INS Sindhuvir to undergo refit at HSL

HSL CMD L.V Sarat Babu (second from left) addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Monday.— Photo: C.V.Subrahmanyam  

After the successful launch of INS Sindhukirti after refit, another Sindhughosh class Russia-made submarine INS Sindhuvir will undergo refit at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) from January 2017.

The order for complete repairs is estimated at Rs.400 crore. The delivery time fixed for the submarine, which took part in several operations of the Navy, is two years. It will join operations immediately after the refit.

“It will be another prestigious project for us after delivering the new-look Sindhukirti last year. We will learn from our previous experience and complete the job better this time,” HSL Chairman and Managing Director L.V. Sarat Babu told The Hindu on Monday.

The HSL had to face criticism in certain quarters for the inordinate delay in completing retrofitting of INS Sindhukirti.

“It completed diving and harbour trials. There was some delay due to certain forces beyond our control,” he said.

Defence project

The HSL is also in the race among other Defence PSUs, and L&T and Pipavav Defence for bagging the contract for construction of 10 futuristic submarines to augment the capacity of the Navy at an estimated cost of Rs. 60,000 crore under P-75 (1) project. Under ‘Make-in India’ programme, the HSL pins high hopes on bagging the project going by the ecosystem prevailing in the city.

The HSL also tied up with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for technical cooperation. It formed a consortium with MIDHANI and BHEL in 2014 for more financial security to bag the contract.

Asked to comment on the status of the project, Rear Admiral Sarat Babu said due to the new Defence procurement policy, a decision was awaited on strategic partnerships.“A decision on P 75 (1) is expected only after stand-on strategic partnerships is spelt out,” he clarified.

It is expected to cost Rs.400 crore and the delivery time fixed is two years from January 2017

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