DCNS to show-off warship designs at DefExpo

French warship builder DCNS will display the Scorpene submarine design at DefExpo 2012 in New Delhi, six of which are under construction for the Indian Navy at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

The Scorpene SSK. Copyright: DCNS

Elements of the Scorpene design will also be put on the spot, such as the SUBTICS combat systems and the ‘optional’ MESMA Air Independent Propulsion system section, which the company has offered to incorporate into the Project 75 Scorpene boats under construction.

Design concept for PA2, France’s second aircraft carrier, with aircraft. DCNS will also display the design of a new generation aircraft carrier at DefExpo. Copyright: DCNS

DCNS recently delivered the first locally produced equipment for the large scale piping system onboard the P75 Scorpene submarines, built by Flash Forge of Visakhapatnam. A company statement quoted Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India, as saying, “We remain fully committed to bring to the Indian government and our partners our innovative and proven technologies.”

The company plans to pitch the Scorpene in the contest for the Project 75 (India), a second program for the acquisition of six submarines, in addition to those being acquired under Project 75.

DCNS will also display its Barracuda nuclear submarine design at the exhibition. The French Navy has ordered six of the SSN (Sub Surface Nuclear) boat type, which is speculated to be the basis for a nuclear submarine to be jointly designed by France and Brazil. The Indian Navy recently received the Akula-II class nuclear submarine, Nerpa, under lease from Russia and renamed INS Chakra. India has an ongoing nuclear submarine construction program, with the first of class, INS Arihant and two follow-on boats.

A French Navy Mistral-class warship visiting Kochi in June, 2010.
Designs of the Mistral-class LHD, being pitched to the Indian Navy for its LPD acquisition program, and the Gowind OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), will also be on display. DCNS has delivered three Mistral-class ships to the French Navy and has commenced construction of the first ship for the Russian Navy.

Check out the display at the French pavilion in Hall 12, Booth 12.2K.

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