The P-75(I) submarine program is the second project being undertaken under India latest Strategic Partnership (SP) Model, with the first being the procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH). The EoI for shortlisting of Original Equipment Manufacturers will be issued in two weeks.
According to the Indian Government, using the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model « would provide a major boost to the indigenous design and construction capability of submarines in India, in addition to bringing in the latest submarine design and technologies as part of the project ».
The potential SPs are expected to respond to the EoI within two months. « The Indian companies would be shortlisted based on their capability for integration of system of systems, expertise in shipbuilding domain and the financial strength, » the Indian Government adds.
The long-awaited US$6,5 billion P-75(I) submarine program aims at bolstering the Indian Navy undersurface fleet with six new vessels. All six submarines will be built in India under a by the selected Indian Strategic Partner in collaboration with the selected OEM. In addition, Indian Navy would have the option to manufacture six more submarines.