Centre signs Rs 934 crore deal with HSL to Refit INS Sindhukirti Submarine in Visakhapatnam

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In a further boost to achieve 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the Ministry of Defense on March 13, 2023 signed a contract for General Refit of Sindhukirti Submarine at Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam at a total cost of Rs 934 crore .

Overview of the News

  • Sindhukirti is the third Kilo class Diesel Electric Submarine.

  • The project involves over 20 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and will generate employment of 1,000 man-days per day for the project duration.

INS Sindhukirti Submarine

  • It is a diesel-electric submarine.

  • It was commissioned on June 7, 1990 and since then has been serving the nation in various capacities.

  • It has a displacement of 1860 tonnes when submerged and is 67.5 metres in length

  • The submarine has a maximum speed of 20 knots (about 37 km per hour) when submerged and can dive to a depth of 300 metres.

  • It is armed with six 533 mm torpedo tubes and can carry up to 18 torpedoes or missiles.

About Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL)

  • The shipyard 'Hindustan Shipyard Limited' is located in Visakhapatnam.

  • It is the country's first shipbuilding yard.

  • Establishment - 21 June 1941

  • Construction - Walchand Hirachand

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