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India's fourth-generation landing craft serving: special can install cheap

Original title: India's fourth-generation landing craft have been serving in succession: special "can install" low prices

Reference News Network reported on June 15th US strategy page site published on June 13 entitled "India's fourth-generation amphibious landing craft" report said that India decided in 2011 to purchase eight more amphibious landing craft (LCU), designed by the country And production. The first of these Mk IV landing crafts began service at the beginning of 2017 and the fourth was in service recently, which has been in service with the first Mk I landing craft built in India for 40 years. The first landing craft was retired in 2011. Following the two Mk I, another three Mk IIs began service in the early 1980s. In the late 1980s, four Mk IIIs were introduced and they are still in service. However, when the remaining four Mk IV landing crafts arrive in the next few years, they will all be retired.

According to reports, each level of landing craft in India is larger than the previous level and has better performance. The landing craft was developed during World War II and is still widely used in countries with a large number of coastlines or islands. This is the case in India, with many islands and long coastlines. Indian landing craft is used most of the time to deal with natural disasters and other non-military emergencies. This is common on a global scale, but they tend to conduct military exercises on a regular basis.

The report said that the MkIV landing craft had a displacement of 1,000 tons and was capable of unloading cargo and vehicles directly to the beach. The bottom of the landing craft is flat and uses a hydraulic raft ramp. Armored vehicles and even tanks can be taken directly to the beach or pier in shallow waters. The MkIV landing craft is 63 meters long with a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruise distance of 2800 kilometers at 12 knots. A landing craft has room for 56 crew, 160 officers and 145 tons of cargo or equipment. This means that it can carry a tank weighing up to 65 tons or four small armored vehicles.

According to reports, about 24 6-meter-long cargo containers can be placed on the landing craft. It is equipped with two 30 mm cannons, a 12.7 mm machine gun, several 7.62 mm machine guns, and several shoulder-fired air defense missiles. The cost of each Mk IV landing craft is less than 80 million U.S. dollars.

According to reports, India has long had difficulties in designing and building larger warships (frigates, aircraft carriers, and submarines). For decades, India attributed the decline of the shipbuilding industry to colonialism, but after other countries with shorter shipbuilding history (China, South Korea) became the world leaders in the shipbuilding industry, Indians began to admit that it was India‚Äôs problem rather than the United Kingdom. Colonialism is wrong. By the 1990s, the Indian government had agreed to carry out internal reforms. India has made great progress since then, but it still lags behind countries such as China and South Korea in terms of shipbuilding and new technologies. The construction of small vessels is another matter. The construction of such vessels by Indian shipyards has been for thousands of years, but the use of full-metal merchant ships in the 19th century has led many other countries to surpass India and become a shipbuilding power. 

Original title: India's fourth-generation landing craft have been serving in succession: special "can install" low prices


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