|INS Shakti Sattahip, Thailand on June 23, 2015|
“Our plan is to construct one FSS at Hyundai by sending a team from our yard to South Korea to enable them to gain expertise. Later with the guidance of Hyundai, we want to build four FSS here,” HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral N.K. Mishra told The Hindu.
The DAC on July 19, 2014 cleared the acquisition of 5 FSS by the Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 9,000 crores.
The vessels would be used by the Navy to support the operations of carrier groups planned for the future.
The Navy wants ships to be capable of following:
- Transfer of FOLS to all Naval Surface Units while underway at sea using abeam and astern transfer methods.
- Transfer all types of stores, victuals and personnel to naval units while underway at sea.
- Ships should be capable of handling multirole helicopter at sea.
The principal dimensions of the ships should be:
- Length Overall - About 200 m.
- Beam Max - About 25 m.
- Displacement (Fully Loaded) 40,000-t
FSS would have a speed of 16 knots, range of 12,000 nautical miles and a service of 30 years with capability to carry ballistic weapons.
The ship should have Diesel propulsion (CODAD), with a single shaft configuration with CPP and must be equipped with a Helo deck and support facilities to handle Multi Role Helicopter.
It must be crewed by 190 sailors, including 24 officers.
Navantia and L&T Joint Proposal
It was earlier reported that Spain's state-run Navantia has tied up with L&T for the project to offer the Fleet Replenishment Ship ESPS Cantabria of the Spanish Navy.
Navantia collaborated with the French DCNS to build six Scorpene submarines at Mazagon Dock Ltd. (MDL).
Navantia and L&T are working jointly on building four LPDs like INS Jalashwa for amphibious military operations and disaster relief for the Indian Navy.
IDP Sentinel members can track progress on the project at Fleet Support Ships (FSS) (IDP Sentinel)