Auxiliary Ships of Indian Navy : News and Discussions


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Nov 30, 2017

They are saying the design is indigenous.
India is set to proceed with the construction of five indigenously built replenishment vessels.

India’s government has approved the indigenous construction of five fleet support vessels (FSV) for an estimated INR200 billion ($2.41 billion) for the Indian Navy (IN).

Industry officials said the Cabinet Committee on Security nominated state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) on 16 August to build the 45,000t FSVs.

They said the MoD is expected to sign a formal contract with HSL imminently, and the first FSV would be delivered to the IN within four years, followed by one vessel annually until all transfers are completed by 2031/32.
The IN has so far operated without FSVs, and the induction of five platforms was first sanctioned by the Defence Acquisition Council in 2015 to support sustained forward deployments in the Indian Ocean region. They will provide repair facilities plus deliver essentials like fuel, ammunition and assorted supplies.

In 2018, HSL, under the MoD’s directive, opened negotiations with the Turkish consortium TAIS Shipyards to locally design and build these FSVs for INR160 billion, after its 2017 tender with Hyundai Heavy Industries was terminated following differences over indigenising the platforms.
By May 2019, these negotiations had been successfully completed, with TAIS committed to transferring technology and equipment like power plants, reverse-osmosis water generation systems and assorted jigs to HSL for fitment onto the FSVs.
But weeks later, the entire deal was scrapped following diplomatic tensions between Delhi and Ankara, over Turkey backing Pakistan’s opposition to India revoking its seven-decade-old special constitutional status of the disputed northern Himalayan Kashmir region.
Indian diplomats and security officials also expressed concern over ongoing warship projects between some TAIS associates and the Pakistan Navy.
The IN, however, persisted with the FSV programme and, working closely with HSL, cobbled together a vast number of micro-, small and medium enterprises to execute the project locally.

‘Inducting the indigenously built FSVs will not only boost local industry and generate employment, but the vessels’ deployment will exponentially boost the IN’s operational blue-water capabilities,’ said retired Cpt D.K Sharma.
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Sources in the security and defence establishment said the Indian Navy plans to have at least eight fleet support vessels in operations by 2030 to support its extensive deployment.

Currently, India operates four tankers and the nomenclature now used is fleet support ships. The sources told ThePrint that of the four, INS Jyoti — commissioned in 1996 — will be decommissioned later this decade.

The Indian Navy had, in 2013, initiated a move to acquire five new fleet support ships under the category of ‘global buy’ for meeting its expanding responsibilities over the years.

HSL was selected by the Indian Navy for the project under which it was supposed to tie up with an foreign ship maker to design and build the support vessels in India. Turkey’s Anadolu Shipyard emerged as the lowest bidder in 2019 in a tender issued by the HSL.

In total, seven global companies had responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP) which included Italy-based Fincantieri, Spain’s Navantia, Russia’s Rosoboronexport, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems besides the Turkish shipyard. Given New Delhi’s strained relations with Istanbul, it was the first time that a Turkish shipyard had participated in an Indian defence contract.

Asked about the Turkish shipyard being involved in the project, the defence sources said that this will be indigenously designed and produced. The ship will be designed by the HSL and the Navy’s warship design bureau is not actively involved in the project, they added.

The sources indicated that the Turkish shipyard is not part of the project any longer.