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India sheds light on near-term shipbuilding projects

15th February 2021 - 00:20 GMT | by Mrityunjoy Mazumdar in California

The Indian Navy has ambitious shipbuilding plans, with the vast majority of projects to be built by domestic shipyards.

Senior Indian Navy (IN) officials provided updates on the service’s near-term shipbuilding programmes at a seminar on self-sufficiency in naval shipbuilding at Aero India 2021.

Ongoing shipbuilding projects comprise 38 ships and four Project 75 Scorpene submarines, all of which are being built in-country except for two Project 1135.6 frigates from Russia.

Additionally, contracts for another 27 ships and six submarines are ‘on the anvil,’ said RAdm G.K Harish, Director General of Naval Design. Significantly, a breakdown of these 27 ships differs from previously released information.

For example, the number of large 45,000t Fleet Support Ships (FSS) for solid and …

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