MDL bats for bigger Scorpene submarines

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    JAISWAL Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 13, 2010
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    The Hindu : News / National : MDL bats for bigger Scorpene submarines
    Unfazed by mounting criticism over time and
    cost overruns in building six Scorpene
    submarines for the Navy under the beleaguered
    Project 75, Defence shipyard Mazagaon Dock
    Limited (MDL) would rather have the Navy go in
    for bigger Scorpenes under the proposed Project
    “The decision [to choose the type of submarine]
    is left to the powers-that-be in Delhi, based on
    their requirements and needs. I cannot really
    comment on that. But as a shipbuilder, I think we
    would be tremendously leveraging our skills and
    expertise attained over a period of four to five
    years [of building the Scorpenes] if we carry on
    with a similar kind of submarine. It will certainly
    make us happy,” Vice-Admiral (retd.) H.S. Malhi,
    Chairman and Managing Director of MDL told The
    Hindu at a recent interaction in Mumbai.
    “The money shelled out for transfer of
    technology [ToT] for the Scorpenes currently
    under construction would be well worth it if you
    have similar submarines, the Scorpene Plus.
    Then you are leveraging the technology over
    many more submarines,” Mr. Malhi added.
    With depleting submarine force levels staring it in
    the face, the Navy had, last year, sought
    information on bigger conventional submarines
    with improved attack and stealth features, besides
    endurance. A request for proposal (RFP) in this
    regard is awaited. While two of the P75-I
    submarines thus contracted would be built at the
    collaborators' yard, the remaining four would be
    split between two Indian shipyards.
    Mr. Malhi said there was no official
    communication on the MDL being handpicked by
    the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to build
    three of these. He, however, maintained that the
    yard “should be the natural choice, having made
    six [Scorpenes].” (Reportedly, another PSU,
    Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL),
    Visakhapatnam, would get to build one).
    It was to MDL's credit, Mr. Malhi said, that it
    reconfigured all German equipment and stations
    set up for the construction of HDW submarines
    in the 1980s and early 1990s to suit the French
    Scorpenes. So, if the Navy chose a submarine
    type other than Scorpene, the yard would have
    to reconfigure the stations all over again as
    different submarine types used different grades of
    steel and welding technology. This would also
    engender teething issues such as difficulty in
    absorbing technology.
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  3. plugwater

    plugwater Elite Member Elite Member

    Nov 25, 2009
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    No way, Give this order to some private shipyards but that is not going to happen. MoD will stick with MDL even if they take 10+ years to construct a 1500 tonnes submarine.

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