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India’s state-owned Mazagon Dockyard Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) is optimistic about securing a contract for three additional Scorpène submarines for the Indian Navy by the end of 2024. This follows their recent submission of a commercial offer on December 11th. As per information obtained by, the first submarine delivery is anticipated from 2031 onwards.

These three follow-on Scorpènes will be advanced versions of the six submarines already in production. They will incorporate the indigenously developed Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system by DRDO, replacing several outdated subsystems with newer technologies.’

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has established a special committee to internally benchmark the deal value before opening MDL’s commercial offer. This internal assessment ensures the proposed contract aligns with budget constraints and best value for the Indian Navy.

Delivery of the first submarine under this potential contract is expected to begin in 2031, marking a significant step forward in India’s quest for self-reliance in advanced submarine construction. Securing this deal would not only strengthen the Navy’s underwater deterrence but also showcase MDL’s growing expertise in this complex domain.

The wait for the MoD’s final decision is now on, with the Indian Navy and MDL both hopeful for a positive outcome in 2024. This deal would mark a major milestone in India’s quest for maritime dominance and its ambitions to become a leading shipbuilding nation.

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