NEW DELHI : Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that India has been making advanced warships for its own use and is geared to meet shipbuilding requirements of the world in the future. He also said that a strong naval force is required for India to be recognised as a global power, appreciating indigenous shipbuilding capability that has been honed over the years.
Speaking after launching a frontline destroyer and frigate constructed at the Mumbai-based Mazagon Docks Shipbuilders Limited, the minister said the warships are shining examples of Indian capability to design and construct advanced military systems.
“INS Udaygiri and INS Surat are the shining examples of India’s growing indigenous capability,” said Singh.
“The warships will be among the most technologically advanced in the world, and will cater to the present as well as future requirements. In the times to come, we will not only fulfil our own needs, but will also meet the shipbuilding requirements of the world.”
Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar said the ships reflect self-reliance achieved in maritime systems, revealing that nearly 75 per cent of the total acquisition cost is being invested back into the Indian economy.
“The design of these ships is fully indigenous, with the functional design prepared by the Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and Detailed Design prepared by Mazagon Dock. Launch of these two major platforms today also heralds and cements India’s status in an elite group of nations having the capability to build such large and sophisticated warships,” said Admiral Kumar.
The defence minister said the current global scenario is leading nations to modernise their armed forces, with India identifying the navy as a key priority area. “If a country wants to safeguard its national interests, it should project its military prowess in areas far beyond the mainland. If a country has aspirations to become a regional or global power, it is necessary to develop a strong Naval force,” said Singh, calling upon the private and public sectors to contribute towards indigenisation.
The two frontline warships launched by the minister will now undergo additional fitment and weapons integration before they are ready for trials and induction into service. Surat is the fourth guided missile destroyer of P15B class, while Udaygiri is the second stealth frigate of P17A class.