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India Loses Sea Harrier Aircraft in Arabian Sea Crash
An Indian Navy Sea Harrier fighter aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea while returning to land from the aircraft carrier INS Viraat Aug. 24, a Navy spokesman confirmed Aug. 25.
The crash leaves the Navy with 16 of the 20 Sea Harriers it bought from the United Kingdom in 1983 at a cost of $20 million each.
Cmdr. Vinay Gerg, a Navy spokesman, told DefenseNews.com the aircraft “developed a technical snag as its Rolls-Royce engine failed in midair.”
The plane’s lone pilot bailed out safely, the Navy said. The Indian government in June approved the $100 million upgrade of 17 Sea Harriers by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), rejecting the bid of BAE SYSTEMS, London. With the lifting of U.S. sanctions against India, those upgrades should go forward as planned, another Navy official said Sep. 25.
Most of India’s Sea Harriers had been grounded due to nonavailability of spare parts during the U.S. sanctions, which ended in September 2001. Though the Sea Harriers are manufactured in Britain, parts for its avionics, radar, engine and weaponry primarily are supplied by Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
HAL officials said they will begin the Sea Harrier upgrades once the spares begin to arrive.
In 1999, a $200 million midlife upgrade package for the Sea Harriers was cancelled in favor of purchasing the Russian-built MiG-29 K fighter for deployment aboard the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, which India has been negotiating to acquire since 1994. The long-pending deal remains at a stalemate.
India To Produce 30 More Surface-to-Surface Nuke-Capable Missiles
India will produce at least 30 more short-range surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, a newspaper report said Sept. 7.
The decision to build more Prithvi missiles, which have a range of 150 to 300 kilometers, was taken last week at the first meeting of the country’s Nuclear Command Authority chaired by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.
The exact number of Prithvi missiles with the armed forces is not known as it is considered classified information.
The new Prithvi missiles would have a new solid propellant instead of the present liquid-fuel motor, PTI said, quoting unidentified defense sources.
The agency said separately that India may test-fire the under-construction Agni III, a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers, in November.
Defence Minister George Fernandes has said two shorter variants, the Agni I and Agni II, will be deployed sometime this year. PTI said the government gave the nod to the two missiles’ induction.
The report said the cabinet also sanctioned the building of more missile launchers. At present, Army missile battalions are equipped with eight launchers each, it said.
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