NEW DELHI — India’s largest private shipbuilder by market value, Pipavav Defense and Offshore Engineering Co., has joined with European naval defense manufacturer DCNS for technology access to boost its shipbuilding efforts.

The partnership has been formed to construct state-of-the-art strategic assets including modern warships for the Indian navy and coast guard, a Pipavav official tells Aviation Week.

“The synergies between India’s largest integrated shipyard and [the] proficiency of the largest European naval defense company will allow cost-effective and timely manufacturing of high-class vessels for the benefit of all,” notes Pipapav Chairman Nikhil Gandhi.

France’s DCNS is known for its Scorpene submarines, Mistral-Class LPDs, Fremm frigates and Gowind vessels. The company has been looking at extending its footprint in India.

“Our objective is to propose modern manufacturing processes together with modern platforms,” says Pierre Legros, DCNS head of the Surface Ships Division. “DCNS is committed to transfer the technologies needed to support India’s national security needs.”

Pipavav, which is involved in naval shipbuilding, repair and dry-docking, recently was selected by India’s state-run Mazagon Dock to form a joint venture to build warships for the Indian navy.

Its major achievements includes construction of a 74,500 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier, the largest such vessel ever built in India.

The company also entered the aviation sector with last year’s partnership with Airbus to develop a maintenance, repair and overhaul unit in India, with an initial investment of $100 million.