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India issues RfP in international submarine hunt

21st July 2021 - 01:22 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Indian Navy needs new Project 75I submarines to replace ageing ones such as the Sindhughosh class. (Diego Quevedo Carmona, Wikimedia)

India has issued an RfP to selected contenders for its conventional submarine acquisition, but a long and winding road lies ahead.

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) previously greenlighted the issuing of an RfP for six Project 75I conventional submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion (AIP), and that tender was duly issued on 20 July.

The programme is expected to cost INR430 billion ($5.9 billion), and the boats will employ a foreign design, with domestic construction occurring under the Strategic Partnership model.

A statement issued by the MoD revealed five foreign shipbuilders are in the frame after a 2019 expression of interest exercise. They are: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME, with the KSS-III), Navantia (S-80), Naval Group (Scorpene), Rubin

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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