India has scrapped a $267 million (INR 1800 crore) deal to procure 98 heavy weight torpedoes for the navy’s submarine project from Leonardo-Finmeccancia.
“The global tender to procure 98 heavy-weight torpedos for navy’s submarine project has been scrapped and Request for Proposal in this regard is withdrawn,” a senior official was quoted as saying by Indian Express Wednesday.
The deal to procure torpedoes has been mired in controversy over allegations of improper procurement process. On the basis of allegations raised by some Members of Parliament regarding irregularities in the selection process, Antony had set up a Special Technical Oversight Committee (SOTC) to look into the complaints. But in May 2013, SOTC submitted a report to the Ministry that gave a clean chit to the procurement, the newspaper reported.
Black Shark torpedoes, made by Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS), a subsidiary of Finmeccanica, had emerged the lowest bidder to arm the Scorpene submarines, the first of which will be handed over to the Navy by September this year.
The Navy had been pushing for it citing “operational necessity”. However, sources said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has now decided to go for an alternative.
Germa’s Atlas Elektronik had come second during the bidding and sources said the reason for it losing out was certain differences between the Germany company and the French firm, which is making the submarine in collaboration with MDL in Mumbai. If the issue is not resolved fast, the Navy will be inducting the first Scorpene submarine without its main anti-ship attack system.
But, sources claimed that the Scorpene class submarines’ have already been customised to integrate its fire-control system with the Black Sharks. Integrating another type of torpedo, will not only cost more but will also take more time, the sources said.
Six submarines are being built at the Mazagon Dock Ltd with technology from French firm DCNS under an over `25,000 crore project called P-75.
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Even as French naval contractor DCNS said on Wednesday it may have been the victim of "economic warfare" after secrets about its Scorpene submarines being built in India were leaked, question arises as to who will benefit from the data leak. DCNS is perhaps the most successful submarine manufacturer in recent times with contract wins in India, Austalia, Norway, Brazil and Poland among others
According to the Indian ministry of defense, the said leak of documents related to Scorpene submarines is being examined and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists. It further states that the source of leak is from overseas and not in India
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India is likely to go with Germany to buy heavy-weight torpedos for its six under-construction Scorpene submarines in a government to government deal after the MoD scrapped INR 1,800 crore (US $266 million) contract for 98 Black Shark torpedoes from Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS) on June 1,2016. French F21 from DCNS and SeaHake from German Atlas Elektronik were the two torpedoes that interested India
The Indian defense ministry is now looking towards Germany to buy torpedoes for its six under-construction Scorpene submarines. Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar is on a three-day visit to Germany where he will be exploring the option of getting Seahake torpedoes for the submarines
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