Keel laying of the 2 warships (Yard 3033 and Yard 3036) of Anti-submarine Warfare Shallow Craft (ASW SWC) undertaking underneath building by Backyard Attain Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, was undertaken on 31 Dec 22 by Shri Giridhar Aramane, IAS, Defence Secretary. The ASW SWC ships can have over 80% indigenous content material, guaranteeing that giant scale defence manufacturing is executed by Indian manufacturing items thereby producing employment and functionality construct up inside the nation. He additional stated that with the induction of ASW SWC ships, the IN’s ASW functionality will likely be enhanced.

Talking on the event, Defence Secretary appreciated Backyard Attain Shipbuilders & Engineers’s efforts in the direction of reaching the numerous milestone. He said that laying of keel for these two ships reinforces Indian Navy resolve in the direction of utterly indigenous shipbuilding as a part of Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’. VAdm Kiran Deshmukh, CWP&A, RAdm Sandeep Mehta, ACWP&A, Cmde PR Hari (Retd), CMD, GRSE, Cmde Indrajeet Das Gupta, WPS (Kol), Administrators and different senior officers of Backyard Attain Shipbuilders & Engineers and Indian Navy had been additionally current throughout the event.


‘Arnala’, the primary of 08 x ASW SWC Mission, being constructed by GRSE for Indian Navy was launched on 20 Dec 22 at M/s L&T, Kattupalli, Chennai. (Photograph by Indian Ministry of Defence)

The ASW-SWC corvettes, are a category anti-submarine warfare vessels at present being constructed for the Indian Navy, by Cochin Shipyard (CSL) and Backyard Attain Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). They had been conceived as a substitute to the ageing Abhay-class corvettes of the Indian Navy, and are designed to undertake anti-submarine warfare (ASW) duties – together with subsurface surveillance in littoral-waters, search-and-attack unit (SAU) missions and coordinated anti-submarine warfare operations with naval plane. They had been additionally designed to offer secondary duties – together with protection in opposition to intruding plane, minelaying and search-and-rescue (SAR).

The ASW-SWC vessels are geared up with one RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launcher and two units of lightweight torpedo-tube launchers for launching anti-submarine torpedoes, (presumably the Superior Gentle Weight Torpedo (ALWT)), for neutralizing enemy submarines. The vessels are additionally geared up with mine rails, which allows the vessel to put anti-submarine mines alongside the seabed. Other than its main anti-submarine weaponry, the vessels are additionally geared up with one small-calibre cannon (presumably the CRN-91 30 mm naval gun) and two 12.7 mm M2 “Stabilized Distant Managed Gun” remote-weapon stations (RWS), geared up with optronic management programs.