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L&T pouches Rs. 468cr Defence Deal from Ministry of Defence


larsen--621x414The Ministry of Defence accredits a Rs. 468cr contract with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the design and construction of a floating dock (FDN) for the Indian Navy.
The floating dock is foreseen to significantly propel support infrastructure of the Navy for docking of warships and submarines for repair and refit.
“In keeping with the government’s ‘Make in India’ thrust, complete design and engineering of FDN will be undertaken in-house at L&T’s Warship Design Centre,” the infrastructure major said in a statement.
“The floating dock will be capable of docking naval ships and submarines of up to 8000 T displacement with draughts up to 7 m, during day and night,” said MV Kotwal, President, Heavy Engineering and Board Member, Larsen & Toubro.
The company said the dock will conform to international standards and incorporate fully automated Ballast Control System.
The FDN will be self-sufficient, catering to service requirements of docked and berthed warships, it added.
L&T is also executing MoD contract for design and construction of 54 fast Interceptor Boats (IBs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
It said 27 IBs have already been delivered to ICG, the latest one two years ahead of schedule. The company said it’s looking to complete delivery of all boats well ahead of the cut-off.
The award of the floating dock contract to L&T came on the back of a recent order for design and construction of seven offshore patrol vessels for ICG at Rs 1,432 crore.
L&T’s Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai is specially designed for undertaking simultaneous construction and refit of multiple ships and submarines.
With the construction and refit of multiple defence vessels, L&T is now playing a significant role in the creation and upkeep of India’s defence fleet assets, the company said.

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