Archive for May, 2013

SOURCE: IANS

With Thailand expressing its interest in India’s defence industry and the Indian defence minister scheduled to visit Thailand next month, defence ties between both the countries are likely to get stronger.

A joint statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra after their bilateral meeting here Thursday, said: “Thailand expressed interest in India’s defence industry, which has competitive production and advance technology. Both countries agreed to pursue defence industry collaboration in areas of mutual interest.”

While both prime ministers appreciated the “close interactions and regular exchanges between the armed forces of Thailand and India”, the Thai side welcomed the scheduled visit of the Indian Defence Minister, A.K. Anthony to Thailand next month.

The Thai defence minister had visited India in December last year. A defence dialogue was conducted between both the countries February this year.

Both countries have also agreed to scale up the regular Coordinated Patrol (CORPATs) conducted by the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy.

“Both sides agreed to enhance anti-piracy cooperation, promote security of sea lanes and Coast Guard cooperation to contribute to the maintenance of peace in the region and to work towards ensuring safety and security of navigation in the Indian Ocean,” the joint statement said.

Reiterating their commitment to reforms in the UN, the Thai side acknowledged India’s credentials for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

To give a boost to trade and investment, India invited participation of the Thai private sector in its plans to modernise and upgrade manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, especially in Delhi-Mumbai and Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridors, the Buddhist circuit and the northeast states of India.

“India also welcomed Thai investment particularly in sectors such as ports and highways, electronics, automobile components, food processing and power generation, as well as tourism and hospitality facilities. India expressed its interest in participating in mega transport and infrastructure development projects in Thailand,” the joint statement said.

To promote trade and investment and facilitate travel of business persons of both countries, the two sides agreed to provide fast track business visa service to the qualified entrepreneurs of both the countries.

Both prime ministers welcomed the establishment of Thailand-India Business Forum with the involvement of the private sector to stimulate expansion of bilateral trade and investments, and facilitate business partnerships.

Both countries sought an institutional arrangement on social security benefits of the workers in each other’s countries.

“Both sides noted with satisfaction the positive discussions on Social Security Agreement between the two countries that would facilitate and streamline the movement of professionals and workers and expressed the hope that this agreement would be finalised at an early date,” the statement said.

“In this connection, they agreed to discuss a proposal for the establishment of a framework to enable regulated deployment of labour from India into the required sectors in Thailand,” it said.

Both sides signed agreements in the field of exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing, science and technology, establishment of the Thailand-India exchange programme, geo-informatics and space technology in the field of mapping and a treaty on the transfer of sentenced persons.

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Japan is close to signing an agreement to supply amphibious planes to India, a report said Monday, in what would be the first sale of hardware used by the military since a weapons export ban was imposed.

Japan is close to signing an agreement to supply amphibious planes to India, a report said Monday, in what would be the first sale of hardware used by the military since a weapons export ban was imposed.
During a four-day visit to Tokyo by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, starting later Monday, the two sides are set firm up plans for Delhi to purchase the US-2, a domestically-developed aircraft used by Japan’s armed forces.The sale, reported by the Nikkei business daily, would be the first of a finished product made by Japan’s homegrown defence industry since rules were imposed restricting the export of weapons systems and other equipment.

It would also mark a strengthening of the alliance between Japan and India, which both see rising China as a threat to regional stability.

Experts say the aircraft must be classed as for civilian use if it is to comply with Japan’s 1967 self-imposed ban on arms exports, part of the post-World War II anti-militarist drive.

The US-2, which was developed by ShinMaywa Industries and has been sold to the Japanese navy at a price tag of roughly 10 billion yen ($99 million), has a range of 4,700 kilometres (2,900 miles) and can land in seas with waves of up to three metres (nine feet).

“If the US-2 is exported to India for civilian use, that would be the first case of exports of Japanese-developed weaponry used by the defence ministry for civilian use,” a trade ministry official in charge of arms sales told AFP.

ShinMaywa opened a sales office in New Delhi last year and has been promoting the plane there, a spokesman for the company said.

“We hear there is some demand from the Indian government but decline to comment further as we have yet to reach a contract,” he added. The Nikkei said India is looking to acquire at least 15 of the aircraft.

Japan has sought to expand the market for its defence industry. It has previously exported technology or parts of military hardware, but has not sold any finished products.

The plane could be deemed to have a non-military — for example, search and rescue — purpose if “friend-or-foe” identification systems were disabled, officials said, making it eligible for export.

In 2011 Tokyo eased the decades-old ban on arms exports, paving the way for Japanese firms to take part in multinational weapons projects.

The reported talks on sales “are based on policy decisions made a few years ago that Japan has to support its defence industry by diverting military technology to civilian use for export”, said Takehiko Yamamoto, professor of international relations at Waseda University.

