SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) next month will be sending key details of its proposal for local manufacturing of six advanced submarines for the Indian Navy in the country and as per media reports, key aspects will be that these German build submarines will have no room for the incorporation of Indian systems like Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system developed by DRDO.
TKMS might agree to take responsibility for the delivery schedule of these submarines that will be built by selected Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) at a 4 to 2 ratio if it is built using German technology but the incorporation of the Indian system will affect the delivery program due to extensive trials that might be required to certify them, which is why TKMS will oppose taking any liability for such delays if India insists.
TKMS is planning to offer an aggressive delivery schedule if India agrees to its request not to force the incorporation of Indian systems since the Indian Navy witnessed several years of delays in the Kalvari Class program due to the Spanish shipyard falling out of the program and forcing India to rehire them as Independent consultants after fallout with French shipyard Naval Group that increased cost of the submarines.
While India will examine the German proposal but it has not planned to cancel Project-75I yet since the Korean offer for its KSS-III might turn out to be way cheaper with support for the incorporation of Indian systems with ToT to local Indian shipyard.
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