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India shortlists local strategic partners for Project 75I submarine programme

31 January 2020
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India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted two indigenous manufacturers for the long-deferred INR450 billion (USD6.3 billion) Project 75I (India) programme to build six conventional diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) for the Indian Navy (IN).

The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, selected state-owned Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from the private sector on 21 January as strategic partners (SPs) for P75(I).

Officials said the two vendors were chosen for their capability in systems integration, shipbuilding expertise, and financial solvency. A third bid by a private sector contractor who had tied-up with a state-owned shipyard for the submarine project was rejected.

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