- India will finally get a desperately-needed shot in the arm for its depleting underwater combat fleet.
- The 3,000-tonne INS Sindhukirti’s re-induction into the fleet is vital since the Navy is down to just 13 old submarines – barely half of them fully operational at present -and one nuclear-powered submarine with out nuclear-tipped missiles on lease from Russia.
- INS Sindhurakshak, which sank after internal explosions at Mumbai naval dockyard in August 2013 killing 18 personnel, was in fact one of the relatively newer submarines.
- Under Project-75I six Scorpene submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Docks and are now finally slated for delivery from 2016 to 2020, way back in November 2007 it had an estimated cost of around Rs 50,000 crore. The figure will now touch Rs 80,000 crore.
- Four Sindhughosh-class and two Shishumar-class submarines are now slated to undergo mid-life upgrades and life extensions for Rs 4,800 crore, which was approved in August last year.
- Two of the Sindhughosh-class vessels will be upgraded in Russia, while the other four will undergo it in India.