India launches submarine production

India this week is to begin assembling Franco-Spanish Scorpene attack submarines as part of plan to boost its naval power and military-industrial know-how.

Indian navy Vice Admiral S.K.K. Krishnan, the head of Mumbai’s Mazagaon Dock naval shipyard, said production is slated to begin on Thursday, with Defence Minister A.K. Antony set to formally inaugurate the project the following day.

The 2.4 billion euro deal to build an initial six diesel submarines was signed in October 2005 with Armaris, a subsidiary of France’s Thales group and Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN).

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