Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Abhinav’ commissioned at Kochi; India showcases its state-of-the-art air defence technologies at the International Airshow in Bahrain
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  • JANUARY 13- 19

    Reports noted that the Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Abhinav’ was commissioned on January 15 at Kochi. Abhinav is the third in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited. The 50 meter indigenous FPV displaces 290 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at economical speed of 13 knots. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment. It is an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The ship has been named ICGS ‘Abhinav’, literally meaning ‘Modern’, and will be based at Kochi under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West). 1

    In another development, according to reports, India is showcasing during the Bahrain International Airshow, its state-of-the-art airborne platforms and associated sensors & communication systems designed and developed by Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). DRDO, along with some of its production partners is displaying India’s strength and expertise in design, development and leading to production at the ‘Bahrain International Airshow’ being held at Sakhir Airbase, Bahrain from 16 – 18 Jan 2014, with the aim of exploring the potential of exporting these advanced systems to friendly countries in the region. DRDO is also displaying models of Light Combat Aircraft ‘TEJAS’, the ‘Four plus’ generation and highly cost effective fighter aircraft designed and developed by the Department of Defence R&D of the Ministry of Defence and being produced by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Models of trainer and the Naval versions are also on display. The other items include models of ‘Expendable high Speed Aerial Target’, ‘NISHANT’, the multi mission UAV with Day and Night operational capability for battlefield surveillance & reconnaissance, target tracking & localization and artillery fire correction and OBOGS (On Board Oxygen Generation System). A high level DRDO delegation led by Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary Defence R&D is participating in the event.. 2