Indian Navy to Explore Other Options for Submarines
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Indian Navy to Explore Other Options for Submarines

The Indian Navy will be looking at other options to acquire submarines
DM Despande Manohar Parrikar's aim of using the domestic private sector to form strategic partnership models and enhance indigenous defense capabilities has been stuck in the pipeline for over 18 months. Faced with such a long delay, the Navy has decided to look at alternate options to acquire submarines.

The Navy's Russian Kilo class submarines are at the end of their life cycle, while the Scorpenes on order are barely enough to protect India's strategic interests.

Speaking at the FICCI curtain raiser event on an international seminar, Vice Admiral DM Despande, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition said, "We are looking at all options, including a government to government deal or an extension of the Scorpene class line. The best option is the strategic partnership plan but we also need to have a Plan B in place."

Currently the Scorpene is being made at the MDL shipyard in Mumbai in partnership with the French firm DCNS, which has hinted at additional capacity to make more submarines at the Navy's behest.


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