The Indian Navy is building two Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvettes using carbon fiber material imported from Sweden, according to Outlook India, a weekly English News magazine published in India. The warships are scheduled to be delivered in 2017. The ship's superstructure is made of composite material while the remaining part including hull uses steel.
The vessels are being built by PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, India.
GRSE Director of Shipbuilding Ratnakar Ghosh said that these are the first ships in India to use this technology. "Stealth is the most important feature of composite material as it is less susceptible to detection, unlike steel."
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