With the Navy keen on getting submarines in adequate numbers quickly to make up for its fast depleting submarine fleet, roping in private yards is on the agenda of both the Navy and Defence Ministry. Currently only two government yards in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam are making submarines for the Navy.
Larsen and Tubro (L&T) is believed to be the front runner after it proved its worth with the Arihant programme in which it successfully made the hull of the first nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant. L&T yard in Gujarat is understood to have made the second nuclear-powered submarine as well.
An artistic representation of submarine from L&T shipyard ( Image Courtesy - brahmand.com )
To reduce delivery time, the Navy proposed to make first two submarines in P-75 I on the yard of foreign collaborator and the remaining four on Indian yards.
News Courtesy - deccanherald.com
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