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Postby member_201 » 02 Jun 2003 01:10

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Postby Amitabh » 09 Jun 2003 22:21

Indian Navy set to venture far out to Africa Summit
(Jane's Defence Weekly, June 4, 2003)


The Indian Navy (IN) is likely to provide security cover to the African Union summit in Mozambique next month as part of its strategy of expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean region. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman in New Delhi said the request for the IN's security cover, made by Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano during his visit to India in May, was under serious consideration. African heads of state will attempt to adopt a common defence and strategic 'roadmap' at the summit. We are working on the logistics of providing security cover, a naval officer told JDW, adding that an IN team is visiting the Mozambique capital, Maputo, shortly to make a final assessment of its needs. Once finalised, the IN would forward its plans for approval to the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who, the navy source said, is keen on India engaging more closely with Africa.

The IN was involved in UN peacekeeping operations in Somalia in the mid-1990s and has close naval co-operation with Indian Ocean states like Sri Lanka and Mauritius, but it has never ventured so far afield on such a mission. The IN conducted a two-day exercise with the Russian Navy on 22-23 May off India's west coast and plans a two-day exercise in the eastern Bay of Bengal from 1-2 June. The IN's major participants include its lone aircraft carrier, the Hermes-class INS Viraat, and the Delhi-class destroyer, INS Mumbai. Russian ships from the Pacific and Black Sea Fleets that took part in the manoeuvres included: the Udaloy-class destroyers Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Panteleyev; the Slava-class cruiser Moskva; the Project 1135 Krivak-class frigate Pytlivy; the Project 61M Kashin-class destroyer Smetlivy; and a landing ship from Sevastopol. The Russian taskforce will remain in the Indian Ocean region for an unspecified period.

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Postby maz » 09 Jun 2003 23:42

Delay in Gorshkov deal to hit Navy
(Sify News, 09 June 2003)


Delay in the much-awaited Gorkshkov deal will hamper India's prospect of emerging as a global Naval power. According to Defence Ministry sources, India's only aircraft carrier INS Viraat would retire in another six years and it is imperative to acquire its replacement to be at par with other Navies of the world. "We hope that the deal will be clinched in the coming months..after the negotiation it will take another three years to upgrade the aircraft carrier," the sources said. During Defence Minister George Fernandes' visit to Russia in January, he had said that the long-awaited package deal for the acquisition of the Gorshkov aircraft carrier, as well as nuclear-capable long-range bombers and submarines might be sealed by April.

Defence Minister Fernandes had admitted that the price for Gorshkov was the biggest impediment, but said that there was "a sense of urgency on both sides to implement the deals." While the cost of the vessel will be free, $800 million will be spent to refit the vessel, but India is insisting on a price of around $500 to $600 million. "Any delay in acquiring Admiral Gorshkov will create a void and hamper India's military expertise and knowledge," the sources said. They added that in the absence of an aircraft carrier it would be difficult for the IN to compete with its counterparts in other countries. "There has been a shift in our defence policy in the last few years. We have realised the importance of seas and making efforts to strengthen Indian Navy further," the sources said.

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Postby maz » 09 Jun 2003 23:43

Indian Navy's sail ship to visit Canada
(IANS, June 2003)


Toronto: An Indian Navy sail ship currently circumnavigating the globe will call at several ports in Canada this month, marking the first such visit in 36 years. INS Tarangini, the Indian Navy's sail training ship, set out on her journey from her homeport of Kochi on January 23. The voyage will take over 15 months take her to 36 ports in 17 countries. Tarangini would spend a few days at the Canadian ports of Hamilton (June 13-27) and Toronto (June 28-July 3) before participating in the "Tall Boats" races to be held in the Great Lakes during July-August 2003, said Divyabh Manchanda, India's Consul-General here. The races would end at Sarnia, where Tarangini will be berthed August 21- 25. She will visit Montreal (August 30-September 3) and Halifax (September 13-17), Manchanda said. The last Indian Navy ship to visit Canada was the INS Brahmaputra, now decommissioned, in the summer of 1967 when Expo 67 was held. RCNS Winnipeg, a Canadian warship, visited the Indian port of Mumbai in 2001.

Manchanda said Tarangini would be open to the public in Toronto, Sarnia, Montreal and Halifax from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The voyage of the Tarangini, which draws her name from the Hindi word 'tarang' meaning waves, is to completed in six legs with the crew being changed at the end of each phase. In addition to the Indian Navy, cadets from Australia, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Britain and the U.S. would be on board Tarangini on different legs of her journey. A fund raising dinner would be organised on June 28 in Ontario to mark Canada's National Day and to honour the visiting ship and its crew, Manchanda said. Tarangini was built at the Goa SY, on the western coast of India, to a design prepared by British naval architect Colin Mudie. She was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 1997.

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Postby maz » 09 Jun 2003 23:47

India plans another test-firing of BrahMos missile
(Times of India, 03 June 2003)


NEW DELHI: India is likely to conduct another test of the supersonic anti-ship cruise missile BrahMos from a ship-based platform in the next few days, say sources. The first ship-borne test of BrahMos, a joint venture between India and Russia, was conducted in February this year after a couple of tests at the Balasore interim test range. The two countries plan to begin the induction of the 290-km-range BrahMos into their armed forces after launching commercial production by end-2003.

