NEW DELHI ;
The RFP at a cost of over Rs 40,000 crore was issued to the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
THE Defence Ministry on Tuesday issued the request for proposal (RFP) or the formal tender to build domestically six conventional submarines for the Navy at a cost of over Rs 40,000 crore, over a month after the mega acquisition project was cleared. It will be the first project to be implemented under the strategic partnership (SP) model that allows domestic firms to collaborate with foreign players to produce high-end military platforms in India. The RFP was issued to the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the two Indian companies shortlisted following a long-drawn process, according to the Defence Ministry. Both L&T and MDL will have to collaborate with one of the five already short-listed foreign shipyards -- Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval Group (France) and JSC ROE(Russia). “These five foreign firms are the world leaders in the field of conventional submarine design, construction and all other related technologies.
The foreign OEMs (original equipment maker) will be the technology partner in the SP model,” the defence ministry said. “Foreign OEMs will enable SP for construction of submarines, achieving high levels of indigenisation, and transfer of technology (ToT),” it said in a statement. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) last month approved the issuance of the request for proposal (RFP) for the acquisition programme named Project-75(I). The Ministry said the OEMs would enable the setting up of dedicated manufacturing lines for the submarines in India by providing ToT for submarine design and other technologies and make India the global hub for submarine design and production. Under the strategic partnership model, domestic defence manufacturers are allowed to join hands with leading foreign defence majors to produce high-end military platforms to reduce import dependence. The Indian Navy planned to acquire 24 new submarines, including six nuclear attack submarines, to bolster its underwater fighting capability under a 30-year programme that will end in 2030.