Otherwise, major Japanese firms such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries “will not able to maintain their pool of engineers to develop military technology that is essential for the defence of Japan”, he said.

Boosting exports from Japan’s manufacturing behemoths is a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive the economy.

Abe and Singh are scheduled to meet on Wednesday for a summit expected to concentrate on trade and investment.

Source : Defence News

SOURCE: IANS

The state-run Indian space agency Tuesday opened a navigation centre near Bangalore for a proposed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), a constellation of seven spacecraft that will enable users to know their location and time accurately.

Located in the Deep Space Network (DSN) complex of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Byalalu, about 40 km from here, the navigation centre will function as the main ground station for the satellite system.

The satellite system will be equipped with high precision atomic clocks and transmit navigation signals to multiple users round the clock.

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy inaugurated the centre in the presence ofISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan, other space scientists and officials of the space department.

The first of the navigation satellites (IRNSS-IA) will be launched in the wee hours of June 12 onboard the space agency’s home grown rocket (PSLV-C22 XL) from its spaceport at Sriharikota off the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km from Chennai.

“The 1,425 kg navigational satellite will provide terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation services and help in disaster and fleet management across the region, after it is positioned in geostationary equatorial orbit about 36,000 km away from the earth,” Radhakrishnan said on the occasion.

The navigation centre will also be responsible for the time reference, generation of navigation messages and monitoring and control of ground facilities, including ranging stations.

“Key to the global positioning system (GPS)-based navigation support is the time reference to which all ground-based systems and satellite clocks are synchronised. The time reference is generated by the high precision timing facility at the navigation centre, which is equipped with high stability, high precision atomic clocks,” Radhakrishnan said.

A network of 21 ranging stations located across the country will provide data for the orbit determination of the satellites and monitoring of the navigation signal.

The data from the ranging and monitoring stations is relayed to the data processing facility at the centre on real-time basis to generate navigation messages, which are in turn transmitted to the satellites through the spacecraft control facility of the space agency at Hassan in Karnataka (180 km from Bangalore) and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

“The IA satellite will be tested in its geostationary orbit for about six months before commissioning for operational use. It will have a 10-year lifespan. The remaining six satellites of the IRNSS constellation will be launched by 2015 at the rate of every six months,” Radhakrishnan said.

The navigational satellites will provide an accurate real time position, navigation time (PNT) services to users in air, sea and land on a variety of platforms under all weather conditions.

The navigation satellite system will provide two types of services – standard positioning service for civilian use and restricted service, which is encrypted, for authorised users (military and security).

SOURCE: PTI

SU-30MKI Comes to land 

India’s capabilities to protect its vast interests in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and to tackle any threat there received a boost today with the setting up of a Sukhoi fighter aircraft base in Tamil Nadu, the first such station in the southern part of the country.

Inaugurating the air base, Defence Minister A K Antony said, “The establishment of the premier fighter base is important in the view of the current geo-political scenario and threat perception in the peninsular region and in the Indian Ocean…It will help protect our island territories and sea lines of communication in the IOR.”

He said, “This airbase is going to be strategically important. By stationing our Sukhois here, the IAF can protect a vast area of interest. In the emerging security scenario, the presence of fighter planes in Thanjavur will not only guard our interests but also give a feeling of safety to our neighbours.”

His statement comes against the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion last week that India was well positioned to be the net provider of security to the IOR.

A full squadron of 16 to 18 Su-30MKI combat aircraft will be deployed at the base by the end of 2017-18, which will give India the capability to keep a close vigil on the IOR.

“There is a threat of piracy and terrorism and also emerging security scenario around the country is volatile. Even though we are a peace-loving country, we have to be ever-ready to face any kind of aggression…,” Antony said.

The Defence Minister mentioned that the assets envisaged for the futuristic air base would be able to provide security to all the strategic and vital installations in this region.

Antony said, “Various sensitive, strategic, industrial, aerospace and economic assets are coming up in the southern peninsula and the station will play a vital role in providing protection to those assets.”

A highlight of the inauguration ceremony of the air base was a fly past by two Sukhoi-30 aircraft. This would be the first-ever fighter aircraft base in the southern peninsula under the control of the Southern Air Command.

The IAF also has plans to deploy its Israeli Searcher or Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at the air base in the future.

The Defence Ministry said the air base is now ready to undertake fighter, transport aircraft and helicopter operations and detachments of these aircraft will be planned every year.

“The base is also slated to house an array of IAF platforms in the future including Su-30 MKIs, Medium Transport Aircraft, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) and a Medium Power Radar on build up of further infrastructure,” it said.

The airbase has been modernised in the recent past and the infrastructure development includes “construction of runway, parallel taxi track and other operational, maintenance and administrative infrastructure to support air operations.”

It has been used extensively for relief operations whenever the southern peninsula was affected by natural calamities. At the inaugural function, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said, “In the years ahead, the strategic importance of the Thanjavur base will grow in stature.”

