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USVs can be interim solution for Navy’s minesweeper shortage: GRSE

Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Thursday said multi-role unmanned surface vessels (USV) can offer an Interim Solution to the Navy’s shortage of minesweepers.

The GRSE has signed a MoU with Elbit Systems of Israel to manufacture USVs for the Navy, GRSE Chairman cum Managing Director Rear Admiral V K Saxena said here. The vessels are capable of detecting and neutralising naval mines, he told newspersons.

To a question on whether the USVs could be an answer to the Navy’s acute shortage of minesweepers, Saxena said, “These can be effective in the interim, these are quick solutions.”

The Navy has a requirement of 12 minesweepers to guard naval installations, ports and sea lanes across the vast eastern and western seaboards but has only two of these, its Assistant Chief of Material, Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, had said here on September 30.

Saxena said the USVs were cheaper as compared to minesweeper ships, which cost around Rs 2,500 crore, and could be built faster than a ship. Read More

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