Vice-Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command was the chief guest. The primary role of the 77 metres long, waterjet propelled ASW shallow water craft, capable of 25 knots speed is to conduct anti-submarine operations in coastal water
In a revolutionary step towards the transition from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Make from India’, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE), Kolkata, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Naval Group France, a leader in European Naval Defence Industry to collaborate in the field of the surface ship that caters to fulfil the requirement of India and international Naval forces.
The GRSE has informed that the MOU was signed by Commodore. PR Hari, IN (Retd), Director (Personnel) GRSE.Under the MoU, the two entities will collaborate and engage to offer high-end surface ships based on sea proven ‘Gowind® design’, developed for the export market. Having built over 100 warships for Indian and foreign naval forces, GRSE will work closely with French and Indian industries.
The MoU also seeks to leverage the capabilities of both firms for meeting the growing requirements of the shipbuilding industry and offer a robust world-class product utilising the state-of-the-art capabilities of both organisations. This blend of modern technology, innovation and management of resources by Indian and French naval industrial leaders will be a real value proposition for international navies, GRSE said.
Highlighting the importance of collaboration Rear Admiral V K Saxena (IN Retd.), CMD, GRSE said, “Our association with Naval Group of France aims to set a new benchmark in capitalising export market in the Indo Pacific region. The partnership will set a new ground for surface shipbuilding using design and technology assistance from the Naval Group. This will not only bring mutual benefit for both the nations but also enable GRSE to deliver surface ships to Friendly Foreign Countries in line with our PM’s vision of ‘SAGAR’.”
On the occasion of MoU signing, Alain Guillou, SEVP, International Development, Naval Group, congratulated the team and said, “This extension of cooperation with GRSE, with whom we had worked for the propulsion system of Kamorta Class ASW Corvettes clearly highlights our long-term investment in India and emphasises the potential of strategic relations between France & India in the Indo-Pacific region.”