The airbase was first constructed in 1940 by the Royal Air Force. During the period 1942-45, the RAF operated Hudson, Wellington 1C, Hurricane and Thunderbolt aircraft from this airfield.

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SOURCE: INDIAN NAVY

HMAS (Her Majesty’s Australian Ship) Newcastle, an Adelaide Class Frigate berthed at Kochi today. The ship on her way for deployment in the Gulf of Aden is commanded by Commander Paul O’Grady. The ship was received at the entrance of the harbor by INS Kabra. Officials from Southern Naval Command accompanied by the Southern Naval Command Band received the ship formally at the pier.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle accompanied by the Australian Consul General  at Chennai and the Australian Defence Attache based in New Delhi called on Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command. Mutual visits to the visiting ship and training facilities of Southern Naval Command, professional exchanges as well as social interactions were on the schedule drawn up for the visiting Australian warship.  INS Sharda of Southern Naval Command will undertake a PASSEX – a basic maneuvering exercise – with HMAS Newcastle off Kochi when she departs on Friday.

1.Naval Ship Repair Yard, Karwar
Tender Title: Flood Alarm and Fire Detection Alarm System
Publish date: 23 May 2013
Due date: 27 May 2013
EMD: Rs 5560/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=karn574204&wno=1&td=TD

2. Rashtriya Chemicals And Fertilizers Limited
Tender Title: RFP for Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Integrated Communication and Collaboration Solution (Software)
Publish date: 20 May 2013
Due date: 03 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 300000/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=maha573287&wno=1&td=TD

3.Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Singrauli
Tender Title: Procurement of CO2 Type Fire extinguisher
Publish date: 18 May 2013
Due date: 14 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 9750/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=up572937&wno=1&td=TD

4.Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited, Almatti, Karnataka
Tender Title: Providing cctv arrangements to almatti dam.
Publish date: 10 May 2013
Due date: 10 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 1,97,000/-
Link: http://3.imimg.com/data3/TV/XU/HTT-380/380_2013-05-11-12-15-51_1368254751.png

5.State Police Chief of Police Department, Thiruvananthapuram
Tender Title: Supply of Reflex sights
Publish date: 21 May 2013
Due date: 14 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 1450/-
Link: http://3.imimg.com/data3/RL/TX/HTT-1302/1302_2013-05-21-12-36-33_1369119993.pdf

6. General Manager Of Rifle Factory Ishapore, Ishapore, West Bengal
Tender Title: Supply of steel Sqr. 20MM for sight rear rifle
Publish date: 22 May 2013
Due date: 28 Jun 2013
EMD: N/A
Link: http://3.imimg.com/data3/FU/BQ/HTT-946/946_2013-05-22-09-40-58_1369195858.jpg

7.MGO PPO Army Headquarter
Tender Title: Procurement of spares for 122 mm Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher(GRAD) BM21
Publish date: 17 May 2013
Due date: 08 Aug 2013
EMD: N/A
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=del572781&wno=1&td=TD

8. Container Corporation of India Ltd
Tender Title: Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of IP Based CCTV Surveillance System
Publish date: 22 May 2013
Due date: 26 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 139000/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=del574013&wno=1&td=TD

9.GAIL (India) Limited
Tender Title: Supply installation testing and commissioning of X-Ray Baggage Scanning machine
Publish date: 21 May 2013
Due date: 07 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs.60,000/-
Link: http://tinyurl.com/oskol65

10. UP Police
Tender Title: Inflatable Rescue Boat
Publish date: 21 May 2013
Due date: 27 Jun 2013
EMD: Varies according to multiple products
Link: http://uppolice.up.nic.in/tender/moterboat%20tender%202013-14%20Final.pdf

11. Kerela Police
Tender Title: Reflex Sights, Flash Lights , Binoculars, Tactical Eye Glasses, Tactical Belts, Knee Protectors , Elbow Protectors, Tactical Shoes, Tactical Caps, Hand Held VHF Sets and Static VHF Sets
Publish date: 18 May 2013
Due date: 14 Jun 2013
EMD: Varies according to multiple products
Link: http://tinyurl.com/od8zaad
Spec. Link: http://tinyurl.com/q32aeoh

By : Indian Defense Market

SOURCE : SP’s Special Correspondent

 The Indian Navy isn’t the only service that gets the bask in the glow of a brand new American-built bird. The IAF will soon welcome to India its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster-III heavy-lift transport aircraft, due to arrive shortly. The window of arrival is May-June, so teams are all set to ferry the first bird back to homebase, Hindon AFS.

