India is set to launch the bidding process by next month for an ambitious Rs 55,000 crore ($ 7,536,826.00) project to build six native submarines for the Indian Navy in order to narrow the gap with China’s growing naval capabilities, government sources said on August 30, 2020.
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An artistic representation of the Indian Navy Project 75I submarine. (Image source: Indian Navy)
The submarines will be built in India as part of the Navy’s P75I program and guided by the Ministry of Defense’s strategic partnership model, which aims to build local capacity to reduce dependence on imports, said a senior ministry official.
The tender for the project, which is billed as one of the biggest “Make in India” companies, will be published by October and the Defense Ministry has already shortlisted two Indian shipyards, the L&T Group and the state-owned Mazagaon Docks Ltd (MDL), and five foreign defense majors for the project, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval Group (France) are foreign partners.
The diesel-electric / air independent propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Scorpene P75I class are based on the Scorpene class submarines, which were designed by the French shipbuilding company DCNS in partnership with the Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia.
The P75I Scorpene-class submarines are armed with six torpedo tubes, 18 heavy weapons, MBDA SM-39 Exocet anti-ship missiles with tube launcher and precision guided weapons. Weapons are carried in weapon launch tubes and can be easily reloaded at sea.