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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

CONCEPT IMAGE OF FSS

Larsen & Toubro, an Indian-based conglomerate with a shipbuilding arm, is one of the four consortia of companies that have been awarded to build three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the British Royal Navy. FSS will provide the Navy’s aircraft carriers with equipment, ammunition, and food so they can stay at sea for extended periods.

Four consortia of companies also include Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen and Serco, the UK-listed outsourcer, which has contracts supporting the Royal Navy; Team UK, whose leading members include British defence heavyweights Babcock and BAE Systems which have extensive domestic shipbuilding facilities; Team Resolute, which includes British marine engineer and Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff are other three companies who will be part of the FSS Program for the Royal Navy.

Under the competition, the UK wants the three ships delivered by 2032. High-level requirements for the competition include a ship design that ‘minimises whole-life cost’ and meets sustainability objectives. deal is worth £1.6bn.

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