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DCNS India inks Contract with Flash Forge India Pvt Ltd, Visakhapatnam Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 June 2011
New Delhi: DCNS India Pvt. Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of French shipbuilder DCNS, has signed a contract with Flash Forge India Pvt. Ltd., based in Visakhapatnam, for the manufacturing of mechanical equipment. This is an indigenization contract under the Scorpene P75 submarines programme.

Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL) has already built the hulls of first and second submarines, and begun work on the hulls of third and fourth submarines. DCNS is in the process of finalizing the selection of industrial partners for indigenization of 'Mazagon Purchased Materials' like pumps, valves, air conditioning equipment and various sub-systems.

While the production of six SSK Scorpene submarines (P75) under the DCNS transfer of technology (ToT) is going on at MDL, DCNS India is working at the selection and qualification of Indian companies as partners for local production of the Scorpenes' equipments.

This first contract with Flash Forge for the manufacturing of mechanical equipment is the conclusion of a long and stringent process, which involved identification, audits (of the manufacturing and quality processes) and qualification. Selection of the winner was made through a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP), which took into account Quality requirements, Delivery schedule and Long term vision of the supplier.

Every shortlisted local supplier had to demonstrate an experience and adherence to strict production and quality control policies.Every supplier had to show a track record of on-time deliveries as it is imperative to curtail any delay arising out of the procurement process. Considering the relatively small quantities of each item to be manufactured, each potential industrial partner needs to demonstrate a willingness to invest in the required specific infrastructure development.

"We are in India to establish partnerships with the Indian industry to develop local capability and to perform genuine transfers of technologies. We are providing our Indian partners with know-how and technical assistance to manufacture equipments which will be installed onboard the Scorpene submarines," said  Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India.

"MDL, our main contractor, is also to sub-contract work to these local players. Together, we are qualifying the suitable companies which are meeting the rigorous specifications needed for the submarines," he added.

The first Scorpene submarine will be launched by the end of 2013 and commissioned in 2015 and all six submarines are expected to be delivered by 2018. The last four submarines will be fitted with indigenized equipment. DCNS is also in talks with private shipyards.

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