Foundation stone laid for new facility at NSTL

Our Bureau Visakhapatnam | Updated on April 01, 2011

The foundation stone for sea-keeping and manoeuvring basin (SMB) was laid at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory here on Friday by the scientific adviser to the Defence Minister, Dr V.K Saraswat.

The basin, being set up at a cost of Rs 170 crore, is one of the three essential hydro-dynamic test facilities at NSTL along with high speed towing tank (HSTT) and cavitation tunnel (CT) set up in 1992 and 2001 respectively. Cussons Technology of the UK is providing the technology. The civil works are expected to be completed in two years.

The SMB would usher in self-reliance in hydrodynamic model testing, enhancing the capability of the DRDO/Navy to design and build naval combatants such as torpedoes, mines and submarines of strategic importance. India now sends its ships to the Netherlands, Sweden, and Russia for hydro-dynamic tests.

On the occasion, Dr Saraswat said it was a facility long-awaited in naval system design and development.

Published on April 01, 2011

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