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In a significant development that promises to bolster India’s naval prowess, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) recently revealed plans for three additional Scorpène class submarines to be ordered by the Indian Navy. These submarines are expected to incorporate substantial enhancements in equipment and technology, making them even more potent assets for the country’s maritime defence.

Sanjeev Singhal, Director (Finance) at MDL, shed light on the forthcoming upgrades during the Q1 FY 24 Earnings Call. He stated that the three additional Scorpène class submarines would boast significant changes in their equipment, rendering them more formidable than their predecessors. This strategic move aims to address the evolving challenges of modern naval warfare and ensure that the Indian Navy remains at the cutting edge of technology.

One of the key highlights of these upcoming submarines is the incorporation of a Fuel Cell-based Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This cutting-edge technology significantly enhances a submarine’s operational range and endurance, allowing for extended underwater missions without the need to surface for extended periods.

Moreover, MDL is actively collaborating with the French Naval Group to finalize the selection of new equipment for the submarines. The process of equipment finalization is anticipated to take around 4-6 months, after which pricing negotiations will commence.

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