One of the largest navies in the world, the Indian Navy is composed of over 200 warships and 67,000 active personnel. They are considered to be the pride of our nation and are responsible for safeguarding our seas from all internal and external threats. To further upgrade their defense, the India Navy along with the help of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), has built two anti-navy corvettes using carbon fiber composites from Sweden. Warships are traditionally always built using stainless steel materials but with the introduction of carbon fiber composite in the construction, the navy has built warships that are lighter, faster, and stealthier.
Carbon fiber is a polymer that is made of thin, strong, crystalline filaments of carbon and is used to strengthen materials. It is five times stronger than steel and twice as stiff. Let’s have a brief look at why carbon fiber was chosen by the navy to build the warships.
Due to the numerous benefits, that carbon fiber has to offer, it has become a popular choice among many industries such as aerospace, military, and recreational applications. GRSE’s Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral (Retd) A K Verma has said that they are now on the lookout for companies who can make such types of composites in India and are also planning towards training people to do the same.