thyssenkrupp, MDL teams up for overhaul of INS Shankush submarine

After thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in June this year for the local construction of submarines for the Indian Navy, the partners have now teamed up again for the overhaul and modernization of the Indian submarine INS Shankush. 

INS Shankush is the second submarine in a series of four HDW Class 209 Type 1500 boats that are all still in service today.

The submarines were built and delivered for the Indian Navy in the 1980s as part of a German-Indian cooperation.

After seeing service for decades, INS Shankush is now due for a planned extension of its operational capability.

Over the next three years, INS Shankush will be modernized in close partnership with the state-owned shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders.

The refit is planned to be completed by 2026 and the total cost associated is Rs 2,725 Crores (US$340 million).

Further, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will be responsible for supplying material packages of selected systems, equipment and components as well as for on-site technical support and pressure hull inspection.

MDL will act as general contractor up till on-time delivery of the submarine.

Drawing on many years of experience, knowledge and expertise, both companies have already cooperated in the implementation of major projects in India.

Noteworthy, the business relationship between Mazagon and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems started back in the 1980s when the latter joined hands with the Indian Navy and MDL for the construction of four diesel-electric submarines.

The first two boats were built in Germany, whereas boats three and four were constructed at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders shipyard in India.

With the Medium Refit Cum Life Certification (MRLC) of the first boat INS Shishumar signed in 2018, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and MDL had already extended the service life of one of the four Indian submarines for another ten years.

The modernization of INS Shishumar will be completed after sea trials this year.

The signing of this contract for the second Indian submarine INS Shankush has once again demonstrated the expertise and competence of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ Services business unit in the submarine field.

About thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading naval companies with almost 7,500 employees.

The company is active as a systems supplier for submarines and naval surface vessels as well as for maritime electronics and security technologies.

Around 3,100 people work at the Kiel site, making it the largest shipyard location in Germany.

185 years of history and the constant striving for improvement allow the company to set new standards time and time again.

To be noted, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers its customers worldwide tailored solutions to meet the highly complex challenges of a changing world.

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