India’s project against PLA is in vain!Submarines have been bidding for over a decade. Why are the sellers all gone?

2022-07-03 0 By

Russian manufacturers have said they will not continue to participate in the Indian Navy’s new conventional submarine procurement program, reported, citing Indian media.So far, the vast majority of bidders for the Indian Navy’s P75I conventional submarine tender have withdrawn from the project.Back in 2008, the Indian Navy issued an invitation for information on the P75I submarine to bid for six advanced conventional submarines.After nearly 15 years of lengthy bidding and bidding, it was a rare event in the international arms market.It also shows the strange mentality and style of Indian people in the field of arms trade.Prior to the P75I project, the Indian Navy had already signed a contract with France for six Scorpene submarines, codenamed PROJECT P75.According to the plan, the first three submarines will be built by France and India will receive the finished products directly, while the last three will be built by Indian shipyards with technology transfer and support from France.However, the contract was halted at the fifth ship.According to the information released by the Indian side, the Scorpene does not use “independent air propulsion” (AIP) technology, which has a great adverse impact on the ocean operations. And the Indian Navy is not satisfied with the Scorpene submarines manufactured by its own shipyard, which is inferior to the original French products.On top of that, savvy French manufacturers have not really provided the core technology to build submarines, to the annoyance of India, which is trying to piggy-back on foreign submarine technology.Since the P75 project failed to achieve its purpose, the Navy has launched the P75I project.Under the plan, India requires the submarines to have AIP technology and the ability to hit land targets with cruise missiles.For this contract, manufacturers from France, Germany, Russia, Spain, South Korea and Sweden participated in the bidding, but the bidding process was not smooth.Russia and Spain’s AIP technology is not mature, and it smacks of using India as an “experiment”.Germany, France and Sweden have good enough AIP technology, but are only willing to provide finished products, not transfer key technologies easily.As for South Korea, its submarine technology was largely dependent on western patent licensing and lacked indigenous technology, so it was not an advantage from the start.But what really drove the bidders away was mainly a series of unreasonable Indian demands in the tender.India, for example, is demanding that no less than 45% of the work be done in India for the first boat and more than 60% for the second boat, but the budget it provides does not cover the cost of the requirements.In other words, the underfunded part should be borne by the winning bidder.Even more absurdly, India requires the winning bidder to hold no more than 50 percent of the joint production venture with the Indian side, but should the project default and other problems, the winning bidder should bear the majority of the responsibility and responsibility.Germany and Sweden quickly found the project unprofitable and dropped out of the bidding.Companies from Countries such as Russia and France, which were also not there for charity, withdrew.So far, it seems that only south Korean manufacturers have not explicitly pulled out, but they also said they could not accept India’s demands and work has stalled.It can be said that the bid, which has been in the works for more than a decade, is almost certain to fail. India’s greed and arrogance have caught up with it.What is more ironic is that The P75I project also aims to “prevent Chinese submarines from penetrating the Indian Ocean”.As a result, today the Indian Navy has not even seen any new submarines.