Archive for November, 2013


It’s again Rafale vs Eurofighter Typhoon contest for a $10 billion contract for up to 60 combat jets in the United Arab Emirates, Statements by Emirati officials in Dubai Airshow had said that Rafale was again in favor would suggest a big turn round for Dassault.

When spoke to Charles Armitage, Defense analyst on Middle-east, he said that UAE has been closely watching Indian negotiation with Dassault to go through and has been getting updates by Indians on the current negotiation.

Agreement on the purchase of Rafale from France might happen in next few months before next General Elections to be held in May, Dassault has strengthen its position in United Arab Emirates when France was able to sell Military Spy satellite to Emirates earlier this year, Dassault has been the clear favorite after that deal in the UAE, especially after France’s made significant efforts to deepen its military ties.

But UAE still is watching Indian deal carefully, since it doesn’t want to be sole export customer for Rafale fighter jets, Rafale has France Military as its only firm customer. The cash-strapped French government this summer slashed the number of Rafale jet fighters it would buy and  by 2016 Dassault would have to count on exports  which it still doesn’t have signed and sealed  to keep production rolling.

Final contract negotiations with India are proving difficult; France’s request for $2 billion extra to upgrade the technology India wants has led to further deals. nobody likes being the only export customer for a programme, as it tends to reduce flexibility and increase the upgrade and maintenance costs,” if UAE goes for Typhoon or Indian deal falls this could bring Typhoon back into the picture”. While UK hopes that securing the UAE as a customer could result in sales around the Gulf. Britain has already won orders from Saudi Arabia and Oman and interest from Bahrain.



Operating similar Russian-origin Su-30 combat aircraft, Air Forces ofIndia and Malaysia today discussed ways of further enhancing their cooperation during the meeting between their chiefs here.

“Malaysian air chief General Tan Sri Dato Sri Rodzali bin Daud, who is on a four-day visit, called on IAF Chief NAK Browne here at the Air Headquarters where a wide range of bilateral issues related to the ongoing defence cooperation were discussed,” an IAF release said.

As there is a commonality of aircraft being operated by the two air forces, Gen Bin Daud will also visit IAF’s Pune airbase to see the training facilities of Su-30 MKIs and Ozar base repair depot in Nasik which houses MiG-29 upgrade and overhaul facility as well as Su-30 manufacturing facility.

A team of IAF pilots and technicians were in Malaysia in 2008 for two years to train the Malaysian pilots, Weapon System Operators (WSO) and maintenance staff for the smooth induction and operation of their newly acquired Su-30 MKM fighter aircraft.

IAF has also assisted them in setting up a Systems School for the Su-30 MKM at Gong Kedak Air Base.

Browne had visited Malaysia last year and held talks on issues including professional exchanges, Su-30 training, courses, maintenance and logistic issues.




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The Defence Ministry has issued a tender expected to be worth over Rs 25,000 crore for building warships which can carry helicopters.

“The tender for the Landing Platform Decks (LPDs) has been issued,” Director General Acquisition SB Agnihotri said here at a FICCI interactive session with leaders of the defence industry.

He suggested that the tender was issued as part of efforts by the government to build the capabilities of the indigenous industry.

Agnihotri said he had institutionalised meetings with the industry captains at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis and expressed confidence that such interactions would continue even after his departure from the Ministry.

He has been promoted as Secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The DG Acquisition said the Ministry was taking steps to sort out the problems faced by the industry and keeps updating the Defence Procurement Procedure in this regard.


For the defence pact, preparatory work was done during meetings between high ranking officials such as Vietnam’s Chief of General Staff Do Ba Ty and Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur during which they agreed to have greater cooperation in capacity building, joint projects and training.

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India has already agreed to train 500 Vietnamese submariners and will transfer four naval boats under a $100-million credit line.

As Dr. Singh noted, “we reaffirmed the importance of defence and security cooperation and agreed to strengthen it further. India will continue to assist Vietnam in modernisation and training of its defence and security forces.”

In a joint statement, both leaders termed defence cooperation a “significant pillar” of strategic partnership and noted the increased pace of defence dialogue, training and exercises, ship visits, capacity building and exchanges between think tanks.

On the economic front, an MoU formalised Vietnam’s decision to award Tata Power a $1.8-billion thermal power project after a failed bid by the same company to set up a $5-billion steel plant. An air services agreement, which was also among the eight to be signed, could lead to direct flights giving a boost to trade and tourism.

