On August 27, 2012 in New Delhi, India’s Ministry of Defence-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for creating a Joint Venture (JV) with Russia’s Rosoboronexport State Corp and Splav SPA, also of Russia, to jointly-manufacture five versions of rockets meant for use by the 42 Smerch-M MBRLs now in service with the Indian Army. The OFB’s Ambajhari-based military-industrial facility will undertake final assembly of the rockets. The fuzing mechanisms and sub-munitions will be supplied off-the-shelf by Splav SPA, with the remaining components of the rockets being produced from locally-produced raw materials, based on ToT from Splav SPA. To me, such JVs will neither make India self-reliant in the production of rockets for Smerch-M, nor will it enable either the OFB or DRDO to acquire the know-how necessary for indigenously developing new-generation long-range MBRLs. The money instead should have been better spent on either conducting R & D for an indigenous 120km-range substitute of the Smerch-M, or on the ARDE’s on-going project for developing the 60km-range Pinaka Mk2 rocket (the Pinaka Mk1 has a 37.5km-range). For those interested, below are details of the five types of rockets to be built by the OFB for the Smerch-M MBRL.
In response to persistent queries on the DRDO-developed Marreech anti-torpedo defence system, the illustrations below, I hope, will serve to answer several, if not, all of the queries.
Posted below are details of a type of flare decoy in service with the IAF’s Mirage 2000s.
Additional description of the MILDS-F MAWS is given below.
Below are schematics of typical ASW and ASV mission profiles to be flown by 10-/12-tonne multi-role shipborne helicopters.
Lastly, uploaded below are the performance parameters of Sikorsky’s MH-92 Superhawk MRH, which is being proposed along with the AgustaWestland AW-101 for the Indian Navy’s requirement for twenty-four 12-tonne MRHs, which will be deployed on board the projected four LPHs, as well as on the three Project 15A and four Project 15B DDGs.