De­layed Project 75 In­dia sub­ma­rine ten­der out soon

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Al­ready con­strained with dwin­dling sub­ma­rine num­bers and avail­abil­ity – and fac­ing sys­temic de­lays in the in­ti­ti­a­tion of the ` 50,000 crore Project 75 ‘In­dia’ for six brand new diesel-elec­tric at­tack sub­marines fit­ted with air-in­de­pen­dent propul­sion, to be built mostly in coun­try, the MoD is fi­nally ready to float the elu­sive ten­der, nearly two years af­ter the RFI was is­sued in Septem­ber 2010. The plat­forms likely to com­pete for the line, which will in­volve two sub­marines built at OEM ship­yards, and four in coun­try, in­clude the Rubin De­sign Bureau Amur 1650, Ger­man HDW Class 214, Span­ish Na­van­tia S-80, French DCNS Scor­pene and the Swedish Kock­ums A26. With the ex­ist­ing Scor­pene line at the Mazagon Dock Ltd run­ning slightly be­hind sched­ule, the Navy is un­der pres­sure to get the RFP as soon as pos­si­ble. While out­go­ing Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma played down the de­lays in float­ing the ten­der, it is un­der­stood that sev­eral modal­i­ties over con­fig­u­ra­tion took vast amounts of time, cre­at­ing de­lays be­tween the RFI and RFP process.

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