The first three Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes delivered to the Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) have already been very effective in detecting unfriendly submarines snooping near Indian waters, the company’s chairman and managing director Rear Admiral (retd) V K Saxena said on Tuesday.
During the day, GRSE handed over the INS Kavaratti, the fourth and last ship in this series, to the Navy. This is the 104th warship built by the shipyard in Kolkata.
“This project involving four ASW Corvettes was a national one. Real indigenisation started with these vessels. The level of indigenisation achieved for all four vessels was nearly 90%. Indigenous steel (DMR 249A) was also used for naval shipbuilding in this project. These are not small platforms. They have a displacement of 3,250 tonnes each. We have now achieved self-reliance. Apart from the steel, the propulsion systems, weapons platforms and sensors are all indigenous. The sensors include sonars that are so essential for tracking submarines,” Rear Admiral Saxena said.
The INS Kavaratti is the most advanced among the four vessels. According to the CMD, the indigenisation content for the last two vessels — the INS Kavaratti and INS Kiltan — is about 87%. This is primarily due to the carbon-composite superstructure of these two ships. GRSE tied up with a Swedish firm to develop the superstructures and integrate them to the steel hulls. This was also a first for any warship in the country. Reduced weight resulted in more stability and speed.
“In the last 32 months, we delivered 12 warships. We have been told by the Navy that the ASW Corvettes are doing a wonderful job in detecting unfriendly submarines. We plan to complete two Fast Patrol Vessels for the Coast Guard by March and a Landing Craft Utility for the Navy by April. We are also working on Stealth Frigates, Survey Vessels (Large) and Shallow Water ASW Crafts for the Navy. We are investing Rs 200 crore in Rajabagan Dockyard and in the next couple of years, GRSE will be building 24 ships concurrently,” Rear Admiral Saxena said.
Source: Times of India