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Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source. However, the $12 billion purchase of six conventional submarines with air independent propulsion, for which a request for proposals is being prepared, will still allow foreign participation in the design phase, although the subs will be built only by domestic shipyards, the MoD source added. As state-owned shipyards have their hands full, private sector yards, which have the facilities but fewer orders, are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries under the new directive, analysts said. "Private shipyards have not been given adequate opportunity to prove their mettle. There is no doubt that they are more modern and perhaps more efficient and given an opportunity will perhaps outperform the state-owned shipyards. It is too early to judge them as the state-owned shipyards have a five-decade lead in shipbuilding," said Anil Jai Singh, retired Indian Navy commodore. Navy officials and defense analysts said India has the capability to build warships from the design stage, but will have to rely on imports to meet its weapon needs.

Imtech Marine Opens Office in New Delhi

Imtech Marine opened a new office in New Delhi, giving it a foothold in India’s fast growing maritime industry and will further increase its reach in South-East Asia. Imtech Marine India Pvt Ltd. is an approved supplier for the Indian Navy regarding HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Airconditioning) and Fire Fighting systems, but it presently also works on various projects of the Indian Navy for the supply of HVAC/NBC equipment, Fire Fighting systems and Chilled Water Plants.

Indian Navy Scares off Pirates

An Indian Navy spokesperson said the MT Nordik Spirit, a Norway flag vessel, was attacked off the Somalia Coast by pirates firing small arms. The Indian Navy warship flew out helicopters with marine commandos and the pirates retreated. The incident occurred around 3 pm local time. (Source: The Times of India)

Submarines – Russia Offers India Air-independent Propulsion Systems

Submarine Project 1650: Photo credit Rianovosti

Moscow hopes for Indian Navy order for air-independent closed-cycle engined submarines for the Indian Navy Russia has offered to help India build air-independent (closed cycle) propulsion systems for installation in Amur 1650 class submarines and also to equip future possible joint Indian-Russian built vessels, according to  Viktor Komardin, the deputy head of Rosoboronexport's delegation at the recent Defexpo Indian defense show.

Russian Shipyard Delivers Indian Navy Warship

Tarkash Photo courtesy of Indian Defence News

The second of three stealth frigates, the 'Tarkash', is handed over to the Indian Navy by the Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad. Russia and India signed a $1.6 billion contract on construction of three modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates for India in 2006. The first frigate, INS Teg, joined the Indian Navy on April 27. The last in the series of three frigates, Trikand, currently undergoes dock trials and after it completes sea trials in the Baltic

14 MAN Engines for Indian Navy

A picture of the MAN 2833D STC engine Photo MAN

Construction of the first ship is expected to start by early 2017 with handover to the Indian Navy by 2023. The project scope includes 7 P-17A frigates, each equipped with two MAN 12V28/33D STC engines. The building yards are Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (Mumbai, India) with 4 vessels and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (Kolkata, India) with 3 vessels. MAN Diesel & Turbo will deliver engines and auxiliaries, commissioning, documentation, training and spare parts.

Rolls-Royce Wins $32M Indian Naval Contract

Rolls-Royce business Syncrolift Inc., has won a $32 million order to provide a ship lifting system at a new Indian naval base. The shiplift, the first of its kind in India, is scheduled to go into service at the Karwar base, south of Goa, in the state of Karnataka, in late 2004. The lift, with a capacity of almost 10,000 tons, is capable of handling all Indian Navy vessels up to and including the Delhi destroyer class. The

India's Aircraft Carrier Sea Trial Postponed

Admiral Gorshkov Photo credit Ria Novosti, Sergev Saftronov

Sea trials of the aircraft carrier 'Admiral Gorshkov' undergoing Russian shipyard refit, are postponed until June Sea trials of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier being overhauled for the Indian navy at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia have been postponed until the beginning of June, the shipyard said. The purchase of the Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov was agreed in 2005 but delivery to India has been long delayed

Russian Shipyard to Deliver Warship to Indian Navy

INS Tarkash: Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

Frigate 'INS Tarkash' under construction at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad is due to be handed over to the Indian Navy next month. INS Tarkash is the second Talwar-class ship being built for Indian Navy under a contract signed in 2006. Frigates of this class are designed for anti-submarine, surface ship warfare, as well as air defence. Length of the ship is 125 meters; beam is 15 meters; displacement is about 4,000 tons; full speed is 30 knots; cruising range at 14 knots is 5

