FRaNce OF­FeRS iN­Dia 2 StOP-gaP ScOR­PeNe SUb­maRiNeS

SP's NavalForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

As the al­ready de­layed Project 75I re­quest for pro­posal for six new con­ven­tional at­tack sub­marines con­tin­ues to hang fire, the In­dian Navy is study­ing a list of emer­gency mea­sures to pos­si­bly shore up force lev­els in the in­terim. French ship­yard DCNS, par­tially owned by the French Govern­ment, de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers of the Scorpne class sub­ma­rine, have put forth an of­fer of­fer­ing two Scorpne sub­marines off the shelf as a stop-gap sup­ply to mit­i­gate rapidly re­duc­ing force lev­els in the In­dian Navy, made worse by the re­cent tragedy aboard INS Sind­hu­rak­shak, one of the Navys 10 kilo class at­tack sub­marines. DCNS, with au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the French Govern­ment to make the of­fer to the In­dian Govern­ment, has as­sured the In­dian Navy that it can build two Scor­penes and de­liver them in a time pe­riod that co­in­cides with the in­duc­tion of the first of the orig­i­nal six Scorp­nes be­ing built at pre­sent Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mum­bai.

DCNS of­fi­cials con­firm that the Scorpne build pro­gramme is now fully on track af­ter ma­jor hic­cups be­tween 2009 and 2013. A com­pre­hen­sive re­view meet­ing held last month took stock of progress, and in­volved per­sons from the French DGA, DCNS and French in­dus­try.

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