Sunday, May 31, 2009

India, France, Germany, Russia and United Kingdom to Hold Naval Exercise in Atlantic

In tune with its ambitions of being a blue water force, four warships of the Navy will for the first time sail to the Atlantic, where they would hold war games with the French, British, Russian and Germans vessels and practice anti-submarine warfare.
During the four-month deployment, the four warships -- INS Beas, INS Delhi, INS Brahmaputra and INS Aditya -- would sail through the Arabian and Mediterranean seas all the way up to the north Russian port of St Petersburg and conduct passage exercises with most Gulf countries along the way, Naval sources said today.
While INS Delhi is a guided missile destroyer, Brahmaputra and Beas are guided missile frigates, and Aditya is a fleet replenishment tanker that carries supplies for warships, enabling them to stay away from port for long, thus enhancing their maritime warfare capabilities.
All the four ships are already on their voyage, setting sail from Mumbai on different dates. While INS Beas had sailed out on April 27 and carried out some anti-piracy operations in the Gulf, the other three warships left Mumbai on May 13, sources said.
They would join the British Royal Navy in the annual Konkan series of exercises off Portsmouth in the south-west of United Kingdom between June 20 and 25 and later the Varuna series with the French Navy off Brest in Northwest France from June 30 to July 4.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sixteen Arjun MBTs Set to Roll Into Indian Army

DRDO is all set to deliver sixteen Arjun MBTs will be handed over to the Army on May 25, reports Press Trust of India quoting DRDO sources in Chennai.

K Sridhar, DRDO scientist and spokesperson for the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), which is building a total of 124 such tanks, said here that chief controller R&D, DRDO, A Sivathanu Pillai would flag off the consignment at CVRDE Avadi unit on Monday.

The CVRDE, a laboratory of DRDO, had already delivered 29 MBTs in two instalments till March this year. The forthcoming delivery would mark the successful completion of the distribution of First Arjun Regiment, he said.

"A Regiment consists of 45 MBT Arjun Tanks and with this we will be completing the distribution of first set of Arjun Regiment,"he said. The next Regiment would be delivered in another six to nine months, he added.

The CVRDE had bagged orders for the production of 124 Arjun Tanks worth of Rs 1,760 crore in March 2000, he said. Explaining the salient features of Arjun MBT, Sridhar said the tanks can fire at a range of 3-4 km and have great mobility and are equipped with high protection facility.