Government launches formal tender for 6 submarines under strategic partnership model
A long-running Indian Navy project to build native submarines is finally about to kick off as the Defense Department has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for its mega-submarine program.
The tender was issued to Strategic Partners (SP) or Indian companies shortlisted for the project M / s Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and M / s Larsen & Tubro (L&T). The cost of the project is over Rs 40,000 crore, the defense ministry said.
This is the first acquisition program under the strategic partnership model for the construction of six conventional submarines named Project-75 (India).
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Last month, the decision to release the RFP was taken at a Defense Acquisition Board meeting chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on June 4.
The project had obtained authorization from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in 1999 and acceptance of necessity granted in 2007.
The project is part of the strategic partnership model where the two Indian companies will work with a foreign company and then present their offers.
The preselected strategic partners to which the call for tenders was launched would collaborate with one of the preselected foreign manufacturers – M / s Naval Group-France, M / s TKMS-Germany, M / s JSC ROE-Russia, M / s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd-South Korea and M / s Navantia-Spain.
“These five foreign companies are the world leaders in the field of design, construction and all other technologies of conventional submarines,” said the Ministry of Defense.
Foreign manufacturers will enable Indian strategic partners to build submarines, achieve high levels of indigenization and technology transfer (ToT). They would enable the establishment of dedicated manufacturing lines for these submarines in India by providing a ToT for the design of submarines and other technologies and would make India the global hub for design and manufacture. production of submarines.
The project would not only help boost the core submarine or shipbuilding industry, but would also significantly improve the manufacturing or industrial sector, especially MSMEs, by developing an industrial ecosystem for the manufacture of spare parts, systems and associated equipment related to submarines.
In order to achieve these objectives, the RFP has key characteristics such as the mandatory level of indigenous manufacturing of platforms, the ToT for the design, manufacture and maintenance of submarines and some critical equipment and systems, the setting in place of an ecosystem in India for such indigenization and incentive to other key technologies.
The strategic partnership model aims to promote India as a hub for defense equipment manufacturing, in addition to establishing an industrial and R&D ecosystem capable of meeting the future needs of the armed forces in addition to stimulating the exports.
“The overall objective would be to gradually build local capacities in the public-private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for the future needs of the armed forces. This will be an important step towards achieving broader national goals, promoting self-reliance and aligning the defense sector with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, ”the defense ministry said.
The Indian Navy currently has 12 submarines. In addition, there are two nuclear submarines INS Arihant and INS Chakra in the Indian Navy fleet.
Modernizing its submarine operations and naval fleet has been the top priority of the Indian Navy following the increased presence of Chinese ships in the Indian Ocean region.
As part of Project-75, another submarine program, three of the six superior and advanced native submarines based on the Scorpene-class category are now operational. These are INS Karanj, INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi.
While the INS Vela is undergoing sea trials, the INS Vagir was launched last year and the sixth, INS Vagsheer, is under construction.
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