Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia will conduct an online industry event on April 21 in support of the Indian Navy’s Project 75(India), or P75(I), AIP attack submarine program.
The industry event was planned as an online event due to the COVID-19 situation. The event will see the participation of Mr. Fernando Formoso, Navantia India Director from Delhi, fully supported by the Navantia Commercial and Technical team from Spain.
Navantia is participating in the P75(I) project with its S80 plus design, the only 3000 ton AIP submarine currently under construction worldwide.
According to the company, this baseline is very close to the requirements of the Indian Navy, possibly the closest among all shortlisted competitors, and meets the Indian ambition with minimum risk. The company said that for this reason, the technical effort at this stage is minimum and it is focusing on other aspects such as the indigenization of major equipment and materials, and Transfer of Technology (ToT) opportunities.
The company claims that more than 100 companies in India are already in contact for the indigenization of equipment and materials, and around 200 are expected to participate in the online event, which will be the forum for explaining areas of cooperation and organizing one-to-one interviews.
Key S80 Plus equipment suppliers are also expected to participate in the event “to explore indigenisation opportunities for components, or fabrication in India”.
Navantia was a co-designer and participated in the transfer of technology of India’s six Scorpene submarines being built by Indian state-owned shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The company deployed a resident team in India between 2006 and 2013. Navantia has also partnered with private shipbuilder Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the tender on the Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) for India.
Incidentally, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), earlier this year, has shortlisted MDL and L&T for the construction of the P75(I) submarines.
The MoD will now issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) to L&T and MDL, which is expected later this year. The two companies will then submit a detailed bid to the Ministry after selecting a foreign partner out of the five shortlisted foreign companies.
The other four shortlisted foreign companies are:
+ Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) – Type 214-class
+ France’s Naval Group (earlier DCNS) – Advanced Scorpene-class or the newer SMX 3.0 concept
+ Russia’s Rosoboronexport-Rubin Design Bureau – Amur 1650
+ Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) – KSS-III
Project 75I is a follow-on program to the Indian Navy’s Project 75 which led to the procurement of modified Scorpene-class submarines developed by France’s Naval Group. The six Scorpene submarines, known locally as Kalvari-class, are being constructed at Indian state-owned shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).
The construction of the P75I submarines was approved by the Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Jan. 31 last year, at a cost of over Rs. 40,000 crores (USD5.62 billion). The Project 75I-class submarines will feature advanced air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems which enable them to stay submerged for a longer duration (long endurance) and substantially increase their operational range.
The new submarines will be equipped with a vertical launch system (VLS) to enable them to carry multiple BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, making the submarines fully capable of land attack and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions.