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Chairman and managing director, Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Rear Admiral R.K. Shrawat

Rear Admiral R.K. Shrawat What is the status on modernisation now?
The Mazdock Modernisation Programme comprising a new wet basin, 300 tonne Goliath crane, modular workshop and cradle and assembly shop has been successfully completed. It was commissioned by defence minister Arun Jaitely on 27 August 2014. In addition, construction work of Submarine Sub-section Assembly (SSA) workshop in the Alcock Yard is also progressing well.

Can you please give an update on the two surface ship programmes of destroyers and frigates?
Having delivered three Shivalik Class Stealth Frigates (P-17) to the Indian Navy, currently, we are executing two projects, namely P15A (Kolkata class destroyers) and P15B (follow-on destroyers of the Kolkata class). The first of the Kolkata class destroyers, INS Kolkata, was commissioned into the navy on 16 August 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Two more ships of this class, Kochi and Chennai, will be commissioned by the end of the next year. Construction work for the first two ships of P15B, the follow-on destroyers, has already started. The first ship will be launched next year.

How is the P75 progressing? What are the timelines for delivery and what degree of indigenisation has been achieved with each progressive vessel?
Having overcome several hurdles related to ordering of material, the progress of work is now satisfactory. The first boat is scheduled to be delivered in September 2016. Other five boats are progressing well and are, in fact, ahead of schedule. MDL is striving hard to advance delivery of boats two to six.

The first boat also involves absorption of technology from M/s DCNS. This has been successful for the pressure hull and structural outfitting. The ‘equipment outfitting’ is in an advanced stage and MDL is confident of absorbing technology for all remaining activities well in time.

As far as the indigenisation is concerned, MDL and collaborator DCNS, along with Indian Navy, have taken several steps towards indigenisation, even though there is no contractual obligation. From amongst the material presently procured for the boats, the indigenous material is expected to progressively increase to 23 per cent in boat six.

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