The news about an extra 3 Talwars being considered is welcome.The series have been a success and built quite rapidly and economically. The point about fitting out delays in Indian yards is a fact.We do not have the sophisticated fitting out facilities at hand where in most foreign yards,a large portion of fitting out of hulls has already been completed because of the modular approach.Until our yards,govt. or private possess these facilities and build in similar manner,we will experience the usual delays.Space constraints,etc. have been held up as one of the problems affecting some yards,esp. MDL.Apart from yard facilties,the training of workers is another matter.It takes just a fraction of the numbers needed for bulding a vessel in Korea when compared with Indian yards.Yet the IN is definitely the best of the 3 services in equipping itself with indigenous systems,suffering less prblems in acquiring eqpt. than either the IAF or IA.
So the problem we face is ,build at home and learn the hard,long way,which does little in equipping the service required to defend eht ecountry's coastline and seas,Or buy from abroad and be at the mercy of foreign yards/companies for spares,etc.At this juncture in time,we will still have to use both options to keep the health of the IN hapy and by incremental methods,mincrease the % and speed of indigenisation.http://www.deccanherald.com/content/264 ... -2015.html
First Scorpene submarine to roll out by 2015: Rajuhttp://www.thehindu.com/business/compan ... 646499.ece
Hyderabad, July 16, 2012, (PTI):
India is expected to commission its first Scorpene submarine, being developed by French naval construction group DCNS, by 2015, said Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju here today.
State-owned Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is producing six SSK Scorpene submarines (P75) under transfer of technology from DCNS. Simultaneously, DCNS India, its Indian subsidiary, is working on the selection of Indian companies as partners for local production of the Scorpene's equipment.
"We are expecting the first submarine to roll out by 2015 ...we should have all the submarines by 2018. The total cost is little over Rs 20,000 crore," Raju said at a press conference here.
As per the schedule, hulks of six submarines, considered as a critical part, should be manufactured by the end of the year, he said.
To a query, he said India has got investments of Rs 20,000 crore so far due to 'Indian Defence Offset Policy', that mandates foreign defence equipment suppliers to farm out a certain proportion of the work (30 per cent of the contract value) to Indian suppliers.
Raju today inaugurated the joint facility of city-based SEC Industries and DCNS that would make 14 critical components for the Scorpene, to be supplied to MDL.
French Ambassador François Richier was also present.
DCNS India signed a contract with SEC Industries for the manufacture of high technological equipment for the P75 Scorpene submarines in September 2011; second contract was signed in May this year for additional items.
Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India, said these contracts cover an extensive Transfer of Technology.
The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first locally- made P75 cofferdam doors and coamings was successfully performed at SEC Industries in June. The cofferdam doors and coamings are key safety components of the submarine.
DCNS seeks Indian partners for Scorpene project
*Here's an intersting anti-mine USV that the US is putting into ops in the Gulf.http://www.pcworld.com/article/259353/u ... eeper.html
US Navy's Unmanned SeaFox Submarines Play a Dangerous Game of Minesweeper