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SOURCE: AFI

Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Indian Navy, has provided a positive update on two major acquisition projects for the Indian Navy – the procurement of 26 Rafale fighter jets from France and the construction of three additional Scorpène submarines.

Admiral Kumar confirmed that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has already approved the acquisition of 26 Rafale jets for the Navy. He clarified that while an official announcement may not be forthcoming immediately, price negotiations and contractual formalities are actively progressing.

The Navy Chief also revealed that the DAC has approved the construction of three additional Scorpène submarines, also known as the Kalvari class. He emphasized the ongoing collaboration with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in preparing bid documents for the project.

The acquisition of Rafale jets will significantly enhance the Indian Navy’s maritime strike capabilities, providing it with advanced fighter aircraft capable of long-range operations and precision targeting. The addition of three more Scorpène submarines will further strengthen the Navy’s undersea deterrence and patrol abilities.

Admiral Kumar’s statement indicates that both projects are moving forward with momentum. While the exact timeline for finalization and delivery remains unclear, the confirmation of progress is reassuring for the Indian Navy and its quest for modernization and strategic advancement.