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India Invites Japan to Join its 50K Crore Project 75-India
Feb 04, 2015

In keeping with their expanding strategic partnership, the Indian government has asked the Japan government whether it would be interested in the over Rs. 50,000 crore project to build six stealth submarines in India. With Japan recently ending its decades old self-imposed arms export embargo, India has forwarded a proposal to Japan to consider the possibility of making its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines in India.

  • The 4,200-tonne Soryu submarines, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, may not meet Indian requirements.

  • Japan will also be just one of the contenders for the mega programme, called Project-75-India.

  • The Soryu submarines were inducted into the Japanese maritime self-defence force from 2009 onwards.

  • Already equipped with AIP, Japan is now working to install lithium-ion battery propulsion systems in its next-generation of the Soryu submarines.

  • Countries like France (ship-builder DCNS), Germany (HDW), Russia (Rosoboronexport) and Spain (Navantia) are also in the race, with the first three having the experience of building submarines for India.

  • The six new submarines, with both land-attack missile capabilities and air-independent propulsion for greater underwater endurance, are to be built at an Indian shipyard with foreign collaboration.

  • If Japan is really interested, it will have to form a joint venture with an Indian public/private shipyard.

  • The submarines will be Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) capable that will enable them to stay underwater for longer than a conventional submarine besides having enhanced stealth features.

  • The submarines will have the capacity to be equipped with land attack cruise missiles.

  • The decision to manufacture the submarines in India is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India vision.

The Indian Navy currently has 13 operational submarines and the target set in 1999 was to have 24 by 2030.


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