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25 Jun 15. India Navy’s upgraded INS Sindhukirti submarine to undergo final trials. The Indian Navy’s Russian-made Sindhughosh-class submarine INS Sindhukirti is set to undergo final trials on 26 June, after completing almost a decade-long retrofit at Hindustan Shipyard (HSL) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Commissioned in January 1990, the upgraded diesel-electric submarine is expected to be delivered to the navy in July. The final ‘full-power trials’ will be performed after the successful completion of ongoing sea-trials.
During the modernisation programme, the submarine received new weapons, sonars, and fire control systems. In addition, it will now be able to fire the 300km range Klub-S land-attack missiles.
HSL chairman and managing director rear admiral NK Mishra said: “Today is a red-letter day in our history as retrofitting involved a complex process, a more difficult process than building a new submarine.
“Our workforce deserved credit for completing the Herculean task adhering to stringent quality standards stipulated by the navy.”
The retrofitting of INS Sindhukirti began in 2006 and was scheduled to be completed within three years.
However, the programme faced delays after Russian authorities reportedly insisted on the use of electrodes and several parts manufactured in their country.
The total cost of the modernisation project is estimated at approximately Rs7bn ($110m) to Rs8bn ($125.6m).
India is currently planning to construct six new stealth submarines under Project-75India initiative.
Scheduled to be built on the lines of the predecessor P75 Scorpene production line, the new submarines will feature advanced detection range and combat management systems, as well as better sensors for optimum performance and a weapon system that includes torpedoes and missiles. (Source: naval-technology.com)
24 Jun 15. South Korea debuts indigenous LST in amphibious drill. The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) will debut a locally produced 127m landing ship tank (LST) vessel in a large-scale joint amphibious landing drill, the Yonhap news agency has reported. The vessel, RoKS Cheonwangbong (686), will feature alongside 22 other vessels including destroyers, submarines, and the navy’s single Dokdo-class amphibious transport dock (LPD) ship, RoKS Dokdo (6111). The exercise, which begins on 25 June and scheduled to run for 11 days, is being conducted jointly with the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and will take place in waters off Anmyeondo Island on South Korea’s west coast. Cheonwangbong was manufactured by local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and was commissioned in November 2014. According to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships, the 4,950-tonne vessel has a top speed of 18kt and a range of 8,000n miles at 12 kt. Cheonwangbong is fitted with one 40 mm main gun and two 20mm guns. According to the report, the LST can accommodate two helicopters and 300 fully equipped troops. The RoKN is anticipating delivery of three more ships-in-class, the last of which is scheduled for commissioning in 2017. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Jun 15. Canada to commence negotiations with Davie shipyard for interim navy supply ship.
: Canadian Department of National Defence. Key Points:
* Davie shipyard submitted a proposal to provide the Canadian Navy with a commercial design-based resupply capability
* Canada’s defence department intends to negotiate a contract by the end of the third quarter of 2015
The Canadian government will commence discussions with Chantier Davie shipyard in Quebec to negotiate a potential service contract, as it aims to provide a commercial supply ship to support the Royal Canadian