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Indigenous Aircraft Carrier to be completed by December: A K Antony Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 04 August 2011
New Delhi: The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (Air Defence Ship), being constructed being constructed at the Cochin Shipyard limited (CSL), is scheduled to be completed by December this year. Defence Minister A K Antony, replying to a query in the Lok Sabha, said that 75 per cent of hull work has been completed and the ship would be launched in December 2011. Additional work will be undertaken after commissioning.

"Now Indian-manufactured warship quality steel is available, which will reduce dependence on foreign countries," he said.

"With the infrastructure and experience, indigenous aircraft carrier-sized ships can be built at Cochin Shipyard limited," he said.

He said that the major indigenous warship building projects of the Navy running behind schedule are Project-15A, Project-17 and Project-28. The cost escalation in these projects has been about 225% for Project-15A, about 260% for Project-17 and about 157% for Project-28.

The main reasons contributing towards cost escalations for P-15A are - delay in supply of warship building quality steel by Russia, escalation due to increase in expenditure towards services of Russian Specialists on account of inflation during the build period, impact of Wage revision due from October 2003 and finalization of cost of weapons and sensors.

The main reasons contributing towards cost escalations for P-17 are - delay in supply of warship building quality steel by Russia, delay in acquisition of weapon equipment from Russia, and delay in finalization of propulsion equipment in view of complex combined diesel and gas arrangement introduced for the first time in Indian Navy frigate.

For P-28, Navy was using D40S/B-quality high tensile strength steel for construction of warships; however, due to high cost of import, indigenously developed DMR 249A steel was decided to be used on P-28 ships. However, there was delay in development of indigenous steel and associated complexities related to development of new weld consumables and welding techniques. The delay in identification of suitable propulsion package to meet stealth requirement of ships and delay in development of indigenous weapons and sensors also resulted in cost escalation.

In case of Project-17, Air Conditioning system procured from York Marine Systems, UK has been functioning satisfactorily on the first two ships. In case of Project-28, it was tendered on competitive basis and the order was placed on York India.

Acceptance of Necessity for acquisition of Six Submarines under Project-75(I) has been accorded by the Defence Acquisitions Council. The proposal is being progressed. Cost details would be available on finalization of contracts.

"The refit and modernisation works on board the INS Vikramaditya are progressing in an earnest manner. Consequent to signing of supplementary agreements in March 2010, the Russian side has increased the manpower and material resources considerably for the project. A majority of the equipment and systems have been installed on board the ship. The delivery of the ship is scheduled in December 2012," he said.

 
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