MANUFACTURING OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS VESSELS
Defence Minister Manohar parrikar in a written reply in the rajya sabha on august 2 stated that the hindustan shipyard Ltd (hsL), which is a defence public sector undertaking, has been nominated for the following projects: five fleet support ships under ‘Buy Indian’ categorisation. four Landing platform Docks (LpD) under ‘Buy Indian’ categorisation. out of these two LpDs are to be built by an Indian shipyard on competitive basis under ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and the balance two are to be built by hsL at L1 cost on nomination basis. Two special operation Vehicle under ‘Buy Indian’ categorisation. no decision with regard to project 75 (India) has yet been taken. Details of the steps being taken to increase the present capacity of HSL are: placing orders on hsL to ensure break even order of ` 5,000 crore. hsL is being encouraged to take commercial orders. Feasibility of offloading of work from other DpsU shipyards to hsL is being examined. strategic partnership is being conceived to help modernise the yard, enhance its technology and equipment, and improve its capacity to produce specific technology intensive naval vessels. Grant of aid for restoration work postcyclone hudhud in october 2014 is under active consideration. private shipbuilding industry is being encouraged to participate in construction of ships for the Indian navy on a competitive basis.