In a major decision, Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today cleared Rs 40,000 crore project to build six submarines for the Indian Navy. Besides, the Defence Ministry has also cleared another project – acquiring 5,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles for the Indian Army.
This is the second project under MOD’s ambitious Strategic Partnership Model aimed at boosting the Centre’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ program.
Making the announcement Defence spokesperson tweeted that construction of six submarines under Project 75(I) will provide a major boost to submarine design and manufacturing ecosystem in India through a transfer of design, equipment technology and skill sets.
According to Defence Ministry’s release, “Model has a long term vision of promoting India as a manufacturing hub for defence equipment through transfer if niche technologies and higher indigenous content thereby enhancing self sufficiency for meeting the future requirements of the armed forces.”
What is Project 75(I)?
The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s increasing movement in the Indian Ocean region is a big concern for the India Navy which forced the Narendra Modi-led NDA government to fast-track the process after it came to power in 2014.
Under Project 75(I), the Indian Navy plans to acquire six diesel-electric submarines powered with advanced Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems which will enable them to stay submerged for a longer period of time and will also increase their operational range.
The submarines will have a vertical launch system (VLS) which will enable them to carry multiple Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles capable of launching anti-surface and anti-ship warfare missions.