In the making for nearly 20 years, the development of six submarines fitted with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) that may give them the power to remain underwater for over two weeks is the primary acquisition venture underneath the Strategic Partnership (SP) mannequin of the federal government and is anticipated to usher in cutting-edge know-how.
The defence ministry has stated that the submarines might be fitted with “up to date tools, weapons and sensors together with a fuel-cell based mostly AIP (Air Independent Propulsion Plant), superior torpedoes, fashionable missiles and state-of-the-art countermeasure programs”.
“This would offer a significant increase to the indigenous design and building functionality of submarines in India, along with bringing within the newest submarine design and applied sciences as a part of the venture,” a press release by the ministry learn.
As reported by ET, the tender will now kick off a race for the choice of a overseas know-how companion by each bidders. While particulars are usually not totally recognized, a situation within the tender for a working AIP system that may be demonstrated on a submarine may doubtlessly rule out three of the 5 overseas companions shortlisted for the venture by the defence ministry.
The shortlisted overseas corporations are Naval Group-France, TKMS-Germany, JSC ROE-Russia, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd-South Korea and Navantia-Spain. These corporations “would allow establishing of devoted manufacturing traces for these submarines in India by offering switch of know-how for submarine design and different applied sciences and make India the worldwide hub for submarine design and manufacturing,” the ministry stated.
Earlier, specs shared by state-owned MDL with overseas corporations specified a functioning AIP system that has been examined and confirmed on an operational submarine. This would depart Germany and South Korea because the main contenders as they’ve demonstrable AIP know-how accessible.