More than a decade after it was decided that the Indian Navy would procure four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) that can carry military assets like tanks, vessels and aircraft, the Ministry of Defence has once again revived the project that was scrapped last year.
A new Request for Information (RFI) has been initiated for the procurement.
“Four LPDs are proposed to be acquired. The anticipated delivery timeline for the first vessel is a maximum of 60 months, followed by delivery of one vessel every 12 months. Vendors are to indicate their comments on the build period and timelines for delivery,” the RFI dated August 24 says.
Last year, a Request for Proposal was withdrawn as the Navy wanted the equipment with new specifications. LPDs are also called amphibious warfare ships that can transport land equipment and troops for land warfare.
Currently, the Indian Navy has only one such ship, INS Jalashwa, which was purchased from the US and commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2007.
The new RFI states that the Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) shall be capable of transporting and landing combined armed forces and sustaining their operations ashore.