Panaji, April 12 : The Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), a defence ministry facility, tied up with MTU-Germany to manufacture Series 8000 engines, which are fitted on offshore patrol vessels, as part of the 'Make in India' programme, an official said on Thursday.
"Since main diesel engines constitute the heart of a ship and are among the major high value imported equipment items onboard ships, the collaboration will aid to significantly increase the indigenous content onboard ships constructed in India.
It will also provide a strategic edge to Indian defence sector," GSL Managing Director Shekhar Mittal said in a statement here.
The agreement between GSL and the German engine manufacturer was signed at the ongoing DefExpo 2018 at Chennai.
The agreement includes transfer of MTU technology related to local manufacture of engine components, engine assembly, testing, painting and major overhauls.
MTU Series 8000 engines are the largest and most powerful MTU diesel engines with a power output of up to 10 megawatts, the statement said.
"This venture will be a game changer.
Plans are in place to progressively increase the indigenous content and with a strong manufacturing base in India, we are confident of achieving significant indigenous content in these engines.
"Besides creating self-reliance for India, it will usher in new opportunities for the local industry for indigenisation," Mittal also said.