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Govt initiates Rs. 45k-cr programme for building 6 submarines under Project 75-I

Govt initiates Rs. 45k-cr programme for building 6 submarines under Project 75-I

Indian government on 20 June initiated the process for opening a second production line for advanced submarines for the Indian Navy under its signature “Make in India" programme.

According to a statement from the Indian Navy, as part of Project 75-I, leading international submarine manufacturers interested in the Rs. 45,000 crore project will need to work with an Indian Strategic Partner, which will construct six conventional submarines in India.

How Indian companies will be selected?

The Indian companies would be shortlisted based on their capability for integration of system of systems, expertise in shipbuilding domain and their financial strength.

Once Indian companies express interest, the government will proceed to its Request for Pricing (RFP) stage in the procurement process on the basis of which commercial bids will be examined.

The Indian Navy currently operates 14 conventionally powered submarines and is in the process of inducting five more.

The Navy also operates two nuclear ballistic missile submarines, both made in India, and a Russian-built nuclear powered fast attack submarine.

India's nuclear submarine arm is based in Visakhapatnam while the diesel electric submarines are primarily based both in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam.

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