Reliance Announces Shipyard For Nuke Subs & Carriers

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  1. Srinivas_K

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    Reliance Announces Shipyard For Nuke Subs & Carriers

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    The new defence wing of one of India's largest private sector firms has unveiled plans to build a sprawling shipyard on India's east coast to build nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Reliance Defence Ltd (part of the Reliance Anil Ambani Group) has entered into an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to build a facility that will be co-located with the Indian Navy's strategic base and BARC's nuclear facility at Rambilli, approximately 70 km south of Visakhapatnam, where the Indian Navy's Eastern Command Headquarters is also located.

    A statement from the firm today said, "This facility will support the Indian Navy’s strategic projects and focus on building strategic submarines and aircraft carriers."

    As part of the memorandum signed between Reliance and the Andhra Pradesh government, the latter will make 1,500 acres of land available for this facility in close proximity of strategic establishments of the Indian Navy and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

    "Reliance will make an initial investment outlay of Rs 5,000 crore in this project. This will represent the single-largest investment at one location anywhere in Andhra Pradesh. This investment is expected to generate more than 10,000 new jobs and also lead to the creation of a multi-teier array of defence ancillaries, bringing in further investment of between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 crore and thousands of additional skilled jobs," said the Reliance statement.

    The new facility has been in the works for a while now, and part of the overall consolidation of India's shipyard infrastructure. Following Reliance's acquisition of the Pipavav shipyard on India's western coast, it was only a matter of time before the firm committed to greenfield shipbuilding capacity in the east.

    The huge shipbuilding requirement stretched between a handful of state-owned shipbuilders wasn't going to cut it. The Reliance statement says it pretty plainly: "It is estimated that the Indian Navy will spend over Rs 3 lac crore over the next 15 years - or nearly Rs 20,000 crore per year - on acquisitions and fleet modernisation of submarines and aircraft carriers, over the next 15 years, creating a huge pipeline of opportunity for the proposed world class naval facility."

    The Reliance-Pipavav shipyard and the new facility now pit Reliance in the same arena as another private sector behemoth L&T that has dominated strategic warship building work so far. Interesting times.

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    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    Lets Build strong blue water Navy and make the enemies think twice before messing with India !

    The future Indian armed forces will become more of Navy centric, with Navy getting majority of funds for its carrier battle groups, Naval bases etc...etc......
     
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    Very Nice. There is nothing better than private sectors entering in defense sector.
     
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    US shipyards like Newport News Shipbuilding where Virginia class SSNs and Gerald Ford class CVNs are also being made are making like 5 SSNs at the same time though each sub is in different stages of completion like one is in dry dock one is in wet docks and the rest are getting their various modules fitted. I hope we get there in 10 to 15 yrs
    Anyhow it is a good news.Though 1500 acres means its a huge facility as big as US's facility
     
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    They should start with 6 planned nuclear submarines which will be built after induction of Arihant.
    IN wants something to compete with China's Jin Class. We have enough tech and investments and private tech will make it more smooth.
     
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    yeah media, give the location also, give the size also, give the coordinate also. So that next time it's not Pathankot but Vishakapatnam ... :doh:
     
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    Don't need to worry. @SREEKAR is sitting in Visakhapatnam. He will handle the terrorists alone.
    :biggrin2:
    (If I say Seriously, Visakhapatnam has much secured military bases as compared to Pathankot. Leave alone terrorists, any country's army will never want to go near it. :D)
     
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    I think IAC 2 will be built in Vishakapatnam !
     
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    How much time does it take to build a shipyard? Will it be ready to start constructing IAC 2.
     
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    @SREEKAR will be captain and I will be vice captain of the ship. :D
    Our dear @Zarvan can get a chance to become swipper. :biggrin2:
    I think about 5-6 years. But there's already many things ready in Visakhapatnam to do this work in much lower time.
     
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    It's a good news though that privatisation has started. Did they say, that this investment will for 15 years?

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    The huge shipbuilding requirement stretched between a handful of state-owned shipbuilders wasn't going to cut it. The Reliance statement says it pretty plainly: "It is estimated that the Indian Navy will spend over Rs 3 lac crore over the next 15 years - or nearly Rs 20,000 crore per year - on acquisitions and fleet modernisation of submarines and aircraft carriers, over the next 15 years, creating a huge pipeline of opportunity for the proposed world class naval facility."
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    what does the above mean? Is reliance part of this 3 lack crore? or the investment is addition to this 3 lack??

    Well if reliance is investing here, the building must be ready within 1 -1.5 years. Because longer it takes, Reliance loses money. And that's where privatisation speeds up the project.
     
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    It has to because it will be nuclear powered so it has be near to BARC reactor fabrication facility and the facility must have precaution when powering up the reactor till it attends criticality they will give potassium iodide tablets or shots to everyone nearby in case of any eventuality.
     
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    Exactly !!

    It is basically a nuke subs and nuke carriers base facing Malacca straits !
     
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    India basically will build 2 nuclear power carrier and around 12 SSNs and SSBN/SSGN all will probably be built in and around Vishakapatnam as BARC reactor fab labs are there though the fuel HEU will come from Karnataka.
     
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    Nuke carriers will be more than 2 !
     
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    Why would anybody else than L&T get the Nuke sub construction?
    Does this mean no more orders for Cochin Shipyard?
     
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    I think there will be two manufacturing lines of Nuke submarines. One will be there in Visakhapatnam.
     
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    IMHO Cochin Docks cannot handle ~70k ton vessels yet,but they're upgrading it IIRC.Meanwhile Cochin can handle more than 1 Amphibious Assault Ships like Mistral once they're done with Vikrant..
     
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    Rambilli has INS Varsha which is already being constructed with support of L&T and termed as Hainan of India.
    The new port by Reliance will not be handling the nuclear submarines it is the expertise of the L&T not of reliance probably they will be setting maintenance & overhaul port for KILO class submarines whose MOU had been recently signed between reliance & rosoboronexport.
     
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    We really do need multiple lines of building a class/type of ships if we want to have practical production capabilities that are in line with our strategic vision.

    For example, to be able to meet goals like having 5-6 carriers (was that Saurav Jha news discussed here?), we'll need CSL as well one private shipyard assembling an IAC-2 class AC at the same time. Let's say this Reliance facility gets to build that 2nd IAC-2, in such a case the L&T shipyards along with HSL should be getting the contracts for the LHDs or FSS-type vessels.

    Similarly for submarines, if the state-run SBC (supported by L&T) gets on with building the large (est. 20,000 tons) S-5 SSBNs after they're done with the 3 Arihants, we'll need a second line (like this Reliance facility) for the proposed half-dozen SSNs. Btw, that number could easily double. You can count on it.

    Let's be sure that MDL will be jam-packed with orders for conventional/AIP-equipped SSKs well into the late 2020s.

    Similarly when the call for additional P-17A FFGs or the like is made (and it will) it might be advisable to rope in yards like L&T Kattupalli or the Pipavav facilities.
     

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