India seeks to buy $2.2 billion warships to meet China challenge
The Modi govt on Monday asked seven shipyards to submit proposals for the construction of six missile warships and other smaller vessels worth 150 billion rupees, the Ministry of Defence said.
By Bloomberg | Jul 02, 2019, 08.25 AM IST
By N. C. Bipindra
India sought bids for purchase of warships and support vessels for its navy and coast guard as it ramps up security of its maritime border in the Indian Ocean region.
The Narendra Modi government on Monday asked seven shipyards to submit proposals for the construction of six missile warships and other smaller vessels worth 150 billion rupees ($2.2 billion), the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. The tender includes eight fast patrol vessels, 12 hovercrafts and eight missile-cum-ammunition barges.
The shipbuilders invited include private shipyards Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd., apart from the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., Goa Shipyard Ltd., Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. and Cochin Shipyard Ltd., people with knowledge of the matter said. They asked not to be identified citing rules.
Anyone with an idea as to what a "missile-cum-ammunition barge" is? Sounds interesting.
No mention of phoren firms so all indigenous effort? On the FACs, more Vikrams for CG? Or something new? Maybe for regular navy?
Hovercraft I assume would be the Griffon produced at GRSE?
(Dumb DDM headline. Cheen's handful of ships in the IOR steer a wide berth from our territorial waters. They mount no challenge where these proposed vessels can operate.)