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'P75 is the only such programme in the world where all the submarines are manufactured locally without having the first one or two constructed at OEM facilities to get on-the-job training'
Managing director, DCNS India, Bernard Buisson

Bernard Buisson What is the status of the P75 project today? When will the first submarine be launched?
The P75 programme is progressing very well at cruising speed now. A lot of progress has been made last year. All teething problems are behind us and Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) is actively working on the outfitting and integration of equipment. We are confident that sea trials and then commissioning should happen as per schedule.

What is the local content of the P75 programme, how much indigenisation has been achieved?
The P75 programme is an exemplar achievement of indigenisation for many reasons. First, it is the only such programme in the world where all the submarines are manufactured locally without having the first one or two constructed at the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) facilities to get on the job training. Second, MDL has absorbed extensive and genuine Transfer of Technology (ToTs) in all areas of submarine construction, allowing it to be the centre of excellence for submarine manufacturing in India. Third, DCNS indigenisation strategy is finally a success. Indeed, many equipment of the P75 submarines are being locally manufactured with an indigenous content of more than 50 per cent. This is a remarkable achievement which has been recognised with an ‘Award in Indigenisation’ handed over by the scientific advisor to the defence minister to DCNS in February 2013.

Are you considering outsourcing from your qualified Indian partners some equipment for your own French or export requirement?
We have qualified three industrial partners who are now able to manufacture submarine equipment at the same level of quality as our own subcontractors in France. We are indeed capitalising on this industrial local eco-system by procuring some equipment for our own requirement. We have already sourced some equipment locally for the benefit of the latest generation French Navy nuclear submarines programme.

What has the Indian industry gained through the P75 programme in terms of ToT and know-how?
MDL has absorbed genuine ToTs allowing it to master, at the highest quality level, the complex and sensitive manufacturing process for pressure hulls and outfitting and integration of thousands of equipment. As mentioned earlier, they are now the centre of excellence for submarine construction in India.

As for the industrial partners we have qualified for the manufacturing of many equipment of the P75 submarines, they have acquired such level of know-how that Indian Navy (IN) officers are being trained in their premises.

Moreover, design capabilities were also transferred to MDL/IN in the course of the P75 programme. With the tools and training already conducted, MDL/IN are now working themselves on designing additional functions to the P75 submarines.

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