- India has finally done MOTHER OF UNDERWATER DEFENCE DEAL!
India has finally head started to its “mother of underwater defence deals” after such a long and unwanted 10-year delay, coordinating with France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Japan which are agreed to build six advanced stealth submarines for an estimated Rs 70,000 crore ($10.9 billion) with the help of an Indian shipyard.
This conventional submarine programme called Project-75 (India),indulging in the politico-bureaucratic negotiations, files and committees since it got the government’s acceptance back in November 2007, which will be the first mega project under the new “strategic partnership” policy finalized by the defence ministry in May.
Best companies from different countries with the help of Indian Navy will collaborate for this project-
The six shipbuilders, Naval Group-DCNS (France), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau (Russia), Navantia (Spain), Saab (Sweden) and the Mitsubishi-Kawasaki Heavy Industries combine (Japan), have to first respond to the RFI (request for information) issued to them last week by September 15.
The Navy will then formulate the NSQRs (naval staff qualitative requirements) before the formal RFP (request for proposal) is issued to the six for submitting their technical and commercial bids for the evaluation.
This project will make Indian Navy defence much better and India will be best advanced 10 years before!
“It may take around two years for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-Indian shipyard combine to be down-selected. Moreover, the first new submarine will roll out only seven to eight years after the final contract is inked. But the aim is to fast-track the entire process,” said a defence ministry official.
“The stress will be on transfer of technology from the OEM and indigenization. The submarines, to be built with indigenous steel, should also be less maintenance-intensive to ensure a better operational cycle with minimal downtime,” said the official.As per approved plans, the Navy should have 18 diesel-electric submarines as well as six nuclear-powered attack submarines (called SSNs) and four nuclear-powered submarines with long-range nuclear-tipped missiles (SSBNs) for effective deterrence against China