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First of six new Indian Navy submarines to be complete by 2016

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    After much delay, the process for constructing six new submarines for the Indian Navy can finally begin now after the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted a confidential report on the capacity of domestic shipyards to carry out the mammoth task.

    The DAC meeting on Friday was scheduled to take up the issue but it could not come up for discussion as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had to leave mid-way. Sources said the subject would be taken up at the DAC meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

    It will be a crucial decision for the Navy which is running critically short of submarines and the process of constructing new under-water boats under Project 75 India has been languishing for years.

    The feasibility and capacity study report of the domestic shipyards was submitted on March 31. Sources said once the report is studied by the DAC, the defence ministry can invite bids from the shipyards capable of tying up with foreign vendors for going ahead with construction.

    The estimated cost of the project is over Rs 50,000 crore which will go up significantly.

    The Ministry of Defence had set up a high-level committee to examine the strength of domestic shipyards.

    These included Mazgaon Dock Limited (Mumbai), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (Vishakhapatnam), Cochin Shipyard Limited and two private shipyards — Larsen and Toubro (Tamil Nadu) and Pipavav Shipyard (Gujarat). Under the plan, these shipyards can tie up with a foreign submarine maker. India’s submarine building capacity is limited at the moment with only Mazgaon Dock Limited having some know-how as it is constructing the French Scorpene submarine.

    Private player Larsen and Toubro has made significant contributions in the construction of India’s only nuclear-powered submarine Arihant. The new line of conventional submarines will have air independent propulsion to increase its underwater endurance. The Navy’s current submarine strength is down to 13 though it had planned to have 24 boats by 2024.

    It is nowhere near reaching the target thought plan to have six nuclear powered attack submarines was cleared in February this year. The first of the six Scorpene submarines under construction at MDL will be ready for induction only in 2016.

    Apart from the Navy’s submarine plan, the Indian Air Force will get 48 new Mi-17V5 helicopters.

    These helicopters, which have become a lifeline for IAF’s search and rescue activities, will cost Rs 6,700 crore.The IAF’s air defence capability will also get boost as it is getting 14 new firing units of home-built surface to air missile Akash.

    The acquisition is worth Rs 4,500 crore.

    First of six new Indian Navy submarines to be complete by 2016 | idrw.org

    This is really a good news. As nuke sub INS Arihant is already on sea trials
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