NEW DELHI, ($1=74,49 Indian Rupees) – India is preparing a tender for the purchase of a new series of submarines worth more than 6 billion dollars, France seeks to win this auction, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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The Indian Navy received the fourth Scorpene-type submarine, named Vela, and was built in cooperation between the French Naval Group and the Indian Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited [MDL]. This was reported by the portal Naval Post.
The Vela submarine was launched on May 6, 2019, and it was only a little over two years between the launch and the formal commissioning of the submarine by the Indian Navy.
For comparison – the third submarine Karanj type Scorpene for the Indian Navy was launched in January 2018, and the commissioning of the Indian Navy took place only in January 2021, ie – in three years.
India is to receive two more Scorpene submarines, which will be completed by the end of 2022. The first two boats under the French Scorpene project – Kalvari and Khanderi – joined the Indian Navy in December 2017 and September 2019, respectively.
These submarines are to replace Russian submarines off the Varshavyanka type in the Indian Navy, and 10 such submarines were delivered during 1988-2000.
Also, Scorpene-type boats are to replace German-made submarines designed by Shishuma, four units were built in 1982-1992.
According to Defense Express, in June 2021, India announced a tender for the supply of six new diesel-electric submarines worth a total of 6.14 billion.
Under the terms of the tender, these submarines must be built by 2030. The two main competitors for winning this tender are Russia and France, and shipbuilding is to take place at facilities in India.
India working on a 5th gen deck fighter
As we reported on October 13, the Indian Ministry of Defense has announced the completion of the first phase of testing of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, the first ship of its kind built on the capacity of the Indian defense industry. The entire cycle of tests should be completed by the first quarter of 2022, then transfer to the client – is scheduled for April next year, according to the portal Defense Aviation Post.
It is noted that the final commissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is scheduled for August 2022, just before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
During the third phase of testing, scheduled for December 2021, INS Vikrant will conduct test flights of the aircraft of the future air group of this ship.
However, it is not yet known which tactical aircraft will be chosen for the aircraft carrier Vikrant-French Rafale or Russian MiG-29K, or perhaps even F / A-18E / F Super Hornet from Boeing. Moreover, in late 2020, the Americans announced that they had adapted their deck planes to take off from a springboard instead of a catapult.
BulgarianMilitary.com also announced that India is starting to develop its own TEDBF 5th generation deck fighter. The first flight of the prototype is expected in 2026.
The TEDBF aircraft is positioned as a replacement for the MiG-29K fighter, and also as an alternative to the Tejas Navy test aircraft, which proved to be a failed “deck” adaptation of the “land” Tejas fighter.
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