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SP's MAI - - MILITARY REPORT - —By Neetu Dhu­lia

Jayant Baran­wal, Edi­tor-in-Chief and Pub­lisher of SP’s M.A.I. spoke to Vice Ad­mi­ral D.M. Desh­pande, Con­troller of War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion (CWP&A), In­dian Navy, at the cur­tain-raiser on in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on ‘Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Tech­nol­ogy Im­per­a­tives.’ The ques­tions were based on the push which is ex­pected to help the fast-track­ing process of mod­erni­sa­tion out of the In­dian Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive of ‘Make in In­dia’. Jayant Baran­wal (JB): Can you share what is the sta­tus of land­ing plat­form docks (LPD) project?

Vice Ad­mi­ral D.M. Desh­pande (Desh­pande): The sit­u­a­tion now is way ahead for the land­ing plat­form docks. The de­ci­sion is to be taken by the Min­istry and we are likely to sign the con­tract by the end of this year. JB: How is the In­dige­nous Air­craft Car­rier-II (IAC-II) pro­gress­ing? Desh­pande: We will be shortly in­ter­act­ing and fi­nal­is­ing on the type of the IAC-II — ex­act ton­nage, type of propul­sion, and other de­sign as­pects. Post in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions, we will take it to the Min­istry. This is a high-tick­eted item and re­quires pos­i­tiv­ity from the govern­ment and the Navy. JB: How about the sta­tus of Project 75I? Desh­pande: Project 75I is linked with the strate­gic part­ner­ship model and hinges on guide­lines un­der the new DPP. The sub­marines are badly needed. If this model doesn’t work then plan B gets into ac­tion and we will have to look else­where. JB: You spoke about the ease of busi­ness rules. What does that sig­nify?

Desh­pande: We are looking at gain­ing self-re­liance, that’s the fore­most. The FDI lim­its have also been raised and we are in talks with the govern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate the ease of busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment fur­ther.

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