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In a positive turn of events, India has successfully re-engaged Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the Project-75I tender. Following productive talks between the Indian and German defence ministers, Germany has assured that it will submit a response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) before the deadline of 1st August. This proactive step is aimed at avoiding the need for a retendering process due to a lack of response.

Reportedly, TKMS has proposed its Type 214 submarine class, specifically designed for the export market, to India. These diesel-electric submarines come equipped with advanced features, including an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system that utilizes Siemens polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells. This enables the submarine to remain submerged for an impressive duration of up to 84 days.

The Type 214 submarines offered to India will undergo extensive customization to align with the specific requirements of the Indian Navy. These modifications will include larger displacements compared to standard specifications. Moreover, the submarines will incorporate indigenous Indian systems and weapon systems, further enhancing their capabilities and interoperability with the Indian Navy.

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