Na­van­tia’s know-how ‘fits per­fectly’ with the needs of the In­dian Navy

SP's NavalForces - - MODERNISATION / INTERVIEW - SPÕs Naval Forces

(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.

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