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India's Defence Shipyards Building 61 Warships, Vessels
India's four Defence public sector shipyards are building a total of 61 warships and vessels for the maritime forces of the country. The four shipyards are Mumbai-based Mazagaon Docks Limited (MDL), Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Goa-based Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), which is the latest entrant in governmental warship building in the country. MDL has 14 warships on order including the six Project-75 Scorpene submarines. It is also constructing a Project-17 Frigate of the Shivalik class.
Indian Navy Casts out Pvt Shipyards, Opts for Foreign Construction of Project-75 I Submarines
The private sector shipyards in the country are in for another disappointment as the Indian Navy has convinced the Defence Ministry to let foreign and state-run shipyards vie for Project-75 I submarines. As a result, the roughly $ 6 billion deal for building six submarines in Project-75 I will be bagged by foreign and state-run shipyards despite the promise of a level-playing field for private shipyards.
Hindustan Shipyard Financial Restructuring worth $200 Million
Indian Defence Ministry's quest to take over the Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) from the Shipping Ministry and convert it into a defence public sector shipyard has been completed with the implementation of a financial restructuring package worth $200 million (Rs.825 crore) this financial year, the parliament has been informed. The HSL was taken over by the Defence Ministry from the Shipping Ministry in February 2010 to boost India's warship building capabilities
Indian Navy to Grow into 150-Ship, 500-Aircraft Force by 2027
India's Navy will look like a "brand new" force by 2027 with a combatants level of 150-odd warships and another 500-odd aircraft fleet, even as it is also preparing to induct 49 new warships and submarines in the next few years that are on order with both Indian and foreign shipyards. This was revealed by Indian Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma to coincide with the Navy Day celebrated on December 4. At present, the Indian Navy has 132 ships including 14 submarines and 216 aircraft, of which 80 are fixed wing, 122 helicopters and 14 unmanned aerial vehicles.
Private Shipyards have Scored over Indian Defence Public Sector Yards
Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday told parliament that India's defence public sector shipyards are losing tender bids for construction of a number of naval ships and craft to private shipyards in the recent times due to high cost of its labour and delays in procurement of materials. This rising number of defence orders being bagged by private shipyards has highlighted the lack of efficiency of public sector shipyards and cast a shroud over their ability to cater to the needs of Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
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