Second submarine assembly workshop of the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 28 May 2016.
After inaugurating the workshop, Parrikar said that the level of indigenisation in submarine construction should be much higher than the present.
At present, MDL is building six Scorpene class of submarines for the Indian Navy, with around 35% of indigenisation.
INS Kalvari, the first submarine of this class, is expected to join the Indian Navy by end of 2016.
About the Submarine Marine Assembly Workshop
• It is a pre-engineered building structure to handle construction of multiple submarines simultaneously.
• It was built at an expense of 153 crore rupees.
• It will make it possible to assemble five submarines in the workshop at the same time.
• This facility will enable MDL to go in for a second line of submarines concurrently.
• It can be used to construct additional Scorpenes or the new line of submarines under Project-75I. But the Request for Proposal (RFP) for P-75I is held up for want of clarity on Strategic Partnerships under the new Defence Procurement Procedure.
At present, the current construction of Scorpene class submarines is taking place at its East Yard in collaboration with DCNS of France.
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When: 28 May 2016