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Foreign Tie-ups to Build MCMVs – Goa Shipyard

After acquiring the 32000 CR deal from defence ministry of India to build Mines Counter Measures Vessels (MCMVs) for the Indian Navy Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) is looking for the tie-ups with the foreign yards for the technology transfers which are required to create these high tech ships. The Union Defence Ministry had recently cleared the Rs 32,000 crore-worth project to manufacture 12 MCMVs, which will be built by the GSL.

“We will be able to roll out the vessels six years from now. The actual construction on this project will begin after three years,” Said GSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral Shekhar Mittal at the launch ceremony of OPV for Indian Coast guards. Mittal revealed that India does not have the technology required for MCMVs. “We don’t have the technology. That is why we are going to import it. GSL has a capacity to absorb the technology,” he said. The Goa-based yard is contemplating the possibility of going for a tie-up with the foreign counterpart for technology transfer. “We will take minimum possible technology from abroad,” Mittal said.

For the time being GSL has shortlisted few countries like Russia, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Korea, where they can scout for the required technology. “Depending on the naval specifications, we will finalise the partner,” said Mr. Mittal. The GSL will float a global tender, inviting expression of interest for the technology transfer, Mittal added. The MCMVs, which are part of the ‘Make in India’ campaign would be 50 per cent indigenous. The CMD said though the efforts are on to make it more than 50 per cent indigenous.

News Source: PTI

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