India refused to install an anaerobic engine of its own design on new submarines
India is abandoning plans to equip six new diesel-electric submarines with an air-independent power plant (VNEU) of its own production. Infodefensa informs about it.
According to the newspaper, India's refusal from its own anaerobic engine for a new program for the construction of non-nuclear submarines is associated with fears of disrupting the timing of the development and production of submarines. Thus, the presence of VNEU of Indian production on new submarines is removed, and this was previously one of the main conditions of the announced tender for the construction of six nuclear submarines for Indian fleet.
It is noted that now new opportunities are opening up for tender participants, since they can offer their own ready-made solutions for their own VNEU. By the way, Russia is also participating in a tender proposing the joint development of a new diesel-electric submarine based on a submarine of the Amur-1650 project with VNEU.
At the same time, the development of our own anaerobic plant continues. In early March this year, the Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO) announced the completion of the stage of bench tests of the VNEU of its own design and the transition to testing on board the submarine. It is specified that a VNEU on fuel cells is being developed in India. Developed by DRDO in cooperation with Larsen & Toubro and Thermax.
Earlier it was reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense plans to equip VNEU submarines of the Kalvari class, anaerobic installations were to be installed on the fifth and sixth submarines of the series. Also in the plans of the military was the installation of the Indian VNEU on a series of new nuclear submarines.
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