design, as well as the design and
production of the radar antenna,
will be the responsibility of Thales.
BTSL will develop the mechanical
and radar processing modifications.
Buys Two DSRVs
James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been
awarded a $277 million contract
by the Indian Navy for two Deep
Submergence and Rescue Vehicles
(DSRVs), in addition to a 25-year
all-inclusive maintenance contract.
The estimate cost of the DSRVs is
around $30 million per unit, with
the remaining $217 million going
for the through-life support.
JFD will supply the two DSRVs,
launch-and-recovery systems equipment and transfer-under-pressure
systems. All equipment will be built
and tested at JFD’s facilities in the
United Kingdom. Both units are
expected to be delivered by the end
The DSRVs will operate from
India’s rescue ship Nireekskak,
which is expected to be replaced by
two new-construction submarine
rescue ships to be ordered by 2018.
The Indian Navy had been considering a modern DSRV program for the
better part of 14 years. However, the
sinking of the Sindhughosh- (Kilo-)
class submarine INS Sindhurakshak
in August 2013 raised the priority of
Explosions onboard the submarine caused it to sink in Mumbai Harbor. The accident killed 18 Sailors.
Argentina to Begin
Construction of OPVs
The Argentine Navy (Armada de
la República Argentina, or ARA)
has announced that construction
of the first unit of the Malvinas-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
Program to be built in Argentina
will begin at the Astilleros Rio
Santiago Shipyard in midyear.
The first two units are being
built at China’s Wuchang Shipyard
and are scheduled to be commissioned into the ARA by 2018. The
final three units of the class will be
built at Astilleros Rios Santiago and
be in service by 2021.
The new OPVs are being built
under a February 2015 contract
with China for the construction
and delivery of five OPVs. The
OPVs are expected to cost around
$50 million each and will replace
the ARA’s three Cherokee-, two
King- and one Olivieri-class OPVs
that were commissioned from the
1940s through 1981.
The new OPVs will be powered
by MTU diesel engines and the
remaining combat systems are being
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