A Scorpene submarine is escorted by tugboats as it cruises into the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The first submarine of Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited was set afloat on October 28, 2015. Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee

French naval group DCNS plans to provide the Indian Navy with three more diesel-electric Scorpene class submarines that would be built entirely in Mumbai.

India’s major shipyard Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) would build the three Scorpenes like the six others that had been completed, according to sources cited by French newspaper La Tribune.

Mazagon, which builds warships and submarines for the Indian Navy, built the six submarines under a  technology transfer contract signed with DCNS in 2005.

From the “Make in India”  campaign push dear to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this order would allow Mazagon to maintain the know-how and skills acquired through the manufacture of the Scorpene submarines.

To date, all six hulls have been manufactured by MDL, but there are still integration works.

For example, DCNS taught the Indians to manufacture the shells of Scorpene by welding elastic steel of several centimeters thick.

“DCNS has no job responsibility since no French sailor will be on board, but it guarantees the performance of the first two Scorpene submarines, including speed, dive depth or noise level,” said director general of DCNS India, Bernard Buisson, in a Figaro report in September.

“France also guarantees that the submarines were built in
line with the production process and the safety standards of

The US$3.5 billion purchase agreement for the six Scorpene had been signed in 2005. The three additional submarines would be equipped with a new anaerobic propulsion system currently being developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization.

The latest French proposal is timely, following the first submarine – the Kalvari – built by Mazagon with help from DCNS. The Kalvari was based on the Scorpene design and was part of India’s drive to replace its old naval fleet with modern vessels.

DCNS has also reassured India reassured over leak case Finally, India is worried at first about the stealth of Its future submarine fleet questioned, has reassured itself and has been Reassured by DCNS as a result of the false data leak case On the Scorpene submarines.

India wants to purchase more than 24 submarines.

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