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In or­der to bring sub­stan­tive im­prove­ments to its next line of stealth frigates, the P17A line for seven ships as a fol­lowon to the Shiva­lik class, In­dia\s premier builder of large war­ships and sub­marines Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) will be ap­point­ing a know-how provider (KHP) for tech­nol­ogy upgra­da­tion & ca­pac­ity en­hance­ment (TUCE) to im­part req­ui­site knowl­edge and skill to lever­age util­i­sa­tion of the mod­ernised in­fra­struc­ture at the ship­yard. The KHP will func­tion on the P17A line in or­der to bring an all-round business process trans­for­ma­tion in war­ship build­ing. A top MDL of­fi­cial said, “Build­ing fol­lowon ships in a se­ries with more num­ber of ves­sels will es­sen­tially pro­vide high take­off lev­els in terms of de­sign ma­tu­rity and avail­abil­ity of ma­te­rial and will def­i­nitely re­sult in re­duced build pe­riod. MDLs in­fra­struc­ture up­grade al­lows it to han­dle grand blocks and ex­e­cute in­te­grated con­struc­tion. The mod­ernised in­fra­struc­ture is be­ing gain­fully lever­aged for cur­rent build pro­grammes of P15B ships (de­stroy­ers) and the Scor­pene class sub­marines, said the of­fi­cial, adding, “de­spite our in­her­ent strengths, the In­dian ship­yards need to go a long way to grad­u­ate com­mer­cially and tech­ni­cally to the level of ship­yards in de­vel­oped na­tions. The best prac­tices in the in­dus­try abroad are to be im­bibed and ruth­lessly im­ple­mented for en­sur­ing longterm div­i­dends.

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