INS Arnala built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Indian Navy’s first anti-submarine warfare small water craft (ASWSWC), was commissioned by Rasika Chaube Financial Consultants (Defence Services), Ministry of Defence. Larsen & Toubro Shipyard in Kattipallu, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
It is the first of eight ships that GRSE is building for the Navy. Another eight ASWSWC is being built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
The first vessel will be completed and delivered as planned. So will others, depending on the navy’s ability to patrol coastal areas where enemy submarines may be lurking.
Incidentally, GRSE became India’s only defense public sector unit (DPSU) shipyard to win the Raksha Mantri’s Award 2022 for designing the quietest ship. This silent ship was launched by ASWSWC.
Although smaller in size compared to the Kamorta Class anti-submarine warfare corvettes previously built and delivered to the Navy by GRSE, these 77.6m long and 10.5m wide vessels pack a punch.
These ships will be capable of full-scale subsurface surveillance and search and attack operations in coastal waters. They will also be able to carry out coordinated anti-submarine operations with aircraft. These ships will have onboard combat management systems and will be armed with light torpedoes and anti-submarine warfare missiles. These vessels will have a complement of 57 personnel, including seven officers.
Their three water jets (fitted to marine diesel engines) will provide greater maneuverability and a maximum speed of 25 knots. The biggest advantage is that these vessels will only need a draft of 2.7 meters, allowing them to easily access the coasts in search of subterranean threats.
Commodore PR Hari, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, in his speech said that when the ship is handed over to the Navy, it will have 88% indigenous content. He highlighted the importance of timely decision-making by all actors to achieve the best results.
“I would like to highlight one particular aspect of indigenization. It is like a double-edged sword. Although the intention is good and we must indigenize, we all need to be aware of the consequences of indigenization, especially in warship building projects. Tight deadlines. This warship has 88% although it will be indigenous, the balance of 12% imported equipment and systems is already planned.
“We are struggling with this 88 percent. I absolutely agree that the pains and struggles of indigenization are natural when the nation is looking at 100 percent indigenization by 2047. So there are all the stakeholders, all the decision makers. , shipyards and our industry partners must realize that timely decisions are the most important To ensure that the ‘Make in India’ initiatives are successful,” said Commodore Hari.
Ahead of the launch of INS Arnala, Rasika Chaube lauded the efforts of GRSE to keep the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard equipped with modern warships. He highlighted how, despite India’s efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the region and achieve economic progress, our country faces threats.
India has no choice but to keep its defense forces ready to face any challenge. He also assured GRSE of all the support of the Ministry of Defense in the following years.
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