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    Indian Naval Station in Madagascar

    Indian Navy's hi-tech naval monitoring station started operations in northern Madagascar which will provide the IN with advance ELINT/SIGINT capabilities which will be used to gather intelligence on foreign navies especially USN and PLAAN as well as keep close check on the piracy infested waters of the southwestern Indian Ocean. India is paying 2.5 million USD as lease to Madagascar for this. It will also patrol the coast of Mozambique from this base so as to prevent piracy spreading all the way to South Africa.

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    India To Boost Coast Guard's Size, Resources

    28 Oct 2009

    NEW DELHI - India plans to build up its maritime security agency, the Coast Guard, with additional personnel and assets, a move prompted by the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai by terrorists who arrived by sea.

    Defence Minister A.K. Antony, announced Oct. 28 in his address at the Coast Guard Commanders' Conference here that an additional 3,000 Coast Guard personnel will be recruited on an urgent basis, according to a Defence Ministry statement.The minister also announced that the Coast Guard is acquiring 20 fast patrol vehicles, 41 interceptor boats, 12 Dornier coastal surveillance aircraft and seven off-shore patrol vehicles. Work also is in progress on a chain of 46 coastal radars that will link nine coastal stations. Moreover, nine new Coast Guard stations have been approved.

    The Coast Guard boost was recommended by a high-level panel the government established in July to regularly review India's coastal security, a senior Navy official said.

    Acquisition of the platforms, weapons and other equipment for the Coast Guard will be fast-tracked.

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    2.5 million USD for how long?ie how long a lease fo we have. also any idea waht assets are being placed there to patrol the mozambique coast and do we have any agreement with the mozambique government for patrolling their coast.
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    Vice Admiral Ganesh Mahadevan takes over as Chief of Material

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    Vice Admiral Ganesh Mahadevan AVSM VSM, currently the Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition, will take over as the Chief of Materiel on 31 Oct 09 from Vice Admiral Dilip Deshpande AVSM VSM who retired after 40 years of service.

    Vice Admiral Ganesh Mahadevan, an alumnus of NDA was commissioned on 01 Jan 1972. Specialised as an Electrical Officer, he has proved his technical prowess during numerous appointments in Naval Dockyards from the level of Assistant Manager (Design) to finally that as Admiral Superintendent Dockyard (ASD) Visakhapatnam.

    At the Naval Headquarters he has the unique experience of having headed, at various times, three different directorates viz. the Directorate of Weapon Engineering, Directorate of Electrical Engineering and the Directorate of Information Technology. Widely acknowledged as a technical ‘whiz’ the Flag Officer has made notable contributions towards development of indigenous weapon and sensor systems.

    An alumnus of the National Defence College he served as the Assistance Chief of Material (Information Technology & Systems) as a Rear Admiral. Promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 12 Dec 2007, the Flag Officer has been the Director General Naval Project, Visakhapatnam and subsequently the Controller Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A) wherein he has been instrumental in shaping policy regarding warship design and construction in the country.

    An avid reader, illustrator and sculptor, the Flag Officer is linguistically skilled with a high level of proficiency in Russian.

    Vice Admiral NK Nadella will succeed him as CWP&A.

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    If we are looking at a wide coverage, why not go for the Global Hawk, it is cheaper to buy and operate, more fuel efficient and can stay in the air for longer.............Does anyone how much does the global hawk cost roughly.............By 2015, I think that we should be able to get our hands on some (The US defence policy permitting)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bengalraider View Post
    2.5 million USD for how long?ie how long a lease fo we have. also any idea waht assets are being placed there to patrol the mozambique coast and do we have any agreement with the mozambique government for patrolling their coast.
    I don't know about the time frame of the lease period....this amount is for renting the land, so i guess its an annual fee. Yes, we have an defense agreement with Mozambique to patrol their waters and supply arms and ammunition to them which was signed in 2006. Indian Navy provided seaward patrolling and protection during the African Union Summit in Mozambique in 2003 on request from their government. Its not clear as to what assets will be deployed, but mostly naval surveillance aircraft will be used as well as naval ships currently based in this region in the anti-piracy ops.

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    Viraat to be back in action in a week

    Viraat to be back in action in a week

    NEW DELHI: The mother will be back in action soon. With power projection being the name of the game, India is finally ready to once again deploy its solitary aircraft carrier INS Viraat on the high seas after an almost two-year gap.

    INS Viraat is now on the verge of completing its sea-acceptance trials and work-up phase off Mumbai after an 18-month-long comprehensive refit in Mumbai and Kochi to increase its longevity as well as upgrade its weapon and sensor packages.

    Coincidentally enough, the 28,000-tonne old warhorse will also be completing its 50th year as an operational warship this November. Originally commissioned in the British Royal Navy as HMS Hermes in November 1959, it was inducted into the Indian Navy in May 1987.

