SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The US might have given India a Waiver for purchasing Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system recently but that doesn’t mean any new purchase will not under scrutiny and as per latest media reports, India has been requested not to consider Russian Amur-1650-class diesel-electric submarine for Indian Navy’s ongoing Project-75I Tender under which Indian plans to procure Six Next Generation Conventional Submarines.
Under Project-75I four foreign ship-builders have emerged as the main contenders for the government’s ambitious project to build six advanced stealth submarines at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore under the strategic partnership model but Indian Navy is nowhere close in announcing a winner yet.
French firm Naval Group, Russia’s Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Sweden’s Saab group have responded to the government’s request for proposal (RFI) for the project.
$8-billion ‘Project-75 India’ going to Russian kitty will lead to protest from the United States government which recently has granted India the STA-1 trading status equivalent to American allies for procurement of military weapons.
The United States doesn’t want its close allies buying Russian defense equipment, while India got a waiver under which India can continue to receive service and spare support to the existing weapons system from Russia which is already part of its arsenal but Pentagon also wants India not to procure any new weapons system which can be substituted from elsewhere.
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