The trainings were conducted during five weeks at HBL, Hyderabad, for the crew of 1st & 2nd Scorpene® India submarines and MDL employees, for a total of 45 people.These trainings were initially scheduled in France but after successful local production, it was decided by DCNS and MDL with the Indian Navy to move a step ahead and conduct these trainings in India.
The Platform Management System (PMS) enables to control and monitor the submarine’s main installations in propulsion, electricity, safety, auxiliary and stability domains. The steering system controls the motion of the submarine by controlling the hydroplanes and rudder. It also controls the propulsion, regulation and trim systems on board, by an interface with PMS. Such critical equipments demand a very high level of training for flawless operations on board.
The training comprised of operation and troubleshooting (On board maintenance) activities and simulation for real time situations. The training progress was continously followed and reviewed by high level naval officials.
According to HBL,“Such crucial trainings were previously conducted abroad, but it is a matter of great pride that these trainings are now being conducted in India, on equipments manufactured at HBL”. These complex crew trainings for PMS and Steering Console are the first ever operational and intermediate level trainings under P75 Scorpene® India program and their success in India can be attributed to the successful indigenization implemented by DCNS, at HBL, through transfer of production, On Job Training, Technical Assistance and TDP transfer.
DCNS India is assisting DCNS in conducting the crew training sessions in India and would remain a nodal point for organizing future P75 trainings in India.
About Iocal production of MPMs
Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is constructing six SSK Scorpene Submarines (P75) under transfer of technology (ToT) from DCNS. MDL has further signed three contracts with DCNS for Manufacturing/ Procurement and delivery of selected submarine equipments/ items commonly known as MPM (Mazagon dock Procured Material) to be fitted in these Scorpene Submarines.
DCNS India, being a 100% owned subsidiary of DCNS, has been assigned the responsibility. By DCNS, for Indigenisation of selected MPM items from Submarine No 3 to 6, in India. DCNS India has entered into strategic partnerships with three Indian Companies for the purpose of indigenisation and capability building; i) SEC Industries Private Limited, Hyderabad for manufacturing of mechanical MPM items, ii) HBL Power Systems Limited, Hyderabad for manufacturing of electronic MPM items and iii) Flash Forge Private Limited for forging items.
HBL Power Systems Ltd
HBL Power Systems Ltd has its presence in various India cities. With more than 1,000 employees, HBL Power Systems Ltd is a listed Indian company, in business since 1977, with a focus on Engineered Products and Services. Their business strategy is to identify those technology gaps in India that the company could fill by ‘indigenous efforts’. The first products selected and successfully developed were Aircraft Batteries eventually leading to HBL offering the world’s widest range of specialized batteries. The company moved into new businesses and markets that utilise their current expertise- batteries, such as Industrial Electronics, Defense Electronics, and Railway Electronic Signalling. Recent diversification, leveraging the companies engineering strengths, has led to new businesses in precision manufacturing, small AC & DC motors, spun reinforced concrete and ‘Green’ Technology Products.
About DCNS India
DCNS India Private Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of DCNS (dcnsgroup.com). DCNS India Private limited was inaugurated in March 2009 in Mumbai. It is specialising in naval services. DCNS India’s main missions are to support the naval shipyards and industries (Naval Technical Advice Department), to develop local services with Indian talents (Design & Marine Engineering Department), to achieve localized production with large base industrial partners (Programme Department) and to extend sourcing opportunities for both local and international needs (Sourcing & Purchasing Department).