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German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is scheduled to visit India next month, during which he will present detailed proposed plans for the sale of six next-generation electric-diesel submarines. The deal, valued at 50,000 crores, will be conducted under a Government-to-Government (G2G) arrangement if cleared by India.

India’s procurement plans for the six next-generation electric-diesel submarines, part of Project-75I (India), have encountered obstacles due to a single vendor situation. Currently, the only standing offer is from Korea, with its KSS-III submarine, also known as the Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine. Germany declined to bid for the project due to concerns related to liabilities clauses but offered a separate G2G deal for submarines earlier this year.

France and Russia were unable to meet the technical requirements and did not qualify for the project. Meanwhile, India has completed the manufacturing of all six Kalvari-class submarines under the older Project-75. However, the production facility has become idle due to the absence of fresh orders.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius presents a promising opportunity for India to explore alternative options for the procurement of next-generation electric-diesel submarines. The proposed deal, if finalized, will not only contribute to India’s defence capabilities but also bolster the strategic partnership between Germany and India in the maritime domain.

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