India’s first of five nuclear submarines, INS Arihant is all set for operations and formal induction in the Navy’s fleet.
The nuclear submarine has cleared all the tests and is said to be technically ready for commissioning at any time, Economic Times news daily reported Tuesday.
The submarine is equipped with K-15 Short Range missiles with a range of over 700 km and a K4 ballistic missile with a range of 3,500 km.
The Indian Navy's Submarine Design Bureau is also presently working on a new class of nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs) that it hopes to induct within the next 15 years. The plan is to build at least six SSNs in India, with financial sanction given last year for the project that could cost upwards of Rs 90,000 crore.
India has also signed an agreement to refit its four submarines for INR 5000 crore with Russia and will be sending the first submarine for the refit in June this year. India is also in talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine unlike in the past when older vessels were refurbished and handed over.
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DCNS is hoping for a positive response for its submarine bid in Australia and commissioning of the first submarine to India this year. “Winning of a major naval defence export contract, in particular in Australia will require sustained effort throughout the year,” the company said in a statement Monday
Indian defense ministry officials will be meeting the armed forces to discuss blacklisting policy and the report on strategic partnership on Tuesday. "The report on strategic partnership submitted by former DRDO Chief VK Aatre will be discussed during a Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting chaired by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Feb 23," PTI reported quoting unnamed defense sources as saying Sunday
France and Britain on Thursday inked a deal to invest more than two billion euros in the development of combat drones and will include BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation Following a two-year feasibility study begun in 2014, "we hope to proceed to the next phase in 2017 to prepare for the full-fledged development of operational demonstrators of air combat drones by 2025," AFP quoted the French government as saying in a statement. "This test programme, the most advanced in Europe, will be based on a platform of multi-purpose drones that could provide the basis for future operational capacity beyond 2030," it said
India is considering setting up an exclusive organization for defense acquisition. "A separate set up for defence acquisition, at capital level as well as revenue level and OFB needs to be created
There was no mention of decisions relating to blacklisting of companies and the report on strategic partnerships in the Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting press briefing Tuesday. India has already firmed up the new Defense Procurement Procedure, but it is yet to take up policy changes relating to blacklisting of firms accused of corruption
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