The first three indigenously built nuclear attack submarines will include 95 percent Made in India content, with the percentage increasing in the next three. It is said to be a boost to the country’s submarine manufacturing capacity.
“The nuclear attack submarine project would be a big boost for the indigenous submarine capability as 95 per cent of it would be made in India. This would provide a big boost to the domestic defence sector including both private and public sector,” government sources told ANI.
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in Visakhapatnam will be building three nuclear attack submarines. The Cabinet Committee on Security is evaluating a proposal worth around ₹50,000 crore.
This project is different from the Arihant project in which six nuclear-powered submarines with the capability of launching ballistic missiles are being built.
The planners for the six nuclear attack submarines are sure that they will be able to complete the project without the assistance of a third party, but if necessary, they may seek assistance from one of its strategic partner countries.
The Navy and DRDO would first receive approval for three of these boats, with the option of building three more after this project is completed.
According to ANI, this project would be beneficial for the economy as it will create employment in the defence sector.