Goa Shipyard Seeks Global Transfer of Technology To Build MCMV


India’s Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) is looking for general companies with a record a state-owned association needs to build 12 cave countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) for a Indian Navy. GSL, that was awarded a $5 billion noncompetitive contract in 2014, has floated a tellurian countenance of seductiveness (EOI) from companies peaceful to transfer a technology to build a vessels to a Indian shipyard.


Such a pierce could push the cost of building a ships in India aloft compared with those built overseas, analysts here said, but a fullness of a record would, in a prolonged run, concede India to build some-more MCMVs. A GSL executive said the association hopes for a good response to get a technology it needs from overseas. The EOI was sent to South Korea’s Kangnam, Italy’s Intermarine, Spain’s Navantia, US-based Lockheed Martin, Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and dual Russian shipyards, he said.
GSL will short-list unfamiliar shipyards with capability for pattern and construction of a single-skin, non-stiffened structure for a MCMV. A grave proposal to a short-listed companies will follow, a GSL executive said. The value of a send of record agreement is some-more than $1 billion, or about 20 percent of a sum value of a contract, an Indian Navy central said.
Last year, a Ministry of Defense canceled a 2008 tellurian proposal in that Kangnam had emerged as a leader since of a South Korean company’s purported use of invulnerability agents in posterior a deal, that abroad invulnerability companies are not authorised to do underneath Indian law. Kangnam, however, appears to be entertainment a re-entry for a new record transfer contract, analysts said.
“Kangnam have already invested time and bid and would be prepared with a details,” pronounced Shyam Kumar Singh, a late Indian navy captain. “As distant as Intermarine of Italy is concerned, they have to contest with Kangnam, that is already ahead.” While a MCMV acquisition is behind due to termination of a strange proposal and a GSL agreement award, analysts contend a fullness of record would assistance in building some-more vessels in a future.
“Minesweepers or cave countermeasure vessels are really worldly record products,” pronounced Sujeet Samaddar, a late Indian Navy commodore. “Including carcass material, acoustic and captivating reduced signatures, mine-hunting sonars and remotely piloted vehicles, and also a pattern methodology are not easy. That said, it is not undoable in India, though that is like reinventing a wheel.”


Anil Jai Singh, a late Indian Navy commodore, pronounced building a MCMV might not be awfully expensive. “More critical will be a growth of an inland capability to build a specialized vessel,” he said. “On a choice of hull, a Navy contingency have taken an sensitive decision.”


The Navy wants 800- to 1,000-ton vessels with combination anti-magnetic hulls that can transparent sea mines laid by rivalry warships, submarines and aircraft to besiege harbors during war, a Navy central said, and will aquire 24 such vessels over a subsequent decade. The construction of a initial vessel is approaching to start in Apr 2018, with deliveries to be finished between Apr 2021 and Apr 2026.


Currently a Indian Navy operates 6 to 7 Soviet-built minesweepers bought in a late 1970s. India would be building an MCMV for a initial time in a state-owned shipyard that was awarded a contract without competition, or through nomination, Samaddar said, observant that “nomination is always a bad idea, and a MoD has regularly pronounced it will not commission though continues to do so.”



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