Like P-75 being built at MDL, DCNS is ready to transfer technology to Indian shipyards for advanced tactical ships
 
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Delivering on Promises

Like P-75 being built at MDL, DCNS is ready to transfer technology to Indian shipyards for advanced tactical ships

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French shipbuilding company DCNS is confident about its India plans, particularly its efforts towards ‘Make in India’. Currently, the main focus for the company is the upcoming programme for four Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ships. DCNS had already partnered with Pipavav (now Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL)) for this programme. “We have proposed to Pipavav/ RDEL a modified version of our Mistral type Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) in order to answer to Indian Navy’s specific requirements,” the company spokesperson said.

The commercial bids for the LPD programme had previously expired and the Indian Navy had asked the participating companies (RDEL with DCNS; and Larsen and Toubro with Spain’s Navantia) to extend the bid until opening of the envelope. The companies are still awaiting a final response from the Indian defence ministry. In the programme, first two ships will be built by an Indian private company with the help of their foreign partner and the remaining two will be built at the state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) facility. According to DCNS, its offer includes design and building the ship, with most of the equipment inside the ship coming from various Indian partners.

The Mistral-class LHD is a versatile vessel that responds to the needs of numerous navies. It allows a wide spectrum of civil and military missions. With a length of 199 metres, a displacement of 22,000 tonnes and a speed exceeding 18 knots, the Mistral-class LHD vessel is characterised by its high capacity for transportation of troops, equipment, heavy helicopters and landing craft. It is equipped with an electric propulsion system that uses pods. It also has an onboard hospital, and can carry out large-scale humanitarian missions. Its highly capable communication system makes it the ideal command vessel within a naval force.

Mistral class LHD
Mistral class LHD

 
 
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