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NEW DELHI: The Defence Ministry today approved procurement of 260 naval communication sets at a cost of Rs 490 crore to ramp up surveillance on the high seas.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, defence ministry sources said.
It will be the first batch of indigenously designed and developed "software defined" radio sets, they said, adding the gadgets will improve information sharing
through secure voice communications and data transfer on board the naval ships.
The cost of 260 communication sets will be Rs 490 crore and they will replace the old sets, the sources said.
The DAC, the defence ministry's highest decision making body on procurement, has also reviewed various acquisition programmes.


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Indian Navy chief flags budgetary concerns to government
Saturday, December 02, 2017
By: Financial Express

The Indian Navy has highlighted its capital budget constraints and the decline in overall defence budget relative to the Centre’s total budget. Also, the Navy has identified about Rs 40,000 crore worth projects for participation by private shipyards.

Addressing the annual press conference ahead of the Navy Day celebrations on December 4, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Friday, “We have raised our concern and are hopeful our concerns will be addressed.” To a question if shortage of funds could impact the acquisition of Navy’s multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) to equip its aircraft carriers. Lanba said, “We want these aircraft sooner than later and have received from four vendors.”

He added, “I don’t forsee any budgetary constraint and the process has already started. The proposals received are being studied and by next year we will float Request for Proposal.” The Indian Navy initiated the bid and issued a Request for Information (RfI) for procurement of Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighter earlier this year. It is seeking a twin-engine fighter for its future aircraft carriers and the chosen strike-fighter aircraft must be capable of operating from both the INS Vikrant. The ski jump equipped Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) carrier is currently being built in Kochi.

In his opening statement, the naval chief said that in 2017 the focus has been on infrastructure development and the Navy has made significant progress in developing Karwar as a futuristic naval base on the west coast of India, as part of smart cities. According to the naval chief, 23 Indian private sector shipyards have qualified for participation in indigenous shipbuilding projects on the basis of their capacity, capability and infrastructure.

Besides the execution of the next phase of Project Seabird commencing, creation of a full-fledged naval dockyard and associated infrastructure to accommodate more number of ships, submarines and yard-craft will be undertaken during this phase. To another question, he pointed that work on Indigenous Aircraft Carrier — IAC 1, is progressing well and the ship is likely to join the Navy by 2020. Two naval offshore patrol vessels have been launched at Pipavav in Gujarat.

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Women officers onboard warships soon, says Karambir Singh
Saturday, December 02, 2017
By: The Hindu

The Indian Navy is finalising a policy for women officers to serve on select warships that have proper facilities for them.

The women onboard the warships of the Indian Navy would work shoulder- to-shoulder with men in the coming years, Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Vice Admiral Karambir Singh told the media onboard INS Kamorta, here on Friday.

Over 50 women fighter pilots would be inducted into the Indian Navy soon, and some of them had been working with the force in various ranks.

“The living conditions in the warships are different, and the Indian Navy has been trying to create an environment for women to sail and work on the ships,” said Vice Admiral Karambir Singh.

Referring to the sacking of a sailor of the Indian Navy after he had undergone sex change operation, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh said the Indian Navy’s regulations disallowed such persons to continue in service as India was part of a majority group of countries that did not allow gender reassignment during service.

A senior officer with the ENC said the Indian Navy would be modifying the warships and design them to suit the requirements of the women officers. The Shivalik Class ships had been designed to accommodate women officers, he added.


ENC expansion

Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh said the Indian Navy had a long-term plan to strengthen the sea force in terms of ships, submarines, including nuclear submarines, aircraft, and manpower.

At present, the Indian Navy has a fleet of 134 ships, over 250 aircraft, and 13 submarines, which are equally distributed between the two operational naval commands – Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Western Naval Command (WNC), besides Southern Naval Command (Training Command) and Andaman and Nicobar Command.

“As of now, 34 ships are under construction at various shipyards in the country. If all goes as per schedule, in 10 to 15 years, the Indian Navy will have a strong fleet of 198 ships, 450 aircraft, and a good number of submarines as part of the expansion and modernisation plan,” he said.

