India Seeks 22 Armed Drones from U.S.

Within days of having entered the Missile Technology Control Regime backed by President Obama, New Delhi has expressed interest in buying Predator drones from San Diego, California-based General Atomics through the Foreign Military Sales program.

Defense News reports that according to an official of the Indian Ministry of Defense,  a Letter of Request (LoR) for the purchase of 22 of the unmanned aircraft system for the Indian Navy was sent to the U.S. on June 17.

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The Indian Navy will use the Predator drone, which can fly at an altitude of 50,000 feet, for maritime surveillance and to safeguard its maritime assets in the Indian Ocean, both east and west coast, said an Indian Navy official. These drones have the capacity to fly non-stop for more than 24 hours and monitor the movement of objects as small as a football, sources said.

 

 

 

June 29, 2016   No Comments

India’s Navy Seeks Cutting-Edge Technology

India’s Navy has crafted a plan to acquire 100 cutting-edge technologies in the next 15 years to build its war-fighting capabilities, including naval missiles and guns, propulsion and power generation, surveillance and detection systems, torpedoes and directed energy weapons, submarines and anti-submarine warfare systems, naval aviation, network-centric warfare and combat management systems, reports Defense World.

Indian Navy

Indian Navy

Rear Admiral Dinesh Tripathi, the Indian Navy’s assistant chief of naval staff for policy and plans said, “By 2027, we want 200 warships and around 600 aerial assets, hypersonic and loitering missiles, and laser weapons.

“In addition, we need to reduce import content for our sensors and weapons and need a high-range of hypersonic and loitering missiles and laser and directed energy weapons.”

The existing electronic warfare suites, including Ajanta, Ellora and Porpoise, designed to detect the presence of enemy combatants without disclosing one’s position or identity, as also the Indian Navy’s family of advanced underwater-sensors, including Advanced Panoramic Sonar Hull mounted (APSOH), Hullmounted Sonar Advanced (HUMSA) and USHUS are successful assets.

“In the future, high-definition radars, sonars, infra-red seeker and electronic warfare suites will be required,” said Birinder Singh Randhawa, retired Indian Navy vice admiral said.

“Immediately, larger-caliber guns, 127mm and anti-missile guns (Vulcan Phalanx type), extended range and guided munitions would also be required. To start with these would need to be built under license.” Randhawa said.

May 5, 2016   No Comments

Ashton Carter express Readiness to Share Technology for India’s Aircraft Carriers

During his recent visit to India, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke to reporters about the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System  that will replace the steam catapults used on older U.S. carriers for launching and landing systems.

“We are working with the Indian Navy on technology for their next generation of aircraft carrier,” he said on the first day of his two-day visit to India to strengthen defense ties with New Delhi.

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton "Ash" Carter

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton “Ash” Carter

“India would like to migrate on flat deck design” in construction of its next carrier, Carter said, and the systems being installed on the USS Gerald R. Ford have “some advantages in terms of weight of the aircraft and others.” He said “we are more than willing to share it with India,” reports Defense Tech.

“The U.S. approach to this region is not to confront,” Carter said. “We have to do what we have been doing for 70 years, that is to keep the stability and peace that has allowed economic and social miracle in modern India and China.”

April 15, 2016   No Comments

India’s Defense Acquisition Council Approves P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

 

The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has approved 4 additional Boeing P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft for $762 million for the Indian Navy. This order supplements the existing fleet of  8 such aircraft, reports Defense World. A variant of the Poseidon operated by the U.S. Navy, the P-8I is designed to protect the vast coastline and territorial waters of India. It can conduct anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, intelligence, maritime patrol, and surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The P-8I for Indian Navy, photo courtesy Boeing

The P-8I for Indian Navy, photo courtesy Boeing

July 19, 2015   No Comments

Indian Navy Opts for Sikorsky Helicopters

Sikorsky’s commercial bid for multi-role helicopters (MRH), submitted some time ago, will be opened later this month, after which final price negotiations for 16 units will begin. Two bidders had previously been approved in the technical trials stage but the other contender was eliminated due to financial scandals.

The S-70B Seahawk is a 10-ton, twin-engine, ship-borne platform with advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare capability manufactured by the United Technologies subsidiary in Connecticut.  Under the terms of the tender, it will be customized for amphibious assault operations and will replace the Indian Navy’s aging fleet of Augusta Westland Sea King Mk42B/C helicopters. The long-pending acquisition of the 16 helicopters is critical for the navy since it is  running out of choppers that can detect, track and kill enemy submarines. Indian Navy officers said MRH numbers were expected to increase to around 100 units in future for deployment aboard newer warships as they were commissioned. This is the first win for a defense application by storied maker of choppers. Textron’s Bell Helicopter unit has a strong presence in India already and Boeing has won some Apache business as well.

Sikorsky S70B Helicopter, Photo credit WIkipedia

Sikorsky S70B Helicopter, Photo credit WIkipedia

India’s Navy is also keen to kick-start a much bigger project for manufacturing 124 multi-role helicopters, armed with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and early-warning capabilities as well as customized for amphibious commando operations, in a project worth  $3 billion.

November 13, 2014   No Comments