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Context: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister approved the issuance of a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the construction of six conventional submarines under Project-75I at an estimated cost of ₹43,000 crore. It also approved the procurement of air defence guns and ammunition for the Army at an approximate cost of ₹6,000 crore.
More about news:
- This would be one of the largest ‘Make in India’ projects and it will create a tiered industrial ecosystem for submarine construction in India
- With this approval, India would be enabled to achieve its 30-year submarine construction programme envisioned by the government to acquire national competence in their building and for Indian industry to independently design and construct them
- The Strategic Procurement model of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) aims to promote the role of Indian industry in manufacturing and build a domestic defence industrial ecosystem.
- The DAC shortlisted Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as the Indian partners for the deal.
- The Indian companies are free to tie up with any of the foreign OEMs and one of the bids would be selected based on comprehensive evaluation.
- As per the Navy’s requirements, the submarines, all of which will be built in India, should be equipped with Air Independent propulsion (AIP) modules and be able to fire land attack cruise missiles.