Wednesday, February 29, 2012

First Local Kit For Indian Scorpenes Arrives

The P75 Scorpene attack submarine lincense build programme at Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) has received its first consignment of locally produced submarine equipment, a delivery managed by DCNS India, a subsidiary of the European boatmaker.

MDL is in the process of license-building six Scorpenes under transfer of technology (ToT) from DCNS.

In June 2011, DCNS India signed a contract with Flash Forge India Pvt. Ltd. “We are providing our Indian partners with know-how and technical assistance to manufacture equipments which will be installed onboard the Scorpenes. Together with MDL, we are qualifying the suitable companies which are meeting the rigorous specifications needed for the submarines”, DCNS India MD Bernard Buisson said in a statement released today.

According to the statement, the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first locally made Scorpene’s equipment (for the large scale piping system) was successfully performed at Flash Forge premises in Visakhapatnam in January 2012. The selection process is under way for other equipment -- additional contracts with Indian firms will be announced shortly, DCNS has said.


Anonymous said...

Don't understand why our govt. not giving submarine orders to private companies. Inspite of having good ship building docks, workforce, raw materials no one is bothered about the depleting submarine force. In current scenario(somali pirates,string of pearls, maldives crisis) we should have atleast 25 of them. In this trillion dollar economy, future super power country we are unable to produce a single submarine in a duration of 2-3 years.

Gautam said...

L & T has delivered the Arihant hulls on time unlike MDL which has had endless delays, yet the Commie AK Antony is only giving Scorpene and Project 76I orders to MDL and Hindustan Shipyards Ltd, both PSU shipyards.
I know, I know, the babu worshippers will go 'But MDL and HSL babus are the Gods of the Sea themselves! Their submarines will come with divine blessings!'

And thus despite having a large domestic shipbuilding capability the Indian Navy will suffer endless delays from the PSU babu monopoly...