Defense industries are fond of prizes and self-congratulations. But some prices say more than others. This is the case for the “Best Foreign OEM supporting Make in India” prize awarded by the Indian authorities at the DefExpo fair which is currently being held near the city of Lucknow, 200 km east of New Delhi. And this year, it is the French group Naval Group which is honored by this award, concerning the attack submarine program P75 Kalvari, of which two units out of 6 have already been delivered to the Indian Navy. .
The P75 program is part of a global program to acquire the industrial skills to develop and build conventionally powered submarines independently in India. Initially covering 24 units, it was subsequently divided into 2 programs, the P75 covering 6 ships with conventional propulsion, and the P75i covering 6 ships equipped with anaerobic propulsion. The French company DCNS, which would later become Naval Group, in partnership with Thales and the Indian shipyards Mazagon Dock Limited, which won the P75 contract in 2005.
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