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‘We Are Making Four Stealth, State-Of-Art ASW Corvettes (P28) for the Indian Navy’
Chairman and Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Rear Admiral K.C. Shekhar AVSM, VSM (retd)
Which projects are currently underway at GRSE?
We are making four ASW Corvettes, P-28, for the Indian Navy. These are stealth, state-of-art platforms meant primarily for anti-submarine operations. We are also making fast attack crafts, which are propelled by the water-jets, first time being inducted in navy; we have already delivered seven of them in last 16 months and three more due for delivery in next three months time. We are also building eight off-shore petrol vessels for the coast guard and launching of the first of these two vessels will be in March 2011. GRSE is in the final stages of signing the contract with the navy for eight landing crafts, these are 800 tonne displacement vessels and within next three months we will hopefully get the approval to go ahead with the construction of these from the government. We are also negotiating with some of the foreign countries for supplying offshore petrol vessels and fast attack crafts and are in final stages of contract-signing.
Coming to the ASW Corvettes, when is the delivery date for these?
The first vessel is suppose to be delivered by June 2012, the delivery is on schedule, we launched the ship in April this year, and the first trial of auxiliary machinery is in March 2011.

Where has the design for these come from?

The basic design has come from the navy. We are doing the detailed as well as the functional designing. In fact, the layout of the compartments is also being designed by us with the piping and the cabling system etc. The basic design — the hull has come from navy’s design directorate, they got the model tested and proved its efficacy and then transferred it to us. The design for the IPVs and the fast attack crafts are entirely ours — for which our design bureau has won the award of excellence from the defence minister.

What about the weapons and other systems for these, are they too indigenous?

The weapons for the Corvettes are all indigenous, mostly from BEL, the guns are from OFB and sensors are from BEL and ECIL. The weapon systems are 100 per cent indigenous. L&T has manufactured the torpedo tubes and is also manufacturing the rocket launcher for the ship. Besides, we also have shaft launcher being manufactured by DRDO. The sonars and radars are from BEL.

What is the progress on Project 17A?

We are going along with MDL in this regard and have floated a combined tender to identify a suitable know-how partner, who is going to help us in making ships faster through a process known as integrated modular construction for which we don’t have ready technical know-how. The technical negotiations are underway with four to five bidders. Notwithstanding that, we have the capability to build the ships; this will be an added advantage.
 
 
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