Pipavav Defence and & Offshore Engineering Company Limited has teamed up with French company DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, energy systems, shipbuilding and systems integration, to build modern warships for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Pipavav said the strategic partnership will help bring DCNS technologies, methods and skills into Pipavav, India's first and largest integrated defence company.
''The focus of the teaming is to build the highest state-of-the-art strategic assets, including modern warships for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard,'' a release issued by DCNS said.
''Through the P75 Scorpene submarines, the on-going indigenisation programme and DCNS India, we are working to enlarge our footprint in India. This strategic partnership with Pipavav again demonstrates DCNS' confidence in the growing capabilities and long term development of the Indian Defence industries,'' Patrick Boissier, DCNS chairman and CEO, stated.
''DCNS is well known for its high tech and very efficient platforms such as Scorpene submarines, Mistral-Class LPDs, FREMM frigates and innovative Gowind vessels (corvettes and offshore patrol vessels) among others. DCNS and Pipavav are to provide India with advanced expertise on naval ships. The synergies between India's largest integrated shipyard and the proficiency of the largest European naval defence company will allow cost effective and timely manufacturing of high class vessels for the benefit of all Customers,'' added Pipavav chairman Nikhil Gandhi.
Pierre Legros, DCNS head of the surface ships division said DCNS would be a key technology and know-how provider to Pipavav.