Pro­ject 75

SP's NavalForces - - SUBMARINES -

,Q 2005, ,QGLd fiQ­doLVhG WKh Ghdo ZLWK D&16, France, for build­ing six Scor­pene class diesel sub­marines at the Mazagon dock Ltd (MdL) at a cost of about $3.5 bil­lion. The con­tract in­cluded ex­ten­sive trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT) and the pos­si­ble ac­quition of an­other six sub­marines. Re­gret­tably, even more than seven years af­ter sign­ing the deal, Pro­ject 75 has yet not yielded a sin­gle sub­ma­rine. The orig­i­nal de­liv­ery dates were be­tween 2012 and 2017, for the de­liv­ery of six sub­marines. dCNS re­mained com­mit­ted to the orig­i­nal de­liv­ery dates but had to bow to fait ac­com­pli and the re­vised de­liv­ery sched­ule is from 2015-18. It is hoped that there are no slip­pages be­yond 2018. The de­fence Re­search and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion (dRdo) is work­ing on air-in­de­pen­dent propul­sion (aIP) sys­tem which per­mits a sub­ma­rine to op­er­ate with­out the need to sur­face or use a snorkel to ac­quire oxy­gen from the at­mos­phere. aIP does not in­clude nu­clear propul­sion which al­lows sub­marines to the­o­ret­i­cally op­er­ate sub­merged LQGh­fiQLWhoy. $,3 LV WR UhSodFh/dXJPhQW WKh diesel-elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem of non­nu­clear ves­sels. For some rea­son, In­dia did not in­clude aIP in the Scor­pene con­tract when Pak­istan had in­ducted sub­marines with aIP. ÔÒIfÕdRdo is suc­cess­ful then the last two Scor­pene sub­marines will have aIP sys­tem. This will be done by in­stalling

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