The new air defence ship, INS Vikrant, being built in Kochi, would be assigned to the ENC and Visakhapatnam would be its base, he added.


Golden jubilee year

Explaining the growth of the ENC, Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh said it was established on March 1, 1968, and grew to be a force to reckon with in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean Region. “The ENC is celebrating the golden jubilee year in the form of ‘Swarn Varsh Samaroh’. In the coming years, it will be the biggest sea force in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), dominating from the Gulf of Mannar to the East of Malacca Strait. The celebrations will conclude on March 1, 2018, when a special documentary on the growth of the ENC and Visakhapatnam city would be released,” he said.

Captain R. Sharma said the first of the six planned Scorpene-class (Kalvari-class) diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK), INS Kalvari, would be commissioned during the period 2017 and 2018.

Replying to a question on the Indian Navy’s joint operations with the Chinese Navy, Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh said both the navies were together operating in the Gulf of Aden to thwart the piracy attempts against Indian bulk carriers, he added.

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Navy to boost security at Sagar island during Gangasagar mela
The Indian Navy will place three of its ships in the vicinity of Sagar island along with Coast Guard vessels to provide a security ring during the Gangasagar mela, a senior Navy official said.
Security will be beefed up in the area from the seaward side, said Commodore Suprobho K De, Naval Officer in-Command, Bengal area.
“We will bring in two to three of our ships from Visakhapatnam and post them in the Bay of Bengal in the vicinity of Sagar island during the mela,” Mr. De said.
During ‘Makar Sankranti’ in January every year, lakhs of people from across India and Nepal congregate at the fair, to pay obeisance at Kapil Muni temple after taking a holy bath at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) also positions ships, dornier aircraft and hovercraft for providing a security net during the mela.
“In order to provide security to prevent any terrorist activity from the seaward side, we position ships in the Bay of Bengal, apart from regular sorties by dornier aircraft,” ICG spokesman for North-East headquarter, Avinandan Mitra said.
“Hovercraft from our base at Haldia port and Fraserganj in Sunderbans will also regularly patrol the area as has been done over the last several years,” he said.
Divers, too, are stationed by the the Navy and the Coast Guard for rescue and relief operations in case of any mishap during the fair.
The triangular Sagar island, situated around 130 km from Kolkata, is separated from the mainland by rivers Ganga and Muriganga on two sides and faces the sea on the third side.
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On Navy Day Today. We salute our brave personnel of the Indian Navy who play an important role in securing the marine borders of the country and serve the motherland with utmost devotion :
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INS Trishul commemorates Navy Day in Oman
Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Trishul on Monday marked the Navy Day at the port of Salalah in Oman.
The ship, a part of the Western Fleet, based at Mumbai, is currently on deployment for anti piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.
The visit of the ship at Salalah coincides with the Indian Navy Day, celebrated on December 4 every year.
On this occasion, the ship was kept open to visitors.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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GSL delivers second 1000T fuel barge to Indian Navy
The Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) on Tuesday delivered second of its kind out of four series 1000 tonne fuel barge to the Indian Navy, ahead of 33 days of its contractual delivery schedule.

The induction of barge in service of Indian Navy as held by Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad, Admiral Superintendent Naval Dockyard Vishakhapattnam.

The Indian Navy was in need of self propelled 1000T fuel barges, with a view to fuel big ships such as INS Vikramaditya for a long time.

The contract for construction of 4 x 1000T fuel barges was signed between GSL and Indian Navy on June 4, 2015.

GSL delivered the first 1000T fuel barge on August 17, as per the contractual schedule.

The 1000T fuel barge has primary role of replenishing LSHSD, AVCAT and other oils for ships in harbor, at anchorage and even at distant location and is powered with two 1800 BHP engines, two 250KVA generators and five cargo pumps with a capacity of 100T per hour to achieve the main role of fuel transfer.

The barge is over 68 meters in length, 12 meters in beam and can attain a maximum speed of 14 knots with an endurance of 800 nautical miles.

