CNS an­swered to SP’s on Navy Day press con­fer­ence

SP's MAI - - MILITARY REPORT -

SP’s M.A.I.: You spoke about the pos­i­tive mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment, a very pleas­ing ter­mi­nol­ogy. How does the Navy en­sure, which all steps, to guar­an­tee that the mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment re­mains very pos­i­tive?

CNS: As far as the pos­i­tive mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment goes, In­dia be­ing the largest coun­try in the In­dian Ocean re­gion (IOR), and In­dian Navy be­ing the largest navy in the IOR, we work with like-minded na­tions and the navies to cre­ate this en­vi­ron­ment. We sup­port ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing and ca­pac­ity as­sess­ment in the form of pro­vid­ing train­ing to a very large num­ber of coun­tries within the IOR. Over a thou­sand of­fi­cers and sailors of IOR na­tions and coun­tries train with us. We have pro­vided and we go and pa­trol the ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ) of is­land na­tions, we ex­er­cise to­gether with our mar­itime neigh­bours. I have just come back from ‘The Galle Di­a­logue’ where we had the dis­cus­sions that all these ini­tia­tives make a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. We have re­solved our bound­ary dis­pute with Bangladesh. We co­or­di­nate our pa­trol in the Gulf of Aden along with Ja­pan, China and South Korea, so all this put to­gether makes a pos­i­tive mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment. SP’s: US-2 was sup­posed to be signed dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s visit to Ja­pan, but some­how it was de­layed. What num­bers are we look­ing for and what is the progress on the deal?

CNS: The num­ber that we are look­ing at present is six as of now. As far as sig­na­ture of the deal, it was mere spec­u­la­tion by the me­dia only it was not on the agenda of the Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing his visit to Ja­pan. SP’s: The pri­vate sec­tor en­gage­ment like Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Re­liance De­fence and En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited (RDEL) are com­pet­ing for the Land­ing Plat­form Docks (LPD) pro­gramme. Can you elab­o­rate on the sta­tus and when the win­ner is likely to be an­nounced?

CNS: The tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion of the bids has been done and both L&T and Re­liance have qual­i­fied in the tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion and the com­mer­cial bids are ex­pected to be opened shortly. SP’s: What has been the rea­son be­hind LCA Navy not meet­ing the QR of In­dian Navy?

CNS: LCA with its present en­gine is too heavy, hence not suitable for op­er­at­ing from a car­rier. It does not meet the thrust and weight ra­tio re­quire­ment to be able to take off with the full weapon load.

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