Indian Navy to buy 80 interception boats from Sri Lankan builder

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  1. Galaxy

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    Indian Navy to buy 80 interception boats from Sri Lankan builder

    Oct 17, Colombo: India has signed a deal worth over US$ 61 million to purchase 80 high speed interceptor boats from a Sri Lanka-based ship manufacturer, Indian news agency PTI reported.

    The Indian Navy aiming to increase the security in the coastal areas around the country has decided to equip the patrolling wing Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) with the purchase 80 fast-interception craft (FICs) from Solas Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

    The deal was signed with Solas Marine three weeks ago and the boats are scheduled to be delivered in the next three years.

    Reportedly, the Sri Lanka-based firm was selected after a global tendering process by the Navy in June.
    According to Indian naval officials the FICs with speeds between 45-50 miles per hour are planned to be used for
    coastal security duties and to engage any suspicious craft or activities in the coastal areas.


    Dubai based multinational company, Solas Marine Services Group established the Solas Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd under Sri Lanka Board of Investment. The company is located along the Hamilton Canal at Wattala, near Colombo.

    Sri Lanka : Indian Navy to buy 80 interception boats from Sri Lankan builder
     
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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Is there some reason India can't make her own interception boats?
     
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    I am sure India can. My guess is that setting up infrastructure and building in large quantities will incur high initial cost and introduce delays in procurement.
     
  5. Galaxy

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    We are buying because price is attractive. It would cost same if home made, may be even more cheaper from SL side. No other reason. :rofl:
     
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    Two things. Time and cost. Indian Navy floated a tender and the best bid won. If it would have cost same or cheaper from a domestic source, they would have won the tender. That did not happen.
     
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    IN is reluctant to give private shipyards a chance to build big warships saying they are not experienced enough and then they give the order of smaller interceptors to SL shipyard to build in the name of lowest bid. Double standards!!
     
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    No double standards - it is a political coup also - now that SL has a test for Indian money, they will be thinking twice before letting the Chinese come to their bed ...
    Also, small high speed interceptors are what the SLs have been building to fight against the LTTE - they definitely have more experience in those.
    For Indian shipbuilders, the best teething deal is to make medium sized vessels (like Frigates, Corvettes and Minesweepers) - once they sharpen their teeth on that, then they can go and build some destroyers, transports and LPDs for IN.
     
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    Chinese are already in their bed. 80 interceptors dont do much good, damage has already been done.
     
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    You can't say that - China can be kicked off the bed too.
    China is "selling" to the Lankans - but India is "buying" from them - a buyer is far sexier than a seller

    Also remember, once the military trade starts, India can start selling stuff to the Lankans - the prime reason Lankans turned to the Chinese was because India decided not to militarily help them against the LTTE after the 1989 IPKF fiasco. The Chinese jumped in ...

    Now India has a strong technology base as well as money to buy stuff - now we can turn the Lankans away from the "dark side".
     
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    No, India is throwing away this opportunity to lankans, our private shipyards are hungry for orders but we chose lankans who have no loyalty whatsoever.

    We can never compete with Chinese in military sale, our product's cost is higher and production rate is much lower than them. So whatever we offer, they offer better.

    What Lankans are doing right now is what we are doing to US and Russians.
     
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    And the L&T shipyard in katupalli near Chennai is lying idle for want of orders.


    Stupid fcuking babus. :frusty:
     
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    L&T hazira will build bigger warships or may be submarines like S-1000/Amur in future.

    These boats cost same price in India also. may be cheaper by SL company.
     
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    katupalli shipyard is idle cos it is not operational yet.

    It becomes operational in 2012, once it does L&T is thinking of moving some of its interceptor orders from Hazira to Katupalli.
     
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    Guys, please don't lose sleep over these Interceptor Boats. I'd rather our shipyards were busy building frigates, ACs and subs than some weaponised speed-boats. I am glad this technologically mediocre vessels are being procured from outside. We are building more important things domestically. I must say India is maturing with time and trusts our domestic shipyards with more challenging projects.

    Stay positive!!! +++++ :)
     
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    This is Srilankan Navy Interceptor Boat.
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    GoI has some kind of hate for private Indian shipyards. They would rather outsource than give it any orders.
     
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    So - it just shows that L&T is already building interceptors for IN - 36 of them. I agree with PMaitra - India will do better to buy low tech stuff from SL and use it's own resources to build better stuff. Next you will start wondering why India buys cheap plastic toys from China and not build them at home.
     
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    the fac provided to coastal police by indian shipyards had fault in their designs. the temp in the cabin goes upto 45 degrees and thus they cant be operated on high seas. this led to the stranding of these boats on coastal police station
     

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