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India launches second Scorpene

11th January 2017 - 16:14 GMT | by Rohit C Silva in New Delhi


At a time when the Indian Navy (IN) is grappling with declining undersea warfare capabilities the government owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) will launch the second of six Scorpene-class submarines on 12 January.

The $3.5 billion programme of work has seen French shipbuilder DCNS provide the technology to Mumbai-based MDL to build the boats.

The Khanderi is being floated out barely five months after a public disclosure of sensitive Scorpene data was thought to have almost compromised the platform and undermined India’s maritime security. The launch is an indication that August leak detailing the submarines combat capabilities has not

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Rohit C Silva


Rohit C Silva

Rohit C Silva is a Shephard special correspondent based in New Delhi, India.

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