    Even British officers, who have served on her, are stunned we have managed to prolong its operational life so much. After this refit, it will serve us for at least five years more. It should be full-ops in a week or so, said a senior officer.

    While Navy is justifiably proud of getting INS Viraat back in action, its a telling comment on the Indian defence establishments utter lack of long-term strategic planning to build military capabilities in tune with the countrys geopolitical objectives. An aircraft carrier prowling on the high seas, with its accompanying fighter jets tearing into the skies from the mobile airstrip, after all, projects power like nothing else.

    US, on its part, has 11 carrier strike groups deployed across the globe to rule the seas. China, in turn, is actively scrambling to get carriers of its own in keeping with its big superpower aspirations. Successive Indian governments, however, been quite apathetic to Navys quest to have three aircraft carriers one each for the eastern and western seaboards, while the third undergoes repairs to protect the countrys primary area of geopolitical interest stretching from Hormuz Strait to Malacca Strait.

    The long-delayed 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) being built at Cochin Shipyard, for one, will be ready only by 2015. For another, India will get the refurbished 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov, undergoing a refit at the Sevmash Shipyard in North Russia, only by early-2013 now. India and Russia, of course, are still bitterly negotiating Gorshkovs final refit cost, with the price likely to settle upwards of $ 2.5-billion. There is another big worry for Navy. INS Viraat may be all set to resume duties but its left with only 11 Sea Harrier jump-jets to operate from its deck.

    From 1983 onwards, Navy had inducted 30 of the British-origin Sea Harriers, which take off from the angled ski-jump on INS Viraat and land vertically on its deck, but has lost over half of them in accidents. Be that as it may, the 13-storey high INS Viraat will soldier on with its motto of Jalamev Yasya, Balamev Tasya (he who controls the sea is all powerful) for the foreseeable future.

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    Good news that it's going to be operational soon. Hopefully it will be able to retire peacefully in the next 3 years or so.
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    midget subs for IN

    Indian Navy to procure five midget submarines
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    New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) To strengthen its capabilities of carrying out special underwater operations in high seas and enemy harbours, the Indian Navy is planning to procure five midget submarines for the Marine Commandos (MARCOS).

    Submarines weighing less than 150 tonnes are classified as midgets and are used by the Navies to carry out underwater covert operations and surveillance missions.

    The Navy has already initiated the process of procuring these vessels and recently issued a Request for Proposal to Indian shipyards including Hindustan Shipyards Limited, ABG and Pipavav shipyards, Defence Ministry sources told PTI here.

    Initially, Navy is planning to get only five of these vessels but the inductions can be doubled later on.

    The induction of these midgets is part of the Navy's efforts to strengthen its operational capabilities after the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai last year, sources said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick007 View Post
    If we are looking at a wide coverage, why not go for the Global Hawk, it is cheaper to buy and operate, more fuel efficient and can stay in the air for longer.............Does anyone how much does the global hawk cost roughly.............By 2015, I think that we should be able to get our hands on some (The US defence policy permitting)
    Mate,the Global Hawk is not an AWACS aircraft, its basically a surveillance aircraft.. the older version (RQ-4A) costs around 38 million USD and the newer one (RQ-4B) around 55-81 million USD. Its has an excellent range and endurance, but i don't think US is willing to sell it as of now since only USAF, USN and NASA are using it currently. Nothing is clear as of now about when US will consider selling it.

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    Now, that the Viraat is operational, the Navy is left with only 11 of the Sea Harriers in purchased back in 1987.. i hope we get some of Mig 29Ks soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeepdg View Post
    Now, that the Viraat is operational, the Navy is left with only 11 of the Sea Harriers in purchased back in 1987.. i hope we get some of Mig 29Ks soon...
    mig 29k can not operate from the VIRAAT. they are being procured for gorshkov and our own carrier shaping up at cochin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgj View Post
    mig 29k can not operate from the VIRAAT. they are being procured for gorshkov and our own carrier shaping up at cochin.
    Ok, so that leaves us with just 11 Sea Harriers. Not much of a firepower, I suppose. Also, some of the Ka-28s will hopefully be based on the Viraat, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeepdg View Post
    Ok, so that leaves us with just 11 Sea Harriers.
    even they are outdated. many crashes in the past means the IN will be circumspect in operating them.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandeepdg View Post
    Not much of a firepower, I suppose. Also, some of the Ka-28s will hopefully be based on the Viraat, I think.
    i would be happy if it is operated like a heli- carrier since no a/c is forseen for them except say f-35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgj View Post
    even they are outdated. many crashes in the past means the IN will be circumspect in operating them.


    i would be happy if it is operated like a heli- carrier since no a/c is forseen for them except say f-35.
    Yeah, they are outdated. the Harriers that we operate are the oldest version. The Britishers operate the AV-8B version currently.


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