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Along­side other DPSU ship­yards un­der­go­ing in­ter­nal up­grades to take on more com­plex ship­build­ing work, KolkataÕs Gar­den Reach Ship­builders & En­gi­neers Ltd (GRSE) is in the process of trans­form­ing its in­fra­struc­ture to adopt in­te­grated con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy for the con­struc­tion of the last lot of land­ing ship (util­ity) for the In­dian Navy, but more im­por­tantly for the con­struc­tion of P17A stealth frigates, the most com­plex war­ships the yard would ever have at­tempted. The con­cept of in­te­grated con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy is be­ing adopted in or­der to im­prove qual­ity and re­duc­tion in build pe­riod for fu­ture war­ships, start­ing with the P17A. With the takeover of the Ra­jba­gan Ship­yard, GRSE is in area terms the largest de­fence ship­yard in the coun­try, and the only DPSU ship­yard es­tab­lished with two in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­tion lines for big ships as well as small ships. The P17A stealth frigate pro­gramme will be a flag­ship ef­fort for the yard. To meet the de­mand of P17A ships, steel through­put will be in­creased con­sid­er­ably, for which new sub-con­trac­tors for fab­ri­ca­tion and erec­tion of hull blocks are be­ing de­vel­oped to meet de­mand. GRSE is also at­tempt­ing to up­grade the use of tech­nol­ogy for in-house fab­ri­ca­tion and erec­tion of blocks to ramp up in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity. GRSE is con­sid­er­ing a pro­posal of to set up a new hull block fab­ri­ca­tion fa­cil­ity with suit­able EOT cranes and other in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties for fab­ri­cat­ing at least four blocks (each weigh­ing up to 65 tonnes) at a time.

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