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Tokyo has initiated a re-balance of power in the Indo-Pacific and added weight to the QUAD initiative and in its bids to forge military ties with India, Japan has agreed to clear Maritime systems and technology that India is keen to acquire from Japan for which it has mended its export control laws.

Japan already has cleared India’s request for stealth antennas which is called Unicorn, which houses numerous antennas in a horn-shaped structure for its Next Generation warships that India plans to develop but India is likely to ask Japan to send its proposals for the procurement of six next-generation conventional submarines that India plans to procure under its Project-75I (India).

People familiar with the development told that, the MoD and Navy have requested through diplomatic channels to Japan to send their bids for the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was floated by the Indian Navy that has been extended till Next August 2023 due to lack of competitors in the bid.

Japan’s Soryu class and its successor Taigei-class submarine both met two critical niche technical requirements that the Indian Navy wants in its next-generation submarine that are proven and tested air-independent propulsion (AIP) system and lithium-ion batteries.

In 2015, then Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar expressed his readiness to consider acquiring Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines under Project-75I (India) but Japan stayed out of the tender process due to its stringent export control laws.

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