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03 Dec 14. Iranian Navy receives upgraded missile-launching vessels. The Iranian Navy has received six upgraded and refurbished missile-launching vessels, including two Sirik-class and Kalat-class vessels, in addition to four Fajr, Shams, Fath and Nour warships. Currently deployed for logistical and sea patrolling missions, the upgraded vessels have now been integrated with surface-to-surface cruise missiles. A further ten navy vessels are being armed with missile systems including Nasr, Nour and Qader cruise missiles, Fars News Agency reported. The ceremony also marked the delivery of overhauled and optimised anti-subsurface SH3D helicopters, an SRN6 hovercraft and anti-surface AB212 helicopter, in addition to a sea patrol F27 aircraft equipped with indigenously built torpedoes. Last week, the Iranian Navy launched three domestically built combat, simulator and radar systems. A new sea-based Samen surface fire control system, which was unveiled during the event, can track surface and air targets, in addition to tracing 40 surface and one air target simultaneously. Iran also introduced a simulator system for divers departing from Midget submarines. These can also be deployed for emergency exit practice. The navy’s S and X navigation radar project makes use of data fusion and has the potential to be deployed in a network. (Source: naval-technology.com)
03 Dec 14. India’s CBI closes investigation into Akash launchers supply contract. The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed an investigation into allegations of irregularities in the award of the INR5.7bn ($74.2m) contract for the production of Akash missile system components. In May 2013, the agency launched an investigation, accusing senior officials of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) of committing irregularities while awarding the contract to Tata Power, the Press Trust of India reported. The contract covered the production of self-propelled launchers for Akash missile systems, which were scheduled to be supplied to two regiments of the Indian Army to replace its 2 SA-6 Groups. Unnamed CBI sources said the inquiry was initiated against the then BDL chief managing director major general (retired) Ravi Khetarpal, and other senior officials, including the then executive director, director and general manager, among others. Undertaken by the Hyderabad-based CBI unit, the preliminary inquiry number PE 0352013A0004 has been closed, as the agency could not find evidence of any alleged corruption against the officers, the sources added. However, the CBI recommended ‘suitable action’ for alleged violation of rules. The Press Trust of India failed in its attempts to speak to BDL and Tata Power. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ordnance Factories Board and Bharat Electronics as part of the integrated guided-missile development programme, the Akash missile is an all-weather missile system capable of engaging aerial threats up to a distance of 25km. The 5.78m-long, nuclear-capable missile can destroy targets, including unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter aircraft, cruise missiles and other ballistic missiles launched from helicopters. Featuring a launcher, control centre, multi-function fire control radar and supporting ground equipment, the missile has already entered service with the Indian Air Force. (Source: army-technology.com)
24 Nov 14. India to float new RFP for Artillery Systems. India’s Defense Acquisition Council [DAC] met for the first time under the new Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday [22 November] and cleared a proposal to procure 814 artillery guns worth $2.5bn [USD]. The Ministry of Defense is expected to issue a Request for Proposal [RFP] to both public as well as private companies. Sources told The Times of India that “at least six tenders have been issu