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Defence Ministry Issues Rs 50,000-Crore Tender to Build Six Submarines

The two Indian companies identified as the strategic partner would now select one partner each from the five global original equipment manufacturers.

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Picture used for representational purposes only. (Source: Indian Navy)

New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence on Tuesday issued a tender expected to be worth around Rs 50,000 crores for building six conventional submarines under Project-75 India.

“The tender has been issued today for the construction of the six conventional diesel-electric submarines within the country. The tender has been issued to the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and Larsen and Toubro,” Defence sources told ANI.

According to ANI sources, the two Indian companies identified as the strategic partner would now select one partner each from the five global original equipment manufacturers including firms from France, Germany, Russia, South Korea and Spain, they added.

Clearance for issuing the tender or the request for proposal (RFP) was given in a meeting of the defence acquisition council chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on June 4.

Project 75 (I), approved in 2007, is a part of the Indian Navy’s 30-year plan to construct indigenous submarines. The plan was designed to serve two major purposes, first, to reduce current dependence on imports and gradually ensure greater self-reliance and dependability of supplies from indigenous sources. Second, to provide check and balance to China’s increasing nuclear arsenal in and around the country.

Under Project 75-India, the Navy will build six conventional diesel-electric submarines that would be bigger than the under-construction Scorpene-class submarines being built at the Mazagon Dockyards Limited in Mumbai.

The submarines would be equipped with heavy-duty firepower so that the boats will have at least 12 Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM) along with Anti-Ship cruise missiles (ASCM).

The project is being carried out under the strategic partnership model which aims at promoting India as a manufacturing hub for defence equipment, in addition to establishing an industrial and R&D eco-system capable of meeting the future requirements of the Armed Forces besides giving a boost to exports.

Last year, the fifth Scorpene submarine of Project-75 named ‘Vagir’ was launched at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on November 12, 2020.

Notably, Scorpene submarines can undertake multifarious types of missions i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, Intelligence gathering, Mine Laying, Area Surveillance etc. The Submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of operation, showcasing interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force.

(With inputs from ANI)