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DAC approves procurement of six subs for Rs 45,000 crore; Still a long way to go!

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Final 12 months, the MoD was anticipated to subject the RFP for six submarines. (Representational picture)

On Friday, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) put its stamp of approval for the procurement of six submarines below Challenge-75I (Strategic Partnership route) value over ₹45,000 cr. Monetary Specific On-line has earlier reported that two Indian corporations and 5 international OEMs (Unique Tools Producer) have already been shortlisted.

“Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go. In an everyday procurement course of, it takes round 3-4 years to clear varied levels. On this case, there is no such thing as a readability on how a lot time it is going to take,” says a senior officer.

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What’s Challenge 75 (I)?

That is strategically important naval programmes, being undertaken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) throughout the new decade. One other vital side about this challenge is that it’s according to the federal government’s Strategic Partnership (SP) Mannequin.

Additionally, below the SP, that is the second challenge to be processed and the submarines are going to be inbuilt India by way of the Switch of Know-how (ToT) by the OEMs.

Why the SP Mannequin?

This mannequin is being adopted for such crucial programmes to make sure the constructing capability of the Indian Business which based on mannequin will assist in native manufacturing of main platforms.

Delay within the issuance of RFP

Final 12 months, the MoD was anticipated to subject the RFP for six submarines. Nonetheless, it obtained delayed on account of a number of causes together with some authorized and technical points that wanted extra readability.

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As reported earlier, there will likely be two units of RFPs that will likely be issued: The 2 shortlisted Strategic Companions (SP) – Mumbai primarily based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) will get.

Concurrently, issuance of RFPs to the OEMs by the SP.

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In response to officers, Challenge 75 (I) is a part of the Indian Navy’s 30 12 months Plan for indigenous submarine development. This programme had acquired its approval by the Cupboard Committee on Safety in 1999.

The choice was taken to assist in creating two simultaneous submarine manufacturing traces the place six submarines may very well be constructed at a time, and in collaboration with the OEMs. The concept was that such a step will assist in streamlining the submarine acquisition course of.


To assist keep a power degree of 20 trendy submarines in service.

Who’re the SPs and OEMS for Challenge 75 (I)?

Two Strategic Companions have already been down chosen: M/s MDL and L&T.

5 OEMs :

The Naval Group of France, which is already constructing the `Scorpene’ submarine below Challenge-75.

Navantia of Spain which has provided S-80 (Issac Peral class);

TKMS of Germany — Kind 218 (Invincible Class);

Rosoboronexport of Russia has provided the Amur class submarine.

In response to studies, South Korean firm Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in response to an EoI had pitched the KSS-3 submarine earlier.

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