All ten aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2014, but which time operations will already be in full swing. Batches of Indian pilots and loadmasters have been undergoing training with the USAF at Altus, Oklahoma and will be the lead teams that bring in the C-17 into Indian service. Once deliveries begin this month or the next, the Indian Air Force will rapidly begin a process to determine whether it plans to buy 6-10 more aircraft from Boeing. Such a decision will need to be quickly made since manufacturing operations will begun winding down at Boeing’s Long Beach facility towards the end of 2014, and it will need firm orders to keep such a massive facility open. Sources indicate the IAF has already conveyed to the government that it would require at least 20 C-17s for meaningful operations on the type, and given its responsibilities.

1. UP Police
Tender Title: Chest Protector, Shoulder Pad, etc
Publish date: 16 May 2013
Due date: 17 Jun 2013
EMD: N/A
Link: http://tinyurl.com/ktt2dv4

2. CRPF
Tender Title: QRs and Specification for Anti Riot Equipments
Publish date: 15 May 2013
Due date: 31 May 2013
EMD: N/A (EOI)
Link: http://crpf.nic.in/TENDER/253012.pdf

3. CRPF
Tender Title: Global Positioning System (GPS)
Publish date: 01 May 2013
Due date: 30 May 2013
EMD: Rs 10,000/-
Link: http://crpf.nic.in/TENDER/243312.pdf

4. Tripura Police
Tender Title: Riot Control Vehicles
Publish date: 20 May 2013
Due date: 19 Jun 2013
EMD: N/A
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=trip573415&wno=1&td=TD

5. Intelligence Branch, West Bengal Police
Tender Title: Supply of Deep search metal detector, Door frame metal detector, hand held metal detector, and dragon light.
Publish date: 14 May 2013
Due date: 10 Jun 2013
EMD: 2% of the tender value
Link: http://policewb.gov.in/wbp/tender/tender_ibwb_05_170513.pdf

6. Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Singrauli
Tender Title: Procurement of CO2 Type Fire extinguisher
Publish date: 18 May 2013
Due date: 14 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 9750/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=up572937&wno=1&td=TD

7. Advanced Numerical Research & Analysis Group, DRDO
Tender Title: Light Weight Head Mounted Display Kit
Publish date: 15 May 2013
Due date: 04 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 15000/-
Link: http://drdo.gov.in/drdo/tenders/viewTender.jsp?paramMicro=4467

8. Frontier Headquarter, SSB Siliguri
Tender Title: Supply of Fire Fighting Equipment
Publish date: 15 May 2013
Due date: 12 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs.25,725/-
Link: http://www.ssb.nic.in/shared/linkimages/6551.pdf

9. Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
Tender Title: Supply, Installation, Commissioning Implementation, Training and maintenance of GPS/GPRS based vehecle Tracking System
Publish date: 08 May 2013
Due date: 13 Jun 2013
EMD: Rs 1000000/-
Link: http://tenders.gov.in/viewtenddoc.asp?tid=ori570979&wno=1&td=TD

10. Central Electronics Limited, Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh
Tender Title: Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of bomb detection and disposal system
Publish date: 30 Apr 2013
Due date: 31 May 2013
EMD: N/A
Link: http://3.imimg.com/data3/LN/JN/HTT-342/342_2013-05-01-16-23-18_1367405598.pdf

source : Indian Defence Market

SOURCE: TNN

Winds of change across the border Were felt When the second stage of trial scooter to man the borders started in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer . Last year, the first stage was Held.Besides camel, sand scooters aussi Will be utilised to man the border land. In a bid to Strengthen the security arrangement and aussi to chase smugglers, intruders along with border guarding, the Union home ministry HAD Planned To Provide all terrain vehicle (ATV), a four-wheel scooter foreign to the security forces.

The second stage of trial Began recently.Compared to altho first phase the sand scooters beens That Brought by companies in the second stage Could not succeed in climbing the sand dunes. The trial continues for Will Reviews another 2-3 days.The report of the two trials Will Be feels to BSF headquarters. These sand scooters Will Be used along with camels. BSF Would Be slowly phasing out camels at the border areas. source said last year, Chinese company NEBULA EXPURTS ‘Nebula ATV Jaguar 500cc scooter trial was betweens Held May 17 and 19 last year.

Later trial of American company Polaris field vehicles Took Place May betweens 21 and 23 in. All which store 800 store 4-800 RZR Ranger RZW SW and sportsman Were utilised. Later trials of M / s Auto IOI Took Place. In trials thesis sand scooter of Polaris was successful. Sources said this year in the second stage, various models of Maini Group from Bangalore was Held from May 12. The trials Were not successful. The vehicles got trapped in the sand and Could not climb smartly. Sources said a committee led by BSF DIG BS Rajpurohit has-been made ??by the BSF headquarters at Delhi for the trials of thesis ATVs, All which Would give icts report about the trials of the ATVs and based on the report, recommendation Would Be feels to the union government. Sources Said That Are Being Conducted trials thesis in intense heat conditions, and jawans are operating vehicles with the requisite arms and ammunition.