The Indian defense ministry will induct the Scorpene-class submarines only if they are ready for deployment in operations.
This is a major change in thinking of the government as earlier the shipyards would hand over warships to the Navy and then would continue trials on the systems on board and the vessels would be made fighting fit long after their official induction.
"The defence ministry is of the view that the vessels should be commissioned in service only if they are ready for deployment in operations moments after they are commissioned into the service," unnamed Navy sources were quoted as saying by Mail Today Wednesday.
"That is why, we have asked the original equipment manufacturer Mazagon Dockyards Limited and the French DCNS to complete all trials, including sensors and weapon fitment, before it is handed over to the Navy for operations," they said.
The INS Kalvari is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines being built by the MDL in Mumbai with DCNS under a Rs 23,000- crore project and is delayed by four years due to issues related to make in India equipment for the vessels.
This can result in the navy waiting for a few more months before it gets to lay its hands on its first new conventional submarine to be inducted after gap of almost two decades. The 'Kalvari' (Tiger Shark) was planned to be inducted by the Navy by the end of 2016.
Malaysian Defense ministry is least worried over a recent data leak report as their Scorpene submarines have different specifications from what DCNS had designed for India and Chile. The leaked documents in The Australian had mentions details about the “entire” combat capability of six Scorpene-class submarines DCNS had designed for India, variants of which are used by Malaysia and Chile ― should be investigated and verified first, the defense minister ministry stated
A fresh tranche of sensitive documents pertaining to Indian Navys Scorpene submarine project have been uploaded by ‘the Australian on its website Thursday even as the Indian ministry of defense tried to downplay the leak as ‘not serious. The new set of documents with Indian Navy insignia on it and marked “Restricted Scorpene India” include the sonar system, including the frequencies used by its key components, the Flank Array, the Sonar Intercept Receiver, the Distributed Array and the Active Array have been compromised
The leaked documents on Indias Scorpene submarine that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out. The Indian MoD has seized the documents and have examined the documents, it said in a press statement Thursday
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
Indian Navy will induct a French-designed diesel-electric attack Scorpene-class submarine this year. First Scorpene-class submarine, named Kalvari, will be inducted this June, whereas the second vessel ‘Khanderi will be commissioned in December, Hindustan Times reported Thursday
Khanderi, the second of Indian Navys Scorpene class stealth submarine, was ‘launched paving the way for her sea trials. The submarine is expected to be delivered to Navy by the year end
Indian Navys second Scorpene class submarine ‘Khanderi will be launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on January 12. The launch will start a trail of events, which will lead to the separation of the submarine from the pontoon on which it is being assembled and its final setting afloat, an official release said
India is contemplating testing its longest range submarine-launched K-4 ballistic missile that can deliver nuclear warhead from 3,500 km away. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is planning to conduct the test from an undersea platform in the Bay of Bengal by month-end,
China will help Pakistan build more number of long-range missiles if India continues to increase the number of its missiles, Chinese local media reported. "If the UN Security Council has no objection over this (ICBMs), let it be
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