With a view to bolster its undersea fighting capabilities, the Navy is poised to open international bids for acquisition and construction of second range of submarines.
“The Request for proposals (RFP) to acquire and build six new range of submarines would be floated shortly”, a senior Naval official told PTI.
In contention would be the Russians with their 4th generation Amur class submarines armed with vertically launched KLUB-S Missiles and new generation of German HDW submarines with their Air Independent propulsion systems (AIP).
Navy has already firmed up a deal with the French warship builders DCN International for construction of six scorpene submarines at Mazagoan docks in Mumbai. The first of these hunter-killer submarines are expected to roll out by 2011.