Naval Weapons

Indian MoD issues RFP for heavyweight torpedoes for Kalvari-class submarines

18 July 2019

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 100 heavyweight torpedoes for an estimated INR20 billion (USD290 million) to arm the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) being licence-built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Industry sources told Jane’s that the “restricted and classified” RFP was dispatched in early July to France’s Naval Group, Germany’s Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Russia’s Rosoboronexport, and Sweden’s Saab.

They said the torpedoes would be acquired under the ‘Buy Global’ category of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure 2016, meaning that all 100 torpedoes will be directly imported.

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