 07 officers and 69 sailors. The Commanding Officer is Commander P Suresh, a specialist in Electronic Warfare and Naval Communications. The ships motto is ' Karmashu Koshalam', which translates to 'Action With Wisdom'.

The formal ceremony of commissioning of a naval ship is conducted with much pomp and fanfare. The ceremony will commence with a welcome address by Rear Admiral Sampath Pillai, AVSM (Retd), Chairman and Managing Directro of, Goa Shipyard Ltd. On completion of an address by Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, The Commanding Officer designate will read out the formal order for commissioning the ship - the"Commissioning Warrant". This will be followed by the hoisting of the National Flag, the Naval Ensign and the Commissioning Pennant on the ship. This ceremony is the traditional procedure for the formal induction of a warship into the Indian Navy. Thereafter the Governor of Goa will address the Chief Guest and other dignitaries will be taken around the ship.
The ship will be open to the general public on 19 Dec 02.

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Israel flies in Heron UAVs
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Israel flies in Heron UAVs

KOCHI: With the arrival of the first batch of two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel, the Southern Naval Command here is all set to become the first major UAV base in India. The UAVs were brought to the Cochin International Airport on Tuesday morning on a jumbo aircraft of El-Al Israel Airlines. Termed as a highly classified consignment, the 'equipment' were later transported to the Naval base on several trucks.

The infrastructure for setting the UAV base is already complete at the base. The UAVs would soon be assembled and the first test-flights are expected within a week. The Heron UAV system is an operational fourth generation long-endurance medium-altitude vehicle. It works on cutting-edge technology with new fully automatic take-off and landing features. It provides deep-penetration, wide-area coverage, real-time intelligence to national agencies, theatre commanders and lower echelons.

The Heron provides ample modular space up to 250 kg for 'customer furnished equipment' and has demonstrated 52 hours of continuous flight. The UAVs would undertake surveillance of the Indian Ocean region which has gained considerable strategic importance in the last decade. The Herons can be used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target-acquisition and artillery adjustment. It can fly at an altitude of 30,000 ft. It weighs 1,100 kg and the maximum payload weight is 250 kg. The UAV's overall length is 8.50 m and wingspan is 16.60 m. It is powered by Powerplant Dual engines. The Navy is expecting the next batch by mid-2003.

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Postby JTull » 22 Dec 2002 04:47

New HDW offer torpedoes Scorpene deal

Confusion has beset India's submarine-acquisition programme after the German firm HDW (Howaldswerske) told the Union defence ministry last week that it was willing to transfer technology to build diesel-electric submarines in Mumbai's Mazagon Docks. India had informally approved purchase of six Scorpene submarines from France at a cost of Rs 12,500 crore although defence minister George Fernandes had previously announced plans to build 20 submarines indigenously over 30 years for Rs 15,000 crore.

Defence officials say that HDW has put the Scorpene deal in jeopardy by agreeing to transfer technology that was earlier held back because of kickback allegations in the deal in 1987-88 after which Howaldswerske was blacklisted. It is not clear if HDW will transfer technology of upgraded diesel-electric submarines that can house a small nuclear power plant like Scorpene and fire Exocet missiles like the French-built Agosta in service with the Pakistan navy.

Unconfirmed reports say that the defence ministry is keen to revive the HDW deal while the navy prefers the Scorpene. The Indian government and HDW signed an agreement in December 1981 for two 209-class submarines to be built in Germany and another two to be assembled in India followed by transfer of technology for two more submarines. But the deal for the fifth and sixth submarine were terminated after the HDW scandal broke out.

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<A HREF="http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=2&theme=&usrsess=1&id=8410">Sensors in lighthouses</A>

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India to buy Russian aircraft carrier soon
[The Hindu, 28 December 2002]


Visakhapatnam, Dec 28. (UNI): India will soon acquire old-generation Russian aircraft carrier 'Ghorshkov', the price negotiations for which are now underway, Defence Minister George Fernandes said today. Laying the foundation stone for Rs 191.52-crore modernisation-cum-expansion project at the airport here, he said the aircraft, though was a gift from Russia, required investment for refitting and retrofitting. Acquiring this had become an immediate necessity, as India required at least two aircraft carriers.

The existing INS Virat aircraft carrier would be phased out in eight to ten years, he said. The paperwork for indigenous manufacture of the first aircraft carrier -- air defence ship -- was over and it required at least nine years for the ship to role out of the shipyard. Fernandes admitted that the Indian Navy, particularly the Eastern Coast, had hitherto been neglected by the Defence sector for various reasons, but said the sea frontier had gained significance after the Kargil war. Though the Navy had been doing its job over the years, the sea frontier did not figure in decision-making.

"Not even a piece of paper on the sea frontiers was available in the archives after Independence though many outsiders invaded India through the sea," he pointed out. The East Coast gained significance when the United States asked the Indian Navy to escort its ships for six months through Malacca Straits after the formation of the global coalition against terrorism, the Minister recalled. The Indian Navy, he said, needed further expansion as it had to carry out its task of protecting the sea lanes from Malacca to the Harmoose Straits -- the pathway for more than half of the world's trade.

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Coast Guard vessel sinks, crew safe
[The Hindu, 31 Dec 2002]


Ahmedabad, Dec. 31. (PTI): A Naval Coast Guard vessel sank while on patrol duty off the coast of Jafrabad town in Amreli district in Gujarat, about 350 km from here, due to unprecedented storm-like weather conditions, police said today. However, all nine crew of 'Hariprasad' swam to safety after the vessel capsized between Shia Bet and Babar Kot near the Gulf of Khambat at around 4 pm yesterday, police said.

The crew reportedly lost two SLR rifles, one 9 mm carbine gun, two pistols, several rounds of ammunition and a wireless set that they were carrying along on board the vessel. Amreli police sources said the reason cited in the FIR registered with them was that bad weather and storm caused the vessel to capsize and sink and there was no sign of sabotage. Efforts to recover the weapons and equipment would be under way once the weather improved, police added.


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