The Indian Navy got a chance to run its eye over the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Scorpene submarine KD (Kapal Diraja or Royal Ship) Tun Razzaq last weekend, after the vessel arrived at Kochi on Friday, en route to Malaysia.
The submarine has not been commissioned yet by the Royal Malaysian Navy and is currently being delivered by the manufacturer, DCNS, to Malaysia. The Indian tour of the submarine was conducted with the consent of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
According to Indian naval sources, the visit was no mere courtesy call and about more than just kicking the tires. Indian officers gave the submarine the once-over, to familiarize themselves with the make and design and see if any characteristics peculiar to the KD Tun Razzaq could be emulated and incorporated in the six Scorpenes under construction for the Indian Navy at Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
This is the second of two Scorpene submarines being delivered to the Royal Malaysian Navy. The first, KD Tunku Abdul Rehman was delivered last September.
The submarine slipped its moorings on Monday morning.