Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

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Defence News - Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

Monday, January 05, 2015
By : IHS Janes

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15 billion (USD243.5 million) procurement of 13 127 mm guns for Indian Navy (IN) warships, for which Italy's OTO Melara was the sole bidder.

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- OTO Melara's 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system has been chosen to arm 13 Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers
- OTO Melara was the sole bidder for the requirement after BAE Systems decided not to go for the contest

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15 billion (USD243.5 million) procurement of 13 127 mm guns for Indian Navy (IN) warships, for which Italy's OTO Melara was the sole bidder.

IN sources told IHS Jane's that OTO Melara has offered its 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system for 13 indigenously designed and built Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers.

OTO Melara emerged as the solitary vendor after BAE Systems declined to field its 127 mm/62 calibre Mk 45 Naval Gun System.

The November 2013 tender stipulated that three of the 13 naval guns would be imported and the remaining 10 licence-built by state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at Haridwar, 200 km north of New Delhi.

The MoD also wanted the vendors to undertake production, quality control and timeline guarantees for the BHEL-produced naval guns but without providing the vendor with executive or supervisory authority over the public sector company.

BAE Systems opposed this arrangement, and in an official statement declared its unwillingness to accept the "disproportionate level of risk" in the tender.

Industry sources said OTO Melara has no such reservations as BHEL has been licence-producing its 76/62 Super Rapid Light gun since the mid-1990s. The contract will require special clearance by the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council, however, as India's defence procurement procedure (DPP) discourages solitary bids.

The DPP provides for exceptions based on operational exigencies, of which the 127 mm gun procurement is one, IN sources said.

OTO Melara will also require a special endorsement from the DAC for the 127/64 LW gun as it is a subsidiary of Finmeccanica. In January 2014 the MoD accused Finmeccanica affiliate AgustaWestland of corruption in the sale of 12 AW101 helicopters.

Thereafter, the MoD suspended all contracts with Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries, except those that were at an advanced stage of negotiation.

COMMENT
Clearance for the OTO Melara gun is unlikely to be problematic as defence minister Manohar Parrikar recently rejected blacklisting defence vendors as such a move would restrict India's materiel procurement options.

"Finmeccanica has 39 subsidiaries. Should we stop dealing with all 39? I don't agree. The military needs equipment," Parrikar told a Delhi-based television news channel on 12 December.
 

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This it tremendous news!

More than the guns themselves, the more important news is that now we have both the DART(hopefully, for the 76/62) and Vulcano ammo.

 
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Sorry, India uses 76/62 Super Rapido, not 76/62 Strales. So no, no DART ammo.

This it tremendous news!

More than the guns themselves, the more important news is that now we have both the DART(hopefully, for the 76/62) and Vulcano ammo.

 
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Can somebody list, which destoyers will have this gun and how does this gun will make the destoyers more lethal.
 

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Can somebody list, which destoyers will have this gun and how does this gun will make the destoyers more lethal.
3 current shivalik class + 7 follow on project 17A frigates + 3 delhi class =13
My guess
 

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Also the P-15B.

The 127/64 LW can fire upto 40KM using standard ammo and upto 100KM using Vulcano ammo. Can do surface bombardment during littoral ops. Can also target slow moving AEW aircrafts/ASW Helo.

Can somebody list, which destoyers will have this gun and how does this gun will make the destoyers more lethal.
3 current shivalik class + 7 follow on project 17A frigates + 3 delhi class =13
My guess
 

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Can somebody list, which destoyers will have this gun and how does this gun will make the destoyers more lethal.
3 Delhi class destroyers + 3 Kolkata class destroyers + 3 Shivalik class frigates + 4 P-15 destroyers... Hopefully
 

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