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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

French industrial group ” Naval group ” has confirmed to media that it will be offering India brand new design of the next generation conventional submarine under India’s Project-75I Tender for Six new submarines and new submarine will not be based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A under construction for the Australian Navy nor it will be based on the Scorpene-class attack submarine already inducted by the Indian Navy.

Naval group officials have said that the Indian Navy wants its next-generation submarine to be bigger than Scorpene-class but smaller than the Barracuda Block 1A. The naval group felt that there is a void between 2000 to 4000-tonne submerged displacement in their product portfolio due to which they decided to work on a new design.

Indian Navy is looking for a submarine which has submerged displacement of around 3000 tonnes due to which idea to develop Super Scorpene-class with lengthened midsection has been dropped and Barracuda Block 1A which has submerged displacement of over 4000 tonnes is too big and might be expensive options among its competitors which prompted Naval group to go for new design.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has offered its KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) which has 3,400 tonnes of surface displacement, air-independent propulsion, and vertical launching system tubes that can launch land-attack cruise missiles. idrw.org can confirm that DSME which didn’t respond to Project-75I tender initially was asked by highest officials in the MOD to send their offer after the intervention of Korean and Indian MOD officials.

India had approached Japan and had expressed interest in buying S?ry?-class submarines which have a submerged displacement of around 3000 tonnes during a visit by former India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar to Japan but Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation stayed out of India’s multi-billion-dollar Project 75I-class submarine project which promoted India to ask South Korea to send their offer of KSS-3 SSK which too had stayed away from India’s Tender.

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