The Indian navy has launched a Request for Information, starting the process of acquiring six more diesel-electric submarines, similar to the Scorpenes currently under construction, according to Indian media reports who cite “top Defence Ministry sources.”
India has requested information from companies in France, Russia and Italy, the media reports said adding that, “The Defence Ministry will now await responses from these companies and will follow it up with global tenders or Request for Proposals (RFP) next year."
The new submarines would be procured as a follow-on of the six Scorpene submarines being built at the Defence Public Sector Undertaking shipyard, Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL), in Mumbai in a technology transfer agreement between French military shipyard DCNS and MDL.
"The additional six submarines will start joining the Indian Navy fleet after all the first set of six Scorpenes have joined the naval fleet," the sources said.
The first Scorpene from MDL is expected to join the Indian Navy by the end of 2012. The remaining five would join the Navy at the rate of one each per year from 2013.