SOURCE: SP Guide Publications

The Army and Navy, which had anticipated a tough decision at November 11′s meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, were left disappointed with sensitivities forcing Defence Minister AK Antony to err on the side of caution. The Army was expecting approval for a deal for Israeli-built SPIKE man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank and anti-personnel guided missiles with a tandem-charged HEAT warheads for as many as 356 infantry battalions.

The deal with the SPIKE’s maker, Rafael of Israel, is apparently contingent on the findings of an independent committee that has been mandated with looking into the feasibility of concluding deals with the company in the light of continuing CBI investigations into the Barak point defence missile deal. In fact, the DAC meeting on Monday was also supposed to consider a follow-on purchase of over 250 Barak-1 point defence missile systems for warships including the navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

The Navy has been concerned that the Barak system suffers from a shortage of munitions in the Indian fleet and that this could affect the overall capability intended. The LR-SAM or Barak-8/NG programme, a DRDO-Israel joint development programme intended to provide the navy with a Barak-1 replacement is nowhere close to operational service, though it will be a far more capable and longer range weapon once ready.

SOURCE: SP Guide Publications

As the Indian Navy works on sailing its newest acquisition back home, it has already decided that the INS Vikramaditya will be part of preliminary internal exercises in the Arabian Sea in 2014, but will be fielded in joint exercises with other countries only from 2015 onwards.

After operating a single aircraft carrier for over 16 years, the Indian Navy is once again technically a two-carrier force with INS Vikramaditya all set to join the INS Viraat in the Western Fleet when it arrives in Indian waters in January. The 44,500 tonne aircraft carrier will operate from Karwar, where the Seabird project is all set to receive her along with her 183-strong Russian guarantee squad, that will remain at the base for a period of one year to iron out induction issues that could spring up in the near term.

The two-carrier navy notion, though, is only that right now — a notion. The Vikramaditya won’t be operational as a fighting platform for more than a year. The MiG-29Ks at INS Hansa will begin operating from the ship’s deck in 2014, and will only be fully operational by early 2015. The INS Viraat, on the other hand, over 50 years old in total service, is on its last legs, though its last refit may see it extended in service till 2017-18. The ship itself is a lower cause for worry, since its embedded fleet of upgraded Sea Harriers are small in number, and availability issues constrain sustained operations. Therefore, it may not be until 2015 that India has a fully functional aircraft carrier force again.

Be that as it may, the INS Vikramaditya will find pride of place in the Western Fleet as the country’s flagship. For $2.35 billion, the Indian Navy may have been forced to wait nearly a decade, but is satisfied with the results, and is looking forward to exploring the capabilities of its newest warship.

SOURCE:  Itar-Tass

Moscow and New Delhi are negotiating the construction of more frigates for the Indian Navy, Anatoly Isaikin, director general of Russia’s biggest arms trader, Rosoboronexport, said here on Tuesday at the 18th international exhibition of internal state security Milipol 2013.

“We hope to sign a new contract for the construction of project 11356 frigates for the Indian Navy,” he said. “So far, there is none. But we hope for such a contract, and time will show in which format. It could be a joint production, or supplies of ready-made products.”

By now, Russia has built and handed over to the Indian Navy six project 11356 frigates, in two batches. The three frigates of the second batch were equipped with the BraMos Russian-Indian missile system, whereas the first three frigates of the 11356 project were equipped with the Russian-made missile systems Club.

The six project 11356 frigates were highly assessed by the Indian military.

SOURCE: Hindustan Times



The ice seems to be breaking. Coming slowly out of an environment of mistrust which prompted major restrictions on defence technology transfers, the US wants to jointly produce with India its fourth generation of Javelin anti-tank guided missiles.

Washington has also upgraded its initial offer of a part transfer to a full transfer of technology for third-generation Javelins.

The technology transfer will include the ‘seeker’ software — which helps home in on the target.

The Defence Acquisition Council headed by defence minister AK Antony has asked the Indian Army to consider the US-made Javelin along with Israeli Spike missiles. The Javelin purchase will feature in meetings during Army Chief General Bikram Singh’s trip to the US early next month.


Later this month, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will travel to India on board will be Russia’s “guarantee a team” consisting of 183 people, according to November 17.

