SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
According to India Today, Indian Navy and State-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited are in talks for the procurement of two more Kalvari class submarines in addition to the six submarines that are already been ordered with 5 inducted into the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy is expecting considerable delays in the procurement of next-generation submarines under Project-75 India either due to a lack of bidders or due to some submarines not being able to meet some of the key technical requirements that have been set by the Indian Navy.
MDL has offered the Indian Navy that it can manufacture 3 more Kalvari class submarines since its production capabilities will remain idle but somehow it was rejected by the Indian Navy. DRDO also had offered its in-house proposal for a conventional submarine but that too allegedly was rejected.
Warship Design Bureau (WDB) was seen working on an Extended Kalvari class submarine that could support both Fuel Cell based Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System and Vertical launching system (VLS) but no official conclusion of the offer was reported.
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