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The Indian Navy has been looking to equip its submarine fleet with new technologies to assist in navigation. The Navy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to procure 11 Submarine version Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) along with its associated equipment.
According to the RFI, the WECDIS is to be installed on-board submarines of the Indian Navy (IN) and will be one of the means of navigation on-board. The WECDIS should therefore offer features which assist in navigating a submarine when on Surface and in Dived state underwater, defenseworld.net reports.
The system is also required to display other additional information provided by a variety of submarine systems used in support of the weapon systems, with the aim of optimizing situational awareness and providing inputs for various operations.
Transfer of Technology is not being sought. However, vendors are to indicate their capability to execute the project and provide product support including Technical support for maintenance of the WECDIS for submarine application during its service life, including warranty. The service life of the facility should be at least 10 years.
The overall timeframe of production, delivery with stage wise break-up of the entire project post conclusion of contract is required to be submitted. It is envisaged to commence installation of WECDIS for Submarine application on indicated submarines within 6-8 months of signing of Contract.