India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has deferred concluding a collaborative venture with a consortium of Turkish shipbuilders to indigenously design and build five 45,000-tonne fleet support vessels (FSVs) for the Indian Navy (IN).
Official sources told Jane’s on condition of anonymity that postponing the signing of the INR160 billion (USD2.24 billion) FSV contract, which was originally scheduled to be signed in June between India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and TAIS – a group of five Turkish shipyards – comes amid fears of the latter’s close links with the Pakistan Navy (PN).
Indian security officials had expressed concern over some of TAIS’ associates being involved in on-going warship building projects for the PN and said that the issue was “under discussion” in the MoD before any future course of action is decided upon, according to the sources.
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