India’s Long Wait For Scorpene-Class Submarine May End Any Day Now

India is likely to get its first Scorpene-class submarine within days, naval and industry sources have told ET. The Indian Navy, which has been struggling with an ageing submarine fleet, will get the new submarine—named Kalvari after the dreaded Tiger Shark—at a time when China has been beefing up its presence in the Indian Ocean Region. “The delivery is to take place around the middle of September,” one of the people quoted above said. The delivery means that the trials of Kalvari are over and the navy has accepted the boat, which is expected to be commissioned this month.

The second of the Scorpeneclass submarines, named Khanderi, is likely to be delivered next year. India is developing a total of six Scorpene-class submarines at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai with technology transfer from French defence major Naval Group under a programme titled Project-75. Project-75 was launched in October 2005 and the first submarine was to be delivered by 2012. But teething problems delayed the project. Read More…

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