Thyssenkrupp con­tract with In­dia for Har­poons on SSK sub­marines


Strength­en­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and Ger­many, Thyssenkrupp Ma­rine Sys­tems has signed a key con­tract worth 35 mil­lion Eu­ros (ap­prox. ` 250 bil­lion) for the up­grade of In­dian Navy’s two Shishu­mar class sub­marines to fire Har­poon anti-sub­ma­rine counter mea­sure mis­siles. The retro­fit of the new weapon suite will be car­ried out in two of the four SSK sub­marines (INS Shishu­mar, Shankush, Shalki and Shankul) at the Naval Dock­yard in Mum­bai and is backed by a train­ing pack­age to sup­port and op­er­ate the sys­tem.

Dr Gur­nad Sodhi, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Thyssenkrupp Ma­rine Sys­tems’ op­er­a­tions in In­dia, said, “It is a key mile­stone in our long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to­wards In­dia. We have the ca­pac­ity to in­te­grate any weapon sys­tem that is se­lected by the In­dian Navy onto our sub­marines. We have suc­cess­fully car­ried out such in­te­gra­tion on sim­i­lar boats for other navies across the world. We are happy to take on this project to now in­te­grate the har­poon mis­siles in two of the four SSK sub­marines.”

Dr Sodhi said that Thyssenkrupp is also ready to in­te­grate any weapon sys­tem, in­clud­ing BrahMos onto the lat­est 214 class Sub­marines for the up­com­ing project P-75(I) project. “We fully sup­port the ‘Make and Made in In­dia’ pol­icy which would en­com­pass in­ter-alia trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy (ToT), train­ing and meet­ing all off­set obli­ga­tions. We are await­ing the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on the Strate­gic Part­ner chap­ter of the new DPP 2016, af­ter which we will be­gin our ne­go­ti­a­tions with an In­dian ship­yard for the P-75(I)”, he added.

Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the In­dian Navy and Thyssenkrupp dates backs to more than three decades. The ex­ist­ing HDW class 209/1500 sub­marines have been per­form­ing well, with­out any in­her­ent prob­lems; and the In­dian Navy has been sat­is­fied with their per­for­mance, de­spite their vin­tage. The Ger­man sub­ma­rine man­u­fac­turer has been pro­vid­ing full, un­in­ter­rupted lo­gis­tics sup­port to the In­dian Navy for the same, in terms of spares and com­po­nents for these boats.

HDW class 209/1500 sub­ma­rine for the In­dian Navy un­der­go­ing sea tri­als

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