US Navy Plans to Deploy CostSaving Laser Technology Third ASW Corvette for Indian Navy Launched
CITING a SeRIeS oF technological breakthroughs, the US Navy has on april 8, 2013, announced plans at the sea-air-space exposition to deploy for the first time a solid-state laser aboard a ship in the fiscal year 2014. Òour directed energy initiatives and specifically the solid-state laser, are among our highest priority science and technology programmes. The solid-state laser programme is central to our commitment to quickly deliver advanced capabilities to forward-deployed forces,Ó said Chief of Naval Research Rear admiral Matthew Klunder. ÒThis capability provides a tremendously affordable answer to the costly problem of defending against asymmetric threats, and that kind of innovative approach is crucial in a fiscally-constrained environment.ÓThe announcement to deploy the laser onboards USS Ponce comes as navy researchers continue to make sigQLfiFdQW SURJUhVV RQ GLUhFWhG hQhUJy ZhdSons, allowing the service to deploy a laser weapon on a navy ship, two years ahead of schedule. The at-sea demonstration in fiVFdo yhdU 2014 LV SdUW RI d ZLGhU SRUWfolio of near-term Navy directed energy SURJUdPPhV WKdW SURPLVh UdSLG fihoGLQJ, demonstration and prototyping efforts for shipboard, airborne and ground systems.
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The ThIRd aNTI-SUBMaRINe WaRFaRe (aSW) corvette for the Indian Navy, designed under Project-28 by the directorate of Naval design (Surface Ships Group) and being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and engineers Ltd (GRSe), was launched on March 26. admiral d.K. Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear admiral (Retd) a.K. Verma, Chairman and Managing DLUhFWRU, G56(, VhQLRU RIfiFLdoV IURP WKh 0LQistry of defence and armed forces, and West Bengal administration were present while the aSW corvette was launched by the Navy ChiefÕs wife Chitra Joshi. The ship has been christened after INS Kiltan, a former Soviet Union origin Petya class light-aSW frigate.
as a result of relentless pursuit of national strategy of self-reliance by the Indian Navy and the defence shipyards, the third aSW corvette has achieved about 90 per cent indigenous contents in the manufacturing at GRSe. The aSW corvettes under this programme integrate latest stealth WhFKQRoRJy dQG ,16 .dPRUWd, WKh fiUVW RI the class, is expected to be commissioned shortly this year. The remaining three ships under the project will be delivered by 2016. The fourth ship of Project-28 is scheduled to be launched in 2014. Lauding efforts of GRSe in detail designing of the ship, the Navy Chief singled out its technological landmark, as ehLQJ WKh fiUVW VKLS LQ WKh FRXQWUy eXLoW ZLWK a composite superstructure. The superstrucWXUh PdGh RI FdUeRQ fieUh FRPSRVLWh PdWhrial has been successfully integrated with the main hull of the ship. The hull of the ship is built with warship grade high tensile indigenous steel. Besides reducing the top weight, it will provide improved stealth features and reduce life-cycle maintenance costs.