Ger­many’s Thyssenkrupp Keen to Build Sub­marines for In­dia Un­der Project 75i

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NEW DELHI. Ger­man con­glom­er­ate Thyssenkrupp is keen to build its Type 214 sub­marines for the Navy un­der the Project 75i or P75i, which seeks to build six new-gen­er­a­tion diesel elec­tric sub­marines as and when the De­fence Min­istry calls in the bids. Thyssenkrupp Group’s marine sys­tems di­vi­sion will be bid­ding for the $8 bil­lion project.

“We are very keen to of­fer our HDW Class 214 sub­marines for the Navy. We will be bid­ding for the P75i, hav­ing al­ready de­liv­ered four non-nu­clear sub­marines to the Navy in the late 1980s and early 1990s,” Thyssenkrupp In­dia Manag­ing Direc­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ravi Kir­palani told re­porters.

Kir­palani joined the re­gional head­quar­ters of Thyssenkrupp In­dia as MD and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in March 2016 af­ter spend­ing over 16 years at lubes ma­jor Cas­trol In­dia.

While the cur­rent Scor­pene class of sub­marines are be­ing built at the Maza­gaon Docks in Mum­bai, no de­ci­sion has been taken where the more ad­vanced diesel elec­tric sub­marines will be built, un­der the P75i project. When asked whether his com­pany is com­fort­able work­ing with a lo­cal part­ner, Kir­palani said, “We will be happy to col­lab­o­rate with any lo­cal part­ner to build the sub­marines,” adding the bid­ding con­di­tions make it manda­tory.

Thyssenkrupp Marine Sys­tems is one of the lead­ing sys­tem providers for non-nu­clear sub­marines and high-end naval ves­sels across the globe. It stands for marine com­pe­tence, in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and com­pre­hen­sive and re­li­able ser­vice.

P75I is an ex­ten­sion of the on­go­ing Pro­ject75 where the French de­fence ma­jor DCNS is the tech­nol­ogy col­lab­o­ra­tor and is build­ing six Scor­pene class of sub­marines at the Maza­gaon Docks, while the P75i, wherein ‘i’ stands for In­dia, is aimed at build­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of more ad­vanced class of diesel elec­tric non­nuke sub­marines.

Pro­ject75 was orig­i­nally con­ceived in the early 1990s un­der the 30year sub­ma­rine build­ing pro­gramme and was cleared in 1999. The first project was the P75, un­der which six Scor­pene sub­marines are be­ing built in Mum­bai with col­lab­o­ra­tion of French ma­jor DCNS. The Project 75i was first an­nounced in 2010 un­der which the win­ning bid­der will have to en­ter into a tri­par­tite agree­ment with one of the govern­ment-run docks, a lo­cal pri­vate part­ner.

Since noth­ing pro­gressed, the Modi govern­ment last De­cem­ber ex­pe­dited the move and de­cided to call for RFQs. It has also in June 2016 al­lowed 100 per cent FDI in de­fence pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing sub­ma­rine build­ing. But the P75i is out of this.

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