Navantia has organised more than 100 side meetings and submitted 380 RFIs specific to P75(I) within 5 weeks after the Industry day organised by them on April 21, 2020 with the participation of more than 200 Indian companies. Over 90% of the receiving companies are Indian and they cover 80% of the P75(I) submarine cost items.
Navantia is participating in the P75(I) project using the basis of the S80 plus, the only 3000 tonne AIP submarine currently under construction worldwide. According to Pablo Martínez de Rituerto, Navantia’s Project Director for P75(I), “this baseline is very close to the requirements of the Indian Navy, possibly the closest among any possible. For this reason, technical effort at this stage is minimum and Navantia is focusing in other aspects such as the indigenisation of major equipment and materials, and Transfer of Technology (ToT) options”.
At the industry day in April, Navantia informed that they had some areas with no Indian supplier identified, and that they planned the submission of Purchase Technical Specifications. Despite the COVID-19 situation, Navantia and their Indian partners have continued working online, which has proved to be a very effective solution, enabling an average of 3-4 meetings per day, with significant reductions in travel time and cost savings. More than 100 side meetings have been organised, and all the areas with no Indian supplier have been covered.
150 Purchase Technical Specifications (PTSs) have been submitted in the last 5 weeks together with nearly 380 Requests for Information (RFIs), 92% to Indian Companies, enabling Navantia to gain a high understanding of the Indian industry and its capabilities. This information covers 80% of the P75(I) submarine cost items.
The indigenisation effort still continues with the target of achieving 500 PTSs and nearly 1500 RFIs within the next 3-4 months. This activity includes the consultation to current S-80P key suppliers, to promote either fabrication in India, or the incorporation of Indian components.
Pablo Martinez de Rituerto assures “Navantia is fully committed to India’s P75(I) project, and is willing to provide the required “Know How” and “Know Why” through a Technology Transfer program to achieve permanent design, construction and maintenance capabilities in India”. This program leverages previous successful ToT experiences, for example in Australia where in June 2020 the Commonwealth of Australia signed a Strategic Agreement with local company Navantia Australia Pty Ltd. recognising it as a Design Authority for four classes of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships.