An Indian Navy plan to purchase the Japanese ShinMaywa US2i amphibious aircraft may not happen during the proposed visit of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Japan in two weeks’ time.
"No decision has been taken by the Government for the procurement of US 2i amphibian aircraft from Japan," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the lower house of the Indian parliament yesterday.
The US 2i was developed by ShinMaywa Industries and has a range of 4,700 km and can land in seas with waves of up to three metres. The Indian Navy had tendered over 4 years ago for the need for such a plane.
The US2i purchase plan had come up for discussion during the last meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by the Defence Minister in February but a decision was deferred as the government is believed to be not convinced for the need for such an aircraft. "Further discussions are needed in the US-2i project”, a media report had quoted an unnamed MoD source after the DAC meeting.
The ShinMaywa US21 purchase is expected to be the major takeaway during Defence Minister Parrikar’s maiden visit to Japan. However, the delay in announcing the purchase puts a big question mark on whether the government is interested in this $1.3 billion plan to purchase 12 aircraft.
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Indian Navy is likely to get two strategic operating vessels (SOVs) also known as midget submarines on Hindustan Shipyard Limited that can boost the underwater capability costing an estimated $482 million each, the Hindu reported today. According to the report, the Request for proposal (ROP) will be notified in a couple of months
The Indian Navy has issued a Request for Information for six new Indian-built missile corvettes primarily as surface warfare vessels. Under the Next Generation Missile Vessel (NGMV) programme, the navy requires "Surface warfare capabilities, low RADAR, acoustic, magnetic and IR signature, high endurance and credible AMD/AA capability"
A radar network for coastal security has been operationalized on the mainland, Indian Navy stated while submitting its response to the Bombay High Court in response to a public interest litigation filed by an NGO Association for Aiding Justice. Setting up of radar sensors on the island territories is also now nearly completed, Indian Navy was quoted as saying by The Indian Express
US Air Force officials have released requirements for the T-X trainer aircraft family of systems that will replace the T-38 Talon under the ‘Bending the Cost Curve initiative. The release follows Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James emphasis on increased dialogue with industry to build affordability into the acquisition process, according to USAF Website
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