India will build its own 7 Project17A modified stealth frigate
Indian-made Project17 new stealth frigates, according to Defense Industry Daily website
July 27, 2009 reported that seven improved stealth frigates will be India’s largest shipbuilding companies – Mazagon shipyard and Gordon Ritchie shipbuilding and engineering companies for distribution.
Navy insisted Project 17A of the first two ships to be built in foreign countries, so that two European shipyards shipyard to understand the application of new modules to build stealth frigate ship method. This would increase the cost of Project 17A 50 billion rupees. Each ship “Shivalik” class frigates (Project 17) is priced at Rs 26 billion, the Navy plans adhere to Project 17 of the original price. Construction costs in foreign construction costs in the country twice. But the concern is whether the Navy ahead of delivery, rather than the frigate cost. Chief of Naval Staff in the Defense Acquisition Board on the proposed construction of Project 17′s advantages abroad. But the defense tend to have all seven vessels built in the country.
Gordon Ritchie shipyard facilities being transformed in preparation for the construction of Project 17A. A 250-ton crane, modular construction plant will be formed in 2011. Once the Navy to complete the design of the frigates, the two shipyards will also determine the construction strategy and cost. And hope to the end of 2009, the Defense Department to publish the tender application, the two shipyards to provide their own offer, Department of Defense contracts with two shipyards, according to this schedule, the convoy could begin construction in 2011.
This is the first collaboration of India’s two major shipyards to complete a project, two separate bid for the shipyard, but the two shipyards in the construction process but also to be discussed. Two shipyards common goal is on-time delivery 7 frigate. Mazagon shipyard under construction dominate, Gordon Ritchie are principally designed.
a month ago, three companies, including Gordon Ritchie, the French DCNS and Kolkata-based IT engineering company formed a joint venture to design ships products, including the design of ships to customers worldwide. Joint venture may be the Navy to design Project 17A. If everything goes smoothly, the first ship to Project 17A frigates will be delivered from 2016 to 2017 the Indian Navy. (China Research Institute of Shipbuilding Technology and Economy in the red)