Sources say two naval warships, missile destroyer INS Rajput and multi-purpose frigate INS Nilgiri, are anchored off the Paradip Coast in the Bay of Bengal to conduct the test-firing of the missile. BrahMos, which can be launched from land, sea, sub-sea or air-based platforms, will also later be configured to be launched from the newly-inducted Sukhoi-30MKI fighters in the IAF. India and Russia also plan to sell the missile to friendly third-world countries to be identified by mutual consent. The fire-and-forget BrahMos, which can fly at a velocity of up to 2.8 Mach, is proclaimed to be unique because all other current anti-ship missiles in the world either fly at subsonic speeds or have a much shorter range.

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Postby Kakkaji » 12 Jun 2003 21:36

IT to be Navy's backbone
(The Hindu, 12 June 2003)


Visakhapatnam: Vice-Admiral and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Raman Puri has said the Indian Navy will deploy convergence and intelligent internet working technologies to support critical and enterprise-wise applications in the coming years. These IT infrastructures would form the 'backbone of all future activities' of the Navy right from operations, planning, material management, maintenance, hospital administration and training, he said while delivering a guest lecture at the three-day national convention of business-industry group on the theme 'Strategic Enterprise Management through Information Technology (SEMIT) here yesterday. He said the Navy had taken the initiative to network all major units and integrate them on an information super-highway through several software and encryption systems, both in-house and with the help of industry and Government research organisations. The Navy had also taken steps along with industry and research organisations to implement the indigenous 'Public Key Interface' software for developing a firewall and intrusion detection system integrated with biometric technology, he added.

He said the technological breakthrough in expert systems and artificial intelligence would be suitable to enhance the Indian defence framework for integrating data from unmanned sources such as aerial vehicles, electronic warfare receptors and distributed information systems. Stating that computer power was extensively used for missiles relying on embedded software for guidance and control, he said during the Gulf war in 1991, the United States aircraft, ship and tanks were packed with technology to boost the performance of their sensors, communications and fire control systems. Stating that the benefits of information technology had not reached the common man in the country primarily due to language barrier, the Vice-Admiral said the inability to understand the operating systems or software applications in regional languages had slowed down the process of IT benefits percolating to all sections of the society. Efforts should be made to develop 'Indianised systems and services' in regional languages so that the benefits could be reaped by the common man, he added.

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Postby Kakkaji » 16 Jun 2003 21:52

Naval Chief leaves for Moscow
(The Hindu, 16 June 2003)


Ending months of suspense, Indian Naval Chief, Admiral Madhavendra Singh, today left for Moscow to take delivery of Indian Navy's first of the three Krivak class stealth warships. The first of the 4000-tonne displacement stealth class warship, christened INS Talwar, would be inducted into the Navy on Wednesday. The warship would be delivered at a ceremony at St. Petersburg in the presence of the Naval Chief. The Krivak class warship would give Indian Navy a greater punch in the high seas as they are equipped with surface-to-air, ship-to-ship and ship-to-land missiles. The Indian Navy is the first Navy after the Russian Navy to induct the stealth class warships, which would later be modified to be equipped with supersonic cruise missiles, Bramhos. The second warship of the series, INS Trishul, is likely to be inducted during the visit of Defence Minister George Fernandes to Russia. The three warships were to be inducted in the Indian Navy almost 18 months ago, but this delivery was delayed as the Indian Navy refused to take possession of the warships after one its main armament, surface-to-air Shipil missile failed during test flight. Officials said that the fault in the missiles has been rectified and some more test firings would be conducted in the presence of the Naval Chief.

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Postby Amitabh » 18 Jun 2003 20:37

Russian missiles launched in joint exercise
(Jane's Missiles and Rockets, 1 July 2003)


Russian naval exercises held in the Indian Ocean in late May included the use of cruise missiles launched from long-range bombers against targets located by surface warships, writes David C Isby. The exercise was integrated with INDRA 2003, a joint Russian-Indian exercise that started on 20-21 May, and a Strategic Rocket Forces command post exercise. It had been postponed due to coalition air and naval operations in support of the conflict in Iraq. The Indian Ocean portion of the exercise was the first joint Indian-Russian exercise since 1993. Nine Russian warships (including two submarines) from both the Black Sea and Pacific fleets deployed to the Indian Ocean for the exercise, constituting its biggest presence there since the end of the Cold War. The Russian ships deployed in two separate squadrons. That from the Black Sea, under deputy fleet commander Vice Admiral Yevgeny Orlov, exercised with India's Western Fleet in the Arabian Sea on 14-25 May before joining the Pacific Fleet ships, under Rear Admiral Vladimir Pepelyaev, in exercising with India's Eastern Fleet in the Bay of Bengal. The Russian ships arrived at the port of Vishakhapatnam on 29 May.

