The first of three (out of the eight ordered) Boeing-built P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance/anti-submarine warfare (LRMR/ASW) aircraft due for delivery this year is expected to reach INS Rajali at Arakkonam later today.
Germany-based ATLAS Elektronik has secured the contract for supplying its ACTAS ultra low-frequency active/passive towed-array sonar for the Indian Navy’s (IN) three upgraded Project 1241PE ASW corvettes (INS Abhay, INS Ajay and INS Akshay), which were also re-engined with MTU-1163 diesel engines two years ago by Kolkata-based GRSE. The ACTAS is also likely to be acquired in the near future for the IN’s three Project 17 guided-missile frigates (FFG), four Project 28 ASW corvettes and the seven projected Project 17A FFGs. A separate competition is now underway for procuring ultra low-frequency active/passive towed-array sonars from either ATLAS Elektronik or L-3 Communications’ Ocean Systems Division for the IN’s existing three Project 15 guided-missile destroyers (DDG), the yet-to-be-commissioned three Project 15A DDGs and the yet-to-be launched four Project 15B DDGs.
Shown below is the OMUT internally-mounted EW jammer from Ukraine’s Radionix Ltd for the IN’s MiG-29Ks and MiG-29KUBs, plus the ELTA Systems-built EL/L-8222 jammer configured for escort jamming purposes.
The IN will also later this year receive eight specially configured Heron-1 MALE-UAVs (equipped with SATCOM antennae and ELM-2054 AESA-based search radar) and their related shipborne flight-/mission-control stations. These eight Heron-1s will make use of the IN’s GSAT-7 fleet tele-communications satellite for receiving and relaying data from and to shipborne flight-/mission-control stations, with the IN’s principal surface combatants as well as shore-based naval establishments using the secure LINK-2 data-link network for sharing all such data in real-time.
By the year’s end, the IN will be operating a total of 14 Kamov Ka-31 shipborne AEW helicopters. On the other hand, the first two of 17 Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainers will be delivered by HAL before the end of this month.
Lastly, shown below is one of three different types of Solas Marine-built FICs and rapid intervention vessels (RIV) for the IN’s Sagar Prahari Bal and MARCOS.