WASS in India Past, present and future
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.
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.