INS Vikrant to get LRSAM cover
India’s indigenous aircraft carrier 1 (IAC 1) INS Vikrant will get air defence cover from the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) system and the Navy has started missile’s integration work onboard the ship. Jointly developed by the IAI and the DRDO, the missile has a range of 70+ km. it offers broad aerial and point defence against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, sea or land. INS Vikrant will also be equipped with the DRDO developed Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). The missile with a range of 40 km will supplement the LRSAM system in intercepting aerial threats to the aircraft carrier. DRDO is also working on an extended LRSAM-ER variant for the Indian Navy with an additional booster stage that will enable it to engage aerial targets at a range of 150+ km. basin trials of INS Vikrant were successfully completed last year and sea trials are about to begin soon. During basin trials, all four gas turbines, main engines and the Power Generation Systems with eight diesel alternators were fired up. In this way the propulsion, transmission and shafting systems of the aircraft carrier were tested.
India will be underwriting Seychelles’ security: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is committed to strengthening the maritime security of Seychelles. In his virtual summit with recently elected Indian-origin President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan, the Indian PM emphasized Seychelles centrality to India’s vision of ‘SAGAR’- ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’. He expressed India’s willingness to be a partner of Seychelles in developing its security capabilities and in meeting its infrastructural and developmental needs. To help protect the maritime resources of the nation, India gave over a new, indigenous Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) to the Seychelles Coast Guard. In virtual summit the two leaders inaugurated various projects including a new magistrates’ court building, a mini-solar plant and 10 high impact community development projects. Negotiations are going on between India and this strategically located Indian Ocean island-country for lease of an island on Seychelles to set up a naval base. During PM Modi’s visit to Seychelles in 2015, India was all set to take Resumption Island on lease from Seychelles but the proposal was shot down on environmental grounds.
Hon’ble PM handed over the SCG PS Zoroaster Fast Patrol Vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) Kolkata to the Seychelles Coast Guard. This shows India’s commitment to ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Handing over of this vessel also boosts the efforts of the two nations to combat maritime crimes with specific emphasis on counter narcotic operations within the vast expanse of the maritime zones of the two nations. The state-of-the-art vessel enhances the defensive capabilities of Seychelles and contributes to regional stability and security. The SCG PS Zoroaster is a powerful, fuel-efficient platform to perform multipurpose operations such as patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and search and rescue (SAR). It can attain a maximum speed of 34 knots and endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles. The 50m FPV with a waterjet propulsion system, advanced controls and a 40/60 gun as the main armament can undertake diverse maritime missions. The vessel has fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. The GRSE will support the ship at Seychelles for three years.
India may ink deal for 33 Russian jets
India might clear decks for the purchase of 33 Russian made fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin later this year. The plans are to procure 12 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI in the assembly kit form to be assembled later in Nashik by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). HAL has already completed production of 140 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from raw material stages. Formal price negotiations are going on between Russia’s Irkut and HAL for the delivery of 12 Sukhoi assembly kits to India. IAF also wants to procure 21 MiG-29 Airframes that were kept in storage for decades after the cancellation of its export orders. IAF engineers have found the airframes in good conditions to be used. Russia will integrate it with engines, radars and other systems to bring it at par with the current upgraded UPG standard fleet of MiG-29UPG in India.
Chief Of Army Staff’s visit to Bangladesh
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane has proceeded on his visit to Bangladesh from April 08-12 2021, continuing with the tradition of strengthening bilateral and defence ties between the two countries. His visit comes in the midst of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations marking the 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh. The country got independence by sheer efforts and historic leadership of the Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and heroics of the Mukti Bahini forces who fought shoulder to shoulder with Indian Armed Forces. In his visit the Army Chief will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by laying a wreath at the Shikha Anirban. Then he will have one to one meetings with the three service chiefs of the Bangladesh’s Armed Forces. This will be followed by a visit to the Father of the Nation Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi. Then the Army Chief will interact with Bangladesh’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on 11 April 2021 at Bangladesh Army’s Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka. There he will also attend a seminar on UN Peace Support Operations and deliver an address on “Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers”. Later, General Naravane will interact with the force Commanders of the United Nations Missions in Mali, South Sudan and Central African Republic and the Deputy Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutanese Army on 12 April 2021. A closing ceremony of Exercise Shantir Ogrosena, a multilateral UN mandated counterterrorism exercise comprising of the forces of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka is also on the cards. The exercise had observers from the US, UK, Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In hardware display the COAS will witness the innovations of the Bangladeshi Armed Forces personnel. He will also interact with the members of Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Training Operations (BIPSOT).