Israel to supply missile defence systems to India

Israel to supply missile defence systems to India

India has awarded an additional USD 777 million deal to a leading Israel defence firm for supplying Barak 8 LR-SAM Air and Missile Defence Systems to seven ships of the Indian Navy, the company announced on 24 October.

The Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) system is an operational Air and Missile Defence (AMD) system used by Israel’s navy as well as by India’s navy, air and land forces.

With the latest deal, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said that the sale of Barak 8 system — jointly developed by India and Israel — a sign of strong bilateral partnership in defence, has crossed USD 6 billion over the past few years.

Israel to supply missile defence systems to India for $777 mnThe system provides broad aerial and point defence against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, sea or land.

The system integrates several advanced systems as digital radar, command and control, launchers, interceptors with modern radio frequency seekers, data link and system-wide connectivity.

Designed to defend against a variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles, Barak-8 incorporates a state-of-the-art phased array multi-mission radar, two-way data link, and a flexible command and control system, enabling users to simultaneously engage multiple targets day and night and in all weather conditions.

The missile system has been jointly developed by IAI, India’s DRDO, Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and some other Indian defence companies.

The new contract announced by IAI was entered with Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which serves as the main contractor in the project.

“Congratulations to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the defence establishment on the huge transaction involving the sale of Barak 8 to India,” Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman said on twitter.

The deal is “proof that security is an investment, and not expenditure”, he said adding that the IAI is a national asset, which must be maintained and strengthened.

Nimrod Sheffer, IAI’s CEO and President, said: “IAI’s partnership with India dates many years back and has culminated in joint system development and production. India is a major market for IAI and we plan to protect and reinforce our positioning in India, also in view of increasing competition”.

“We thank our partners in India and BEL for their choice of IAI in a project that best reflects the close technological cooperation between Israel and India.

“With this deal, the sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years total over USD 6 billion. This is another evidence of the capabilities of this advanced weapon system, which serves as a central growth engine for IAI,” Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles and Space Group, said.

Barak 8 is an operational system that provides a full response to a range of threats, built to cooperate with other systems, it provides customers with operational flexibility for maximum effectiveness on the battlefield, Levi said.

Earlier in August, Israel Navy’s Sa’ar-6 corvettes had announced that it will be using Barak 8 system to protect Israel’s exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities which are faced with diversified threats in the marine arena.

Israel won the largest defence contract in its history from India last year to supply Indian Army and Navy with missile defence systems, a deal worth USD 2 billion.

This was followed by another USD 630 million contract a few months later to supply Barak 8 surface to air missile system for four ships of the Indian Navy in collaboration with BEL.

– PTI | 23 October 2018 | Jerusalem

PM clears 17000 cr air defence missile deal with Israel

PM Narendra Modi clears Rs 17,000 crore Air Defence Missile Deal with Israel

PM Shri Narendra Modi has given the green-signal to purchase an Air Defence Missile System from Israel as part of a plan to protect India from enemy aircraft.

PM, microstatIndia will acquire the Medium Range Surface to Air Defence Missile (MR-SAM) system from Israel at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore.

As part of the plan, the Army will induct more than five regiments of MR-SAM, which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles.

“In a meeting of the cabinet committee on security headed by the Prime Minister, the proposal for procuring the MR-SAM air defence system for the Army was approved,” India Today quoted an official as saying.

The MR-SAM system, jointly developed by DRDO and Israeli Aircraft Industry, reportedly can shoot down enemy aircraft between 50 to 70 km range.

“The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin in 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,” the report said citing sources. India and Israel are jointly developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.

WHAT’S NEW?

As per the proposal cleared by the government, the Army will induct over five regiments of the MR-SAM missile which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles of the system. “The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin in 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,” said the sources.

A DRDO laboratory under scientific advisor to defence minister and missile systems head G Sathish Reddy has been instrumental in developing the target homing system with the Israeli firms and involves a lot of make in India element in the programme. India and Israel are jointly developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.

The Air Force had got clearance for its MR-SAM programme in 2009 and the deliveries will begin after delays in the project. The Navy programme is known as Long Range Surface to Air Missile system (LR-SAM) and would be set on its warships.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamis Limited will produce the missiles of the system while many other Indian industries like Bharat Electronics Ltd, Larsen and Toubro, TATA group will contribute in the production for many systems and sub-systems in it. A new production facility to deliver 100 missiles a year has been established for such type of long and medium range surface-to-air missiles at BDL.

The Army will deploy these air defence systems to provide protection to vital assets and points across the country.

