Defence Ministry Issues Formal Tender For Mega Submarine Programme: Report
The Defence Ministry on Tuesday issued the request for proposal (RFP) or the formal tender to domestically construct six standard submarines for the navy at a value of over Rs 40,000 crore, over a month after the mega acquisition undertaking was cleared.
It would be the first undertaking to be applied below the strategic partnership (SP) mannequin that enables home corporations to collaborate with overseas gamers to supply high-end army platforms in India.
The RFP was issued to the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the 2 Indian corporations shortlisted following a long-drawn course of, in accordance with the defence ministry.
Both L&T and MDL should collaborate with one of many 5 already short-listed overseas shipyards — Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval Group (France) and JSC ROE(Russia).
“These five foreign firms are the world leaders in the field of conventional submarine design, construction and all other related technologies. The foreign OEMs (original equipment maker) will be the technology partner in the SP model,” the defence ministry mentioned.
“Foreign OEMs will enable SP for construction of submarines, achieving high levels of indigenization, and transfer of technology (ToT),” it mentioned in an announcement.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) final month accepted the issuance of the request for proposal (RFP) for the acquisition programme named Project-75(I).
The ministry mentioned the OEMs would allow the establishing of devoted manufacturing traces for the submarines in India by offering ToT for submarine design and different applied sciences and make India the worldwide hub for submarine design and manufacturing.
“The project would not only aid in boosting the core submarine, shipbuilding industry but would also greatly enhance manufacturing/industrial sector, especially the MSME by the development of an industrial ecosystem for the manufacture of associated spares, systems and equipment related to submarines,” the ministry mentioned.
In order to realize these targets, the RFP has key options like obligatory stage of indigenous manufacture of platforms, ToT for design, manufacture and upkeep of submarines and some crucial gear and programs.
Under the strategic partnership mannequin, home defence producers are allowed to hitch arms with main overseas defence majors to supply high-end army platforms to cut back import dependence.
The Indian Navy deliberate to amass 24 new submarines, together with six nuclear assault submarines, to bolster its underwater preventing functionality below a 30-year programme that may finish in 2030.
It at the moment has 15 standard submarines and two nuclear submarines.
The Navy has been specializing in considerably bolstering its general capabilities in view of China’s rising efforts to extend its army presence within the Indian Ocean Region.
The Indian Ocean, thought-about the yard of the Indian Navy, is crucial to the nation’s strategic pursuits.
According to international naval analysts, the Chinese navy at the moment has over 50 submarines and about 350 ships. The complete variety of ships and submarines is projected to go previous 500 within the subsequent 8-10 years.
The Indian Navy can also be within the means of procuring 57 carrier-borne fighter jets, 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and 123 multi-role helicopters below the strategic partnership mannequin.
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