Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts

first_imgIndian Government permitted national navy to buy nine mid-range reconnaissance airplanes to overall amount of $1 bln. According to The Times of India, new airplanes will maintain India’s security over the Indian Ocean along with earlier ordered P-8I Poseidon long-range reconnaissance airplanes produced by Boeing.The tender for mid-range recon aircraft will be attended by American Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Swedish Saab, French Dassault Aviation, Brazilian Embraer, and European concern EADS, reports The Times of India. Possible date of the contract signing was not mentioned.According to India’s specification, new airplanes must be armed with various types of missiles and torpedoes capable to destroy surface ships and submarines. Flight range of the airplanes must be about 650 km. To compare, flight range of P-8I exceeds 2,000 km.Procurement contract for eight P-8I Poseidon airplanes to overall amount of $2.1 bln was tied between India and Boeing in 2009. Expectedly, another contract for 4 P-8I would be signed in March 2012. It was reported in Dec 2011 about India’s intentions to bring overall number of patrol aircraft Poseidon up to 24.According to sources of The Times of India, in the next few years India will spend about INR 850 bln ($17 bln) for procurement of naval aviation. This sum includes contract with Russia for 45 deck-based fighters MiG-29K to be stationed on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian Admiral Gorshkov).[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Light View post tag: Indian Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts Indian Navy Gets Green Light to Purchase 9 Reconnaissance Aircrafts View post tag: 9 View post tag: Reconnaissance View post tag: green View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: gets View post tag: Navy February 29, 2012 View post tag: purchase View post tag: Aircrafts Share this articlelast_img read more

‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis

first_img View post tag: conduct The “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 conducted an aerial change of command ceremony over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) March 17.Cmdr. Mike Bisbee, of Miami, Fla., relieved Cmdr. Christopher DeMay, of Farmingdale, N.Y., as commanding officer. Bisbee previously served as VAQ-133’s executive officer.“I was very fortunate to have an outstanding group of officers, chief petty officers and enlisted Sailors,” said DeMay. “The squadron had a tremendous reputation before I took command and it was a challenge to maintain that reputation and team spirit. He [Bisbee] has been a great XO, friend and sounding board for me during my time here,” said DeMay.DeMay’s next assignment will be as executive assistant at Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md.“He was an outstanding skipper, one of the best I’ve worked with,” said VAQ-133 Command Master Chief Matt Miesle, from Elmore, Ohio. “I think the crew is sad to see him go, but he is handing over a very successful squadron to very capable hands, and I can’t think of anyone better than Cmdr. Bisbee.”While still supporting the mission at hand, Bisbee looks forward to returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and leading the squadron through the upcoming transition from the EA-6B Prowler to the EA-18G Growler.“First and foremost my goal is to get everyone home,” said Bisbee. “After two back-to-back deployments I want everyone to be able to take time off with loved ones when we return before we start the transition.”VAQ-133 is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 aboard Stennis and has been in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) providing support to Operation Enduring Freedom since Oct. 18, 2012.The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 19, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: Command View post tag: Stennis View post tag: change View post tag: C. ‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Ceremonycenter_img View post tag: over View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: John View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aerial View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today ‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis March 19, 2013 View post tag: “Wizards”last_img read more