Indian Navy Ship Pralaya Arrives in Abu Dhabi, UAE to participate in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21: Key Points

Indian Navy Ship Pralaya Arrives in Abu Dhabi, UAE to participate in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21:  Indian Naval Ship Pralaya  arrived at Abu Dhabi, UAE to participate in the NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21 (International Defence Exhibition), scheduled from 20 to 25 February 2021.

 NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21

INS Pralaya, the second ship of the indigenously built Prabal Class Missile Vessels, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 18 December 2002. The 56 m long ship, displacing about 560 T is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of weapons and sensors. These include a 76.2 mm medium range gun, 30 mm close range guns, chaff launchers and long range surface to surface missiles. The ship, built indigenously at Goa Shipyard Limited, bears testimony to capabilities of the Indian ship building industry and is a versatile platform capable of performing a wide variety of surface warfare missions.

Participation of INS Pralaya in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21, one of the leading international naval and defence exhibitions of the region, is aimed at showcasing the strengths of India’s indigenous ship building, in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’. In addition, participation of an Indian Navy Ship in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21 also highlights close relations between India and UAE.

Defence relations between India and UAE have been steadily growing since the upgradation of bilateral relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ during the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in January 2017 as Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations. Towards enhancing interactions between the two navies, inaugural edition of Indian Navy – UAE Navy bilateral exercise GULF STAR – 1 was conducted in March 2018. The next edition of the exercise is likely to be conducted in 2021. In addition, Indian Navy ships have been making regular port calls at UAE for promoting maritime cooperation. INS Mysore, an indigenously built guided missile destroyer, mission deployed in the region, is also making a port call at Abu Dhabi, UAE from 19 to 22 Feb 21.

Deployment of Indian Navy ships to Abu Dhabi, UAE underscores deep rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted cooperation between India and UAE, and will further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.

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Divya-Drishti 2021: Indian Army’s National Seminar on Multi-Domain Operations: Key Points

Divya-Drishti 2021: Indian Army National Seminar-cum-Webinar, named as “Divya-Drishti 2021” on Multi-Domain Operations: Future of Conflicts organised by Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS).

What does Divya-Drishti 2021 Means?

“Divya-Drishti 2021”, meaning divine or cognitive perception required for an informed vision, aimed to bring together national and international experts and practitioners to deliberate on the complex and emerging subject on multi-domain operations (MDO).

The webinar was attended virtually by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane, Lt Gen CP Mohanty, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Raj Shukla, GOC-in-C ARTRAC along with other dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence, three Services, former COAS’ and leading security Think Tanks in the country, members of the media etc.

The inaugural address was delivered by the COAS in which he emphasized the threats and challenges to our national security in the future and the need to remain vigilant at all levels. The collusive threats along the borders coupled with state sponsored terrorism reveals that the Indian Army needs to be prepared in multiple domains to tackle adversarial threats and to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country.

As per the COAS, a multi-domain war demands redetermination and re-examination of our doctrines, strategy and up-gradation of our capabilities. The COAS wished success to the seminar and extended warm welcome to the foreign speakers from the US and UK.

The proceedings of the seminar were conducted in three sessions. The first session was focused on “Future Threats and Challenges: India’s Preparedness in Multi Domain Ops” wherein the panelists analyzed the emerging security threats and challenges in the sub-continent, India’s preparedness and concept of warfighting in MDO. Second session on “Enhancing Jointness in MDO” examined the concepts of jointness and measures required to achieve cohesion as a joint force and integration of services and domains were also discussed at length. In the third session on “Achieving Convergence & Collusivity in MDO”, requirement of joint structures to fight joint wars in multi-domains, integration and convergence of force structure and creation of theatre commands were discussed.

During the event, Lt Gen Rajender Dewan, DGSP also felicitated three former CLAWS faculties for their notable contribution in national security and strategic studies

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Theatre Level Operational Level Readiness Exercise, TROPEX 21 Commences: Indian Navy’s largest war game – the biennial Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 21) – which commenced in early January, is currently underway with participation of all operational units of Indian Navy including ships, submarines, aircraft as well as units of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard.  The exercise will culminate by third week of February.

TROPEX 21 Commences

The exercise is being conducted over a vast geographical expanse in the Indian Ocean Region including its adjunct waters and is aimed at testing combat readiness of the Navy in a complex multi-dimensional scenario set in the context of the current geo strategic environment. The Theatre Level exercise also aims to validate Navy’s offensive-defence capabilities, safeguard national interests in the maritime domain and promote stability and peace in the Indian Ocean Region. Conduct of TROPEX is being overseen by Naval Headquarters with participation from all three Commands of the Indian Navy and the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair.

TROPEX is being progressed over distinct phases that also test the Navy’s transition from peacetime to hostilities. In the first phase, the Indian Navy had conducted coastal defence exercise ‘Sea Vigil’along the entire coastline and Island territories of India on 12-13January 2021. This exercise aimed to validate the coastal defence setup of the country, which was entirely revamped after the 26/11 Terror attacks at Mumbai. The exercise witnessed large-scale participation from Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police of 13coastal States and Union Territories along with other stakeholders in the maritime domain. Valuable lessons emerging from the exercise are being incorporated in the existing procedures to further fine-tune the coastal defence architecture of the country.

