New Delhi: With the Scorpene submarine
project getting delayed, India is holding talks with Germany
to upgrade the capabilities of its HDW underwater vessels.
Discussions in this regard are being held between the
two countries at the ongoing fifth Indo-German Defence
Committee meeting here, Navy sources told agency.
"Our submarine fleet is depleting and numbers are
expected to go down with the delay in the Scorpene project.
The talks are on with German officials to upgrade the existing
fleet of four HDW submarines," they said.
The HDW submarines, also known as Shishumar class in
the Indian Navy, were procured from Germany in the mid 80s and
the last of it was inducted in 1990-91.
Under its Project-75, Navy was planning to induct the
first Scorpene submarine by 2011 but due to delays on part of
MDL and the Navy, the first induction is expected to take
place only by late 2015.
Due to the delays in the project, the Government has
decided to upgrade the existing fleet of Russian origin Kilo
class and the German vessels.
A few of the Kilo class submarines have already
undergone upgrades in Russia and have been fitted with new
weaponry and other superior sensors and systems.
During the meeting, the two sides will also hold talks
to enhance cooperation in anti-piracy operations and
patrolling of important sea routes in the pirate-infested
areas, sources said.
The two countries have so far held discussions on
enhancing military to military cooperation through joint
exercises and training drills.