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GRSE to build anti-submarine craft for Navy

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday signed a contract with Kolkata based defence shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) for the construction of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) at a cost of Rs. 6,311 crore.

“The first ship is to be delivered within 42 months from contract signing date and subsequent balance ships delivery schedule will be two ships per year. The project completion time is 84 months from today,” The MoD said in a statement.

Navy had issued the Request For Proposal (RFP) for design, construction and supply of the eight ASWSWCs to Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) shipyards and private shipyards in April 2014 in which GRSE emerged as the successful bidder.

These ships displacing 750 tons, have a complement of 57 personnel and can reach speed of 25 knots. They are capable of full-scale sub surface surveillance of coastal waters and coordinated ASW operations with aircraft.

These can also be deployed for search and rescue by day and night in coastal areas. In their secondary role, these will be capable to prosecute intruding aircraft, and lay mines in the sea bed, the statement added.

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