Arihant is already within Indian Navy. INS Vikrant Class IAC in 2012, Followed by Admiral Gorshkov (INS Vikramaditya), Nerpa class submarines and then another 65,000 tonnes Indigenous Aircraft Carrier already under process.... Indian Navy is all set to rock the Indian Ocean and also to contain Chinese threat in Asia-Pacific.
Close strategic & military tie-ups with Japan & USA will boost a lot of diplomatic upper-hand to counter the Dragon's threat. Jai Hind.
Navy beefs up security at Wellington Island with IAC float-out
Navy beefs up security at Wellington Island with IAC float-out | idrw.orgThe Indian Navy has put the security in and around Wellington Island on alert with its prized, home-grown possession – the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) — setting out to quay at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL). While the officials at the Southern Naval Command (SNC) refused to divulge any details, Express has confirmed information that the areas in an around the ‘current position’ of IAC (INS Vikrant) is very closely monitored since its float-out last week.
Though the IAC, an air defence ship, is currently under the control of CSL, the Indian Navy is taking no chances and has increased armed patrol. Teams from the Sagar Prahari Bal are also said to be monitoring all movements closely. The naval officials in Kochi adopted an extremely diplomatic stand when Express sought information on post-IOC float-out security. “The more we speak about it the more we let our plans out.
With the ship at the quay, we will have our plans intact, though it is currently under the CSL custody,” an official said. Even commercial vessels that operate closer to the vicinity of CSL\IAC are being put under observation.A senior serving naval official, who agreed to part with information initially back-tracked a day later, said that his higher-ups would get worried, if the ‘security cover’ for IAC becomes a talking point.
CSL sources said that the float-out completed the Phase-I activities of IAC with the hull construction. “We have established that the vessel can float safely. There have been delays due to various equipment developing serious snags. We have addressed them and have conducted a series of underwater trials, in addition to testing all hi-end technologies time and again. The Phase-II work has begun and it mainly consists of out-fitting jobs. The platform will be re-docked again,” sources said.
The Indian Navy is also planning to upgrade the security levels at its Gunnery School (INS Dronacharaya) inside the Wellington Island. Tenders have been called for the supply, installation and commission of CCTV surveillance systems
all along the periphery, including the seafront, of INS Dronacharaya. “We are looking for a complete package which gives us gapless, round-the-clock and all weather security coverage. The tenders are in and we will finalize after scrutinizing the technical and price formalities,” sources said.
Something interesting which IN will monitor for sure:
“F-35C unable to land aboard aircraft carriers” report says. U.S. Navy and Royal Navy have something to be worried about. « The AviationistF-35C unable to land aboard aircraft carriers” report says. U.S. Navy and Royal Navy have something to be worried about
According to the leaked report, the F-35C, the variant developed for the U.S. Navy (and chosen by the UK for its future aircraft carrier), is unable to get aboard a flattop because of its tailhook design issues.
During specific tests conducted at NAWC-AD (Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division) Lakehurst, the F-35C failed to engage the MK-7 arresting gear with a disappointing score of 0 successes in 8 attempts. Considered that arrestment testing takes place on a normal airport, without the thrill of bad weather, pitching deck, nearby obstacles, low fuel, lack of alternate airfields and all those factors that make a trap on an aircraft carrier the scariest kind of flying...
Griffon Hoverwork wins £34million contract for 12 Hovercraft for Indian coast guard
Vince Cable, UK Business Secretary, made the announcement that Griffon Hoverwork has won the £34million contract to supply the Indian Coastguard with twelve 8000TD hovercraft. Speaking from Delhi, where he is part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s party, Mr Cable stated that “this contract is a very significant step for this Southampton-based firm. Patrolling a coastline as long as that of India is a huge challenge and I am delighted that a UK firm has been selected to help the Indian coastguard in this task. I wish the company every success in their future, and hope this partnership leads on to further cooperation.”
This contract is the largest order ever for UK hovercraft and provides some 3 years of work for the company, including extensive training both in the UK and India, where their product support distributor MSC Mumbai will deliver a full spares/maintenance programme.
The 8000TD is a popular craft for Coastguard operations, as it can be configured to carry passengers, vehicles and equipment for disaster relief or medical evacuation. At 21.3m in length and with a payload of 8 tonnes, it can reach speeds of 45 knots and is powered by two Iveco diesel engines.
The Indian Coastguard acquired six 8000TDs in 2001, pictured above, two of which were built at Griffon Hoverwork’s UK premises and four in Calcutta.
The craft proposed by Griffon Hoverwork are an upgraded version of the Indian Coast Guard’s existing fleet, but with several enhancements thanks to design and technology improvements and the research invested by Griffon Hoverwork in product development.
Due to the benefits these craft have brought to the Indian Coastguard’s capabilities, a tender was announced in November 2009 for the procurement of another 12 hovercraft. Griffon Hoverwork prepared a bid, which was submitted on Christmas Eve 2009, and the process of negotiation was successfully brought to its final stages last week.
Other customers of the Griffon 8000TD include the Saudi and Kuwait Coastguards, for whom the hovercraft is a vital asset to border patrol and policing shallow water areas.
The company hopes to clinch other contracts in India.
^ Fulcrums - the best looking fighter ever.
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