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Naval Technical Institute promotes scientific research

The Naval Technical Institute under the Navy was established on the 8th May 1978. Its tasks include: giving advice to the Party Committee and High Command of the Navy on the development of the naval science, technology and environment; assessing researching projects on military science; studying to upgrade, integrate, exploit and master the naval weapons and equipment, especially new and modern ones; designing and manufacturing equipment for training, and for the maintenance of weapons and technical equipment, etc. Over 40 years of foundation and development, under the direct leadership and direction of the Navy’s Party Committee and High Command and the assistance of local party committees, authorities and people, its cadres, researchers and employees have always strived to gain outstanding achievements and fulfill their assigned tasks, contributing to ensure sufficient technical equipment to enhance the capability of the Navy and build up the tradition of “Solidarity, creativity, actively surmounting difficulties to master science and technology”. For its achievements, the Institute and some of its individuals have been conferred with a number of noble medals and awards by the State, the Prime Minister, the Ministry of National Defence and the Navy.

Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, Commader of the Navy, visit the Institute

The achievements were attributed, firstly, to the adherence of its Party Committee and leadership to the Navy’s missions and requirements, and their leadership and direction in fostering scientific research which is considered a prime, central and permanent task. First, the institute focuses on developing and improving the expertise for its researching staff. As the Navy is equipped with various weapons and equipment, the task of scientific and technological research of the Institute is very demanding while the standard and profession of its staff are, to some extend, limited and do not meet the requirement. Fully aware of this, its Party Committee and leadership have focused their leadership and direction on training, and developing the profession and capability of its staff, and uphold their role, responsibility and enthusiasm in scientific research. At the same time, specific criteria have also been set out for the staff. Cable researchers are selected and sent to intensive training both at home and abroad in different majors, focusing on foreign languages, chief designer, naval special weaponry. To encourage and promote the potential, intellect, creativity of the researching staff in their scientific researches, the Institute has built up favourable policies and treatment. Thereby, to date, 100% of its researchers have got tertiary education; 52.5% of them hold Master degrees and 6.2% of them have doctoral certificate; 20% of them have got abroad training.

Sticking to the requirements of the Navy, the Institute’s Party Committee and leadership have always attached importance to the upgradation of the specialized weapon and equipment, meeting the requirements of the practice. Upon its establishment, with their elf-reliance, passion, creativity, and the activeness in overcoming the difficulties, the Institute’s staff have proactively conducted research, designed, manufactured, and upgraded many types of vehicles, weapons and equipment for the mission of combat and combat readiness of the service.

Grasping and implementing the mission of developing the Navy directly to modernity, since 2012, the Institute has actively shifted its operations and pioneered in studying, integrating, exploiting and mastering the naval weapons and equipment, especially the high-tech, new and modern ones. However, during the course of implementation, it faced quite many difficulties as the new weapon systems had been built based on the high-tech basis. Their controlling and command systems are computerized both horizontally and vertically. The computer systems quickly become out of date. In the mean time, the Institute has not got enough professionals, materials and equipment for studying and testing; not many of its researchers have experience with the new and modern weapons and equipment, etc. To improve the effectiveness of scientific research, it has focused on studying, designing, upgrading and modernizing the weapons and technical equipment basing on the integrated technology, mainly for aquatic and anti-submarine weapons. It has received technological transfer from foreign professionals and soon exploit and master some new and modern weapons and equipment, such as: the Kilo 636 submarine, Gepard 3.9 frigate, the 1241.8 Molniya frigate; the weapons and technical equipment for the naval air-force; missile and torpedo systems, etc. It has also grasp the active status of weapon and technical equipment in units to opportunely propose, study, replace and repair some types of weapons and equipment to suit the climate, and hydrological conditions of different seas. At present, it has successfully produced the battery censor system and the hard garbage compactor in the Kilo 636 submarine; studied and designed the TTA-V1 dipping sonar system in replacement for the VGS-3 on the anti-submarine helicopter; designed and manufactured the self-propelling system in the SET-40E torpedo, etc. contributing to enhancing the effectiveness of exploiting and deploying new and modern weapons of the Service.

In addition, the Institute has been able to design and build its own military ships. Implementing the guidelines of the Ministry of National Defence on gradually self-producing vehicles and technical equipment for the Military, under the direction of the Navy’s High Command, the Institute has coordinated with functional agencies and focused its resources on researching, designing, and building some types of military ships. To do this, the Institute actively sent its cadres to attend overseas training and get access to the most modern designing softwares, such as: Tribon M3, Shipconstructor, Autodesk Inventor, Maxsurf, Rhinoceros, etc, while at the same time, closely collaborated with domestic and foreign institutes, such as: the MTD Institute (Russia), the Shiptech Coporation, the Ship Science and Technology Institute (the Ministry of Transport), Ba Son Corporation, Hong Ha Shipbuilding Corporation, 189 Corporation, X51 Plant, X46 Plant, X55 Plant, etc. Some old ships have also been upgraded and transformed to lengthen their lifecycle which contributes to enhancing the capability and meeting the requirements of the Service.

With a number of positive measures, over the past years, the Institute has participated in the technical maintenance of the Navy; deployed its cadres to field trips to grasp the status of weapon, technical equipment and the demands of the units. It has also carried out hundreds of scientific projects with high quality and effectiveness. Many of the projects have been applied in the practice of the Service and brought about practical results.

Promoting its tradition, the Institute will continue to strengthen scientific research to deserve to be one of the top scientific and technological centre of the Military, contributing to firmly protecting the country’s sovereignty over seas, islands and continental shelf.

Sr. Col Pham Phu Thanh, Director of the Institute

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