India To Build 5 Fleet Support Ships Worth 20,000 Crore, A Major Boost To Its Naval Capacity

In a significant capability boost for the Indian Navy, the Central Government has approved the construction of five fleet support ships (abbreviated FSS) worth Rs. 20,000 crore, per ANI.

The vessels will help replenish naval warships at sea by supplying items like ammunition, fuel, and food.

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The five FSS will be constructed by state-run, Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (abbreviated the HSL).

Per the ANI report, the Central government shared the final clearance for this project during a high-level meeting conducted on Wednesday. The estimated project cost is about Rs. 20,000 crore.

Approximately the Rs. 20,000 crore assignment was given final clearance by the country’s Central government in a meeting on Wednesday.

The HSL will construct the five-fleet support vessels with the support of several Indian private sector media and small enterprises; the report quoted one of the officials.

The approval came through following repeated delays of over nine years. The FSS project was first proposed back in 2014.

However, the project also encountered continuous delays.

First of all, owing to the significant differences between the HSL and the Korean design consultant firm Hyundai Heavy Industries, and secondly, with the

Turkey-based shipyard TAIS owing to Turkey’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir following the amendment in Article 370.

The project is expected to generate thousands of new job opportunities over an extended phase and boost the capabilities of all industries aligned with the assignment, per the report.

Each ship will weigh about 45,000 tons and be successfully delivered in eight years.

References: ANI, Times Of India, Swarajya

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