Project delivery was put on hold for sometime over some issues which were duly corrected, then accepted, hence more delay.
Apparently the sub is to be commissioned in 2023 . That's 3 years for a Diesel Electric sub. Ditto for the SSBN.
It's better than nothing!Is that good?
3 years is 1 year more longer than what I, as a civilian, will prefer, however considering the losses we have suffered in recent past, SOPs might have been modified to test as much as possible before boat can be declared fully operational.Yes but I was specifically referring to the 3 years period for commissioning unless fit outs are pending.
There are still a lot of areas that cooperation with the French can be achieved, French systems will still be used I'm sure. There is just a need to graduate away from dependency and stimulate the local defense industry. The French won't divulge anything too critical about nuclear propulsion and technology, so it is best to become self sufficient faster. Besides, strategic cooperation with Korea is also important, considering they share similar strategic concerns wrt China that the French don't necessarily have as much of an impetus for.
I definitely agree, submarine warfare is a major component of any modern say conflict, but there is still a need for the IN to wean itself off foreign systems and arms. It doesn't have to be all at once, but it needs to be consistent for development to progress. How can India hope to compete with the latest and greatest arms without supporting its domestic industry?
I think this is a major issue with any VLS the IN tries to implement with diesel-electric submarines. The current Brahmos missile is just too large and heavy for it to be practically carried in sufficient numbers. I wish India had a more compact missile (I know there are some on the drawing board) but the IN needs to make do with what it has and plan accordingly.
Thank you for notifying. I wasn't up to date with the rest of the thread. Moved the post to relevant thread.Evidently you didn't get the sarcasm & what's more exercise your moderation rights to shift those posts belonging to different threads to their rightful place.
Welcome back. Been a long time since you last posted.Its a Scorpene . Zoom in and you can see the IN flag .