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Exclusive first glimpse of the Design of the upcoming indigenous Fleet Support Ships for the Indian Navy

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Exclusive first glimpse of the Design of the upcoming indigenous Fleet Support Ships for the Indian Navy
Indian Navy Fleet Support Ship official design first look

In a groundbreaking revelation, an image has surfaced, showcasing the design of the Fleet Support Ships (FSS) currently in construction for the Indian Navy. Crafted by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Visakhapatnam, these vessels represent a monumental milestone in India’s shipbuilding industry, epitomizing the nation’s pursuit of self-reliance under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

The FSS, envisaged as large, multipurpose vessels, are set to revolutionize logistical support for the Indian Navy’s fleet at sea. With capabilities encompassing refueling, rearming, providing fresh water and provisions, along with conducting repairs and maintenance, these vessels are poised to redefine naval operations. The first ship is slated for delivery in 2026, paving the way for the subsequent four ships over the next few years.

The Design of the Fleet Support Ship for which the Indian Navy Signed a deal with HSL is fully Indian & with no involvement of a Turkish firm as was planned earlier. Ministry of Defence & HSL decided to go with an Indian firm named, Smart Engineering & Design Solutions, an Indian company that has designed it for the Navy. Fleet Support Ship will weigh 44,000 tonnes, 200 meters in length, 25 meters in breadth, a draft of 10 meters & 190 Crew Capacity. 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW-SWC) which is under construction by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), was also designed by the same Indian firm in collaboration with CSL. The Indian Navy had signed a deal last year, to procure 5 of these at an estimated cost of Rs 19,000 crores.

The construction of the FSS marks a significant boost for the Indian shipbuilding industry. A pioneering effort, this project marks the first instance of constructing large and complex warships entirely within India. Projections indicate the creation of approximately 16 million worker-days of employment, showcasing active involvement from a plethora of Indian suppliers and subcontractors.

Beyond the shipbuilding landscape, the FSS project propels India towards self-reliance in defense procurement. With a focus on sourcing the majority of equipment and systems from indigenous manufacturers, this approach diminishes India’s dependence on foreign imports, fostering the growth of the domestic defense industry.

The construction of the FSS heralds a positive development for India’s maritime security. Empowering the Indian Navy to operate its fleet further from home ports for extended periods, these vessels play a vital role in safeguarding India’s interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

The unveiling of the FSS design by Hindustan Shipyard signifies not only a monumental leap in naval capabilities but also underscores India’s commitment to innovation, self-reliance, and the evolution of its defense prowess. This venture stands as a beacon of progress, shaping the nation’s destiny as a self-reliant force in naval advancements and maritime security.

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