Indian Navy to Get 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts; Defence Ministry Signs Two Contracts With Cochin Shipyard and GRSE

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday signed an agreement worth Rs 6,311 crore with public sector undertaking Cochin Shipyard Limited to build eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. It is the second agreement in two days signed by the ministry for procuring ASWSWCs. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

On Monday also, the Defence ministry a similar contract worth Rs 6,311 crore with public sector shipyard GRSE for construction and supply of eight SWSWCs. The first ship is expected to be delivered within 42 months from the date of contract signing. Subsequently, two ships per year will be delivered to the Navy by each shipyard. The entire contract will be completed within 84 months. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialised ships with lower draught, would significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed Sonars. The advanced sonar present in ASWSWCs will help the warships in differentiating between the signals reflected off the enemy submarine and those reflected by the sea bed. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

Equipped with state-of-art indigenous Integrated Platform Management Systems, Propulsion, auxiliary, and PGD Machinery, these ships are capable of subsurface surveillance of coastal waters and lying of mines, making them a potent platform and adding another milestone to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India.

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Naval Officer Lt Cdr DS Chauhan Dies in Fire Onboard INS Vikramaditya; Swift Action Prevented Serious Damage to Aircraft Carrier

In a tragic incident, Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan lost his life after a fire broke out onboard Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. The incident occurred when the ship was entering harbour in Karnataka’s Karwar. The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability. A Board of Inquiry to investigate in to the circumstances of the incident has been ordered. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

The Navy in a statement said, “Lt Cdr Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment.”  Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived. The officer was in his late twenties and was married last month. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.

In a series of tweets, the Navy expressed grief over the death of Lt Cdr Chauhan. In of the tweets, the Navy said, ” We salute his courage and sense of duty and will make every effort to ensure that his supreme sacrifice does not go in vain. We shall be with his family forever and at all times – Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS, all ranks and families of #IndianNavy.”

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The INS Vikramaditya was the lone aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.  It has an overall length of about 284 meters and a maximum beam of about 60 meters, stretching as much as three football fields put together. Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the sheer sight of this 44,500 tonne mega structure of steel is awe inspiring. The ship has a total of 22 decks. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.

The aircraft carrier entered into the service with the Indian Navy in 2013. It is a modified aircraft carrier. Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996.The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion.

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Two Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Gunned Down in Jammu And Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday; 71 Terrorists Killed So Far in 2019, 43 After Pulwama Attack

Two terrorist were gunned down by security forces on Thursday in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir in Anantnag district. A joint operation was carried out by the Indian Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. A cordon and search operation was launched by the joint team of security forces in Bangandar Mohalla of the town following an input about the presence of terrorists in the area. The encounter broke out after the terrorists opened fire on the security forces. According to reports, the terrorists belonged to Hizbul Mujaheedin terrorist group. Government Sanctions Over Rs 600 Crore To Procure More Mine-Protected Vehicles For Paramilitary Forces.

After this encounter, 71 terrorists have been eliminated so far this year. Meanwhile, on Wednesday addressing a joint press conference of the state police and the Indian Army, Director General of Police in Jammu & Kashmir Dilbag Singh said, “Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended.” INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

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Adding further, Lt General KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, said, “Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), 13 of them were Pakistanis.” Speaking about the presence of JeM terrorists in the valley, the General-rank officer said, “We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley.” He also said that the Army is continuing operations in the Kashmir Valley with full vigour.

Government Sanctions Over Rs 600 Crore To Procure More Mine-Protected Vehicles For Paramilitary Forces

After the February 14 Pulwama attack, the Indian government will soon procure mine-protected vehicles for paramilitary forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) for the movement of troops in Naxal-hit areas and Jammu and Kashmir. These vehicles will also help National Security Guards (NSG), an anti-terror force during encounters. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.

A total of Rs  613.96 have been sanctioned to the paramilitary forces for the procurement of additional mine-protected vehicles, bullet-proof jackets and other equipment. Around six personnel can travel in one four-wheeled vehicle. According to Home Ministry official, these mine-protected vehicles will increase capabilities of the paramilitary forces in countering improvised explosives devices (IEDs) in Naxalism-hit areas and in Kashmir Valley. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Additional Rs  16.84 crore has also been sanctioned to the NSG for the purchase of seven remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which would help the force to carry out surveillance inside buildings, buses, Metro and railway stations. These ROVs can climb a staircase or a slope of at least 45 degrees with a weight of 8kg. In addition to this, the ROVs will have modular mount for weapon system, de-armer disrupter and real-time viewing system with X-ray. Meanwhile, the NSG has already procured the Renault Sherpa Light Armoured personal carrier.

