Germany is offering TKMS Type 214 submarines to India on government-to-government contract, according to Economic Times of India newspaper. The latest offer is for the P75I (Project 75 India) programme, which will provide six new submarines to the Indian Fleet, in addition to the DCNS Scorpène (Project 75) currently being built.The Indian Government plans to issue the new tender by the end of the year. The new type of submarines is planned to cost USD11.1 billion and will replace some of the 13 older submarines in service. France, Sweden Spain and Russia are also reported to be taking part to the competition.
The new platforms will have a larger displacement compared to the Scorpène and will be equipped with an Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) system and modern sensors. Their weapons will comprise of torpedoes and missiles.
Germany is now offering the TKMS Type 214 submarines with an AIP system. It is the first time that it offers a defence system on a government-to-government base. According to Economic Times of India, the German government will provide assurance for a fair price, technology transfer and quality.
Under the “Make in India” initiative, the government plans to boost the domestic industrial capabilities. A special state project committee has shortlisted five domestic companies for the Project 75I programme. These are the state-owned Mazagon Dock Limited, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Hindustan Shipyard Limited and the privately owned Pipapav and Larsen&Toubro shipyards.