The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) to carry out the normal refit of the Sindhukirti kilo class diesel-electric submarine. The project aims to modernize the submarine with advanced weapons, electronic systems, and sensors, and develop an alternative repair facility for submarines.
Details of the Contract
The contract is worth Rs. 934 crore, and the refit will be carried out in Visakhapatnam. The submarine was acquired from the Soviet Union in 1990 and is one of the oldest submarines in service with the Indian Navy. The refit is necessary to upgrade its capabilities and extend its lifespan.
Upgrading the Submarine
The modernization of the Sindhukirti submarine is crucial to enhance the Indian Navy’s underwater warfare capabilities. The upgrade will include advanced weapons, electronic systems, and sensors, making it a more potent force in the Indian Ocean region. The Indian Navy is also planning to acquire additional submarines to counter the Chinese Navy’s growing presence in the region.
Alternative Repair Facility for Submarines
The refit project also includes developing an alternative repair facility for submarines. Currently, the Indian Navy relies on foreign shipyards for the refit and repair of its submarines. With the development of an alternative repair facility, the Indian Navy can reduce its reliance on foreign shipyards and become self-reliant in this area.
Role of MSMEs in the Project
The project will involve over 20 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and generate employment of 1,000 mandays per day. The participation of MSMEs in the project is crucial as it will help boost the country’s manufacturing sector and generate employment opportunities.
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