The state-of-the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines
has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.
The contract for the construction and Transfer-of-Technology for six Scorpene submarines
in series has Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as 'Collaborator' and are being built by MDL.
The Indian Navy has rich experience of operating six classes of submarines
which includes conventional and nuclear submarines
Eleven of these German submarines
from World War I have been found off the coast of Belgium.
He also added that during the new submarines
' construction and design process, the development team managed to gather a lot of valuable data which, among other things, allowed them to significantly improve the Kilo-class submarines
During the DSA-2014 international arms forum in Malaysia, the Malaysian navy also expressed interest for the submarine
In South Asia, India and Pakistan have long operated submarines
and deployed them in war, while Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) are planning to procure submarines
in the near future.
The expanded integration plan for submarines
aspires to account for 20 percent of the enlisted crew comprised of women.
Left with a dwindling fleet that comprises ageing Russian Kiloclass and German HDW conventional submarines
and bogged down by two major accidents, the Navy had sounded alarm bells about losing out to adversaries like China and Pakistan, which are building up their submarine
The first two submarines
will be directly imported to save time, while three will be constructed at MDL in Mumbai, and the sixth at Hindustan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam.
The next two submarines
, named Ho Chi Minh and Haiphong, are expected to be handed over to Vietnam this year.
Beijing, of course, is leagues ahead with 47 diesel-electric submarines
and eight nuclear-powered ones.
In action, fantasy and science fiction movies the submarine
theme looms large, too, like in 'Operation Petticoat' (1959), which Koldau calls the ultimate submarine
movie, in 'Yellow Submarine
' (1968) as well as in the medialisation of the submarine
myth in toys, computer games, the internet, or in documentaries and in submarines
used for research purposes.
The Israeli Navy is preparing to receive its fourth Dolphin-class submarine
by training a larger number of combat submarine
crewmen and marine commando forces.
After the end of the war, however, it was shut down as part of the provisions of the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine of 1919 in which the Allies banned Bulgaria from having submarines