Adding might to Naval muscle T.E. Raja Simhan [email protected] http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NEWS/newsrf.php?newsid=19702 Vice Admiral B Kannan, AVSM, VSM Indian Navy Information Resource and Facilitation Centre - Content ----------- ----------- In the next 10-15 years, the Government plans to spend nearly Rs 1.30 lakh crore to induct 40 vessels, including war ships, in the Navy. The good news is that almost all of them may be built in Indian shipyards. But the bad news is that lack of local expertise in a few areas will force the Navy to look at international markets to procure materials like propulsion systems. It is in this context that a tripartite collaboration among the Navy, the industry and academia should be strengthened to improve the indigenous content, says Vice-Admiral B. Kannan, Chief of Material, Ministry of Defence (Navy). He oversees the Navyâ€™s management of all material, which includes logistics supply and support chain for the service, repair and refits of warships, aircraft and submarines, development of naval systems and products, embracing new technology, management of Naval dockyards and the management of information technology.