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Goa Shipyard signs Rs 14,000 crore deal to build two naval frigates

PANAJI: In a big spice up to 'Make in India' and the Indian Navy, the ministry of defence after all inked the contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for construction and supply of two guided missile frigates. The Rs 14,000-crore venture is the biggest shipbuilding venture in the historical past of GSL and can propel it into the minuscule league of Indian shipyards that may design and construct weapon extensive ships reminiscent of frigates.

GSL, which has a track file for supply of warships on time table, stated the primary frigate will be brought to the Indian Navy by means of 2026.

The contract for the 2 frigates may even provide opportunities for the region's ancillary shipbuilding trade since GSL plans to acquire a lot of methods and gear locally.

The contract used to be inked in New Delhi and is derived after India and Russia inked an Inter-Government Agreement to acquire 4 frigates that will be provided with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile as a part of the Project 11356.

‘Hull will be constructed with indigenous steel’

"The ships are to be constructed at Goa Shipyard under transfer of technology with Russia as per government-to-government agreement. Under the agreement, the Russian side will provide design documentation, technical assistance and part build material for construction of ships at Goa Shipyard," chairman and managing director B B Nagpal stated, adding that the primary warship is scheduled to be delivered in 2026.

According to officials at GSL, all the hull of the ships will be constructed with indigenous steel.

The frigates will be provided to perform in littoral and blue waters, as a part of a standalone project or as a part of a service battle workforce. The vessel could have complex stealth features, together with a distinct hull design to restrict radar cross-section, low electromagnetic, infrared and underwater noise signatures.

In order to build the brand new warships, GSL must adopt a massive up-gradation of talent sets, infrastructure augmentation, expand expertise in weapon integration, checking out, trials, and propulsion device integration, Nagpal stated.

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