Chairman and Managing Director, Naval Group in India, Rear Admiral Rahul Kumar Shrawat (retd)

We Offer a Technological Superiority to the Navies Around The World. Our Designs Are Sea Proven

Chairman and Managing Director, Naval Group in India, Rear Admiral Rahul Kumar Shrawat (retd)What key technologies and systems would you be showcasing at DefExpo 2018?

The Naval group will demonstrate its expertise in the sector of naval defence by displaying several technologies at the DefExpo booth including:

  • Scorpene®: The SCORPENE® is a 2000 tonnes conventional-propulsion submarine designed and developed by the Naval Group for all types of missions, such as surface vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, long-range strikes, special operations or intelligence gathering. Extremely stealthy and fast, it is equipped by six weapon launching tubes, 18 weapons (torpedoes, missiles, mines). Fourteen submarines were sold by the Naval Group internationally; the SCORPENE® is an essential reference product in the area of modern conventional attack submarines (SSK) for navies across the globe. Six Scorpene class submarines are currently manufactured at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) for the Indian Navy with transfer of technology (ToT) from the Naval Group.
  • Barracuda: The Naval Group designs and builds the Barracuda, a state-of-the-art and latest generation of strategic submarine for the French Navy dedicated to deal with an ever-growing array of challenges. Through the Australia Future Program, the Naval Group will contribute to the delivery of 12 conventionally powered submarines, whose design is derived from Barracuda type submarines.
  • Belh@rra: This combat and crisis management frigate empowers modern navies wanting to adapt to the digitisation of the warfare. Ensuring naval supremacy, this compact frigate performs all the operations conducted by large surface vessels with increased precision and high level capabilities in anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine and asymmetric warfare domains.
  • Aircraft Carrier: Our new design of aircraft carrier is equipped with the latest generation of combat systems and deploys an on-board aircraft group (up to 40 aircraft). Its advanced conventional propulsion system allows the optimisation of replenishment frequency and ensures a permanent presence at sea within an air-sea group. The crew is adjusted to the actual need thanks to a reasonable level of automation. Through-life support costs are reduced. The catapult aircraft carrier is compatible with most modern carrier-based aircraft (Rafale, F-18, E2C C/D…).
  • F21 Heavy Weight Torpedo: The need for having unparalleled performances, while fulfilling the highest enhanced safety rules and standards for French nuclear submarine programme resulted in the development of a totally new F-21 Heavy Weight Torpedo by the French Navy. The F-21 Heavy Weight Torpedo development successfully integrates the mastery of aluminium silver oxide technology which allows the torpedo to enjoy higher range and maximum available speed, making it a much more lethal weapon than other available torpedoes. At the same time, its most important and salient feature is that of safety i.e. designed to never explode on-board a submarine even in case of platform being on fire, itself being dropped, or being fired accidentally. Naval Group as a manufacturer, integrator as well as developer of advanced combat management systems of these torpedoes, also undertakes the complex task of seamless integration of this torpedo on-board the Scorpene® submarines.


What aspect of your business is your primary focus at this show, and why?

Our objective is to highlight our technical expertise and innovations. We offer a technological superiority to the navies around the world. Our designs are sea proven. This high quality military equipment ensures sovereignty as well as political independence to our customers.

We also want to stress our strong industrial commitment in India. The Naval Group in India as the subsidiary of the group has carved long-term partnerships in the country and enhanced industrial cooperation and technology transfers in line with the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Indian government. The P75 programme reinforced the indigenisation process promoting the talents of Indian engineers.

We are here to showcase our commitment towards Indian customers and partners like MDL, Goa Shipyard (GSL) among others. We are keen to offer the latest technologies to ensure self-reliance of the Indian Navy.


What are your expectations from the show?

We will attend DefExpo in order to present our latest innovations and to celebrate the successful results of our subsidiary, the Naval Group in India. This will be the moment to share the joy of collaboration in submarine building with MDL, partnerships in simulator business with GSL and stress the nurturing of our industrial ecosystem comprised of trained and qualified companies like FFL, HBL, SEC, H&H, VEM, KPCL and many more.

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