In a bid to fortify India’s naval prowess, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG has extended a substantial offer to India, proposing the deployment of the advanced 214 version of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW)-class submarines under Project 75I.

This latest offer, valued at $4.8 billion, involves the provision of six conventional diesel submarines, aiming to significantly augment New Delhi’s submarine fleet.

Addressing Naval Deficiencies

India’s current submarine fleet, standing at 16 vessels, falls short of the required strength of 24 submarines.

Moreover, most of its existing submarines, excluding the recently built six, are over three decades old and nearing their decommissioning phase.

The delay in submarine induction, exemplified by the 11-year duration for the first Scorpene class submarine to enter service post-agreement, underlines the urgency to replenish and modernize the fleet.

The ‘Make in India’ Initiative and Technology Transfer

With a strong emphasis on indigenous production, the Indian government’s ‘Make in India‘ initiative is poised to influence the selection process.

India’s Ministry of Defence anticipates substantial technology transfer alongside the provision of Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems, enabling longer underwater endurance for conventional vessels.