Na­van­tia’s know-how ‘fits per­fectly’ with the needs of the In­dian Navy

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

Na­van­tia, a Span­ish pub­lic com­pany that be­longs to the SEPI (a state-owned en­ter­prise sub­or­di­nate to the Span­ish Min­istry of Econ­omy and Trea­sury), is a world leader in the prod­ucts it of­fers. The com­pany is in­volved in de­sign and con­struc­tion of high-tech mil­i­tary ves­sels and civil ves­sels; de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing of con­trol and com­bat sys­tems; tech­nol­ogy trans­fer; over­hauls and al­ter­ations of mil­i­tary and civil ves­sels; sup­port to the ser­vice life of its ves­sels and sys­tems; diesel engine man­u­fac­tur­ing and tur­bine man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Na­van­tia has been ex­pand­ing glob­ally. In Oc­to­ber 2005, Na­van­tia, as part of a con­sor­tium with the French com­pany DCNS, and the French com­pany Ar­maris en­tered into a tech­nol­ogy trans­fer agree­ment on three Scor­pene sub­marines in In­dia. Here in an in­ter­view with SP’s M.A.I, José Luis Montes Martínez, Gen­eral Man­ager, In­dia Li­ai­son Of­fice talks about Na­van­tia in In­dia. SP’s M.A.I. (SP’s): Can you in­di­cate on your re­la­tion­ship with the In­dian Navy and the In­dian armed forces in gen­eral? José Luis Montes Martínez (Martínez): We mainly deal with the In­dian Navy. Per­son­ally I have been in­volved with In­dia only for the last five months, so my re­la­tion­ships are not yet very ex­tended. SP’s: Which spe­cific projects are cur­rently on and how are they pro­gress­ing? Martínez: With the In­dian Navy we only have fu­ture projects. SP’s: What are Na­van­tia’s up­com­ing of­fer­ings to the In­dian Navy and also the In­dian Coast Guard? Martínez: We will in­volve at least in the fol­low- ing ten­ders: LPD, Pro­ject P-75(I) – AIP sub­marines and Fleet Sup­port Ships (FSS). SP’s: Can you in­di­cate on any in­dus­trial part­ner­ships, if fi­nalised, with any ship­yards? Can you also in­di­cate on some ba­sic fea­tures of th­ese part­ner­ships? Martínez: Larsen & Toubro, Chen­nai in the LPD and FSS projects. If awarded, on both projects we will do en­gi­neer­ing work and ad­di­tion­ally in the FSS pro­gramme we would build two or three ves­sels while L&T would build the rest SP’s: What makes you most ex­cited in the con­text of In­dia as a mar­ket? Martínez:: In­dian Navy pro­grammes al­ready known to fit per­fectly with our ca­pac­i­ties. On the other hand, we have ex­tended our good ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing in part­ner­ship with lo­cal ship­yards in other con­tracts with for­eign navies, so our know-how per­fectly fits the needs of the In­dian Navy in terms of prod­uct and in­dige­nous con­struc­tion. SP’s: I be­lieve Na­van­tia also has a se­ries of land-based so­lu­tions. Does Na­van­tia in­tend to work with the In­dian Army and al­lied or­gan­i­sa­tions? Martínez: Yes. We do not pre­tend to be limited to the Navy. SP’s: How do you view Na­van­tia’s fu­ture in next 5 and next 15 years? Martínez: We have a clear idea: to ex­pand in­ter­na­tion­ally. Our de­signs are very at­trac­tive for most of the navies.

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