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Myanmar equips second Kyan Sit Thar-class frigate with Indian-made radar​


Minga-Lar-Bar MILAN 2024 - The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to UMS King Sin Phyu Shin F14, a Kyan Sittha Class Frigate of Myanmar Navy which arrived at Visakhapatnam on 18 Feb 2024 to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN 2024

source: Indian Navy :

Myanmar has equipped its second Kyan Sit Thar-class guided-missile frigate, UMS Sin Phyu Shin, with the Indian-made Revathi 3D air surveillance radar.

Janes can now confirm that the radar was fully incorporated in 2023, and a partial validation of its capabilities was carried out at the ‘Milan' multilateral naval exercise in Visakhapatnam, India. The exercise ran from 19 to 27 February 2024.

Images of Sin Phyu Shin arriving at Visakhapatnam for the exercise were released by the Indian Navy on 19 February, and they depict the frigate with what appears to be a new sensor on the pedestal above its aft superstructure.

The sensor that was previously found in this position was the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) RAWL-02 surface search radar.

Janes has since verified that BEL was contracted to replace this with the Revathi radar as part of its efforts to improve the frigate's air-defence capabilities.

The Revathi radar is capable of multiple target tracking and has an integrated identification friend-or-foe (IFF) facility. It is believed to have a maximum range of about 180 km, with elevation coverage of up to 18,000 m.

Sin Phyu Shin is a Myanmar Naval Dockyard-built frigate that was commissioned by the Myanmar Navy in December 2015. The class appears to have heavily derived its design from the country's sole Aung Zeya-class frigate.

Myanmar equips second Kyan Sit Thar-class frigate with Indian-made radar
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Please post export related news on the export thread.

Although this update was posted here more than a month ago.

Myanmar Navy's Kyan Sittha-class frigates have a significant amount of Indian made hardware.

The propulsion setup is very similar to the IN's Kamorta class ASW corvettes. The engines used are the Pielstick 12PA 6 STC6 diesel engines license manufactured in India. The reduction gear box is from Elcon & GRSE provides the controllable pitch propellers.

Kyan Sittha-class frigates uses the Oto Melara 76mm as its primary naval gun. It is not known if those guns are directly imported from Italy for from BHEL-Haridwar. The ships use BEL's hull mounted HUMSA-HMX sonars. The frigates also use the Sheyna torpedoes, BDL exported those torpedoes.

The ships originally came equipped with a Chinese surface search radar & the BEL RAWL-2 for AD/volume search roles. Older photo from 2018:
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Newer phots from MILAN-2024 show that the BEL RAWL-2 has been replaced by BEL REVATHI:
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Again, striking similarity to the IN's Kamorta class corvettes:
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The Myanmar Navy has switched from the RAWL-2 to REVATHI in just a few years of use. While IN is still receiving destroyers with RAWLs. The RAWLs aren't great but they are not terrible either. Perhaps the reason for the relatively quick retirement of the RAWLs & an early adoption of the REVATHI is the VL-SRSAM.
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Currently the only AD on the Kyan Sittha-class frigates are 2 units of a Chinese copy of the AK-630 & some Igla-S MANPADS. VL-SRSAM could fill the medium range SAM role quite well, assuming the ships has enough underdeck space to accommodate a 16/32 cell VLU.

Maybe BDL has an export order coming.

Link: Indian Defence Exports

Department of Defence Production issues notification for re-organisation of DGQA​

To facilitate transparent allocation of Proof Ranges & Testing Facilities, Directorate of Defence Testing and Evaluation Promotion to come into force

Posted On: 28 MAR 2024 1:08PM by PIB Delhi

In a major reform towards ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and to achieve Aatmnirbharta in Defence, the Department of Defence Production under the Ministry of Defence has issued notification for re-organisation of Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) which is aimed at speeding up Quality Assurance processes and trials and reducing layers of decision-making. This re-organisation also factors change in the Quality Assurance methodology and revised role of DGQA post corporatization of OFB.

