India Boosts Naval Strength with New Kalvari-class Submarine Deal Valued at ₹35,000 Crore

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Updated: 1:05 AM, Mon June 24, 2024

New Delhi: Talks on acquiring additional Kalvari-class (Scorpene) submarines for the Navy have progressed, with state-owned Mazagaon Dockyard Limited (MDL) in advanced discussions for a potential ₹35,000-crore deal that will help boost India’s underwater strength.

Sources said that the new submarines — three additional Kalvari-class which are under negotiation — will be larger than their predecessor and will be packed with modern electronics that will give them better strength and longer endurance.

Technological advances in propulsion will also be integrated on the new boats, which will be able to travel further than their predecessors that have already demonstrated the ability to reach as far as Australia as part of operational deployments.

MDL has submitted a detailed techno-commercial bid for the contract to the Defence Ministry, which has promised at least 60% indigenous content in the new boats, with a large chunk of the work going to Indian sub suppliers and the MSME sector.

While the final pricing will be determined after hard negotiations between MDL and the Ministry, the deal could be valued at around Rs 35,000 crore, sources said, adding that this would be in line with international prices for new submarines of the class. The order is expected to create close to 5,000 jobs over the years, with a major part of the contract value staying within the India ecosystem.

Given the urgent requirement of conventional submarines, the order for additional submarines will come as a relief for the Navy as the largest fleet of Russian-origin Kilo class boats are already stretching their service life. The Navy is also pursuing a case to construct six conventional submarines in India under Project 75I.

MDL is currently constructing the Kalvari class of submarines under Project 75 with French assistance, with the sixth and final one likely to be delivered by the end of this year. As per MDL’s proposal, the additional submarines can be delivered within six years.

The high percentage of indigenous content in these submarines is expected to lead to significant technology transfer, paving the way for future submarines of the class to be fully designed and developed indigenously. This new development aligns with India’s efforts towards enhancing its naval capabilities and ensuring maritime security in the region.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to the Above News

What is the value of the new Kalvari-class submarine deal being negotiated by MDL?

The potential deal is valued at ₹35,000 crore.

How many additional Kalvari-class submarines are under negotiation?

Three additional Kalvari-class submarines are under negotiation.

What advancements will the new submarines have compared to their predecessors?

The new submarines will be larger, packed with modern electronics, and equipped with technological advances in propulsion for better strength and longer endurance.

What percentage of indigenous content is promised in the new submarines?

The Defence Ministry has promised at least 60% indigenous content in the new submarines.

How many jobs are expected to be created as a result of this deal?

The order is expected to create close to 5,000 jobs over the years.

What urgent requirement does this new submarine order address for the Indian Navy?

The new submarines will address the urgent requirement for conventional submarines as the current fleet of Russian-origin Kilo class boats are already stretching their service life.

How long is the proposed timeline for delivering the additional submarines?

The additional submarines are expected to be delivered within six years as per MDL's proposal.

How will the high percentage of indigenous content in these submarines benefit India?

The high percentage of indigenous content is expected to lead to significant technology transfer, paving the way for future submarines of the class to be fully designed and developed indigenously.

Please note that the FAQs provided on this page are based on the news article published. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is always recommended to consult relevant authorities or professionals before making any decisions or taking action based on the FAQs or the news article.

Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
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