The second phase of the exercise included anti-submarine warfare, with an Indian submarine acting as the 'threat'. The exercise concluded on 5 June. A further joint exercise is scheduled for August. The missile-armed Russian ships included the Slava-class guided-missile cruiser Moskva, the Udaloy-class destroyers Admiral Panteleyev and Marshal Shaposhnikov, the Kashin-class destroyer Smetlivy, the Krivak-class frigate Pytlivy and the landing ship Tsezar Kunikov (all from the Black Sea Fleet) and the Boris Chilikin-class replenishment ship Vladimir Kolochsitsky from the Pacific Fleet. The major air component of the exercise was a mission to the Indian Ocean by two Tu-160 'Blackjack-A' bombers of the 21st Guards Bomber Regiment and four Tu-95MS 'Bear-H' bombers of the 184th Bomber Regiment, both based at Engels airbase in Saratov oblast as part of the 22nd Air Division. Refuelled by three Il-78 'Midas' tankers from Ivanov airbase, the bombers flew a 12-hour, 10,000km round trip between Engels and the Indian Ocean. This mission started the live-fire portion of the exercise at 1200hrs (Moscow time) on 14 May. Two of the Tu-95MS Bear-H bombers fired cruise missiles (not identified but apparently Raduga Kh-65SE 'Kent') at targets on an Indian target range. Russian surface warships carried out targeting.

Each bomber fired a cruise missile - reported to have been launched at the maximum range of 3,000km - at training targets. Both targets reportedly were hit. The surface ships also performed a battle-damage assessment after the cruise-missile attack. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov called attention to the co-operation between long-range strategic bombers and forward-deployed warships in distant oceans. He claimed that: "These kinds of operations were not conducted in the Soviet era." He said the "new adjustment methods, given the absence of any points of reference on the water surface, were developed to launch long-range cruise missiles. The launches showed that these methods work excellently." Concurrently with the mission to the Indian Ocean, eight Tu-22M3 'Backfire' bombers carried out a strike mission over the target ranges at Guryanovo in Saratov oblast and Vladimirovka in Astrakhan oblast. Participation by the 37th Air Force (Russia's long-range aviation command) in the exercise included four Tu-160s, nine Tu-95MSs, 12 Tu-22M3s and four Il-78s. In the naval live-fire segment of the exercise on 16 May, the Russian ships fired surface-to-air missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles. Indian ships carried out live missile firings on 22-23 May.

According to Russian press reports, the joint Indo-Russian exercise was integrated with a major Russian command post exercise (CPX). The latter is reported to have included simulated nuclear attacks against targets in the US and UK, operations against US carrier task forces and efforts to blind US space-based sensor systems. Russian press reports have identified the exercise as Russia's attempt to balance the US presence in the region. The Indo-Russian portion of the exercise was said to have been planned at short notice in early 2003 as a Russian initiative. Russian press sources cited the lack of suitable test-ranges for long-range cruise missiles. The exercise and the CPX have apparently been timed to coincide with the ratification by the Russian parliament (Duma) of the Strategic Offensive Reduction Treaty. Both were intended to reassure the Duma of Russia's capability to maintain and use strategic forces, despite the planned reductions. The joint part of the exercise was also aimed at reinforcing recent co-operation agreements between Russia and India, including that concerning the development and marketing of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile. Using joint exercises to demonstrate the capabilities of Russian missile technology would support marketing efforts in India.





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Postby maz » 26 Jun 2003 20:56

Russia delivers new frigate to India
(Rosbalt News Agency, 25 June 2003)


SAINT PETERSBURG, June 25: St. Petersburg's Baltiisky Zavod (Baltic Shipyard) has handed over the second of three frigates it is building for India. The Trishul was put through a less rigorous set of tests than usual as many of its weapons systems had been tested when its sister ship, the Talwar, was built. A USD 900 million contract to build and deliver three frigates for the Indian Navy was signed on November 17, 1997 between the Indian Defence Ministry and Rosvooruzhenie. The first frigate, the Talwar, was handed over on June 18, 2003. The third frigate, the Tabar, is due to be delivered by the end of the year. Work was begun on the Trishul on September 24, 1999, and it was launched on November 24, 2000. At the end of 2002 it was put through tests to confirm that all its systems met the required standards. The Trishul carries 6 types of weapons, including 3 that feature on a ship of this class for the first time. These are the unique Klab-N vertical launch missile system, a single-barrel 100mm artillery system (A190E Puma), and the Trebovanie-M battle control system.


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Earliest version of ALH to be operational in few months
(The Hindu, 28 June 2003)


Arakonam, June 28: The Advanced Lightweight Helicopter's earliest version would be operational in the next few months, a top naval officer said today. Vice-Admiral Raman Puri, Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, said at the Naval air station here that it was being tested in flight at Kochi. He said joint exercises by the Navy and Indian Air Force would be conducted in July in Eastern sea board. Earlier, he reviewed the passing-out parade of the 60th helicopter conversion course at INS Rajali here. He presented medals to three navy officers and a coast guard officer for their excellence.

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