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German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Indian Navy with an enticing offer – an enlarged variant of its renowned Type-214 Submarine. The proposed submarine, tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Indian Navy, is set to surpass the Kalvari-class submarines acquired under the P-75 program.

The Type-214, known as the export model of the Type-212, typically boasts a submerged displacement of around 1860 tons. However, TKMS’s proposal for India introduces a substantial upgrade, featuring a submerged displacement exceeding 2000 tons. This enhancement positions the proposed submarine as larger than the Standard Kalvari-class submarines, what’s on offer might be similar to AIP-equipped Kalvari-class submarines that are under consideration.

The Indian Navy’s ambitious Project-75(I) program serves as a replacement for the Russian-supplied Kilo-class submarines, characterized by a submerged displacement exceeding 3000 tons. While the Type 212CD submarine has a submerged displacement of 2500 tonnes, sources indicate that the offering for Project-75(I) is unlikely to exceed 3000 tons. This aligns with the strategic considerations outlined in the RFP.

Project 75 (I) envisions the indigenous construction of six conventional submarines, inclusive of comprehensive shore support, an engineering support package, training, and a spare package equipped with cutting-edge technology, weapons, and sensors. Beyond featuring Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems, the P-75(I) submarines must incorporate advanced missile systems and torpedoes, reflecting a holistic approach to modern naval capabilities.

Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems are critical components in modern submarines, providing extended underwater endurance and reduced detectability. The inclusion of AIP in the proposed submarines aligns with contemporary naval standards and underlines the focus on enhancing stealth capabilities and operational flexibility.

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