Building further on its growing reputation in the naval shipping sector, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has won a key order to provide classification services for a series of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to be constructed for the Indian Navy. The order was awarded under a competitive bidding process in which other classification societies participated, after meeting stringent technical requirements.
The ships are to be constructed at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, and will be built in accordance with IRClass’ Naval Rules 2015. These ships are designed for combating threats posed by submarines and special underwater craft, operating in relatively shallow waters and will incorporate advanced sensors, including sonars, and anti-submarine weapon systems. The platforms will also be equipped with modern automation systems.
A key feature of the vessel will be the minimisation of its noise signature and radar cross section, and IRClass will be required to certify that the design of the vessel meets these requirements.
IRClass managing director, Suresh Sinha, said: “Winning this order, close on the heels of two other orders awarded for major vessels for the Indian Navy, is an important milestone for the Defence Division of IRClass. It emphasises the growing confidence of Indian Navy and shipyards in the capability and competence of IRClass to provide classification services on par with any other society, in a cost-effective manner.”