Indian Navy’s last two of the six Scorpene submarines being manufactured by Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) will be rolled out without the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system.
The AIP module which is not part of the original Scorpene contract with DCNS enables conventional submarines to stay underwater for a longer duration greatly increasing the submarines stealth characteristics.
“We have studied their solution (AIP system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)… They need more measures to make it a safe plug… For the fifth and sixth submarines it is too late,” managing director of DCNS Bernard G. Buisson told The Hindu.
The Indian Navy is keen on having AIP modules fitted on the last two Scorpene submarines. However, due to the delay in its development, the AIP will not be fitted right away.
Buisson was quoted as saying that the only option now of installing the AIP system is during the refit of the submarine, which is six years after induction. It is followed by a major refit six years after that.
DRDO officials said the prototype of the AIP system was ready and the programme could be pushed forward once a production agency was identified to manufacture it.
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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
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Indias shipyard Mazagon Docks along with DCNS has approached the country's Navy with a repeat order for three Scorpene-class submarines. The approach follows despite the data leak scandal that had threatened to derail the project last August, The Hindu Business Line reported Sunday
The Indian Navy is likely to be commission its first Scorpene-class submarine, Kalvari, in the middle of this month. “The delivery is to take place around the middle of September,” one of the people quoted above said
The Indian Ministry of Defense has issued Request for Information to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan, Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France, Navantia of Spain, Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau of Russia, Saab of Sweden and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany to build its new line of six conventional submarines at an estimated cost of $7.7 billion
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
The Indian Navy will be issuing a fresh tender to manufacture 110 copters locally in collaboration with a foreign firm, after the Russian Kamov-226T copter reportedly failed to meet the Navys requirements. The government source told Mail Today that “as the strategic partnership policy has been cleared by the government, an Expression of Interest would be issued to the Indian firms by the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks to buy 110 copters, which would be under the ‘Made in India project”
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