Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has received a contract worth Rs63.11bn ($901.46m) to construct eight anti-submarine warfare shallow water crafts (ASWSWCs) for the Indian Navy.

Construction of the vessels is seen as a key milestone in the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative.

The contract was awarded by India’s Ministry of Defence and comes five years after the navy issued a request for proposal to defence public sector and private sector firms.

GRSE was declared the successful bidder for design, construction and supply of the eight ASWSWCs.

The company is expected to deliver the first ship within 42 months. The remaining ships under the contract will be delivered as per a schedule of two ships a year.

In a statement, the MoD said: “The present project will further consolidate GRSE’s position as a unique shipyard with all-round capability to design and build ASWSWC warships with state-of-the-art technology.”

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“The ASWSWC vessels being procured by the navy will have a displacement of 750t and can achieve a speed of 25k.”

The ASWSWC vessels being procured by the navy will have a displacement of 750t and can achieve a speed of 25k. Up to 57 personnel can be carried on-board.

The warships will also be able to perform full-scale subsurface surveillance of coastal waters, SAU and coordinated ASW operations with aircraft.

Furthermore, the navy can deploy the vessels to engage with subsurface targets in coastal waters and conduct search-and-rescue operations.

Other capabilities include prosecuting hostile aircraft, and laying mines in the sea bed.

ASWSWCs feature advanced integrated platform management systems, including machinery for propulsion, auxiliary functions, power generation and distribution, as well as damage control.

Other vessels being built by GRSE for the navy include three stealth frigates under P17A project, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes, LCUs and four survey vessels (large).

The company is also constructing fast patrol vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard. To date, GRSE has built 100 warships.

Last week, the Indian Coast Guard commissioned a new FPV, known as Priyadarshini and built by GRSE at the Kakinada deep water port in the state of Andhra Pradesh.