Frustrated India to punish Turkey for $2.3 billion over Pakistan support
A $2.3-billion deal to build fleet support vessels in collaboration with a Turkish shipyard has come into question after security concerns were raised over the firm for links with Pakistan.
Turkey’s TAIS had emerged as the lowest bidder in June this year, following a global competition, for a contract to manufacture five of the 45,000-tonne fleet support vessels (FSV) at the Vizag-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited link (HSL), The Economic Times has reported.
Turkish shipyards are a major supplier of warships to the Pakistani Navy and concerns have been raised in India link on how access to the strategic HSL by its engineers and workers can result in serious security issues.[image: ET Prime] link
HSL is located close to the Ship Building Centre, where India’s nuclear armed submarines are built and the Eastern Naval Command link has its headquarters.
Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had used the ceremony to launch new corvettes for the Pakistani Navy last month to once again talk about the Kashmir issue.