Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has received an order for supplying steel for seven frigates to be constructed for the Indian Navy. This is the first time that the Navy’s new warships will be built using Indian steel. Earlier, warship-grade steel was imported from Russia.
Besides Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the other two SAIL entities including Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) and Bokaro Steel Plant would be supplying the special warship-grade steel for the order. The share of BSP would be more.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata would be building three advanced stealth frigates under the Navy’s Project 17A, while the rest will be built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. The order is in line of Make-in-India initiative.