India will set afloat Kalvari, first of Scorpene submarines for sea trials today.
The event is significant given that it completes the building of the much-awaited platform and kickstarts the beginning of sea trials.
The sea trials are likely to continue for the next 10 months until the commissioning of the submarine, which is slated for September 2016.
Defence ministry sources said the delivery schedule of the submarine will be adhered to. Scorpenes, the Project- 75 submarines, are built by state-owned Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) along with French DCNS.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had in April witnessed the undocking of the vessel in a ceremony at Mumbai. Six of these submarines are to be delivered to the Navy by 2020.
While the project has been running behind schedule, the Navy is in dire need of submarines in light of recent accidents which have reduced the fleet to a handful of conventional submarines.
The Indian Navy has been unable to obtain heavy weight torpedoes from a Finmeccanica group company, Wass for installation on its Scorpene submarines owing to the Italian company being blacklisted in India. Wass Italy had won a contract to supply heavy weight tropedoes for the Navy's Project 75 submarines in 2014
France has offered to supply its long range MBDA missiles and Scorpene Submarines to Poland. Paris reportedly authorized the procurement of the DCNS built submarines and long-range MBDA missiles by Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza reported Tuesday
Brazillian Defense Minister (MoD), Jaques Wagner visited the DCNS Cherbourg (France) site to meet the nations teams participating in technology transfer for four Scorpene type Conventional submarines, DCNS said in a statement Tuesday. The minister visited the workshops which are part of the submarine program on 11 May 2015 along with Hervé Guillou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCNS
DCNS has carried out the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of 8 ECA Group converters designed to be installed onboard Indian Scorpene submarines 5 and 6. As it had been done before in May 2015 for Indian Scorpene submarines 3 and 4, DCNS experts carried out the FAT of 8 ECA Group converters (2 xStatic converter 60 kVA + 2 x Static converter 5 kVA per submarine), designed to be installed onboard Indian Scorpene submarines 5 and 6, ECA Group said in a statement Tuesday
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Indias first Scorpene class submarine Kalvari will start trial later this year. “Sometime this year, the trial will start
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