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Indian Navy eyeing top line private sector for warship production

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CHENNAI (PTI): The government is looking at making the country a defence manufacturing hub by involving domestic companies so that dependence on overseas players could be reduced, a top Naval officer said on Tuesday.

"At the end of the day, what we are looking at is India becoming a major defence manufacturing hub. Rather than we going out (of the country), others should come in and get their assets built here in India. That is the plan," Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition Vice-Admiral D M Deshpande said.

He was talking to reporters after the launch of indigenously-built Floating Doc (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy at Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding yard at Kattupalli near here.

The idea of Make in India concept was to get foreign dependence to a minimum and the strategic partnership programme had been launched in this regard, he said.

The Navy was examining whether Indian companies have the capacity to build submarine, aircraft/ fighter jets, helicopter and armoured vehicles.

"We are looking at Indian partners. We will identify the Indian partners as they have to pass through technical and financial gates. So, we are looking at top of the line people," he said.

Admitting that the domestic ship building industry had been in the dump for a while, he said the defence ship building in the country presented a huge market as well as huge challenge and Navy wanted private shipyards to ease the load of public sector units.

The Navy had chalked out a maritime perspective plan.

"We have earmarked which are the ships that needs to be built by defence PSUs. What we are looking at -- is private shipyards play a role and they can ease the load of defence PSUs. So that we can have a load share between defence PSU and private shipyards," he said.

On the status of P75 (I) submarine project, he said, "It was going on under the strategic partnership plan. First we should be able to get an RFI (request for information). We are in the process of activating the methodologies so that we have the tenders out soon".


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