India will become stronger in the sea, Navy is going to get 6 new submarines, Project-75i has gained momentum

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: The long-pending Project-75I has now gained some momentum. Under this project, the Indian Navy is to get 6 new submarines. These submarines will be equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), this system helps the submarine to stay underwater for a long time. At present, the Navy does not have any such submarine. While Pakistan has submarines with AIP, although they have become quite old. China is building 8 new submarines for Pakistan. Project-75I is to be done under the Strategic Partnership Model. Under this, the Navy had issued RFP to L&T and MDL. L&T is working in collaboration with German company TKMS and MDL is working with Spain's Navantia Company. Before this project, when Project-75 was started, even then the submarine was made in India, but the design was of a foreign company and the work was done in India itself. But under Project-75I, the foreign company will transfer technology, which will increase the capacity of the indigenous company and from then on they will be able to design and develop submarines on their own. L&T or MDL is to be selected under Project-75I.

Now how much time will this take?

Technical evaluation for the submarine has been done and field evaluation has also been done a few days ago. Now staff evaluation is to be done. According to an official, this will be done in 2-3 months. After which the report will go to the Ministry of Defense and then after the approval of the ministry, the Contract Negotiation Committee will look at it. After getting approval from there, the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security will be taken. When the contract is signed with a company, these submarines will start arriving after 3 to 4 years. Currently, the Navy has 16 conventional submarines. In which 5 are Kalvari class submarines and one more Kalvari class submarine will be available soon. Apart from this, all the submarines that the Navy has are more than 30 years old and the Navy has to replace them.

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