‘We Are Exploring Our Best Options to Collaborate With Different Indian Shipyards’
-Naval Architect/Area Director, Commercial Division, NAVANTIA S.A., Jorge García-Monedero    

What are the strengths of NAVANTIA which to your mind gives it an edge over its competitors in India

Naval Architect/Area Director, Commercial Division, NAVANTIA S.A., Jorge García-Monedero  
NAVANTIA, with a very long tradition in naval shipbuilding over its 300 years of history has managed to keep up the pace with the cutting edge technologies in this sector. Having a wide portfolio of international clients well balanced with the high demands from the Spanish Navy, NAVANTIA has managed to profit on all these very different experiences and is able to offer a complete catalogue of naval vessels in a full spectrum of programme arrangements, from turnkey programmes to transfer of technology programmes. One of our biggest advantages is that, NAVANTIA has proven capability to integrate in the combat management systems onboard its vessel, a wide range of weapons and sensors from very different origin. In this sense, the integration of the AEGIS within the F-100 frigate national combat system is to be highlighted.

The Indian Navy is likely to issue the RFP for the LPD by the end of this year. Is NAVANTIA going to respond to this RFP? What could be the other projects in which NAVANTIA would like to participate?

Of course, NAVANTIA has been following very closely the IN LPD programme since its very early stages. We responded to two prior RFI’s and promoted the interaction with the IN regarding the programme. Since the Capability Definition Document (CDD) was issued this March, we have been working on responding with our proposals to the IN in collaboration with various Indian Shipyards.
As a reference, NAVANTIA has designed and built two 13,000 ton ‘Galicia’ class LPD’s, as well as one 27,000 ton ‘Juan Carlos I’ class LHD for the Spanish Navy, the latest has been the basis for a contract with the Royal Australian Navy for two more units of LHD that are being built in close collaboration with the Australian defence industry.

Are you interested in partnering with an Indian shipyard? Have you been in touch with any of them, both in the public as well as private sector?

The LPD programme has been defined as ‘Buy and Make India’, therefore we are exploring our best options to collaborate with different Indian shipyards in order to have serious options to reach the end of the race in a position that allows us to be able to win. We have spent quite some time in interacting with both the public and private Indian shipyards. We have made an assessment on our preferences for each programme.

How do you assess the capacities and capabilities of the Indian shipyards? Have you had an opportunity to visit any of these?

We have visited many Indian shipyards, both public and private and we have had the opportunity to see their high capacity. Although they need a little modernisation, we are sure that they will ready to meet the requirements of the next programmes as the policies reflected under the DPP-2011 provide the tools in order to accomplish a primary role in the regional naval shipbuilding market.
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