Navantia’s know-how ‘fits perfectly’ with the needs of the Indian Navy
(SPÕs): Can you indicate on your relationship with the Indian Navy and the Indian armed forces in general? JosŽ Luis Montes Mart’nez (Mart’nez): We mainly deal with the Indian Navy. Personally I have been involved with India only for the last five months, so my relationships are not yet very extended. SP’s: Which specific projects are currently on and how are they progressing? Mart’nez: With the Indian Navy we only have future projects. SPÕs: What are NavantiaÕs upcoming offerings to the Indian Navy and also the Indian Coast Guard? Mart’nez: We will involve at least in the following tenders: LPD, Project P-75(I) ÐaIP submarines and Fleet Support Ships (FSS). SPÕs: Can you indicate on any industrial partnerships, if finalised, with any shipyards? Can you also indicate on some basic features of these partnerships? Mart’nez: Larsen & Toubro, Chennai, in the LPD and FSS projects. If awarded, on both projects we will do engineering work and additionally in the FSS programme we would build two or three vessels while L&T would build the rest. SP’s: What makes you most excited in the context of India as a market? Mart’nez: Indian Navy programmes already known to fit perfectly with our capacities. On the other hand, we have extended our good experience in working in partnership with local shipyards in other contracts with foreign navies, so our know-how perfectly fits the needs of the Indian Navy in terms of product and
indigenous construction. SPÕs: I believe Navantia also has a series of land-based solutions. Does Navantia intend to work with the Indian Army and allied organisations? Mart’nez: yes. We do not pretend to be limited to the Navy. SPÕs: How do you view NavantiaÕs future in next 5 to 15 years? Mart’nez: We have a clear idea: to expand internationally. Our designs are very attractive for most of the navies.