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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.

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 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

Indian Navy Orders Six Subs

A contract was signed in New Delhi for the construction of six Scorpene submarines, that will be built in Mazagon Dock Limited shipyards, in Mombay. The French-Spanish consortium will provide engineering, technical assistance, training and specific equipment, being Navantia responsible for the aft parts of the six submarines, as it is been done in other contracts as Chile and Malaysia. The six subs are slated for delivery in 12 years.

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

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

IRClass Rules for Indian Naval Ships Released


  The “Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Indian Naval Combatant Ships”, developed by Indian Register of Shipping were formally released by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC  on 09 June 2015. The release took place in South Block, New Delhi, in the presence of Vice Admiral P Murugesan AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AV Subhedar AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel, Vice Admiral GS Pabby AVSM, VSM

Edelweiss Now Controls Bharati Shipyard

Image: Bharati Shipyard

 Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company has taken over management control of Bharati Shipyard, says a report in ET.   Edelweiss now controls 70% of the Indian yard’s debts. A month ago plans were made to change the yard’s name to Bharati Defence and Infrastructure as part

India, Australia Begin First Joint Maritime Exercises

HMAS Arunta sails to India for AUSINDEX 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 India and Australia have commenced the first bilateral maritime exercise, Ausindex15, in Visakhapatnam, India, strengthening defence cooperation between the countries.   Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, the Minister for Defence

AUSINDEX15 a Success

The Senior Officers and Commanding Officers of the participating units involved in AUSINDEX 2015.

  The inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia, AUSINDEX15, has concluded in Visakhapatnam, India.   The activity brought together ships and aircraft from both countries to strengthen defence co-operation under the Framework for Security Cooperation announced

Thyssen Taps Anil Group for Sub Bid

Photo: ThyssenKrupp

 Diversified German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG has initiated talks to partner Anil Ambani-led ADAG in building up to 12 submarines in a contract expected to be worth Rs50,000 crore ($7.6 billion), reports PTI.   ThyssenKrupp, the Germany-based 41-billion euro company

Indian Navy, Coast Guard Save 14 From Sinking Vessel

Combination photo of rescue of 14 crew members of MV Coastal Guard by Indian Navy and Coast Guard. (Courtsey: Twitter handle of Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson of ministry of defence)

 In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, the Indian Navy and Indian coast guard rescued 14 people from the crew of the Indian flag cement carrier ship, MV Coastal Pride, that sunk 75 nautical miles off the coast of Daman, on Wednesday morning.   

Mercator Acquires Two Dredgers

Dredger Banwari Prem. Photo: Mercator Limited

 Mercator Limited announced that it is expanding its dredging business by adding two more Dredgers to its fleet.    Mercator,India's largest Marine and Energy group with businesses in Oil & Gas, Coal, Shipping and Dredging

Indian Warships Visit Cambodia, Thailand

Welcome ceremony at Thailand. Photo by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India

 In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF)

China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India

Image: US Navy

 The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.    The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit

India to be Russia's global hub for Submarine Upgrade

Photo: The Russian Navy

 A report in the Economic Times say that Russia wants to make India a global hub for the upgrade, maintenance and repair of conventional submarines and its leading shipyard is in final talks to select an Indian joint venture partner for a mega project to set up facilities.  

INS Teg in South Indian Ocean for Surveillance

INS Teg. Photo by Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Teg is on a two-month long deployment in the South Indian Ocean to provide surveillance support in the region, a Government of India Ministry of Defence official statement said.    It will also be patrolling the Mauritian exclusive economic zone

India Shortlists 5 Shipyards for $10.1 Bln Submarines Project

Image: Indian Navy

 India's top government committee has selected five Indian shipyards to compete for an Rs 64,000-crore ($10.1 Bln) project to build high-tech submarines for the navy.   The Indian Navy will soon invite tenders for building six conventional submarines after a high-level committee of the

India to Float Tenders for Six New Submarines Soon

Image: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy will soon invite tenders for building six conventional submarines after a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry submitted its report identifying shipyards capable of executing the about $10.1 billion project.   

China Far Ahead of India in Submarine Race

INS Chakra, India’s only operating nuclear-powered submarine. Photo: Indian Navy

 Global military reported that recently a Chinese “Yuan” class conventional submarines docked news in Pakistan, once again hurt the Indian Navy submarine fleet.   The Hindustan Times said terms of size, the Chinese Navy submarine force is four times that of India

HSL in Pact with Hyundai to Build Fleet Support Ships?

Image: Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 Hindustan Shipyard Ltd., the largest shipbuilding enterprise under Indian Ministry of Defence, and world’s premier shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are likely to undertake joint construction of self-propelled fleet support ships (FSS) for the Indian Navy

Aussie-Indian Submarine Drill, China Cautious

Photo: Indian Navy

 As part of growing strategic relationship to counter China's increased activity in the Indian Ocean,  India and Australia will focus on anti-submarine warfare in their first ever joint naval exercises,  reports SMH.   The Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy are gearing up

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