SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
The government of India recently shortlisted Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company which can compete with Public sector companies to build 6 AIP equipped Conventional Diesel Submarines under Project 75i for Indian Navy.
Reliance Infrastructure which belongs to Anil Ambani recently brought stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering just before the government announced that Pipavav Shipyards have been shortlisted. According to sources close to idrw.org both Private shipyards for the first time will be awarded to built 1 submarines each and four submarines will be awarded to PSU shipyards owned by Ministry of Defence.
Recently high-level committee headed by vice-admiral Subhedar, which had inspected both public and private shipyards shortlisted candidates to issue the request for qualification (RFQ) for Project 75i. idrw.org already has confirmed in earlier report that Goa Shipyard which is based in Defence minister Manohar Parrikar Home state has already confirmed to idrw.org that they are opting out of Project 75i since their shipyard lacks infrastructures for building Submarines and Shipyards is focusing on construction of eight minesweepers for the Indian Navy which recently has been awarded to them.
Garden Reach Ship-Builders, Hindustan Shipyard, Mazgaon Docks are Public sector units which will bag orders to construct remaining 4 submarines and Mazgaon Docks might take the cake with orders to build 2 Submarines in their shipyards.
Under Project 75i, all six submarines will be built in India on the lines of the predecessor P75 Scorpene production line at MDL, next generation diesel submarines will come with Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP) technology. Potential candidates for Project 75i are French DCNS ‘Scorpene’, Russia’s Rubin Amur 1650, the German HDW Type 214, Spain’s Navantia S-80