Jaitley Reviews Indigenous Submarine Construction at MDL

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mumbai: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley accompanied by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, visited Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL), Mumbai today and reviewed the progress of the Project 75 (Indigenous submarine construction project) as well as the other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers.

During his visit the Defence Minister inaugurated the Mazdock Modernisation Project (MMP), which would significantly enhance the warship and submarine construction capability of the shipyard. The major components created under MMP include a new Wet basin with level luffing cranes, 300-Ton Goliath Crane, Module Workshop, Stores Building, Shipyard transporter and Cradle & Assembly shop at a cost of Rs 800 Crore approx.

Submarines fitted with latest equipment are being built at MDL under collaboration with M/s DCNS France, giving a massive boost to the indigenous submarine construction capability of the country. The construction of the submarines is progressing as planned with delivery scheduled for Sep 2016.

Presently, the first three submarines of the project are in an outfitting phase, with the systems of the first submarine being ‘Set to Work’. The Project is being reviewed at regular intervals from all levels at the Naval Headquarters and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to gear up for the launch of the first submarine in Sep 2015.

Preparations to induct these submarines are in progress and the selected crew has commenced training. The submarines will be initially based at Mumbai and shifted to operational base at Karwar after completion of trials. Necessary impetus, as per the Long Term Infrastructure Perspective Plan (LTIPP), is being given by the government to create associated shore support facilities.