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The competition for the Indian Navy’s P-75I conventional submarine acquisition program intensifies as ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) consortium confirm indigenous content (IC) of 60% from the very first submarine offered. This move follows a similar commitment from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) partnered with Navantia, who also declared a 60% IC for their S-80 Plus submarine proposal.

The Indian Navy’s initial requirement stipulated a minimum IC of 45% for the first submarine, progressively increasing to 60% for the last of the six submarines planned under the project.

By promising 60% IC right from the start, both TKMS-MDL and L&T-Navantia are exceeding the Navy’s baseline requirement. This strategy could potentially give them an edge in the bidding process, showcasing their commitment to India’s “Make in India” initiative and technology transfer goals.

It’s worth noting that only two bids were submitted for the P-75I project – one from the TKMS-MDL consortium offering the U-212C/D submarine, and the other from L&T-Navantia with the S-80 Plus submarine. This narrows down the contenders for the Indian Navy and puts the spotlight on their indigenous content offers.

The P-75I program is crucial for the Indian Navy, aiming to bolster its underwater defence capabilities with advanced conventional submarines. A key factor beyond just the submarines themselves is the degree of technology transfer that will be included in the chosen proposal. This will allow India to develop and build future submarines indigenously, reducing dependence on foreign suppliers.

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