Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Arun Prakash, today said that the Scorpene submarine deal with France will be re-negotiated, but in terms of technical details, escalation of price, and warranty, and not in terms of price of acquisition.
Speaking to journalists on the 2nd anniversary of the journal ‘Force’, Admiral Prakash said at present the Indian Navy was only considering acquiring the Scorpene attack submarines from France, adding that the German firm HDW was not in the picture.
“The deal for Scorpene is to be re-negotiated, but only in terms of technical details, and aspects like escalation of price and warranty. Negotiations are only with DCN, and HDW is out of the picture,” said Admiral Prakash, adding, that the Scorpene in its present form would not to be equipped with the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system.
He further said that the Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles in its present form would be at the disposal of the surface ships only. Submarines, including the Scorpene, will not be equipped with it.
“As of now, the missile will be with the ships only. Making submarines compatible for Brahmos will involve a lot of design changes as well. The Brahmos, after all has to be fired vertically. Fitting submarines with Brahmos is not something likely to take place in the near future,” he said.
He further said that Navy was looking at various options for maritime reconnaissance aircraft, including the Hawkeye, adding, that the US has also agreed to offer the P3C Orion in this regard.
“The US has offered the P3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Whether the government floats RPF or goes in for a government to government dealing is something to be decided later. After all very few countries make maritime reconnaissance planes,” he added.