‘The Partnership Between DCNS And Pipavav is Expected to Boost India’s Drive for Self-Reliance and Create Local Jobs’
 Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

 Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson
Tell us about the DCNS Scorpene submarine programme to the Indian Navy? Which Indian companies are you planning to partner with in this programme? Also, what are the timelines that you are planning for this programme?
In 2005, Indian defence shipyard Mazagon Dock Limited (Ltd) forged a partnership with DCNS for producing six SSK Scorpene submarines (P75) under Transfer of Technology (ToT) from DCNS. The first P75 Scorpene submarine is to be launched at the end of 2013 and commissioned in 2015. The last Scorpene of P75 is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

Till date, MDL has completed the hulls for the first five submarines; the sixth one is to be completed this year. The programme is progressing and MDL has started the outfitting/integration of equipments inside the hulls’ sections. We are confident that MDL should be able to abide by the last affirmed delivery schedule.

Besides its support to MDL, DCNS is working at the selection and qualification of Indian companies as partners for local production of equipment for the Scorpene (complete systems, subsystems and components). This is conducted by DCNS India, through the indigenisation programme.

We have already signed partnerships with several companies (Flash Forge, SEC Industries). In this frame, we are providing our Indian partners with technical assistance to manufacture equipments locally. This year, with Flash Forge and SEC Industries, we have delivered the first indigenised components to MDL for the Scorpenes. We are conducting genuine transfers of technologies and know-how at an unprecedented level for these sophisticated naval platforms.

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