Today, the Ministry of Defence issued a Request of Proposal (RFP) for the first acquisition program under the Strategic Partnership Model for the construction of six AIP fitted Conventional Submarines named Project 75 (India). The project costing over Rs. 40,000 crore, aims to enhance the industrial sector especially the MSME by developing an industrial eco-system for the manufacture of associated systems related to submarines.
To achieve the objectives, the RFP has key features like mandatory level of indigenous manufacture of platforms, ToT for design, maintenance of submarines, and many more. Moreover, the overall objective will be to progressively build indigenous capabilities in the public and private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for the future needs of the Armed Forces. The officials added that the step will help to achieve an important step towards meeting broader national objectives, ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’.
Project-75(I) envisages indigenous construction of six modern conventional submarines with contemporary equipment, weapons, and sensors including Fuel-Cell based AIP (Air Independent Propulsion Plant), advanced torpedoes, modern missiles, and state of the art countermeasure systems. “In addition to bringing the latest submarine design and technologies, it will also boost the indigenous design and construction capability of submarines in India,” an official added.
Furthermore, post receipt of responses to the Expression of Interest (EoI), shortlisting of potential Strategic Partners (SPs) and Foreign OEMs was undertaken. The shortlisted SPs to whom the RFP has been issued would be collaborating with any of the shortlisted Foreign OEMs. The foreign OEMs will be the technology partner in the SP Model.