A steel cutting ceremony for two anti-submarine warfare craft (ASWSWC) to be built by the Cochin shipyard for the navy took place at the shipyard on Wednesday.
Commodore V. Ganapathy, Warship Production Superintendent of the Warship Oversight Team (Kochi), led the ceremony that marked the start of construction of the fourth and fifth ships in a series of eight of these ships built by the shipyard.
“These technologically advanced vessels are locally designed and manufactured and will be fitted with various payloads to suit the functions of the vessels. The ship will be fitted with strict signature and stealth technologies to avoid detection by submarines and other surveillance systems. A significant portion of the payloads and solutions will come from Indian companies, ”the statement said.
The contract worth 6,300 crore for these vessels was signed by the shipyard in April 2019. Ninety months is the completion time.
“These ASWSWCs are capable of large-scale surveillance below the surface of coastal waters and of coordinating ASW operations with aircraft. Additionally, these vessels will have the ability to interdict / destroy underground targets in coastal waters. They can also be deployed for day and night search and rescue in coastal areas, ”the statement said.