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France-based shipbuilding giant DCNS, SA has inked a deal with India’s largest shipbuilding firm Pipavav exclusively to focus on transferring European know-how and technologies in naval shipbuilding to India.
The move is expected to improve India’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities to produce world-class submarines and surface warships.
The project is also expected to benefit ongoing construction of India’s P75 Scorpene submarines.
“Through the P75 Scorpene submarines, the ongoing indigenization program and DCNS India, we are working to enlarge our footprint in India,” said Patrick Boissier, DCNS’s chairman and chief executive in a statement.
The partnership appears likely to influence the strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific region in light of tensions created by China as well as the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia-Pacific.
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