SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
First locally developed Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari is getting a fresh coat of paint before it will be handed over to the Navy in next few days. State-owned defence shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with France’s Naval Group has cleared all trials of the first submarine and will be handed over to Indian Navy in a Ceremony likely to be attended by Defence Minister and Indian Naval Chief.
INS Khanderi which is Second Submarine currently going through Sea Trials will be handed over to Indian Navy by end of 2017 and all contracted six French-made Scorpene submarines will be delivered by 2021 after facing a 4-yr delay.
INS Vela which will be third Scorpene submarine will be launched by end of 2017 and currently is going through final fitments and likely to be handed over to Indian Navy by mid of 2018.
As Project-75 delivery schedules gain momentum, Indian Navy already has issued Request for Information to major global vendors for development of next Generation Project-75I tender under which Indian plans to procure Six more Diesel conventional submarines which are likely to see the participation of Private shipyard for the first time in the construction of submarines in India.
Project-75I will also be last time India will procure submarines from International Submarine vendor since Indian Naval Design Bureau already has been tasked to develop New fleet of Nuclear Attack Submarines and both Public-Private Shipyards who will be awarded Project-75I Tender will also be tasked to work with Indian Naval Design Bureau to co-develop Indigneious Diesel conventional submarines after absorbing Transfer of Technology of both Project-75 and Project-75I Projects .
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