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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) had withdrawn from the Indian Navy’s tender for the construction of six diesel-electric submarines due to stringent rules regarding liabilities laws in the contract might be making a come back after India withdrew some of the liabilities clauses that could have made foreign company responsible for the job done by its strategic partner in the country.

India already has extended the bid date by another six months after only Korean and Spanish shipyard offered their submarine design to meet the Indian Navy’s requirements for six next-generation submarines, this one change might now clear the way for the Germans to come back in the race but it will not be easy for Russians and French shipbuilders since Navy is still adamant that only ships with proven Air-independent propulsion (AIP) system will meet technical criteria.

Indian Navy is looking to procure ships with surface displacement that is close to 3000T to be equipped with proven Air-independent propulsion (AIP) system and Vertical Launch System (VLS) for sub-sonic and supersonic cruise missiles that could ensure submarine length will increase by 30-35% when compared to Kalvari-class submarines that are still being inducted by the Indian Navy.

TKMS developed Type-212CD that are based on Type 212A submarine design with a surface displacement of 2500T and is likely will be offered to the Indian Navy as well. It is not clear if the Navy will be ready to compromise on its actual displacement or will insist it meet 3000T requirements. Germans in the previous Project-75 tender had offered its original Type 212A submarine design to India that lost out to the French-Spanish Kalvari-class submarine.

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