The Union government on Friday announced that a massive Rs 43,000 crore ‘Make in India’ project to build six submarines has been cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council led by Defence minister Rajnath Singh.
The council has approved the issuance of a ‘request for proposal’ for the construction of the six submarines under the strategic partnership model. The submarines to be built under the project will be equipped with an air-independent propulsion system.
The government said the project under the strategic partnership model will help in reducing current dependence on imports and gradually ensure greater self-reliance and dependability of supplies from indigenous sources. The first submarine under this project is not expected to enter service with the Indian Navy for at least another seven years.
Project to create job opportunities
In a statement, the defence ministry said, “With accord of this approval, the country will be enabled to achieve its 30-year Submarine construction programme envisioned by the Government to acquire national competence in submarine construction and for the Indian industry to independently design and construct submarines in India.”
“The availability of new technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities to the Industry will be an important step towards enhancing the nation’s quest for self-reliance in modern conventional submarine construction and sustainment activities whilst creating direct and indirect job opportunities in India,” the ministry added.
Arms & ammunition worth Rs 6,000 cr approved for Army
The Defence Acquisition Council has also fulfilled the need for the modernisation of the Indian Army’s air defence guns. It has approved the procurement of air defence guns and ammunition at an approx. cost of Rs 6,000 crore under the buy and Make in India category. So far, these guns were procured from foreign sources. Now, nearly a dozen companies have expressed interest to manufacture these guns in India.
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