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MoD shipyards face slow growth, cry for long-term planning

At Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL), in Mumbai, there is a palpable sense of accomplishment as the shipyard approaches the finishing stages of the cutting-edge Project 17 frigate-building programme.  By June 2008, the first of three 4,900-tonnes, Shivalik class stealth frigates will commence eighteen months of trials with the Indian Navy.  The second Shivalik class frigate will start trials by December 2008, followed by the third. Simultaneously, Project 15-A, for three massive 6,700-tonnes Kolkata class destroyers, is making rapid headway.  But the sense of achievement is ...