MoD inks contract with HSL for 5 Fleet Support Ships for Indian Navy

Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) for acquisition of five Fleet Support Ships (FSS) for the Indian Navy at an overall cost of approx. Rs 19,000 crore.

It would be a major boost towards achieving the goal of self-reliance in defence manufacturing as these ships will be indigenously designed and constructed by HSL, Visakhapatnam.

Noteworthy, the Cabinet Committee on Security had already approved the acquisition of these ships during its meeting on August 16, 2023.

The FSS will be employed for replenishing ships at sea with fuel, water, ammunition and stores, enabling the Indian Naval Fleet to operate for prolonged periods without returning to harbour.

Further, these ships would enhance the strategic reach and mobility of the Fleet.

The induction of these ships will significantly enhance the blue water capability of the Indian Navy.

Also, the ships can also be deployed for evacuation of people and human assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

The Fleet Support Ships of 44,000 Tons will be the first-of-its kind to be built in India by an Indian Shipyard.

The construction of these ships will provide a new dimension to the Indian shipbuilding Industry and encourage active participation of associated industries, including MSMEs.

Majority of the equipment and systems for these vessels will be sourced from indigenous manufacturers.