“The group remains on Karwar naval base, where the aircraft carrier will be assigned for a period of one year. Currently there are negotiations on contractual obligations after the expiration of the warranty period of service, “said vice-president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Igor Ponomarev.

“Russia seeks to modernize the aircraft carrier during the entire 40-year life cycle. It was the most difficult and unusual project that we have ever carried. “Vikramaditya” is not just a renovated ship. It all new, except for housing, “said chief designer of the Nevsky PKB Sergei Vlasov, he was among the first engineers who designed TAVKR” Admiral Gorshkov “. Asked about the problems of working with the Government of India and the navy, he smiles: “When we were preparing the documentation every six months Indians approached us with inquiries, required a lot of information. We were not burdened by contractual obligations to the topic, but we went to the contacts because of the open and friendly relations between us. “ Indian Navy paid a lot of attention to improving the comfort of the service crew on board the “Vikramaditya”. “I hope that the Russian Navy will draw some lessons from our work on ergonomics,” he says.

Indian journalist asked Vlasov of “conspicuous absence” on the ship air defense systems, he shook his head and said, “Indian Navy did not appeal to us with this question. Ships of this class may not have their own means of defense, because carriers do not walk alone. We are asked about the possibility of the integration of Israel’s air defense system on the aircraft carrier, but did not receive the request. I foresee some problems with the integration of Israel’s air defense system, but it is not within our control. “ Vlasov said that if the Indian Navy will be asked to install the ship missile defense system “Chestnut” and MZAK AKA-630, they can be integrated quickly.

Ponomariov was frank: “We underestimated the initial work. Were difficult and serious discussion in one year there were six. But what happens in the world, it is normal practice in the shipbuilding industry. “

Responsible deliverer “Vikramaditya” Igor Leonov, probably knows more than any other thing you can do to “Vikramaditya” right now. “Since 2004, the Indian side is asleep asking us to integrate a huge number of new systems. There were a lot more than was required under the contract, “he says.

USC Chapter stands ready to assist in the construction of the Indian national carrier Vikrant (Project 71) at the shipyard in Cochin: “We are providing some assistance, ready to provide any additional, if requested by the Indian side. I doubt that the U.S. and the EU would like to share technologies, to the extent that we can provide. “ Ponomarev also noted that Russia offered India to buy three more advanced class frigate Talwar, the proposal being studied by the Indian side. On the table is also upgrading submarine Project 877 at the shipyard “asterisk”.

The journalist also spoke with the CEO of CDB ME “Rubin” (subs) Igor Vilnitom. Taciturn head of design department said that “we are in the tender invited India 75I submarine” Amur-1650 “, I hope your country will choose our submarines.”

SOURCE: Express News Service

The Navy is all set to upgrade its heavyweight torpedoes to extend both its life and range, apart from acquiring low frequency sonars for 16 of its front line warships to improve its surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

The Navy has chosen the German firm Atlas Elektronik to help it upgrade the heavyweight torpedoes, the most reliable weapons that can hit surface and underwater targets (SUT), for the four HDW Type 209 Shishumar class submarines, also of German origin.

The Navy is also on the verge of finalising the winner for supplying it with Active Towed Array Sonars (ATAS) for which Atlas Elektronik is one of the leading contenders, the company’s executives told a group of Indian journalists taken on a tour of its manufacturing facilities at Bremen and Hamburg in Germany.

The first six ATAS system would be three each of the Delhi-class destroyers and the Talwar-class frigates of the Navy. The contract winning company would be required to transfer the technology of the ATAS system to Indian defence public sector Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to produce 10 more of the sonars for the Kolkata-class destroyers, Shivalik-class frigates and the Kamorta-class corvette.

Navy sources here confirmed that they have selected the firm to upgrade its 64 SUT torpedoes and extend its life by another 15 years, while the selection process for the ATAS system is still not completed.

Khalil Rehman, CEO of Atlas Elektronik which opened its Indian subsidiary earlier this year, said the company was looking to expand its presence in India after its return to the market with the torpedoes upgrade programme. In this regard, he said, Atlas Elektronik had presented its SeaHake mod4 ER — the latest, fastest and most effective heavyweight torpedoes — to the Navy to boost its firepower.

“We want to further deepen our ties with India and provide the best of products and services to the Indian Navy, apart from integrating India into our global supply chain,” Bremen-based Atlas Elektronik CEO Volker Paltzo said.