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Indian Navy to get four amphibious assault ships

February 17th, 2011 by David No Comments

The Indian Navy will receive four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs), according to procurement plans from India’s Ministry of Defence Ministry, according to India Defence Online.

The ships could dramatically increase the Indian Navy’s strategic reach and amphibious warfare capabilities, greatly adding to its fleet’s status as an upcoming blue water force at sea.

The deal falls under the ‘Buy and Make Indian’ category, requiring private and public sector shipyards will need to make deals with foreign shipyards to partner them for the building of the LPD vessels.

The ships will reportedly measure 200 metres long and will be capable of transporting main battle tanks, heavy trucks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy equipment.

They will also operate the Indian Navy’s heavy-lift helicopters, while using a point missile defence system and a close-in weapon system for anti-aircraft defence and missile defence.

The Indian Navy has reportedly been working on the design of the LPDs for at least a year, with the project costed at $ 3.5bn.

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