As a major initiative towards ‘Make in India’, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), on Wednesday, issued Request of Proposal (RFP) for the first acquisition programme under the Strategic Partnership Model to construct six Air Independent Propulsion (AIP)-fitted conventional submarines named Project 75 (India) [P-75(I)] for the Indian Navy.
The RFP was issued to shortlisted Strategic Partners (SPs) or Indian Applicant Companies for the project – Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Tubro (L&T). The project cost is over ₹40,000 crore, said the MoD in a statement.
The project will not only aid in boosting the core submarine/ ship building industry, but also greatly enhance manufacturing/ industrial sector, especially the MSMEs, by the development of an industrial eco-system for manufacture of associated spares/systems/equipment related to submarines.
RFP key features
In order to achieve these objectives, the RFP has key features such as mandatory level of indigenous manufacture of platforms, ToT for design/ manufacture/ maintenance of submarines and a few critical equipment and systems, setting up of an eco-system in India for such indigenisation and incentivisation for other key technologies, it said.
The overall aim would be to progressively build indigenous capabilities in the public/ private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for the future needs of the Armed Forces.