IN­DiaN Navy’S NeW-geN ShiPS Face ‘gUN’ UN­ceR­taiNty

SP's NavalForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

A sin­gle ven­dor sit­u­a­tion could throw the In­dian Navys effort to zero in on a pri­mary deck gun for its new gen­er­a­tion indige­nous front­line war­ships: specif­i­cally the seven Project 17 Al­pha (fol­low-on Shiva­lik class) stealth guided mis­sile frigates, three Project 15 Al­pha (kolkata class) and four Project 15 Beta guided mis­sile de­stroy­ers.

The In­dian Navy had iden­ti­fied the Oto Me­lara Oto­breda 127/64 Light­weight (LW) naval gun and the BAe Sys­tems Mk 45 Mod 4 127/62 naval gun sys­tem. How­ever, with BAe Sys­tems choos­ing not to bid for the com­pe­ti­tion, a pe­cu­liar sit­u­a­tion has arisen. Oto Me­lara, the only com­pany that has re­sponded to the Navys call for in­ter­est, is a sub­sidiary of Fin­mec­ca­nica and spec­u­la­tion re­mains over whether Oto Me­lara has a fight­ing chance in any sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, the im­me­di­ate chance of for­ward move­ment have been stalled by the more se­ri­ous is­sue of non-com­pe­ti­tion.

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