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Andrey Baranov, the Deputy Director General of Rubin Design Bureau has said that Project 75I is unrealistic as the desired technologies cannot be made available within the strict timelines being defined. Rubin Design Bureau of Russia which had offered its Amur-1650 class submarine to India under Project 75I also claimed that the submarine that the Indian Navy desires doesn’t exist and that non of the current offers will fit what India desires.

Rubin Design Bureau of Russia (Amur-1650 class submarine), Navantia of Spain, and Naval Group of France have already withdrawn their offers after the Indian Navy made it mandatory that Fuel-cell based Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems need to be based on proven design and submarines also comes with proven next-generation lithium-ion battery packs.

Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea with its KSS-III Batch-II Submarine and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) of Germany with its Type 214 are only two submarines that met these requirements but TKMS has expressed its inability to be fully compliant with the existing technical and commercial terms of the Indian Navy’s Request for Proposal (RFP), which seeks deep transfer of technology (ToT) to create submarine design capability in India, that has to lead to single vendor situations.

Rubin Design Bureau has offered to work jointly with the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau to jointly develop a submarine that met all that has been desired by the Indian Navy and has agreed to incorporate submarine tech that has been developed by the DRDO like its Fuel-cell based Air-independent propulsion (AIP) system and next-generation lithium-ion battery pack.

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