WASS in In­dia Past, present and fu­ture

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

WASS has been op­er­at­ing in In­dia since 1976 and suc­cess­fully sup­port­ing In­dian Navy in un­der­wa­ter field. Dur­ing this pe­riod it has formed a num­ber of as­so­ci­a­tions with In­dian in­dus­try, es­pe­cially BDL, and has es­tab­lished it’s sub­sidiary (WIN Blue Wa­ter Ser­vices Pvt Ltd) in In­dia, to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices. WASS is com­mit­ted in sup­port­ing In­dian Navy, In­dian in­dus­try and re­search & de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion in their en­deav­ours for in­di­geni­sa­tion.

Light Weight Tor­pedo

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween WASS and the In­dian Navy started in 1976. First con­tract that WASS re­ceived was for sup­ply a num­ber of A244s LWTs. These tor­pe­does have been the back­bone of the In­dian Navy un­der­wa­ter op­er­a­tions for more that 30 years. WASS has sup­ported In­dian Navy in its ef­forts to main­tain and op­er­ate these op­ti­mally. In 2010, In­dian Navy con­tracted WASS for up gra­da­tion of these torpe- does, with all the lat­est and mod­ern fea­tures.

WASS is will­ing and keen to par­tic­i­pate/col­lab­o­rate with DRDO/NSTL for de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture LWT in In­dia, by trans­fer­ring key tech­nolo­gies.

Tor­pedo De­coy Sys­tem for Sub­marines

WASS sup­plied first C303 sys­tem to the In­dian Navy in the late 1990s. Af­ter ex­ploit­ing this sys­tem for some time In­dian Navy con­tracted WASS in 2005, for sup­ply of NINE C303 additional sys­tems (with trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy - ToT). BDL was nom­i­nated as pro­duc­tion agency and con­se­quently re­ceived (ToT) and reached an in­di­geni­sa­tion of more than 35 per cent.

The Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in BDL by the way of build­ing new in­fra­struc­ture, pur­chas­ing spe­cial to type equip­ment. As a re­sult of this very suc­cess­ful ToT, BDL has started re­ceiv­ing di­rect or­ders from In­dian Navy and WASS has be­come its sub-sup­plier. In­di­geni­sa­tion of more that 50 per cent is be­ing achieved in the lat­est or­ders.

ToT for Ef­fec­tors

WASS is com­mit­ted for trans­fer­ring tech­nol­ogy for man­u­fac­ture of ef­fec­tors in In­dia and has sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to BDL.

Fu­ture Sub­ma­rine

BDL in all prob­a­bil­ity will be con­tracted for sup­ply of C303, C303S Tor­pedo De­coy Sys­tem (TDS) for fu­ture sub­ma­rine projects.

Tor­pedo De­coy Sys­tem for Ships

In­dian Navy is in the process of procur­ing TDS for ships. TDS for ships is very sim­i­lar to TDS for sub­marines.

MoD hav­ing in­vested time, money, en­ergy in build­ing up ex­per­tise for man­u­fac­tur­ing of TDS for sub­marines in BDL, the or­ders for TDS for ships must log­i­cally flow to BDL to keep its ex­per­tise and pro­duc­tion lines fully utilised or at least BDL should be given right to first re­fusal. In­volv­ing other com­pa­nies will lead to du­pli­ca­tion of ex­per­tise and un­der­util­i­sa­tion of al­ready ac­quired ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity in the coun­try. WASS is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing BDL in their ef­forts for sup­ply­ing TDS for IN ships.

Heavy Weight Tor­pedo for Sub­marines

WASS has al­ready been short­listed for sup­ply of heavy weight tor­pedo (HWT) – Black­shark for Scor­pene sub­ma­rine and BDL has been nom­i­nated the pro­duc­tion agency. With ex­e­cu­tion of this con­tract, which in­volves trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy to BDL and off­set, In­dia would re­ceive large num­ber of tech­nolo­gies and BDL would be­come es­tab­lished man­u­fac­turer of heavy weight tor­pe­does. This would pave the way of all fu­ture or­ders flow­ing to BDL.

Heavy Weight Tor­pedo for Ships

The HWT for ships is sim­i­lar to HWT for sub­marines. WASS is very keen to sup­ply these for the In­dian Navy ships and is will­ing to in­crease the indige­nous con­tent to more than 50 per cent, with trans­fer of some key tech­nolo­gies. Once BDL has re­ceived the en­tire TOT, it should be the log­i­cal choice for plac­ing or­der for these tor­pe­does.

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