Category: Indian Navy

The $1.3-Billion Defence Deal That India and Japan Don’t Want to Admit is Struggling

Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani’s visit here last week has done very little to push forward India’s five-year-long attempt to acquire twelve US-2i ShinMaywa amphibious search-and-rescue (SAR) for $1.3 billion, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. One of the more persistent rumours circulating in the run-up to Nakatani’s India trip was that…

India Constructs Special Dock to Build High-Capacity Aircraft Carriers

NEW DELHI — India is constructing a special dock for high-capacity aircraft carriers at the existing premises of Cochin Shipyard Limited. According to official sources, the new dry dock will cost an estimated $270 million. "The objective is to augment the shipbuilding/ship repair capacity essentially required to tap the market potential by building specialized and…

Germany to Upgrade Two Indian Attack Submarines

  German defense contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) signed a $ 38.4 million contract for the modernization of two out of four Shishumar-class (Type 209/1500) diesel-electric attack submarines in service with the Indian Navy on June 29, according to Indian media reports. The four 1,450-ton Shishumar-class SSKs form the Indian Navy’s 10th submarine squadron based…

Hague Tribunal rules against Beijing in the South China Sea dispute

The Hague: An international tribunal on Tuesday ruled against China in a bitter row over territorial claims to the South China Sea that is likely to ratchet up regional tensions. "The tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'," the…

Russia Offers India Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

NEW DELHI — Russia has offered its nuclear aircraft carrier, dubbed "Storm," to India for purchase, a senior Indian Navy official said. The offer comes as India and the US discuss the transfer of technology for India's future nuclear aircraft carrier, the INS Vishal. A diplomat with the Russian Embassy confirmed that a Russian team…

French firm DCNS’ plan for 100% FDI stuck despite easing of norms in defence

A proposal to inject 100 per cent foreign equity into the country by French firm DCNS, for introducing new submarine technology and establishing a wholly-owned Indian subsidiary, has hit a roadblock. This is despite the government’s recent move to relax foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in defence sector. The proposal was deferred by the Foreign…

India Set To Join Club That Opens ‘Predator’ Door

History could be afoot in Washington D.C., if not today, then in the very near future. With India poised to enter the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a 34 nation club that oversees the “prevention of proliferation of missile and UAV technology capable of carrying a 500 kg payload for at least 300 km”, many…

After long development path, BrahMos comes into its own

After entering modern warfare in 1944 as the V-1 and V-2 rockets that a desperate Germany fired into England towards the end of World War II, cruise missiles had a second coming as high-technology showpieces during the First Gulf War of 1990-91. The world watched television images of Tomahawk cruise missiles flying along the streets…

India moves to bolster its Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security last week has cleared a $1 billion U.S. order of four Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for the Indian Navy. These will join the Indian Navy’s eight existing P-8Is. The Indian Navy also ordered 73 indigenously developed Varunastra heavy weight torpedoes for $132 million developed by the Naval…

Building Frigates for The Philippines Navy

The Indian Navy was, till not very long ago, dependent on foreign yards for its requirements of warships. It has come a long way since then and today all its future warships on order are with Indian shipyards, including hi-tech vessels like Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Submarines, etc., the manufacture of which very few countries in…

Garden Reach Shipyard faces disqualification in bid for military export contract with phillipines navy

NEW DELHI: A bid by a state owned enterprise for what could have been one of India's largest military export contracts may be slipping away with the company failing to clear financial assessment tests. Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers had emerged as the lowest bidder for a Philippine naval requirement of two light frigates against…

​New Delhi issues tri-service MALE UAV requirement

India’s ministry of defence (MOD) has issued a combined tri-service requirement for the acquisition of up to 150, medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAVs. An MOD request for information has called for the UAVs to be procured under the “Make in India” initiative from Indian companies. “The UAVs are proposed to be developed and manufactured…

PM oks $1bn deal with US for 4 Poseidons

New Delhi: The India-US strategic clinch continues to get tighter. Soon after the two finalised the bilateral military logistics pact, the US has bagged yet another mega arms deal to reassert its status as India's largest weapons supplier in recent years. Defence ministry sources on Friday said the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by…

Eye on China, Delhi offers heavy torpedoes to Vietnam

New Delhi: India is now also looking to export its new Varunastra anti-submarine torpedoes to Vietnam after earlier initiating talks with the country for the sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles . This forms part of India's overall policy to steadily crank up military ties with Vietnam, both in terms of military supplies as well…

Navy’s Shishumar Class submarines will be fitted with American Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles

India has signed an over Rs.262 crore deal with Germany’s ThyssenkKrupp Marine Systems to retrofit anti-ship American Harpoon missiles on two Shishumar Class submarines. The retrofitting of the new weapon suite will be carried out on INS Shankush and INS Shalki at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and is backed by a training package to support and…

India joins Elite Group of 8 Nations with Anti-Submarine Torpedo Technology

India on Wednesday joined a select group of eight countries having the capability to design and develop heavyweight torpedoes, with the induction of Varunastra – an indigenously built anti-submarine torpedo – in the Navy. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, the electric torpedo was formally handed over to…