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Indian Navy gets hands on first Scorpene, only five years late

27th September 2017 - 09:17 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The first of six Scorpene diesel-electric submarines being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) was delivered on 21 September.

Kalvari, an 1,870t boat, is expected to be commissioned soon, likely next month. It was launched in October 2015 and commenced sea trials in May 2016.

This Project 75 programme to build six Scorpene submarines has been fraught with difficulties and delays. 

An INR230 billion ($3.6 billion) contract was signed with DCNS way back in 2005. To date, the MDL-managed programme is five years behind its original schedule.

Furthermore, WASS Black Shark torpedoes

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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