French defense manufacturer, the naval group withdraws from the Indian project 75
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France, the country’s main defense builder, Naval Group withdrew from India’s Project 75, an ambitious project to build diesel-electric submarines for its navy. The Naval Group cited the requirements of the request for proposals (RFP) as the cause for the withdrawal of the project. The Indian Navy received an order for six submarines from the Ministry of Defense in July last year. This project, called Project 75 (India), is estimated at Rs 43,000 crore.
“Naval Group has always been ready to offer best in class and suitable solution for the Indian Navy’s P75(I) project, being fully in line with the AatmaNirbhar Bharat principle. However, this tender requires that the AIP of the fuel cell is tested at sea, which is not the case because the French Navy does not use such a propulsion system”, declared Laurent Videau, Country and Managing Director, Naval Group India.
The tender for Project 75 has been sent to five major companies around the world, including Naval Group-DCNS in France, Rosoboronexport in Russia, Thyssenkrupp in Germany, Navantia in Spain and Daewoo in South Korea (I) . These five firms had to choose between two Indian companies to build these six submarines in India: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T). It should be noted that the three European and Russian companies have since withdrawn from the project.
As part of Project 75, INS Kalvari, India’s first indigenous submarine, was launched in October 2015 and commissioned in December 2017, after a five-year delay. The second, INS Khanderi, was launched for sea trials in January 2017 and commissioned in September 2019. The third is INS Karanj which was commissioned in 2021. The fourth submarine, INS Vela, was launched in May three years ago and was inducted into the Indian Navy. While the fifth submarine, INS Vagir, was launched in November 2020.