After the Pulwama attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs had also approved entitlement of air travel on four routes involving Jammu and Kashmir for all jawans of Central Armed Police Forces. Earlier, Constable, Head Constable and ASI rank officials of paramilitary forces were not eligible for the air travel.

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CRPF Constable Shailesh Gohil Donates Blood to Save Lives of Woman And Her Baby in Kashmir; Earns Praise on Twitter For Heroic Act

In a heart warming gesture, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable Gohil Shailesh saved lives of a woman and her newborn baby in the Kashmir Valley. According to a report published in CNN News18, A 25-year-old woman was facing severe complications while delivering her baby and had lost a lot of blood. Gohil saved both the lives by donating his blood. The CRPF jawan belonged to the 53rd Battalion of the paramilitary force. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.

The family of the woman resides in Gulshan area of the Kashmir valley. When the woman started facing severe blood loss, her family contacted CRPF Madadgaar. The CRPF shared pictures of the constable and the baby on its twitter handle. The paramilitary force tweeted, “The relation of blood. Constable Gohil Shailesh of #53Bn donated blood to 25 yr old lady of #Kashmir who urgently needed blood due to complications during delivery. His blood saved a mother, a child, a family and created a bond for life.”

Gohil is being lauded on twitter for his humanitarian act. Prominent personalities including actor turned politician Anupam Kher and Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa lauded the CRPF jawan’s action.

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CRPF “Madadgaar” is a helpline started by the paramilitary force for the residents of Kashmir facing medical emergencies. The CRPF launched the 24/7 helpline “Madadgaar” on June 16, 2017. Located on the outskirts of Srinagar, this helpline number receives hundreds of calls every day, not only from the local residents but also Kashmiris living outside the state. Inspired by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Over 2,000 Kashmiri Youths Take Part in Indian Army Recruitment Drive.

It is interesting to know that the Madadgaar helped around 250 Kashmiris studying and working in various cities of the country to safely reach their homes in the Valley in the wake threats made to Kashmiris living in other states of the country after the February 14 Pulwama atack.

INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba

INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous-built aircraft carrier will be delivered to the Indian Navy in 2021. Indian Naval Chief Admiral Lanba on Saturday said that INS Vikrant is undergoing outfitting at Kochi Shipyard Limited. He further added that harbour acceptance trials are in progress and sea acceptance trial of this will commence in the latter half of this year. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report which was made public in July last year had raised questions on the commissioning of the INS Vikrant in 2021. Work on the ship’s design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The aircraft carrier was floated out of its dry dock on December 29, 2011, and was launched on August 12, 2013.

With the induction of the INS Vikrant, the strength of the Indian Navy will increase by manifolds. Currently, the Navy has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya. The commissioning of the INS Vikrant will bring the India Navy at par with People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) of China. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

India’s first aircraft carrier was also called INS Vikrant which was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for over three decades. Meanwhile, Admiral Lanba on Saturday launched a guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. The INS Imphal is the third ship of Project 15B. The ship has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The project 15b class ships 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes and are propelled four gas turbines with a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Recommended For ‘Vir Chakra’, IAF Also Recommends 12 Fighter Pilots For Vayu Sena Medal For Carrying Out Air Strikes on JeM Camps in Pakistan

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for the Vir Chakra, the third highest wartime gallantry award after the Paramvir Chakra and the Mahavir Chakra. The IAF officer has been recommended for the gallantry award for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet on February 27, after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) warplanes violated the Indian airspace. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?.

Along with Wing Commander Varthaman, the IAF also recommended 12 fighter pilots of Mirage-2000 aircraft for the Vayu Sena Medal for successfully carrying out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed headquarters in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. Meanwhile, reports surfaced earlier in the day that Wg Cdr Varthaman is likely to resume duty and will fly fighter planes again. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

According to reports, there are high chances of the IAF officer returning to a fighter cockpit soon but only after the final clearance by the Bengaluru-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM). However, The IAF transferred the officer out of the Srinagar airbase amid concerns over his security in Kashmir valley. The IAF officer has been posted to an important airbase in the Western sector. Lockheed Martin Busts Pakistan’s Lie; American Aircraft Manufacturer Not to Sue India For Claiming IAF’s MiG-21 Bison Shot Down PAF F-16 Fighter Jet.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprosing of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, along with Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations in response to Pakistan’s airspace violation on February 27. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile.