-February 23, 2017, New Delhi

Indian Navy honours Tara-Tarini hill shrine by naming sailboat

Indian Navy honours Tara-Tarini hill shrine by naming sail boat

Tara-Tarini was the traditional patron deity for ancient Odisha sailors

Induction of the Indian Navy sailboat INSV Tarini, named after the Tara-Tarini hill shrine in Ganjam district of  Odisha, has become an event of joy and pride for the inhabitants of the district.

TariniThe first all-women crew on board INSV Tarini will set sail in August this year to circumnavigate the globe. But for the people of Ganjam district, naming of the sailboat is an honour for the Tara-Tarini shrine and Odia maritime history. In Sanskrit, the word Tarini means both boat and saviour. Tara-Tarini was the traditional patron deity for sailors and merchants of ancient Odisha, who worshipped it for safety and success at sea.

The boat draws her origin from the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Odisha’s Ganjam district. Tara-Tarini is the patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshiped for safety and success at sea from ancient period it self. Only for that mega ports like Manikpatna, PALUR, DANTAPURA, SONAPUR, KALINGA NAGAR and PITHUNDA flourished in Ganjam region very near to the Tara Tarini Shakti peetha.

Even the earliest reference to Palur port appears in the work of the Greek sailor Ptolemy during the 2nd century CE who has named it as Paloura.

Tara-Tarini of Odisha is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei — the exclusive boat deity of Goa’s Mhadei river. In Ganjem of Goa, Tara Tarini of Odisha have been worshiped as Tarini Tara vis since ancient times. Both the deities have sculptural similarities and similarities in their puja system.

In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. A team of six women Officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for this project. These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meterology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi. After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back. Following that, they sailed the boat on a grueling voyage to Cape Town in Dec 16.

Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB) secretary Pramod Panda said the Tara Tarini shrine represents reverence for mother deity and acceptance of mother nature as the protector. Mr. Panda thanked the Indian Navy for naming the new sailboat after the hill shrine.

According to him, this small but great gesture will surely draw attention of people all over the country towards this famous hill shrine of south Odisha.

Rich maritime history

In a statement, cultural organisation ‘Utkal Parishad’ expressed joy over the homage to the deities of the Tara-Tarini hill shrine through the naming of INSV Tarini. According to the organisation, it recognises the rich maritime history of Odisha and Ganjam district. Members of civic organisation ‘Forum for Ganjam’ also celebrated this naming of naval sailboat. J. Suresh of the organisation said this will surely make the young generation become proud of the rich culture and heritage of Odisha and Ganjam region.

Tara-Tarini shrine is located on the Kumari hills on the banks of Rushikulya river in Puriushottampur block of Ganjam district. According to historians, this holy shrine may be linked to the worship of Tara, the primordial deity of the Mahayana Buddhism. Later, it became a major shrine of Tantra.

Buddhist links

A small idol in meditating posture found in the sanctum sanctorum of Tara Tarini temple hints at its ancient Buddhist links. ‘Sadhabas’, the ancient sea faring merchants from Odisha revered Tara-Tarini and worshipped at this shrine before starting their sea voyage.

BERHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Boeing to supply 22 harpoon missiles system to India

Boeing to supply 22 harpoon missiles system to India

Boeing to supply 22 harpoon missiles system to India

The US Department of Defense announced that it has awarded defence major Boeing a $81 million contract to supply 22 Harpoon missile systems for Indian Navy`s Shishumar class submarines.

A Department of Defense release said the Boeing, the weapon manufacturer, is being awarded the $81,271,024 contract for firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for the procurement of 22 Lot 89 Harpoon missiles and associated containers and components for India under the Foreign Military Sales programme.

The contract is expected to be completed in June 2018.

In 2014, India requested the US government for the Harpoon missiles for Shishumar class submarine. The request was made under Foreign Military Sale.

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had July 2014 said that the Indian government has requested a possible sale of 12 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon Encapsulated Training missiles, 2 Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles, containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The estimated cost is $200 million.

It said that this weapon system, to be employed on the Shishumar class submarine (Type-209), will provide enhanced capabilities for defence of critical sea lines of communication.

“India has already purchased Harpoon missiles for integration on Indian Air Force`s Jaguar aircraft and Indian Navy`s P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. India will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces,” it added.

Sources in the industry said that a contract was signed this June between Indian Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defense for supply of Harpoon systems for the submarines.

To execute this contract, the US government has to buy the missiles from Boeing to supply to India.

