The new naval carrier, INS Vikrant, which will be launched from the Bay of Bengal in Kerala in 2019, is expected to be the biggest construction project in the country’s history.
But it will not be a one-time undertaking.
The Indian Navy is constructing the new shipyard at Kollam in Kerala, where it plans to build the first five vessels, starting with the carrier.
The new construction yard is expected at the same site for the construction of a new naval station, the third such station in India after the Indian Navy’s Visakhapatnam naval base and the Naval Dockyard at Chikmagan in Andhra Pradesh.
The new naval facility is being built under the Rs 6,500 crore FHA and the Rs 7,000 crore LPG project.
The Indian government is building the carrier in partnership with the Chinese and Russian companies.
The Chinese shipyard is under the project management of the Chinese state-owned firm Dalian Shipbuilding Corporation (DSCC), while the Russian shipyard was built under contract with the Russian government.
The first ship, the Type 30, will be built at the Russian Shipyard at Severodvinsk.
It is the first Indian ship to be built by a Russian company, the shipyard said.
The Type 30 is expected for delivery in 2023.
The construction of the Type 29 frigate, INS Dixit, was undertaken under the LPG scheme.
The first ship in the Indian shipyard to be delivered by a Chinese ship is the Type 21 frigate.
It will be delivered in 2022.
The other ships are expected to start taking orders from shipyard vendors in 2019.
The government has been keen to build and operate naval vessels.
The navy has a total of 14 frigates and 16 destroyers and is in the process of completing the first seven ships of its fleet.