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Scorpene Basic  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 14
Unitary Cost: USD$250 million
Also Known As: Kalvari, Perdana Menteri, Project 75 P-75, S-BR and Scorpene 2000
Origin: France
Corporations: Armaris*, Mazagon Dock Limited (Indian Navy boats), Naval Group, Navantia and Odebrecht   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Scorpene
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 18
Total Cost: USD$3.5 billion
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Description: The modular Scorpene-class submarines feature reduced acoustic emissions for stealth, integrated weapon system to achieve improved performance over previous generations, and automated systems to reduce the crew requested to operate the vessel. The Mesma Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system, provided to the Scorpene submarines, extends the submerged endurance 3 to 4 times. Chile and Malaysia (Scorpene 2000) have ordered two Scorpene submarines each. The Malaysian Scorpenes will be delivered in 2009, and the Chilean in 2005 and 2007. O'Higgins class is the Chilean designation for the Scorpene-class submarines. India and Spain could be the next export customers for the Scorpene submarine with 6+6 and 3 vessels expected respectively. As of 2004, Spain signed up for four firm boats to be built by IZAR, now Navantia.

Each Scorpene Basic submarine features six 533mm bow located torpedo tubes with 18 weapons between torpedoes, mines (up to 30) and missiles. The Scorpene's torpedo tubes are compatible with F17, BlackShark and Mk48 torpedoes and Exocet missiles. These submarines can perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), reconnaissance and intelligence, mine laying and special operations missions. The Scorpene Basic has been designed to perform a wide range of missions from the littoral environment to the open sea. It features a diesel-electric propulsion system. Four Scorpene Basic Submarines have been ordered by Chile and Malaysia with two boats assigned to each country. The Malaysian Navy will commission its first boat by 2008.

On November 20, 2004, O'Higgins, the first submarine ordered by Chile, performed the launch of two torpedoes, SUT and BlackShark, for the first time while submerged during sea trials near Loirent, France. On 9 September 2005, DCN handed over the O'Higgins submarine to the Chilean Navy for commissioning during a ceremony held at Cherbourg, France. The second boat ordered by Chile in 1997, named Carrera, was undergoing trials at port by Navantia, formerly Bazan/IZAR, in Cartagena, Spain. O'Higgins is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2005. On 20 July 2006, Spanish shipyards Navantia delivered the Carrera submarine to the Chilean Navy in Cartagena, Spain.

On 12 September 2005, India selected DCN's Scorpene design to enhance its submarine fleet. Six submarines were scheduled to be built under a program expected to last over 12/15 years. Mazagon Dock Limited shipyards in Bombay will build all six boats with Armaris - a joint venture between DCN and Thales - providing the combat system and DCN acting as the lead contractor. Armaris, a Thales and DCN joint venture, signed with the Indian government the purchase agreement on six Scorpene submarines as well as the technology transfer contract to Bombay Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) at New Delhi, India, on 6 October 2005. DCN share was valued at 900 million Euros.

Scorpene Basic Specifications

Crew: 35
Number of Weapons: 18
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 6.20 meter (20.3 foot)
Draft: 5.40 meter (17.7 foot)
Length: 72 meter (236 foot)
Max Operating Depth: 300 meter
Top Speed Submerged: 20 knot (10.3 mps)
Top Speed Surfaced: 12 knot
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Displacement Submerged: 2,000 ton
Displacement Surfaced: 1,600 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Scorpene Basic News

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30 Nov 2004 and 14 Dec 2018
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Friday, December 14, 2018Brazilian Navy Launches its First Scorpene Submarine
Wednesday, October 17, 2018Indian Navy Gets Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle
Friday, December 15, 2017Indian Navy Commissions First Scorpene Class Submarine
Thursday, March 2, 2017Indian Navy Kalvari Submarine Successfully Fires SM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile
Monday, July 18, 2011Construction Begins in Brazil on First Scorpene Class Submarine
Friday, November 12, 2010DCNS and Navantia Achieve Agreement on Submarine Collaboration
Monday, October 25, 2010Sagem to Supply Air-Surface Detection Systems for Brazilian Scorpene Submarines
Thursday, May 27, 2010First Cut for First Boat of New Class of SSKs for Brazil
Tuesday, January 27, 2009DCNS Delivers Royal Malaysian Navy's First Scorpene Submarine
Tuesday, December 23, 2008DCNS and Odebrecht to Build Four Conventional Submarines and a Nuclear Sub for the Brazilian Navy

Operators & Related Equipment

Submarines scheduled to be commissioned beginning in 2015 under an agreement signed on December 23, 2008
Sep 20192
Dec 20171
May 20142

Grand Total 144
Defensive Weapons
Mark 48 ADCAPx18
Offensive Weapons
SM39 Exocet Block 2x18

Scorpene Basic Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
S40 Riachuelo14 Dec 20182020-
S-BR2 -2021-
S-BR3 -2022-
S-BR4 -2023-
O' Higgins-2005-
INS Kalvari9 Apr 201514 Dec 2017-
INS Khanderi12 Jan 201719 Sep 2019-
INS Karanj31 Jan 20182020-
INS Vela6 May 20192020-
SSK 5 -2021-
SSK 6 -2022-
KD Tunku Abdul Rahman23 Oct 200727 Jan 2009-
KD Tun Razak-5 Nov 2009-

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