Exercise Sea Vigil was followed by a large-scale Tri-Service joint amphibious exercise AMPHEX-21, which was conducted in the Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands from 21-25 January. The amphibious exercise was aimed at validating India’s capabilities to safeguard the territorial integrity of its Island territories and enhance operational synergy and joint warfighting capabilities amongst the three Services.

The Weapon Workup Phase of TROPEX, which concluded recently, witnessed multiple ‘on-target’ ordnance deliveries including missiles, torpedoes and rockets from frontline warships, aircraft and submarines and demonstrated the lethal firepower of the Indian Navy and reaffirm the Navy’s capability to carry out long range maritime strikes in the Indian Ocean Region, a capability that is central to meeting operational challenges and ensuring safe seas and secure coasts.

This large scale Theatre Level Exercise puts to test and validate Navy’s Concept of Operations in various conflict scenarios, hone its warfighting skills, bolster its role towards maritime security in the wider Indian Ocean Region and is in keeping with the theme of being a ‘Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive force’.

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HAL hands over five ALHs Mk III to Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over three Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Mk III to Indian Navy and two ALHs to Indian Coast Guard as part of its 16 ALHs contract during the ongoing Aero India 2021 at Air Force Station Yehalanka, Bengaluru.

The helicopters were handed over by Chairman and Managing Director of HAL Shri R Madhavan to Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Director General Coast Guard Shri K Natarajan in the presence of Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.

HAL hands over five ALHs Mk III to Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard

The ALH has clogged close to 3,00,000 cumulative flight hours and proven its mettle in versatile operations. The ALH Mk III is fitted with state-of-the-art glass cockpit and powerful Shakti engine.

The contract involves integration of 19 major systems with the existing ALH MK III that include IFF MKXII & ATC Xpdr with ADS-B Out, V/UHF Communication System, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS-I), SAR Homer system, Automatic Deployable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ADELT), Loud Hailer, Radio altimeter, Rescue Basket, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), IADS System, AFCS, Digital Video Recording System (SSDVR), Automatic Identification System (AIS), High Intensity Search Light (HISL), Pressure Refueling System, Control grips, EO POD Rev III, Surveillance Radar System and 12.7 mm Gun system.

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MoD and BEL sign contract for procurement of Software Defined Radio: Key Points: Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Defense Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) have marked an agreement for acquirement of Software Defined Radio Tactical (SDR-Tac) worth over Rs 1,000 crore in New Delhi on February 08, 2021.

The SDR-Tac, mutually planned and created by Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL) of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) through a consortium of homegrown offices and industry, involving Weapons and Electronics Systems Engineering Establishment (WESEE), BEL, Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) and Indian Navy will carry vital profundity to the Armed Forces. The conveyance will happen inside three years. The BEL is now providing SDR-Naval Combat (NC) and SDR-Air is under client assessment preliminary. The DRDO and BEL are intending to furnish most recent SDR with security reviewing to the Armed Forces.

MoD and BEL sign contract for procurement of Software Defined Radio

The SDR-Tac is a four Channel Multi-mode, Multi Band, 19” Rack mountable, transport borne Software Defined Radio framework. It is expected to serve transport to-deliver, transport to-shore and transport to-air voice and information correspondence for network driven activities. It upholds concurrent activity of the relative multitude of four channels covering V/UHF and L Band. This SDR framework houses various kinds of waveforms for restricted band and wide band applications. The MANET waveforms are accessible in UHF and L-Band to help adhoc organizing highlight for net driven activities. Client assessment preliminaries covering thorough harbor stage and ocean stage preliminaries were finished effectively during May to June 2018 at Visakhapatnam for all waveforms including V/UHF and L-Band MANET waveforms under various organization designs.

Interoperability preliminaries were additionally effectively done with any remaining structure factors covering Airborne SDR-AR on board Dornier Aircraft, SDR-Tac on board INS Kirch in cruising mode, SDR-Manpack and SDR-Handheld. All the viewpoints were assessed effectively by all client organizations of Navy and leeway was concurred for acquirement.

The Armed powers are needing change from the single reason radio of the past to more adaptable Software Defined Radios (SDRs) to serve the vast majority of their remote correspondence needs. These SDRs will be in reverse viable with existing Indian radios. Distinctive Service bunches require diverse structure factor radios for explicit stages and waveforms/applications. The SDRs permit utilization of regular waveform/application usage techniques for various structure factors. They additionally permit execution of cutting edge waveforms on a similar equipment utilizing programming programmability, in this manner guaranteeing longer life and investment funds on expense.

A critical factor in SDRs is that product programmability permits simple changes of the radio’s key attributes, for example, regulation sorts, working frequencies, transmission capacities, numerous entrance plans, source and channel coding/interpreting strategies, spreading/de-spreading procedures and encryption/unscrambling calculations. Conventional equipment driven radios require equipment changes to alter these crucial qualities. Numerous kinds of radio hardware can be supplanted with multi-mode, multi band, multi-job SDR’s of reasonable structure factors.

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