The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service's fast-attack craft.
IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma told Jane's on 7 February that four of these systems, which he described as "mine countermeasure clip-on influence sweeps", are expected to be delivered in 2021, with the remaining four scheduled to be handed more than 12 months later. The move follows the IN's acquisition of 16 similar systems that were inducted from 2012.
The supplementary systems are being procured to mitigate critical operational gaps in the IN following extended delays in procuring mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), said Capt Sharma.
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