The vessel has a novel hull design with bulbous bow and equipped with the state of art navigational aids such as radar, DGPS, echo sounder etc, making it capable to operate in sea state 4 and survivability upto extreme sea state of 6.

Modern tools and techniques such software simulation and model testing have been used for the refinement of the design before construction.

This vessel has a compliment of 26 persons and is fitted with best of the class modular accommodation, providing better living space and comfort to ship crew.

The chairman and managing director GSL Rear Admiral (retd) Shekhar Mital in his message has complemented local industry of Goa which was actively involved in the project.
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Interesting indeed but in general MARCOs' equipment levels are very very disappointing, doesn't seem to have been much improvement for almost 7 years now and when compared to others they are about on the level of a lower tier NATO navy's VBSS teams.
 

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Aim to have an important Naval base in Chennai: Top official
By PTI | Updated: Dec 01, 2017, 08.30 PM IST

CHENNAI: The Indian Navy is in advanced stages of consultations with the Tamil Nadu government and central agencies on expansion of footprint in the state under its initiative to have an important base here, a top official said today.

The Navy was also looking for land availability in the state under this initiative, Flag Officer Commanding, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Rear Admiral, Alok Bhatnagar said.

"We are at advanced stages of consultations with the state government and central agencies towards expansion of naval footprint in Tamil Nadu", he told reporters onboard Indian Navy Ship (INS) Sumitra.

The Navy was looking at adequate infrastructure to expand its presence, he said.

"We are confident of complete support of the state government for allotting required land for infrastructure augmentation. We aim to make an important naval base in Chennai by creating the required infrastructure", he said.

To a query, Bhatnagar said, "Tamil Nadu was forthcoming as far as land acquisition was concerned. We have identified some land in Ramanathapuram."

For Chennai, he said, land has been identified in South Chennai and also at Saidapet in the city but they were yet to decide.
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IFCI files bankruptcy case against Reliance Naval
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MUMBAI: State-run IFCI has filed for proceedings against Reliance Naval and Engineering under the bankruptcy code to recover its dues which the company dismissed as ‘premature.’ This would be a blow to the Anil Ambani owned a firm which was planning to make it big in the defence sector by building ships for the Indian navy.

The case filed in the Ahmedabad bench of the court under Section 7 of IBC on 27 November. “The outstanding amount due from Reliance Naval was a legacy loan borrowed by the erstwhile Pipavav Defence and Offshore. IFCI has recalled the entire loan and approached the NCLT for the same,” said a lawyer aware of the case. The exact amount of the loan could not be immediately ascertained.

No IFCI official could be reached immediately. The first hearing of the case will be held on 8 December.

In a clarification on the BSE, Reliance Naval said that the case against the company does not stand. “There are no merits in the application filed by IFCI as it is an unsecured creditor. The action of IFCI is unwarranted and premature. The 25 secured lenders of the company have also requested IFCI that the matter be resolved outside the NCLT. The company will take all necessary steps to safeguard the interest of all stakeholders,” Reliance Naval said.

Lenders led by SBI have lent close to Rs 9,000 crore to Reliance Naval and Engineering, the erstwhile Pipavav Defence which was acquired by Reliance Infrastructure in 2015. The loans have been classified as special mention account-2 or SMA-2 with banks for more than three years.

SMA-2 are those where bank have not received payment from the borrower for over 60 days. Interest on loans not serviced for 90 days are classified as non-performing.
Bikki Raveendra Babu and Manorama Kumari, member judicial at NCLT Ahmedabad have issued an interim order saying the respondent (Reliance Naval) shall file its objection, if any, within one week of serving a copy in advance to petitioner (IFCL).

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Won't this be a serious set back for the Landing Platform Dock(LPD) endeavor?
Since only private companies are allowed to bid. The only other company finalised was L&T. Would they proceed if there is only a single bidder left?
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I was always suspected of ADAG group capabilities to lead a big project in military. They lack this dedication part of military culture and rather make rash decisions without going into pros and cons. I would like L&T or other major production house which has tradition in being Maritime culture. They not be that big but enough to have financial, manpower and technical strength. Choosing on our part would be biased. And I think IDM might go with the current process. Thank you.