MDL is in the process of license-building six Scorpenes under transfer of technology (ToT) from DCNS.
In June 2011, DCNS India signed a contract with Flash Forge India Pvt. Ltd. “We are providing our Indian partners with know-how and technical assistance to manufacture equipments which will be installed onboard the Scorpenes. Together with MDL, we are qualifying the suitable companies which are meeting the rigorous specifications needed for the submarines”, DCNS India MD Bernard Buisson said in a statement released today.
According to the statement, the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first locally made Scorpene’s equipment (for the large scale piping system) was successfully performed at Flash Forge premises in Visakhapatnam in January 2012. The selection process is under way for other equipment — additional contracts with Indian firms will be announced shortly, DCNS has said.