New Delhi/Kolkata: Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday with Naval Group France to collaborate in the field of surface shipbuilding that caters to fulfil the requirement of India and International Naval forces.
The Naval group of France is a leader in the European Naval Defence Industry.
The MoU has been signed by GRSE's Director (Personnel) Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd). Under this MoU, the two entities will collaborate and engage to offer high-end surface ships based on sea proven Gowind® design developed for the export market. Having built over 100 warships for Indian and foreign naval forces, GRSE will work closely with French & Indian industries.
The MoU also seeks to leverage the capabilities of both firms for meeting the growing requirements of the shipbuilding industry and offer a robust world-class product utilising the State-of-the-art capabilities of both organisations. This blend of modern technology, innovation and management of resources by Indian and French naval industrial leaders will be a real value proposition for international navies.
Highlighting the importance of collaboration GRSE CMD Rear Admiral V K Saxena (IN Retd.) said, "Our association with Naval Group of France aims to set a new benchmark in capitalizing export market in the Indo Pacific region. The partnership will set a new ground for surface shipbuilding using design and technology assistance from the Naval Group. This will not only bring mutual benefit for both the nations but also enable GRSE to deliver surface ships to Friendly Foreign Countries in line with our Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision of 'SAGAR'".
On the occasion of MoU signing, Naval Group's SEVP (International Development) Alain Guillou congratulated the team and said, "This extension of cooperation with GRSE, with whom we had worked for the propulsion system of Kamorta Class ASW Corvettes clearly highlights our long-term investment in India and emphasises the potential of strategic relations between France & India in the Indo-Pacific region."