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.
Kalvari and Khanderi are two of the six Scorpene submarines being constructed in the country with technology transfer from French firm DCNS under a Rs 23,562-crore programme called Project 75.
The Scorpene is expected to become the main conventional submarine of the Indian fleet and replace the ageing Russian Kilo class and German HDW vessels that are almost three decades old.
All six submarines are expected to join the Indian fleet over the next three years, with a third boat, Vela, likely to be launched in the coming months.
Indian Navy has prepared timeline for commissioning six French-designed Scorpene submarines. The first two vessels are expected to be commissioned by end of the year, Press Trust of India reported Sunday
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
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
Naval Group (formerly DCNS) is eyeing a multi-billion dollar maintenance contract of Indian Navys six Scorpene submarines under Project75 programme. “The maintenance contract is still under works
India will push for several upgrades in the proposed three new Scorpene submarines it is discussing with France to address concerns of any compromise in the submarines capability following the leak of its technical specifications in Australia last year. “We will look at the cost of the upgrades based on which we will take a call whether to go for the additional ones or carry on with the acquisition of the next line of submarines as planned,” a senior defence official was quoted as saying by
Défense Conseil International (DCI) has completed training of the first of two crews of Indian submariners for future Scorpène-type submarines. DCI is the reference operator of the French Ministry of Defence for the transfer of French military know-how to international partners
Indias firms Reliance defense and L&T are likely to compete for bagging Rs 20000 crore ( US $3 billion) contract from the country's Defense ministry to build four amphibious warships. Commercial bids submitted by the two private firms for the largest defence project under Make in India will be opened in the next three months
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