India’s navy is readying to receive INS Kalvari, an attack submarine later this month as part of major steps in rebuilding its depleted underwater combat forces.
The commissioning later this month of this Scorpene class submarine is a major achievement in India’s move to rebuild its depleted underwater fighting force, and the first of six on order, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The move comes in the wake of China’s military expanding its fleet to nearly 60 submarines, compared to India’s 15.
A Chinese Yuan-class diesel-powered submarine entered the Indian Ocean in May and is still hiding, said an Indian naval officer.
The opening of China’s first naval base in July at Djibouti at the western end of the Indian Ocean also the communist country’s recent submarine sales to Pakistan and Bangladesh and a visit last year of a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine to Karachi, indicate how unready India’s navy is to meet underwater challenges.
"The lack of long-term planning and procurement commitment in defense acquisition plans can be considered tantamount to negligence” by the Indian government, said Pushan Das, a research fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation’s National Security Program.
India needs to “counter increasing PLA-N activities in the region," he said, referring to the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The government had ordered six French-made Scorpene submarines in 2005 at a cost of 236 billion rupees. The submarines are being built by the state-owned defense shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. in collaboration with France’s Naval Group.
The government has also initiated a program to build six more diesel submarines. Further, the government has also sent information requests to six different manufacturers in Germany, France and Russia, among others. The project is reportedly worth about 500 billion rupees.
Indias Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai will likely be handing over INS Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines to the Navy next month. "We are aiming to hand over the submarine to the Navy next month as all the trials have been conducted
Indias second conventional submarine, INS Khanderi, built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd will start sea trials this week at Mumbai coast. INS Khanderi is slated to begin its long sea trials from Thursday,
Indian defense ministry has plans to commission vessels hereafter, including first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into service provided only when it is ready for operational deployment. However, the ministry is seeking to change the old practice of inducting incomplete warships,
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
The first of six Indias homegrown Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari was commissioned for the Indian Navy by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai today. The six Scorpene submarines being constructed in the country with technology transfer from French firm DCNS under a Rs 23,562-crore (US $3
Indian state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has conducted successful trails of its Jaguar DARIN III aircraft with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as well as 28 new sensors. The maiden flight test was conducted on Friday is the first aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to have electronically controlled AESA radars,
The government plans to sell 25% of its stakes from state-owned Mazagon Dock, Bharat Dynamics, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers and Mishra Dhatu Nigam to meet its Rs 72,500 ($11.38 billion) divestment target during the year to March 2018
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