Monday, July 20, 2009

It's official: Scorpenes delayed

There have been a few newspaper reports recently about possible delays in the construction and delivery of the Scorpene submarines. And now it's official. Defence Minister AK Antony told Parliament today that, "As per the contract signed with Mazagaon Docks Limited (MDL), first submarine is scheduled to be delivered in December 2012 and thereafter, one each every year till December 2017. On account of some teething problems, absorption of technology and delays in augmentation of industrial infrastructure and procurement of MDL purchased materials (MPM), slippage in the delivery schedule is expected. Delay in scheduled delivery of submarines is likely to have an impact on the envisaged submarine force levels."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tejas is only getting धूमिल, the name is not saving it. hope ATV fares better.
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Excellent,

well this is very true.

Anonymous said...

Anyone suprised? Not me, seems to be the standard procedure for all our defence procurements :-(

Shaktiraj said...

It's not surprising that Scorpenes Submarine Project gets delay as other projects. Lack of infrastructures and bureaucratic mentality for government is likely to cause these delays.

Other country's do not have money or there economy do not allow them (like Russia) they are constructing advance Submarine like Lada-class, Borei-class. Now lada-class is going to be front runner for india's 2nd line of submarine which is Amur-1650, I d'not hope that same thing happen to this project also...
(Note: For more info on Lada-class, Borei-class visit on http://shaktiraj25.blogspot.com)

the terminator said...

Can't the babus at MDL and MOD get anything right the first time. Not that MDL is a new upstart company without any experience in ship-building.

What is lacking is the will and work ethics to shine in a given field. These morons in MDL, MOD and GTRE should be told to deliver on time or give them the boot.

These morons have no sense of urgency. They still practise the chai biskoot, lackadaisical work culture.

Giving excuses has become a great past time but it should not be at the expense of national security!

Anonymous said...

We should have bought 1-2 subs directly from France like everyone else has. Expect similar delays for P17a as well because babus have scuttled IN's plea to purchase 2 ships directly from abroad which the navy believed would have helped desi shipyards to absorb tech by training with foreign shipyards.
Unfortunatily in our country PSU interest takes precedence over national interest.

Newbie said...

Hi all,


I have been reading the term "babu" a lot on this blog. Can anyone tell me if it is used for the politicians or the ias officers??


regards...

Anonymous said...

"babus" are IAS officials

Kutte babus......

Anonymous said...

O come on cut some slack...where is the hurry....Give MDL some credit..
Where is the hurry..Its not that we are going to a war tomorrow.

They had troubles absorbing the technology....Thats okay....At least it is being made in India.


You what what is not okay....Admy Gorky... Its late and cost over run cost us twice the price.