-September 24, 2016, New Delhi

 

Indian Tejas jet’s success leaves Western arms contractors worried

Indian Tejas jet’s success leaves Western arms contractors worried

Indian Tejas jet's success leaves Western arms contractors worried

 

Leading defence and aeronautical firms of the West are reportedly worried over the success of the Tejas Trainer Jet, especially as India is expected to bag the first contracts for the trainer jet from Sri Lanka and Egypt.

The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multi-role light fighter aircraft, which has been under development for the past three decades.

It has been co-developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in cooperation with the Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is reportedly looking to procure 18 to 24 new fighter aircraft to replace its obsolete fleet of Chinese license-built MIG-21 by 2017, and had recently rejected Pakistan`s JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help.

On the other hand, Egypt has also shown some interest in procuring the Tejas, though it had last year signed a contract to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets from France.

According to the web site www.dailymirror.lk, both Colombo and Cairo are said to be interested in purchasing the current version of the aircraft.

Two things going in favour of the Tejas are its lower cost and its flying ability.

The Tejas is perhaps the world`s smallest lightweight, multi-role single engine tactical fighter aircraft and the state-run HAL has said it has received expressions of interest for it from abroad, but refused to reveal any names.

It has maintained that its priority is to deliver this combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy first.The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reported to have a requirement for 200 single-seat and 20 two-seat conversion trainers, while the Indian Navy might order up to 40 single-seaters to replace its Sea Harrier FRS.51 and Harrier T.60.

Rather than wait for LAC Mk II, the IAF had decided to go for an upgraded version of the existing Tejas with over 40 modifications. As per the production plan, six aircraft will be made this year and HAL will subsequently scale it up to eight and 16 aircraft per year.HAL is likely to hand over the fourth Tejas aircraft to the IAF by June end.

The four aircraft will make up the first squadron to be used for training and familarisation. The first Tejas squadron will be based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and is scheduled to enter service by 2017-2018.

The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s planes in IAF`s combat fleet. In 1984, the Indian government established the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to manage the LCA programme.

The Tejas is often described as a HAL product, but the responsibility for its development belongs to ADA, a national consortium of over 100 defence laboratories, industrial organisations, and academic institutions with HAL being the principal contractor.

The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed by HAL after the HAL HF-24 Marut.

-April 23, 2016,London

 

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

 

Indian Navy has granted permanent commission (PC) to seven woman officers who were inducted as short-service commission (SSC) officers in 2008-2009.

Navy is the last of the three wings of the armed forces in the country to allow permanent commission for women.

While the Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for them, the Navy had limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years.

As per reports, there are about 340 woman officers who have been granted permanent commission in select branches of the Army and IAF at the moment.

Overall, women number is said to be just 1,436 in the Army, 1,331 in IAF and 532 in Navy.

The Navy will also allow woman officers to join as pilots of maritime patrol aircraft like P-8Is, IL-38s and Dorniers from next year onwards.

“Recognising the importance of providing equal opportunities to women officers, seven women officers from the batch of Short Service Commission officers of the Education branch and Naval Constructor cadre, who joined in 2008-09, have been granted permanent commission,” a statement issued by the Navy said.

It added that the Navy is also finalising a policy for women officers to serve on select warships that have appropriate facilities for women.

Defence sources said the women officers will have to meet four main conditions for permanent commission including being medically fit and having a good annual confidential report, besides the vacancy available for the post, as per PTI.

The women officers will have to also opt for permanent commission as this will not be an automatic route.

Based on a government order in 2008, the Navy had decided to grant such commission only to women who joined after that year and that too only in the education, law and naval architecture branches.

A separate case is on in the Supreme Court, filed by a group of women who had retired after their Short Service Commission ended in 2006.

The navy had in October filed a Special Leave Petition in the apex court challenging an order of the Delhi High Court asking it to grant permanent commission to 17 women officers.

– April 20, 2016,New Delhi

 

Import budget for Indian Navy from various countries during 2012-15

Import budget for Indian Navy from various countries during 2012-15

(` in crores)

Country Financial year
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
USA 130.29 5,576.78 1,369.65
Russia 3,351.72 4,249.11 4840.43
Israel 77.48 309.98 188
UK 703.72 302.92 38.11
France 97.86 1,465.45 240
Germany 387.51 160.67 36.85
Italy 565.01 191.3 24.9
Ukraine 637.14 189.08 3.55
Sri Lanka 0 87.55 100.49
Kyrgyzstan 3.85 0.73 0
Kazakhstan 10.62 22.65 0
Canada 2.15 1.76 42
Singapore 0.25 6.85 0
Norway 0.17 0.18 0
UAE 0.11 0.11 0
Japan 0 0.07 0.01
Netherland 0 0.1 0
Sweden 0.92 12.12 0
Finland 0 0.14 0
South Korea 0 0.26 0.01
Total 5,968.80 12,577.81 6,884.00
Source: Ministry of Defence

Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) and Signing of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) and Signing of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

               As part of the ongoing India-Myanmar defence relations, Navies of the two countries have conducted Coordinated Patrols along the Maritime boundary since 2013. Taking it forward, the Fourth Edition of the India-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) was successfully undertaken from February 13 to 16, 2016 along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Andaman Sea. Indian Navy Ships Saryu and Bitra along with Union of Myanmar Ships Aung Zeya and FAC 563 participated in the 4th IMCOR. Cmde Girish Garg, Naval Component Commander from the Tri-Service HQs in Port Blair was embarked onboard INS Saryu.

             During the Closing Ceremony of 4th IMCOR, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for IMCOR was also signed between Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy. Cmde Atul Anand VSM from Indian Navy and Cmde Aung Zaw Hlaing from Myanmar Navy signed the document in the presence of H.E Gautam Mukhopadhaya, the Ambassador of India to Myanmar. This is only the third country with which India has signed a formal agreement for maritime coordinated patrols and reflects growing naval interaction between India and Myanmar. The signing of the SOP is a significant achievement and will facilitate smooth conduct of coordinated patrols between two friendly neighbours that share a long maritime boundary in the strategically significant Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

 

Ministry of Defence,18-February, 2016

MoD Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots

MoD Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots 

The Ministry of Defence has approved the induction of women into the Fighter (Combat) stream of the IAF. This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in Armed Forces of developed nations. Since their induction into the transport and Helicopter streams of the IAF, their performance has been praiseworthy and on a par with their male counterparts. Inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles as well.

The first women pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy. After successful completion of ab-initio training, they would be commissioned in the fighter stream in June 2016.

Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.

Presently, the Indian Army is inducting women into the Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation (Air Traffic Control), Army Air Defence, Electronics & Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps, Intelligence Corps, Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate Generals Branches/Cadres. The Indian Navy is inducting women in the Judge Advocate Generals, Logistics, Observer, Air Traffic Controller, Naval Constructor and Education branches/cadres. The IAF is presently inducting women in the Transport and Helicopter stream of the flying branch, Navigation, Aeronautical Engineering, Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education and Meteorology branches. With this decision to open up induction of women in the fighter stream, women have become eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF.

The Ministry of Defence has also taken up a comprehensive review pertaining to induction of women in Armed Forces, both in short service commission and permanent commission (SSC & PC) and once finalised more and more branches would be opened up for induction of women to give them the space which they deserve in the Armed Forces of the country.

-Ministry of Defence,  24-October, 2015

India, US and Japan hold naval exercises, Chinese mouthpiece cautions New Delhi

India, US and Japan hold naval exercises, Chinese mouthpiece cautions New Delhi 

Naval warships, aircraft carriers and submarines from the US, India and Japan steamed into the Bay of Bengal on Saturday as they took part in joint military exercises off India’s east coast, signaling the growing strategic ties between the three countries as they face up to a rising China.

The sea drills, part of the six-day-long Malabar exercises, will cover the full spectrum of naval maneuvers, including military-to-military coordination and anti-submarine warfare, according to a joint statement.

India, US and Japan hold naval exercises, Chinese mouthpiece cautions New Delhi
Indian Navy’s stealth frigates INS Shivalik and INS Betwa docked at Chennai Port as a part of Malabar naval drills between India, US and Japan. (TOI photo by A Prathap)

The first, or “harbour”, phase of the exercises was conducted in the southern Indian port city of Chennai and ended on Friday.

The US has deployed the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a missile cruiser and a nuclear-powered submarine for the exercises, which end on Monday.

“India and Japan both are fantastic partners of the United States,” Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, told reporters on board the ship. “We share a great deal in common, and we certainly have very strong economic, military and political relationships and friendships with India and Japan.”However, a Chinese state-run newspaper cautioned India to guard against being drawn into an anti-China alliance.

“The China-India relationship is on a sound track, and healthy ties are beneficial to both countries,” Global Times said. “India should be vigilant to any intentions of roping it into an anti-China camp.”

Almost simultaneously, China’s People’s Liberation Army and the Indian Army are conducting joint counterterrorism exercises in Kunming in southwestern China.China has been wary of joint maritime exercises by India and the United States, especially when Beijing is involved in a host of disputes with Japan, South Korea and several of its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea.

This year’s Malabar exercises are being held against the backdrop of expectations that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea by sailing a navy ship inside the 12-nautical-mile (21km) territorial limit surrounding an artificial island built by China.

-AP | Oct 17, 2015