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India To Initiate Its Largest 'Underwater Defence Deal'

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| July 24 , 2017 , 10:29 IST

After a long haul of 10 years, India has finally started its largest defence deal in history with six other countries namely Russian, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Spain.

According to a report in Times of India, the countries will in collaboration with India will build six advanced stealth submarines for an estimated amount of Rs 70,000 crore ($10.9 billion).

This programme known as Project 75 (India), has been languishing in government files and discussions amid political apathy ever since the government first approved it back in November 2007.

However, the project is finally out as the first mega ‘defence deal’ under the new strategic partnership of Defence Ministry.

The report added officials statement that first the shipbuilders from the countries, Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau of Russia, Naval Group-DCNS of France, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany, Mitsubishi-Kawasaki Heavy Industries combine of Japan, Saab of Sweden and Navantia of Spain, have to officially respond to the Request For Information (RFI) issued to them by India.

The report also quoted senior defence official saying, “It may take around two years for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-Indian shipyard combine to be down-selected. Moreover, the first new submarine will be rolled out only seven to eight years after the final contract is inked. But the aim is to fast-track the entire process.”

The Navy should have 18 diesel-electric submarines as well as six nuclear-powered attack submarines (called SSNs) and four nuclear-powered submarines with long-range nuclear-tipped missiles (SSBNs) for effective deterrence against China and Pakistan, according to the approved plans.

The Indian Army is struggling through the burden of old conventional submarines, majority of which are over 25-30 years old. Only two of which, namely INS Arihant and INS Chakra are nuclear powered.