Antony to lay foundation stone for NIRDESH on Jan 4

It would concentrate on enhancing self reliance in production of warships, submarines.

Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 18:05 PM IST

Kozhikode: Union Defence Minister, AK Antony, will lay the foundation stone for the dream project the National Institute of Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding (NIRDESH), at nearby Chaliyam in Kozhikode district, on January 4, a top Defence official said here.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Gyanesh Kumar, Joint Secretary (Naval Systems) Ministry of Defence, said that
Antony had directed that the institute should specifically concentrate on enhancing self reliance in production capabilities relating to all kinds of warships, submarines and
all other releated platforms that are required by the Indian
Navy and Coast Guard to sefeguard our long cost line and
protect the maritime interests of India.

While we have successfully constructed warships and
submarines in India, R and D in various disciplines of warship
construction including detail designing, system integration,
skill development, industry support, knowledge mining and a
plethora of other aspects leading to `drawing board to
delivery` of ships on our own needs to have a sharper focus,
he said.

NIRDESH would augment the efforts of the Department of
Defence Production in developing a robust defence industrial
base by providing technology support and promote ancilliary
industry participation in the defence shipbulding sector, he
said.

The institute will put India amongst the top five or six
countries of the world where the state-of-the-art warships and
submarines will be designed, he said.

Pointing that the Indian Navy has done maximum
indigenisation, he said `you will be proud to know that we
make submarines, brigades and all frontline ships are made in
the country`.

PTI