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INS Kadmatt launched

INS Kadmatt being launched in Kolkata onTuesday. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

INS Kadmatt being launched in Kolkata onTuesday. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish   | Photo Credit: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

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Pallam Raju: Private shipbuilders vying for orders from Navy and Coast Guards

With private shipbuilders vying for the orders from the Navy and the Coast Guards, defence public sector undertakings would have to increase their efficiency and competitiveness, M.M. Pallam Raju, Minister of State for Defence, said here on Tuesday at the launch of the second indigenous Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette — INS Kadmatt.

Built by the Garden Reach Ship Builders Engineers Ltd., INS Kadmatt is the second in a series of four Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes that will be commissioned into the Navy's fleet.

True to the centuries-old maritime tradition that a ship be launched by a lady, Mr. Raju's wife Mamatha launched and christened INS Kadmatt.

The first in the series, INS Karmota, which was launched last year, is expected to be delivered to the Navy in June 2012 followed by INS Kadmatt in March 2013, according to a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau.

The vessel is 109 metres long, 12.8 metres wide and can achieve a speed of 25 knots. Named after an island in Lakshadweep, the ship can accommodate 17 officers, 106 sailors and will also carry a helicopter onboard.

“This ship's main role is to protect other ships in the convoy and sea ports against submarine attack and to neutralise the enemy submarines using her weapons like torpedoes, rocket launchers and helicopter,” an official of Garden Reach Ship Builders Engineers Ltd. explained adding that the ship had high-stealth features making her “more or less invisible to the enemy above and below the waters.”

Mr. Raju later told journalists that the approximate cost of building an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette was Rs. 1,700 crore.

“As part of the strengthening of the coastal security system, there were a lot of fast craft that were needed for patrolling. Some of these orders have also flown to the private shipyards because of the large demand. But in the coming years the private shipyards will also try to secure orders for warship construction, so it is important that the efficiency of the Defence PSUs picks up and they place themselves competitively.”

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