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Submarine Kalvari to be inducted in July-August: Navy chief
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 5/31/2017 2:08:53 PM
Submarine Kalvari to be inducted in July-August: Navy chief

New Delhi: The first of the indigenous Scorpene submarines, Kalvari, is likely to be inducted in the Indian Navy by July-August, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Wednesday. "Kalvari is going through its final phase of trial and we are hopeful to take delivery sometime in July-August," Lanba said on the sidelines of a seminar here.

The submarine had on May 27 test-fired a torpedo, with sources saying that it was the last major test that was required before the submarine could be inducted. On March 2, the Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene submarines being built in India, had test-fired an anti-ship missile for the first time.

The Scorpene submarines are being built by Mazagaon Dockyard Limited under Project 75 with transfer of technology from the collaborator, DCNS of France. Two of the submarines are ready, and rest four are under construction. The second submarine Khanderi was launched on January 12 this year, and will undergo rigorous tests and trials in the harbour and at sea, on surface and underwater till December this year, and will be commissioned in the Navy after that.

The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons. The attacks could be carried out with torpedoes, tube-launched anti-ship missiles both while underwater or on surface in all theatres, including the tropics, giving it invulnerability unmatched by many other submarines.

Asked about Sri Lanka's denial to a Chinese submarine for docking at one of its harbours, the Navy Chief said: "We were not in any dialogue or in touch with Sri Lanka, this is a decision they took on their own." Asked about the indigenous aircraft carrier's induction, the Navy Chief said the IAC construction is going on as per the timeline. "We are hopeful she will start trials in 2019 and we will take delivery in 2020," he said.


Strategic Partnership model process to start in 6 months: Navy chief


New Delhi:  Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Wednesday voiced optimism that the Strategic Partnership model process to involve the Indian private sector in defence manufacturing would start in six months. Asked about the model which recently got approved, Lanba said: "All the three services will have to go and get the AoNs (Acceptance of Necessity) on what we want to be built through the strategic partners. So that the strategic partner in any segment can be identified. We are hopeful that we should be able to move this process within six months."

Issuing an AoN is usually the first step in defence procurements. Earlier, speaking at a seminar on 'Building India's Future Navy' organised by industrial chamber Ficci and the Navy, Admiral Lanba said the policy would take India a long way in defence manufacturing.

"International partnership is set to undergo a paradigm shift with the Strategic Partnership model. This policy along with initiatives like Make in India will go a long way in building sustainable model for development of a platform and equipment requiring niche technologies," he said.

The Strategic Partnership policy envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with qualified Indian industry majors, in which the Indian industry partners would tie up with global original equipment manufacturers. Four sectors have been finalised for the model at present - fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armoured fighting vehicles and main battle tanks. The policy was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council on May 20, and the Union Cabinet "took note" of it on May 24.


Indian Navy rescues people in cyclone-hit Bangladesh


New Delhi: After Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy has rushed two ships for relief and rescue operations in cyclone-hit Bangladesh, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Wednesday.

INS Sumitra is already deployed and has rescued 27 Bangladeshis who were washed off the shore by the cyclone. Another ship with relief material was on its way. "In south of Sri Lanka, we have two ships. Today (Wednesday) morning we received a request from Bangladesh," Admiral Lanba said at the sidelines of a seminar here.

"We had one ship deployed off the coast of Bangladesh. She is already involved in the rescue of people... The second ship has sailed from Visakhapatnam with relief material," he added. Admiral Lanba said the Indian Navy was ready to handle all kinds of disaster response in the Indian Ocean Region.

"As severe weather phenomena are only to increase, each ship has an intrinsic capability of HADR (high availability disaster recovery). We are prepared for it. "It will cover the wider Indian Ocean but there is a timeline within which you have to reach," he said.

The search and rescue operation in Bangladesh is taking place south of Chittagong. Cyclone Mora had earlier caused havoc in Sri Lanka, killing at least 180. "One of the rescued men had no pulse or heart beat but was revived and is currently on ventilator on board the ship," a Navy official said.




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