India’s first Scorpene class submarine Kalvari will start trial later this year.
“Sometime this year, the trial will start. Trials will go on for close to a year,” Vice Chief of Naval Staff P. Murugesan was quoted as saying during a press conference on Roadmap for a Future Ready Naval Force by news agency IANS Friday.
Murugesan was confident of the industrial capability although he worried on the delivery deadline.
"A warship in any country shows its industrial capability. Today we can produce destroyers and frigates no less than any other destroyer and frigate, and it is much cheaper," Murugesan said.
"Timeline is where we need to make change." he said.
The contracts for building Visakhapatnam class (Project 15B) stealth guided missile destroyers and Shivalik-class frigate (Project 17A) have components for outsourcing indigenously to promote Make in India, he said.
India set afloat the first of Scorpene class submarine, Kalvari on October 29 last year. The Project- 75 submarines, are built by state-owned Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) along with French DCNS.
India is likely to order an additional three Scorpene submarines to the existing order of six under Project 75.
“The Navy, which has a severe shortage of undersea platforms, would order additional Scorpene submarines after Mazgaon Docks (MDL) finishes building the six on order under Project 75,” Indian Naval Chief Admiral R K Dhowan had said in December last year.
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council approved the procurement of six submarines from local shipyards worth INR 5000 crore (US$8.3 billion) in October 2014.
India will order an additional three Scorpene submarines to the exisiting order of six under Project 75. Indian Naval Chief Admiral R K Dhowan addressing a press conference Thursday said, “The Navy, which has a severe shortage of undersea platforms, would order additional Scorpene submarines after Mazgaon Docks (MDL) finishes building the six on order under Project 75
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
Kalvari, first of the Indian Navys Scorpene class stealth submarines being built under collaboration with DCNS, France has been ‘undocked at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The event was witnessed by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, and the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan
Kalvari, the Scorpene-class submarine being built for the Indian Navy, successfully embarked on its maiden sea trial on May 1, Indias defense ministry said Sunday. Built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd Mumbai (MDL), the submarine sailed out at about 1000 hrs for the first sea trial, off the Mumbai coast and during the sortie, completed a number of preliminary tests on the propulsion system, Auxiliary Equipment and Systems, Navigation Aids, Communication Equipment and Steering gear
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
French DCNS has sought approval to set up an Indian subsidiary to develop Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems for the submarines. DCNS has requested clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for 100 percent FDI to invest over INR 100 crore (US $15 million),
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