If it gets the go-ahead, Bharat Forge will become the first company to manufacture hovercraft in India. The company has already imported a hovercraft last year for technology absorption, a usual step in research and development process in product development.
After artillery guns and combat vehicles, forging giant Bharat Forge is looking to build hovercrafts, thus slated to become the first company to manufacture them in India.
This is also the first time that the Pune-based company is venturing into water-based solutions, having already entered into land and air-based solutions for defence and civilian purposes.
Bharat Forge imported a hovercraft last year for technology absorption, a usual step in research and development process in new product development.
Sources add that work on an indigenous hovercraft is at the design stage. A mail sent to Bharat Forge seeking comments remained unanswered at the time of publishing this article.
A hovercraft, also known as air-cushion vehicles, is an amphibious craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces. Hovercraft use blowers to produce a large volume of air below the hull, or air cushion, that is slightly above atmospheric pressure.
They are now used by one of the units of the Indian Defence Forces. The Indian Coast Guard uses 18 hovercraft as per details displayed on its website. Six of them were built in India in technical collaboration with Griffon Hoverwork of the UK, while 12 were exported by Griffon from the UK.