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ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a renowned global player in naval shipbuilding, has made a significant stride in India’s naval defense landscape by bidding on the Indian Navy’s Project-75-I tender. This ambitious project entails the supply of six next-generation submarines that will not only retain the design essence of their predecessors but will also be custom-crafted to align with the distinctive requirements of the Indian Navy.

The new submarines are poised to build upon the foundation laid by the Type 214 submarines, showcasing advanced capabilities that underscore high levels of automation, a substantial payload capacity, remarkable underwater endurance, and ergonomics optimized to cater to the Asian physique. If TKMS emerges victorious in securing the orders from the Indian Navy, this achievement would come with a distinctive classification, signifying the tailored advancements these submarines would bring to India’s maritime defense capabilities.

Manufactured by India’s state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), these submarines will harness the benefits of complete Transfer of Technology (ToT). The integration of the latest modular weapon and sensor systems will empower these vessels, ensuring a formidable response to modern naval challenges. One of the standout features will be the incorporation of a fully integrated Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system, elevating underwater endurance and significantly reducing the risks of detection.

Amid their armament, the submarines will host eight torpedo tubes of 533mm, coupled with modern combat systems that promise heightened operational efficiency. Embracing a fusion of Indian systems as per the Indian Navy’s requisites, these submarines will also feature cutting-edge German technology, such as the Torpedo Countermeasures (TCM) system, expanding the low-frequency detection ranges through the integrated flank array sonar, and delivering impeccable signature management.

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