THE Indian Navy received its second craft in as many months today from the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited in Kolkata.
The GRSE launched the third of the Fast Attack Crafts (FAC) of the new series this evening. The FAC, christened INS Batti Malv — after one of the islands of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, is part of a follow-on orders to the GRSE in the Trinkat class of ships that were built and delivered to the Indian Navy earlier.
The INS Batti Malv, which cost Rs 50 crores and is capable of interdiction of fast moving crafts and undertaking search-and-rescue missions of the Navy, boasts of ultra hi-tech navigation and communication equipment, Global Positioning System, and a 30 mm gun with optical electronic control, produced indigenously by the Ordnance Factory Board and Chennai based Bharat Electronics.
The ship will also feature a self stabilising gun platform built indigenously by the OFB.
Displacing 260 tonnes, INS Batti Malv is capable of sustaining speed up to 14 knots for a distance of 2,000 nautical miles. The vessel is capable of a maximum speed of 28 knots and is 46 metres long. The ship also features a fully airconditioned modular type accommodation for its crew, an RO plant for generating freshwater from seawater, and a sewage treatment plant.
Vice Admiral Parvesh Jaitly, chief of material for the Indian Navy and chief guest at the launch ceremony, said, ‘‘I was personally associated with the FAC project in my earlier post as the controller of warships. While the GRSE is capable of constructing ships of the frigate class, our country is one of the few that is constructing an aircraft carrier.’’
He said currently 21 ships were being built for the Indian Navy, 11 of them by the GRSE. ‘‘There will be follow on orders for six more FACs,’’ said Jaitly. On the Rs 10,000-crore project for Scorpene submarines, he said that the central government was considering the matter.
He, however, expressed hope that the issue would be resolved within this fiscal.