India is promoting the indigenous construction of various equipment, submarines and other missiles under its “Make in India” scheme, following which a request for proposal (RFP)was issued by the Defence Ministry on Tuesday which presented a formal tender for the domestic construction of six conventional submarines, worth around 50,000 crore INR.
This project will be for the Indian Navy and will take a month once the mega acquisition project is cleared.
This project stands out to be a maiden effort set to gear in action under the strategic partnership (SP) model. This allows alliance between the domestic firms and foreign players for the production of flawless high-end Indian military platforms.
The defense ministry mentioned that after a complex lengthy process, they were convinced to shortlist the two Indian companies, the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), to be awarded with the RFP. These two companies will have to align themselves with the five previously short-listed foreign shipyards- Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain), Naval Group (France) and JSC ROE (Russia).
These foreign firms lead the globe in the field of designing of conventional submarine, their construction along with the other relevant technologies. The technology partners for the SP model will be these foreign original equipment makers (OEMs).
“Foreign OEMs will enable SP for construction of submarines, achieving high level of indigenization, and transfer of technology (ToT),” the defence ministry said.
Last month, issuance of the request for proposal (RFP) for the acquisition programme called Project-75(I) was sanctioned by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).
This very project will greatly enhance the manufacturing or industrial sectors, mainly the MSME with the industrial ecosystem development which will assist in the production of spare parts, systems and other equipment related to submarines. It will boost the shipbuilding industry and the core submarine industry significantly.
The submarines will be properly furnished with heavy duty firepower which will allow the boats to have access at least a dozen of Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM) and Anti-Ship cruise missiles (ASCM).
The plan of Indian Navy is to maximize its ability of underwater combat within a period of three decades under a programme which will finish in 2030, with the procurement of a couple of dozens of new submarines, which include half a dozen of nuclear attack submarines. Presently, the Indian Navy possesses 15 conventional submarines and a couple of nuclear submarines.