SOURCE: IDRW.ORG TEAM
The Indian Navy is actively exploring collaboration with the private sector for the development of Replenishment at Sea (RAS) and Fuelling at Sea (FAS) capabilities. The primary aim of these initiatives is to enable fleet ships to sustain prolonged periods at sea, bolstering the Navy’s operational capabilities.
RAS and FAS operations involve fleet tankers and auxiliary vessels equipped to replenish ships while they are underway. This replenishment includes the transfer of fuel, provisions, stores, and spare parts, allowing naval vessels to remain deployed at sea for extended durations. These operations are crucial for maintaining the readiness and endurance of the fleet.
Currently, RAS and FAS systems on Indian Navy ships are sourced from foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), both on the delivering and receiving vessels. This dependence on foreign OEMs often results in extended downtime when ships require spare parts or servicing due to defects.
The Indian Navy is keen to reduce this dependency on foreign suppliers and enhance the efficiency of RAS and FAS operations. By partnering with the private sector, the Navy aims to develop indigenous solutions that ensure a more streamlined and self-reliant replenishment process.
One of the key advantages of an efficient RAS/FAS system is the ability to restock a ship with personnel, ammunition, fuel, and water while the vessel is actively underway. This not only contributes to the Navy’s operational flexibility but also ensures that replenishment can be achieved in the shortest possible time, all while maintaining safety standards.
The Indian Navy’s endeavor to collaborate with the private sector underscores the country’s commitment to enhancing its naval capabilities and promoting self-reliance in defense technology. The development of robust RAS/FAS systems will play a pivotal role in strengthening the Navy’s ability to operate effectively over extended periods and in challenging maritime environments.
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