Induction of Scorpene submarines delayed by three years

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 21:09

New Delhi: The first of the six Scorpene
submarines would now be inducted into the Navy by 2015 against
the planned induction in December next year, the Defence
Ministry said on Wednesday.
Defence Minister A K Antony said the Government has
also granted sanction for cost revision of the Project-75
contract signed with French company DCNS in 2004 under which
the first submarine was scheduled to be delivered in 2012 and
was to be followed up by delivery one vessel each year up to
2017.



"The first submarine is scheduled to be delivered in
the second half of 2015. There has been a delay due to initial
teething problems and absorption of technology," the Minister
said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.



The submarines are being built by the Mumbai-based
Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) in partnership with DCNS.



The Minister said that the cost revision was
sanctioned keeping in mind the increase in cost of MPM items,
related subheads and additional MDL infrastructure.
Antony said the Navy was bridging any submarine
capacity gap through upgrades on the existing fleet of Russian
and German-origin under water fleet.



He added that the government was also working on the
proposal to construct six additional submarines for the Navy
under Project-75 (India).



PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 21:09

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