SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
INS Sindhukirti undocked after refit but yet not delivered to India navy even after 9 years
Indian Navy in its recommendation to Ministry of defence (MOD) has asked to avoid giving any orders to State-owned Mazagon Docks for local construction of new Conventional submarines under Project-75I.
Recommendation highlights major mistrust between Indian navy and Countries only State-owned Shipyards with any experience in building submarines in India. Experts say recommendation by India navy will not be easy to be ignored by MOD.
Navy observation says shipyard is overflowing with orders and does not have the capability to stick to deliveries. 6 Scorpène submarine under construction at Mazagon Docks is already behind schedule by four years, one of the major reason reported was due to Mazagon Docks inability to build capacity in house which lead to delays . recently Defence minister Manohar Parrikar in Rajya Sabha also confirmed that delays under Project-75 was due to Mazagon Docks inabilities to absolve TOT .
Indian navy is also against any order to be given to Hindustan Shipyard located at Vishakapatnam. Hindustan Shipyard has also come under heavy criticism for last few years after it botched up mid-life upgrade of a kilo class submarine INS Sindhukirti which has been under mid-life refits in shipyard from 2006 onward and even after 9 years Shipyard has not been able to deliver the submarine to Indian navy Delivery schedule is already delayed by 6 years from the original estimate of 3 years.