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Turkish delight as Indian Navy finally replenishes support fleet

25th March 2020 - 02:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Indian Navy (IN) can look forward to receiving five Turkish-designed but locally built fleet support ships displacing 45,000t, after a deal was reportedly signed in February.

State-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) will jointly design and construct the vessels alongside TAIS Shipyards, a consortium of five Turkish shipyards. Construction of these ships that carry fuel, stores and ammunition will occur at HSL’s facility in Visakhapatnam, while TAIS will provide key machinery and equipment and help modernise HSL’s shipyard.

The deal is worth approximately INR150 billion ($2.3 billion), with TAIS the lowest bidder. It is thought the deal was signed directly …

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