Russian-Indian Indra Drills On

Indra drills in 2007 (archive). Indian Navy

 India and Russia has began their bilateral naval exercise, Indra Navy, which is aimed at increasing interoperability between the two Navies and developing common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.   Indra Navy is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian and Russian navies and epitomises the strategic relationship between the two countries.   Russian and Indian warships have left the naval base in the city of Visakhapatnam in India’s

Indian Naval Ships Call At Port Louis, Mauritius

INS Kolkata at Port Louis, Mauritius. Photo: Indian Navy

 Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Aditya, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are in Mauritius since 1st September 2016, in a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.  

India Shelves Plan for More DCNS Submarine

Scorpene Class Submarine, Kalvari set afloat at Naval Dockyard Mumbai. Photo: Indian Navy

 Following the leak of secret data about  Scorpene submarine  capabilities, in ‘The Australian’ newspaper last month, India is believed to have decided not to let French naval contractor DCNS a fresh proposal for three new submarines, as per a report in the Reuters.

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

Photo: Weapons Systems

 Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion.   A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971

INS Viraat on its last Journey

INS VIRAAT is being towed

The INS Viraat is on the last journey and the ship is being towed back by three tugs to Mumbai for the decommissioning. SCI Mukta, an Anchor Handling & Towing Vessel (AHTS) of the National Flagship Carrier i.e. The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd

US, India to Shore up Maritime Cooperation


 U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and  Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar agreed  to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security, as concerns grow in Washington over Beijing's growing military ambitions.  

Indian Navy Dredger Completes Successful First Year

(Photo: Tebma Shipyards Ltd.)

In mid-April of 2016, the Indian Navy’s grab hopper dredger, Dredger-1 was preparing to depart its birth shipyard following a comprehensive one-year warrantee review. Tebma Shipyards Ltd., Senior Vice President M. Balasubramaniam explained that the 44.15 by 12

Indian Navy Plane Thwarts Pirate Attack

P-8I. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy, with the help of its long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft, has thwarted a "piracy" attempt in the Western Arabian Sea, 800 nautical miles off Mumbai, targeted at a merchant vessel.   According to a report in the Times of India, the P-8I

IRClass Enhances Services to Indian Navy

Neelam Handover Class Certificate Photo IRS

IRClass, the Indian Register of Shipping, today announced an increase in the range and level of services it provides to the Indian Navy, with the advent of naval vessels in service being maintained in IRClass. “Several types of Indian Naval vessels have been, and are being

India to Take Part in Maritime Drill in South China Sea

INS Airavat. Photo: Indian Navy

 India will join US and Japan conduct joint naval exercises in the northern waters of the Philippine Sea, an area close to the East and South China Seas where Beijing is locked in an increasingly tense standoff with other countries.  

Somalia: IMB Warns Vessels to Remain Vigilant Despite Drop in Piracy

Pic: UN

 The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned foreign vessels to remain vigilant when sailing in the Horn of Africa, despite a lull in piracy incidents in the region.    The IMB stated that there had been no piracy incidents reported off the Somali coast between January and

Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Presents an Upbeat Mood

Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Session in progress Photo JRF

The verdict at the 5th India Marine Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference of Hinode held this time in Mumbai last week was clear and unanimous. The presentations as well as the deliberations highlighted an upbeat atmosphere indicating the growing prospects for salvors on the India’s 7516 KM

Gas Leak on INS Vikramaditya Kills 2 on Board

INS Vikramaditya. Photo: Indian Navy

 Two people, including a sailor, were killed and two others injured after inhaling toxic fumes on board India's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at Karwar Naval base in Karnataka.    The condition of two others injured was stable and constantly being monitored in the Naval

Kangnam To Build Minesweepers Ships in India

RAdm Shekhar Mital NM, CMD, GSL explaining Make in India vision of GSL to the PM. Photo: Goa Shipyard Limited

 South Korea's Kangnam Corporation will jointly build 12 mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV) in India in collaboration with India's state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), reports Hindustan Times.   The project comes under under the Modi government’s Make in India programme and is

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

Photo: DCNS

 India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be-inducted Scorpene submarines.  

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

Photos supplied by Indian Navy

 In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and Aditya under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh

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