Indian Navy continues cooperation with Arkhangelsk 13.03.2008The Indian Navy has agreed with the increased costs for the aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov”, currently under modernization in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast. Head of the Indian Navy, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, admits that the higher costs for the vessel will be “inevitable”. Mr. Mehta has earlier refused the Russian demand for a refit of the contract conditions, agreed upon in 2004. The costs linked with the extensive reconstruction if the vessel have become far higher than anticipated. The Sevmash shipyard has also announced that it will not be able to complete the vessel in line with the original time schedule. The “Admiral Gorshkov”, or the “Vikramâditya” as it is called in India, was originally to be sold together with 16 MIG-29K fighter jets and six “Kamov” helicopters to India for 1,5 billion USD. It is now expected that the vessel will be completed by mid-2010. After that, it will undergo 18 months of extensive sea testing by the Russian Navy to ensure all systems are working properly. The Indian Navy expects to take over the ship in early 2012. The defense ministry does not mention any figures, but according to The Times of India, New Delhi is willing to pay another 600-800 million USD for the 44,570-ton aircraft carrier.
Russia to start supplying MiG-29K fighters to India in MayMoscow March 14, 2008 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will start deliveries of MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier fighters to India for the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier in May, the chief of the Indian Navy Staff said on Friday.Admiral Suresh Mehta, who heads a group of Indian military officials that arrived in Russia on Thursday on a week-long visit, inspected on Friday the assembly of MiG-29K Fulcrum-D fighters at a plant near Moscow."We are nearing the [aircraft] delivery stage. The first MiG-29K fighter will be transferred in May this year," Mehta said, adding that the deliveries under contract had been "slightly delayed."The contract, signed on January 20, 2004, stipulates the delivery of 12 single-seat MiG-29K and 4 two-seat MiG-29KUB in the period from 2007 to 2009, to be later deployed on the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, being refitted in Russia for the Indian Navy.A MiG spokesman confirmed on Friday the timeframe for the deliveries of MiG fighters to the Indian Navy."The contract has been signed, and we are finishing the construction of the first batch of MiG-29K fighters and plan to start deliveries in May," the spokesman said.Also on the agenda of the Indian delegation's visit are discussions on a controversial contract on modernization of the aircraft carrier.After long-running delays and disputes, Russia and India agreed in February to raise refit costs for the aircraft carrier, berthed at the Sevmash shipyard in north Russia for the past 12 years.Vijay Singh, the Indian defense secretary who inspected the Admiral Gorshkov in late February, said there would be "a substantial increase" in the "reworked estimate" for modernization work on the ship.The minister did not mention any figures, but according to The Times of India, New Delhi is willing to pay another $600-800 million for the 44,570-ton aircraft carrier."It should be completed by mid-2010. After that, it will undergo 18 months of extensive sea trials by the Russian Navy to ensure all systems are working properly," he said.The carrier, renamed the Vikramaditya, is to replace India's INS Viraat carrier, which although still operational is 50 years old.India contracted the $1.5 billion Admiral Gorshkov for its navy in 2004. Moscow has since demanded an additional $1.2 billion, which New Delhi replied was "exorbitant."The defense secretary said Vice-Admiral Dilip Deshpande, the controller of warship production and acquisition, would visit Russia to work out "the essentiality and reasonableness of costs" by the end of March.After it is has been refitted, the Gorshkov is expected to be seaworthy for 30 years.The contract to deliver the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India, which state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed with the Indian Navy, covers the modernization of the ship and equipping it with modern weaponry, including MiG-29K Fulcrum aircraft and Ka-27 Helix-A and Ka-31 Helix-B anti-submarine helicopters.Meanwhile, the chief of the Indian Navy Staff called on Friday "a hoax" reports of a US offer to provide India with a much-sought-after aircraft carrier to replace the outdated INS Viraat.According to various US sources, Washington was likely to offer the Indian Navy the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier - to be decommissioned in 2008 - for free, provided India agrees to purchase 65 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for onboard deployment."These rumors are nothing but a hoax created by the media. As far as I am concerned, our country has never received such an offer," Admiral Suresh Mehta told a news conference.
India Hopes Gorshkov Project Will Be On TrackIndian Government News | Apr 11, 2008 Though India and Russia are yet to break the deadlock over fixing a new price for aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, the government has voiced confidence that the key defence deal will be on track. "The two countries are locked in intense negotiations over the price details," Defence Secretary Vijay Singh told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday. He said the work on the carrier was in progress in a Russian dockyard. "Technical assessment of the work needed on the carrier is still on," Singh said, adding final price proposal would soon be taken to the Union Cabinet for a fresh approval. India has already agreed to a new price revision for the carrier at Russia's insistence. The 45,000-tonne warship was to be delivered by August last year as per a USD 1.5 billion contract signed in 2004 but Moscow stunned India in November last year by demanding an additional USD 1.2 billion for refitting and other works. The new conditions by Russia meant a delay of up to four years. "It is difficult yet to put a firm figure on the price escalation," Singh said. The Defence Secretary had recently led a high-level team to Moscow to inspect the aircraft carrier in a fresh bid to break the deadlock over its purchase. "The original contract was sketchy," a Defence Ministry official said recently, indicating that India was ready to revise the contract upwards in view of Russian insistence. The Russian demand was earlier opposed by Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, who had publicly said there should be no revision in the contract. Russia had conveyed that "extensive" refit work would be necessary on the warship which would now have to undergo sea trials for a year in Russian waters under their experts, a Defence Ministry official said. Sea trials would cost crores of rupees which would be borne by India, the Defence Ministry official said, making it clear that it would take three to four years for the carrier to be delivered after a nod is given for new refits.
