India launches tender for the construction of six P-75I submarines for the Indian Navy
The Indian Ministry of Defense issued the call for tenders (RFP) on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, for the production of six locally manufactured conventional submarines in collaboration with local and foreign defense industries, for the program, called P-75 (I) India.
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INS Karanj – The third Kalvari-class submarine entered service at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, in March 2021. (Image source Indian Navy)
As part of the P-75 program, the Indian Navy intends to acquire six diesel-electric submarines, which will also feature advanced air-independent propulsion systems to allow them to stay submerged longer and to significantly increase their operational reach.
Project-75 (I) envisions the native construction of six modern conventional submarines (including associated shore support, technical support package, training and spares package) with equipment, weapons and contemporary sensors, including the AIP (Air Independent Propulsion Plant) torpedoes, modern missiles and advanced countermeasures systems. This would give a major boost to the indigenous submarine design and construction capability in India, in addition to incorporating the latest technology and submarine designs as part of the project.
The tender was sent to Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the two Indian companies shortlisted after a long process, according to the Indian Ministry of Defense.
L&T and MDL will have to collaborate with one of the five foreign shipyards already shortlisted – Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval Group (France) and JSC ROE (Russia).
Currently, the Indian Navy has a total of 16 submarines, including one Arihant-class nuclear launcher submarine, four Shishumar-class diesel-electric attack submarines, three diesel attack submarines. -Kalvari-class electrics based on the French Scorpene-class submarine and eight Russian-made Sindhughosh-class Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines.