The Indian Navy has taken the delivery of a fully indigenised fuse to support its underwater anti-submarine warfare rocket guided bomb (RGB) 60.

Information about this milestone was shared by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) via a media release on 3 March.

The fuse, referred as YDB-60, has been developed and manufactured by Economic Explosives (EEL), a private company based in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

The first consignment of fuse was officially handed over by EEL chief managing director Satyanarayan Nuwal to India vice chief of naval staff vice admiral SN Ghormade.

This marks the first time the Navy has contracted an Indian firm to deliver fuse for its underwater rocket and the first time such a capability has been manufactured indigenously.

Associated manufacturing and technical support to EEL was provided by the Indian Navy’s Directorate General of Naval Armament Inspection and Directorate General of Naval Armament.

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Ghormade said: “The growing participation of private industries in manufacture of armament and ammunition is appreciable and this is providing major boost in AatmaNirbharta of Armed Forces.

“Development and manufacture of such a fuse by private industry for the first time, using simulated dynamic trial facilities is a major achievement for the country.”

In another development on 3 March, the Indian MoD has announced the beginning of construction of the Bollard Pull (BP) Tug vessel, Ashva (Yard 337).

Commencement of work was marked by a keel-laying ceremony, performed by Navy’s warship production superintendent (Kol) captain VS Bawa at Titagarh Wagons shipyard in Kolkata, India.

Titagarh is under contract to build six 25t BP vessels that can stay in service life of up to 30 years.

Once delivered, new tugs will help the navy’s submarines and warships in berthing, un-berthing, turning as well as manoeuvring activities in confined water.