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According to a report in Economic Times, the Defence Ministry has extended the deadline for responding to the Request For Proposal (RFP) in the over 40,000 crore contract for six advanced submarines under Project-75(I) from December 2022 to August 2023.

The Russian Rubin Design Bureau and the French Naval Group both withdrawn from the tender, citing the lack of an operational Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module as required by the Indian Navy, leaving only Germany and South Korea technically meeting this criterion.

Out of the five OEMs that responded to the Indian Navy’s RFI, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) of Germany, which has a submarine that meets the Indian Navy’s stringent requirements, is concerned about the extent of technology transfer and third-party guarantees and is planning to withdraw from the tender, which could lead to a single vendor situation.

Tender was extended for six months after OEMs failed to submit bids by June 22 to December 22, but the new extension confirms that the situation has not changed much and OEMs are unwilling to bid unless some relaxations on the requirements are offered.

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