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Technology seminar on Warship Design and Production at DefExpo 2008 Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 February 2008
New Delhi: Rear Admiral M.K. Bhadwar, VSM, Director General of Naval Design, Integrated HQ of Ministry of Defence (Navy) today chaired the technology seminar on Warship Design and Production as part of the DefExpo 2008 organised jointly by the Ministry of Defence and CII.

Initiating the discussion at the Seminar, Rear Admiral Badhwar said that the realisation of a new warship was a complex process anywhere in the world and India had also drawn up a detailed process for warship acquisition. He was of the view that indigenous design content had acted as a strong catalyst with the industry and indigenous design in warship building had gone up to 90 per cent.

He however pointed out that Industry was still reluctant to associate with the naval shipyards without firm orders and it should also be willing to invest in research and development.

Cdr (Dr) Nagesh from the Indian Navy while giving an insight into warship design and warship production stressed on the tides of changes which the Indian Navy was going through. Talking of the navy aspirations he said there was a need for flexibility and agility platform and to harness the Cots technology. There is a need to adopt the best practices and articulation of training philosophies.

He stressed on the need for raising a joint venture design bureau between the naval shipyards and the industry. He said there was a need for collaborative construction and proposed the setting up of a integrated product data environment.

He said in the intense phase of modernization in the Indian navy there was a increased thrust on indigenous acquisition of ships and submarines.

He said that warship building started way back in 1960s at the Mazagon Shipyard and first of the six ships were delivered in 1972. He said that nine more ships were later designed and delivered to the Indian navy. There was a major thrust in the 1970s on the construction of the Godavari Class ships that being part of the Project 16.

Construction of the Delhi Class destroyers was a major feather in the cap of the naval shipyards and the major cyclone it faced on the seas in 2001 illustrated the strength of the design by the naval shipyards. He said among the projects in hand were presently the construction of Shivalik, Satpura and Sahyadri warships. Construction of three Kolkata-class ships was also underway at the Mazagon shipyard and the first of it would be delivered in 2010.

While pointing out that designing of 17 ships ranging in various class was under construction, he said that Government had also given clearance for the construction of an indigenous aircraft carrier as part of Project 71. The 252 meter carrier would have the capability to hold 30 fixed winged aircraft on board.

He also pointed out that at present the Navy’s design capability was overstreched and pointed to the need for having skeleton groups to handle various aspects of the warship design.

He also stressed on the need for a greater defence shipyard and ancillary industry partnership and proposed for a increased private sector participation in warship building. He said that there was a considerable progress in the indigenous production of weapons. The increased indigenous production would only give India an advantage and better control over various aspects involved in production.

While saying that there was a major gap in supply and demand, he pointed out that timely delivery of warships was crucial and navy expects that the schedule of delivery is maintained by the shipyards.

Other speakers at theseminar included Brigadier General (Retd) Hubert Morelle, Miniltary Advisor CNIM, France, Cmde (Retd) Mukesh Bhargava, Head Marine Business L&T Ltd, L.A. Joshi Executive VP, LEBG and Special Projects Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd, Cdr (Retd) Gopakumar Jagannath T, Senior Deputy General Manager (D&E) BEL and Laurent Fabrice DCNS, France.

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