Defence

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

The Narendra Modi government is pushing for two major Make in India projects — six conventional submarines for Navy, and AK 203 rifles factory — to get them off the ground over the next few months, ThePrint has learnt.

The awaited tender for 114 fighter jets could, however, take time, said sources in the defence establishment.

Tenders for the Naval Utility Helicopters and the Kamov deal are among the other projects on the anvil, said the sources. Last week, the government had released a new negative import list for defence systems.

The two chosen projects
Sources said the tender for the six conventional submarines with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system will be issued “soon”. The state-run MDL and the private player L&T are the frontrunners for this mega project, P75I.

The procurement of these six diesel-electric submarines also features in the negative import list.

The India-Russia joint project for the manufacture of the AK 203 rifles is the other project that is likely to get a push. This could be firmed up before the expected summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, said the sources.

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