Russia to take part in Indian diesel submarine tenderDiesel-propelled submarine 13:4126/06/2009ST. PETERSBURG, June 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will participate in an expected tender to supply diesel-electric submarines to the Indian navy, the Russian state arms exporter said on Friday."We will offer India an export version of the Lada class diesel submarine - the Amur class vessel. We will take part in the Indian tender when it is announced with these submarines or vessels of another class," said Oleg Azizov, head of Rosoboronexport's delegation at the International Maritime Defense Show 2009 in St. Petersburg."We have a bilateral cooperation agreement [in the military-technical sphere] until 2020, which includes the possibility of supplying submarines to this country," Azizov added.The Project-677, or Lada class, diesel submarine, whose export version is known as the Amur 1650, features a new anti-sonar coating for its hull, an extended cruising range, and advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry, including the Club-S integrated cruise missile systems.Azizov also said Vietnam and Egypt were studying the possibility of buying Russian Project 636 Kilo class diesel submarines."Vietnam is still studying various possibilities for the development of its submarine fleet. If they choose Project 636 submarines, offered by Russia, we will start talks on the issue," the official said, adding that the same approach applied to Egypt.The Project 636 Kilo class submarine is thought to be one of the most silent submarine classes in the world. It has been specifically designed for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters.Russia has built Kilo class submarines for India, China and Iran.Azizov earlier said Russia could sell up to 40 fourth-generation diesel-electric submarines to foreign customers by 2015.
First Fleet Tanker For Indian Navy Launched At Muggiano 17:17 GMT, February 12, 2010 Genoa | Today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) there was the launch of the first of two fleet tankers ordered by the Indian Navy, with delivery scheduled by the end of the year. Present at the ceremony were Arif S. Khan, ambassador for the Republic of India in Italy, Corrado Antonini, Chairman of Fincantieri, Admiral Franco Paoli, commander of the Naval Department of the Upper Tyrrhenian Sea. First announced at Euronaval in 2008, the order is the first surface vessel India has ever made to a European company and followed a selection procedure with strong international competitors, especially from Russia and Korea.At 175 metres long, 25 wide and 19 high, the fleet tanker is a supply and logistic support vessel with a displacement at full load of 27,500 tonnes and a propulsion system of two 10,000 kW diesel engines enabling her to reach a maximum speed of 20 knots. Notable features of the vessel are its propulsion system incorporating a shaft with adjustable pitch propellers and a flight deck for medium weight helicopters (up to 10 tons). Maximum passenger capacity is 250 including crew and additional forces.Equipped with double hatches the tanker can refuel four vessels at the same time.In accordance with the new Marpol regulations of the International Maritime Organization regarding protection of the environment, the ship has been built with a double hull. This will afford greater protection to the fuel tanks, thereby avoiding the risk of pollution in case of collision or damage.Cooperation with India started in 2004 when Fincantieri drew up two contracts with Cochin shipyard for the design of an engine (one of the most powerful non-nuclear propulsion systems in the world), technology transfer and provision of complementary services for the construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC). Furthermore, in 2007 the company delivered the “Sagar Nidhi”, an oceanographic vessel for the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) of Madras, which is already operating off the Indian coast to the great satisfaction of the customer.Fincantieri considers the East market and the development of cooperation with the high prestige Indian partner to be strategic, as witnessed by two events – the opening in recent years of a representative office in New Delhi and the company’s participation every year at the leading naval fair, “Defexpo”.The partnership has been successful as the Indian Navy has exercised its option (provided under the original contract) and ordered a second sister fleet tanker, which is under construction at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard for delivery in late 2011.
India to Invest USD 60 Billion in Fleet ModernizationModernization of national navy conducted by Indian defense ministry will cost defense budget INR 3 trillion ($60.1 bln) in the nearest few years, reports TNN. This sum will be spent for procurement of surface ships, submarines, deck-based fighters, and coast-based patrol aircraft.In particular, the mentioned sum includes repair and upgrade of Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov which will serve in Indian Navy as INS Vikramaditya. Besides, Russia builds three Project 1135.6 Talwar-class frigates for India. Also, Indian Navy are going to commission three Shivalik-class frigates (two of them are already in service) and other 46 surface ships including 7 destroyers, 4 corvettes, 9 patrol boats, and 4 helicopter carriers.In addition, it is planned to purchase six Scorpene-class and six Project-75I submarines. The latter ones are supposed to have air-independent propulsion plants and cruise missiles. In 2012 Indian Navy will commission nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant.Indian Navy also plans to put in service 45 deck-based fighters MiG-29K/KUB, 12 patrol aircrafts P-8I Poseidon, and a number of ASW helicopters and UAVs.(3 trillion Indian rupees = 61.29900 billion U.S. dollars)
Chaimites, isso é apenas a norma na India. Pesquisa um pouco acerca de alguns programas militares da Força Aérea, como o MMRCA ou o Tejas.