Indian Defence Minister Raksha Mantri Shri Arun Jaitley accompanied by Admiral RK Dhowan Chief of the Naval Staff visited Mazagon Docks Limited, Mumbai on 27 August and reviewed the progress of the Project 75 (Indigenous submarine construction) as well as the other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers.
With all the impediments and material hurdles resolved, the construction of the submarines is progressing on schedule to meet the planned delivery schedule of September 2016.
During his visit the Defence Minister inaugurated the Mazagon dock Modernisation Project (MMP), which would significantly enhance the warship and submarine construction capability of the shipyard.
The major components created under MMP include a new Wet basin with level luffing cranes, 300-Ton Goliath Crane, Module Workshop, Stores Building, Shipyard transporter and Cradle & Assembly shop at a cost of Rs. 800 Crores approx.
Project 75 submarine construction project is a very important project for India and Indian Navy. Six state-of-the-art submarines fitted with latest equipment are being built at MDL, Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s DCNS France, giving a massive boost to the indigenous submarine construction capability of the country.
Presently, first three submarines of the project are in the outfitting phase, and the systems of the first submarine are being ‘Set to Work’. The submarines will be initially based at Mumbai and shifted to operational base at Karwar after completion of trials.