SP's NavalForces - - LEAD STORY - Jayant BaranwaL

The suc­cess­ful launch­ing of guided mis­sile de­stroyer Mor­mu­gao on Septem­ber 17, 2016, at the Mazagon Dock Lim­ited (MDL) by Mrs. Reena Lanba, wife of CNS Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, was a sil­ver lin­ing in the oth­er­wise strained and tense en­vi­ron­ment of In­dia due to the on­go­ing protests in the area be­tween Pir Pan­jal Range and main Hi­malayas range of Kash­mir, and the at­tack on the for­ward mil­i­tary base of Uri.

Mor­mu­gao is the se­cond ship of Project 15B and in­cor­po­rates new de­sign con­cepts for im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity, sea­keep­ing, stealth and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. En­hanced stealth features have been en­shrined through shap­ing of hull and use of radar trans­par­ent deck fit­tings which make th­ese ships dif­fi­cult to de­tect. Th­ese ships are also packed with an ar­ray of state-of- the-art weapons and sen­sors, in­clud­ing ver­ti­cally launched mis­sile sys­tem. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the chief guest, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, said that “this event is yet another mo­ment of truth for the In­dian Navy and In­dia’s quest for sel­f­re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion. The In­dian Navy stands fully com­mit­ted to the call of ‘Make in In­dia’ and we are ex­tremely proud of the fact that all of our war­ships and sub­marines on or­der to­day are being con­structed within the coun­try”.

The CNS also com­mended the syn­er­gic part­ner­ship of MDL, In­dian Navy, De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), Ord­nance Fac­tory Board (OFB), Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) and other pub­lic sec­tor en­ter­prises. In­dian Navy also sails steadily to­wards mak­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s vi­sion of ‘Make in In­dia’ a re­al­ity. Thus the lead ar­ti­cle is all about Project 15B.

In­dian Navy’s anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) ca­pa­bil­i­ties have been an­a­lysed in depth to in­fer that they are on the brink due to voids in all the el­e­ments which go into mak­ing ASW a force to reckon with. The force level of sub­marines is down to 13, the num­ber of ASW/ mul­ti­role he­li­copters has dwin­dled to about one-fifth of their re­quire­ment thus a large num­ber of high-end ships are with­out their cover, Black Shark was to be fit­ted on In­dia’s Scor­pene Sub­marines but is wait­ing for a goa­head from the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence and also more num­ber of Ac­tive Towed Ar­ray Sonars are re­quired.

A brief write-up on In­doRus­sia Strate­gic Part­ner­ship gives an in­sight into the decades-long re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia. Then there are ar­ti­cles on Barak-8 SAM which is a joint project of DRDO and Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries, Rail­gun and sub­ma­rine periscope, to keep you read­ers abreast of de­vel­op­ments in naval tech­nolo­gies. This is­sue as usual wraps up with the News in Brief and Ap­point­ments. We sign off with a very Happy Dussehra and pros­per­ous Deep­awali to all you dis­cern­ing read­ers.

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