The PAF fighters dropped bombs at army formation camps in West of Rajouri in Sunderbani of Jammu and Kashmir. During the aerial combat, Wg Cdr Varthaman let loose the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile at the Pakistan fighter jet, F-16, before he himself was hit. After ejecting from his MIg-21 Bison, his parachute drifted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, the IAF pilot underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.

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Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23

Indian Navy warships would be participating in Chinese international fleet review which is to be held at Qingdao on April 23. These two Naval ships are – the destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti. Chinese President Xi Jinping will review the warships. The Indian Naval ships will reach Qingdao on  April 21.The international review fleet is being held as part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.

According to reports, major navies are likely to take part in it. The Indian Navy tweeted, “Indigenous Stealth Destroyer #INSKolkata & Fleet Tanker #INSShakti to represent India & participate in International Fleet Review at Qingdao, China as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of PLA(Navy). Ships 2reach on 21 Apr.” Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

International Fleet Review (IFR) is a parade of naval ships, aircraft, and submarines. It is being organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities. It is also an opportunity for the various countries to showcase their indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities to the world. IFR also serves as an ideal platform for the world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in the international arena. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. It was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The ship was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a ceremony held on August 16, 2014. It is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors which are useful in every dimension of the naval warfare. Meanwhile the INS Shakti is a Deepak-class fleet tanker. It was built by Fincantieri, an Italian shipbuilding company based in Trieste.  It is one of the largest tankers displacing over 27,000 tonnes and capable of carrying 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo including victuals and ammunition.

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IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race

India’s indigenously built Tejas light combat is competing against Pakistan’s JF-17 and South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle to bag fighter jet contract of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), reported The Times of India. Last month, Tejas showcased its skills in the Langkawi International Maritime Aero Expo -2019 (LIMA-2019) in Malaysia. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad and Defence Minister of the country Mohamad Sabu also interacted with team of the Indian Air Force (IAFP participating in the exercise. Aero India 2019: General Bipin Rawat Takes Sortie of LCA-Tejas; Watch Video.

The demo pilot of Tejas MK1 Group Captain Samrath Dhankar exuded confidence that Tejas fighter will be able to fulfill the requirements of the RMAF. “The RMAF (Royal Malaysian Air Force) officials appeared really happy as the aircraft far exceeded their expectations. Clearly, we are not selling a product here but a capability in itself,” reported TOI quoting Grp Cpt Dinkar as saying. IAF’s First Bi-Annual Commanders’ Conference Begins Today at Vayu Bhawan; Nirmala Sitharaman Lauds Air Warriors For Displaying Highest Level of Professionalism.

The IAF officer also added that jet’s fly-by-wire capability, air-to-air refuelling, the avionics have been wonderfully-integrated and the open architecture computer systems where both Russian and Western weaponry can be used, making Tejas a different generation fighter. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s JF-17, which is built on Chinese design and technology, did not participate in the LIMA-2019. Importantly, India has successfully crossed the Request for Information (RFI) stage. Meanwhile, the next stage of Request for Proposal (RFP) will be carried out after Pakistan and South Korea clears the RFI stage. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Tejas, had received its final operational clearance (FOC) during the Aero India 2019 which was held in Bengaluru in February this year. The FOC Certificate and Release to Service Document (RSD) were handed over to the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on the opening day of Aero India 2019.

India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha

India on Monday successfully test fired long-range supersonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from the launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur Odisha at 11:44 am. The missile with a strike range of 1,000 km is the country’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile. The all-weather missile is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a lab under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Nirbhay is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from multiple platforms. Dhanush, India’s First Ever Indigenously Designed & Developed Artillery Gun To be Inducted Into Indian Army on April 8.

The missile covered the designated target range in 42 minutes and 23 seconds. Nirbhay is capable of covering cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 metre. The missile took off vertically turning horizontally into desired direction, booster separated, wing deployed, engine started, cruised all the intended waypoints. The missile demonstrated its sea-skimming capability to cruise at very low altitudes. The entire flight was fully tracked by a chain of Electro Optical Tracking Systems, Radars and Ground Telemetry Systems deployed all along the sea coast. All the mission objectives were met. United States Raises Concerns Over India’s Deal With Russia to Procure S-400 Triumf.

The missile has a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) based guidance, control and navigation system. It also has a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with the GPS system. It is the sixth development flight trial with objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase, cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes.  The first trial of the missile was conducted on March 12, 2013, from the ITR, Chandipur. As the missile diverted from its trajectory, it was destroyed midway. Meanwhile, the second successful trial was conducted on October 17, 2014. The fifth test of the missile took place on November 7, 2017.

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