Indo-S. Korean Defense Ties Deepen with Minesweeper Purchase

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

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    NEW DELHI — India’s Defence Ministry has decided to award a US $1.2 billion contract to Kangnam Corp. for eight mine-countermeasure vessels in India’s first big-ticket defense program with South Korea.

    The deal has been cleared ahead of Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s planned visit to Seoul later this year, and will help boost defense ties with South Korea, an Indian MoD official said.

    The finalization of the contract was delayed after Italy’s Intermarine, which was competing for the contract, approached India’s anti-fraud agency, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), with issues related to the transparency of the procurement. The CVC cleared the purchase last year, but the MoD has since dragged its feet in deciding to award the contract, the source said.

    India is reaching out to friendly nations in the region, including Japan and South Korea, as part of its Look East policy in a bid to contain the rising influence of China, said defense analyst Mahindra Singh.

    The Indian Navy is likely to give additional orders to the South Korean company for the countermine ships, since the service has a requirement for more than 24 minesweepers, an MoD source said. The Indian Navy operates 12 aging Pondicherry and Karwar-class minesweepers.

    The purchase of the new countermine ships is part of a long-term plan to acquire vessels for littoral warfare, including large landing platform decks, fast attack craft and advanced offshore patrol vessels.

    In 2008, India sent bids for the countermine ships to Kangnam, Intermarine, Northrop Grumman, Izhar of Spain and DCN International of France.

    The Navy has wanted new minesweepers for more than 13 years, but delays in procurement due to bureaucratic red tape have been holding back the order.

    According to the deal, the first two minesweepers will be constructed at Pusan, South Korea, and the remaining six will be built at the Goa Shipyard through technology transfers.

    South Korea has become a big-ticket supplier of weapons to India — along with Russia, Israel, the United States and France — and is aggressively tapping India’s $100 billion weapons market.

    Samsung has jointly developed a howitzer gun with Indian private-sector company Larsen & Toubro, and it is likely to put up a tough fight against Russia’s Rosoboronoexport in the quest to supply 155mm/52-caliber tracked guns.

    The Larsen & Toubro-Samsung team is competing with Rosoboronexport, and with state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML), which has partnered with Slovakian company Konstrukha.

    The Indian Army wants to buy 100 tracked guns valued at more than $750 million. The tender, issued in 2011, was a rebid of a 2007 tender, which went to India’s Tata Power SED, Larsen & Toubro, BEML and Rosoboronexport.

    South Korean firm Doosan has also been given a tender this year for the purchase of 104 self-propelled gun missile systems to replace aging Russian Kvadrat systems.

    Indo-South Korean defense ties began in 2005, when the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on defense logistics and supplies.

    In 2007, the defense ministers of the two countries met to hash out a defense cooperation plan, which was followed in 2010 by the signing of a declaration of strategic partnership.

    Indo-S. Korean Defense Ties Deepen with Minesweeper Purchase | Defense News | defensenews.com
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Since the gorshokov disaster russia has not received any big ticket orders rightfully
    So from India.
     
  4. rohit b3

    rohit b3 Regular Member

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    "South Korea has become a big-ticket supplier of weapons to India — along with Russia, Israel, the United States and France — and is aggressively tapping India’s $100 billion weapons market."

    Sweet, Now S.Korea too can collect its shares of a few Billion$ from this open Mine called India.
     
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    Pakistan asks Korea to invest in defence sector



    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked Korea to invest in the country’s defence sector and also called for Korean private sector’s involvement in this regard.

    Ambassador of Korea Song Jong Hawan called on Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain on Thursday at the Ministry of Defence Production. While commending the deep ties between Pakistan and Korea in various fields, Hussain expressed the desire that the Korean public and private sector in defence may be allowed to further collaborate with Pakistan’s defence industry. He appreciated the help extended by Korea in upgrading the Karachi Shipyard.

    He said Pakistan acknowledges the role of Korea in the field of production of high-tech equipment. Hussain noted that in the last five to ten years Korea has come a long way in production of high-tech vehicles and other technological and electronic devices.

    “Avenues between Korea and Pakistan in this regard may further be explored,” the defence minister said. He added that Korean public and private defence sectors should be allowed to invest in the defence sectors of Pakistan, and assured that the process of granting no-objection certificates in this regard would be made hassle-free. Korea has shown keen interest in upgradation of Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) Wah through a Korean company, Poon Song.

    The Korean ambassador said that during his tenure he would make his best efforts to upgrade the relationship between Korea and Pakistan.

    Other than raising key concerns regarding defence production, Defence Minister Hussain said that currently only ten thousand Pakistanis are working in Korea, which requires another 75,000 overseas employments.

    The minister stressed that Pakistanis may be given due quota in this regard keeping in view their skill and technical level.

    The defence minister added that there is also a growing requirement of English language teachers in Korea which can be met by employing good teachers from Pakistan.

    Hussain thanked the Korean ambassador for a deep insight into his country’s matters and expressed the hope that the relationship between the two countries would be further strengthened.


    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\10\11\story_11-10-2013_pg7_9


    geo politics....:tsk:
     
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  6. LTE-TDD

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    What India shipyard can do? they can not even build minesweeper? don't tell me they are all too busy.
     
  7. debasree

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    ....lack of tech i think...may be in future we will go for jv with them..license production
     
  8. Neil

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    how about u read the article first and then comment...??!!!

     
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    we have built our own stealth warships, nuclear submarine..........aircraft carriers under construction...........no matter there are delays in the projects but will be completed
     
  10. Bheeshma

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    Its not the first ship from Korea. The sukanya class OPV's were also based on ulsan design. Unlike chinese ships koreans have some quality designs.
     
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  11. Compersion

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    Not sure if the South Koreans have it told to them (repeatedly) what the Pakistanis and North Koreans did in bed to one another. Perhaps the south Koreans one day would like to know how we position ourselves against the Pakistani (North Korean) weapons (including missiles). Perhaps we would like to know how the South Koreans simulate what the North Koreans would do with their weapons (missiles and small yield nuclear bomb sourced from [y]).

    Perhaps we are creating a relationship that is based on common beliefs and mentorship.

    Perhaps it is good advise for us to go for these boats from South Korea.
     
  12. raghavK.dua

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    Yes the are too busy building stealth frigates and indigenous aircraft carriers which China do not have.
    :taunt::taunt::taunt::taunt::taunt::taunt::taunt::taunt::
     
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