NAMEXPO to be a bi­en­nial event

SP's MAI - - MILITARY - [By R. Chandrakanth]

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) am­bi­tiously or­gan­ised In­dia’s first Naval and Mar­itime Ex­po­si­tion (NAMEXPO) 2013 from Septem­ber 23 to 27. While the fo­cused ef­fort has to be ap­pre­ci­ated, there were quite a num­ber of hic­cups and one of them be­ing it was stretched out over five days and none of the par­tic­i­pants had any steam left af­ter the sec­ond day. The CII needs to re­think on the du­ra­tion, now that it has de­cided NAMEXPO would be a bi­en­nial event.

One other ma­jor let down was that it was low key par­tic­i­pa­tion, both from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. Be­ing held in Kochi and Cochin Ship­yard was con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence and so were ma­jor coun­tries such as the US and UK. Only Rus­sia dom­i­nated and the Rosoboronex­port Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Vik­tor M. Ko­mardin made it a point to ask, “Where are the other coun­tries? See In­dia and Rus­sia are ge­net­i­cally friendly.” Be­sides com­pa­nies, the lack of at­ten­dance by the De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony whose State is Ker­ala and the Naval Chief and other to de­ci­sion-mak­ers came as a damp­ener.

There were 30-odd ex­hibitors and there was mixed re­ac­tion from them, some prais­ing the fo­cused en­vi­ron­ment, some stat­ing that it had not helped in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. But then th­ese are teething years.

Saab’s strong port­fo­lio of naval prod­ucts

Saab, which was a key spon­sor, was en­thused by the event and it pre­sented a spec­trum of naval prod­ucts cov­er­ing the air, sur­face, un­der­wa­ter and coastal se­cu­rity do­mains that pro­vide naval forces com­plete com­mand over the seas. Saab’s port­fo­lio of prod­ucts in­cluded the Sea Gripen, 9LV SAT, 9LV CMS, 9LV FCS, AUV 62 MR Spurt, Sea Gi­raffe, Saab 340 MSA, Naval train­ing and AIS.

Saab In­dia Coun­try Chair­per­son Lars-Olof Lind­gren said: “This event is a good fo­rum for us to meet with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in the naval do­main. The main theme for Saab for this NAMEXPO is ‘Team­ing Up With In­dia’ on naval sys­tems. We be­lieve that part­ner­ship is the way for­ward to work in In­dia and to be able to fully sup­port the mar­ket.”

Com­modore (Retd) Jagdish Anand, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­den­tDo­main of Saab In­dia, said: “Kochi is the nerve cen­tre of naval train­ing and we have had good au­di­ence.” As re­gards Saab’s of­fer­ings to the In­dian mar­ket, he said: “We are very bullish” though the In­dian pro­cure­ment process is ‘very slow’.

Rosoboronex­port puts up good show

En­ter­prises af­fil­i­ated with the United Ship­build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (USC) – Ru­bin Cen­tral De­sign Bureau for Ma­rine Engineering, St. Peters­burg-based Malakhit Ma­rine Engineering Bureau and Su­do­ex­port – as well as the Mars Re­search & Pro­duc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and the Aqua­marin Com­pany dis­played their prod­ucts un­der the aegis of Rosoboronex­port, part of the Rostec State Cor­po­ra­tion.

“We work closely with our In­dian part­ners in the naval area and hope that the new spe­cialised ex­hi­bi­tion will be a good plat­form to show­case our ca­pa­bil­i­ties. To­day, In­dia has set am­bi­tious goals to strengthen the na­tional naval forces and Rus­sia, as its strate­gic ally, is ready to com­pre­hen­sively co­op­er­ate to ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment th­ese plans,” said Vik­tor Ko­mardin.

Tur­key’s Dearsan Ship­yard on ex­ploratory mis­sion

For the first time ever, Dearsan Ship­yard was par­tic­i­pat­ing in an In­dian ex­hi­bi­tion only to ‘un­der­stand the In­dian mar­ket’. Deniz Es­re­foglu of Dearsan said the visit has been a truly learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we are keen on en­ter­ing the In­dian mar­ket which is huge, both in mil­i­tary and civil seg­ments.

Dearsan Ship­yard has con­structed and de­liv­ered nu­mer­ous ves­sels in­clud­ing spe­cialised and so­phis­ti­cated ves­sels like naval com­bat­ants, mega yachts, tug boats and chem­i­cal tankers for lead­ing com­pa­nies in the world and the Turk­ish Navy. At the show it pre­sented Tu­zla class pa­trol boats; fast in­ter­ven­tion boats; fast pas­sen­ger ferry; tug boats and

oil/chem­i­cal tankers.

Selex ES de­buts Mi­y­sis DIRCM

Selex ES, a Fin­mec­ca­nica com­pany, brought to Kochi Mi­y­sis DIRCM for the first time af­ter its re­cent launch. Said to be the light­est coun­ter­mea­sure sys­tem in the world, the prod­uct pro­vides all-round in­frared coun­ter­mea­sure pro­tec­tion for large and small, ro­tary- and fixed-wing plat­forms. It is the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Di­rected In­frared Coun­ter­mea­sure (DIRCM) sys­tem from Selex ES and the com­pany hopes to cap­ture sub­stan­tial mar­ket in the near fu­ture.

The com­pany pre­sented Sea­spray 7000E and 7500E multi-mode sur­veil­lance radar which uses mul­ti­ple low power, is solid state trans­mit/re­ceive mod­ules and makes them highly re­li­able. Selex also put on show the Pi­cosar, com­pact, light­weight air­borne ground sur­veil­lance radar with all­weather ca­pa­bil­ity for un­manned aerial sys­tems, fixed-wing and he­li­copter plat­forms.

Low-key In­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion

The ma­jor ex­hibitors at the show were De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Larsen and Toubro Engineering di­vi­sion, BrahMos Aero­space, Tata Power, GRSE, among oth­ers. The Ker­ala Min­is­ter for Ports K. Babu in­au­gu­rated the expo and Vice-Ad­mi­ral Satish Soni, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief of the South­ern Naval Com­mand, who spoke at the in­au­gu­ral said the coun­try had no choice ex­cept to give im­pe­tus to in­di­geni­sa­tion. War­ship con­struc­tion in the coun­try had come a long way, meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the Navy. How­ever, in­di­geni­sa­tion must not be at the cost of crit­i­cal tech­nol­ogy, like propul­sion sys­tems.

The expo had a grand start marked by the berthing of in­dige­nous stealth frigate INS Sat­pura and a scin­til­lat­ing op­er­a­tional demon­stra­tion by ma­rine com­man­dos on the water­front.

Min­is­ter for Ports, Fish­eries & Ex­cise, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala,

K. Babu light­ing of lamp at the NAMEXPO 2013

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