At the sidelines of the week-long Aero India 2023 show, Deputy Director of the Russia Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov shared details regarding its offer to the Indian Navy to “jointly develop” a non-nuclear attack submarine based on the former’s Amur-1650 with up to 80 percent localization production.

The proposal came after Russia said it would not participate in bidding for India’s ambitious Project-75I (India) or P-75i submarine project. In a report by Sputnik, Drozhzhov cited that despite not taking part in the tender, they are offering “Indian partners a variant of cooperation… including the joint designing and production of a national non-nuclear submarine under the 75 (I) program on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement.”

The Russian official continued: “Taking into account our experience of working with the Indian side on other naval projects, localization of production during the implementation of the program for the construction of Project-75 (I) submarines based on the Russian platform Amur-1650 can be increased to 70-80 percent.”

Project-75I is a planned diesel-electric submarine for the Indian Navy equipped with advanced capabilities—including air-independent propulsion (AIP); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); special operations forces (SOF), anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare; land-attack capabilities; and other related features. Under the program, India initially issued a Request for Information (RFI) to five foreign naval manufacturers for six submarines to be built locally. These contenders include the Naval Group of France, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany, Rubin Design Bureau of Russia, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of South Korea, and Navantia of Spain.