GRSE, a defense-manufacturing public sector enterprise, has provided the Indian Navy with the eighth and final Light Craft Utility (LCU) ship, further strengthening the country’s defense readiness. The top official of the organization has given this information.
Rear Admiral (Retd.) VK Saxena, Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, said the movement (capable of running on water and land) would strategically navigate the South China Sea near the important Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ahem by the sea. He said it was designed specifically to conduct military operations in extremely remote coastal areas.
Saxena said that despite the challenges of the Covid-1p epidemic and lockdown, Kolkata-based Garden Rich Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) have successfully delivered the last ship to the Indian Navy as part of eight LCU shipbuilding works.
The LCU ship uses state-of-the-art technology and the company has built it with 90 percent indigenous material. Saxena said, “This ship is world class in design and class. It has been built keeping in mind the special needs of the Indian Navy. It can operate well in shallow coastal areas at a speed of 15 knots.
He said on Thursday that battle tanks, private vehicles and other military vehicles could also be transported ashore with the crew of each ship.
He said the ship was built to hold 21 soldiers and had two indigenous CRN 91 cannons that could fire at the enemy during military operations.