Demonstrating yet another stellar contribution to Make-in-India and strengthen India’s National maritime security, L&T today completed the commissioning of its 50th defence vessel built under Warship License since receiving first MoD contract in March 2010 to design & build them indigenously. The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Veera constructed for the Indian Coast Guard at L&T’s Kattupalli Ship Yard and delivered on 27th February 2019 was commissioned in the august presence of General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM,
SM, VSM, ADC, on 15th April 2019 at Vizag. Alike other defence platforms built by L&T, ICGS Veera was also built on or ahead of contractual schedule and 3rd OPV within a span of 11 months and the 11th platform delivered by L&T during the financial year 2018-19, establishing the Yards proven capability to concurrently build multiple warships.
ICGS Veera is the third vessel in the series of seven OPVs being built by L&T under a MoD Contract of 2015. The first two vessels ICGS Vikram and ICGS Vijaya were delivered ahead of contractual schedule to ICG in April 2018 and August 2018 respectively. Fourth of the series OPV was launched in Nov 2018 and is presently being readied for sea trials.
Having committed to ‘Make in India’ & “Design in India” in letter and spirit, L&T has inhouse designed and engineered all the 50 platforms delivered till date for Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. These include Floating Dock FDN-2 to the Indian Navy, 03 OPVs and 46 Interceptor Boats to the Indian Coast Guard.
Kattupalli Yard is the largest and most modern shipyard designed and built inhouse to global benchmarks is capable of concurrent construction of multiple warships and submarines in covered workshops to attain unique efficiencies. Built in a sprawling 900 Acre campus, the Yard has been built as per workflow ideally suited for constructing warships, with inhouse design, modular engineering & build practices, high levels of pre-outfitting & innovative digital solutions as part of our Industry 4.0 technology initiatives and growth potential to be among the most efficient yards across the globe. Matching efficient platform construction at the Yard is our inhouse range of hull and engineering equipment, weapon systems, life support systems, sensors, power generation & distribution (PGD) systems and control systems offerings built assiduously through in-house R&D, design, engineering, manufacturing by active engagement with Indian Naval forces over three decades. These uniquely position L&T to significantly contribute to the indigenisation initiative of Govt to modernise our armed forces.”
L&T has made significant investments for undertaking indigenous design, manufacturing and Construction of advanced defence platforms and systems across multiple newly established work centres dedicated to the Defence sector. These are national assets and call for gainful utilization of idling capacity. L&T’s is totally committed to government’s endeavours towards self-reliance in defence production by building platforms inhouse as well as partnering with other yards for indigenously developed platform specific equipment and systems.
L&T is also richly contributing to the upkeep of Indian Naval and Coast Guard fleets by undertaking their repairs/refits and upgrades including emergency repairs and inspection using the 21500 ton class Ship Lift at the Yard.
L&T has also been enabled by Govt of India to build and deliver High-Speed Patrol Vessels for a friendly Nation in south-east region as per our Country’s “Look East – Act East“ policy and to empower the Nation to construct latter platforms indigenously.