Groundbreaking public and private collaboration in the Indian defense sector
The design development of the recently awarded contract worth ₹6,311.32 crore (~800 M€) for the construction of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASWSWCs) to M/s Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL) by Indian Navy will be a joint collaboration effort between CSL, M/s Smart Engineering & Design Solutions (India) Private Ltd. of India (SEDS) and DA-Group subsidiary Surma Ltd., Finland (Surma). In what is to be one of the most technologically advanced naval combatant platforms to be commissioned by the Indian Navy, the design will have features only found in other naval powerhouses. The vessel design shall be collaboratively developed by SEDS & CSL, with SEDS doing the basic part and CSL the rest.
SEDS CEO, Antony Prince remarked “It is a great testament to the achievements made by CSL, which have built the first indigenous aircraft carrier, that they have bagged another prestigious order from the Indian Navy. We are honored that CSL has put their faith in us in this collaborative effort and we are certain that with CSL’s track record of delivering excellent quality vessels in both commercial and defence sectors and with the aid of Surma, a world leader in their field of naval survivability, we will achieve the highest quality and on time delivery of these naval platforms to the Indian Navy. This project will strengthen India’s coastal defence capabilities and will continue to elevate India to the ranking of strongest navies in the world. We hope this will be a model for future public and private partnerships in the Indian defense sector as promoted by the Indian Government. Surma is synonymous with signature management in the naval design sector and their knowledge in this domain is unparalleled and sought after by many navies from around the world.”
Surma, CEO, Kristian Tornivaara has this to say on their participation to this project “This project is for us an important demonstration on how comprehensive and practical approach to combat survivability management can enhance the operational capabilities and increase the safety level without adding the building or operation costs of a ship. We are utilizing our one-model concept and fast simulation codes enabling efficient signature and other required analysis. We are pleased to work with CSL and SEDS competent ship designers to fulfill the very challenging end-customer requirements. It has been fortunate to have open dialogue and truly integrate the management of combat survivability features as an integral part of the ship design process.”