Cochin Shipyard Limited and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata will produce a total of sixteen Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC) ships for the Indian Navy.
Contracts for the ships have been signed for construction of eight ships each from M/s CSL, Kochi and GRSE, Kolkata respectively. Delivery of ships is scheduled to commence from October 22 2019, with two ships per year subsequently, by each shipyard.
In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometres with 12 major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical.
These specialised ships have lower draught and will significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed Sonars.
Equipped with state-of-art indigenous Integrated Platform Management Systems, Propulsion, auxiliary, and PGD Machinery, these ships are capable of subsurface surveillance of coastal waters and lying of mines, making them a potent platform and adding another milestone to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India.