August 27, 2014

In 'Made in India' Push, Jaitley to Review Scorpene Submarine Project

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is visiting the Mumbai-based Mazgaon Docks Ltd today to review the status of the Scorpene Submarine, under production there.

He will be accompanied by Navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan.

India's submarine strength is depleting fast and it is important to speed up production. The defence minister is expected to lay down stricter timelines for completing important projects.

The Narendra Modi government is pushes aggressively on its mantra of indigenization in defence. The new emphasis is on local manufacturing and the Mazgaon Docks has an important place in India's grand plan to indigenize ship production. Two important ships, the INS Kolkata and the INS Kamorta, were commissioned in recent weeks by Prime Minister Modi and the Defence Minister. (India's First Indigenous Anti-Submarine Warship Commissioned into Navy)

The Indian Navy has ordered over 40 ships, all being built in Indian shipyards.


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