India unveils indigenously developed Scorpene Class Submarine
India has officially unveiled its first indigenously developed Scorpene Class Submarine on April 6th. The Scorpene is a part of Indian Navy’s ambitious project 75 submarine program, in collaboration with French naval Technology, includes six such submarines will be joining the fleet in future. The Submarine is expected to join Indian Navy by September 2016, which is currently undergoing extensive sea trials before joining the Navy. Indian Navy expects Scorpene Class Submarines will provide enough boost to the naval deterrence and presence on strategic points in the high seas.
Presently, Indian Navy posses 14 conventional diesel/electric powered submarines, which includes ten Russian Kilo Class Submarines and four German HDW class submarines. The newest addition will sum up enough power projection to the country in order to become complete blue water navy. The rising concerns from its neighbors, especially China, is making India to invest more on its defense infrastructure as it acts as a strategic importance for trade and prosperity.
Product Overview of Scorpene Submarine: A Video Presentation.
The Scorpene Class submarine is an Indian Navy’s ambitious submarine program under project 75, in collaboration with French company DCNS, will be indigenously developed and built at Mazagaon Dockyards of Mumbai. Scorpene class Submarines is powered by diesel propulsion with additional air independent propulsion.
The Scorpene Class Submarine is designed to operate in any given condition including the Tropics, Its capability to undertake various types of missions performed by any modern day submarine that includes anti-surface war deterrence, anti-submarine deterrence, mine laying, intelligence gathering and surveillance etc. These new submarines will be named as per old foxtrot class that was decommissioned decades ago; they formed the first fleet of Submarine class of Indian Navy. The current launched submarine will be named as INS Kalvari, literally mean tiger shark.
Having said from the previous track record of accidents happened with Indian Naval vessels, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the principal builder on technology transfer basis, has worked on several mechanisms to ensure safety of naval vessels, The DRDO is developing on a system to work on structured health monitoring of current and future submarines that include both conventional and nuclear powered.
Indian Navy still needs to go a long way in matching the naval power when compared to other navies around the world, it currently holds seventh largest amongst the navies with more than 58,350 active personnel, 181 ships and 279 aircrafts under its inventory. Indian Navy proposes to increase the battle ship tonnage by adding more submarines and aircraft carriers to be developed indigenously in near future to overcome the threats possessed by its neighbor.
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