The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) gave the Indian Navy the go-ahead Friday to pick out an Indian strategic associate firm which, in collaboration with a international Unique Gear Producer (OEM), will construct six typical attack submarines within the nation.(*6*)
Challenge 75 India or P75I would be the first below the strategic partnership mannequin, promulgated in 2017 to spice up indigenous defence manufacturing. The primary submarine constructed below the undertaking is prone to be delivered by 2030.(*6*)
Two Indian firms shortlisted as strategic companions, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Restricted (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro, should reply, in partnership with one of the 5 OEMs, to the Request for Proposal (RFP).(*6*)
The 5 OEMs are Rosoboronexport (ROE) of Russia, ThyssenKrupp of Germany, Naval Group of France, Navantia of Spain and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of South Korea. These firms have been shortlisted by an empowered committee final yr.(*6*)
The undertaking had been authorized in 2007, however remained on the backburner till 2019 when, in February that yr, the federal government authorized the Acceptance of Necessity.(*6*)
In a press release, the Ministry of Defence stated the DAC, at a gathering chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, “authorized challenge of RFP for building of six Standard Submarines below Challenge P 75 (I) below the Strategic Partnership (SP) Mannequin”.(*6*)
“This undertaking envisages indigenous building of six typical submarines outfitted with the state-of-the-art Air Impartial Propulsion system at an estimated value of Rs 43,000 crore. This can be a landmark approval, being the primary case processed below the Strategic Partnership mannequin. This could be one of the biggest ‘Make in India’ initiatives and can serve to facilitate quicker and extra vital absorption of know-how and create a tiered industrial ecosystem for submarine building in India. From a strategic perspective, it will assist cut back present dependence on imports and progressively guarantee larger self-reliance and dependability of provides from indigenous sources,” it stated.(*6*)
Sources within the defence institution stated the RFP is prone to be floated in a month. Every strategic associate can select just one OEM. As soon as the responses are obtained, there shall be technical analysis, after which a industrial bid.(*6*)
The DAC nod for six typical submarines got here on the day INS Chakra, leased from Russia and one of India’s two nuclear submarines, was noticed off Singapore, reportedly on its method again to Russia — the 10-year lease time period is ending quickly.(*6*)
India has just one nuclear submarine, INS Arihant, in the intervening time. The INS Arighat, additionally a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, is to be commissioned quickly.(*6*)
In a report in March 2020, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence stated “there are 15 typical submarines and two Nuclear Submarines” within the Indian Navy and “majority of the standard submarines are over 25 years outdated”.
The Cupboard Committee on Safety, in June 1999, had authorized a 30-year submarine-building plan which included building of 24 typical submarines indigenously by 2030.(*6*)
P75I succeeds the P75 below which six diesel-electric attack submarines of the Kalvari class, primarily based on the Scorpene class, have been being constructed at MDL – the third submarine, INS Karanj, was commissioned in March this yr.(*6*)
Of the entire 24 submarines to be inbuilt India, six shall be nuclear-powered.
The DAC, the Ministry assertion stated, additionally authorized procurement of air defence weapons for the Military at round Rs 6000 crore. It stated there was a “lengthy pending want of the Indian Military for modernisation of its Air Defence weapons” procured from international sources earlier. The DAC has given approval below the Purchase & Make (Indian) class.(*6*)