With the corporatisation of Ordnance Factories into new DPSUs, increased participation of private defence industry and impetus by the Government towards indigenisation, a need was felt to re-organise DGQA for an effective and efficient support to emerging defence manufacturing industry. DGQA has already been steering various organizational and functional reforms after active discussions with all stakeholders in the defence manufacturing ecosystem.

The new structure under implementation will enable single point technical support for complete equipment/ weapon platform at all levels and also ensure uniformity in product-based QA. The new structure also provides for a separate Directorate of Defence Testing and Evaluation Promotion to facilitate transparent allocation of Proof Ranges and testing facilities.

This arrangement coupled with automation and digitization of standardized QA processes is likely to significantly improve the engagement of Defence Industry with DGQA. The re-organised structure and ongoing functional reforms will give an impetus to indigenization drive under ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ with availability of Indian standards/ equivalent to guide manufacturers within the country and this will also boost export of high Quality qualified defence products.
Jindal Advanced Materials ties up with Italy's MAE to invest Rs 2,700 cr in carbon fibre plant.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2024, 06:58:00 PM IST.

Jindal Advanced Materials and MAE S.p.A. join forces to invest in a carbon fibre plant, aiming to lead in carbon fibre production. Abhyuday Jindal's investment drives expansion plans for a diverse range of composite materials.

Composite materials producer Jindal Advanced Materials (JAM) has collaborated with Italy's MAE S.p.A. to invest Rs 2,700 crore to set up a carbon fibre plant of 3,500 metric tonnes annual capacity. With the development, JAM is set to become a key supplier of carbon fibre, a statement said.

According to the statement, JAM has signed an agreement with Italian specialty chemical fibre manufacturer MAE S.p.A. to set up India's first carbon fibre facility of 3,500 metric tonnes (MT) annual capacity at an investment of Rs 2,700 crore. The facility will offer a comprehensive range of intermediates viz prepregs, fabrics, multiaxial and carbon fibre composites catering to diverse industrial needs.

OP Jindal family scion Abhyuday Jindal has invested in the company. The company aims to penetrate industrial markets, offering lightweight carbon fibre solutions.

JAM's ambitious plan includes the production of low-tow to high-tow carbon fibres, with the capacity expansion projected to reach 10,000 MT by 2027. MAE, known for its expertise and innovation in the field, signed the agreement with JAM earlier this month at JEC Paris, the largest global industry show for composite materials. The Italian firm will provide top-tier engineering and equipment, ensuring seamless execution of the project.

The facility is expected to be operational within 30 months, and the project will cover the entire value chain - from polyacrylonitrile (PAN)- precursor to carbon fibre intermediates. JAM Director CP Agrawal said, "This collaboration aligns with the 'Make in India' initiative, reflecting JAM's dedication to advancing India's carbon fibre industry across various applications".

Jindal Advanced Materials and MAE S.p.A. are set to redefine the landscape of the carbon fibre industry, reinforcing India's position as a global leader in advanced materials manufacturing, Agrawal added.

MAE S.p.A. CEO Marco Rovellini said, "Through our combined expertise and resources, we aim to set new benchmarks in carbon fibre production, catering to the burgeoning demand in India and beyond. This ground-breaking agreement solidifies MAE's position in the global market and further inspires us to innovate and offer cutting-edge solutions globally".

Globally, composites have gained preference due to their distinct advantages, such as being over three times lighter than steel, twice as strong, corrosion-resistant, and non-conductive.

JAM, part of the larger USD 35 billion OP Jindal Group of companies, is a leading manufacturer of high-performance and innovative composite materials. It has three manufacturing plants in Haryana for various composite manufacturing processes with quality systems.

MAE S.p.A. is a global Italian manufacturer of advanced materials and solutions.

Jindal Advanced Materials ties up with Italy's MAE to invest Rs 2,700 cr in carbon fibre plant
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Put all defence projects under watch of honest officers of ED and FIU otherwise there will be spy scandals coming up where corrupt babus handling defence production and private company heads will be leaking secrets to Pakistan. Start with Adani group, and Reliance then expand it to other companies who are involved in defence production and R&D.