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German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius has presented a comprehensive roadmap for the next-generation submarine being offered to India, emphasizing plans to customize the submarine to meet specific Indian requirements. Germany has proposed a government-to-government contract for the submarines, and while it may still be asked to participate in the tender for Project-75I, the current offer places Germany in a favorable position against South Korea, which is also vying to supply its submarines.

Under the proposal, state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and private-sector dock Larsen & Toubro (L&T) will divide the orders, with MDL handling four submarines and L&T handling two. They will collaborate with German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for local manufacturing of a variant of the U-214 submarine in India. The estimated cost for this project is over Rs 60,000 crore.

Reliable sources have informed idrw that the German government is in the process of sharing a formal proposal with the Indian defence ministry. The proposal will include assurances from Germany on fair pricing, technology transfer, and quality. One of the key requirements mandated by India is that the submarines be equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) technology, which allows the submarines to remain submerged for extended periods without the need to surface frequently for oxygen replenishment.

TKMS has also agreed to transfer technology, provide training, and accommodate Indian-made sensors and weapon systems in the customized U-214 submarines.

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