Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RFP For AIP In P-75 (I) To Go Out In A Year

The Indian Navy will soon float a tender for the air independant propulsion (AIP) technology to be integrated in the follow-on order of the six Scorpene-class submarines, P-75 (I), which were cleared recently by the Government.

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma has said that, the DRDO was testing the the land-based prototype of the indigenous AIP, and that the French were offering Mesma, but the Navy was interested in the fuel-cell technology.

The AIP will be integrated from the first submarine, in P-75(I). The subs will be a different boat altogether, though the basic platform would be the same, but it will have better sensors, combat management system, better detection, and that the Indian Navy was also trying for an indigenous torpedo.

The Navy has sent out the Request For Information (RFI) for the same and hopes to float the tender this year, after revising the Naval Staff Qualitative Requirements (NSQRs).

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