In­dia and Rus­sia con­tract for 4 new stealth frigates

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In­dian Navy “well equipped to counter Chi­nese threats”

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, CNS has said that the In­dian Navy is closely track­ing in­creas­ing Chi­nese naval pres­ence in the In­dian Ocean Re­gion (IOR) “and is well pre­pared to counter any threat to na­tional se­cu­rity”. The CNS said that there has been no­tice­able in­crease in the de­ploy­ment of Chi­nese ships, sub­marines and re­search ves­sels in the IOR. While the early Chi­nese de­ploy­ments were pro­jected as anti- piracy de­ploy­ments, the set­ting up of bases and the in­creas­ing pres­ence of ships and sub­marines have im­pli­ca­tions for the re­gional se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment. “The In­dian Navy con­stantly eval­u­ates the mar­itime se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment in our ar­eas of in­ter­est and man­ages its own de­ploy­ments to ad­dress new chal­lenges.”

L&T launches sec­ond Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sel for ICG

Larsen & Toubro launched the sec­ond Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sel (OPV) CGS Vijaya, of a se­ries of seven OPVs for the In­dian Coast Guard at the com­pany’s de­fence ship­yard at Kat­tupalli, near Chen­nai on 20 Jan­uary 2018. The first OPV was launched in Oc­to­ber 2017 and is presently un­der­go­ing tri­als. These OPVs are long-range sur­face ships em­bark­ing a he­li­copter and their roles in­clude coastal and off­shore pa­trolling, polic­ing mar­itime zones of In­dia, con­trol and sur­veil­lance, anti-smug­gling and anti-piracy, but with lim­ited wartime roles.

In­dia and Rus­sia have fi­nalised con­tracts for four new stealth frigates for the In­dian Navy for some $3 bil­lion per ves­sel. Des­ig­nated the Up­graded Kri­vak III- class, the first two frigates will be built at the Yan­tar Ship­yard, in Kalin­ingrad, Rus­sia, fol­lowed by two at Goa Ship­yard Ltd (GSL). De­liv­ery of the first frigate will be­gin within four years of sign­ing the con­tract. The IN already op­er­ates six Kri­vak III frigates, the first three be­ing com­mis­sioned be­tween June 2003 and April 2004, fol­lowed by an­other three be­tween April 2012 and June 2013.

Ex­er­cise ‘Mi­lan 2018’

Ex­er­cise Mi­lan 2018 was con­ducted dur­ing 6-13 March 2018 in the strate­gic area around the An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands in the Bay of Ben­gal. “We have grad­u­ally ex­panded the scale and scope to in­clude other In­dian Ocean Re­gion lit­toral na­tions”, Ad­mi­ral Lanba stated. The cru­cial sea phase of the ex­er­cise was con­ducted from 11-13 March 2018. “This year, we pro­vided much greater op­er­a­tional fo­cus, in­clud­ing mar­itime in­ter­dic­tion op­er­a­tions and mar­itime search and res­cue,” said the Navy Chief while talking about ad­di­tion to the grow­ing com­plex­i­ties of the Mi­lan se­ries which had com­menced with just four na­tions in 1995. As many as 23 na­tions were in­vited this year, an­other part of the ex­er­cise fo­cussed on “en­hanc­ing re­gional co­op­er­a­tion for com­bat­ing un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties at sea”. As for non-par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Mal­dives, this was deemed to be “ow­ing to the in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal crises in the is­land repub­lic.”

INS Karanj: third sub­ma­rine of Scor­pene- class launched

The third Scor­pene- class sub­ma­rine, INS Karanj was launched at Mazagon Dock Ship­builders Ltd (MDL), Mum­bai, on 31 Jan­uary 2018, be­ing built by MDL un­der Project 75 of the In­dian Navy. In all, six Scor­pene- class sub­marines are be­ing in­dige­nously built at MDL un­der Project 75 with help of French naval de­fence

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