- The defence ministry has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) to shortlist Indian strategic partners for the construction of six conventional submarines under Project 75 (I).
- Leading international submarine manufacturers interested in the project will work with an Indian Strategic Partner, which will construct six conventional submarines in India.
- This is the second project being undertaken under the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model. Previously, the government had cleared the procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) under the SP Model.
- In 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the Strategic Partnership model for the Indian private sector. The concept of the model was first suggested by the Dhirendra Singh Committee in 2015.
- The strategic partnership model seeks to identify a few Indian private companies as Strategic Partners who would initially tie up with a few shortlisted foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture defence platforms and equipment.
- Four segments have been identified for acquisition under Strategic Partnership (SP) route: a) Fighter Aircraft, b) Helicopters, c) Submarines and d) Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) / Main Battle Tanks (MBTs).
- Project 75 (I) is a step towards opening a second production line for diesel electric submarines in India. The first was French designed Scorpene class submarines being constructed at Mazagon docks in Mumbai under Project-75. The first Scorpene class submarine, INS Kalvari, was commissioned into the navy in December 2017
- In 1999, the Cabinet Committee on Security had approved a ‘30-Year Plan for Indigenous Submarine Construction’, which was to develop two production lines on which six submarines each viz. a) Project 75 and b) Project 75 (I).
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